Sunday, March 13, 2011

Ignorance Is Sound Policy Choice For Americans In This Particular Case

This would never happen in the U.S., right? There could never be a natural disaster like this? That would affect a nuclear power plant? And you could safely say terrorists would never strike a nuclear power plant since they are so secure. So there's really nothing to worry about.

You can't always look around and learn things. When something happens in Japan, you might think, "hey that could happen here too." Well it can't. It's not the same. Everything is different in Japan. It's a different country. It's a different type of ocean over there.

People do tend to flip out over stuff like this, and it can make people wary of something dangerous like nuclear power. But what's the alternative? Solar power? Gas made from corn? I mean come on. All you have to do is put the reactor in the right place. The U.S. is also more savvy with nuclear power, because America really invented it. It's not the same as making cars alright? Just calm down.
As Japan rushes to contain what could be a major nuclear meltdown in the wake of Friday's devastating earthquake and tsunami, the crisis could be a major setback for the U.S. nuclear power industry.

As the Washington Post's Jia Linn Yang reports, politicians on both sides of the aisle, including President Obama and GOP leaders in Congress, have advocated the construction of new nuclear plants stateside in recent years.

Already supporters of nuclear energy are on the defense. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday the crisis in Japan shouldn't deter the country from investing in nuclear power. But he also insisted now is not the time to be having such a debate.

"I don't think right after a major environmental catastrophe is a very good time to be making American domestic policy," the GOP leader told Fox News Sunday. "We ought not to make American domestic policy based on an event that happened in Japan."

[yahoo! News]

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