2.Far less immediately destructive than the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the nuclear power plant problems seem to be on their way to resolution, one way or another. Nevertheless, they have caused much “rethinking” in Germany, where
Judging by the near-panic with which Europe’s largest nation is responding to the Fukushima incident, one might assume that a toxic cloud had already arrived.
The whole world is anxiously watching the video footage showing plumes of smoke rising from the stricken plant, and questions are being asked in most countries about the safety of nuclear power.
But the reaction has been strikingly angst-ridden in Germany, which is over 5,500 miles away from Japan. The Japanese, one could be forgiven for thinking, are facing their plight with a lot more stoicism than the Germans.
There is less panic in Israel, but Prime Minister Netanyahu said on March 17:
We had some research plans but not anything on a significant scale, and I don’t think we’re going to pursue civil nuclear energy in the coming years.
He added that since Israel found a significant amount of natural gas offshore, “I think we’ll go for the gas and skip the nuclear.”
El Presidente Chávez of Venezuela, a great visionary, has
announced a freeze in plans to develop nuclear power in Venezuela due to the growing emergency at a nuke plant in earthquake-stricken Japan.
“It’s very sad what has been seen, a tragedy, a catastrophe. What’s happening in the last few hours is absolutely risky and dangerous for the entire world,” said Chavez with regard to the ongoing events in Japan.
President Obama has already ordered a safety review of all one hundred and four operational nuclear power plants in the United States, a good start, but no more.
Anti-nuclear activists-and-crawlers have been crawling actively, showing us the way, the truth, and the light. A Chernobyl-on-the-Hudson has been said to be possible even with a magnitude 7.0 earthquake. There are “very long odds, but as the lottery ads say, hey, you never know.” It may be that
a Chernobyl-on-the-Hudson would pose a dire threat to people as far as 500 miles away and necessitate the evacuation of 93 million Americans and Canadians for as long as a year.
Specific and highly reliable information of this sort is obviously good and far more is needed; action must be taken in due course, in the fullness of time, and following ample studies, deliberations, bipartisan compromises, and meetings of the mind.
3. Immediately, however, even more intense and rigorous rethinking must attend the far worse dangers inherent in other sources of energy, particularly all which are both dangerous and environmentally unfriendly. Effective steps can and must be taken immediately to ameliorate these deadly problems. Use of unnatural resources has caused far more human death and suffering than even the recent nuclear disaster in Japan plus that years ago at Chernobyl — thought to have been the worst in history. Unless steps are taken immediately, fire and its ancillary demons will continue to plague us. It must be kept firmly in mind, however, that all sources of energy — even Gaia-given and therefore natural wind can cause death and destruction when used to power unnatural man-made wind turbines.