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The Hidden Truth About Nuclear Power

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"The No. 3 reactor is a particular concern because it is the only one of six at the plant to use a potentially volatile mix of uranium and plutonium."  ABC News, March 26

Joaquin examined a perfect example of media denial in reporting toxic dangers from the disaster.

"The media is confusing everyone about radiation because they refuse or are unable to discern the difference between contamination and direct radiation. That's because the media are run by people who are either trying to obfuscate what is going on or are just plain idiots; your choice. Look at this picture: compiled from Sources: Tepco (Tokyo Power); International Atomic Energy Agency; Federal Aviation Administration; Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

"Never-mind that most of the data is missing in the above picture, which seems to say the plant is safe to walk around in anytime as long as you don't mind the possibility of a CT-SCAN now and then. Today, several plant employees found out the hard way what a dangerous lie this is."  Joaquin

The picture and timeline from the New York Times, March 25 referenced by Joaquin shows how little the media demands from officials sources.  The top official in the Japanese cabinet, Yukio Adono, flat out admitted that there was no monitoring for toxic particles, the real danger for contamination.  From the video:  "Unfortunately we are not able to measure the radioactive materials [in the atmosphere]"That is something we're trying to work out."

"When it comes to radioactive materials in general in the atmosphere, we are now  trying to measure it and then we will see how much of the ratio active materials are actually emitted from the nuclear power plant.   We are trying to come up with an estimate for that."  Yukio Adono, CNN Video, March 23, Starts at 1:06

Where is the coverage?  Where are the questions? Measuring "radioactive materials" in the atmosphere is precisely the type of measurement that goes to health and safety concerns.

The inevitable conclusion about the current stewards of energy policy and information is clear:

"Clearly, given the lies coming out of Japan and the media's willing participation in them, nuclear energy is too dangerous for the truth and that these institutions are too corrupt to act as responsible stewards of such a dangerous existing technology." Joaquin

If you think Fukushima is bad, just wait for the bright and shining future offered by those who control the levers of power.  They're just warming up.

Extended quotations provided with the permission of the author.  Original article first published in The Agonist.


Also see:  Joaquin's original post Is Nuclear Power too Dangerous toTell the Truth About? and
New Scientist - Fukushima radioactive fallout nears Chernobyl levels by Michael Collins

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