Video: Obama calls for comprehensive review of U.S. nuclear plants

posted at 5:38 pm on March 17, 2011 by Allahpundit

I’m sure there’ll be some grousing about this, but as someone who lives within the potential exclusion zone of the single riskiest nuke plant in the U.S. (which also makes it a prime terrorist target), it’s A-OK by me. In fact, I’ll go a step further and say that The One deserves credit for sticking by nuclear power while other world leaders have predictably begun hyperventilating. Even a guy with a spine as steely as Bibi Netanyahu admits that he’s rethinking the issue, which is understandable given how a Fukushima-type disaster might affect a country of Israel’s size but still a blow to the international pro-nuke movement. Still, I don’t think you’ll see Obama cave on this. Greenpeace and the rest can scream all the want, but clean energy is key to the left’s policy solutions to global warming. So the Atlantic is right: As unlikely as it may seem, there really is something of a pro-nuclear consensus in Washington right now. Whether there’s a similar consensus outside Washington is, er, less certain.

As for the rest of his statement, the “we stand with Japan” statements are nice but he missed an opportunity here to delve into the details of just how low the risk to the U.S. is from Japanese radiation. He touches on it and even repeats the no-harmful-radiation line for good measure, but given the health risks from nuclear paranoia, some hard data for viewers to chew on would have gone a long way. I’m thinking of something like this piece at RealClearScience crunching the numbers on deaths and disease at Chernobyl; adding a fact sheet along those lines to the White House website and having Obama point people there could stave off a lot of panic among the iodide-pill-popping set. Too bad.

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I hate this man.

pseudonominus on March 17, 2011 at 5:39 PM

In other words, let’s hamstring even more of our domestic energy supply.

CurtZHP on March 17, 2011 at 5:40 PM

The One deserves credit for sticking by nuclear power

Sure he does. It is called General Electric.

cyclown on March 17, 2011 at 5:41 PM

*facepalm*

Yeah, like that “comprehensive review” of oil platform safety after the Deepwater Horizon spill?

God forbid there be a coal mining disaster before this jackhole’s term is up.

teke184 on March 17, 2011 at 5:41 PM

“Let me be clear…”

You know…

… If you have to say it, you aren’t.

Seven Percent Solution on March 17, 2011 at 5:42 PM

If I worked in a U.S. nuclear plant, I`d start sending out job applications. He`s looking to close and not in the good way.

ThePrez on March 17, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Well no, this is smart for him politically and, given the goings-on in Japan, no Republican will oppose him.

Republicans should be in favor of nuclear modernization. A lot of these plants are old and need upgrading.

victor82 on March 17, 2011 at 5:42 PM

No problem with this…for now.

Christien on March 17, 2011 at 5:44 PM

“Fore!”

Mason on March 17, 2011 at 5:45 PM

I actually agree with Obama. All safety precautions and possible problems should be looked at.

portlandon on March 17, 2011 at 5:45 PM

God forbid there be a coal mining disaster before this jackhole’s term is up.

teke184 on March 17, 2011 at 5:41 PM

There was one in Chile wasn`t there?………… Close enough!

ThePrez on March 17, 2011 at 5:45 PM

“Let me be clear: you will all freeze in the dark before I allow any energy to be developed.”

AshleyTKing on March 17, 2011 at 5:47 PM

I don’t know, every time Obama starts a comprehensive review, whatever is being reviewed seems to come to a halt for an indeterminate period of time.

SouthernRoots on March 17, 2011 at 5:48 PM

adding a fact sheet along those lines to the White House website and having Obama point people there could stave off a lot of panic among the iodide-pill-popping set.

Far as I’m concerned those “iodide-pill-poppers” are the problem. The MSM and the White House need to ramp up the panic. Get those lemmings to run off a cliff on their own. All it would take would be for The One to get on TV and start screaming “WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE!” – just as he takes off for Rio.

GarandFan on March 17, 2011 at 5:50 PM

Wrecking Ball standing by nukes because GE depends on the revenue?

naaaaah, sorry that couldn’t be the reason. Move along.

PappyD61 on March 17, 2011 at 5:52 PM

I heard Obama is tasking his energy czar to develop a perpetual motion machine.

hisfrogness on March 17, 2011 at 5:52 PM

You know what is safe: GE coal-burning power plants. And a bunch of electric cars that need to be charged by those plants.

Even better if the lithium components for the batteries are sourced from socialist countries…

darclon on March 17, 2011 at 5:54 PM

stockpiling wood and candles, maybe better buy a forest just in case Urkel suspends nuclear production.

he really intends on returning us to the dark ages.

hey, I’ve got two Omish made end tables maybe I could buy some oil lamps from em.

How long does a laptop battery run?

Better get a generator too and my own oil field or hey,ethanol plant I’ve got corn I can start up a still and make me some ethanol to run the generator, feed the dog the mash and if all hell breaks loose drink myself silly.
Wow 14 years since I’ve done that!

dhunter on March 17, 2011 at 5:54 PM

“Let me be clear: you will all freeze in the dark before I allow any energy to be developed.”

AshleyTKing on March 17, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Then we could all be ecofriendly living off of organic farms with no carbon footprint.

Grunt on March 17, 2011 at 5:55 PM

Oh, look… gettin’ to be about time for another moratorium on something we’ve been using for YEARS.

Then again, when Sarah runs on Energy Independence, she’s going to mop the floor with the guy and then throw the mop out with the water.

On a very slightly different note, does anyone else feel like it’s 1978 or ’79? I was only 9 at the time, and all of this feels just like that did.

The world is going insane around us, we have no energy and can’t make or use any, we’re being told it’s all going downhill that the U.S. is over as a nation, that we can’t, we can’t, we can’t, we can’t…

Yep… at least ’78 and getting to ’79 real quick.

UnderstandingisPower on March 17, 2011 at 5:55 PM

I’m sure there’ll be some grousing about this, but as someone who lives within the potential exclusion zone of the single riskiest nuke plant in the U.S. (which also makes it a prime terrorist target), it’s A-OK by me.

You realize that the guards at the nuclear sites don’t ask questions first, right? Any aggressive unauthorized vehicle would be ventilated rather quickly.

I’m not even sure if a commercial aircraft could even breach the reactor chamber.

darclon on March 17, 2011 at 5:58 PM

The man is a perpetual committee.

jake-the-goose on March 17, 2011 at 6:02 PM

I actually agree with Obama. All safety precautions and possible problems should be looked at.

portlandon on March 17, 2011 at 5:45 PM

You may think you agree with Obama, but that is predicated upon Obama agreeing with Obama.

Call me a cynic…

“You’re a cynic!”

But I don’t believe a word that comes out of his mouth.

turfmann on March 17, 2011 at 6:03 PM

Obama: “After an extensive review we have determined all new nuke plants must withstand a magnitude 15 earthquake and 500 foot tsunamis. I really, really, really, really want us to build new plants. But safety first you know. I’m the most pro-nuke guy around, but let’s be smart about it. GO NUCLEAR POWER!”

NotCoach on March 17, 2011 at 6:04 PM

Obama made a statement or a speech or something? He could turn into Reagan 2.0 and I wouldn’t know it for six months because I’ve stopped paying attention to the tool.

pugwriter on March 17, 2011 at 6:04 PM

adding a fact sheet along those lines to the White House website and having Obama point people there could stave off a lot of panic among the iodide-pill-popping set. Too bad.

The bigger the crisis/crises, the better the small man can hide under the pile/s.

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2011 at 6:04 PM

Rio awaits

faraway on March 17, 2011 at 6:06 PM

Everyone read this, especilly the 2nd page on the GE farking the taxpayers all got/get, from many directions.

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2011 at 6:06 PM

That front page picture of Lenin is a classic…or is it of Mussolini?

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2011 at 6:08 PM

I believe Obama is as much a supporter of nuclear power as he is a supporter of oil exploration and drilling.

sharrukin on March 17, 2011 at 6:08 PM

We have to make sure that when the world ends, that no nuclear power plants are running.

astonerii on March 17, 2011 at 6:11 PM

We have to make sure that when the world ends, that no nuclear power plants are running.

astonerii on March 17, 2011 at 6:11 PM

But if we do that we won’t have those fun Mutant Cannibal Zombies roaming the wastelands!

sharrukin on March 17, 2011 at 6:13 PM

If ø was a normal, plausible POTUS, suggesting a reassessment and analysis of safety, etc. would be quite reasonable.

Given the realities, whatever report they come up with will be groomed. And it won’t matter anyway, the EPA etc. will prevent anything they want to prevent, no matter what the facts are. So ø can support nuclear E all day long, knowing that without permits, inspections, … none will every happen.

jodetoad on March 17, 2011 at 6:16 PM

Hey, lets have a comprehensive review of comprehensive reveiws. That should keep The-Won tied up until the next election.

MikeA on March 17, 2011 at 6:18 PM

Republicans should be in favor of nuclear modernization. A lot of these plants are old and need upgrading.

victor82 on March 17, 2011 at 5:42 PM

They are old because the enviros & others won’t let them build new ones.

marinetbryant on March 17, 2011 at 6:21 PM

yeah, baby, I just got to do this speech and I’ll get back to packing the girls’ suitcases and yeeesssss, I remembered to pack they toothbrushes and yessssss I remembered to pack they swimsuits AND the dog collar and your cellulite er… skin cream and that gladiator belt, er… really stylish leather belt you love to wear…yes honey we gonna have a great time in Rio!!/

ted c on March 17, 2011 at 6:22 PM

Why not a moratorium? The liberal base would love you as millions suffer.

Valiant on March 17, 2011 at 6:31 PM

I think this situation has a lot to do with whether or not you have a nuclear power plant in your backyard.

I saw this article earlier at NewsBusters. It sort of puts the threat of nuclear plants in perspective. Well, like I said, unless you have one in your backyard.

I was surprised, but not shocked that we only get nine percent of or energy production from nuclear power. It sounds like we need some alarmist reaction to the many deaths caused by wind turbines. Wonder why we don’t hear more about these fatalities from wind farms when they only make up 0.7 percent of our energy production.

Inconvenient Truth: Wind Energy Has Killed More Americans Than Nuclear
http://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/lachlan-markay/2011/03/17/inconvenient-truth-wind-energy-has-killed-more-americans-nuclear

I would like to know how our security is at these nuclear facilities. I would hope we have a strong security presence.

chief on March 17, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Still, I don’t think you’ll see Obama cave on this.

I’m betting on a cave, one of my dollars for every one of your donuts. As usual, Øbama will say one thing and do another.

But, of course, it all depends on the definition of “cave”.

If ever there were a serious Øbama initiative for more nuke power, consider it soon to be dissipated, obfuscated, over-regulated, and dilapidated.

petefrt on March 17, 2011 at 6:42 PM

Hey lets send them all back through the permitting process. It’s only 20% of our electricity, so what’s few rolling blackouts like they have in Kenya.

tarpon on March 17, 2011 at 6:46 PM

This idea that IPEC and Pilgrim are 1 and 2 for earthquake risk is complete HORSESHIT.

So look at this map from the USGS and tell me where NY and MA rate.

ACE actually had a good comparison of the map with nuclear plant locations, and both IPEC and Pilgrim are way, WAY down the list.

There may be risks involved with both plants, but it isn’t from earthquakes.

deadrody on March 17, 2011 at 6:46 PM

yeah, baby, I just got to do this speech and I’ll get back to packing the girls’ suitcases and yeeesssss, I remembered to pack they toothbrushes and yessssss I remembered to pack they swimsuits AND the dog collar and your cellulite er… skin cream and that gladiator belt, er… really stylish leather belt you love to wear…yes honey we gonna have a great time in Rio!!/

ted c on March 17, 2011 at 6:22 PM

M’chell getting her wardrobe ready: Does This Make My Butt Look Big?

slickwillie2001 on March 17, 2011 at 6:53 PM

If he were really born in Hawaii he might be more concerned?

SouthernGent on March 17, 2011 at 6:53 PM

I bet some people have already been cogitating about safety precautions and potential problems even before Obama’s dreamy speech.

Little Boomer on March 17, 2011 at 7:02 PM

hey, I’ve got two Omish Amish made end tables maybe I could buy some oil lamps from em.

dhunter on March 17, 2011 at 5:54 PM

Are they really Amish or were you conned by those heathen Mennonites?

SKYFOX on March 17, 2011 at 7:05 PM

The big question… Will there be a Commission formed??

A nice big commission?

Let it be made up of 50 ivy league lawyers and 50 representatives from the media; You know, so there are some real experts on the commission. Maybe bring in a guy from Los Alamos or Lawrence Livermore to keep the experts well supplied with coffee and keep the crayons nice and sharp.

LegendHasIt on March 17, 2011 at 7:08 PM

Hey lets send them all back through the permitting process. It’s only 20% of our electricity, so what’s few rolling blackouts like they have in Kenya.

tarpon on March 17, 2011 at 6:46 PM

Now now, it’s not as bad as all that. It’s really only about 13% of our generation at any one time. We have about 20% nuclear capacity but there are always one or two shut down for maintenance or something. If my math is right all we have to do is shut off electricity to San Francisco, LA, Chicago, Detroit, New Orleans, Washington D.C., New York and Boston and we’ll be able to shut down all those nasty nukes no problem. See not so bad.

Oldnuke on March 17, 2011 at 7:22 PM

Are they really Amish or were you conned by those heathen Mennonites?

SKYFOX on March 17, 2011 at 7:05 PM

Jesh thanks for the correction, Amish from a town I lived in as a little kid, Loudenville OH, Amish country!

dhunter on March 17, 2011 at 7:24 PM

So far in this “nuclear crisis” there have been no deaths due to radioactive materials, no overdoses to anyone on site. The one person transported to a hospital for radiation exposure received a dose that would be considered safe for a US radiation worker but Japan has much lower standards than the rest of the world (1/5 of the international exposure standards).

Radiation is declining at the boundaries of the site. (readings at noon on the 17th (yesterday Japan time) were only 20% of the reading the day before.

Power is restored to plants 5 and 6, power may be restored to plant 2 today (Friday, Japan time).

They might have things on the way to being wrapped up within 48 hours.

crosspatch on March 17, 2011 at 7:27 PM

If my math is right all we have to do is shut off electricity to San Francisco, LA, Chicago, Detroit, New Orleans, Washington D.C., New York and Boston and we’ll be able to shut down all those nasty nukes no problem. See not so bad.

Oldnuke on March 17, 2011 at 7:22 PM

I COULD go for that, BUT then those jackazzes would want to move where we live and poop in our playground, leave em where they are and turn out the lights and I’m OK with it good idea!

dhunter on March 17, 2011 at 7:27 PM

1 year, 7 months, 21 days…

somewhatconcerned on March 17, 2011 at 7:30 PM

Look. When Jeffrey R. Immelt stops having slumber parties in the White House, I’ll start worrying.

BigAlSouth on March 17, 2011 at 7:30 PM

Ah, the old “comprehensive review” ploy. A classic.

mojo on March 17, 2011 at 8:04 PM

I hate this man and all that he represents and his evil shadow.

pseudonominus on March 17, 2011 at 5:39 PM

As do I. And, FIFY.

ericdijon on March 17, 2011 at 9:41 PM

I hate this man and all that he represents and his evil shadow.
pseudonominus on March 17, 2011 at 5:39 PM
As do I. And, FIFY.
ericdijon on March 17, 2011 at 9:41 PM

His Divine Shadow? I have cluster lizards….and protoblood!

Oldnuke on March 17, 2011 at 9:55 PM

I’m not even sure if a commercial aircraft could even breach the reactor chamber.

darclon on March 17, 2011 at 5:58 PM

They can not. the planes have gotten bigger, but not harder. they go spat.

Slowburn on March 17, 2011 at 10:42 PM

Yea, let’s make sure all our nuclear power plants are not susceptible to being hit by an earthquake and a tsunami on the same day

Fed45 on March 18, 2011 at 12:15 AM

Nuclear Problem In Japan: Is Obama Partly Responsible?

Our government demanded that the Japanese dismantle – that is, permanently remove – over five gigawatts of power in order to help them with a critical safety problem that had the potential to destroy 100 square miles of land and kill or injure thousands of people?

That as compensation for helping them we demanded that they cripple their electrical generating capacity on a permanent basis?

Awful nice country you’ve got there. Be a shame if anything happened to it.

Rae on March 18, 2011 at 12:50 AM

You never know when a 9.0 earthquake is going to hit the Monticello, followed by a surge from Lake Superior, 200 miles away…

I’m sure your typical leftist, whether here, or in Europe, can figure out the difference between Minnesota or Germany, and coastal Japan.

MNHawk on March 18, 2011 at 7:19 AM

Calls for a new “stimulus” spending billions to research the commercial use of unicorn farts in 3…2…1…

John Deaux on March 18, 2011 at 8:22 AM

I actually agree with Obama. All safety precautions and possible problems should be looked at.

portlandon on March 17, 2011 at 5:45 PM

Really? Do you honestly believe there aren’t already 1000 people both in and out of govt who haven’t and aren’t already looking at every conceivable problem?

This is, once again, preparing the ground. This is so obama and his people, who are all woefully ignorant about this subject, can find a way to limit nuclear power in this country.

We’ll all whine about it when he figures out which tactic to use, but he will figure it out and implement it and wrap it up in all kinds of “safety” messages aimed at saving the children. And he’ll get away with it again.

runawayyyy on March 18, 2011 at 10:37 AM