In an event that has already faded into the dim and ancient memory of our media, two weeks ago there was a catastrophic explosion at a natural-gas-fired powerplant under construction in Connecticut.
Six people were killed and many more were injured. A $1B development was destroyed.
I can’t help but compare and contrast “clean and safe natural gas” to “dirty and dangerous nuclear power”….
Hmmm, how many people have been killed by civilian nuclear power plant accidents in the United States?
But lots of people get killed by natural gas explosions and coal mining accidents, to say nothing for the tens of thousands slowly killed by the emissions of burning coal.
Just out of curiosity, I decided to peruse some of my favorite anti-nuclear, pro-renewable websites and blogs, to see how they responded to the disaster in Connecticut, and to see if they showed some consistency by calling on a ban on natural gas just as they continually call on a ban on nuclear energy.
My first stop: Joe Romm and his blog “Climate Progress”.
Let’s see what Joe has said since February 7th. Now remember, Joe writes a lot since he gets paid to blog by his “non-profit” employer. Since February 7th, Joe has written more than 60 posts, and NOT ONE of them has been about the disaster in Connecticut.
But he found time to write one about the incomprehensibly miniscule tritium leak from the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, with the obligatory Homer Simpson cartoon thrown in for good measure.
He also found time to mock Bill Gates for asking for an energy miracle, probably since Gates thinks that miracle will be found in nuclear power.
Amazing, Joe. You have time to strain at tritium, but you swallow the natural gas disaster without a mention. Truly amazing.
What about the Sierra Club?
Neither their “Compass” blog nor the personal blog of their head Carl Pope found time to mention the natural gas disaster in the last two weeks. Must not have been that important, I guess.
Then I get to Greenpeace.
Bless their brain-dead little hearts, they said something. Wedged between numerous posts burning with anger and hatred against nuclear energy, was this one little nugget. Michelle Frey, nine days after the disaster, mentions a “chemical blast” and calls on the government for better “chemical security legislation”. Bless her green little heart, she wants the government to make things safer.
You know, like the Nuclear Regulatory Agency is supposed to do for nuclear power plants.
So the score is: Joe Romm, 0; Sierra Club, 0; Greenpeace, 1. And I’m not even taking points away for all the anti-nuclear crap they wrote in the meantime.
On the other hand, the pro-nuclear blogosphere has been ready and responsive on this topic.
Rod Adams has written three pieces worthy of mention:
The anti-nuclear, “environmentalist” movement continues to lose all credibility based on how they ignore this tragedy.