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Fukushima: Nuclear Terraforming – Another Inevitable Anthropocene Cataclysm
The trick is to convince the American public, and indeed the world, that the worst-of-the-worst has not already happened at Fukushima. Even if that means a media campaign of fear-mongering based around a fantasy doomsday scenario involving the collapse of Unit 4 and its spent fuel pool. Interestingly enough, all the alternative and mainstream media outlets that are promoting this bogus Unit 4 doomsday scenario are the same ones who have chosen not to report on the Nuclear Regulatory Agency’s Freedom of Information Act documents pertaining to Fukushima. These documents tell the true story of Fukushima: the multi-agency cover-up that downplayed and concealed the radioactive plume and fallout, the reality of a prolonged station blackout that produced three ‘China Syndrome’ meltdowns, and the Unit 4 spent fuel pool zirconium fire and subsequent ‘melt on the floor’ of the fuel rods.
The sad reality is that the effects of a nuclear plant meltdown or spent fuel pool fire can be so sudden and so severe that the possibility exists that no safety precautions can be taken quickly enough to avoid the consequences completely. In the case of the Fukushima catastrophe, it took about a week to produce a measurable plume that traveled south down the coast and then swept inland across Tokyo. These plumes were laden with aerosolized plutonium. I ask you: how do you evacuate Tokyo in less than a week? How will we evacuate New York if Indian Point has an accident and produces a plume? Where do you relocate a city of millions of people? So you see, the reality of the potential of a meltdown or meltdowns is so horrific, it must be hidden from the public at all costs. And when a meltdown does occur, the truth of its severity and its effects must also be hidden from the public at all costs. Can you imagine what it would have been like if TEPCO, the Government of Japan, the NRC and the White House had been up front and 100% honest about the disaster from the start?
What would have happened if officials announced that 1) a plutonium laden plume was drifting towards Tokyo and 2) multiple plumes and fallout were heading across the Pacific towards the West Coast of the US? What would have happened if officials were up front and honest about the triple ‘China Syndrome’ and Unit 4 ‘melt on the floor’ and its effects? No matter how you slice it, it would be ugly, very ugly. It seems to me that when a country desire s both national security and nuclear power at the same time, it desires the impossible. Furthermore, how can one have a rational discussion about national security if one does not include a frank, open discussion about the decommissioning of all nuclear plants? Which is a greater threat to the American public, Iran’s nuclear program or our own nuclear program? Why would Iran build a nuclear bomb to use against the US when we have hundreds of stationary bombs, in the form of reactors and fuel pools, already positioned throughout the country, with incredible payloads far beyond the capacity of any bomb or missile? Think of the possibilities: terrorist attack, sabotage, earthquake, tsunami, earthquake AND tsunami, flooding from a broken dam upriver, or even the old-fashioned accident that aging reactors are bound to have from time to time…why do we leave ourselves so vulnerable? –Hunter Thompson (1937-2005)