@Nancy - first of all, I am an East Coast guy. That photo was taken during a family vacation to the Outer Banks in North Carolina and is a sunrise, not a sunset.
Japan is NOT putting nuclear plants on hold, they are reevaluating their energy plans and will announce the conclusions of that reevaluation in the coming months. I fully expect that rational people will recognize that even with seismic concerns and the threat of tsunamis that nuclear is a far better option for that relatively small, northern latitude, densely populated island nation than unreliable wind or solar energy that requires enormous material resources.
I actually support new taxes - if we are going to spend money we should stop borrowing and start paying.
Your assertion that energy has to be expensive makes me think that you have a relationship with the establishment energy business - they LOVE expensive energy because the high prices drop right to their bottom lines. Take a good look at the profit and loss statements of companies like ExxonMobil, Shell, BP, Chevron, and ConocoPhillips. While most of us suffer when fuel prices (not just gasoline, but natural gas and electricity) go up, those companies rake in the profits by the tens of billions per quarter!
Nuclear energy is very threatening to them because it is reliable, emission free and affordable. The average cost to operate existing nuclear electric facilities in the US today is about 2 cents per kilowatt hour. Sure, that does not include the cost of construction because most of the plants are fully amortized and mortgage free already. I remember when they were being built - the professional opposition told us then that they were way too expensive. I wish that the corporate and political leaders had had the foresight to continue building despite the naysayers. If they had, we would have stopped burning coal in the US by 2000 and probably stopped burning natural gas by about 2005. Our grid would look a lot more like France's does today.
Instead, the coal supported Carter Administration put the brakes on nuclear energy development. The coal supported Congress broke apart the Atomic Energy Commission and created the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Since that new organization was created in 1974, there has not been a single new nuclear power facility in the United States that started planning and started operation. Every one of the existing plants started its application before the NRC was formed.
I do not look at photos of wind turbines with fondness; I have visited actual wind farms to see that up close they are massive machines that are a blight on their surroundings. The typical industrial scale turbine is on a tower that is taller than a 40 story building, has blades longer than a football field and has a nacelle that is larger than a locomotive. They are annoyingly noisy for anyone within a few thousand feet and they produce some very irritating moving shadows that can stretch several thousand feet away during the morning and evening hours. They have to have flashing lights on all night to warn aircraft. In other words - perhaps pastoral from a sufficient distance, ugly when seen from nearby.