Sunday, March 20, 2011

Steven Chu on the Sunday Morning Shows

Energy Secretary Steven Chu made the rounds of the morning shows today – virtually all of them – to talk about the Fukushima Daiichi and its implications for the American nuclear energy industry. Let’s see what the lead is in the first coverage of his appearances:

From Bloomburg:

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said the worst is probably over in Japan as efforts to stabilize the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant have had some success.

From The Wall Street Journal:

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said Sunday that the Japanese are making progress at stabilizing the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and said U.S. regulators are reviewing the safety of reactors with a similar design.

This one, from Reuters, tries a different tack:

Japan's nuclear crisis will influence where the United States builds future nuclear power plants, and the operation of a facility near New York City will be reviewed in the wake of the disaster, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said on Sunday.

All plants are being reviewed, so that one’s easy. I haven’t seen the transcript for Fox News Sunday (we have Chu’s appearance on CNN’s State of the Union in an earlier post), which this report uses, but it quotes Chu:

"Certainly where we site reactors -- and where we site reactors going forward -- will be different than where we might have sited them in the past," Chu said on "Fox News Sunday."

The Department of Energy doesn’t usually weigh in on siting; it’d be interesting to see the context of the quote.

Oh, here’s the context, from Fox News itself:

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is reviewing reactor safety in the United States in light of the partial meltdown in Japan, and will determine whether nuclear reactors in the future should be constructed in less populous locations, Energy Secretary Stephen Chu said Sunday.

That makes more sense.

2 comments:

Horizon3 said...

Chu is a funny guy.

Glad he made time to go yap the Sunday morning shows.

Aside from that he has no dog in the hunt, and he's just beating his gums.

He and DOE/EPA have NO jurisdiction over civilian nuclear power plants, they fall exclusively under the NRC which is a separate entity from DOE, and is headed by Chairman Gregory Jaczko.

DocForesight said...

I watched FOX News Sunday and was not impressed with Sec. Chu's answers. No doubt he is a smart man, but being able to vigorously defend the safety and siting of our nuclear power plants would do much to quell the hysteria surrounding this tragic natural calamity in Japan.

Japan is on the "Ring of Fire" fault-tectonic plate and even a 9.0 didn't cause Fukushima to fail. Indian Point carries no such uncertainty - heck, not even Diablo Canyon or San Onofre for gosh sakes!

If you are going to make the appearance on TV, then be fair but resolute in our safety systems, review protocol and designs.