Keith Olbermann: And Good Night, American Nuclear Power
This is not to minimize the horror or the suffering of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, but for our purposes here the headline is a stark and inarguable one: Japanese Power Company Says It Has Lost Control Of Three Nuclear Plants.
There is really very little else to say. The perfected, flawless, clean-operating, state-of-the-art, ideal future of energy has in 32 years given us Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and now the nightmare scenario of one company saying there is rising pressure at three of its nuclear facilities and it really doesn’t have a damn thing it can do right now except tell everybody to run.
The virtual freeze on nuclear development in this country since the near-hit of Three Mile Island has been a useful stall, but it is only a first step. And instead of enabling the resumption of building such Doomsday Devices here – as he pledged to do a year ago last month – President Obama should officially reinstate the unofficial moratorium, and pledge to begin the process by which we dismantle these sleeping monsters.
So, I’ve been out of the loop for a little while. Apparently, I had thought–or hoped, really–that Keith Olbermann had just gone away. Instead, he’s alive and well (not mentally, of course) and running his own gig at a Web site he named FOK (Friends of Keith) News Channel. How kitschy.
Anyway, in typical never-let-a-crisis-go-to-waste style, Olbermann just yesterday looked at the problems with the nuclear power plants following the Japanese earthquake and used those problems as a reason to denounce nuclear power in general, just as he and other liberals used the Exxon Valdez accident to drive off-shore oil drilling into deeper waters, and the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico to deride deep-water off-shore drilling. It never ends with these people, does it?
Meanwhile, in case Olbermann and his flunkies have forgotten, the entire world is being held hostage by a mid-conflagration Middle East. Oil prices are rising dramatically, and along with them go prices on everything else, from plastics to foods. We need to be in a position where we are the dealer of energy, and not the junkie. That involves building new nuclear power plants. That involves building new refineries. That involves drilling, and fracturing, and mining, and capturing wind, solar and tides.
We need energy independence. True energy independence would save lives across the world, as the money flowing into the Middle East would be cut dramatically. True energy independence would create jobs here. True energy independence would allow for greater national security. That’s what we need. What we don’t need is nuclear obstructionism coming from a bitter and melodramatic has-been.