According to The Wall Street Journal, we’re acting like a nation of wimps. The Japanese are standing “cool amid the chaos” of the nuclear breakdown at Fukushima while the American people are anything but.
Following the Journal’s lead, a bipartisan coalition of the country’s leaders spoke up to say there’s no need to worry about building nuclear plants near population centers or the San Andreas fault. All that’s required to prevent another Three Mile Island, said House Speaker John Boehner, is to copy the French in setting high safety standards.
You read it right, the French – what Boehner in former days referred to as the Euro-socialist “surrender monkey” French. So much for what’s left of his favorability numbers with the Tea Party crowd.
Worse than lining up with the French, however, the Speaker’s rush to defend the nuclear energy industry puts him side by side not only with Democratic Senate Leader Harry Reid but the Kenyan Muslim impostor who currently inhabits the White House. [more….]
Reid, wearing his best Alfred E. Neuman “What, me worry?” expression for the cameras, allowed that Fukushima was a one-in-a-million natural disaster, a “perfect storm” that could never happen here. (Just don’t send any of that nuclear waste to Nevada. It upsets the tourists.)
As for the White House, in a story headlined “Obama Backs Nuclear Power,” The Washington Post connected two of the president’s closest advisers, David Axelrod and Rahm Emanuel, to “nuclear giant Exelon” – Axelrod as a onetime consultant and Emanuel as the investment banker who “helped broker the deal” creating the giant.
“Another major nuclear player,” continued the Post, “is Duke Energy, whose chief executive, Jim Rogers, is helping to lead fundraising efforts for the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.”
But wait: Let’s not rush to cynical judgments about such “connections.” Scary as the possibility of a nuclear meltdown might be, says Obama’s hometown newspaper The Chicago Tribune, “it’s not as scary as a world starved for electricity.”
Absolutely. After all, as General Buck Turgidson (George C. Scott) told President Merkin Muffley (Peter Sellers) in the original Strangelove, there’s risk in everything and while there’s no guarantee “we won’t get our hair mussed” in the event of a nuclear catastrophe, the worst case scenario is we lose “ten to twenty million, tops.”