Alec Baldwin: Big lie that filthy nuclear is clean power — 30 mile² solar array in southwest would power 1/4 of U.S. (VIDEO)

Published: September 3rd, 2011 at 7:40 pm ET
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Alec Baldwin Knocks Nuclear Power, Calls Reactors ‘Filthy’, September 2, 2011:

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  • Even without catastrophes, nuclear reactors are filthy, contaminating processes
  • Big lie is that nuclear is clean power
  • Only in America are solar, wind power not consistent
  • 30 sq mile solar array in southwest would power 1/4 of country

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92 comments to Alec Baldwin: Big lie that filthy nuclear is clean power — 30 mile² solar array in southwest would power 1/4 of U.S. (VIDEO)

  • Hurrah ! A celberity speaks . Hurrah !


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  • Celebrity…sorry…not know why so excited …like w brad pitt in the GoM


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  • DannieJ DannieJ

    30 square miles of solar panels?

    That’s a hell of lot of silver.


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  • kx kx

    chilling day as usual…


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  • His data is off… no way you can power 1/4 of the country with such an array. 30 mile² would be enough for around 2Gw power plant, which is about 2-3 nukes.


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  • Sickputer

    With the money wasted in the Middle East the government could have bought roof solar panels for all the houses in America. They nationalized passenger trains years ago. Nationalize the oil industry and power industries and you would have lower gasoline and heating oil prices and lower electric bills. Close all the nuclear plants and build 200 new natural gas plants.

    You won’t hear this talk from Rick Perry. A lot of Texans would like to see him leave office, but I doubt America would benefit from a Perry presidency. Obama is desperately trying to build a new voter coalition, and voted for more smog to appease Republicans. Such acts are surely going to cost him his original supporters and he might as well resign himself to being another in the line of one-term presidents with his single claim to fame in the history books that he was the first black president.


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    • Pallas89juno Pallas89juno

      Dear Sick: You’re very right about nationalizing power industries being the right thing to do. Nationalized industries have more money to pay everyone working within them living wages, with benefits, worker rights, and proper fully funded, not Wall-Street speculation based retirements. I think the health care industry should be nationalized, as well. Those that would disagree most are those that profit off everyone else’s suffering the most.


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      • Just pick one: money spent in middle east, money gained through legalize and tax marijuana, money spent on bailing out the banks, money spent bailing out GM, money spent to under write nuclear industry, money spent on “home-land security”, money spent on locking up so many people (USA has more people in jail then most other western countries per capita). Add it up its a lot of money.

        Solar panels can be installed on every house and that is a huge energy savings. With large centralized power stations a lot of energy is used up through transmission as it takes power to move power through hundreds of miles of cable but having roof top units means a savings of at least 33.3% ( off the top of my head sorry for not being able to cite my claim)

        Plainly stupid to say we have a choice between coal or nuclear. Only idiot nuclear fans believe that. Money spent trying to find a solution for all the spent fuel rods all ready out there could have been spent on finding a better solution but us and our children and our childrens children are all ready stuck with that mess.

        Life could be so much easier but the psychotic sociopaths that run this place don’t want it that way. Pretty obvious to a lot of people. Wish someone could show me how wrong I am.


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    • WindorSolarPlease

      Sick Puter, on energy corporations:
      Nuclear/oil/environment subject, I have to agree with you I can’t tell Rep and Dem apart. The two parties just might have the same boss’s.

      Pallas89juno, as far as health care we are going to need it more than ever. I think we should have the same healthcare as those who supposedly work for us, who is in office.

      We make sure our officials are fine, but the public is left on the back burner.

      Mark, I would trade a safer and cleaner environment over many things. There are better choices this Country should have besides Nuclear, Oil, Coal.


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  • maaa

    30 square miles = one quarter 120 square miles enough to power the whole of the united states zz. How big is 120 square miles? Very simple. Imagine a land area 11 miles long by 11 miles wide. 11 * 11 = 121 square miles.


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  • kintaman kintaman

    Here is another great video with Alec Baldwin decrying nuclear power:

    Alec Baldwin on Nuclear Power Plant Radiation Contamination. “A Tsunami of Knowledge”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2XQHSQWlAI


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    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      Good statements he makes here. “you don’t want to risk cancer from smoking? Reach for an ashtray. But there is no way to escape radiological contamination if you’re living near a rector.”


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  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    It is beyond depressing. Very nice that Mr Baldwin decided to make a half-public statement almost 6 months post 3/11. He takes a position, that honors him.
    The US could be covered in solar panels, IF the road was taken. Look here
    http://m.youtube.com/index?desktop_uri=%2F&gl=DE#/watch?v=ih7suje9z7c

    It was ALL THERE.


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  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    And sadly, I think 30 sq. Miles will not be enough to supply 25% of US energy. Statements like that will allow the pro-nukers to rip his credibility to pieces.
    Think first, Mr Baldwin! But he seems to be a friendly person. If that would only help…


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    • I think it depends on how you calculate it. There is a significant energy loss due to the decision to build large central power stations rather then many smaller stations. Significant energy is lost through transmission cables. However the old fashioned steam model lends itself to large centralized plants

      Solar technology is different. It makes more sense installing solar panels to your house then installing a steam powered generator.

      Therefore for the sake of Alec Baldwin’s comment, to equate 1/4 of USA’s electricity consumption, you would have the calculation of how much electricity it takes to serve 1/4 USA’s needs as generated by old fashioned steam powered centralized generator system pushing power through all those cables, VS how many square miles of solar panels individually installed in residential and industrial locations would provide 1/4 of USA’s power.

      But in the case of solar panels, they only need to generate 2/3 the power that old fashioned centralized steam needs to generate to provide for that same 1/4 of USA’s needs. Why? Because they don’t have to push power through all that cable.


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      • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

        Hey Mark, I also think smaller units are the future. Produce the energy where it’s needed, have community-based and -owned power grids, create jobs in your region and keep the dollars there instead of buying fuel from around the world!
        The Problem I see with his calculation is the following: we have peaks of very high demand, only a few hours/days per year, which must also be met. That leaves us with quite a large redundant infrastructure for most of the time. Solar is great, but from what I’ve read recently, windmills are more efficient.


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    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      Solar Power and Wind is not enough for our insatiable appetite for energy. Yes as an individual I would be willing to sacrifice TV, internet, etc but would the majority, I don’t think so. Anyway, I still think Thorium LFTR are the answer, is it perfect, no, but it cannot melt down like the current BWR’s JMHO


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      • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

        @moonshellblue, we had one of those in Germany (Hamm-Uentrup). It delivered energy for exactly 423 days, was then closed down because of too many incidents. For more than 20 years now workers are busy taking it down. Decommissioning will cost in total ca. 390 million €. Parts of the core will rest in place, as nobody knows where to put the waste.

        Doesn’t sound too appealing to me.


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      • arclight arclight

        Don’t believe the spin on thorium being a greener nuclear option

        “There is a significant sticking point to the promotion of thorium as the ‘great green hope’ of clean energy production: it remains unproven on a commercial scale. While it has been around since the 1950s (and an experimental 10MW LFTR did run for five years during the 1960s at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the US, though using uranium and plutonium as fuel) it is still a next generation nuclear technology – theoretical.

        China did announce this year that it intended to develop a thorium MSR, but nuclear radiologist Peter Karamoskos, of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), says the world shouldn’t hold its breath.

        ‘Without exception, [thorium reactors] have never been commercially viable, nor do any of the intended new designs even remotely seem to be viable. Like all nuclear power production they rely on extensive taxpayer subsidies; the only difference is that with thorium and other breeder reactors these are of an order of magnitude greater, which is why no government has ever continued their funding.’”

        http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/jun/23/thorium-nuclear-uranium


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  • Blondie Blondie

    I live in way out in the countryside in southern Sweden and I get ALL my energy from renewable energy sources. To heat water, I have 6 solar panels on my roof that are good for the summertime and during the winter, I use firewood, grown in renewable forrests, where for every tree they harvest, they plant a new one straight away, to suck the CO2 right back, making it carbon neutral. I have saved more than 50% in energy costs by going renewable, because more than half the year I get all the heat for free now, from the sun! It is otherwise very expensive to heat up the house with oil and/or regular electricity during the wintertime, so I am very happy with green energy.

    I do not understand why some are fearful of renewable energy. I suspect, it is the lobbying power of the dirty-energy companies, compared to the influence of the clean-energy companies. It is ridiculous. They could make lots of jobs that way! Those greedy fossil fuel companies, not to mention the nuclear death plant owners, are fouling up the environment for everyone, and it is not necessary to do so. It is win/win for people to turn to the future and leave the filthy fossil fuels and nuclear plants behind.

    Also, I get all my electricity from wind power. Windmills are shooting up all over Southern Sweden. Today, they are so modern and effective, that the wings turn so slowly, so no birds or bats are hurt and they are completely silent. I hear not a sound coming from them, even if I pass by very close. I smile every time I see a new windmill going up. I am glad we are going in the right direction here in Scandinavia. I hope and pray other countries will learn from our examples and do the right thing and turn to renewables. There is something very peaceful for the soul in knowing that I am not ruining the Earth for those who come after me.

    Denmark, the country next door, and my mother land , is also brilliant regarding renewable energy. We in Scandinavia are moving forward quickly and it has brought us a cleaner environment, lots of investment opportunities, lots of jobs and energy independence. It CAN be done. “Where there is a will, there is a way” as my wise father used to say. :)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmJxUsXWajo

    Another good outcome is, that the nuclear power plant Barsebäk, located on the southern west coast of Sweden, was shut down a few years ago and is being decommissioned. I expect and hope other plants will soon join it’s fate.

    Here is my advice to you. Do not listen to the people who say it is impossible or too expensive to turn to renewables. That is not the truth. Also, do not wait for your governments to make the right decisions. Being green is also about being “local”. Get together in your towns and communities and decide for yourselves. Make cooperatives. Or go buy solar panels for yourself. (The power of one!) Grassroots efforts are what it takes to free yourselves. Don’t wait for some policy from above. Do not be a part of their system. Let go of the old ways and look to the future. Please think about doing so. It all starts small, but most big ideas do, don’t they? :)


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    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      Hi Blondie, I think you’re right – if we wait for politicians to take the right decisions, it’s going to be too late.
      I thought though that Sweden recently took back its decision to ban the nukes and is currently planning to build new rectors?
      http://www.muchissaidinjest.com/2011/03/29/nuclearsweden/

      *peace


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      • Blondie Blondie

        I live in the municipality of Skåne in Southern Sweden. What the central government decides is on their conscience. Here in Skåne, we are going our own way and have excellent wind conditions and intend to benefit from them. As I said, do not wait for permission from above, or you will wait forever. No one can force us to buy their filthy energy. We decide for ourselves. So can you. ;)


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        • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

          Blondie, well I did, as I live in Germany ;-)
          Ab-schal-ten!! Lol


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        • Blondie Blondie

          Also, I don’t think the Swedish central government is quite aware of the risks of nuclear power, to be honest. I think, they think it is the “green” thing to do, the lesser of two evils, so to speak, to get away from fossil fuels or maybe it is a stepping stone until we can be fully green, but as Fukushima will show them very soon, they are very wrong to build more nuclear plants. They are very concerned with curbing carbon emissions and I think that is why they are doing so. The government is supporting many other types of new energy to get away from oil. Water, wind and solar etc. Here is an example of a project they also support, among many;

          http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&prev=/language_tools&u=http://ing.dk/artikel/107015-moellepark-svarende-til-to-a-kraftvaerker-paa-vej-i-sverige

          When the truth of Fukushima hits them I hope they will reconsider and shut down more plants. I hope so, but if they don’t, they are not the boss of me and I go my own ways and so are we many who do and more and more want green energy and more are understanding the benefits. How can they stop people from deciding to not participate anymore in energy policies that are destructive? They can’t. :)

          Just do what is right for yourselves. When enough people find out a better way and can save money, then they will see the light and come around. One wind mill and one solar panel at a time. :)


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    • ocifferdave

      I have a deep and keen hungry desire to see MORE of these kinds of videos in response to Fukushima. If the lack of seeing these kinds of videos in my weekly video/audio intake was liken to malnutrition, I would be uncontrollably be craving to eat dirt (pica)…that’s how BADLY I want to see more videos like this. I feel so freakishly alone in my HOLY-SHIT-FUKUSHIMA-IS-KILLING-US-AND-ITS-ONLY-THE-2ND-CHERNOBYL distress that I can honestly say this is the most important video I have seen all year.

      Others know about what Fukushima means. Others powerful enough to make this video, and make it well. PLEASE make many more like this…before our country has a Fukushima/Chernobyl/Wormwood of our own.

      -USA Citizen X


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      • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

        I can’t wait for Whoopie posting this video to HP!


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        • Whoopie Whoopie

          Morning guys. I’m speechless after that video – because I’m afraid it might be the future.
          TEARS BUT like Dave says…we need to see more videos like this!! It’s THE SHOCK VALUE of it. If that doesn’t WAKE PEOPLE UP, nothing will!!!!!!!! Posted it to hp. Thank you so much.
          http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/02/alec-baldwin-nuclear-power-dirty-energy_n_946555.html
          :) :(


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          • Careful what you wish for whoopie…

            Remember back in march when I added shock value to my theory In order to ready citizens in pre fukushima supplies…

            Apparently the more we prove to the world that fukushima is indeed a threat. The more The nuclear industry spends in pro nuclear advertisements…

            Ill bet tepco spent more money on the one deal with twitter, than they did on their tent. <– = Doomed


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          • Whoopie Whoopie

            I remember TG. You even got jumped here. But you’ve been PROVEN right.
            Yes. Don’t know what the answer is. It’s like the WORLD is upside down. I can’t believe what we’re witnessing. It’s so messed up! We’re being poisoned to death and it’s BEING ALLOWED! That’s the mind blower!


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          • Whoopie Whoopie

            Joe McGinniss (Blog) WROTE this a.m. SOMETHING that should make us all PAUSE and RE-EVALUATE WHAT WE’RE DOING. It DID ME.
            “Social media is bread and circuses, fed to the masses to distract them, while the guys and gals in power continue merrily on their ways. Twitter is electronic masturbation. It might make you feel better temporarily, but onanism is not political action”
            Sure IT doesn’t fit everything but he’s right in a way…LOOK AT ALL THE TIME we spend on here when…when…WHAT THE HELL GOOD DOES IT DO? :(

            BTW I am BETTER today. Not like yesterday. So dont get the wrong impression. It’s just all so FRUSTRATING.


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          • Whoopie Whoopie

            TG dont know if you saw this. KO laid into POTUS big time yesterday. A Must Watch Video…about O’s cave on SMOG REG’S.
            http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/03/olbermann-obama-smog_n_947942.html


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          • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

            Hi Whoopie, good to see you around. “Onanism is not political action” – very true. Blogging, posting etc. is important to spread information – but I think it is really only one aspect of what is necessary. It’s just as important to put our bums on the line and make ourselves seen publically. That starts with a no nuke bumper sticker, the t-shirt we wear, collecting signatures, until getting arrested like the folks who do their daily sit-in against the pipeline currently….


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          • Whoopie Whoopie

            Of course your right. That quote just touched me this morning. And Of Course:
            He was talking about PALIN.
            This in Japan is LIFE CHANGING LIFE ALTERING. The very reason I turned ANTI-NUCLEAR. Before that, I never thought about our source of energy. Asleep during the buildup…AWAKE NOW.


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        • @Whoopie

          In only a few months time winter will come. Pneumonia will likely be a heavy burden attributing to our already weakened lung chemistry.

          Once the snow pack sets in, Trillions of ionizing radiation particles will be brought down in a horrific nuclear winter…

          Shaking, fevers, congestion, aching bodies, & Sore throats will be our first indication that the harmful bioaccumulations of radionuclides is present…

          Eventually our immune systems will decline to a sort of paradigm shift. What once used to heal our bodies of infections and diseases, will hamper our health even further as it attempts to rid us of our radiotoxins.

          Come spring after the cold melts away ground water resting below our soil will obtain a level of MASS CONTAMINATION. Eventually leading to the nurturing of organic matter, heavily altered from its original genetic composition.

          This same contaminated organic matter will be what we use to feed our nations live stock.

          Our soils accumulative absorption of radiation; will sooner than not: plague our crops, irradiate our loved ones, and eventually cause mass pandemic.

          By February, of 2012, International governments will begin to effectively monitor the damage of 2011 alone… Issues will be raised, fingers will be pointed… Too little too late.

          We had and have a very limited amount of time to act on fukushima.

          If the reactors continue to create airborne radiation plumes; This in addition to the burning of radioactive materials. This winter will be all that I promised A NUCLEAR ONE.

          I heavily advise all enenews users, to have both food and water, as well as any other emergency supplies prior to Oct 2011. In my opinion, the coming winter will we horrific.

          Trust your own instincts. & as always cheers
          Emmy. 2011


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      • arclight arclight

        seriously moving! had a tear in my eye too!

        probably one of the most impressive anti nuke films ever! (whats your choice?) and the animation/music is great too!

        When the Wind Blows (Nuclear War)

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9aHT-IlkHo


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  • notactive

    Solarpower in Germany (world no. 1) realtime solarpower: http://www.sma.de/de/news-infos/pv-leistung-in-deutschland.html

    Germany Kothen (been there WAUW)
    46 Gwp and now expanding to 73 Gwp http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19qv-CgXUjY

    Solar in europe, from 150Wp to 163.5 Mwp
    http://www.zonnestroomopbrengst.eu/anlage/map

    Reneable-energy is the future!


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  • mikael

    So you all belive in this Carbon hype, sorry but its a lie. And all the talk about renewable energys is understudd and I suport it, but the numbers is not corect. Localy you can do a lott about your own house,yeas, but thats not the major issue, thats the power con. goes to the Industry.

    In Norway, the awerage housing have, even when its been built more the last 30 years, the power consumption has rissen marginaly and stays about 25% of total use. It simply mean that the wast majorety of power cons. is in other sectors, like ind. and goverment waist.
    I dont belive in this Carbonazi driwel about AGW, its a scam, and its that scam and its implications thru taxing, that made this horrible climb in expences, using el. heating.
    And that scam crushed a ind, the coal, and behind that scam is the Nucl ind and their hooligans, the Carbonazis.
    The green wing waccos.

    So is Enenews ocupied by the Carbonazis, and all the “newage” driwell.
    Well, if you want a alt,energy discusion, start to bring up the numbers and profs.
    I regard you as a religious cult, where Inquisitatores are running wild, and “may you burn in hell” if you dont follow our religion.
    And do what WE tell you to do.

    Hallelluja.


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    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      Am I the only one who doesn’t get your point?


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      • arclight arclight

        @b and b i think mikael equates global warming as a cult status belief system! connected in some way to the so called alternative energy! i think.. he worried that he may also be burning in hell if we have our way/belief system! and we think that we are doing the burning here! slight difference of opinion i suspect…. id rather deal with the here and now! :)


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    • arclight arclight

      @mikael notice you reference housing standards in Norway! Norwegian houses use more electricity than ever….the savings in energy (insulation, better housing design, more efficient dish washers etc) has levelled out the increased energy load! Oh and in case you want Norway to continue with its thorium reactor with Sweden on the border (Swedish side?) and to strip tellemark of its thorium deposits (reference usgs mineral survey of norway) not to mention the rare earth elements, I should show you this quote! (presume you are anti-nuke too?
      Scientists discover lower IQ in post-Chernobyl children 19th May, 2010
      “The Chernobyl accident may have had a subtle effect on the cognitive functioning of those exposed to low-dose ionizing radiation during the most sensitive gestational period,” write Bjørn Rishovd Rund, professor of psychology and head of research at Vestre Viken helseforetak (health trust), and Kristin Sverdvik Heiervang, Research Fellow and the University of Oslo.

      A total of 178 teenagers were tested. 84 came from the most contaminated area of Norway and who were exposed to radiation at the time, whilst the remaining 94 came from uncontaminated parts.

      The data was then analysed in two different ways. The first method used the 94 as a control group, comparing their IQ scores with the others.An IQ comparison was then made between those exposed during the most sensitive period (between 8 and 16 weeks) and those later on in pregnancy.

      “Adolescents exposed to low-dose ionizing radiation in the uterus scored significantly lower in full-scale IQ than unexposed adolescents.”

      They also found teenagers who’d passed the most sensitive period prior to the accident and the control group performed just as well as each other.”
      http://theforeigner.no/pages/news/scientists-discover-lower-iq-in-post-chernobyl-children/


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  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    Reporting from the ground, Tepco video, but still some interesting images, I think:
    http://m.youtube.com/index?desktop_uri=%2F&gl=DE#/watch?v=NT2clOcNlOU


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  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    Electric power consumption per capita (kWh) in different countries:
    http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/ene_ele_pow_con_kwh_percap-power-consumption-kwh-per-capita

    We should make the use of some NPPs obsolete by curbing our consumption…


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    • theypoisonus

      Excellent info.

      PDF loads slowly, but worth it as it shows , beyond a doubt, that way back in early April the Japanese Govt. & TEMPCO & the numerous so called ‘nuclear oversight’ agencies, and Gov.s, were not only well aware of the high #’s outside the radius, but all , are complicit in the cover-up of said information to the Peoples of Japan, but also the rest of the world.

      The US gov. knew all along, ( no suprise there ) and did not even warn people to stay out of the rain, at very least.

      Also, my ass u me tion is that we are all screwed, basically. What we saw, even outside the US, as what was being spread around was far from a full picture. We saw the Iodine, but not the other Cesium info untill much later, if memory serves ( and it does not as it once did ).

      We have been poisoned, it is very slow working poison, but all the same, it will be lethal to a good number of us.

      I am losing count of the “let me tell you the number of ways I love you” poisonings by Oil, Coal, Nuclear, Chemical,et.al. going on worldwide.

      Glad I’m 65 and hope I don’t have to be here much longer and watch the carnage, my heart is to full of love for this planet to watch much more. :(


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  • http://www-aos.eps.s.u-tokyo.ac.jp/nakamura_lab/PDF/Takemura_et_al_SOLA2011_v2.1.pdf

    Using the supercomputer program called SPRINTARS, researchers at Kyushu University and Tokyo University created the simulation of how radioactive materials from Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant may have dispersed throughout the northern hemisphere.
    The researcher say their simulation fit the actual measurements.
    It was published in the Scientific Online Letters on the Atmosphere (SOLA) under the title “A numerical simulation of global transport of atmospheric particles emitted from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant” in June.
    You can read the paper at this link (PDF file).
    You can also view the animation, here, and the press release in Japanese here.
    Their simulation also shows, like France’s CEREA, radioactive materials from March 14/15 release reached the west coast of North America on March 18.
    The researchers attribute the rapid dispersion of radioactive materials from Fukushima to the unusually strong jet stream.
    Also, on March 14/15, there was a low pressure on the east cost of Japan, which created a strong updraft that lifted the radioactive materials to the jet stream.
    The relative scale is set with the density of radioactive materials at Fukushima I Nuke Plant as 1. By the time it reached North America, it was between 0.000001 and 0.00000001. (total b.s. btw).

    A numerical simulation of global transport of atmospheric particles emitted from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant
    Toshihiko Takemura † Research Institute for Applied Mechanics, Kyushu University
    Hisashi Nakamura
    Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (also Department of Earth and Planetary Science), University of Tokyo
    Masayuki Takigawa
    Research Institute for Global Change, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology
    Hiroaki Kondo
    National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
    Takehiko Satomura
    Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University
    Takafumi Miyasaka
    Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (also Department of Earth and Planetary Science), University of Tokyo
    Abstract.
    The powerful tsunami generated by the massive earthquake that occurred east of Japan on March 11, 2011 caused serious damages of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant on its cooling facilities for nuclear reactors. Hydrogen and vapor blasts that occurred until March 15 outside of the reactors led to the emission of radioactive materials into the air. Here we show a nu- merical simulation for the long-range transport from the plant to the U.S. and even Europe with a global aerosol transport model SPRINTARS. Large-scale updraft organized by a low-pressure system traveling across Japan from March 14 to 15 was found effective in lifting the particles from the surface layer to the level of a westerly jet stream that could carry the particles across the Pacific within 3 to 4 days. Their simulated concentration rapidly decreases to the order of 10−8 of its initial level, consistent with the level detected in California on March 18. The simulation also reproduces the subsequent trans-Atlantic transport of those parti- cles by a poleward-deflected jet stream, first toward Iceland and then southward to continental Europe as actually observed.
    1. Introduction
    A massive earthquake, which was 9.0 on the Richter scale ac- cording to the Japan Meteorological Agency, occurred on March 11, 2011 off the Pacific coast of northeastern Japan. Devastat- ing tsunami generated by the earthquake swept dozens of coastal cities and towns, causing the loss of more than 15,000 lives and leaving at least 8,000 people still missing. Located on the Pacific coast, the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant operated by the Tokyo Electric Power Company also suffered seriously from the powerful tsunami. Although nuclear reactors stopped their opera-
    †Corresponding author: Research Institute for Applied Mechanics, Kyushu University, 6-1 Kasuga-koen, Kasuga, Fukuoka 816-8580, Japan. E-mail: toshi@riam.kyushu-u.ac.jp. ⃝c 20XX, the Meteorological Soci- ety of Japan.
    tion automatically on the occurrence of the earthquake, the cool- ing system for nuclear fuel almost broke down due mainly to the loss of power supply. Vapor and hydrogen blasts that had subse- quently occurred until March 15 destroyed the buildings that had contained the reactors, resulting in the release of radioactive ma- terials (e.g., iodine 131, cesium 137) into the atmospheric bound- ary layer (Nuclear and Industrial Agency, Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry 2011). Leaving the soil and water polluted, those airborne materials rapidly spread into the vicinity of the plant where evacuation was forced.
    Though extremely low in their concentration, radioactive ma- terials that were quite likely to originate from the Fukushima Dai- ichi Nuclear Power Plant have also been detected at such distant locations as North America and Europe. The long-range trans- port of radioactive materials from the power plant was simulated by the Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire (IRSN) / Météo France, and the simulated result is opened via website (Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire (IRSN) 2011). In this study, we attempt to simulate this long-range atmospheric transport with a global aerosol transport model, SPRINTARS (Takemura et al. 2000; Takemura et al. 2002; Takemura et al. 2005), by releasing a number of particles from a model grid point that is closest to the Fukushima Plant (37.4◦N, 141.0◦E), and to analyze the meteorological condition for the long-range transport.
    2. Model description
    SPRINTARS (Takemura et al. 2000; Takemura et al. 2002; Takemura et al. 2005) is normally used for simulating global dis- tributions and climate effects of main tropospheric aerosols, in- cluding black carbon, organic matter, sulfate, soil dust and sea salt, and for weekly prediction of global aerosol distributions (SPRINTARS Developer Team 2007). It calculates physical pro- cesses involved in the transport of particles, including their emis- sion, molecular and turbulent diffusion, advection by air motions
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    Figure 1. SPRINTARS simulation for March (a) 18, (b) 21 and (c) 24 of near-surface mass concentration of particles emitted contin- uously from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant since 1200 UTC, March 14. The concentration indicated is relative to that within a few tens kilometers around the power plant. Each range of color contours corresponds to one order of magnitude.
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    on grid and larger scales and their deposition down to the surface by gravity, turbulence, and precipitation.
    SPRINTARS by itself can simulate the time-evolving global atmospheric state, such as air motion, temperature, moisture, clouds and precipitation, through its dynamical core, which is based on the atmospheric component of a global climate model, MIROC (Watanabe et al. 2010), developed by the Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute (AORI)/University of Tokyo, Na- tional Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES), and Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC). The horizontal resolution of the model is approximately 0.56◦ by 0.56◦ in latitude and longitude (T213 spectral truncation in the dynamical core), and the model has 20 vertical levels including 4 levels below the altitude of 1 km (approximately at the 50, 200, 500 and 1000-m levels). For raising accuracy of our simulation, however, atmospheric state internally generated by the dynami- cal core was nudged in this study to 6-hourly data based on the observations.
    In our experiment particles were released from a particular grid point at the lowest layer that is closest to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. The radius of the particles, 10 μm, released in the particular simulation has been determined by comparing the quantitative spread of the radioactive materi- als measured in eastern Japan and its counterpart based on pre- simulations carried out with several different-order particle sizes. After release from the power plant, particles are treated as dust aerosols in the simulation for dry and wet depositions and gravi- tational settling according to Takemura et al. (2000). The in-cloud coefficient defined in equation (A8) of Takemura et al. (2000) is 0.1. Particles were kept released from 1200UTC, March 14, when observed radiation dose at the power plant rapidly increased (Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) 2011). Since the time- varying emission of the materials, even their total amount, is un- known, constant emission of a unit mass of particles had to be assumed in our simulation. Under this hypothetical setting, the simulated result presented below thus merely indicates the ratio in particle concentration between the domain within a few tens kilometers from the power plant and a given distant location. The analysis in this study is, however, basically on the initial arrival of particles to the North America and Europe, therefore it is not critical to treat the emission as constant. Furthermore, any parti- cle in this simulation is treated as a general passive tracer but not as a specific radioactive material.
    3. Results and discussion
    Figure 1a (also see Supplement 1) indicates that some of the particles emitted from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant are simulated to reach the west coast of North America within 4 days from the initial date of the emission. Their sim- ulated mass concentration is about 10−8 relative to that around the power plant. The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Or- ganization (CTBTO) stated that radioactive materials detected in California (CA) on March 18 were likely to originate from the Fukushima Power Plant (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2011; CNN 2011). The amount of radiation dose measured in CA was on the order of 10−6 relative to that naturally received from rocks and solar radiation in daily life. Considering the fact that measured radiation dose at a few tenth kilometers away from the power plant was about 102 times larger (around 10 μSv/hour) than usual (less than 0.1 μSv/hour), we therefore conclude that the simulated result is consistent with the measurement in CA. Our simulation also successfully reproduce the subsequent trans- Atlantic transport of the radioactive particles with the power-plant origin. As actually observed (Reuters 2011), some of the parti- cles released from the Fukushima area reach Iceland on March 20 (local time) (Fig. 1b; also see Supplement 1) before arriving at Switzerland (Fig. 1c; also see Supplement 1). In the model, the
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    particle concentration near the surface around Iceland estimated to be on the order of 10−2 relative to that simulated in CA, and the trans-Atlantic transport occurred mainly along the jet stream.
    The long-range atmospheric transport over ∼10,000 km within 3 to 4 days as actually observed and also simulated for the particles that were emitted from the Fukushima Daiichi Nu- clear Power Plant is attributable to a strong westerly jet stream. In the period from March 17 to 21, the jet stream flew over Japan, CA and Iceland across the Pacific, continental U.S. and Atlantic (Fig. 2). In fact, along this jet stream, radioactive materials were detected in that period over the east and west coasts of the U.S. (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2011; CNN 2011) In order for the particles to be transported with the jet stream, they must be lifted up from the surface boundary layer to the mid- or upper troposphere. Large-scale updraft was indeed ob- served around eastern Japan with a traveling low-pressure system on March 14 through 15 (Figs. 2 and 3), when water vapor and hydrogen blasts occurred at the nuclear power plant. Once lifted up to the altitude of 5 km or so, the particles could be carried for ∼3,000 km a day by the westerlies and therefore transported across the North Pacific within 3 to 4 days, as confirmed in our simulation (Fig. 1a). Stronger than in the climatological-mean state (Fig. 4a), the westerlies in mid-March were thus particularly effective in the trans-Pacific transport of the radioactive materi- als. Over the North Atlantic, the westerly jet stream was deflected poleward in mid-March due to an abnormally developed pressure ridge over Europe (Fig. 4a). As confirmed in our simulation (Fig. 1; also see Supplement 1), the particles that had been transported across the Atlantic thus reached Iceland first and then continental Europe following the meandered westerlies and associated down- draft just east of the pressure ridge (Fig. 4b). In the course of this
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    hemispheric-scale transport, however, the particle concentration had been rapidly decreasing, as simulated and actually observed (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2011; CNN 2011; Reuters 2011).
    The particular low-pressure system that organized large-scale updraft in traveling across eastern Japan from March 14 to 15 ac- companied light precipitation and near-surface (south-) easterly wind (Fig. 3). This onshore wind advected radioactive mate- rials from the nuclear power plant on the coast toward inland, contributing to the particularly high radiation dose observed af- ter March 15 along the Ukedo River basin (Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) 2011), which extends northwestward from just north of the plant. The radioactive materials transported inland and then deposited on the ground have been (and will possibly keep) emitting ra- diation. Owing to their rather coarse spatial resolution, global transport models, including SPRINTARS, are not suited for real- istic simulation of regional transport of radioactive materials over eastern Japan. For this purpose it is therefore essential to utilize regional transport models with much higher spatial resolution by incorporating detailed and continuous measurements of radioac- tive materials. The authors’ research group is simulating and dis- cussing the transport and deposition of radioactive materials from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant with regional models considering temporal variation of the emission and detailed depo- sition processes for radioactive materials, which will be reported by next papers.
    Acknowledgments
    We would like to thank the contributors of development of SPRINTARS and MIROC. This study uses global atmospheric data available from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/Global Forecast System (GFS). This study is supported in part by the Funding Program for Next Gener- ation World-Leading Researchers by Cabinet Office, Government of Japan (GR079), and the Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas (2205) by MEXT.
    Comments and supplments
    SPRINTARS simulation of near-surface mass concentration of particles emitted continuously from the Fukushima Daiichi Nu- clear Power Plant since March 14 in the Supplement 1. The con- centration indicated is relative to that within a few tens kilometers around the power plant. Each range of color contours corresponds
    to one order of magnitude.
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  • http://atmc.jp/plant/rad/

    Highest sievert reading to date. 360 Sieverts 09.04.2011


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Looks to me…. like one of the Baldwin fellows is trying to make some money on disaster like his brother. http://www.contactmusic.com/news.nsf/story/stephen-baldwin-to-sue-kevin-costner-over-bp-oil-spil_1191468
    IMHO…


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    • arclight arclight

      Friday, December 08, 2006
      Anti-Nuke Alert: Alec Baldwin to Lead Charge Against Oyster Creek Nuclear Power Plant
      “There’s plenty more I could write about this morning, but I think I just ought to mention this: Like me, Baldwin is a native of Long Island. And as folks in the nuclear energy industry know, it was back in the 1980s that activists there that helped scuttle a perfectly good nuclear power plant — Shoreham — that was just about ready to accept fuel.

      What was the result? How about some of the highest electricity rates in the nation, ones that squeeze the pocket books of working class families. I guess Baldwin is trying to bring that same sort of sensibility to New Jersey.”
      http://neinuclearnotes.blogspot.com/2006/12/anti-nuke-alert-alec-baldwin-to-lead.html

      and because I have two daughters that normally say to me what he said to his daughter and because he has a propensity for “saying or doing the wrong thing” he kinda reminds me of me! …………. see my post and apologies here
      http://enenews.com/london-professor-weve-stop-sorts-reports-coming-intl-conference-warns-talk-fukushima-health-effects-be-harmful )! lifes a learning curve!

      Think I like this guy…hes real, emotional and caring! From my impression anyway.. heres a human type of link and qoute (still anti nuclear though)…..

      Alec Baldwin in New York Monday to present medical evidence claiming nuclear power plants cause cancer.

      “Alec has done some good work on behalf the anti-nuclear community, but like a few people we know, his short fuse has gotten the better of him on quite a few occasions.

      Unfortunately, the spat with his daughter via cell phone happened only just a few days after a clinic symposium Alec co-hosted on behalf the effort to shut down the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant in New Jersey.

      So here at GNB, we wonder what Alec has in store for PHASE, a new group founded by ex-FUSE USA president Susan Shapiro, in guise of unforseen future media scandals. Not that it wouldn’t get Indian Point in the headlines some more, Lord knows we need to land the cover of the New York Post!

      Such outbursts, and here’s another good one, in 1995 Alec caught celebrity photographer Alan Zanger videotaping him – proceeded to break his nose, then covered his truck with shaving cream, only gives the pro-nuclear camp amunition to discredit our spokespeoples as unbalanced and untrustworthy.”

      http://greennuclearbutterfly.blogspot.com/2007_11_04_archive.html


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  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    Hey all, if we have some performers among us (or folks who can afford to bare their bellies),
    this looks like a great raise-awareness-thingie to me….they’re dancing against coal, but nukes would work just fine as well:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEQhyFI09Aw
    :-)
    And their great campaign page:
    http://beyondcoal.org/clean-energy/


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  • Blondie Blondie

    Tahomagroove wrote:

    “Shaking, fevers, congestion, aching bodies, & Sore throats will be our first indication that the harmful bioaccumulations of radionuclides is present…”

    The past few weeks, I have started to notice a large amount of my hair coming off and clogging the drain when I wash my hair. No bare spots or anything, but just an usual amount of hair falling off, it seems. I have put it down to it just being a psychosomatic reaction , because I admit I can get myself so worked up with worry and fear about Fukushima, that I even have recurring nightmares about it all.

    I did a search online and came across a forum (GLP) where some people in the U.S also seem to be reporting the same thing happening to them. It scares me. We’ve already been exposed to Chernobyl here in Sweden and up north, they even had to cull all the reindeer, because they were contaminated and my mother got a thyroid condition soon after Chernobyl too, so that only adds to my fear. Something being “off” like this is very troubling to me. Has anyone else had an unusual amount of hair falling off or other symptoms? I am probably just having a hysterical reaction to all this Fuku shit, but I still can’t help worrying. I just wanted to ask, if anyone else seems to be “off” in any way. :(

    Another thing; The article linked to in the post above:

    “Yucca Mountain — Unanswered Questions.”

    They talk about how the nuclear fuel is not used up at all, in the spent fuel, but just at risk of “uncontrolled fissioning” because of the change in the structure of the zirconium etc. Then the last paragraph shown above says that “catastrophic containment breakdowns” can be expected within the next 50-100 years! Does that mean that ALL those thousands of tons of spent fuel scattered around he world can start up again and does it mean that they could even risk going into meltdown?? If so, then there must be a thousand Fukushimas waiting to happen everywhere they store spent fuel, almost with a certainty! Please someone tell me I have misunderstood that article. :(


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    • Blondie.

      In tokyo people are noticing blood shot eyes, after long days out accompanied by irritation in their throats.

      Direct quote taken from social networking site from a friend in tokyo…
      http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=728152740&sk=wall

      “一日外にいると、その日の夜から次の日まで絶対目が充血して刺すような痛みに襲われる。喉も荒れる。
      東京、思ってるよりヤバイぞ。”

      Translation:

      If you are outside all day, caught in a stinging and bloodshot eyes the next day from the night of the full day. Also rough throat.
      Tokyo, each more dangerous I think.


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    • Steven Steven

      “If so, then there must be a thousand Fukushimas waiting to happen everywhere they store spent fuel, almost with a certainty! Please someone tell me I have misunderstood that article. :(

      Red pill, hmmmm. Yep that’s a pretty deep rabbit hole.


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