Similarities of events (patterns) warrant a re-examination of the consequences.
For example, when liberalization of energy production options in the United States produces a renaissance in nuclear power generation approvals interest as a viable power generation strategy, and The One actually approves off shore drilling, it seemed that the U.S. was on its way to a Brazil like strategy of finally becoming its own producer of its own energy.
But Deepwater Horizon ignites in the Gulf of Mexico — and the official investigations still have no clue as to what happened.
Predictably, The One reversed himself on off shore drilling — and refuses to reverse his imperious “executive order” to ban drilling, despite a court order to do just that.
Then, just when it was safe to go back in the physics lab, an earthquake produces a tsunami that scours the coast line of Japan with a water-borne debris field that has an evil efficiency that makes the landscape look like everything below the top soil has been ground away by a huge belt sander — including the water pumps and electrical systems to keep three nuclear reactors from melting down.
Thus cometh the yelping and hand-wringers-of-do-something, who are ready to yield to the leadership of the Chinese. They just announced they are stopping the construction of some 100 (expensive and difficult to build) nuclear power generation stations.
After all, what do the Chinese care? They are building one and a half coal fired power generation plants a week.
This, of course, brings up a great point — in the U.S. half our electricity is generated by coal.
Now that the latest conspiracy of events has stopped off shore drilling and delivered a blow to the body politic on nuclear power — we should all buy coal stocks.
After all, what’s left? Wind and solar power?
Given that life without electricity is far less safe than life with electricity, perhaps that should be the alternative considered by the hand-wringers and nattering nabobs of negativism.