By Jeffrey St. Clair
Is the crisis in Fukushima over or is it just beginning? You can be forgiven if you scratch your head at the question. Almost five years after the nuclear meltdown caused by the Tohoku earthquake and subsequent tsunami - one of the worst radioactive catastrophes on the planet - the issue has almost completely disappeared from both the media and public consciousness. In the midst of this information vacuum, the lethal history of those events has been sunk under pernicious myths propagated by nuclear hucksters.
In short, the revised history of the Fukushima crisis goes something like this: the Daiichi facility was hit by an unprecedented event, it will probably not be repeated; failsafe systems worked; the crisis stopped quickly; the spread of radioactive contamination was contained and remedied; there are no dangers to life or illness as a result of the crisis. Full speed ahead!
One of the first to bury the head of denial like an ostrich was Paddy Reagan, a professor of nuclear physics at the University of Surrey: "We have had an end-of-the-world earthquake in a country with 55 nuclear power plants and all of them have been shut down. perfectly, even though three have had problems since then. This was a major earthquake, and as a test of the resilience and robustness of nuclear plants they appear to have weathered the effects very well. "
For Reagan and other nuclear power plant enthusiasts, the Fukushima reactor meltdown was not a cautionary tale, but it served as a true example for the moment of nuclear power safety, efficiency, and durability. Call it Fukushimamon amour or how they stopped worrying and learned to love the atom.
Such extreme revisionism is to be expected from the likes of Reagan and other Big Atom hit men, especially at a time of grave danger to their economic fortunes. More surreal is the tight killer relationship between the nuclear industry and some high-profile environmentalists, who struck a feverish pitch at the Paris climate conference this fall. Independent nuclear accomplices, such as the obnoxious James Hansen and the clown George Monbiot, have left a carbon footprint that would humiliate Godzilla for the blast they poured all over the world promoting nuclear power as a kind of technological deus ex machina in the face of the threat. apocalyptic of climate change. Hansen has gone so far as to bear that "opposition to nuclear energy threatens the future of humanity." It is shameful that many environmentalists now promote nuclear power as an ecological species of lesser evil.
Of course there is nothing new about this type of conversion of the machines of the end of the world. The survival of nuclear energy has always depended on the voluntary suspension of disbelief. In the terrifying post-Hiroshima era, most people intuitively detected the symbiotic relationship between nuclear weapons and nuclear energy and those fears had to be discarded. As a consequence, the nuclear industrial complex invented the fairy tale of the peaceful atom, jealously promoted by one of the most devious con artists of our time: Edward "H-Bomb" Teller.
After exposing Robert Oppenheimer as a risk to peace and security, Teller settled in his lair at Lawrence Livermore Laboratories and quickly began designing uses of nuclear power and industrial motor pumps to boost the post-Second War economy World. One of the first insane schemes to be hatched at Teller's board of designers was Operation Chariot, a plan to excavate a deep-water port at Cape Thornton, near the Inuit town of Point Hope, Alaska, using controlled detonations (sic) of hydrogen bombs.
In 1958 Teller, the real-life model of Terry Southern's character, Dr. Strangelove, devised a plan for atomic fracking. Working for the Richfield Oil Company, Teller conspired to detonate 100 atomic bombs in northern Alberta to extract oil from the Athabasca tar sands. The plan, which was called Project Oilsands, was only overturned when intelligence agencies learned that Soviet spies had infiltrated the Canadian oil industry.
Frustrated by the failure of the nervous Canadians, Teller soon turned his attention to the American West. He first tried to sell water-hungry Californians a scheme to explode more than 20 nuclear bombs to carve a trench in the western Sacramento Valley to funnel more water into San Francisco, Jerry Brown's original plan for the Peripheral Canal. This was followed by a conspiracy to explode 22 peaceful nuclear bombs to blow a hole in the Bristol Mountains of Southern California for the construction of Interstate 40. Fortunately, no plans came to fruition.
Teller turned once again to the oil industry, with a plan to release the natural gas buried under the Colorado Plateau by exploding 30 kilotons of nuclear bombs 6,000 feet below the earth's surface. Teller promised that these covert explosions, marketed as Project Gasbuggy, would be to "stimulate" the flow of natural gas. The flow of the gas was indeed stimulated, but it also turned out to be highly radioactive.
More importantly, in a 1957 speech to the American Chemical Society, Teller, who later helped the Israelis develop their nuclear weapons program, became the first scientist to postulate that burning fossil fuels would inevitably produce a Climate-altering greenhouse effect, taking the form of mega-storms, prolonged droughts and melting ice sheets. Your solution? Replace the energy created by coal and gas plants with a global network of nuclear power plants.
The unhinged ideas of Edward Teller of yesteryear have now been dusted off and re-marketed by nuclear ecologists, including James Lovelock, the creator of the Gaia hypothesis, uncredited due to his heinous progenitor.
There are currently about 460 nuclear power plants operating, some blowing well past their expiration date, expectorating 10% of the world's energy demand. Teller's environmental disciples want to see the total share of nuclear power cover 50%, which would mean the construction of approximately 2,100 new atomic water boilers from Mogadishu to Kathmandu. What are the advantages if all these plans are implemented without any problem?
Meanwhile in Fukushima, unnoticed by the world press, the first types of blood cancer (myelogenous leukemia) linked to radiation exposure in children and cleaning workers are being detected. And off the coast of Oregon and California every bluefin tuna caught in the last year has tested positive for radioactive cesium 137 from the Fukushima reactor smelter. The era of ecoradiation has arrived. Do not worry. It only has a half-life of 30.7 years.
CounterPunch. Translated from English for Rebellion by J. M. Excerpted by La Haine
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