Former Japan Official: “Unstoppable contamination of Pacific Ocean… is seriously menacing US West Coast” — “Fukushima now undeniably a global security issue… can’t be brought under control by single state” — Experts: Wave of radiation will be 10 times more than entire world’s nuclear tests combined

Published: December 2nd, 2015 at 7:05 am ET


Mitsuhei Murata, former Japanese Ambassador to Switzerland, Nov 1, 2015 (emphasis added):

The lack of the sense of crisis over Fukushima is in stark contrast to the gravity of the crisis. Fukushima is now undeniably a global security issue. The unstoppable contamination of the Pacific Ocean and the atmosphere with ionizing radiation from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear reactors is seriously menacing the West Coast of the United States. Japan should make utmost efforts to cope with the Fukushima crisis by retreating from the Tokyo Olympic Games that disseminate the false impression that Fukushima is under control.

Deteriorating situation in Fukushima — Japan is laboring under the consequences of the Accident never before experienced by humanity, including the simultaneous destruction and meltdown of three commercial nuclear reactors. Four and half years after the 3.11 disaster, it has been shown that a severe nuclear accident cannot be brought under control by a single state… It is questioned if Japan is in possession of the governability and the capacity needed to cope with the impending crisis. The melted cores of the reactors from Units 1, 2 and 3 remain inaccessible… If the molten nuclear fuel rods are exposed through cracks to the atmosphere due to a mega earthquake or the liquidization of soils on the site that could cause the collapse and breach of Fukushima’s spent fuel pools, Japan’s landmass would become uninhabitable to a large extent… The whole of Japan is threatened by the worsening situation emanating from the molten fuel rods, which continue to widely disseminate large amounts of dangerous radionuclides into the sea and atmosphere. Limitless steam observed evokes the possibility of re-criticality at the site. The undeniable necessity for international verification of the suspected re-criticality at the site should bring about the indispensable international cooperation to cope effectively with the Accident. The ongoing radioactive contamination of the sea with no prospect for a solution is dishonoring Japan, causing it to be criticized for harming the global environment. In spite of all this, attempts are shamefully being made to hide Fukushima…

World is menaced by the spreading contamination… The consequences of the radioactive contamination of the Pacific Ocean from Japan to the West Coast of the United States are drawing increased attention. Some experts now estimate that the wave of radiation from Fukushima will be 10-times bigger than all of the radiation from the entire world’s nuclear tests throughout history combined

The Tokyo Olympic Games belittle the Fukushima crisis — It is undeniable that the Tokyo Olympic Games constitute serious impediments for coping with the consequences of the March 11 Disaster… My interview article was published in the magazine “Monthly Japan” (September 2015). It is entitled “An honorable retreat from the Tokyo Olympic Games” and is given a central place. Reactions are noteworthy and expanding… The Tokyo Olympic Games diverts attention from Fukushima and gives the false impression to the world that Fukushima no longer poses a threat. The advancement of the Tokyo Olympic Games comes at the expense of the funds needed to address the host of environmental disasters created by the destroyed Fukushima nuclear reactors… The future of the Olympic Games is at stake. It is as a believer in the spirit of the Olympic Games and the Olympic Movement that I am pleading for an honorable retreat, and this, in order for Japan to devote maximum efforts to controlling the Fukushima crisis.

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Published: December 2nd, 2015 at 7:05 am ET


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  • rogerthat

    … Some experts now estimate that the wave of radiation from Fukushima will be 10-times bigger than all of the radiation from the entire world’s nuclear tests throughout history combined…

    – ha ha ha, japan has a mountain-to-molehills way of dealing with the problem:

    Business lobby chief: Fukushima nuclear accident an 'extremely localized event'
    December 02, 2015

    By GO KOBAYASHI/ Staff Writer
    The crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant is an “extremely localized event,” according to the chairman of Keizai Doyukai (Japan Association of Corporate Executives), one of the nation’s top business organizations.

    Chairman Yoshimitsu Kobayashi made the remarks at a regular news conference in Tokyo on Dec. 1 when he was punctuating the dangers of global warming.

    “The nuclear plant (accident) was an extremely localized event if seen on a terrestrial globe,” said Kobayashi, who is also chairman of Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corp. “While the accident is as regrettable as anything, it is like fulminant hepatitis in a sense that only a localized area is affected instantaneously.” …

  • rogerthat

    The mayor of Takahama Town in Fukui Prefecture on the Sea of Japan coast has decided to agree to the restarts of 2 nuclear reactors at a power plant in his town. …

    One of the conditions is the securing of public understanding of the need for nuclear power plants. He said he confirmed at a meeting with the industry minister last month that the government will take responsibility for this. …

    Meanwhile, the reactors cannot be restarted until a provisional court injunction is lifted. The Fukui District Court issued the injunction in April.

  • rogerthat

    – good version of the thyroid cancer yarn

  • rogerthat

    does this give you a warm and fuzzy feeling?

    Implementation in Canada of Lessons Learned from the Fukushima Daiichi Accident
    December 2, 2015 kellie 0 Comments Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, CNSC, Fukushima, lessons learned
    By Ramzi Jammal, Executive Vice-President and Chief Regulatory Operations Officer Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

    … As the accident was unfolding, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) activated its Emergency Operations Centre in Ottawa and staffed it 24/7 to monitor the emergency, assess early reports and provide timely, accurate information to Canadians.

    We became the trusted source of information for other Canadian government departments and agencies, which were seeking advice for a broad range of matters, from advice for travellers to the safety of foodstuff coming from Japan. …

  • rogerthat

    Fukushima Head Ready to OK Final Disposal of Lower-Level Waste

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    The governor showed his stance at a meeting with Koichi Miyamoto, mayor of Tomioka, which hosts the existing facility, and Yukiei Matsumoto, mayor of Naraha, which is likely to provide a transportation route to the facility.

    The central government's proposed safety measures for the waste disposal meet the request from the local communities, the governor told reporters after the meeting. He added that the disposal program "will play an important role" in promoting environmental recovery in Fukushima.

    Miyamoto and Matsumoto told reporters that they recognize the need for the final disposal plan for the relatively low-level radioactive waste generated due to the nuclear accident at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima No. 1 power plant from March 2011. The pair said they will make their decisions shortly.

    Uchibori will make his final decision on the disposal program after hearing opinions on Thursday from the mayors of municipalities near TEPCO's crippled power plant, including Miyamoto and Matsumoto.


  • SanityQuest SanityQuest

    Did Juneau that if you Sitka in Glacier Bay you Ketchikan a cancer…

    Just sayin…

  • rogerthat

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  • rogerthat

    Is Australia becoming the world’s nuclear waste dump by stealth? via The Sydney Morning Herald

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    Australia’s medical use of isotopes creates very little waste. In contrast, reactor production of isotopes generates considerable amounts, and ANSTO (the Australian national nuclear research and development organisation) is very quietly proposing to dramatically increase production to supply 30 per cent of the world market. This will significantly increase Australia’s nuclear waste problems.

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    Most cancer radiotherapy uses X-rays, which does not produce any waste at all. A very small proportion of cancer treatments need radioactive materials, which also are too short-lived to require a remote repository, or are legally required to be sent back to the (overseas) supplier once used up. …

    • rogerthat

      There is a very small amount of legacy radium relating to cancer therapy in the past, however, this has not been used in Australia since 1975
      On the other hand, using a nuclear reactor to manufacture radio isotopes creates a significant amount of intermediate and low-level waste.

      ANSTO has recently unilaterally decided it will dramatically increase its production of medical isotopes at the Lucas Heights reactor to supply 30 per cent of the world’s needs. This business decision assumes it will not have to pay for the disposal of the waste produced, even though it will need securing for many thousands of years.

      Canada, the world’s single largest producer of medical isotopes, independently reviewed its nuclear industry in 2009 and decided not to build a new reactor.

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      The ANSTO decision represents vested interests entrenching a reactor-based model and crowding out development of other options.

      In many ways it is like the coal industry boosting production to stop wind and solar development. …

  • rogerthat

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  • rogerthat

    New French solar farm, Europe’s biggest, cheaper than new nuclear via Reuters

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  • rogerthat

    this looks like a decent bit of work:

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  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    I would like to know who said "Some experts now estimate that the wave of radiation from Fukushima will be 10-times bigger than all of the radiation from the entire world's nuclear tests throughout history combined." Enenewsers arent interested in that?

  • rogerthat

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    Copyright © 2015 American Chemical Society

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  • rogerthat

    … The letter stated that serious issues have been raised by eminent geologists about seismicity in and around the proposed site, and alleged that the previous clearance was “fundamentally flawed by the fact that it was issued without a prior consideration of the hazards arising out of radioactivity by the competent authority”, which is the principal hazard for a nuclear power project.

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    ''The purported clearance was given to a plant that, on the admission of the plant manufacturer and designers had inherent design flaws, which neither your Ministry nor AERB (Atomic Energy Regulatory Board) had noted.

    ''In the context of a nuclear power plant, this is extremely dangerous to public and highly irresponsible on the part of the Ministry,” said the samiti’s letter to the ministry. …

  • rogerthat

    … Mr. Mizuki was admired by generations of Japanese animators and won fans abroad with his style, which combined a love of the grotesque with sympathy and breezy humor.

    His most popular work, about the adventures of a one-eyed ghost-boy named Kitaro, spawned an empire of live-action and animated films, a musical, and five television series — a reboot every decade from the 1960s to the 2000s. The series’ battles between fantastical creatures were the template for later Japanese fare, like Pokémon. …

    … In 1979, decades before the Fukushima nuclear accident shone a spotlight on Japan’s atomic power industry, he illustrated a magazine exposé of worker exploitation at the facility titled “Darkness at the Fukushima Nuclear Plant.” …

    • His graphic novel about Hitler’s rise, first published in Japanese in 1971, came out in a widely praised English translation this year. In 1979, decades before the Fukushima nuclear accident shone a spotlight on Japan’s atomic power industry, he illustrated a magazine exposé of worker exploitation at the facility titled “Darkness at the Fukushima Nuclear Plant.”

  • rogerthat

    … try Nuclear Nation II, a documentary that follows up on the still-unfolding Fukushima disaster. …

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar PraisingTruth

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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Bam! Nuclear took out another one! 🙁

    Fukushima got another one..poor kid! 8 way to young to have any sun effect.

    Manmade Radiation is here to stay and expect allot more of the same..soon! 🙁

  • rogerthat

    … radiation levels in the backyard, which had been decontaminated two years ago, had not gone down as expected. Trees that had been planted there 60 years ago were chopped down for another round of decontamination work.

    A radiation dosimeter placed between the tree stumps rose gradually, and close to where water from the gutters ends up when it rains, radiation levels exceeded 10 microsieverts per hour.

    On Sept. 5 this year, the central government lifted the evacuation order that had been issued for the town of Naraha.

    Temporary housing facilities will be shut down at the end of March 2017, yet Naraha residents are not eligible to apply for long-term recovery public housing being built in the cities of Fukushima, Iwaki and elsewhere.

    In Naraha, there is now a research facility dedicated to decommissioning the stricken nuclear plant, and related companies have established their bases there.

    Some 1,100 people working on decontamination and decommissioning work live in the approximately 10 prefab accommodations that have been set up, giving the town the appearance and feel of still being the front lines of the nuclear disaster.

    Perhaps because of this, few people have moved back to Naraha despite the government's revocation of its evacuation order, and Niizuma says that of the 90 or so households in his hamlet, only about three are actually spending nights in their homes…

  • rogerthat

    Fukushima OKs disposal site for radioactive waste within prefecture
    December 03, 2015

    Fukushima Prefecture signaled Dec. 2 it will host the final disposal site for highly radioactive waste produced by the 2011 nuclear disaster, with Governor Masao Uchibori expected to relay his decision to the Environment Ministry this week.

    The central government’s plan calls for the Fukushima Ecotech Clean Center, a privately run disposal facility in Tomioka near the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, to be nationalized. The center will then accept about 650,000 cubic meters of garbage, including “designated waste.”

    Designated waste refers to contaminated refuse such as rice straw, sewage sludge and incinerated ash of household garbage that contain more than 8,000 becquerels per kilogram of radioactivity.

    With 138,000 tons of such garbage, Fukushima Prefecture accounts for more than 80 percent of the estimated national total of 166,000 tons.

    The Environment Ministry program requires all prefectures where radioactive fallout rained down after the triple meltdown at the Fukushima plant to dispose of designated waste within their own jurisdictions.

    According to a ministry report, such waste existed in 11 other prefectures as of the end of September.

    In Fukushima Prefecture, town officials in Tomioka and nearby Naraha were initially opposed to the ministry's plan on…

    • rogerthat

      grounds that hosting the disposal site would discourage many evacuees from returning to their homes.

      All residents of Tomioka, which is within a 20-kilometer radius of the Fukushima plant, are still living as evacuees because of high radiation levels in the town.

      The distribution route for the planned final disposal facility runs through Naraha, most of which is also within the 20-km zone.

      The two municipalities became more accepting of the project after the ministry presented safeguard measures for the disposal and the prefectural government promised the towns a combined grant of 10 billion yen ($81 million) to advance the project.

      “Town officials accepted our view that the program is crucial to help recover Fukushima’s overall environment, although it poses an enormous burden on them,” Uchibori said after talks with the town officials on Dec. 2.

      The Fukushima prefectural government plans to dispose of garbage measuring up to 100,000 becquerels per kilogram at the Fukushima Ecotech Clean Center.

      Trash with higher radiation levels is expected to be held at a temporary storage facility under construction near the plant.

      Although Fukushima is the first prefecture to accept the central government program, it remains to be seen if Miyagi, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma and Chiba prefectures will follow in its footsteps in line with the ministry’s hopes.

      The ministry plans to have new facilities built to dispose of designated waste in those prefectures …

      • rogerthat

        since they have larger amounts of contaminated garbage than the other affected prefectures.

        Miyagi, Tochigi and Chiba selected candidate sites after the ministry briefed municipal officials there on the method of selecting prospective venues.

        However, detailed surveys toward the construction of the disposal facilities have yet to be undertaken due to fierce opposition from local citizens.

        The Cabinet decided in November 2011 that prefectures with radioactive waste should dispose of the refuse within their own borders.

        The contaminated waste is currently being stored on a temporary basis at sewage treatment plants or plots on farms in these prefectures.


  • rogerthat

    menace to the human race:

    The Wall Street Journal

    A Nuclear Paradigm Shift?
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    Dec. 1, 2015

    Wade Allison, emeritus professor of physics at Oxford, has a more realistic idea for fighting global warming than any being promoted at this week’s climate summit in Paris: Increase by 1,000-fold the allowable limits for radiation exposure to the public and workers from nuclear power plants. …

    – subscription required (in the unlikely event you want more of this guff, ha ha)

  • rogerthat

    2 DEC 2015 – 5:09PM
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    2 DEC 2015

    Civil society groups have condemned the Australian federal government’s recent completion of contested uranium supply deals with both the United Arab Emirates and India.

    The deal is in direct conflict with a finding in September by a government-controlled Parliamentary review that “Australian uranium not be sold to India” until unresolved safety, security, legal and nuclear weapons issues were addressed. …

  • razzz razzz

    When searching for the quote source, I come up with an old article. Not sure about the time frame when Fukus' surpasses all nuke tests.

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  • rogerthat

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    Evans said her agency would share information with the county but would not provide the local health department with any funding. …

    • rogerthat

      … Meanwhile, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is testing soil in the neighborhoods along Coldwater Creek for radiation and is also cleaning up contaminated areas, …

      … Coldwater Creek was contaminated with uranium processing waste from the development of atomic weapons for the Manhattan Project and the Atomic Energy Commission during the 1940s and 50s. People who grew up near the creek have reported cancers, autoimmune disorders and other serious health problems through an online survey on a Facebook group devoted to these issues. The group has also produced maps showing 2,725 cases of disease reported as of this August.

      Follow Véronique LaCapra on Twitter: @KWMUScience

      – this has been going on for 75 years, ever since the 1940s. eventually everyone and their descendants will be dead, and the problem will be forgotten. not gone, but forgotten.

  • rogerthat

    i can't get this up, but it's probably worth the trouble:

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  • rogerthat

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  • rogerthat

    Nuclear Watch: Manufacturers use tricky loophole to patent centrifuge technology (Pt. 34)

  • rogerthat

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  • rogerthat

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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    "For example, he notes that in December 2014, both radioactive iodine-131 and tellurium-132 were reported as having been detected in Takasaki city, Gunma Prefecture [~130 miles SW of Fukushima Daiichi]. Given the short half-lives of these radioactive particles, their presence could not be the result of the original."

    Not only do we have a continued contamination of the groundwater and the Pacific Ocean… but the brittle structure of the damaged plant represents itself a serious threat, in particular in our earthquake prone region."

    These are statements from Mr. Murata, from his statement last month.
    I admire his tenacity and clarity.
    These are very stronger statements based on findings.
    These are strong scientific statements.
    There is no turning a 'blind eye' to this.
    There is no looking away.

    Former Japan Ambassador: Uncontrolled nuclear chain reactions could be underway at Fukushima — “Troubling indications of recurring criticality” as Tellurium-132 detected over 100 miles from plant — ‘Recriticality’ discussed by Japan’s top nuclear official
    Nov 5 2015

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Are we so lost that the masses can not be moved by such motions of intellectual and moral clarity?

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    OT. The mainstream media is pressing the idea that anti -abortion can be a lifestyle.
    In the propagandist mechanism ..this leads to a 'blanket',if they can.
    'Anti' anything ..soon to be considered a lifestyle?

    Might I remind them that ..LIVING IS A LIFESTYLE.

    I also note and appreciate that Mr.Murata's statements are not anti-nuclear but address the on-going nuclear situation,condition and crisis at Fukushima Npp.

  • melting mermaid melting mermaid

    Anybody know of a list of all the nasties pluming out of Fukushima? Preferably one with a song to help me remember.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Mr. Murata has asked for an honorable retreat from the Olympics.
    We need an honorable admission of adversarial conditions.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    "The Irish geologist J. Joly in 1905 was the first to point out that the radioactivity of rocks is important as a source of the earth’s heat energy. Calculations have shown that if the concentration of radioactive elements in the earth’s volume were the same as that in the surface layer, then the total amount of heat generated as a result of radioactive decay would exceed by a factor of several tens the amount of heat lost by the earth through irradiation into space. The conclusion is therefore drawn that all the radioactive elements are concentrated in the upper part of the earth’s crust. This hypothesis was partially confirmed in the 1970’s with the measurement of the concentrations of U and Th (10–6 percent) in rock samples of the earth’s mantle taken from beneath the ocean floor.

    In the years 1923–27, the Norwegian scientist V. M. Gold-schmidt showed that the content of radioactive elements located mainly in the upper (granitic) shell of the earth is related to the chemical behavior of silicates, that is, to the isomorphous intrusion of U and Th into the structure of silicates. The extraction of the silicate crust of the earth from the mantle according to the principle of zone fusion inevitably leads to the enrichment of the crust with U, Th, and alkaline-earth elements.

    So we get it refine and condense, amplify the potency.
    And throw around everywhere.
    Plenty of it ..on the crust.

    • Are you saying that climate change is not caused by CO2, but rather is a natural thing, caused by radiation present naturally in rocks?

      Or are you saying something else?

      Care to elaborate?

      • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

        I'm saying both/all.
        And VOC's, etc.
        The energy/heat release and it's natural place in Earth's processes are being changed by removal from such the surface.
        just like petrochemicals, etc.

        • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

          HotR, what is the ratio of mans contribution to natural flux? The enrichment of the crust is massive over geological time. Im betting that mans contribution of bringing up radioactive elements and thus heating the atmosphere is totally insignificant. Cutting down the trees and changing the balance of life, killing off half the animals however is not insignificant. Mans contribution to global warming gas is very small. Focusing on greenhouse gas is a reductionist viewpoint. The earth must be seen holistically, just like the human body. The insane drive of man to profit off every conceivable thing makes the carbon tax thing highly suspect, considering how small the anthropogenic contribution of greenhouse gas. But wholesale exploitation and poisoning of the earth is not something so easy to put into a tax and profit scheme. There is no or insufficient dialogue which puts mans total impact on earth, including the nuclear one, into proper perspective. The deficiency of logic is illustrated by measuring becquerels per cubic meter here and there and extrapolating no danger

      • irhologram

        Salby on CO2 Net global emission of CO2 changes independently of human contribution. Lots of proofs, charts and graphs.–9I

        Refreshing collection of independent thought here:

        • A tell-tale signature of human fossil fuel emissions is the large fraction of CO2 being driven into the oceans. According to Henry's Law, we would expect the oceans to absorb more CO2 as the air above it becomes increasingly saturated with CO2. In other words the CO2 must be coming from a source external to the fast carbon cycle. This is supported by measurements showing that CO2 is accumulating in the ocean, and is reflected in the declining oceanic pH, showing the ocean is actually gaining CO2 over the long-term, not losing it, as Salby seems to believe.

        • What Salby does not explain is this: total human emissions of CO2 from fossil-fuel burning are far larger than total CO2 increase. In fact, the CO2 increase has only been about half of human emissions. So, the net emission from other sources has been negative, while atmospheric CO2 has been rising. It’s especially ironic that Salby offers up a “bank balance” analogy when it’s obvious he himself has failed to do the simplest possible accounting of the carbon budget.

        • AirSepTech AirSepTech

          Excellent info ir.

          I can add that if you do without refrigeration, packaging of food and don't mind a hand carried cold water sponge bath, you can do your part to reduce Co2. It's how the folks I work with do it.

          I liked the question 'will the carbon tax do any good?'

          Ya, you can bet someone will do good from it.

          • Even better than that, one can simply hold one's breath, because everyone knows, humans breathing are the largest source of CO2 around…

            We don't really have to breathe.. that is just another harmful rumor.

            Just think; by not breathing, we can actually sell carbon credits and get rich, because of all of the carbon we are NOT producing.

            If you can't beat these carbon tax credit cheats, join them. The nuclear industry is actually collecting huge amounts of money off of carbon credits.

            YEEEEEAAAAA, sweeeettttt.


            • AirSepTech AirSepTech

              Are you rollin your own Colorado smokes, Doc?

              "In fact, the CO2 increase has only been about half of human emissions. So, the net emission from other sources has been negative, while atmospheric CO2 has been rising."

              In other words, had there been no Industrial Revolution, no Fossil Fuel exploitation, no 700+% increase in hairless apes, atmospheric Co2 would be quite reduced as compared to say…1800ad.

              I suppose someone has evidence to support that. 🙂

              The Co2 myth is just another hoax foisted upon the hapless hairless ape, a diversion/financial gotcha perpetrated by the very same SOB's that now claim they caused it, and by some measure of voodoo, can fix it.

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar PraisingTruth

      Nuclear power plants emit C14.

      The Basics: 14C and Fossil Fuels
      Tracer for Emissions
      “Carbon-14 (or 14C) is also known as radiocarbon, because it is the only carbon isotope that is radioactive. It is perhaps most famous for its use in radiocarbon dating of archeological artifacts ranging from mummies to cave drawings, and it plays a crucial role in studying fossil fuel carbon dioxide emissions as well.
      “Fossil fuels are, well, fossils, and are millions of years old. Because of this, all of the radiocarbon initially present has decayed away, leaving no 14C in this ancient organic matter. All other atmospheric carbon dioxide comes from young sources–namely land-use changes (for example, cutting down a forest in order to create a farm) and exchange with the ocean and terrestrial biosphere. This makes 14C an ideal tracer of carbon dioxide coming from the combustion of fossil fuels. Scientists can use 14C measurements to determine the age of carbon dioxide collected in air samples, and from this can calculate what proportion of the carbon dioxide in the sample comes from fossil fuels. “

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    On the crust, where we puny Humans live.
    There is now tremendous more radiation on the crust but also in the atmosphere. How can this not effect climate change?

    Radioactivity of Rocks

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose


    BRAFV600E mutation is highly prevalent in thyroid carcinomas in the young population in Fukushima: a different oncogenic profile from Chernobyl
    Nov 20 2015

    • "Most of them were papillary thyroid carcinomas (PTCs). Logically, this increase has been thought to be due to screening effect with advances in diagnostic instruments in recent years, because the estimated thyroid doses of radioiodine exposure in Fukushima were far lower than those in Chernobyl7,8,9, and the period from the date of the accident until the onset is too short. Presumably, a real morbidity rate may be comparable throughout Japan10,11, and many of the PTC cases could be silent or very slowly progressing until middle or older age."

      In other words, these cancers were not due to Fukushima. They are all 'natural'.

  • Food Irradiation Negative Health Effects And Dangers – Man Made Heavy Metal Radioactive Poisons Mutate, Damage And/Or Kill Bacteria And Viruses, Slow Or Stop Decay Of Leaves, Trees

  • Jebus Jebus

    Goodbye fossil fuels, goodbye nuclear. We can 'Get it from the Sun' – all of it!

    New research shows that wind and solar can meet 80% of Germany's power demand, with biogas and hydropower providing the balance, writes Keith Barnham. And if Germany can do it, so can other countries, many of them even more easily – with no need for fossil fuels or nuclear power. COP21 should raise its ambitions and commit to a 100% renewable electricity future, everywhere.

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    If you define a mass shooting as 4+ dead including the shooter, we've had 355 of them in the US in 2015 so far.
    National insanity.

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