On 16th July 1945, 69 years ago, the United States Army set off the Trinity detonation in New Mexico, the beginning of the infamous Manhattan Project.
69 years later, nuclear experimentation has proven to be a failed experiment at every step, and the inextricable nuclear fuel and nuclear war cycles to be a deadly chain of meltdowns, bombings and denials. And still nuclear experimentation industrialists tout the ‘safety’ and ‘cleanliness’ of nuclear energy, when the facts of its commercial and wartime destruction tell us nothing could be farther from the truth.
In reality, the same destructive energy that powers one, powers the other. Nothing on our planet is more deadly and volatile than nuclear. The entropy caused by nuclear experimentation of both kinds permeates the elements and rattles all life at an atomic level, negatively altering our biological heritage, our land, and our health – everything we value.
Meanwhile, alternative energy technologies are systematically suppressed while the threat of nuclear warfare continues to escalate – both for the benefit of the oligarchy.
Nuclear experimentation risks our very biology and benefits only those making money from it. It is not the will of the masses, for the masses. It is oligarchical fascism at its worst; environmental gambling in the most extreme manner imaginable, using our lives and planet as collateral. But it is not unique in this way; all energy systems of our oligarchical society mine, refine and distribute deadly concoctions to financially benefit a select few, at the cost of the entirety.
In reality, there is very little difference in the operations of petrolithic and nuclear institutions; only that the nuclear experiment has proven to be more immediately deadly and destructive. Nuclear uranium pits are similar to petroleum drilling and fracking (mining using dangerous chemical to displace natural gas, destroying water tables and causing earthquakes) and their modes of refining delivery are all hazardous experiments which risk the lives of many.
This risk is so severe that perhaps nuclear experimentation supersedes the importance of every other societal predicament we face today. It is potentially more deadly than war, and more immediate than our environmental problems. One meltdown and….
Failing Energy Systems
It is not so much of a stretch to say that the world’s oligarchical energy systems of the worst set of social institutions, anywhere, ever.
The latest fracking trend, the public’s resentment of it, and the institutional clamp down on even speaking on its dangerous potentials without legal repercussions, really illustrates the nature of the relationship between oligarchical institutions and people they rule. The oligarchy proposed a dangerous energy system and, when opposed, distorted the science, threatened anyone who questioned it, and went about their dangerous business.[www.ca.news.yahoo.com].
The same secretive and distorted presentation is typical of the nuclear experimentation industry too, only more intensely, being also tangled with the military industrial complex.
Over 3 years since its initial meltdown, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear infrastructure is still degrading and the radiation still spreading. Little has changed there, and there is little being done. The nuclear nations and corporations of the world have not actively united to diffuse the apocalyptic threat that is the six reactor facility of Fukushima One (there is a second Fukushima nuclear experimentation facility nearby). The effect has not diminished; all that has changed is that we have learned more about this catastrophe, despite the efforts of government and media institutions.
From Day 1, the majority of the world’s nuclear institutions have remained silent and downplayed the environmental catastrophe – designed by GE, sponsored by the USA, run by TEPCO, propped up by the Japanese government and staffed with unlucky Yakuza contractors. [www.youtube.com/watch]. In fact the Japanese government even introduced new laws stifling the freedoms of media and public to speak on the matter, deceitfully luring the majority of the world into a confused and apathetic non-response, for maintenance of the status quo, mostly.
It appears the nuclear industry is considered too big to fail. In reality, it is too dangerous to continue.
Despite its apparent block-out on mainstream media, over time, we have learned that there was a triple meltdown, triple melt-through, and triple meltout of reactors 1, 2, and 3. We have learned that Reactor 3 contained tons of MOX fuel (basically plutonium), and that the tons of Pandora particles produced will burn everything they come in contact with, forever — or the next million years or so, to be more specific. We have learned that governments of the world would rather deny their mistakes and continue their risky, self-serving industrial agenda. And we have learned that the people of the world are seeing through the propaganda….
Institutions vs. the Will of The People
Despite massive public opposition, some institutions in Japan actually still have elements within them who seek to reignite their closed reactors instead of decommissioning them entirely. Following the Fukushima Daiichi meltdown, the Japanese people protested in massive numbers against the failures of government and nuclear regulators. Three years later, protests continue as the Japanese government considers restarting two reactors at the Sendai power plant. [www.america.aljazeera.com/articles].
Although Japan is in the most thermally active region on Earth (remembering geothermal heat can be used for energy) its institutions remain focussed on dangerous nuclear initiatives, now considering ways to mitigate only the financial risk of nuclear experimentation – the international Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage. [www.nuclear-news.net]. This convention effectively indemnifies nuclear manufacturers and operators from the ‘accidents’ that are inevitable in their nuclear experimentation, holding operators responsible for only nominal costs and insuring the short-term continuation of what is clearly an unsustainable industry. And it does nothing to improve the safety standards of nuclear operations.
With Fukushima still burned in their recent memories, the people of the nuclear nation of Taiwan are engaged in massive collective protests of over a planned fourth nuclear reactor experiment there. [www.nbcnews.com/news]. The Taiwanese people reason discontinuance of the nuclear experiment there, because their country is located in the volcanic region, the Pacific Ring of Fire, just like all the reactors and experiment sites in Japan and the West Coast of the U.S.A.
In the U.S.A. fascist institutions continue to reinforce the status quo of the nuclear experiment at every turn. Old and leaking reactors are having their operation time extended, and new reactors are being built, all with the generous support of government. In fact one new facility in Georgia is being paid for with a $6.5 billion loan signed off by the President himself. [www.ajc.com/news].
Many nuclear experimentation facilities with out-of-date reactors continue to operate with extended federal permission and federal insurance, many of which, including Indian Point Power Generation outside New York City, are the same design as reactors at Fukushima, with spent fuel pools retrofitted post-construction to hold more ‘spent’ fuel rods than their original design specification. (The term ‘spent’ in the nuclear experimentation industry means so hot it has to be cooled for the next, ever.) In short, they’re patching old reactors, pushing them beyond their limits, and hoping they will hold up — and indemnifying themselves for when they fail.
Clearly, nuclear is big business. In year 69, US$335 billion was set aside in the United States budget for the routine maintenance of the US nuclear armament. [www.reuters.com/article]. And in Illinois, a state already with 11 nuclear reactors at 6 experimental sites, a recent Bill in support of more nuclear power generation experiments is gaining political momentum, a move which would not just extend the dangerous nuclear industry in Illinois but economically stomp on any alternative renewable energy initiatives in the future. [www.lucian.uchicago.edu/blogs].
Is this truly the will of the People? A nuclear future, run by corporate thugs and negligent governments?
Nuclear Warfare and Propaganda
Until now, the U.S.A. and the world community have have been conned into an overall apathetic response to the nuclear experimentation industry, our thinking steered by skewed data, media manipulation, and government and corporate spin. Because information on nuclear experimentation events is mostly quelled, or twisted for prime-time, our collective complacency to the rampant criminality and outright immorality of nuclear experimentation continues.
Major media institutions have been negligent in their under-reporting of the truth, with Fukushima being the best (and worst) example. And the media’s silence is not by accident; with the obvious example of Japan’s secrecy laws aside, the non-delivery of information in general has been an essential part of long-term survival the nuclear industry. It’s realities are considered simply too horrific – and too bad for business – for public broadcast.
It has been proven beyond a shadow of doubt that the nuclear fuel and weaponry cycles are unsustainable madness. With reactors being pushed increasingly beyond their limits, and further meltdowns inevitable, decommissioning the nuclear experimentation industry is among the single most pressing issues of our time - and all time. And yet government controlled ‘journalistic’ institutions are ignoring the issue and belittling its un-ignorable tragedies. And by doing so, they become just cogs in the nuclear machine.
But, increasingly the dirty nuclear experiment is being exposed, and with failure after failure, it is becoming more difficult even for nuclear zealots to deny the dangers inherent in this experiment. Increasingly, the world is realizing this industry, like so many, benefits only the few at the cost of many. Increasingly the public is realizing it has been lied to about the science of nuclear energy and weaponry. And increasingly we are realizing that global nuclear experiment must cease in its entirety – or it will cease entirety itself.
But it is our collective inaction to the radiological contamination of our world and the invisible destruction it causes, which allows its continuation.
Year 69 of a 1,000,000 Year Waste Cycle
In the span of a matter of weeks, two major releases of radioactivity began in the United States of America.
A series of releases at the Hanford storage site, where waste from nuclear weapons manufacturing is ‘stored’, sickened 36 over a matter of months. Even without accidents, the mere presence of the Hanford storage site threatens the ecological future of the ‘region’, a threat that will remain in place so for the next umpteen thousand generations or so. But explosions and radiological releases not uncommon at Hanford, so we should expect further accidents there if current trends continue.
A second release was required at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (‘pilot’ meaning experimental), a plant which was not expected to experience any problems like this for ten thousand years. The pilot operation is a deep underground disposal plant, and the underground explosion (touted as impossible) released americium and plutonium into the atmosphere above ground.
In 2014, the storage cycle for weaponry and fuel related nuclear waste is only beginning; we have reached year 69 of a million year long process of entropy and risk. Based on their 69 year track record, it is apparently that nuclear zealots don’t have the knowledge to safely manage the resulting nuclear waste for even 1/10,000th of the time required.
In reality, our nuclear waste is a problem today, and will remain a problem for countless generations to come.
Order of Increasing Magnitude
Disasters like Fukushima, Hanford, the more recent radiation leak in New Mexico at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (Pilot meaning experimental and Isolation now being a misnomer of wishful thinking) and many others around the world, are like radiological ovens - the closer you are to it the hotter you become, but the heat radiates out in all directions. According to what we know there are several leaking storage tanks at Hanford, and three loose reactor cores at Fukushima. And who knows what happened to fuel pools at Reactors 1 and 2? It’s too hot to go there.
Maybe we should all get used to these accidents that nuclear zealots proposed would never happen. After all, their underground repositories, a short-term solution at best, do not work anyway. The supposed storage tanks at Hanford need repair, replacement and urgent attention. And that’s just what the media is talking about.
Three reactors melted down into the pacific three years ago, and finally in the last few months it is coming out that, yes, the China syndrome indeed occurred. There are ongoing releases of highly radioactive material into the Pacific Ocean. There are still six fuel pools with extremely deadly radioactive materials that must be dealt with. This is an ongoing catastrophe the world needs to address, instead of allowing the oligarchs to lie about their policies of environmental destruction - and get away with it.
Fukushima is the worst nuclear and environmental catastrophe disaster ever, yet with little to no media scrutiny, the world’s institutions are doing nothing about the ongoing contamination of the Pacific Ocean. In the mainstream media has to refer to the Fukushima crisis, they refer to it as the ’2011 disaster’ and the ‘worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl’. It has been the chorused theme, as if dictated by an unseen hand. In reality, Fukushima is many times worse than Chernobyl – by an order of increasing magnitude – and should not be referred to in past the tense. And it could still get much worse.
The Final Word
After the last year, the only way nuclear supporters can even attempt to justify continuing the nuclear experiment, is by lying and suppressing the truth. And it’s already happening in Japan; anyone who speaks out that Fukushima was (and is) a paradigm event is forcibly managed through the Secrecy Act, essentially mandating fascism.
The truth is, every nuclear nation has their own Hanford and WIPP that must be dealt with, sooner or later. Nuclear programs are unstable and produce nuclear waste – that is the reality. And while the best solution nuclear science can come up with to deal with nuclear waste is put it in a hole and let future generations deal with it, that waste is not just dangerous to humanity today but to humanity’s future.
If you’re an activist, I beg you to research the burden of nuclear experimentation and its environmental hazards when things go correctly, and the permanent devastation when things go wrong. If you’re a politician I beg you insist on disarmament and decommissioning of nuclear power generation experimentation now. If you’re a corporatist who values your existence politically or monetarily, remember that first, life is biological and must continue for an economy to exist.
Radiation levels around the world are on the increase, nuclear experimentation must be ceased. Surely we can agree on the importance of maintaining life.
Touting the impossibility of potentials and then watching these potentials unfold is par for the course.
Individuals have the power to steer institutions, but only when we stand together.
(This article first appeared at Wake-Up World)
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