Evidently the crisis at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in Japan is a lot worse than what we’ve been led to believe, which is hard to ascertain as what we have been led to believe ranges from “Oh my God, it’s a nuclear meltdown!” to “Radiation is actually good for you, especially in mother’s milk.”
I was watching some old clips of the Three Mile Island meltdown on Monday, which was the 30th anniversary of that disaster, and the news clips portrayed genuine concern of an impending doom. Though there were radiation releases at Three Mile Island as a result of meltdown, the containment systems did eventually bring the situation under control. The people shown on the old clips all displayed looks on their faces that said, “What the hell were we thinking? We have got to stop this right now.”
And indeed, many tried to put an end to the psychotic notion of nuclear power plants, that under the best of conditions, leave behind deadly waste with a half life of 35,000 years.
Three Mile Island had two reactors, only one of which melted down. The Fukushima facility has six reactors, all in trouble.
In reading my comments to my article yesterday, the reports of radiation in water particles were all coming from the east coast. Think about that. Before those weather systems ever got to the east coast, they passed over the west coast, over the continental divide, and across the plains, distributing precipitation every step of the way. If you remember, the so called experts told us that the radiation clouds reaching the west coast would dissipate to a great extent during their eight day journey from Japan.
Now, if we are getting radiation readings that aren’t so bad on the east coast, then what must the readings be on the west coast? Maybe not so good?
The fact is no matter how dispersed the individual particles are, if a single one is breathed into the lungs it begins to cause damage immediately. And as the weather systems have distributed precipitation clear across the United States logic dictates that it has already been introduced into our food chain. The only question is, to what extent?
The people who know are not telling us, which leads me to believe it is a lot worse than is being projected. I am sickened when I think that those we are paying to guard our health and keep us informed are putting billion dollar loans to the nuclear power industry above our health. But they are.
I think they believe that if they only give us the bad news a little bit at a time, by the time we finally realize the full magnitude of the situation we will simply accept it as a fate accompli.
I talked yesterday about Japanese ownership of properties in the United States. How about this? We tell the empire of Japan, “Through your negligence you have just poisoned our people. We are zeroing all accounts and you now owe us an annuity of one quarter of your nation’s gross domestic product for the next 35,000 years or until all consequences of your negligent act have dissipated into history.”
As Americans we’ve always been held to account for every situation. Did we not pay to rebuild Japan after WWII, even though they fired the first shot?
I think the American people had better put their foot down on this one. We need to stop nuclear energy production because it just isn’t worth it. And then we need to ascertain the damage done to us by the Japanese and get equitable compensation for our people who are going be adversely affected for God knows how long.