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Obama Sees Opportunity In Japan Crisis

From an awestruck Reuters:

Obama requests nuclear review, sees risk in Japan

By Jeff Mason and Patricia Zengerle Thu Mar 17, 2011

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Thursday he had requested a comprehensive review of U.S. nuclear facilities, maintaining his support for atomic energy while seeking to apply lessons from the crisis in Japan…

We didn’t see this coming. Not at all.

Of course, just as in the case of the BP spill, Mr. Obama will seize upon the problems in Japan as an excuse to impose a moratorium on any nuclear power plant construction. Which, is in effect already, anyway.

And never mind that if there is any real danger here, it is that we are dependent on nuclear power plants that have reached or are even exceeding their designed life spans.

"In the coming days, we will continue to do everything we can to ensure the safety of American citizens and the security of our sources of energy," he told reporters at the White House. "And we will stand with the people of Japan as they contain this crisis, recover from this hardship, and rebuild their great nation."

[U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission chairman Gregory Jaczkos’] agency will carry out the U.S. review Obama requested. The commission will meet on Monday to begin discussions about it, a NRC spokesman said.

Given Mr. Jaczko’s near hysteria about Japan, this does not bode well for the nuclear power industry in our country.

"Our nuclear power plants have undergone exhaustive study, and have been declared safe for any number of extreme contingencies," Obama said. "But when we see a crisis like the one in Japan, we have a responsibility to learn from this event, and to draw from those lessons to ensure the safety and security of our people."

Yes, we must continue to rely on nuclear plants build in the 1960s and 1970s. That’s the safest thing to do.

The U.S. nuclear industry said it was taking steps to protect the country’s nuclear plants from a catastrophe like the one in Japan. Nuclear energy provides about 20 percent of U.S. electricity.

Really? Does that mean we are going to re-open Yucca Mountain, which Mr. Obama has closed – so that we have some place to put spent nuclear fuel rods? Which, after all, caused the real problems at Fukushima.

The Nuclear Energy Institute said company officials representing all 104 of the U.S. nuclear reactors have agreed to a plan to make sure all companies are prepared for catastrophic events like natural disasters or explosions.

The companies will verify that plants can cope with flooding and situations where there is a total loss of electricity to the plants. They will also inspect equipment needed to respond to fires and floods

Things nobody had ever thought about before, until Mr. Obama realized they might be a problem.

The president, who leaves for South America on Friday, signed a condolence book at the Japanese Embassy and said his administration felt "great urgency" to help

Which is why he is jetting off to Rio for the weekend.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, March 18th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Obama Sees Opportunity In Japan Crisis”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    DingleBarry is beginning to sound like Charlie Browns’ teacher.
    He opens his pie hole and you hear, “Bwaa bwabwabwaa bwa bwa bwa bwa!”
    Crisis my arse!
    Crisis means opportunity and opportunity means another page of the Constitution as his personal butt wipe.

  2. tranquil.night says:

    A sitcom writer could never create a character as comically pathologically delusional as Barry Soetoro. The closest I’ve ever seen is Eric Cartman.

    “Really? Does that mean we are going to re-open Yucca Mountain, which Mr. Obama has closed – so that we have some place to put spent nuclear fuel rods? Which, after all, caused the real problems at Fukushima.”


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