Saturday, March 26, 2011

More Fukushima Obsfucation

  • "Just as in the Chernobyl catastrophe almost 25 years ago when Soviet authorities denied the extent of radiation and downplayed the dire situation that was spiraling out of control, Japanese authorities spent the first week of the Fukushima crisis issuing conflicting and confusing reports," writes Chip Ward — The Nuclear Myth Melts Down: How the “Peaceful Atom” Became a Serial Killer.

  • "As radiation counts elevate in Japan, news of nuclear contamination spreading across a widening spectrum of life and its necessities, official pronouncements continue to play down events’ gravity," writes Ritt Goldstein — Fukushima Radiation: Some Difficult Truths.

  • Alice Slater rejects claims from "nuclear industry spokespeople [who] assure us that American reactors are much safer" and calls for "time-out on new nuclear energy construction projects" — Japan's Chaos is a Wake-up Call.

  • Jeffrey St. Clair takes us to "the frail Indian Point nuclear plant, located on the east bank of the Hudson River outside Buchanan, New York—just twenty-two miles from Manhattan" — Inside America's Most Dangerous Nuclear Plant.

  • Kojin Karatani writes that "the crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power plant cannot help but call forth memories of Hiroshima and Nagasaki," and noting that "Japanese have had a strong aversion to nuclear weapons and to nuclear power in general" and that "there was strong opposition to the building of nuclear power plants in Japan, "reports that "the state affirmed and encouraged the development of nuclear power plants... proclaim[ing] the necessity of nuclear power for economic growth, while in recent years it was claimed that nuclear power could help reduce carbon emissions and therefore benefit the environment," says "[t]hat such claims were a form of criminal deception on the part of industry and government has been made all too clear by recent events" — How Catastrophe Heralds a New Japan.

  • "While 25 years separates the sites and the events that led to the catastrophes at Fukushima and Chernobyl, the effects will be very similar – and will remain so for years to decades to centuries," writes Janette D. Sherman, M. D. — Will Fukushima Be Worse Than Chernobyl?

  • "Isn't it strange then that, faced with an actual unprecedented nuclear event following on natural disasters that verged on the locally apocalyptic, so few can bring themselves to discuss possibilities?" asks Tom Engelhardt, noting that "one of the strangest aspects of the massive coverage of the Fukushima catastrophe -- wrapped as it is inside an earthquake/tsunami double-disaster -- has been the lack of reporting on or exploration of what the worst human and environmental consequences might be" — Zones of Radiation and Alienation.
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