[…] Tokyo Electric Power Co., owner of the two heavily damaged complexes, took the unprecedented step of pumping seawater mixed with boric acid into the core of another reactor, Fukushima Daiichi’s unit 1 reactor, to tame ultra-high temperatures from fuel rods that had been partially exposed. In keeping with the natural as well as mechanical challenges of the week, the company had to delay the plan briefly after another, more mild, earthquake rocked the area and led to another tsunami warning. The battle at that reactor was just one of several being waged in the worst nuclear power crisis in a quarter-century. – Japanese nuclear plants’ operator scrambles to avert meltdowns
There can be no doubt that the “partial meltdown” of at least two of Japan’s nuclear plants will be big news on the Sunday shows. The Guardian talked to Greenpeace, driving home that nuclear power doesn’t come cheap and will never be safe.
Those opposed to nuclear power will not let the incident be forgotten, as Jan Beranek, head of Greenpeace’s international nuclear campaign, made clear. “How many more warnings do we need before we finally grasp that nuclear reactors are inherently hazardous? The nuclear industry always tells us that situation like this cannot happen with modern reactors, yet Japan is currently in the middle of a potentially devastating nuclear crisis,” he said.
Chuck Todd will step in on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” which means it will be a lot more interesting. Gov. Mitch Daniels is the big guest, as is Sen. Chuck Schumer. I’m hoping he’ll repeat his thinking that it’s time for a mil-billionaire surtax, which would be a start down the shared sacrifice road.
ABC’s “This Week” and Christiane Amanpour will be live from Japan, with The Hill having the details on what subjects will be covered this morning.
CBS’s “Face the Nation’s” guests are Senators Joe Lieberman and Mary Landrieu talking Japan, Libya and the Middle East.
CNN’s “State of the Union” with Candy Crowley has Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Sen. Dick Durbin.
“Fox News Sunday” has Mitch McConnell, Sen. Mark Warner, Sen. Saxby Chambliss.
Other than that, what are you hearing or reading today? Serve up links in the comments.
While we fight in Afghanistan and Iraq, on our southern border an American professor was kidnapped by armed men in Mexico. She was unadvisedly visiting her family in Ciudad Juarez, which was a foolish move. Pres. Obama and our entire government isn’t taking our real challenges in Mexico seriously, while the Right thinks the problem is illegal immigration. We’ve got a bunch of fools in charge.
And let’s hope everyone remembered to set your clocks forward.
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