Posted by lex, on March 12th, 2011
It has been said that the deity has a sense of humor: Only witness the incongruity of the giraffe or the orangutan.
A couple of years ago it was, “Drill, baby, drill!” at the Republican National Convention. And then a three-month long oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico clapped a stopper over that sort of talk.
These days, with the reality of diminishing stores of carbon-based energy supplies entwining with the possibility that a carbon-based economy carries within itself the seeds of ecological destruction, thinking minds have turned back to the almost limitless potential of nuclear power.
Which is the exact moment when an earthquake-crippled reactor in Japan goes “Boom!” and the government quietly hands out iodine pills:
Television pictures showed a massive blast at one of the buildings of the Fukushima-Daiichi plant, about 250km (160 miles) north-east of Tokyo.
A huge cloud of smoke billowed out and large bits of debris were flung far from the building…
The Japanese government’s chief spokesman, Yukio Edano, said the concrete building housing the plant’s number one reactor had collapsed but the metal reactor container inside was not damaged.
He said radiation levels around the plant had fallen after the explosion.
Officials ordered the evacuation zone around the plant expanded from a 10km radius to 20km (12 miles). The BBC’s Nick Ravenscroft said police stopped him 60km from the Fukushima-Daiichi plant.
Plans are being made to distribute iodine, which can be used to combat radiation sickness, to residents of the evacuation zone.
God has a sense of humor, all right. When it comes to energy policy, it seems to tend heavily towards the ironic.