We’re In The Most Dangerous Moment Since the Cuban Missile Crisis

Scientists Warn of Extreme Risk

We’ve long said that the greatest short-term threat to humanity is from the fuel pools at Fukushima.

The Japanese nuclear agency recently green-lighted the removal of the spent fuel rods from Fukushima reactor 4’s spent fuel pool. The operation is scheduled to begin this month.

The head of the U.S. Department of Energy correctly notes:

The success of the cleanup also has global significance. So we all have a direct interest in seeing that the next steps are taken well, efficiently and safely.

If one of the pools collapsed or caught fire, it could have severe adverse impacts not only on Japan … but the rest of the world, including the United States. Indeed, a Senator called it a national security concern for the U.S.:

The radiation caused by the failure of the spent fuel pools in the event of another earthquake could reach the West Coast within days. That absolutely makes the safe containment and protection of this spent fuel a security issue for the United States.

Hiroaki Koide – a nuclear scientist working at the University of Kyoto – says:

I’m worried about whether Tepco can treat all the 1,331 [spent-fuel] assemblies without any problem and how long it will take.

Award-winning scientist David Suzuki says that Fukushima is terrifying, Tepco and the Japanese government are lying through their teeth, and Fukushima is “the most terrifying situation I can imagine”.

Suzuki notes that reactor 4 is so badly damaged that – if there’s another earthquake of 7 or above – the building could come down. And the probability of another earthquake of 7 or above in the next 3 years is over 95%.

Suzuki says that he’s seen a paper that says that if – in fact – the 4th reactor comes down, “it’s bye bye Japan, and everyone on the West Coast of North America should evacuate. Now if that’s not terrifying, I don’t know what is.”

The Telegraph reports:

The operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant … will begin a dry run of the procedure at the No. 4 reactor, which experts have warned carries grave risks.

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Did you ever play pick up sticks?” asked a foreign nuclear expert who has been monitoring Tepco’s efforts to regain control of the plant. “You had 50 sticks, you heaved them into the air and than had to take one off the pile at a time.

“If the pile collapsed when you were picking up a stick, you lost,” he said. “There are 1,534 pick-up sticks in a jumble in top of an unsteady reactor 4. What do you think can happen?

I do not know anyone who is confident that this can be done since it has never been tried.”

ABC notes:

One slip-up in the latest step to decommission Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant could trigger a “monumental” chain reaction, experts warn.

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Experts around the world have warnedthat the fuel pool is in a precarious state – vulnerable to collapsing in another big earthquake.

Yale University professor Charles Perrow wrote about the number 4 fuel pool this year in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.

“This has me very scared,” he told the ABC.

Tokyo would have to be evacuated because [the] caesium and other poisons that are there will spread very rapidly.

Perrow also argues:

Conditions in the unit 4 pool, 100 feet from the ground, are perilous, and if any two of the rods touch it could cause a nuclear reaction that would be uncontrollable. The radiation emitted from all these rods, if they are not continually cool and kept separate, would require the evacuation of surrounding areas including Tokyo. Because of the radiation at the site the 6,375 rods in the common storage pool could not be continuously cooled; they would fission and all of humanity will be threatened, for thousands of years.

Former Japanese ambassador Akio Matsumura warns that – if the operation isn’t done right – this could one day be considered the start of “the ultimate catastrophe of the world and planet”:

(He also argues that removing the fuel rods will take “decades rather than months.)

Nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen and physician Helen Caldicott have both said that people should evacuate the Northern Hemisphere if one of the Fukushima fuel pools collapses. Gundersen said:

Move south of the equator if that ever happened, I think that’s probably the lesson there.

Harvey Wasserman wrote two months ago:

We are now within two months of what may be humankind’s most dangerous moment since the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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Should the attempt fail, the rods could be exposed to air and catch fire, releasing horrific quantities of radiation into the atmosphere. The pool could come crashing to the ground, dumping the rods together into a pile that could fission and possibly explode. The resulting radioactive cloud would threaten the health and safety of all us.

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A new fuel fire at Unit 4 would pour out a continuous stream of lethal radioactive poisons for centuries.

Former Ambassador Mitsuhei Murata says full-scale releases from Fukushima “would destroy the world environment and our civilization. This is not rocket science, nor does it connect to the pugilistic debate over nuclear power plants. This is an issue of human survival.”

Even Japan’s Top Nuclear Regulator Says that The Operation Carries a “Very Large Risk Potential”

Even the head of Japan’s nuclear agency is worried. USA Today notes:

Nuclear regulatory chairman Shunichi Tanaka, however, warned that removing the fuel rods from Unit 4 would be difficult because of the risk posed by debris that fell into the pool during the explosions.

It’s a totally different operation than removing normal fuel rods from a spent fuel pool,” Tanaka said at a regular news conference. “They need to be handled extremely carefully and closely monitored. You should never rush or force them out, or they may break.”

He said it would be a disaster if fuel rods are pulled forcibly and are damaged or break open when dropped from the pool, located about 30 meters (100 feet) above ground, releasing highly radioactive material. “I’m much more worried about this than contaminated water,” Tanaka said

The same top Japanese nuclear official said:

The process involves a very large risk potential.

BBC reports:

A task of extraordinary delicacy and danger is about to begin at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power station.

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One senior official told me: “It’s going to be very difficult but it has to happen.”

Why It’s Such a Difficult Operation

CNN notes that debris in the fuel pool might interfere with operations:

South China Morning Post notes:

Nothing remotely similar has been attempted before and … it is feared that any error of judgment could lead to a massive release of radiation into the atmosphere.

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A spokesman for Tepco … admitted, however, that it was not clear whether any of the rods were damaged or if debris in the pool would complicate the recovery effort.

The Wall Street journal notes:

Among the risks [Hiromitsu Ino, professor emeritus of nuclear engineering at the University of Tokyo] and other experts cite is the possibility that a container being used to move the units falls and breaks apart, exposing the fuel to the air.

Similarly,  Edwin Lyman – a nuclear expert and the chief scientist for the Union of Concerned Scientists notes:

The biggest risk with Unit 4 pool unloading is that a spent fuel cask might drop and damage the pool, causing a leak that could expose some fuel and cause overheating.

Professor Richard Broinowski – former Australian Ambassador to Vietnam, Republic of Korea, Mexico, the Central American Republics and Cuba – and author of numerous books on nuclear policy and Fukushima, says some of the fuel rods are probably fused.

Murray E. Jennex, Ph.D., P.E. (Professional Engineer), Professor of MIS, San Diego State University, notes:

The rods in the spent fuel pool may have melted …. I consider it more likely that these rods were breached during the explosions associated with the event and their contents may be in contact with the ground water, probably due to all the seawater that was sprayed on the plant.

Fuel rod expert Arnie Gundersen – a nuclear engineer and former senior manager of a nuclear power company which manufactured nuclear fuel rods – recently explained the biggest problem with the fuel rods (at 15:45):

I think they’re belittling the complexity of the task. If you think of a nuclear fuel rack as a pack of cigarettes, if you pull a cigarette straight up it will come out — but these racks have been distorted. Now when they go to pull the cigarette straight out, it’s going to likely break and release radioactive cesium and other gases, xenon and krypton, into the air. I suspect come November, December, January we’re going to hear that the building’s been evacuated, they’ve broke a fuel rod, the fuel rod is off-gassing.

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I suspect we’ll have more airborne releases as they try to pull the fuel out. If they pull too hard, they’ll snap the fuel. I think the racks have been distorted, the fuel has overheated — the pool boiled – and the net effect is that it’s likely some of the fuel will be stuck in there for a long, long time.

In another interview, Gundersen provides additional details (at 31:00):

The racks are distorted from the earthquake — oh, by the way, the roof has fallen in, which further distorted the racks.

The net effect is they’ve got the bundles of fuel, the cigarettes in these racks, and as they pull them out, they’re likely to snap a few. When you snap a nuclear fuel rod, that releases radioactivity again, so my guess is, it’s things like krypton-85, which is a gas, cesium will also be released, strontium will be released. They’ll probably have to evacuate the building for a couple of days. They’ll take that radioactive gas and they’ll send it up the stack, up into the air, because xenon can’t be scrubbed, it can’t be cleaned, so they’ll send that radioactive xenon up into the air and purge the building of all the radioactive gases and then go back in and try again.

It’s likely that that problem will exist on more than one bundle. So over the next year or two, it wouldn’t surprise me that either they don’t remove all the fuel because they don’t want to pull too hard, or if they do pull to hard, they’re likely to damage the fuel and cause a radiation leak inside the building. So that’s problem #2 in this process, getting the fuel out of Unit 4 is a top priority I have, but it’s not going to be easy. Tokyo Electric is portraying this as easy. In a normal nuclear reactor, all of this is done with computers. Everything gets pulled perfectly vertically. Well nothing is vertical anymore, the fuel racks are distorted, it’s all going to have to be done manually. The net effect is it’s a really difficult job. It wouldn’t surprise me if they snapped some of the fuel and they can’t remove it.

The Japan Times writes:

The consequences could be far more severe than any nuclear accident the world has ever seen. If a fuel rod is dropped, breaks or becomes entangled while being removed, possible worst case scenarios include a big explosion, a meltdown in the pool, or a large fire. Any of these situations could lead to massive releases of deadly radionuclides into the atmosphere, putting much of Japan — including Tokyo and Yokohama — and even neighboring countries at serious risk.

Reuters notes:

Experts question whether it will be able to pull off the removal of all the assemblies successfully.

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No one knows how bad it can get, but independent consultants Mycle Schneider and Antony Froggatt said recently in their World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2013: “Full release from the Unit-4 spent fuel pool, without any containment or control, could cause by far the most serious radiological disaster to date.”

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Nonetheless, Tepco inspires little confidence. Sharply criticized for failing to protect the Fukushima plant against natural disasters, its handling of the crisis since then has also been lambasted.

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“There is a risk of an inadvertent criticality if the bundles are distorted and get too close to each other,” Gundersen said.

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The rods are also vulnerable to fire should they be exposed to air, Gundersen said. [The pools have already boiled due to exposure to air.]

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[Here is a visual tour of Fukushima’s fuel pools, along with graphics of how the rods will be removed.]

Tepco confirmed the Reactor No. 4 fuel pool contains debris during an investigation into the chamber earlier this month.

Removing the rods from the pool is a delicate task normally assisted by computers, according to Toshio Kimura, a former Tepco technician, who worked at Fukushima Daiichi for 11 years.

“Previously it was a computer-controlled process that memorized the exact locations of the rods down to the millimeter and now they don’t have that. It has to be done manually so there is a high risk that they will drop and break one of the fuel rods,” Kimura said.

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Corrosion from the salt water will have also weakened the building and equipment, he said.

ABC Radio Australia quotes an expert on the situation (at 1:30):

Richard Tanter, expert on nuclear power issues and professor of international relations at the University of Melbourne:

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Reactor Unit 4, the one which has a very large amount of stored fuel in its fuel storage pool, that is sinking. According to former prime Minister Kan Naoto, that has sunk some 31 inches in places and it’s not uneven.

And Chris Harris – a, former licensed Senior Reactor Operator and engineer – notes that it doesn’t help that a lot of the rods are in very fragile condition:

Although there are a lot of spent fuel assemblies in there which could achieve criticality — there are also 200 new fuel assemblies which have equivalent to a full tank of gas, let’s call it that. Those are the ones most likely to go critical first.

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Some pictures that were released recently show that a lot of fuel is damaged, so when they go ahead and put the grapple on it, and they pull it up, it’s going to fall apart. The boreflex has been eaten away; it doesn’t take saltwater very good.

Nuclear engineers say that the fuel pool is “distorted”, material was blown up into air and came down inside, damaging the fuel, the roof fell in, distorting things inside.

Indeed, Fukushima documents discuss “fuel that is severely damaged” inside cooling pool, and show illustrations of “deformed or leaking fuels”.

The Urgent Need: Replace Tepco

Tepco is severely downplaying the risks involved in removing fuel rods. For example, Tepco’s head of the Fukushima plant, Akira Ono, says:

We have removed spent fuels many times. Therefore, we don’t think we are going to be doing anything that is very dangerous.

That is idiotic given that (as shown above) this is anything but a normal fuel removal operation.

Tepco is incompetent and corrupt, and has been in cover-up mode since day one. As such, it is the last company which should be in charge of the clean-up.

Top scientists and government officials say that Tepco should be removed from all efforts to stabilize Fukushima. They say that an international team of the smartest engineers and scientists should instead handle this difficult mission.

Bloomberg notes:

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is being told by his own party that Japan’s response is failing. Plant operator [Tepco] alone isn’t up to the task of managing the cleanup and decommissioning of the atomic station in Fukushima. That’s the view of Tadamori Oshima, head of a task force in charge of Fukushima’s recovery and former vice president of Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party.

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[There’s] a growing recognition that the government needs to take charge at the Fukushima station…. “If we allow the situation to continue, it’ll never be resolved” [said Sumio Mabuchi, a government point man on crisis in 2011].

Because the U.S. controls Japanese nuclear policy, Americans should demand of our political representatives that they pressure Japan to kick Tepco off the job … and let an international team of scientists and engineers take over.

Postscript: As challenging as removing the fuel rods from the pool at unit 4 will be, it will be even harder at units 1 through 3. Specifically, it’s too radioactive for Tepco to even get a look at what’s going on in those 3 reactor pools, and they have no idea how to do it. Indeed, the technology does not even exist to approach those reactors, as the high radiation levels quickly destroy even robots.

Nuclear fuel rod expert Gundersen says the pool at unit 3 is in much worse shape than at 4:

Unit 3 is worse [than No. 4]. Mechanically its rubble, the pool is rubble. It’s got less fuel in it [than unit 4, but] structurally the pool has been dramatically weakened. And, god nobody has even gotten near it yet.

Tepco’s not up to it … we need a focused, well-funded international effort to fix this mess.

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  • http://bigdanblogger.blogspot.com/ Big Dan

    Yeah, but Incognito of the Miami Dolphins said something racist.

  • Frank

    ONLY GOD SAVES US NOW.

    • Tyler Warner

      There is no god to save you.

      • Tonto

        I recently read of a man who had a dream about having a good, long conversation with God.

        As a lifelong atheist, I was fascinated. I later grew to regret I could not possibly have such a dream. For if I could, there are a few things I would like to ask God.

        In my dreams one thing I would like to ask God is, why did He make atheists so ridiculously proud and haughty about their delusions of enlightenment?

        • The Old Ones

          And what is God exactly? Because it sure isn’t a “MAN-god” that Bearded MEN made up to divide humanity, and bring about the decline of the Golden Ages into the descent to the Dark Ages into an era of ignorance, superstition, sexism, and racism.

          Stop referring to god as HE. The oldest religions before the meme of the major “he” god religion thought of the universe and earth as the Mother – FEmale, because naturally that is how Humans saw of themselves and the environment. For the female entity to give “birth” requires DUALITY.

      • Frank Mc Carthy

        “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good”.Psalm 14:1

        • Dorian Moises Mattar

          Funny, the Quran says the exact same thing.

          That book is simply telling you that the OTHER side is wrong. It’s something that every religion does and makes no difference with regards to the facts.

          The fact is your God doesn’t exist and if he did exist he is useless and sick in every sense of the word.

          Kills babies and animals at will, allows atrocities to his own followers and watches as children get raped by his own preachers.

          I rather have enemies than a friend like that any day of the week.

          • P.F.

            Dorian Moises Mattar You are one very lost soul and i pity you when you are cast into eternal darkness because you refused the Light of JESUS CHRIST/YESHUA. I will not respond to your comments on this because you will be speaking from the devil and I rebuke you openly.

          • Dorian Moises Mattar

            So you know what happens when you die?

            All you have, like the muslims do, is an old book to which you cling to as if it was the word of a god, when in reality all it is, is an old book written by a bunch of sheep herders in the bronze age.

            I don’t peak from the devil because I’m not superstitious and therefore don’t believe in angels nor demons.

            I speak from understanding and fact based knowledge, instead of FEAR and ignorance like YOU.

            Get a grip on your fears and stop being an ignoramus.

        • P.F.

          AMEN!

          • P.F.

            The wicked will stand in GOD’S/YAHWEH’S Judgement at the end and then what will they say? Seek JESUS CHRIST/YESHUA before it’s far too late, time is very short. I was once lost and now, unworthy as I am, I am in the arms of my LORD JESUS/YESHUA forever.

  • steelhead

    Feature not bug. This will allow the culling of the “herd”.

  • Tonto

    Scientists have been telling us for years, that what we really need to worry about is an asteroid or a comet striking earth.

    The more horrible truth is, what we really need to worry about is what these damned scientists are doing, and not just at Fukushima.

    • GusFarmer

      The scientists aren’t to blame. The corporatists who take science and misuse it for profit are.

      • Tonto

        Humanity is like a child who has been given a loaded gun to play with. And you are like the fool who says, it is the child’s fault for playing with a loaded gun.

        The unfettered hubris of science, that it can do what it pleases with the earth and blame the politicians -is over-. It ended with the failed promise of clean, safe, affordable nuclear energy.

        Science offers humanity not one iota of truth. It’s a sham. It’s witchcraft. It’s suicidal. It’s all for the vain and egotistical science-types who would chose always to be rich and famous, if their immoral gambles could somehow just temporarily pay off.

        Scientists got rich and famous selling the world clean, safe, affordable nuclear energy, when it fact nuclear energy is not clean, safe, or affordable. Like all science, nuclear energy is a sham.

        • Adrian

          Get back to school. You have a lot to learn.

          • Tonto

            The inability of scientists to live with any ethical restraint, or exhibit any common human modesty and decency, has poisoned the well of academic freedom. It’s over. Scientists thought they were gods who could recklessly destroy the earth in an effort to embellish the grandiose delusion of their godliness. Scientists are not gods. Albert Einstein is not a god. Crick and Watson are not gods. Richard Dawkins is not a god. These men are all charlatans, scientific witches who each have concocted a brew of scientific knowledge that threatens humanity’s existence on our planet.

            Get over it. Science is DEAD.

            Science has fallen exactly like all false gods fall. To proclaim yourself a scientist today, would be nothing less than the equivalent of proclaiming yourself a delusional nutcase. All scientists are delusional nutcases today.

          • theblues77

            Penicilan. Gravity. Xrays. MRI. Electricity. The battery. On and On.

          • Dorian Moises Mattar

            You’re a moron of colossal stupidity and a hypocrite to boot.

            Why don’t you walk the walk and stop using anything that remotely has anything to do with science?

            Get off the computer, car, refrigerator, etc…

            Freaking charlatan!

          • Bubba

            You are an idiot. I suppose you don’t go to the doctor when you’re sick or to the hospital when you’re hurt. I’m sure you also don’t drive a car or refrigerate your food. Or drink purified water or take any medication of any sort.

            Hey! How did you post this?! On a computer connected to the internet?!

            Where did all those things come from?

            They are all the result of SCIENCE, you idiot.

        • GusFarmer

          The scientists didn’t load the gun. The profiteers did. Our present nuclear power system exists because military interests wanted uranium and plutonium for weapons and saw a huge profit to be made on them, but rejected other potential versions of nuke power with little or no research (thorium,for ex.) because they are not fissile. The scientific method is the ONLY consistently predictable way to understand how the universe actually works, but we DEFINITELY need far better control of who uses its results and for what, and that means having large-scale public involvement (something the corporate or government interests do not want).
          What would you put in its place? Religion? THAT is a sham; a system tailored by the well-connected few specifically to distract and control the majority so we won’t react effectively to their parasitism.
          I agree entirely that nuclear power is not safe nor affordable, and several scientists have in fact warned against it, so don’t blame them all. There are certainly some who put money or fame above common sense, but that can be said of any group of people.

      • theblues77

        Gus has it right. I don’t need to list the countless ways in which science has improved the lives of billions. It may be science that gets us out of this mess. Its not the gun that walks up and kills people.

        Capitalism is not a dirty word though. I blame governments more than the free market. Someone had to approve the proposal to build this plant.

        • Tonto

          Gus is not right. Gus is falling for the same hype that has been endlessly spieled, allowing immoral scientists to continue to make matters worse with their half-fixes that last ever shorter periods of time, before these too blow up polluting the world yet again, and even worse than before.

          “It may be science that gets us out of this mess.” Clean, safe affordable nuclear energy was once billed as the scientific fix that would get us out of the mess we were in with our dependence on oil. Face it, there is never going to be enough energy for all the fools in this world that consume it.

          As far as your “countless ways in which science has improved the lives of billions”, you’re living in a fools “improved” paradise that could easily end tomorrow in a succession of nuclear flashes, or who knows whatever other scientific calamity that is hidden from the mere mortals who are supposed to be living in our scientifically improved paradise on earth. In that sense, your “improved” life is a vast, disheartening, scientific delusion.

          Science is DEAD. In fact, science is about to be killed in the self-defense of humanity. The choice is simple. Either the scientific game is over, or, it is going to be over for humanity. Science has become too dangerous for humanity to coexist with.

          Make your own choice there. If you make the illogical choice though, you are going to be labeled a delusional, nut-job fruitcake.

          • Dorian Moises Mattar

            Bullshit. It’s pretty clear that you are the delusional nut-job fruitcake.

          • GusFarmer

            Nobody sane thinks this is a “paradise on earth.” Science is a tool and a way of thinking about issues that encourages asking questions and finding answers. Most of the problems we see are the result of commercial misuse of scientific discoveries, misuse that benefits a small number of sociopaths hugely at the expense of many. The real issue is SCALE — many things that are harmless, even beneficial, in small quantities are dangerous when overused, and our economic system greatly encourages overuse.(It also encourages deceit about those discoveries that are profitable but very dangerous, including nuke power, pesticides, etc).

          • GusFarmer

            Nobody sane thinks this is a “paradise on earth.” Science is a tool and a way of thinking about issues that encourages asking questions and finding answers. Most of the problems we see are the result of commercial misuse of scientific discoveries, misuse that benefits a small number of sociopaths hugely at the expense of many. The real issue is SCALE — many things that are harmless, even beneficial, in small quantities are dangerous when overused, and our economic system greatly encourages overuse.(It also encourages deceit about those discoveries that are profitable but very dangerous, including nuke power, pesticides, etc).

          • P.F.

            When Moses walked the earth he didn’t need cars, computers, electricity, inside toilets and nuclear energy. The earth was clean of the evils of science. Today, mankind is so weak and dependent on the ‘luxuries’ of life they they whine if they don’t have their little fancy coffee in the morning from their little fancy coffee machine. While Moses made his own food and walked where he went today society would crumble and collapse if the power went out and the grocery stores emptied out. I agree that science is an evil witchcraft that has placed a dark illusion over humanity. Science has given you every kind of weapon, disease and chemical to die from while creating poison GMO’s and toxic waste and nuclear bombs. Oh, you can sit on a computer and say science is good while in some lab the evils of that witchcraft are combing human DNA with animal DNA, making virus’s for example. Because Japan’s Nuclear Plant is not a threat to global health one should stand back and see the truth: on the outside the plant looks safe, but on the inside death looms. On the outside man makes science nice and shiny, on the inside they are lunatics. Moses lives to be 120 years old without the help of science. Today you’re lucky to hit 70yrs old with the help of science. When JESUS CHRIST returns there will be no more so-called scientist harming HIS world or HIS children.

          • dne

            Who’s this Moses dude and did he ride a bike?

        • GusFarmer

          There is not now, and never has been, a “free market.” Government has ALWAYS played a defining role in the economy. Yes, governments approved nuke plants — without their purchase of warheads, they wouldn’t exist — but they are also in bed with the industries that profit from the plants. One the SMALL scale, I have no problem with capitalism (within limits), but the “free market” mantra has come to mean no limits at all, regardless of the impact on Earth and people. That doesn’t benefit small capitalism; it only benefits the giant corporate interests who avoid responsibility for all the damage they cause. In part, they are that size because of big government, and we have to get rid of BOTH if we want to survive long-term.
          A key part of that long-term survival depends on science — namely, our understanding of ecology and biology and the myriad physical and behavioral processes we have in common with other species.

  • Randa

    ABC (American, not Australian – ABC Australia does fairly good reporting) has actually done a report on Fukushima finally. Funny but not really the journalist’s name who is covering it is a guy named “Ono.”

    Oh no!

    http://enenews.com/abc-los-angeles-expert-confirms-radioactive-water-on-way-to-west-coast-and-arriving-in-next-few-months-will-we-really-be-told-if-its-dangerous-journalist-in-japan-lethal-contamination-is-gush

    http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/world_news&id=9317789

  • Tyler Warner

    People have unfortunately been brainwashed by pro-nuke media into thinking it’s no big deal if radiation is released.

    The left wing likes nuclear power because it’s supposedly “clean” (despite not being clean and requiring machinery using oil to extract the uranium ore needed.)

    The right wing likes nuclear power because it’s highly profitable (even though the companies tend to lose massive sums when accidents happen.)

  • jadan

    It’s odorless, tasteless, & invisible and once you’ve ingested or breathed in an invisible hot particle, you may have no repercussions for many years. You may never get cancer, but develop diabetes instead, or some other degenerative condition. For years, hundreds of years, we’ve witnessed the desolation and death of other species, but now the truth is coming home to roost. Animals r us. There’s no place to run or hide. The heart of the human species has to melt down.

  • David

    I say drop a nuke on it, fusion it all to dust particles. It’s not like Japan hasn’t been nuked before, with notice they could all prepare. Save the planet people… Nuke it.

    • GusFarmer

      If we did that, all of those dust particles would become fallout, spreading around the globe even faster than they are already.

      • Bob Spline

        Wierdly… not true… using an nuclear bomb specifically designed for the job would… actually work… eesh. I hope that’s not a failsafe plan…

  • Anon

    Thanks for keeping us posted on this – keep up the good work.

  • Anon

    Thanks for keeping us posted on this – keep up the good work.

  • The Greys

    Why in the world are Humans using Nuclear Technology AGAIN. Didn’t they warn about this stuff in the Vimani stories from India when Humans last made it?

    Anyways, stop using Nuclear Technology for crying out loud Humans! When we hovered over your Nuke sites all those times, do you think we were just playing around!?

    • Adrian

      So… keep burning coal?

      • theblues77

        Yes. Cleanly.

        • Dorian Moises Mattar

          There are emerging technologies that will kill coal like fusion.

    • Guest42

      To be fair, we count that as religious mythology lacking in physical evidence, and our memories are short. Any chance you can lend us a hand, even if it means disclosure that will cause culture shock and kind of screw us up for a generation or two?

  • james

    I hate it when even the alternative media falls for misinformation

    All these articles about Fukushima #4 is a result of the misinformation campaign.

    #4 fuel pool is not the problem

    Let me repeat #4 fuel pool is not the problem. It’s probably the safest thing on site.

    Which is exactly why they want everyone paying attention to it – while #3 burns in the background.

    Don’t fall for this crap about #4 fuel pool. I’ve seen crazy ranting stories that #4 is going to fall and the world is going to die for 2 years now. I’ve seen Hatrick Penry videos where he claims it already burned – he’s an idiot.

    They spent the first three months after the disaster reinforcing the #4 pool – it’s not gonna fall and it’s not going to burn to the ground.

    The problem at Fukushima is not radioactive water, and it is not the #4 fuel pool.

    Now – focus your attention back to where they do not want it. #3 exploded and sent its core skyward on March 14, 2011. Since that day, almost non stop it has been burning and spewing radiation. You want a disaster that will kill everyone in Japan; everyone on earth? You don’t have to wait for #4 to fall down (it’s not going to) #3 already did.

  • Billybones III

    David Suzuki? Please!

  • gozounlimited

    We need to use our imagination to create reality instead of escaping from it ….http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjFDZ2eZ_NY#t=307

  • Marc

    The pool of reactor 3 has already been entirely distroyed and the fuel rods exposed to air since March 2011, but nobody talk about it because now all the attention is turned to the pool of reactor 4 which has already been reinforced with concrete and secured. If a “mistake” happens during the removing of one of the fuel rods at pool 4, then all the radiation previously released by the destroyed pool 3 will be accounted for that mistake at pool 4 and the blame given to the international organisations who are helping for that dirty work…

 

 

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