US Energy Secretary “shocked” and “stunned” after being at Fukushima plant — “Unprecedented” and “daunting” task ahead for Japan — America has “direct interest” in Tepco doing things safely (VIDEO)

Published: November 3rd, 2013 at 6:10 pm ET


Statement from U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz Regarding Fukushima, Nov. 1, 2013: “On Friday, I made my first visit to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. It is stunning that one can see firsthand the destructive force of the tsunami even more than two and a half years after the tragic events.[…] TEPCO President Hirose, and his dedicated staff […] face a daunting task in the cleanup and decommissioning of Fukushima Daiichi, one that will take decades and is being carried out under very challenging conditions. The TEPCO workforce is facing unprecedented challenges and is clearly focused on devising and implementing solutions. […] It appears that spent nuclear fuel will begin to be removed from Unit 4 as scheduled in mid-November. […] As Japan continues […] the cleanup at the Fukushima site […] the United States stands ready to continue assisting our partners in this daunting yet indispensable task […]”

NHK WORLD, Oct. 31, 2013: Ernest Moniz […] in his speech in Tokyo on Thursday […] said the success of the cleanup of areas around the Fukushima plant and decommissioning of reactors have global significance. Moniz said the US has a direct interest in seeing the next steps are done efficiently and safely.

AP, Nov. 2, 2013: In a speech Thursday in Tokyo, [Moniz] said “the success of the cleanup also has global significance. So we all have a direct interest in seeing that the next steps are taken well, efficiently and safely.”

NHK, Nov. 2, 2013: Ernest Moniz spoke to NHK on Saturday in Tokyo, one day after visiting the Fukushima Daiichi plant. Moniz said he was shocked to see the scale of the damage that remains more than 2 and half years after the tsunami disaster and the nuclear accident. He said he also sensed how difficult work at the plant is with workers required to wear full face masks and other protective gear.

Watch the NHK interview here

Published: November 3rd, 2013 at 6:10 pm ET


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111 comments to US Energy Secretary “shocked” and “stunned” after being at Fukushima plant — “Unprecedented” and “daunting” task ahead for Japan — America has “direct interest” in Tepco doing things safely (VIDEO)

  • Oncewaslost Oncewaslost

    Whats shocking is the US Secretary of Energy is so out of the loop he is shocked and stunned, 2.5 years later.

    Who briefs this guy?

    Fire whoever it is, he should not have learned anything new just being there.

    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      Actually I'm very glad the US is involved and Moniz is shocked by the shear volume of destruction still clearly visible after all this time thus I did not process his statement as being "out of the loop" but more of an issue of disbelief? I just know I'm very glad that the international community is now helping since Japan requested assistance as was stated we need the brightest minds money Can't buy.

      • Oncewaslost Oncewaslost

        The international community or rather anyone who is anyone in nuclear has been involved since day one. The issue here is the stunning incompetence of the SOE.

        • moonshellblue moonshellblue

          Yes I agree but Japan did not want any help but until now and although you may not like Moniz i for one am very glad the international community is now involved whereas before Japan refused their advice. I know it's a much too late but it's something?

          • We Not They Finally

            Then again, the U.S. totally, absolutely, positively, should have had people over there RIGHT AWAY. The Japanese would have kept cabinet officials out of Tokyo? Of course not! And when all is said and done, who cares anyway what reckless mass murderers "want"? How much of the Pacific Ocean have they had to kill off before it was fine for foreign governments to wait to be "invited"?

            Japan needs to be internationally censored and bankrupted, with their funds FORCED into remediation. Won't happen, but it should. And Moniz gets NO pass for waiting until he was "invited." It's better he is there now than not, but it's apparently his eyes that have been "shocked and stunned." Let's see about his conscience. Ongoing. Permanently.

            Obama too. He knew enough to whisk HIS precious family off to South America for that first heavy radioactive plume. What about everyone else's precious family? They'll be protected by Gina McCarthy who was promoted to head of the EPA for her great work in turning radiation monitors OFF, and then raising allowable radiation levels in the U.S. to lethal levels?

            moonshellblue, OF COURSE it's better to have him there than not. OF COURSE. Just don't "settle." Everyone has earned a share of this travesty.

            • deedles deedles

              Just like that woman after 911 that said it was safe to breathe the toxic dust of the WTC.
              Q: How do you know a politician is lying?
              A: Their lips are moving.

            • moonshellblue moonshellblue

              My Spouse tells me I'm gullible and naive but at this juncture I grab on to any glimmer of hope no matter the how tainted. I apologize for causing any discourse or misunderstanding. This nuclear nightmare has no end and you can always see it coming but you can never stop it.

            • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

              “From the beginning, the United States has worked to support the Government of Japan in the immediate response efforts and in recovery, decommissioning, and cleanup activities. Within days of the accident, the Department of Energy sent a team of 34 experts and more than 17,000 pounds of equipment in support of efforts to manage the crisis"

              The level of cooperation and intense manpower and computational efforts must be extraordinary. The public would not get to witness this of course. The idea that TEPCO is incompetent, and needs outside competent help, seems to be a PR effort so that "safe and competent" nuclear can continue. This of course IS the height of incompetence, or rather, folly

          • Abbass Abbass

            "It is something" How so? It is just words from a politician so far. Wake me up when it is 'something' other than hot air.

            • moonshellblue moonshellblue

              Something or desperate at this juncture and anger is not a solution but a release. It's reminiscent of the movie Promised Land they will do or say anything to appease the masses. What a species.

      • European American

        Among other things here, one of the massively main issues is cultural; one that is dysfunctional i.e. Japan's immense False Pride.

    • nedlifromvermont

      I was in the same room with Ernie Moniz at MIT's revisit weekend last spring, two days before the Tsarnaev brothers achieved infamy in Boston … and I let him off the hook … no shouted out question about the Fuku Fukup … I didn't feel like it was fair to ambush him like that … but I also feel I missed a chance … not that it would have done any good …

      but I seriously wonder if this grey-haired, stooped and paunchy, university-funded "energy guru" has any chops at all … visiting Fukushima only now, five months after being appointed … and still singing the farsical tune of "necessary nuclear power"

      coming from good ol' MIT, where the infamous and widely panned Rasmussen Report update to the original 1950's era WASH-740 (Brookhaven Report) reactor safety study was penned and published and the LIES are directly traceable to this "pat-myself-on-the-back" institution, … that accepts bribes wholesale from the likes of David Koch …

      if Coke it "it" … then Koch is MIT.

      oh well … the .01% stand to get cancer at the same rate as the 99% … but they will afford themselves better treatment and care …

      and Fukushima cancers will bankrupt the nascent Affordable Care Act.

      oh well … the Price of Progress?

      peace all!

      • We Not They Finally

        I had heard that MIT even has "a TEPCO chair." How gross is that? Universities these days are badly corrupted, which is bad for us all.

        • jump-ball jump-ball

          The simplest way to generalize it is the best, here from Michael Rivero:

          "As I wrote in making the case that the US is fascist rather than a constitutional republic:

          The definition of “fascism” has some academic variance, but is essentially collusion among corporatocracy, authoritarian government, and controlled media and education."

          Only in this case, the Fuku contamination containment and cleanup costs cannot be socialized away from the responsible parties and transferred to the taxpaying public. Moniz is exercising Ozero's 'perception management' principle: other than words spoken, no extra-Japanese containment effort will ever be undertaken (compare to the now 2 billion $ EU/Ukraine socialized cost of Chernobyl containment and decommissioning now being completed with the Novarka Arch.)

    • ftlt

      HAHA… Spot on!!!..

      But, there is a glimmer here too..

      At least, he eluded to it being more than a Japanese problem…

      Of course 3 years on – now that, the profit stream money trail has been shifted and hidden…

      The globalist slavers will be happy to use the peoples money to solve their problem…

      Oh well, back to business as usual…

  • Phil Shiffley Phil Shiffley


    Renault: I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!
    Employee of Rick's: [hands Renault money] Your winnings, sir.
    Renault: Oh, thank you, very much. Everybody out at once!

  • Sickputer

    The late Jim Varney (dead from lung cancer 13 years) would smile at Ernest Scared Stupid.

    Yes, Ernie…the masks and suits are hot and confining. Brilliant observation. Now go back to Washington with all the rest of your lying nucleorat compadres.

    Japan needs more than courtesy visits from their puppetmaster. Their lackadaisical priorities are going to kill a large chunk of the earth's population. I predict Japan will be a virtually deserted island by 2100.

    • We Not They Finally

      There will not be any Japan long before 2100. And worse, they've wrecked their genome. They will have to be looking at deformed babies, lots of them, before there is finally no more Japan.

      We still need to have compassion for the Japanese people. But as fellow humans, not as Japanese. Japan is going down in disgrace.

  • snukey

    exactly what I was thinking Oncewaslost. They are just now saying these things? This plant/facility has been in triple meltdown since the beginning. and what has been done to fix the situation? what do they do? They come out by saying, I don't know what is killing the Sea Lions, star fish, deep sea fish? It's just an anomaly or disease. Yet they know damn well what the problem is. these lies that they pretend they don't know what is going on is their way out don't let them fool you.

  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    Also I think people don't consider how difficult it must be to work in those cumbersome radiation suits. It's easy to judge but can you imagine trying to do delicate work in three pairs of gloves, heavy boots, and breathing apparatus and then on top of it working in extremely stressful circumstances with a chance of an earthquake at the ready. I'm nervous just thinking about it.

    • We Not They Finally

      It's unclear that everyday workers GET that kind of protection. Ernest Moniz did. Shinzo Abe did. That's about all we know.

  • jk641

    I am shocked and stunned that the US Energy Secretary is "shocked" and "stunned" at the state of the Fukushima NPP.

    I thought that surely the US DOE would be a hell of a lot more knowledgeable about Fukshima than I.
    But I was wrong.
    It seems that the global news blackout on Fukushima has been very effective, not only in terms of blindfolding the common people from the truth, but also our so-called leaders.

    I'm losing more and more respect in our government.
    And getting more and more infuriated at TPTB and the nuclear industry.
    They want to keep us dumb and oblivious, marching off the cliff like happy lemmings.

    I just tried to leave a comment about Fukushima at a article about nuclear power. But I was promptly censored.
    (I've been censored so many times at CNN that when I write long posts, I always save a copy before posting it. Sad.)

    • We Not They Finally

      Good for you for trying to post on CNN at all. Just keep the posts shorter, to the point, and geared to education, not anger.

      Not that a ton of us do not have an "anger management problem" by now. But keep trying.

      • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

        He is being censored..the entire world is being are all being/going to be controlled in the near future!

        That I believe was the key major point made.. 🙂

        It's really only a matter of time now and we must all wait for what still comith this way! 🙁

      • jk641

        Well, CNN's the worst. It's heavily policed.
        I try to post at other sites, such as nbcnews or yahoo.

    • nedlifromvermont

      Hey jk641 … that whole lemming thing was faked by Disney … just like they faked the safe nuclear power propaganda films with the heavily-accented German nuclear physicist with the mouse traps in "Our Friend the Atom" …. I remember the roll out of that footage from the 60's … about the same time I happened to catch the one airing of the extremely creepy "Daisy" ad by Johnson or Goldwater about the danger of nuclear war …

      so interesting that the greater actual danger is from the civilian nuclear power program than from the weapons program … that was not obvious back in the early 1960's, although in hindsight, and probably to many insiders back then, this was the case in fact.

      Both programs diabolical.

      Both programs, nuclear weapons and civilian nuclear power: completely and demonstrably UNNECESSARY!!!

      I'll stop shouting now …

      peace, 'newsers …

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      There is something to seeing the situation with your own eyes, on the ground. The impact is undeniably stronger. Whatever denial he might have had about the situation must have melted away. Perhaps he stood quaking in his boots, just as the hot stuff around him was working to melt them away, right under his feet ….

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        It gets visceral, real, when you're there, on the ground, and the wreckage is all around you, on a massive scale. Pretty hard to stay cerebral when you're there, up close and in person.

        • jk641

          Yes, everyone's wearing protective suits, the Geiger counters are going off like crazy, there are hot spots all over the place…
          Hopefully it left an impression on him.

    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      The damaged areas are highly radioactive thus they are not even addressing aesthtics and Moniz should understand why which is concerning as my little light grows dimmer.

  • mairs mairs

    Who could have known? Certainly not the US Energy Secretary whose country is in the path of fallout from Fukushima. No one told him! The Pony Express doesn't go that route.

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      Daddy Obama said no harmful radiation would come to the US. That is good enough for the energy secretary. I can see his briefing to the president:

      Sir, I have it on good sources (Obama on tv at a downtown bar) that no harmful radiation will come to the US.

      • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

        He lied and they all lied and the world runs on top of lies and we all like it and yes it appears we all want more… 🙁

  • norbu norbu

    Good for him, we have been shocked and stunned since 3/11/11, time to wake up…

  • We Not They Finally

    Apparently he is not "shocked" and "stunned" enough to stop supporting NPP'S! What will THAT take? A body count right in front of his face? And where has the whole U.S. administration been since March 11, 2011?

    • nedlifromvermont

      @WNTF: You already know my answer, even though you continually reject it as too simplistic …. in the pocket of General Electric, which is majority-owned by JPMorgan banking interests, which bank is planning to spend over $200 Billion in fines and penalties, but not one "brass farthing" for damages sustained by Japan and Tepco for the failure of the cheaply built and designed Mark One reactors at Fukushima (yes Anne … Hitachi sub-contracted on 3, 4 and 5 … still the point is made by Units 1 and 2)

      again: Moniz, Obama and all the gubmint men are IN THE POCKETS OF GE … right where they believe they belong!!!

      Got it??

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture


    Not tsunami or Japanese.

    The problem, (( and only problem )), is allowing nuclear technology.

    Reactors blow and melt. And no way to stop the radiation, forever.

    Killer, cancer-causing radiation, forced on all citizens.

    Nuclear will be abolished. Sec of Energy, start the ball rolling. We thank you, and we're expecting results.

  • lovE lovE

    I wonder if Obama knows.

    I guess he doesn't or he would have "told us what he knows when he knows it."

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    Secretary Moniz also visited Hanford. What good did that do?

    • KDM KDM

      Yeah we can't even clean up our own waste. How many billions have we sunk into that? How much a country will spend isn't even the point if there are still no solutions. Hey I think I can clean it up how much money will you give me to try?

  • Gradius

    So, it took almost 3 years for that guy visit the place? We are the ones that are STUNNED!

  • freespirit1620

    Oh, he was briefed. Notice he blamed the tsunami and not the earthquake? It was all theatrics. He knew exactly what to expect. This is such BS, its all about "covering their asses" now. Once again thanks to Hatrick Penry's blog. It appears to me by the comments above that some of us "enenews commentors" are believing the line of shit our government is feeding us. For gods sake people, go to and relieve some of your ignorance. Why didn't he blame the earthquake? Because our US reactors have the same weaknesses as Fukushima did relating to surviving an earthquake.

    • Oncewaslost Oncewaslost

      AGreed and have made that point (Tsunami always talked up and EQ never mentioned)

    • mairs mairs

      Day one the industry people were out flooding forums saying it was the tsunami and not the earthquake. I can't believe how fast they organized their disinformation campaign.

    • We Not They Finally

      So far as "blame" is concerned, anyone who wants primary blame to go to anything other than the NPP's being there AT ALL, is complicit. The most well-run NPP's still have cancer clusters downwind. This has been UNSAFE from the get-go. It has caused DEATHS from the get-go. But now with this ELE catastrophe, it is just anti-human to say anything in favor of them. (Also anti-animal, plant, fish, etc…)

    • crystalwind crystalwind

      Your vision is 20/20. It's posturing and CYA for liability. But that was the plan from Day One when they decided to do it this way and to hold off for as long as possible. It has to be really bad if they decided it's finally time for them to come out. Wonder what's in the mess that they covered under the new exterior. God, but I don't really want to know.

  • freespirit1620

    If it wasn't for the internet we would be so much easier to control. Like the church controlled us in the middle ages

    • Oncewaslost Oncewaslost

      Actually quite the opposite is true….

      • mairs mairs

        My 90 year old mother told me I should get TV again, as how else would I get the news. I agree with freespirit.

        • Oncewaslost Oncewaslost

          I dont disagree with the desire for and complete exercise of control I am just saying the internet helps them far more than it hurts them.

          • daddyfixit daddyfixit

            in what way do you think "they" control us on the net? i have been screaming about invasion of privacy for 20 years. i was an outcast by my own family for letting them know that the government was listening to all electronic communications, and databasing them. but i want you to tell me right now, how in the world do they control us? they can't. they cant get rid of simple pot dealers buying seeds in europe and starting farms in panama. they cant get rid of child abductors selling kids. they cant even get rid of the pirate bay because THEY are not the only THEY out there. they dont have time or resources to control their own spying networks because 99.9% is used for corporate and political purposes. THEY dont give one HOOT about some darn hippies on some little ol' site.

            • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

              It's just a group net fishing..
              They take it all in..
              Peeping Toms of the electronic age..
              Spying is addicting and kinky.

              They control impostering our good intentions and drawing in and observing the opposition..
              Then they apply shill tactics to slowly work on the opinion of the masses.
              As they are doing every day..concerning Fukushima..and any other matter that the masses have allowed the government to control.

              The people running and employed at these antics have no respect for the basic rights acknowledged by all truly civilized species.

              We are probably nothing more than a laugh up..
              May they breathe in deeply as they do.

  • Alpha1

    I yes did know Arnie, worked with him years long past. For the question does Obama know or did he simply yes, once again not to cause alarm or mass panic. I often wonder if he realizes he is destroying his children as well, But wait they are probable in the underground replica at IRON mountain of the Capital…

    Here a neat video to watch:

    Maybe there should be more questions about keeping track and maybe there would be more alarm from those that do not smoke and use their sense…

    • We Not They Finally

      Just imagine the "alarm" and "mass panic" when America wakes up to realize that their own EPA set allowable radiation limits at lethal levels. And yes, Obama does have to know. Or why would he appoint Gina McCarthy, who was in charge of turning radiation monitors OFF in the wake of the calamity, as head of the EPA, where she then set radiation limits at killer levels?

      These people know, they're guilty, and they should be prosecuted. Won't happen, but it should. They just want to avoid the panic and alarm being directed at THEM. Find it quite disgusting.

  • M Curie M Curie

    This is such BS! Our government has known the consequences since day one, but did not want the world economy to tank. "Follow the money" as usual.

  • Ontological Ontological

    I'm stunned at how big of a Frogzilla this particular bullshit frog has become! Every day they fill it a bit fuller of bran new brainwashed lie flies. I feel like a mushroom because I am kept in the dark and fed this pure bullshit. How many 6 packs of these evil plutonium producers are now leaking toxic daughter nucleoids all over the beaches, rivers and lakes of our world? Over 400, and they want more! Insanity of this magnitude never has been so clearly defined ever before in known Human history!

  • Mack Mack

    From the Japan Times article linked above:

    "Moniz said he expects atomic power to remain a crucial part of the energy mix around the world as nations try to mitigate global warming."

    That's pure ignorance and propaganda.

    He should read these:

    >> "Nuclear Energy Causes Global Warming"

    >> "in a recent study, Wisconsin Environment found that far from being a solution to global warming, nuclear power would actually set us back in the fight to solve it."

    >> "Nuclear energy isn't the answer to global warming"

    "Where does all that heat from the nuclear power stations go? It goes into the environment – into the air and into the rivers and seas – and contributes to warming the planet; global warming.",5318

    >> "Behind all this is a perception that nuclear power is needed to help fight climate change. But there's little chance that nuclear plants could be built quickly enough to make much difference.",0,6924211.story?coll=la-news-comment-

    • Mack Mack


      >> "Nuclear Power Itself Causes Global Warming!

      While nuclear industry spokesmen are fond of pointing out that nuclear power plants release no greenhouse gasses in operation, they always fail to point out that Uranium Enrichment accounts for huge percentages of some CFCs released in this country."

      >> Renewable Energy CAN solve global warming.

      Download and read "CARBON-FREE AND NUCLEAR-FREE: A ROADMAP FOR U.S. ENERGY POLICY" by Arjun Makhijani, Ph.D.

      • We Not They Finally

        That, and more, and worse. Radiation also destroys the ozone layer, exposing us to dangerous radiation from the Sun. Look up the increase in UV-B radiation. UV-A is normal sunshine, but UV-B is deadly to vegetation, also humans. But it has increased EXPONENTIALLY. And CO2 isn't what did that.

    • hatrick penry

      Arnie Gundersen and Amy Goodman say that nuclear power will save us from 'climate change'. Just sayin'.

  • Mack Mack

    This is important:

    Moniz asked Japan to ratify a treaty called the "U.S. Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage."

    "Under the treaty, compensation for damage resulting from a nuclear accident may be partially paid for with funds contributed by participating countries."

    If you live in one of the particating countries, where do you think the compensation funds come from?


    This means YOU could be paying to decommission Fukushima.

    Meanwhile, do you think Tepco executives are still getting bonuses or paying for evacuees, etc. ??

    • I think we have to pay to help decommission that nightmare. Or HOPE that someone else does?

      • Mack Mack


        Most people can barely pay for food, and they're supposed to kick in to pay decommissioning costs for one of the richest countries in the world who ignored science and cut costs at every turn, while giving massive bonuses to top executives, etc.?

        Nuclear energy already enriches plenty of its supporters. Let them pay. Let them sell their mansions, priceless art, etc. and put that in the compensation fund.

    • We Not They Finally

      Moniz did that? Shame on him! FIRST the TEPCO execs need to be bankrupted, every penny, to remediate this. Is THAT in the proposed agreement?

      Even if this was a GOOD idea (it's a terrible idea, even though international aid is needed in SOME form), it would be giving money to recklessly, criminally irresponsible parties. Any monies should be under international control, NOT Japanese control. Their whole economy needs to be put into receivership. Japan needs to be declared bankrupt and the control of funds given to responsible international managers.

      UNFORTUNATELY, of course[!], there is so much international corruption,n that God only knows who those "responsible" parties might be.

      Someone interesting these days is Karen Hudes, former Senior Counsel for the World Bank, turned whistleblower. The World Bank apparently works hand-in-hand with the IMF to allegedly alleviate poverty. But they are apparently rife with corruption, and cause as much poverty as they alleviate! What a sad world…. So much for "responsible international parties."

    • Phil Shiffley Phil Shiffley

      Until our Fed Res actually announces they've developed the ballz to taper its bond buying (they won't), Japan will be compensated w/ digital blips created out of thin air. US tax payers won't even realize what's being done in their name. Just more of the global Ponzi. When that little system starts to rattle and fail, we're gonna have a lot more than Fukushima compensation to worry about. Not that I enjoy Tepco continuing to flourish off it but helping control the Fuku monster makes more sense than a lot of other places that money flows to.

  • As Spent Fuel Pool 4 work goes on, this is a perfect time to review your own preparations?

    You are prepared to Shelter in Place, right?

    I made a nice list of preps, for radiation shelter in place, but good for all kinds of emergencies too. Check it out here.

    • norbu norbu

      Hey stock also it is good to know the fuel removal starts on Nov 8 in Japan, here on the west coast we will be Nov 7. Thanks for the list.

    • Phil Shiffley Phil Shiffley

      I am so happy to have access to this information. Thank you.

    • deedles deedles

      Thank you, Stock for this info.

    • hatrick penry

      Lies are free. For the truth, you'll have to dig.

      Fear and Loathing on Fukushima Unit 4:

      "I say again it is clear to me that information is being suppressed on a scale never before known in the United States of America. The general public simply does not know the facts.

      I put it to you now, that when life-saving information is withheld from the public, in an orchestrated fashion, by agencies of our government, corporate entities and the media, that this is disloyalty to our country and our citizens: IT IS TREASON!"
      ~from Something Wicked This Way Comes: The Story of Plume-Gate, the World's Largest, Provable Cover-Up

  • razzz razzz

    Picked a real winner for Energy Secretary…By Ernest Moniz (2011)
    'Why We Still Need Nuclear Power
    Making Clean Energy Safe and Affordable'
    "…The public needs to be convinced that nuclear power is safe…"

    There is not enough money in the world to make nuclear energy safe. Resources are better spent elsewhere.

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Energy secretary damned sure wouldn't know it by watching tv, unless he spent a LOT of time watching tv. Maybe the NSA could have told him about it. But horny housewives are probably distracting them to no end.

    If the .gov spent more time listening to Edward Snowden instead of trying to arrest him, he might have found the Intelligence community to be a valuable resoource.

    If he read the signs at protests rallies he could have got a clue there, too. Oh, but no, people exercising their rights to assemble and stuff was just too much. How dare they. Couldn't they just write a letter to their attentive congressmen? Why are protesters so out of line? Look there's grandma. Shoot! Shoot! Why is she hanging out with the rabble?

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    And that live cam from Fuku is next to useless. How about a cam that rotates and zooms just a bit anyway? Not exactly the Hubble space telescope or even a good set of binoculars. I often wonder why there is so much interest in the cameras. I know people have to take what they can get and learn from it any way they can. I myself don't have the patience or the time for it. I can't even make out what's going on at all.

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Honestly, there should be as much TV coverage as the moon landing. It sure is more important. Should be as much analytical whispering as on a PGA golf championship.

    After the radio broadcast of the "War of the Worlds" movie, the government found out how gullible people are. So, there is no blood shown in war coverage, and no radioactive danger from nuclear power plants, at least if "they" get the coverage they want — and they do, for the most part.

  • nedlifromvermont

    Ernie Moniz: another greedy, toothless, mindless puppet of the dark forces trying to cancer us all off.

    Memo to Dr. (what a joke) Moniz: TIME TO GROW SOME BRAIN MATTER AND SOME BALLS!

    peace, out!

  • WindorSolarPlease

    "Shocked” and “stunned"..??… Give me a break…They all knew how bad it is with all their high tech things, that they have now.

    If I knew this was bad and that it is/has headed this way, they also know. North America is getting hit by this.

    The only difference is, they know the real readings and stopped long ago giving it to the public.

    This is all top secret, except for those worthy to know.

    They can act all "shocked” and “stunned" all they want, but they don't fool me.

    "Shocked” and “stunned" only makes them look stupid and not doing their job.

  • skizexq skizexq

    'shock and awe' if SFP#4 goes …after something similar to the recent swaying on the 520 bridge in Seattle area perhaps?

  • Horse Horse

    The people in power think very differently from most normal people. So often I read "How could they do that?" "Don't they have a conscience?" Read up on the powers that be…

  • FXofTruth

    It's nice that this political hack found the time to "visit" a well publicized nuclear disaster! See, he didn't want to "acknowledge" that there was a problem with nuclear power by stating publicly that this was a REAL disaster!

    NOW, by him stamping the US Government Seal of approval on it as an "official" disaster…it puts in jeopardy ALL future nuclear power plans because the anti-nuke forces can rally around this as the new, "Ground Zero" nuclear World catastrophe.

    Also, given the high-profile of this "visit" the Olympics will NEVER happen now in Japan because, too many facts that Abe forgot to mention will NOW come to light!

    One more thing it identifies….that this "accident" is more deadly serious than anyone realizes and it was given a really good head start by TEPCO and the Japanese Government. We are well pass the point of minimizing these radiation effects. Unless there is some "black budget" technology to neutralize these levels of radiation quickly to zero, I don't see what the U.S. being involved with this will improve other than stating the obvious outcome.

    • Socrates

      You've seen the Western movies with the cavalry guys in white hats. Come on, we're "exceptional," don't you know?

      If they drop theoad, the economy will melt down just like the Soviet economy did after Chernobyl.

      Those preppers are looming smarter every day. Homeland Security is prepared for crowd control…..

      It all makes sense now. We get irradiated by huge radioactive plumes and the economy collapses. Food and water riots are put down with deadly force. Or, the situation is controlled by removing the rods but feasters for thousands of years polluting the ocean and sending a wicked witches'brew of radionuclides over the entire Northern Hemisphere and Pacific Ocean.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Oh..the 'shock"..stunned…
    There is not a single thing of value in his interviews.
    He is just pumping the story line. are all standing around in holding our breathes in anticipation.

    After all he's.. the gal they hired to do the screaming part…in the movie.'

    PS..He's a liar..if any one knows the true condition of Fukushima's the DOE.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Here's my tough love message for Moniz.

    Message to Moniz…
    Shocked..stunned?..GET OVER IT!

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  • Phil Shiffley Phil Shiffley

    I have to say, I made the reference to the famous Casablanca scene everyone refers to when they want to yell Bullshite, but really this is just so reminiscent of the whole 2008 credit collapse. Greenspan, Bernanke, Hank Paulson, major bankers all performing in front of CNBC and other cameras with the recurring mea culpa: "we never saw this coming." Meanwhile insiders had been coming out of the woodwork online for years prior and warning people. Wall Street "kids" had been calling home (locally) warning parents to hunker down. (Before all the central banks were engaged in QE) you could watch the numbers that told the stories of contracting economic activity. These guys were so obviously lying to us.

    At this point I believe most anything said publicly in front of a camera is meant to "handle" the public. It's crowd control. Anyone appointed to these positions are vetted for their ability to stick to the meme and be convincing.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    "However, this time Tepco didn’t ask DOE to visit Fukushima plant. Tepco stated visiting Fukushima was only one of the reasons of DOE to come to Japan. The actual purpose of their coming to Japan is not clear."
    11/1/ 2013

    Seems the DOE is in Japan for other reasons.

  • Socrates

    RT is reporting that as a result of his visit to Fukushima that the US is getting involved. North America is within our sphere of influence. The Pacific Ocean, too.The US should have stepped up to the plate day one. What good is healthcare if you are downwind? Libya and Syria wasted precious time.

    US technology created this mess. A greater intelligence than that which created the mess will be necessary to fix it, in my opinion. That intelligence does not exist on this planet.

    Jimmy Carter had a better science background than current occupant of Whitehouse. TMI was recognized as the danger it was.

    As they say, close only counts in horseshoes and in nuclear meltdowns… Being down current and downwind makes us close.

    Ain't globalization grand?.Why did Commodore Perry "open" Japan? US Finnish diplomacy backfired. Oh, those Yankees!

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    "He said he also sensed how difficult work at the plant is with workers required to wear full face masks and other protective gear."

    Really..he sensed something ..huh?…lol

  • bo bo

    I guess he's not exactly lying when he says 'the destructive force of the tsunami is still visible' but shouldn't that really be phrased : 'the destructive force of the nuclear explosions are still visible'

  • ElijahBenBong

    Having the US Secretary of Energy show up at Fukushima is akin to having a jug band come and play. It appears to me very valuable time is being wasted. It's time to look at evacuating the island and relocating several million people. Japan is toast and it looks like North Amerika isn't far behind. It may well be the planet is done for. Clean up…what a sick joke.

    After you've destroyed a nation, an ocean and maybe the world, what do you do for an encore? My heart and prayers go out to the people of Japan. You didn't deserve this.

  • I think all the focus on SFP #4 is a diversion from where our focus should be now. It should be on the people who are being exposed to high levels of radioactivity. Some need to be evacuated. They all need to be monitored and studied. We are ignoring the people who are experiencing REAL HEALTH PROBLEMS, even death, and focusing on the spent fuel rods which may or may not turn into a big problem.

    Focus on the health of the people in Japan and America. There are many detrimental health effects right now.