No News is Bad News

10 Jun

Two things that we should know that we probably don’t want to hear…and this is not good news.

1. The Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan that exploded and melted down 3 of its 6 nuclear reactors released 168 times the radiation that the atomic bomb in Hiroshima unleashed in 1945.

2. In December of 2013 the Japanese Parliament passed a State Secrets Law.  The penalties for violators include: 10 years in prison for civil servants who leak classified information. The law covers defense, diplomacy, counter-terrorism and counterintelligence. But it also empowers bureaucrats to lock away documents for up to 60 years.

And here are 2 more things that you probably don’t want to know:

1. The Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission found the nuclear disaster was “man-made” and that its direct causes were all foreseeable.

2. Japan has 53 other nuclear reactors, all of which have since been suspended or shut down… however, Japan’s new energy plan for 2014 calls nuclear power “the country’s most important power source”. It also recommends that the government begin the re-opening of nuclear plants, aiming for “a realistic and balanced energy structure”…but

Shhhhhhhhhhhh…Don’t tell anyone.

14 Responses to “No News is Bad News”

  1. Ravi Chander June 10, 2014 at 4:10 pm #

    This was featured on the recent Vice episode on HBO.

  2. Roy Sexton (Reel Roy Reviews) June 10, 2014 at 4:18 pm #

    Scary stuff!

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  3. bruce thomas witzel June 10, 2014 at 4:19 pm #

    The pundits keep saying we need Nuclear Power by saying it is relatively free of Co2 emissions that fuel climate change. I’m not so sure if this is the way to go because we have not yet fully embraced renewables like wind, solar, geothermal, and tidal power – and using energy more efficiently. Who really wins with the use of nuclear energy is large construction companies and their investors. Germany has fazed out their nuclear reactors and are doing fine with rapidly growing renewables – and they have a relatively cloudy climate. I’m sure Japan could manage similarly. With them having experienced the horrors or radiation exposure from WW2 and Fukushima, I wonder what or whom is really behind this ?

  4. The Crazy Crone June 10, 2014 at 4:41 pm #

    I’ve pressed “like” but really, what’s to like in the info you provided? Scary stuff.

  5. belsbror June 10, 2014 at 5:04 pm #

    Governments always want people in the dark. They are probably looking for something to blame later if the effects of the disaster create another bigger catastrophe.

  6. onnovocks June 10, 2014 at 7:03 pm #

    Shhhh… 😉

  7. catsholiday June 10, 2014 at 9:15 pm #

    That is scary!

  8. momshieb June 10, 2014 at 11:23 pm #

    Good God……

  9. W E Patterson June 11, 2014 at 11:50 am #

    I hadn’t heard this until now…very, very disturbing to say the least.

  10. Lorra B. June 11, 2014 at 4:12 pm #

    So, here we go folks…..

  11. avwalters June 11, 2014 at 4:15 pm #

    Scary is right. And, it demonstrates that we, as a species, have no business in any energy source whose impacts will outlive us. This year–with the WIPP problems (kitty litter and all), Hanford, and the suspect nuclear storage containers sitting in Texas–it’s clear that this country doesn’t do much better when it comes to nuclear decommissioning. Your Fukushima estimates are wildly under reported. Worse yet, with these nuclear meltdown situations, the contamination isn’t “an incident,” it’s a future condition. The Fukushima no-go-zone is essentially uninhabitable for any future in human years. This is magnitudes worse than Chernobyl. Nuclear contamination doesn’t respect borders. It is shared worldwide–as it was three years ago when at least one of the cores went critical–spewing radioactive particles across the globe in the upper atmosphere. Currently, Fukushima is being “managed” by letting massive amounts of contaminated groundwater run into the Pacific Ocean. The corium to three reactors have “gone missing” and there is no current plan to recover them in any way. Tepco and the Japanese government have abdicated on any responsibility for containing the disaster and so have used secrecy to conceal the fact that they are poisoning their country–and the planet. Our government hasn’t done much better. So, in the ongoing energy debate, should anyone be using nuclear power?

  12. makagutu June 11, 2014 at 7:19 pm #

    I will not tell

  13. Jack Curtis July 3, 2014 at 3:53 am #

    Yeah … The Fukushima plant had some big design problems, such as the big “swimming pool’ high up in the building. That likely won’t e repeated.

    But the perennial problem of government running things badly, seems … well, perennial!

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