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  • Leading warmist admits he was bamboozled by fear-mongers - on nuclear power

    04/19/2011 9:49:44 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 19, 2011 | Thomas Lifson
    The original moonbat, GeorgeMonbiot, columnist for the left wing UK Guardian, now admits that he was bamboozled by fearmongers whipping up anti-nuclear fears. Over the last fortnight I've made a deeply troubling discovery. The anti-nuclear movement to which I once belonged has misled the world about the impacts of radiation on human health. The claims we have made are ungrounded in science, unsupportable when challenged, and wildly wrong. We have done other people, and ourselves, a terrible disservice. I began to see the extent of the problem after a debate last week with Helen Caldicott. Dr Caldicott is the...
  • Va. Nuclear Power Plant Shuts Down After Storm

    04/18/2011 8:01:47 AM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 14 replies
    WAMU (American University Radio) ^ | 18 April 2011 | Elliott Francis
    April 18, 2011 - Officials from the Surry nuclear power station in southeastern Virginia say this weekend's strong storms forced a shutdown of the facility's reactors. Download Dominion Virginia Power reports that an apparent tornado touched down on the switchyard supporting the Surry Power Station and the facility's access road Saturday. The storm cut off the electrical feed from the grid to the station, which is located in Surry County, Va. Both reactors at the station shut down automatically as designed and backup diesel generators started immediately to provide the electricity necessary to maintain both units. A spokesperson for the...
  • Entergy Corp. sues to keep Vermont Yankee nuclear plant open

    04/18/2011 2:51:11 PM PDT · by matt04 · 5 replies
    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The owners of Vermont's troubled nuclear plant sued state officials Monday to stop them from closing the plant down next year, setting up a court fight about who has jurisdiction — the state or federal nuclear regulators. Entergy Corp. has a new federal license in hand for the Vermont Yankee power plant, but state officials are vowing to shut it down next year. The company's federal lawsuit says Vermont's law giving it the power to block relicensing violates the Atomic Energy Act and the commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution. Vermont contends it has the power...
  • Bjorn Lomborg: No Nukes?

    04/14/2011 8:47:14 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies
    Project Syndicate ^ | April 13, 2011 | Bjorn Lomborg
    NEW YORK - When parts of Japan were devastated recently by an earthquake and subsequent tsunami, news of the human toll was quickly overshadowed by global fears of radioactive fallout from the Fukushima Daichi nuclear power plant. The concern was understandable: radiation is very frightening. I grew up in Denmark at a time when fear of nuclear power was pervasive. But our latest nuclear fears have broader implications, especially for energy supply and our desire to shift away from reliance on fossil fuels. It is difficult to step back at the time of a natural disaster to gain a broader...
  • Yes, Nukes. The tragedy in Japan shouldn't cause us to abandon nuclear power.

    04/14/2011 7:09:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Slate ^ | 04/14/2011 | Bjorn Lomborg
    When parts of Japan were devastated last month by an earthquake and subsequent tsunami, news of the human toll was quickly overshadowed by global fears of radioactive fallout from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The concern was understandable: Radiation is very frightening. I grew up in Denmark at a time when fear of nuclear power was pervasive. But our latest nuclear fears have broader implications, especially for energy supply and our desire to shift away from reliance on fossil fuels. At the time of a natural disaster, it is difficult to step back and gain a broader perspective; even...
  • Tax Battle Could Shut Down Millstone

    04/11/2011 4:13:18 PM PDT · by matt04 · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Waterford is Connecticut's home of nuclear power. The town relies on the two reactors at Millstone for jobs and tax revenue. "I like Millstone, get power from it, and I have no problem with 'em," said Steve Byrne of Waterford. Still, after the havoc in Japan two state legislators wanted to give townspeople a forum to ask questions about safety at Millstone with officials of the plant's operator, Dominion. "I think you have to understand that in our community, in Waterford, we've hosted the power plant of course for decades and are very used to conversations like this," said Rep....
  • If the Japanese can’t build a safe reactor, who can?

    04/08/2011 4:35:37 PM PDT · by matt04 · 79 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 14, 2011
    In the aftermath of a disaster, the strengths of any society become immediately visible. The cohesiveness, resilience, technological brilliance and extraordinary competence of the Japanese are on full display. One report from Rikuzentakata — a town of 25,000, annihilated by the tsunami that followed Friday’s massive earthquake — describes volunteer firefighters working to clear rubble and search for survivors; troops and police efficiently directing traffic and supplies; survivors are not only “calm and pragmatic” but also coping “with politeness and sometimes amazingly good cheer.” Thanks to these strengths, Japan will eventually recover. But at least one Japanese nuclear power complex...
  • Japan: Core of Stricken Reactor Probably Leaked, U.S. Says

    04/07/2011 5:01:01 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    NYT ^ | 04/06/11 | MATTHEW L. WALD and ANDREW POLLACK
    April 6, 2011 Core of Stricken Reactor Probably Leaked, U.S. Says By MATTHEW L. WALD and ANDREW POLLACK WASHINGTON — The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Wednesday that some of the core of a stricken Japanese reactor had probably leaked from its steel pressure vessel into the bottom of the containment structure, implying that the damage was even worse than previously thought. The statement came as the Tokyo Electric Power Company, the operator of the Fukushima Daiichi plant, started to inject nitrogen into the reactor containment vessel of unit No. 1 to prevent a possible explosion. The Nuclear Regulatory...
  • Fear of nuclear power is out of all proportion to the actual risks. Unlikely to kill anyone.

    04/04/2011 7:56:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 81 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 04/04/2011
    Pollution from coal-fired power plants is responsible for more than 100,000 deaths per year, whereas the crisis at the Fukushima nuclear plant is unlikely to kill a single person. People are getting nervous about nuclear power in the wake of the problems at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan, questioning whether nuclear power is a sensible option for energy production in light of the perceived risks. It has been three weeks since the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. There have been problems at the Fukushima plant with cooling, gas explosions (not nuclear), and radiation leaks – all serious issues,...
  • Pass the Plutonium. Paradoxically, Fukushima could make us more comfortable with Nuclear Power.

    04/01/2011 8:06:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 88 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 04/01/2011 | William Tucker
    People think that Fukushima will mean the end of nuclear power, but I'm convinced it's the opposite. We're going to lose our nuclear virginity over this accident and start seeing the world as adults. In fact it's already happening. Exhibit A is George Monbiot, the left-wing British columnist and global warming fanatic with the Guardian who explained to readers three days after the earthquake, "Why Fukushima made me stop worrying and love nuclear power." You will not be surprised to hear that the events in Japan have changed my view of nuclear power. You will be surprised to hear how...
  • Fires, Cars: More Deadly Than Nuclear Power!

    04/01/2011 7:21:59 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 1 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | April 1, 2011 | Dan Miller
    The extraordinarily powerful magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami in Japan were truly terrible — many lives were lost and there was great destruction. President Obama’s heart went out to the people of Japan and he did his presidential best “during this enormous tragedy, please know that America will always stand by one of its greatest allies during their time of need.” We know that’s true because he wrote it and because he told us, compassionately, to assist the Japanese while filling out brackets for the NCAA basketball tournaments. . . . As White House press secretary Jay Carney stated, it...
  • Japan says battle to save the nuclear reactors has failed [Scrap 1-4]

    03/30/2011 9:04:55 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 131 replies, ^ | Thursday 31 March 2011 04.43 BST | Justin McCurry in Tokyo
    Japanese officials have conceded that the battle to salvage four crippled reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant has been lost. The plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power [Tepco], said the reactors would be scrapped, and warned that the operation to contain the nuclear crisis, now well into its third week, could last months. Tepco's announcement came as new readings showed a dramatic increase in radioactive contamination in the sea near the atomic complex. Tens of thousands of people living near the plants have been evacuated or ordered to stay indoors, while the plant has leaked radioactive materials in to the...
  • Power To Spare

    11/05/2009 5:11:44 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies · 450+ views ^ | November 5, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Leadership: As Palin jousts with Biden on energy independence, the government reports that we lead the world in energy reserves. From oil to gas to coal, we are sitting on prosperity. So why are we importing anything? One of the interesting sidelights of the NY-23 race was an exchange on energy independence between Vice President Joe Biden and the former governor of energy-rich Alaska, Sarah Palin. Biden, who came in to campaign for Democrat Bill Owens, was reminded of the issue of energy. "The fact of the matter is that Sarah Palin thinks the answer to energy was 'Drill, baby,...
  • Fukushima Makes Case For Yucca Mountain

    03/29/2011 5:46:13 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | March 29, 2011 | Staff
    Nuclear Power: The greatest danger at Fukushima was and is the spent fuel stored at the reactor sites. So why are we doing the same thing when we have a safe place to store it? Before a 9.0 axis-shifting earthquake damaged the nuclear reactors at Fukushima, Japan, legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives endorsing the construction of 200 nuclear power reactors in the U.S. by 2040, tripling current megawatt generating capacity. H.R. 909, co-sponsored by 64 Republicans, also endorsed the completion of the spent fuel storage facility at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. That facility, which was supposed to...
  • Workers evacuated as radiation soars at Japan reactor (Fukushima Dai-Ichi)

    03/26/2011 11:34:36 PM PDT · by SteveH · 124 replies
    AFP ^ | 3/27/2011
    OSAKA (AFP) - Extremely high levels of radiation were detected in water leaking from reactor two of the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, forcing the evacuation of workers, its operator said Sunday. A spokesman for Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) said the level of radiation found in the leaked water in the turbine room was 10 million times higher than it should be for water inside the reactor, indicating damage to the fuel rods. "We detected 1,000 millisieverts per hour of radiation in a puddle of water at the reactor number two. This figure is 10 million times higher than water usually...
  • Why Fukushima made me stop worrying and love nuclear power

    03/25/2011 1:54:53 PM PDT · by fightinJAG · 13 replies
    Guardian ^ | March 21, 2011 | George Monbiot
    You will not be surprised to hear that the events in Japan have changed my view of nuclear power. You will be surprised to hear how they have changed it. As a result of the disaster at Fukushima, I am no longer nuclear-neutral. I now support the technology. A crappy old plant with inadequate safety features was hit by a monster earthquake and a vast tsunami. The electricity supply failed, knocking out the cooling system. The reactors began to explode and melt down. The disaster exposed a familiar legacy of poor design and corner-cutting. Yet, as far as we know,...
  • Japan Encourages a Wider Evacuation ... (Japan Raises Possibility of Breach in Reactor Vessel)

    03/25/2011 3:33:38 PM PDT · by SteveH · 64 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 25, 2011 | HIROKO TABUCHI, KEITH BRADSHER and DAVID JOLLY
    TOKYO — New signs emerged on Friday that parts of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant are so damaged and contaminated that it will be harder to bring the plant under control soon. [...] Hidehiko Nishiyama, deputy director-general of the Japan Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, mentioned damage to the reactor vessel on Friday as a possible explanation of how water in the adjacent containment building had become so radioactive. A senior nuclear executive who insisted on anonymity but has broad contacts in Japan said that there was a long vertical crack running down the side of the reactor vessel...
  • Japan reactor nuclear core may have breached

    03/25/2011 12:25:59 AM PDT · by Lazlo in PA · 857 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 03-25-11 | AP
    TOKYO – Japanese nuclear safety officials said Friday that they suspect that the reactor core at one unit of the troubled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant may have breached, raising the possibility of more severe contamination to the environment. "It is possible that somewhere at the reactor may have been damaged," said Hidehiko Nishiyama, a spokesman for the nuclear safety agency. But he added that "our data suggest the reactor retains certain containment functions," implying that the damage may have occurred in Unit 3's reactor core but that it was limited.

    03/24/2011 2:57:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    Nuclear Street - Nuclear Power Industry News ^ | February 4, 2011 | Randy Brich
    Imagine a world where everyone lives up to their potential and creates an environment that satisfies all of their material wants. What would such a world look like? Although the specifics are fuzzy, it is certain that this world of the future would run on an environmentally friendly power source, like nuclear, which would provide inexpensive energy to propel the machines of commerce. And there are a lot of machines that require power to function, from the Mac upon which I’m typing this review to practically every modern convenience known to the western world. According to Daniel Ben-Ami, in his...
  • Why Fukushima made me stop worrying and love nuclear power

    03/23/2011 7:34:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 03/23/2011 | George Monbiot
    You will not be surprised to hear that the events in Japan have changed my view of nuclear power. You will be surprised to hear how they have changed it. As a result of the disaster at Fukushima, I am no longer nuclear-neutral. I now support the technology. A crappy old plant with inadequate safety features was hit by a monster earthquake and a vast tsunami. The electricity supply failed, knocking out the cooling system. The reactors began to explode and melt down. The disaster exposed a familiar legacy of poor design and corner-cutting. Yet, as far as we know,...
  • A nuclear renaissance in U.S. was unlikely even before Japan disaster (Economics was the issue)

    03/23/2011 6:47:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 03/23/2011 | Michael Hiltzik
    Economics, not fears of a meltdown or radiation poisoning, prevented a resurgence in nuclear energy. Natural gas power plants are much cheaper to build and operate. To all those who may be concerned that the catastrophic events at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant will derail the heralded renaissance of nuclear power in the U.S., you can relax. The reason is simple: There is no renaissance. Not even Exelon Corp., the nation's biggest nuclear generation company, has been holding its breath for a surge in orders or appreciable increase in new generating capacity. The reason has little to do with an...
  • Obama lacks authority to shutter Yucca site, court told

    03/22/2011 7:56:30 PM PDT · by fightinJAG · 26 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | March 22, 2011 | James Rosen
    -Lawyers for Washington state and South Carolina on Tuesday accused President Barack Obama of exceeding his constitutional power in closing the Yucca Mountain nuclear-waste repository. Washington state Assistant Attorney General Andrew Fitz told a federal appellate court that Obama's refusal to fund continued development of the Nevada site violates the 1982 Nuclear Waste Policy Act. "He's acting unconstitutionally under the separation of powers doctrine because he doesn't have the authority under the statute," Fitz told a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. "He had no authority to reverse it." In 1987 amendments...
  • CNN Poll: Public says yes to nuclear energy but no to new plants

    03/22/2011 12:30:24 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    CNN ^ | 03/22/2011
    Opposition to building new nuclear power plants in the U.S. has edged up since last spring, a likely reaction to the nuclear power plants crisis in Japan, according to a new national poll. But a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Tuesday also indicates a majority of Americans approve of using nuclear energy to produce electricity. Fifty-seven percent of people questioned in the poll say they approve of the domestic use of nuclear energy, with 42 percent opposed. "Attitudes toward nuclear power in the U.S. are more positive than they were after Chernobyl in 1986, when only 45 percent approved of...
  • US agrees to help Chile go nuclear, despite Japan disaster

    03/21/2011 1:47:49 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 9 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | March 21, 2011 | Steven Bodzin
    Among the "urgent events" that President Obama said he discussed Monday with Chilean President Sebastián Pińera was the unfolding nuclear crisis in Japan that began March 11 when a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and resulting tsunami along the northeast coast. While the crisis only appeared to be mentioned in passing during a press conference in Santiago during Mr. Obama's five-day regional tour, it has set off a firestorm of criticism against Mr. Pińera and caused a major rethink over energy policy here. Yesterday, some 2,000 people marched through the capital to protest a new US-Chile nuclear power cooperation agreement signed Friday...
  • Nuclear Power's Unchanging Plight

    03/20/2011 12:49:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | March 20, 2011 | Steve Chapman
    Just as congressional Republicans and the Obama administration had been pushing nuclear power, the disaster in Japan arrived to complicate matters. Proponents of atomic energy fear an unfair, crippling backlash. But the crisis only confirms that in this country, nuclear is the fuel of the future -- and always will be. Over the past 40 years, plenty of things have happened that should have worked to its advantage. There was the energy crisis of the 1970s. There was the threat of climate change brought on by fossil fuels. There were clean air laws that raised costs for coal-burning plants. There...
  • Tepco: No Need To Release Steam From No. 3 Reactor, Pressure Stabilized

    03/20/2011 2:32:41 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 25 replies
    Nikkei ^ | 03/20/11
    Sunday, March 20, 2011 Tepco: No Need To Release Steam From No. 3 Reactor, Pressure Stabilized OSAKA (Dow Jones)--Tokyo Electric Power Co. (9501) confirmed Sunday that pressure levels inside the containment vessel of the No. 3 reactor at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have stabilized, and there is currently no need to release possibly radioactive steam. The company said at a news conference in Tokyo that pressure inside containment vessel began rising on Saturday evening, then stabilized at elevated levels.
  • Sarah Palin: America & India are a testament to the positive force of human aspirations [Speech]

    03/19/2011 1:54:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    India Today ^ | March 20, 2011 | Former Governor Sarah Palin (R-AK)
    Thank you! Such an honor! I appreciate getting to see some of your magnificent city - this is 1st time here & I sincerely hope it won't be my last! During my brief time here I've enjoyed India's famous "Gift for Hospitality." And next time, I want to visit the Taj Mahal with my husband, Todd. Considering how patiently he's endured during my political career & been so supportive, it would be nice to reinforce our teamwork/commitment before that monument to eternal love. Todd is here with us tonight. When I had the honour of meeting your Prime Minister a...
  • Nuclear future beyond Japan : Purported cold fusion advance aimed at energy woes

    03/19/2011 7:03:02 AM PDT · by Normandy · 32 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 17, 2011 | Frank Perley
    Just as Japan’s earthquake raises fears of catastrophe from a nuclear meltdown and Mideast turmoil jeopardizes the world’s supply of conventional energy, along comes word of a possible scientific breakthrough that holds out the hope of cheap, abundant power. Cold fusion - discredited and vilified in the past - is back in the news. The potential benefits are great enough that, despite past failures, the technology deserves a fair hearing from the scientific community this time.
  • Fukushima one week on: Situation 'stable', says IAEA | Shameful media panic

    03/18/2011 11:13:39 AM PDT · by brityank · 134 replies
    The Register - UK ^ | 18th March 2011 12:56 GMT | Lewis Page
    Fukushima one week on: Situation 'stable', says IAEA Shameful media panic very slowly begins to subsideBy Lewis Page • Posted in Physics, 18th March 2011 12:56 GMTThe situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear powerplant in Japan, badly damaged during the extremely severe earthquake and tsunami there a week ago, continues to stabilise. It is becoming more probable by the day that public health consequences will be zero and radiation health effects among workers at the site will be so minor as to be hard to measure. Nuclear experts are beginning to condemn the international hysteria which has followed the...
  • Nuclear Problem In Japan: Is Obama Partly Responsible?

    03/17/2011 5:25:57 PM PDT · by an amused spectator · 72 replies
    The Market Ticker ^ | March 17, 2011 | Karl Denninger
    From the BBC:2226: The Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper, quoting a senior official of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, said the US made the offer immediately after the disaster damaged Fukushima No 1 nuclear plant. According to the unnamed senior official, US support was based on dismantling the troubled reactors run by Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) some 250 km (155 miles) northeast of Tokyo. However, the government and TEPCO thought the cooling system could be restored by themselves, the report said. Am I reading this right?Our government demanded that the Japanese dismantle - that is, permanently remove - over five gigawatts...
  • Israeli Prime Minister Calls For Strike Against Iran

    03/18/2011 6:50:09 AM PDT · by Strategy · 45 replies
    Russia Today ^ | March 18, 2011
    If Tehran continues with its nuclear program, other nations should threaten it with military action, Benjamin Netanyahu has said. The sanctions imposed on Iran by the United Nations Security Council are not enough, the Israeli prime minister told CNN. He expressed concern that Iran may gain additional influence during the recent upheaval across the Middle East. Iran should know that "if it fails to cooperate, there will be credible military actions," Netanyahu said. He believes it is the only thing that could stop Tehran's nuclear program. According to the prime minister, such actions from the international community would knock out...
  • Breaking : Obama seeks safety review of US nuclear plants

    03/17/2011 1:23:41 PM PDT · by Scythian · 171 replies
    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is calling for a comprehensive safety review at the 104 nuclear reactors in the U.S. in the wake of the Japanese disaster. The president is asking the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to examine nuclear plants to ensure they can withstand earthquakes and other disasters. Obama said lessons can be learned from the unfolding nuclear disaster caused by last week's earthquake and tsunami in Japan. In televised remarks Thursday, The president said U.S. officials do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the West Coast of the continental U.S., Hawaii or Alaska. He repeated the statement...
  • Plume Of Radiation Moving Toward California Is Not Dangerous

    03/17/2011 11:31:47 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 113 replies
    cbs ^ | March 17, 2011 7:38 AM
    Risks from possible radiation exposure remain greatest for the workers scrambling to cool reactors at a Japanese nuclear power plant. Those who have been evacuated from the site are considered safe, as are the 39 million people who live in the greater Tokyo region. A plume of radiation from Japan is expected to arrive in Southern California Friday, but health and nuclear experts say there is absolutely no cause for alarm. Los Angeles County emergency officials are prepared with radiation detection equipment, but the plume will be diluted over its journey across the Pacific Ocean. Officials say it will not...
  • Obama reassures: Japan's radiation won't reach US

    03/17/2011 3:02:05 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 17, 2011
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama, trying to reassure a worried nation, declared Thursday that "harmful levels" of radiation from the Japanese nuclear disaster are not expected to reach the U.S., even as other officials conceded it could take weeks to bring the crippled nuclear complex under control. The situation remains dangerous and complicated at the damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi reactors in northeastern Japan, U.S. officials said.
  • Israel Now Has The Right To Attack Iran's Nuclear Reactors [Alan M. Dershowitz]

    03/17/2011 4:03:57 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies ^ | St Patrick's Day, March 17, 2011 | Alan M. Dershowitz
    Israel has the right to prevent its civilians from being murdered by Iranian weapons, especially weapons of mass destruction. Iran would have no legal standing to protest a surgical attack on its nuclear facilities that are designing weapons that could be used to achieve Iran's declared goal of wiping Israel off the map and killing millions of its citizens. The leaders of Iran have publicly declared that a nuclear exchange, killing millions of Jews and Muslims, would be acceptable to them because it would destroy Israel while only damaging Islam. A suicide nation cannot be deterred by the threat of...
  • Japan's Nuclear Crisis is Serious, But Media Coverage is Ludicrous

    BREAK TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Here's this New York Times story which is the only accurate story I have seen in that publication of what's going on. I'm just gonna summarize the story for you. The problem is not the active nuclear reactors. There is not an active nuclear reactor meltdown going on. The problem is the unused spent fuel rods that the Japanese had on site in storage ponds. It's those ponds that are evaporating, that have caught fire, if you will. The water may have dried up in these storage ponds. The point is that these are not the active...
  • As Sales of Potassium Iodide Skyrocket, So May Cases of Drug Injury

    03/17/2011 10:48:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies · 1+ views
    The Injury Board ^ | March 17, 2011 | Paul Napoli
    The radiation from Japan’s nuclear power plant crisis has spurred a dramatic increase in sales of Potassium Iodide in the United States, reports The Huffington Post. Potassium Iodide, also called KI, is a salt of non-radioactive iodine. In cases of radiological or nuclear events, people at high risk of radiation exposure may take potassium iodide to prevent radiation damage to the thyroid gland with can develop into cancer. It works by flooding the thyroid gland with non-radioactive iodine, preventing absorption of radioactive iodine. It does not cure the thyroid gland after radiation exposure or provide any measure of radiation protection...
  • Obama pleads for calm as UN warns radiation 'plume' from Japan quake could hit U.S. today

    03/17/2011 9:00:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | March 18, 2011 | Staff
    * UN predicts nuclear plume could hit U.S. by Friday * Experts warn that particles will drift across Atlantic for Europe * Obama finally falls in line with the rest of the world and starts evacuating American citizens from Japan * French minister: 'Let's not beat about the bush, they've essentially lost control' * Cooling pool for spent fuel rods has 'boiled dry at reactor number four' * Japanese have 48 hours to avoid 'another Chernobyl' * Terrified Americans panic-buy gas masks, anti-radiation pills and even pet shelters Experts warn that crisis is 'approaching point of no return' as officials...
  • Israeli PM Netanyahu: Japan Situation Has ‘Caused Me To Reconsider’ Nuclear Power

    03/17/2011 1:45:27 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Media ITE ^ | 03/17/2011 | Mark Joyella
    In an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan set to air tonight, prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel said the expanding threat of a nuclear catastrophe in Japan has changed his thinking on the safety of nuclear power. “It certainly caused me to reconsider the projects of building civil nuclear power plants,” Netanyahu said. “I have to tell you I was a lot more enthusiastic about it than I am now.” Netanyahu, whose conversation with Morgan touches on Israel, Palestine, the spread of uprisings in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya, said what’s happening in Japan is a “confluence of a natural disaster...
  • Ann Coulter: A GLOWING REPORT ON RADIATION (Shine Your Light!)

    03/16/2011 3:12:40 PM PDT · by Syncro · 150 replies · 1+ views
    AnnCoulter.Com ^ | March 16, 2011 | Ann Coulter
    A GLOWING REPORT ON RADIATIONMarch 16, 2011 With the terrible earthquake and resulting tsunami that have devastated Japan, the only good news is that anyone exposed to excess radiation from the nuclear power plants is now probably much less likely to get cancer. This only seems counterintuitive because of media hysteria for the past 20 years trying to convince Americans that radiation at any dose is bad. There is, however, burgeoning evidence that excess radiation operates as a sort of cancer vaccine. As The New York Times science section reported in 2001, an increasing number of scientists believe that...
  • New Power Line Installed At Fukushima Daiichi Plant: Govt

    03/17/2011 11:01:03 AM PDT · by socialism_stinX · 99 replies · 1+ views ^ | March 17, 2011
    TOKYO (Nikkei)--Japanese officials have installed cables to supply electricity from Tohoku Electric Power Co.'s (9506) power grid to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, a step they hope will help inject water more efficiently into the facility's crippled reactors that are at the center of Japan's nuclear crisis, the government's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said at a news conference Thursday night. Officials will try to connect the cable to the plant's No. 2 reactor on Friday, the agency said. The No. 2 reactor's containment vessel was partly damaged in its pressure suppression chamber. The reactor building is emitting vapor...
  • Japan nuclear plant: Just 48 hours to avoid 'another Chernobyl'

    03/16/2011 11:43:32 PM PDT · by AwesomePossum · 236 replies
    The Telegraph UK ^ | 16 Mar 2011 | Gordon Rayner and Martin Evans
    Last night radiation levels were “extremely high” in the stricken building, which was breached by an earlier explosion, meaning that radiation could now escape into the atmosphere. Tokyo Electric, the owners of the plant, said five workers had been killed at the site, two were missing and 21 had been injured.
  • Forecast for Plume's Path Is a Function of Wind and Weather

    03/16/2011 8:09:16 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 41 replies
    NY Times ^ | 3-16-11 | NY Times
    The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization shows how weather patterns this week might disperse radiation from a continuous source in Fukushima, Japan. The forecast does not show actual levels of radiation, but it does allow the organization to estimate when different monitoring stations, marked with small dots, might be able to detect extremely low levels of radiation.
  • Foreign governments tell citizens to evacuate Japanese capital - why has Obama not done the same?

    03/16/2011 6:41:28 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 23 replies ^ | March 16, 2011 | David Derbyshire and Daily Mail Reporter
    Governments across the world are today urging their nationals to leave Tokyo as soon as possible amid fresh safety fears. The U.K. Foreign Office is recommending that all Britons leave the area for their own safety, Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade recommended citizens who don't need to be in Japan leave and France told its citizens with no reason to stay in Tokyo to get out. But the White House has not yet told Americans to get out of Tokyo, although it is 'working around the clock (to) determine the whereabouts and well-being' of U.S. citizens there. The...
  • Chief U.S. Nuke Response Team Deployed to Japan

    03/16/2011 6:30:26 PM PDT · by topher · 13 replies ^ | 16-March-2011
    The nation's chief nuclear response team has deployed its experts to Japan to assess dangers posed by the nuclear crisis in the wake of the devastating magnitude 9 earthquake. A team from the National Nuclear Security Administration, a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy that protects America's nuclear weapons, left from Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas on Monday, an NNSA spokesman confirmed to
  • Breaking, Helicopters dumping water on reactors (not good)

    03/16/2011 6:13:05 PM PDT · by milwguy · 264 replies
    telegraph uk ^ | 3/17/2011 | p
    01.00 Matt Alt, a writer and translator, tweets: Second drop of water at 9:53am local time, appears to have hit both #3, #4 00.59 The Foreign and Commonweath Office has updated travel advice and told Britons to observe a 50mile radius exclusion zone from Fukushima. 00.52 A Japanese military helicopter dumped water from a huge bucket onto the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant, television images showed. 00.50 Mat Alt, a writer and translator, tweets Chinook helicopter just dropped water on #3! 00.47 Operators at Fukushima plant hope to run an electricity cable to the site that could help pump water...
  • Nuclear crisis in Japan, a civil war in Libya and where is the President? Heading for Rio de Janeiro

    03/16/2011 5:44:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | March 16, 2011 | David Gardner
    Mr Obama has refused to scrap a five-day trip to Latin America that will take him to Brazil, Chile and El Salvador. Resisting demands that he should remain at home in the White House to deal with the international response to Japan’s nuclear crisis and Colonel Gaddafi’s crackdown on anti-government rebels, the president insists he can stay on top of the fast-moving developments while on the road. Some Republican critics have complained the sunshine trip symbolises Mr Obama’s lack of leadership at a time of international chaos. But White House press secretary Jay Carney said Mr Obama felt the visit...
  • New power line almost ready at Japan nuke plant

    03/16/2011 1:23:30 PM PDT · by topher · 99 replies
    Drudgereport/AP/Yahoo ^ | 3-16-2011 | AP
    TOKYO – A nearly completed new power line could restore electric cooling systems in Japan's tsunami-crippled nuclear plant, its operator said Thursday, raising hopes of easing the crisis that has threatened a meltdown.
  • NRC: No water in spent fuel pool of Japan plant

    03/16/2011 1:12:42 PM PDT · by AnAmericanAbroad · 115 replies · 1+ views
    AP via Yahoo! Finance ^ | 03/16/2011 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The chief of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Wednesday that all the water is gone from one of the spent fuel pools at Japan's most troubled nuclear plant, but Japanese officials denied it. If NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko is correct, this would mean there's nothing to stop the fuel rods from getting hotter and ultimately melting down. Read more at source.
  • If Only Leftist Meltdowns Had the Same Psychological Impact as Nuclear Meltdowns

    03/16/2011 8:58:30 AM PDT · by Bodhi1 · 2 replies
    All American Blogger ^ | 3-16-11 | Duane Lester
    In 1991, there was a massive meltdown in the U.S.S.R. I’m not talking about Chernobyl. Think bigger. The entire country was destroyed when the weight of decades of communist rule finally caused the nation to buckle. Despite the leftists in America telling us they had seen the future, and it works, the fact is it didn’t. Millions more died under communist rule than will ever be killed by the nuclear reactors in Japan. Yet, none of that seems to impact the left the way problems at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station impact the dialogue on nuclear power.