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Nuclear Overreactions

Nuclear Overreactions
As the Wisconsin debate exposed the unholy alliance between unions and the Democratic Party, Sean felt that we’re also beginning to see the unholy relationship between environmental groups and Democrats. Sean mentioned an article that appeared in the Wall Street Journal that illustrated how we should learn from disasters and not flee everything involving risk {Article}. Due in part to the ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan, liberals and Democrats have seized the opportunity to call for less reliance on nuclear energy because of the potential dangers involved. “Because a plane crashes we don’t stop flying, because an oil rig explodes we don’t stop drilling. Because the Challenger space shuttle blew up we didn’t stop shuttle flights,” Sean explained. We should learn from the Japanese nuclear crisis, not let it feed a political panic over nuclear power in general. The WSJ article concludes, “Modern civilization is in the daily business of measuring and mitigating risk, but its advance requires that we continue to take risk. It would compound Japan's tragedy if the lesson America learns is that we should pursue the illusory and counterproductive goal of eliminating all risk.”

Clinton Calls Obama’s Anti-Drilling Policies Ridiculous
From the “things you never thought you’d read” department: Bill Clinton said that he agrees with George W. Bush. Former President Bill Clinton said that delays in offshore oil and gas drilling permits are “ridiculous” at a time when the economy is still rebuilding. Clinton spoke on a panel with former President George W. Bush that was closed to the media. Video of their moderated talk with IHS CERA Chairman Daniel Yergin was also prohibited. But according to multiple people in the room, Clinton, surprisingly, agreed with Bush on many oil and gas issues, including criticism of delays in permitting offshore since last year's Gulf of Mexico spill. “There wasn’t a word about this in the mainstream media. Not a word,” Sean said incredulously.

How Important Is It For U.S. To Support Japan?
Sean spoke with Mary Kissel, a Wall Street Journal editorial board member, who just returned from Asia where she ran the Journal's Asia opinion section. Sean asked Kissel about the importance of U.S. support for Japan. “If you remember back in 1995 in the Kobe earthquake, the officials back then were very slow to react, they were heavily criticized. And I think the government of Naoto Kan this time has realized the scale of the disaster and he's embracing U.S. help,” Kissel explained. “It is important for us to support Japan. They are our strongest and most important ally in North Asia.” The quake in Japan will also take a massive financial toll on the country. “Undoubtedly this is going to be a big hit to their industrial production. They're going to have to muster a lot of people to come together and to help rebuild Japan. Japan also though, you have to remember, was as prepared as one possibly could be for this sort of disaster. Their level of expertise there is very high,” Kissel concluded.

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Newt Gingrich

Newton Leroy "Newt" Gingrich (born Newton Leroy McPherson ; June 17, 1943) is an American politician who served as the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999. In 1995, Time magazine selected him as the Person of the Year for his role in leading the Republican Revolution in the House, ending 40 years of the Democratic Party being in the majority. During his tenure as Speaker, he represented the public face of the Republican opposition to Bill Clinton . A college history professor, political leader, and author, Gingrich twice ran unsuccessfully for the House before winning a seat in the election of November 1978. He was re-elected 10 times, and his activism as a member of the House's Republican minority eventually enabled him to succeed Dick Cheney as House Minority Whip in 1989. As a co-author of the 1994 Contract with America , Gingrich was in the forefront of the Republican Party's dramatic success in that... More >

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