The BBC is reporting that Germany has temporarily shut down seven of its nuclear power plants while it “reconsiders its nuclear strategy”. Chancellor Angela Merkel said all reactors that went into operation before 1980 would be taken offline, while safety checks would be carried on the country’s remaining plants.
This seems to me to be a bit of an over-reaction, but not out of character with the hysterical reactions whipped up by doctrinal environmentalists all over the globe. One can almost detect gloating in their ranks as to what has occurred in Japan.
Entire villages have been swept away and the death toll will be in the tens of thousands. Yet the environment obsessed media are focusing on the nuclear reactors where nobody has yet been killed and radiation releases are minimal.
Real Clear Markets reports that according to Ron Ballinger, professor of nuclear science at MIT, radiation spiked at about 100 millirems at Fukushima No. 3 before the first explosion. By comparison, you get about 35 millirems on a trans-Atlantic flight. A resident of mile-high Denver gets about 50 millirems a year.