Our thoughts and prayers are with the citizens of Japan and their families across the world. The devastation is unbelievable, the human suffering unimaginable, and weeks into the catastrophic event, officials are still unusually unsure about an end-game for the disaster. The reactors may remain viable, cooling systems preventing significant levels of radiation escaping and ultimately, meltdown occurring. Or the nation that is an industrial giant may witness a nuclear meltdown. We pray to God the former versus the latter is what we're writing about in a few weeks.
The Nuclear situation in Japan is bad, and I do not mean to downplay the dangers that officials are dealing with on a minute-by-minute basis. However, to quote Mayor Deadfish, Never let a serious crisis go to waste. It would appear the Sith lord's teachings are still honored by his apprentices.
It is a well documented that Senator/Candidate/Olympian Obama had a particular aversion to nuclear energy. Those-hoping-to-get-a-shot-at-the-official-autobiography were quick to quip back "Know who else wanted to get rid of nukes? Huh? Huh? Well it was Ronald Reagan. Thaaaaaaat's right . . . Reagan." (and stated exactly as written). Slight tangent here, but Reagan believe in making obsolete the destructive power of nuclear weapons via a missile defense shield. President Reagan did not want to "get rid of nukes" in regard to cheap, safe, and reliable power generated from terrestrial Nuclear-powered generation plants.
As I often do, I am offering full (or as close as I can and not add to the unemployment rate) disclosure. I am not employed by a utility or power generation company, nor a company that manufactures components utilized by power generation concerns. I do perform occasional communications-related services for an energy company that owns significant nuclear assets. All this to say, I have some degree of first-hand exposure to the domestic nuclear energy generation industry.
Incidentally, read this entry first, but come back and view the video posted below. I do not work for any of the entities featured here, but is a great layman's explanation of nuclear power generation, and the security and safety precautions in place at a typical American plant. (more below)
The Crisis that Isn't Going to Waste (Stay with me here . . . )
Indian Point is the Nuclear station near Buchanan, New York, that has been in the cross hairs of liberal demagogues for quite a while. The plant was a favorite whipping boy of a particular NY Governor/Client 9/Low-rated TV host, who once threatened to shut down the plant because he has had "the state police."
Also a little overlooked fact - Indian Point supplies 25 - 40% of the total electricity to New York City, which happens to be the most populous city in the United States . . . if that means anything. Maybe they want that good 'ol Canadian electricity at slightly higher rates. But I digress.
The Obama administration has begrudgingly let nuclear into the mix of "alternative" energy sources of the past several months. (Kind of like how we "rescinded" the moratorium on off shore drilling in the Gulf Coast, but have granted any new licenses to do so . . . the spirit of the law matters not, if it is counterproductive to the agenda). Anyway, after letting nuclear into the Entergy Ball through the staff entrance, so happened Japan.
At this point let me state that the federally controlled Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has, for decades, made constant and comprehensive assessments on the 140 some-odd nuclear power generation facilities in this nation. It has been a decades-established, non-controversial policy of the NRC that the evacuation zone for an event in which cooling systems begin to fail (as in Japan) is a 10-mile radius from the plant site. For Indian Point, that would involve hundreds of thousands of Upstate New Yorkers.
Yet when the NRC under this administration makes recommendations to Japan regrading evacuation areas, the number comes in at an unqualified and arbitrary 50 mile radius. We're just being safe, right?
Maybe. But I tend to think in more conspiratorial terms. Indian Point is the number-one target of anti-nuclear liberals in America. Its re-licensing activities have to being in 2013 to keep the facility working. If the NRC decides that the 50-mile radius should be the "new normal" versus the accepted 10-mile radius, there's nothing short of a sea-change in the entire industry. A 50-mile radius from Indian Point puts virtually all of New York City proper in the evacuation zone. Yes, that means instead of evacuating tens of thousands of people, you are now evacuating 5 million-plus people, and basically putting the most vibrant city in the world, and the center of world commerce, into limbo. No stock exchange. No big mergers/acquisitions. Not major currency trading. For several days, commerce could literally grind to a halt. And remember, this isn't because of a catastrophic event, this is because of a government expanded evacuation due to a potential event.
Of course, I don't believe Administration wants such a disaster to occur. Realistically, they probably realize that something of that scale is extremely remote. However, that's not the point. Eye-on-the-prize, the goal is to get nuclear out of the equation. Indian Point's licenses come up for renewal in two years. If the "suggestion" of a 50-mile radius in Japan becomes entrenched here under this NRC (as I suspect it will), you have essentially knocked out one of the most significant nuclear providers on in the Eastern United States. This would be comparable to the Gulf of Mexico's oil production going offline for good (oh, wait . . . we're working on that, too).
So this may be kooky conspiracy, but you must admit is it quite odd. My advice would be to buy stock in windmills and whatever company makes the chord you use to charge the Chevy Volt (and purchase the LONG chords . . . I hear it only goes 40 miles to a charge).
Not for Nuclear War but for Nuclear Peace,
Your Tavern Keeper
Nations with non-modernized industrial systems, corrupt regulatory functions, and lax/non-existence public safety precautions should not be allowed to pursue nuclear energy "for peaceful purposes."