March 16, 2011
Debate has begun over the future of nuclear energy in the wake of the disaster in Japan.
The usual suspects on the left want to end all nuclear power immediately, or at least not build any new reactors. Even President Obama does not support that position. Of course, that could change depending on the politics.
No one has been killed yet from leaking radiation in Japan and so far the leakage less than Chernobyl and Three Mile Island. No one died at Three Mile Island, either.
The fact is, accidents sometimes happen and this tsunami is what caused whatever is occurring at the Japanese nuclear reactors. It wasn’t caused by a failure of the systems.
We must have nuclear power in the mix of fuels that are alternatives to oil. We must also have more oil, but the Obama administration is dragging its feet on granting permits for offshore drilling to satisfy the green lobby.
On Japan, perspective – not panic – is needed. The media and some liberals are whipping-up anxiety to further their political goals.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.