Sen. Joe Lieberman (I., Conn.) is calling for a temporary moratorium on the construction of new nuclear power plants. “The reality is that we’re watching something unfold,” he said in an interview on Face the Nation. “We don’t know where it’s going with regard to the nuclear power plants in Japan right now.” In the short term, he urged lawmakers to “put the brakes” on building new plants “until we understand the ramifications of what has happened in Japan.”
So, let’s review.
- We can’t build nuclear power plants because catastrophic failures can release radiation.
- We can’t build coal plants because they contribute to anthropogenic global warming (or climate change) which will cause untold suffering.
- We can’t build natural gas plants for … the exact same reason, really, although for some reason NG doesn’t seem to get the hate of coal.
- We can’t build wind farms because they kill birds and spoil the view.
- We can’t build solar plants because of the horrid transmission lines they need (this applies to wind farms, too). Plus there’s the water-in-the-desert problem.
- We can’t build hydro because it inconveniences fish.