The anti-growth and prosperity lobby has been handed two golden opportunities in the past year. Being opportunists, they have run with them. The hysterical media have been invaluable allies.
The Gulf oil leak was first. Remember the dire predictions? The Gulf would be a dead sea for centuries. The oil would go around Florida, devastate the Eastern seaboard and continue to Ireland. I remember seeing those computer generated maps. Obama did what he wanted to do anyway and couldn't beforehand, shut down exploration. Some people still won't visit the pristine Gulf beaches or eat the seafood.
Now comes the once in a millennium earthquake and tsunami. 10,000 dead, maybe more. $35 billion insured loss. What do the media fixate on? The nuclear power plants that are mostly doing what they are designed to do - contain the radioactivity. I hear Cong. Markey on TV calling for a moratorium. Sound familiar? I see guys on TV talking "meltdown" and radioactive cloud all the way to the US. "We're all going to die!"
I grew up in the era of above ground nuclear testing, as did everyone over 50. Most of us are quite healthy - the healthiest in world history in fact. The radioactivity from those tests was orders of magnitude higher that what has leaked from the Japanese nukes. Grow up, world!