Fukushima: latest I've seen / read

** Note on Jan. 10th: I keep adding more items in toward the bottom of this post.

2 Arnie Gundersen items:

1. Fukushima: Total Cost - 33 minute interview by Warren Pollock with nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen. Chockfull of very, very useful information about the Fukushima accident. Its potential impacts on U.S. health (very minor compared to what the Japanese will suffer, of course). Arnie Gundersen's theme: we can't run, we can't hide. The potential problems with reactors in the U.S. How the political system plays hardball (more like deathball) with our lives. (No different here in Canada than in the U.S., btw.) I did not know that nukes kill more birds than wind turbines - sure hope someone adds this info to the FAQ's on sees on wind energy!! Includes talk about economic costs of the Fukushima disaster, as well as human costs. Some clarifications re: particulate matter. Very worth seeing & I recommend it highly!! (One insight: if air travel were as risky as nuclear power, nobody would be flying!!)

2.  TEPCO Believes Mission Accomplished & Regulators Allow Radioactive Dumping in Tokyo Bay - Is the Japanese government and the IAEA protecting the nuclear industry and not the people of Japan by claiming that Fukushima is stable when it is not? Fairewinds’ chief engineer Arnie Gundersen outlines major inconsistencies and double-speak by the IAEA, Japanese Government, and TEPCO claiming that the Fukushima accident is over. Dynamic versus static equilibrium, escalated dose exposures to the Japanese children and nuclear workers, and the blending of radioactive materials with non-contaminated material and spreading this contaminated ash throughout Japan are only a small part of this ongoing nuclear tragedy.

PLUS:

Public health fallout from Japanese quake - Canadian Medical Association Journal

Fukushima: Alaska Seal Die-Off

The New Significance - Impressions of Post 3/11 Japan: lengthy & thoughtful piece by Sabu Kohso after a visit home this past summer, post-Fukushima accident. Puts the accident into "the big picture" & covers topics I don't hear "average" people talking about (how is one to eat or think about gardening, there, now? What is the fate of the workers who are being sent in as basically lambs to the slaughter? Why are men denying the dangers & women the ones who are speaking up, angrily? What is the purpose of demonstrating, & how does all of this relate to the overall global system of capitalism? How are the Japanese to live, post-Fukushima??)

Abolish Nuclear Plants Immediately - Catholic Bishops of Japan

'Radioactive Iodine Blankets Much of Europe - Everyone Points Fingers'

Also watched the Greenpeace short film "From Chernobyl to Fukushima: A Campaigner's Journey." 20 minutes. Well-done interviews & photo coverage of Greenpeace Toronto Nuclear Campaigner Shawn-Patrick Stensil as he travels to Chernobyl & Fukushima &, closer to home, works to oppose new reactors at Darlington. No crazy anti-nuke hysteria at all, folks - just a calm & articulate campaigner telling (& showing) it like it is.

Janet

P.S. ++ YouTube here & reflections ++ here

'Quote of the day' with this post: “Sure, you can say nuclear power is somewhat less carbon-intensive than burning fossil fuels for energy; beating your children to death with a club will prevent them from getting hit by a car. Ravaging the Earth by one irreparable means is not a sensible way to prevent it from being destroyed by another. There are alternatives. We should choose them and use them.” – Rebecca Solnit (many other nuke-related quotes & other resources here)