Nuclear Power Struggle

And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:



Power Struggle

As Japan struggles to contain the crippled Fukushima Daichi nuclear plant, many are wondering about the dangers of nuclear power.

There are certainly risks as we are seeing in Japan. But according to one report, wind energy has killed more Americans than nuclear energy in the last four decades.

The Caithness Wind Farm Information Forum says there were 35 fatalities associated with wind turbines in the U.S. from 1970 to 2010. However, nuclear energy did not kill a single American in that timeframe.

Civil Debate

The powerful labor union AFL-CIO is linking the civil rights movement with the fight for collective bargaining and worker benefits.

The Washington Examiner notes the union is planning a series of nationwide events to commemorate the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination in Memphis after speaking on behalf of striking garbage collectors.

An AFL-CIO spokesman says -- quote -- "Workers' rights and civil rights go hand in hand. It's a time to remind people what [Martin Luther King] was fighting for."

However, a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights says -- quote -- "It is delusion, bordering on abomination, to try to equate what Martin Luther King was doing in Memphis to public workers getting Cadillac benefits for which they contribute very little, or nothing, at taxpayers' expense."

Young Man's Game

And finally, updating a story in our Friday Follow-Up segment,

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi says he's too old to have had the sexual encounters he is accused of by prosecutors.

Berlusconi says -- quote -- "Even though I am a little brat... 33 girls in two months seems like too much even for a 30-year-old."