The State of the Union? -" Irradiated, Coaled, and All Fracked Up
David Kraft, Director
Nuclear Energy Information Service
January 25, 2011
"I went down to Rio with absolutely no expectations that anything of substance would be achieved. And I returned having all my expectations met."
--environmental delegate to the 1992 Rio Earth Summit--
I suppose the same could be said concerning President Barack Obama's second State of the Union message regarding energy policy.
Last year the President stunned the environmental community by unveiling a "green economy" based on three energy pillars -" clean coal, off-shore oil drilling, and clean safe nuclear power.
Within weeks of the address the first pillar collapsed -" literally -" on 29 coal miners at the Upper Big Branch Massey Mine in West Virginia. Two days before Earth Day, BP strictly adhered to its corporate mission of "bringing oil to America's shores" by creating the Gulf disaster. Mercifully, we did not see Obama's third pillar -- nuclear power -- come crashing down on the Nation in 2010.
So this year, we were all prepared for -" more of the same. And got it, in abundance.