Title: Were you outraged??
Source: Beyond Nuclear
Date: Apr 30, 2012
We’re outraged. And we expect you were, too. On April 23, 2012, the Washington Post editorial board writers callously dismissed the Fukushima nuclear disaster as “non-catastrophic.” [...]
Tell the Washington Post what you think! We’re fighing back. Please forward our alert and reference our longer rebuttal document. Write to the editorial board at The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, DC 20071-0001. Or contact the editorial page editor, Fred Hiatt at email@example.com or 202-334-7281. You can also contact the Ombudsman, Patrick Pexton, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Via Linda Pentz Gunter of Beyond Nuclear
Tell the Washington Post to get its facts right and stop listening to the nuclear industry!: Why the WP is Wrong.pdf
On April 23, 2012, the Washington Post editorial board proclaimed in a lead editorial that the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan was “non-catastrophic.” The writers eagerly promoted nuclear power while omitting inconvenient deal-breakers such as cost, waste, safety, health risks and human rights. The board taunted Germany and Japan – and the anti-nuclear movement – for looking to renewables but misrepresented Germany’s successes. They showed a shocking disregard for the suffering in Japan due to a very real catastrophe that is by no means over. And they utterly ignored those who have already paid the price for the nuclear fuel chain, like indigenous uranium miners, and its newest victims, the children of Japan whose future has been stolen.
Alert on how to contact the Washington Post re: its fact-omitting pro-nuke editorial: WP_Alert_Rebuttal.pdf
Here are some of the WP myths and our responses:
WP: The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster was “scary but ultimately non-catastrophic.”
FACT: Minimizing the still unfolding consequences of the Fukushima nuclear disaster and dismissing it as “non-catastrophic” is reprehensible and irresponsible. Radioactive contamination is widespread and growing. In fact, the accident is not even over, yet. Thousands are already suffering and countless more will sicken and die prematurely as a result of their exposure to the Fukushima radiation. A 20km (12.4 mile) area around the stricken reactors will remain a “dead zone” for decades and potentially centuries. It is hard to know what more the Post editorial writers need to qualify as “catastrophic.”
More on the Post’s editorial here: Washington Post: Closing reactors causing a "mess" after "non-catastrophic" Fukushima crisis -- Argues for building more nuke plants in US
Published: May 1st, 2012 at 9:54 am ET