Japan:Work under way for transfer of contaminated water (via Laaska News http://laaska.wordpress.com (laaskanews.com))

Depending on the competence or planning of the Japanese government or industry has not been a good bet in the past, and I see no reason to believe the odds have improved.

But we can hope that the government forces the industry to solve the problem, the industry decides that competence rather than PR is the best way to go, maybe we will just get lucky.

I think some good luck is out best hope.

James Pilant

Japan:Work under way for transfer of contaminated water Laaska News April 17,2011 The level of radioactive water that has accumulated on the premises of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant keeps rising amid concern that the water might overflow, further polluting the ocean. The radioactive water is believed to originate from water injected to cool the Number 2 reactor, which was seriously damaged by the March 11th earthquake and tsunami. In the utility tunnel outside the reactor, the contaminate … Read More

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Fukushima Power Plant (via maitreyahc)

This is a Commonweal Editorial. It says a lot of things about nuclear power and its future.

Public opinion is in flux right now. With the decision in Germany to give up nuclear power, we can expect more movement among peoples all over the earth to question the viability of nuclear energy. It can be hoped that other nations will reduce their dependence on these kinds of plants and turn to other forms of energy.

I have frankly stated that the United States government is almost a subsidiary of the nuclear energy industry and have predicted that nuclear power plant building will proceed as planned. I have no reason to believe that anything has changed or could change. There is no disaster big enough to deter the government from its plans.

Currently, the American obsession is with profit over all other values. Because of this we can no longer make rational decisions or apply a modicum of thinking to problem solving.

We live in a parched wasteland of the mind. In the public form thinking has ceased to be an important quality. I tell you truly that an intellectual wasteland often results in catastrophe or the creation of real wastelands like those around the Fukushima or Chernobyl nuclear plants.

James Pilant

Commonweal Editorial, April 22, 2011 The Editors of Commonweal Magazine In the weeks since Japan’s massive earthquake and tsunami, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has spewed contamination and displaced thousands. It has also rekindled fears across the globe about the risks of nuclear power and at least temporarily slowed the industry’s revival in the United States. Overnight, U.S. public opinion turned from cautious support to renewed skeptic … Read More

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NHK World – Germany to Abandon Nuclear Power after Fukushima 15Apr2011.avi

Germany’s decision to abandon nuclear power is bound to send shock waves around the globe. The German public was shocked by the Chernobyl disaster and nuclear power has been viewed with great suspicion.

I am not so curious about what Western governments will do as I am about the governments of India and China. They are presented with competing concepts of how to provide electricity to a large society. When presented with this new evidence, what will they choose?

James Pilant

NHK World – Germany to Abandon Nuclear Power after Fukushima (via VITALFREEDOM.net)

Events in Japan are having an effect on national policies. I am surprised by the totality of the response.

Do not for one tiny moment believe that the United States will change course on building new reactors. Public opinion means a lot in Europe. It means little here. The beltway is largely immune to the fears and concerns of Middle America. This is a limited democracy. Most public concern and beliefs are filtered before becoming newsworthy or politically important.

We will have the nuclear plants and there is no stopping them.

James Pilant

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UwR-n3AIko&feature=feedf Germany to end reliance on nuclear power – NHK World News German Chancellor Angela Merkel says her government will end its reliance on nuclear power as soon as possible by increasing energy generation from renewable sources. Merkel spoke to reporters about the plan on Friday after meeting with ministers and all 16 state governors to discuss the energy issue. Earlier, she had suspended a … Read More

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Japan’s Evacuation Zone Deserted (via RonPaulFriends)

Here we follow one man returning to his home to pick up a few things. We all go home sometimes to get things but not for the last time. This is probably his last trip home. Home is now a nuclear dead zone. Cattle roam the highway. Dogs are still tied up. Earthquake damage is unrepaired and never will be.

And there is anger. He says, “They said that the nuclear power plants were safe.”

Guess not.

James Pilant

Japan gov’t expands Fukushima evacuation zone (via CBS News)

It would appear more land will be lost to nuclear catastrophe. The radiation like some infection is spreading across Fukushima claiming more and more geography. And while this is happening, the government and the utility companies do their public relations and hope that somehow, someway, that events will mirror their rosy prognostications.

James Pilant

NHK World – Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant – Waste Water Rising at Reactor 2 Again 15Apr2011.avi

Another clip from the ongoing disaster. It just keeps going like an Energizer Bunny on steroids. Hollywood and the networks cannot be missing the possibilities here. They’ll probably make a once a week drama like CSI except with radiation. They could do a Clint Eastwood Dirty Harry style movie where the incompetent nuclear plant operator keeps telling the rogue, burnt out nuclear safety worker, “You can’t do that, it will cause a panic!” In ten years after the tragedy has faded in the public mind, they could do a sit-com about families uprooted living in a gymnasium without any privacy explaing in humorous ways how they never really liked the dog they left behind. It will be a kind of Threes Company – Poseidon Adventure clone.

This thing definitely has Hollywood potential, after all, Married with Children ran for thirteen years and this thing is supposed to run twenty.

James Pilant

Melting of Japan Plant’s Fuel Rods Confirmed (via MidnightWatcher’s Blogspot)

I’m not surprised. The radiation released was too high to have been caused otherwise. I’m curious but I don’t want to find out what would happen in a full melt down. We can extrapolate from the current events that it would be a cataclysm. We didn’t miss it by much.

James Pilant

Melting of Japan Plants Fuel Rods Confirmed DAVID McNEILL – “SCIENTISTS SAY the fight to bring Japan’s crippled nuclear power plant under control could take three months or more, even if not hampered by further earthquakes. The announcement comes after another day of aftershocks, including one with an epicentre about 25km from the Fukushima plant. The head of the Atomic Energy Society of Japan, Takashi Sawada, said yesterday that fuel rods in reactors 1 and 3 have melted and settled at the … Read More

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Pet rescuers brave Fukushima danger zone

It is increasingly clear that pet safety has to be part of any disaster planning. These pet owners thought they would only be gone for a day. But now they live in gymnasiums and schools – and they are not ever going home. They thought their pets would be alright for a day but that day has become eternity.

James Pilant

Abandoned Cattle Lay Dead and Dying Near Fukushima – April 10, 2011 – Sad :(

One of the realities of nuclear power. But don’t worry, soon a pundit will explain to you in a new editorial that a nuclear disaster only inflicts radiation equivalent to a few chest x-rays and we should be very comfortable with the industry.

It’s a funny thing. I don’t even like cattle. On the other hand, I never contemplated starving them to death either.

James Pilant