Hey Bibi, say it ain’t so. Just because there is a crisis in Japan doesn’t mean that Israel should throw in the towel on a domestic nuclear energy policy.
In an interview to CNN as reported by Globes, the Israeli PM said,
“The situation in Japan has certainly caused me to reconsider the projects of building civilian nuclear power plants,” Netanyahu said, adding, “I have to tell you I was a lot more enthusiastic about it than I am now. In fact you’d have to give me a very good argument to do it, and fortunately we found natural gas.”
Big mistake. What if Israel’s natural gas industry goes offline? Then what? The fact is that no one has died from the Japan disaster, no one died from Three Mile Island but hundreds if not thousands of people have died producing coal, gas and even wind power. Israel is a leader in clean tech. Let’s not jeoporadize that by getting caught up in the anti-nuclear hoopla.
We can’t be shortsighted regarding energy policy. Let’s hope Sarah Palin’s visit will shake up the PM and he will rethink his opposition to nuclear power.