Keith Olbermann: Nuclear Power Plants Are “Doomsday Machines”
Look who else is running around his office, palms up, freaking out about nuclear power plants!
After I wrote here on Saturday – not to minimize the tragedy nor the nightmare of Japan and particularly the psychologically destabilizing crises at the various atomic energy facilities there – but that this was the death knell of American Nuclear Power, I actually got two snarky, condescending tweets.
One chided me for being a ‘typical liberal who tried to turn tragedy into politics.’ The other dismissed our risk of something similar to the fact that ‘flyover country was safe from earthquakes and tsunamis so cares about the coasts?’
Seriously. I’d quote them verbatim but neither was as non-scatological nor as concise as that. That’s right, I’m trying to turn tragedy into politics by pointing out that the super-safe Japanese Nuclear Power complex that even President Obama applauded while trying to pitch the same Doomsday Machines to us two years ago, turned out to be not so safe after all, and there’s no reason to assume our antiquated nukes are somehow even as impervious to disaster as Japan’s obviously weren’t.
Yes, Keith is trying to turn tragedy in politics. No amount of sarcasm and snark will hide the fact that deep down he is praying Japan goes Chernobyl.
First, he is a typical liberal. They don’t want oil, coal, natural gas or nuclear power / energy. They want solar and wind and magic fairy dust generated power. The crisis in Japan is a worst-case scenario for them. If Japan gets through this with a relatively minor nuclear disaster (like Three Mile Island), the Left’s campaign against modern energy is toast. How can you possibly argue against nuclear energy in the US when it survived a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and 30 foot high tsunamis and didn’t cause global fallout?
Second, there isn’t a chance in hell he hasn’t considered the fact that GE built the power plants in Japan and he’s still bitter they fired him. That’s how he rolls.
Anyway, the rest of Keith’s anti-nuclear power / attempt to prove he isn’t politicizing tragedy goes on:
Oh, and about ‘flyover country is safe so screw the coasts’? Read on…We associate American earthquakes with California, and to a lesser degree the Pacific Northwest. What most Americans don’t know is that the strongest series of quakes in the history of this country took place on the New Madrid fault line in a seven-week span in the winter of 1811-12.
“New Madrid” was in Missouri - which last time I checked was definitely in flyover country. On 12/16/11 (that’s right, we’re approaching the 200th anniversary off at the horizon) something around a 7.5 hit northeast Arkansas. Fortunately there was almost nobody living there, or in the future site of Memphis, Tennessee, which also rumbled. Liquefaction was reported – you know, when the solid ground suddenly turns into a kind of quicksand. It’s usually reserved for landfill and other unstable surfaces found in places like San Francisco’s Marina. Six hours later there was another quake of roughly the same magnitude. Then they had a month off, until 1/23/12 when a neighboring fault let go with another quake which would have scored at least a 7.0 on the modern Richter scale. The “big one” in the sequence hit on 2/7/12 at New Madrid, which was promptly wiped out. St. Louis was hit hard and the force was so strong (perhaps an 8.0) that it caused temporary waterfalls on the Mississippi River.
That’s right. Keith is using 200 year old history to explain that “nowhere is safe” for nuclear power plants. Let’s ignore the fact that the power plants in Japan withstood the earthquakes. It was the loss of power caused by the tsunamis, not the earthquakes, which triggered the meltdown crises. I’m no scientific historian, but I’m pretty sure we’d have to go back way further than 200 years to find when Missouri, Tennessee, or Arkansas were at risk for tidal waves.
Are we surprised Keith Olbermann is being a hysterical loon? Nope. Are we enjoying it? Oh, yes. Will Current TV be reclassified as a comedy network once Olbermann gets on the air there? It should be.