According to President Obama’s public comments yesterday, nuclear energy is clean and safe. Last night, these comments were juxtaposed against close up photos of destroyed Reactor Number 4 at the Fukushima Dai Ichi nuclear power plant on a news broadcast which emphasized just how ridiculous they are. Nuclear energy may have its merits but right now is not the time to declare it clean and safe. I fail to see how it is clean, given its ability to contaminate huge numbers of people, animals, plants and water in the event of an accident. And I fail to see how it is safe, given its ability to kill all of the above. Until nuclear power is completely accident free, it should be an energy source of last resort.
Interestingly, new nuclear power plants are not desirable in the United States right now because of the huge costs to build, but our existing plants are hugely profitable. Could there be a link between those profits and President Obama’s statements? Yesterday, on March 17, the CEO of one of the largest nuclear power suppliers in the U.S. was lined up to speak at a closed-door gathering of top fundraisers for President Obama’s reelection. Obama has always cozied up to nuclear interests and claims its part of his overall “environmental strategy” (and I use the term environmental loosely). Here is the article:
Profits = Obama’s Governing Philosophy? You be the judge.
If you are opposed to nuclear power, then do your part: do what you can to use less energy in your daily life, oppose building any new nuclear power plants, and contact President Obama and tell him to stop promoting corporate interests at the expense of the people. (As an aside, how is it possible that Anderson Cooper can make it to Japan, but President Obama or even Michelle Obama can’t be there to show their support?).
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Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in Japan, especially the heroic workers at the Dai Ichi nuclear plant who are risking their lives to save the lives of others. There are lots of ways to donate to groups helping Japan. For information about those charities and their relative financial health, etc., you can visit http://www.charitynavigator.org.