When news of nuclear engineers at Fukushima using a mixture of diaper absorbent, sawdust and newspaper to make repairs on a crack in the concrete I first cursed out loud of course and compared the name of the plant to one common grumble and then I had to question. I wonder about the enormity of the destruction there relative to one leaking concrete crack. The rest of the place looks like a nuclear bomb went off. I wonder if they are going to get some sort of device that will measure the radiation there, for apparently they are saying it is 1,000 millieseverts because that is how high their machines measure.
The GE designed power plant threatens to destroy an entire area with the most deadly substances on the planet. Why risk total destruction of entire regions and whole continents for electricity? If we are smart enough to split the damned atom you would think we would be smart enough to utilize solar energy, or wind, or wave and or thermal, or agricultural fuel. Well people are that smart, people are able to do so. But aye there is the rub. Such tame sources of energy would make less money in a less concentrated fashion. The pyramidal flow of money would be dismantled and to pyramidal institutions everywhere that would be folly.
There are innumerable institutions who would like to maintain the lie that nuclear energy is safe for they are dependent on it, whether subtly or directly. They benefit by promoting nuclear power. The IAEA would not exist if there were not nuclear energy. The most powerful institution in the world runs war machines with nuclear energy and uses depleted uranium in special munitions; the U.S.A. military. The fact is that cancer was not nearly as common as it is now, especially in children, until the nuclear age, especially in children. Oncology as a business is dependent on it in more ways than one.
Fact is that radiation is emitted from radioactive particles. If you're near some particles, that is one set of worries, if a particle is inside you it transmits some stunning exponential rate of radioactivity a whole other set of worries. There is more than one type of radiation as well there is alpha, beta and gamma, the effects and sources of these vibrations are totally different and dangerous in unique ways.
That's how elitists predominantly mislead; lies by omission. Anyone who argues more nuclear power or even keeping nuclear power is doing so for some elitist motivations or just a total idiot. Further those who compare nuclear power to fossil fuels, as if to say we must choose between one or the other, do so to argue some preconceived political concept. Any comparison is besides the point. It limits the conversation, nobody wants to talk about the option to nuclear energy being limited to coal and oil. Nobody save those supportive of oligarchical business models. Let's put nuclear and petrol energy into the same category; detrimental to all living beings and the very ground beneath our feet, air in our lungs and water. Those who propose that our only options are limited and harmful minerals do not know anything; are idiots or know that everything else would benefit the many as opposed to the few; elitists.
It is possible to harness energy from the sun and the wind. These are eternal sources of energy. It is also possible to grow fuel. A simple fundamental of science which any nuclear scientist and high school graduate for that matter should know, is the fact that carbon is carbon. That is we extract oil from the ground, with its toxic compounds and required engineering feats and occasional disasters. We could risk creation with nuclear accidents. Or we could grow fuel, which carries the byproduct of nontoxic food or other raw materials and risks building agriculture and putting people to work.
The true alternative to nuclear is not oil or coal, both of these are based on limited materials dug up from the ground and wreak ruin on creation itself. Alternatives to nuclear are also alternatives to other deadly fossil fuels. The only reason we haven't done so is because of greedy elitists and clueless idiots who believe them.
The fact is nuclear engineers battled the deadly fires with fire hoses and seawater drops with lead lined helicopters. They are trying to repair cracks with diaper polymer enhanced papier-m- che' to stop radioactive leaking into the ocean. And they are not telling us everything. The workers hope that the prefecture will be inhabitable once again. They believe they themselves are doomed. The evacuated residents are scorned for being radioactive and driving radioactive cars. A farmer from Fukushima killed himself. Surely everybody from Fukushima Prefecture and Japan is grumbling. And surely praying as well. It is not worth it. There are real alternatives. No nukes, it works on paper, but we live here.