This was definitely an Ides of March to beware of.
Japan faced a potential nuclear catastrophe after explosions at three reactors at a nuclear power plant sent radiation toward Tokyo. The fear factor sent shivers through world stock markets which tumbled.
Fear also reportedly prompted some Americans to buy potassium iodide tablets and Geiger counters. Good idea?
Reuters energy correspondent Tom Doggett reports that Energy Secretary Steven Chu didn’t see the necessity. “I think there’s essentially no concern in terms of the health effects on American shores. So, I think that they really shouldn’t be doing those things quite frankly, but, you know, it’s a free country,” Chu said after a hearing.
Since the Japan nuclear crisis, the administration has kept repeating President Barack Obama’s policy for expanding nuclear power as part of the U.S. energy mix. And today was no exception.
Chu said lessons could be learned from Japan, but that was not a reason to delay expansion. “I think those things can proceed,” he said.