An editorial cartoonist often uses humor to make light of a serious situation. How does this cartoonist take a lighthearted approach to a serious situation?
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Japan’s catastrophic earthquake and tsunami have resulted in a possible major nuclear meltdown. This has caused opponents of nuclear energy to point out the danger in the use of nuclear fuel. Environmental activists have long been opposed to the mining and use of even “clean coal,” as well as to drilling for oil off the shores of the U.S. or in Alaska, (which would provide the U.S. with more gasoline) saying it harms the environment and causes global warming. The cartoonist is making light of the opposition to the use of nuclear and fossil fuels by suggesting that the only thing left to do is use energy created by hamsters/gerbils running on their wheels.