The nuclear catastrophe in Japan has re-ignited the debate in Germany about use of nuclear energy. The Green Party is having a field day.
During the dark days of socialist/green government, about ten years ago, they passed laws to drop this energy source in the future. Few could explain how to power the German industrial machine in a better manner, but rational argument rarely matters in politics. Once the conservatives regained power, they immediately reversed the decision.
Unfortunately for politicians, Nature has a way of entering the fray and not listening to politicians' "reasoning". After Fukishima, even the Conservative Party recognized the need react to the news and announced the premature closing of a few older nuclear reactors (which were already planned to be decommissioned). In politics, chemistry, and nuclear physics, every action causes an equal and opposite reaction. The government may have appeased voters, but failed to reckon with the energy companies: they sued, claiming that the decision to close the aging nuclear plants had "no legal basis".
I wonder if the tectonic plates had a "legal basis" for or sought a "legal opinion" before moving underneath Japan. I doubt it. Of course, lawyers somewhere are probably considering the case against Nature...while others will surely be willing to defend the earthquake and tsumani. Fees could be massive...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.