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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Japan--Updates



"A United Nations forecast of the possible movement of the radioactive plume coming from crippled Japanese reactors shows it churning across the Pacific, and touching the Aleutian Islands on Thursday before hitting Southern California late Friday."--New York Times

Globe And Mail (Canada): The Fukushima 50, Raw Guts And Sacrificial Glory

CNN: Japan is still fighting back against a nuclear disaster

CNN says the New York Times report (above) is not true. Well. We shall see, won't we?

NRC Pointing Fingers

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When all is said and done, everyone will have to admit that the high magnitude earthquake, the aftershocks and the subsequent tsunami contributed to the current nuclear emergency in Japan.

The FACT is: The nuclear plants in that area of Japan weren't strong enough to withstand Mother Nature's powerful onslaught.

So, either the Japanese (and every other country that produces nuclear energy) will have to upgrade or the same scenario might play out somewhere else on Earth, someday.

Nuclear energy is safe as long as it is CONTAINED. But that's the problem: There is no 100% guarantee that a reactor won't fail, that rods won't be exposed or that deadly levels of radiation won't get into the ground, water and air.

The way I see it, ostriches belong in the zoo, or in the wild, but NOT anywhere near the production of nuclear power. And I have seen a number of those "hear no-see no-evil" bird brains running around lately.

According to CNN, there are now twenty confirmed cases of people with radiation poisoning in Japan.

President Obama will participate in a news conference in about an hour (it is now 12:33 Mountain Time). I will post any noteworthy updates about his comments, here. Remember, he approves of the production of nuclear energy in the United States.

President Obama didn't take any questions, it was a one-way communication. Why am I not surprised?

The President declared that there is no risk of severe nuclear contamination here in the United States from the damaged plants in Japan. More importantly, Mr. Obama said that he is going to make sure that every nuclear energy power plant here in the U.S. will be inspected to ensure that they're operating in the safest possible way.

~Sigh~

Well, we have to start somewhere.

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