In all things of nature,
there is something of the marvelous. ~ Aristotle
In wildness is the preservation of the world. ~ Henry David Thoreau
The earth is what we all have in common. ~ Wendell Berry
We've arranged a global civilization in which most crucial elements
profoundly depend on science and technology. We have also arranged things
so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a
prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but
sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going
to blow up in our faces. ~ Carl Sagan
The issue of the environment can be viewed through a fascinating variety
of historical and philosophical lenses (1; 2; 3; 4; 5). We, the “failed
species,” find ourselves on the verge of “transhumanist” transcendence,
or, on the skids toward extinction on an eroded and polluted planet
(6; 7). Without a biodiverse ecology, there is no economy. Don’t try
to kill Mother Nature, she will sneeze at you, wait a few million years
and then go onto something else.
The amount of highly radioactive waste from global nuclear power production
increases every day. The monetary cost of storing or disposing of it
(probably eventually just dumping it back into the environment when
no one is looking), is skyrocketing. As yet, there is no safe storage
method that is tried and true. Although dry cask storage is much safer
than open fuel pools, it is an interim and not long term storage solution
Considering the high cost and danger of storing nuclear waste for thousands
of years, why don’t we just switch to a non-nuclear energy economy today?
Japan is the most outrageous example of bad planning. In the most seismically
volatile region of the world it would be unthinkable to bury the waste,
and “recycling” the spent fuel was a Promethean dream.
But there may be hope. The Technopians have informed us that “nuclear
waste containers could be easily and safely transported up the Space
Elevator to a suitable point and then launched from there towards the
sun with an absolute minimum risk to life and the environment on Earth“
(9). A seemingly insurmountable problem “easily” solved. If the Space
Elevator idea goes as well as nuclear energy, then we’ll no longer have
to worry about a radioactively contaminated future. Thank the Technopians.
An Experiment Gone Awry
The Activist Post, an informative journal which is concerned with disturbing
social trends, recently featured an author who presciently and saliently
“Whether it is nuclear power generation or nuclear detonation, all nuclear
industry is experimental .... Will top management of utility companies
- people whose focus seldom reaches beyond the balance sheets of current
quarter and perhaps one subsequent quarter - exercise an appropriate
level of control on wastes that will be dangerously radioactive for
dozens of thousands of years? .... The time, energy and resources that
have been invested into nuclear experimentation are likely incalculable.
It is an industry of inhuman lies and practices, one which voids all
consideration of clean air, clean water and healthy food. Where humanity
would be today without nuclear experimentation is impossible to say,
but without it surely the planet would be less toxic and polluted. I
submit that...if it were not for nuclear experimentation humanity could
already have free, or for all extents and purposes endless and harmless,
power sources .... It is obvious that the oligarchical collectivism
of the nuclear experimentation industry has indirectly eliminated alternative
power systems to the extraction of and concoction of dangerous minerals.
It has done so simply through its existence as well as through diabolical
influence and outright subversion of systems less oligarchical ....
The biggest issue on the Earth is that of nuclear experimentation. Stop
nuclear experimentation, for the children“ (10).
How could a crime gang take over such an important social need as energy?
Radio host, Mike Rivero, who is located in Hawaii, constantly reiterates
that the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) have destroyed
Hawaii’s tourist industry in order to “catch terrorists.” Their perverted
groping of passengers (80 year old grandmothers and 5 year old children)
for bombs along with the dangerous and degrading naked body scanners
has caused a sharp decline in tourism. But according to Rivero, the
southern border of the US is left wide open for anyone who wants to
enter illegally (11).
The TSA Crime Group prospers while the rest of the economy suffers (12).
The same goes for all sorts of socially destructive human activities
including the military, prisons and raw materials industries. In fact,
the economic value of wild ecosystems is worth trillions of potential
dollars for all peoples to benefit from (13), versus short term plunder
that goes into the pockets of the 0.01 percent of Elites. Usury and
fractional reserve banking force artificial “growth” (and environmental
destruction) in order to pay off artificially created “debt.” Wall Street
“high frequency trading” gimmicks are now taking money games to the
next level of hyper-immorality and destructiveness (14).
Fukushima’s Long-Term Prospects
While progress to create stability at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Station
(FNPS) can be said to be occurring, in some technical aspects, it is
so slow that in reality it can also be said to be deteriorating. We
are in the nuclear experimentation netherworld.
During his current visit to Japan, nuclear expert, Arnie Gundersen met
with Japanese parliamentarians and gave a lecture to concerned citizens
in Tokyo (15). During his lecture he confirmed that he has “seen no
interest on the part of Tepco or NISA about getting other experts involved
in the process” of helping to shore up the FNPS.
When Gundersen spoke with Tepco he suggested they use “lighter casks”
for the Unit 4 fuel pool because they would be better for moving the
nuclear fuel rods. Tepco dismissed this because like all nuclear operators,
they don’t want to spend the money. Worst of all, Gundersen reported
“If an earthquake damages the pool and the water drains out, it’s less
than a day before the fire begins. Which is why when I asked Tepco have
you prepositioned chemicals on-site in the event you were to lose water,
and to hear they had not even considered prepositioning chemicals was
This level of arrogance is typical of the nuclear establishment which
shrugs its shoulders and walks away every time they mess things up.
Gundersen was also recently interviewed by the intrepid Helen Caldicott,
medical doctor and long time anti-nuclear campaigner (16). The entire
interview is highly recommended listening, not only for its incredible
technical information, but also to enjoy the brilliance and humor of
two of our most venerable activists.
Where are the leagues of other nuclear engineers speaking out with such
expertise? There are not many. Gundersen has intimate knowledge of what
is happening at the FNPS and one wonders how he gets his information.
Other than that in the public domain are there at least some concerned
officials feeding him data? Gundersen tends to speak conservatively
and there is certainly room for other interpretations of the situation.
He may be sugar-coating the truth at times, but I think he rarely or
never exaggerates the dangers.
These are main points summarized from Gundersen and Caldicott’s conversation:
* Unit 4 is being cleaned up so that Tepco can put in place the crane
to remove the fuel rods. This work will not be completed before 2015
or 2016. Tepco plans to construct a building on top of what is currently
there at Unit 4 in order to put in place a huge crane for removing the
rods, which will then be placed in casks on the ground.
* There are concerns that the fuel rods will be damaged, but ideally
they can just pull them out and put them into dry cask storage. There
is a chance they will not be removed easily and get “jammed” when they
try pull them out. This could take years!
* It is a very long, involved process. “They are taking way too long.”
This process has to be repeated for the other reactor fuel pools as
well. In the meantime we have to hope there is not another large earthquake,
even though geologists think there is a likely chance of one.
* The fuel in Units 1, 2, 3 is melted down to the bottom of the reactors
or “lying on the concrete” at the foundation of the reactor buildings.
It took ten years to remove fuels from a melted reactor at Three Mile
Island after its disaster in the US in 1979. TMI was a minor accident
compared to Fukushima.
* The three reactor units at Fukushima are so highly radioactive that
a million bq/liter is measured in water in surrounding buildings. That
means that in the reactor buildings themselves the radiation would be
* Gundersen believes the radiation is so high in the reactor areas that
workers cannot do the job. The only “solution” will be to pour concrete
on top of the units while “walking away for three hundred years, obviously
monitoring it.” This could happen in a few years from now.
* However, Caldicott points out that the radiation will seep down into
the water table for the rest of time. Arnie agrees: there is no good
solution. Although “the solution would be to bore holes from underneath,
and constantly pull water from out from under the building so it can
be treated.” This would have to be done for a couple of hundred years
to prevent contamination of the Pacific Ocean.
* If Japan’s economy shrinks, cracks, contracts and or collapses due
to a variety of factors, will they have the knowledge and money to carry
on with this project? Gundersen estimates the cost of the Fukushima
disaster will be 500 billion dollars. The Japanese taxpayer will pay
* Weighed against Japan’s rapidly aging and declining population the
Japanese will be carrying a huge economic burden. The detrimental health
effects from radiation will effect a substantial proportion of Japan’s
population into the mists of time but will be covered up and hidden
from public view, even as they perish.
A Special Warm Place
The other day I went to a “going away” (escape) party for some friends.
I met a young Japanese oceanographer I know. He is very well educated
and I asked him about living in Fukushima, he agreed it is dangerous.
His area of study is not related to radiation in the ocean, but he is
familiar with the government’s monitoring of radiation in fish. Strangely,
he did not know difference between external and internal radiation and
discounted the danger of tainted food, believing “small amounts” are
not harmful. Maybe so (I hope so too). I also asked him why the Japanese
government doesn’t get help to deal with Fukushima from other countries
like the US. After all, the US militarily occupies Japan! He replied
with a laugh that Tepco and the J Gov are probably too “ashamed” to
ask for help. Ashamed? So we have to sacrifice the world’s ecosystems
in order to restore Japanese Pride?
Yoichi Shimatsu, a man of sharp wit and former editor of the Japan Times
Weekly, sardonically informed me about the absurdity of the Fukushima
“The Japanese have a penchant for misinterpreting, falsifying and mythologizing
history, while confusing all that is good for bad and vice versa. Within
a decade, you will be seeing NHK TV dramas about the ‘stoic patriotic
Tepco executives, under the strategic leadership of Heroic Leader Shimizu,
who defied the panicked liberal government, bravely fought the mob violence
by the anti-nuclear traitors, rescued Japan's nuclear industry and finally,
after heroic self-sacrifice, created the Japanese A-bomb just in time
to avert a foreign invasion from Red China and United Korea.’
We are so grateful to TEPCO!
In Japan, shrines are erected for mass murderers while the humanitarian
heroes who saved the country from itself are relegated to the footnotes
or treated as ill-mannered scoundrels. Evil has a special warm place
in the Japanese heart.”
1. Donald Worster, Nature’s Economy (Cambridge Univ. Press, 1977, 505
2. Edward Goldsmith, The Way: An Ecological World View (Univ. of Georgia
Press, 1992, 541 pgs.)
3. Roy Madron & John Jopling, Gaian Democracies (Green Books, 2003,
4. Richard Evanoff, Bioregionalism and Global Ethics A Transactional
Approach to Achieving Ecological Sustainability, Social Justice, and
Human Well-being, (Routledge, 2011).
5. Environmental Ethics
6. Transhumanism - Techno-Eugenics Usurping Humanity
7. The Vigiliant Citizen, Transhumanism
8. Martin Cohen and Andrew McKillop, The Doomsday Machine: The High
Price of Nuclear Energy, The World’s Most Dangerous Fuel (Palgrave,
2012, 242 pgs.)
9. The Space Elevator: Economics and Applications
10. Nuclear Experimentation Killed Free Power
11. What Really Happened
12. The Rise Of The US Surveillance State & The Jews Behind It
13. Humanity Loses $250 Billion a Year in Wild Habitat
14. Max Keiser, High Frequency Trading
15. Appalling: Tepco admits there’s no prepositioned chemicals at Fukushima
plant in event water drains from fuel pool after quake
16. Arnold Gundersen with another update on the unfolding effects of
the Fukushima disaster