At least that’s the way the knee-jerk anti-nuke media would have it.
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The lesson should be that if you don’t build a badly-designed reactor and hire idiots to run it — à la Chernobyl — a nuclear power plant can be as safe as any power plant can be.
If we learn anything from the Japanese disaster it is that we should push forward with nuclear power — applying the lessons the Japanese learn with our own best engineering and science — at the fastest pace possible. Which is a lot faster than the liberals will want to allow despite the facts. Our record on nuclear power — including TMI, in which (according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission) no one in the facility or surrounding community was injured — is excellent.
We should remember that the U.S. Navy has had nuclear-powered ships since 1953. In the 58 years since, there have been no accidents or man-made mishaps. None. Which is a good thing for the Japanese because one of those ships is providing massive relief that nothing else can.
A huge area of Japan is in desperate need of help. This earthquake has disrupted the supply of fresh water, electricity, communications and destroyed airfields and roads on which relief efforts need to flow. Then the Big Dogs started mobilizing.
There are thousands of U.S. Marines and hundreds of US Air Force aircraft stationed in Japan and they are already operating search and rescue missions in conjunction with Japanese forces and distributing relief supplies. Many of the Seventh Fleet’s combatant and supply ships are already there and more are on the way. They bring massive quantities of food, medical supplies, and construction equipment, as well as communications hubs that can fill any gaps. (Pre-positioned relief packages, such as the ones now sailing quickly toward Japan, contain everything you’d think of, from MRE’s [Meals, Ready to Eat] to baby food, to save lives and provide some level of comfort.)
When the USS Ronald Reagan arrived off the coast of Japan it changed the game.
The Reagan — like all Nimitz-class carriers — has the capability to produce over 400,000 gallons of potable water every day, and other ships can produce nearly that amount. The carrier’s four-acre deck will be the “lily pad” for Japanese and U.S. helicopters flying rescue and supply missions 24/7. As my friend retired RAdm. Mike Groothousen (former commander of the Reagan’s sister ship, USS Harry S. Truman) reminded me, if you’re not using the catapults and arresting gear — which helos don’t need — your deck crews can operate around the clock for a long time.
And, as Groot told me, the carriers have a lot of radiation-monitoring equipment aboard. They can help the Japanese determine how serious any radiation leaks may be.
Japan will recover, the damage of the earthquake itself overshadowing any effect of the damage to — or caused by — its nuclear power plants. A lot has changed since 1954. These days, Godzilla is a good guy.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?