Monday, September 23, 2013

Scary stuff

In the United States, the nuclear calamity at Fukushima has been all but forgotten. The US media literally cut off news about the situation in Japan about a week after it occurred because, I assume, bringing the nation's attention to this matter might upset the people who make billions from nuclear reactors. One must protect their feelings at all costs!

But the danger hasn't gone away. In fact, it's about to get much, much worse. The nitwits at TEPCO, who own the Fukushima facility, are about to pull spent fuel rods out of the most damaged storage pool. And if anything goes wrong (and it almost surely will), we will be in the midst of the greatest nuclear calamity the Earth has ever seen. It could be "85 times worse than Chernobyl".
We are now within two months of what may be humankind’s most dangerous moment since the Cuban Missile Crisis. There is no excuse for not acting. All the resources our species can muster must be focused on the fuel pool at Fukushima Unit 4. … Neither Tokyo Electric nor the government of Japan can go this alone. There is no excuse for deploying anything less than a coordinated team of the planet’s best scientists and engineers. …
Maybe it's time for the US to report the Fukushima news, huh? Seriously, go read Gaius Publicus' article at AmericaBlog. (It's linked above.) This is very serious. If things go wrong, it could affect us all.