Jacques Cousteau: Nuclear power the gravest danger to humanity — ‘No Nukes’ concert stars reunite for Sunday show near San Francisco (Crosby Stills & Nash, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Doobie Bros.)

Published: August 5th, 2011 at 4:49 pm ET


32 years later, ‘No Nukes’ concert stars reunite for new show, Oakland Tribune by Jim Harrington, August 4, 2011:

It started over dinner one night in 1973, when Graham Nash asked Jacques Cousteau to name the issue he thought posed the gravest danger to humanity. The rock star expected to hear something oceanic, so he was stunned when the famed explorer answered “nuclear power.”

“That really blew my mind,” said Nash, best known for his work with the band Crosby, Stills & Nash. “It started me thinking.” […]

“I hate to say that it takes something like Fukushima to get this information out and to get the debate back in the public eye,” [Bonnie] Raitt said, “but we really wanted to see more attention paid to this issue.”

Added Nash: “It’s always been time to stand up for me. I have three beautiful children — they are older now, 29, 31 and 33 — but I still look at the world through the eyes of my children. I can’t stop fighting for a better planet, for them and for myself, and consequently for everybody else. I want to be able to put my head on my pillow and think that I did a reasonable job with the day that just unfolded.”

Artists Unite For Concert Promoting Safe Energy, KTVU, August 5, 2011:

The concert […] will feature original MUSE [Musicians United for Safe Energy] artists Crosby, Stills & Nash, Jackson Browne, The Doobie Brothers and Bonnie Raitt as well as younger singer/songwriters Jason Mraz, Jonathan Wilson, Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave), former U.S. Representative John Hall, Japanese composer and multi-instrumentalist Kitaro, African-American a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock and more special guests.

  • Sunday, August 7, 3 p.m. $19.50-$99.50 (children 10 and under admitted free on the lawn with paying adult)
  • Shoreline Amphitheatre
Published: August 5th, 2011 at 4:49 pm ET


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135 comments to Jacques Cousteau: Nuclear power the gravest danger to humanity — ‘No Nukes’ concert stars reunite for Sunday show near San Francisco (Crosby Stills & Nash, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Doobie Bros.)

  • stock stock@hawaii.rr.com

    What is the only thing that can kill humanity, completely, nuclear power, nuclear bombs, asteroid.

    The rest of the stuff we still have a chance against.

  • arclight arclight

    after all the crap ive had this last week , this qoute does it for me….i might even forgive the phone hack? and surveilance etc cos ive got better things to be putting my energies into!
    heres the qoute says it all!!

    “Added Nash: “It’s always been time to stand up for me. I have three beautiful children — they are older now, 29, 31 and 33 — but I still look at the world through the eyes of my children. I can’t stop fighting for a better planet, for them and for myself, and consequently for everybody else. I want to be able to put my head on my pillow and think that I did a reasonable job with the day that just unfolded.”

    love light and peace peoples!! 🙂

  • lokay5 lokay5

    Far out! Almost makes me wish I was back in The Bay Area. (Well, just for the concert, anyway)

    I love it here in Oregon. It’s not too “hot” here. It’s about as far from a reactor as I could get without leaving the country, but I guess they’re having the radiation flown in………
    It’s imported! Thanks, nips! ( Well, I might be an old seudo-hippy, but I never said I was politically correct, did I?)

  • Can we master nuclear safety?

    It is curious that the government of Bangladesh should be oblivious to the post-Fukushima discourse. Indeed, there is very serious rethinking going on worldwide, seeing how a technologically and scientifically advanced country like Japan is still reeling under the impact of the mighty mishap. And public opinion in Japan and elsewhere is becoming more and more rigid against nuclear power. India’s environmentalists, long arguing for a phase-out of atomic energy and shifting to renewables, have marshaled more force into their arguments.

    The problems emerging out of the badly battered Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have been proving far more intractable than initially imagined. Under the impact of the …

    • The Government of India too is pushing for extinction via nuclear power. How foolish.
      You foolish rulers!
      Life is not due to your generosity
      But now even life you want to be taken away
      By preventing natural non-clonal reproduction
      Via strontium-90 and the other r’clides
      Like cobalt-60 Americium 241 Plutonium 239
      And neptunium.
      This is what is the endgame of
      Modern Civilisation based on Untruth
      Mines have a field day!
      This process causes extinction!
      Not just population decrease.
      Population will not spike and remain high
      In a normal way of life
      Because being normal
      Inharmony with nature
      We live in health here and now.
      Imitate nature beyond understanding
      Be content with the sun the perfect nuclear
      With that we live in health here and now!
      August 6 1945- what a world changer
      Into Annihilator Extinguisher
      Will you act from Fukushima
      You foolish ruler?

  • Experts: Fukushima ‘off-scale’ lethal radiation level infers 100s millions dying

    Fukushima nuclear power plant radiation recordings of external gamma radiation have been so high this week, they went off scale said veteran nuclear expert Arnie Gunderson on Thursday after the famous physicist, Dr. Chris Busby told the Japanese people this week that radioactive air contamination there now is 300 times that of Chernobyl and 1000 times the atomic bomb peak in 1963, possibly inferring that hundreds of millions of people are now dying from Fukushima radiation, including people in the United States.

    If noticing unusual amounts of hair falling out, confusion, nose bleeds or other odd symptoms typical of radiation sickness, it might be due to the United States record high levels of radiation, now multiple times acceptable safety limits not …

  • WindorSolarPlease

    Hope people will listen and think, while they give the best performance



  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Here’s the problem…like in most rock benefit situations….
    It will be widened into a general cause…
    This undermines the call to understand the severity…and the necessity for a quick response.
    Focus goes to those poorly qualified to speak on the subject.(you don’t see them in here.. do ya?)
    This is a reunion tour..and the “fame” will out-shadow..the cause…
    A glimmering night…and rounds of applause.
    Hurrah…we all go home and the situation falls into the long chronology of good causes/good concerts.
    Fukushima..will be alright then.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    This requires more than a touchy-feely concert.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    ..and I’ll add this..Mr.Cousteau..failed to stay and defend the GOM.
    ..a little sashay in and out….

  • charlie3

    Heart, I don’t expect anything better or more from self-serving “celebrities” like Bono and Cousteau.

  • Terranigma1 Terranigma1

    “In November 1991, Cousteau gave an interview to the UNESCO courier, in which he stated that he was in favour of human population control and population decrease. The full article text can be found online.”


    This contadicts his nuclear power stance??


    “Jacques-Yves Cousteau died on 25 June 1997 in Paris, aged 87. Despite persistent rumors, encouraged by some Islamic publications and websites, Cousteau did not convert to Islam, and when he died he was buried in a Roman Catholic Christian funeral.”


    I’m surprised that he was buried in a Roman Catholic funeral.

    • Probably not. But no incontrovertible evidence available. When modern civilisation became a low grade parallel to nature by mining her and arrogating to oneself “God” saying I will create life, I will create the sperm, clonal reproduction, GM foods and so on, it became a self destroyer. It created processes and elements without taking care whether these would at one accumulated concentration,poison nature’s already existing ways to a point of extinction level. But in the meantime, the human being got feedback in countries like India, and probably China and thus started having more children to correct for the infant mortalities due to modern civilisation’s greedy evil ways. Thus in 1850, the population of India which was constant for millennia in harmony with nature at 100-140 million exploded into the billion range from 1850 to 2008 and continues to expand. But nuclear wickedness started by Fukushima etc will soon see that this is impossible because of the heavy nuclear burden and the populations will be exterminated, not reduced. Little boy August 6 to Fukushima forever the infinite terroriser. Wake up signal or sabotage to end life?

  • alasanon

    Hi! I wanted to report that my state Health Dept. finally posted findings on radioactive Strontium (lengthy half-life, bone-seeker, causes leukemia). I had to go after this information with multiple calls and they only posted it behind about 4 different links on their website–no announcement!

    I think it’s a big deal b/c EPA has omitted Strontium, except in testing in HI and far West Coast!! I’m on the East Coast–VA. The findings were from the March-April phase. We had no Cesium detected, but positive for low-level Strontium. I had read that 90-Sr is lighter and moves faster & farther than Cesium! Confirmed!! (thank you, anti-nuke non-profits)

    So, what I’m saying is that you should be taking Calcium and related mineral supplements. If a little Strontium is accumulating out here in both dairy samples, then it’s all over the States. Yep.
    (think of Japan :()

  • arclight arclight

    anybody elses ip address been blocked from viewing godlike productions…requires an email address to try to unblock?? odd?

      • arclight arclight

        Wierd. Wonder if its a new way to break up those antinuclear chaps and chapesess ? Why only me! Any other UK chaps or chapesess in the house could check.??

        • I got this too and I am an Oregon “chapess.” They say on a page that I get that my ISP may be what’s being blocked and that I can contact them through the form on the page and say why I’m not who they want to block. I wonder if it is some kind of dragnet page collecting who wants to read GLP?

          • arclight arclight

            its odd, i dont use godlike enough to hand my email over! ive had enough of being contacted by …..? this week …it days rhat if i keep clicking on it to check that i will recieve some sort of punishment! think i will leave it alone…niy of a shame though… thanks for your responce risa and xdr and jebus for your responces!

    • Jebus Jebus

      SW Wash. and it loads just fine…

  • dharmasyd dharmasyd

    Reposting my comment from up-thread, because I think it is important (please forgive my blatant self promotion because I believe it is much more important than my petty ego).

    From above:
    Sorry to seem like I contradict you, but the nuclear problem is indeed a positive moment; it is the trigger for the next stage of evolution, for the evolution of consciousness.

    Nuclearism has created
    Death Writ Large
    across the planet. This is the next gateway for our death denying culture.

    Being the only, or at least the first (on this planet) to become conscious of death, we have done everything possible to deny this reality. From Guilgamesh’s Fountain of Eternal Life, to Kryonics, and science, tiny humans have tried everything to escape the inevitability of death.

    So it is ironic, that through our very effort to escape death by whatever means we have, with the splitting of the atom, created …


    Thus proving the truism of psychoanalytic thinking:
    –That whatever we deny is bound to return, writ large to haunt us because the denied content is exactly what bars our evolution into…the next stage of continued life and growth.

    Thank you for considering this!

    • I posted above. I think your post is very important and wonder if I could repost at my blog with your name or username?

    • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

      The next stage of evolution….
      I remember as a kid when I quit reading ..science fiction..when I realized the conceptual future of man was nothing more than ..a future of bigger better guns…and death kill games with aliens.
      Oh..ya.. we wonder daily ..what will flip the switch…?
      What can be done when even the experts, the most brilliant minds on the planet in all sectors act like morons..and cowards.
      It doesn’t leave much to work with…

      • Darth

        Confusion will be the new buzzword for evolution of consciousness. Did Nature take a wrong turn in the creation of humans?

        If noticing unusual amounts of hair falling out, confusion, nose bleeds or other odd symptoms typical of radiation sickness, it might be due to the United States record high levels of radiation, now multiple times acceptable safety limits not only on the west coast, but also in other locations around the nation.

    • Darth

      …the nuclear problem is indeed a positive moment; it is the trigger for the next stage of evolution, for the evolution of consciousness.

      Nature will use these ongoing random mutations to create a devastating desolation. I like the following summary of what we can expect for those who live out the final evolution of “consciousness” on this planet. Nature took billions of years to get to humans. Now humans have forced evolution to take another course. Forcing evolution is a deadly mistake.

      We’re talking about random compulsory genetic engineering for the rest of time. And almost all mutations are deleterious. They cause diseases like cystic fibrosis, diabetes, and dwarfism – there are over 2600 genetic diseases – I could go on and on. So what we are doing is just the most ghastly experiment, not just on the human species but on 30 million other species that cohabit the planet with us. Dr. Helen Caldicott (M.D.)

      • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

        We are evolutionary failures because we insist on bending the forces of nature to our whims…
        But the forces of nature have LAWS.
        Say…like steam or electricity…these energies can be harnessed and maintained..but if the natural law is broken..
        The old stick the fork in the electrical socket theory… this law will bite us..kill us.
        And nuclear power has…

  • Alex2245

    Great article its good to see more and more people coming out against this.

    I KNOW this is off topic but this is the eighth documented report in the last 3 weeks of unmarked helicopters all over the United States.. Videos, pictures, and eyewitness reports!


  • Low Flying Helicopters Over Boston For Urban Warfare Military Exercise As Military Movements Continue To Increase…

    In the last two months we have witnessed a huge increase in military movements that have some believing that something sinister is in the works.
    Whether it be numerous black helicopters, large scale military exercises, or massive train convoys, military movements have increased tenfold.
    On August 3rd, a concerned citizen filmed multiple army helicopters taking part in a military exercise directly over the city of Boston.
    That’s right, rather then train away from civilian populations, the Army is actively involved in drills that simulate them operating against U.S. citizens.


  • WindorSolarPlease

    I don’t know what this is about. If this is about training in populated area’s, couldn’t they have warned the people?

    It’s enough to give an old person a heart attack, and scare the young kids.

    Can you imagine being in a building hearing these choppers and looking out the window at them.

    • THey are scanning the fuku radiation levels… Canada threw in the towel to start off the ” Time released information” Regarding the extremely high levels of radiation all over… well… Everything…

      Usa will soon counter with… Recent surveys show some area’s with higher than normal readings…

      Damned if you do… Damned if you don’t…

      Have fun with death within 10 years, or less…
      Leukemia is a bitch, when its all over your bodies…
      Inside and out…

      But the nrc says: “Take no precaution”. Because the silliest part is there is really nothing you can do about it can you…

      Everyone on the planet knows we needed to cap those reactors in March…

      Well its august now…

      I bet the national food / harvest’s are going to be over contaminated next year to boot.

      After the snow cover absorbs the extra elements and it all accumulates over our yards all winter… Soaking into the ground water in the spring..

      WOW. No wonder no ones talking about this main stream…

      Look only a few months down the road…



      It hits ya…

      • Oh forgot to mention the livestock accumulating it for the unforseeable future…

        The jig is up…

        Why can’t they just spill the beans???

      • WindorSolarPlease

        Hi Tacomagroove

        I don’t mind if they are scanning or doing training, just prepare the people that this is going to be done.
        Someone might think we are under attack.

        I hope you are wrong about the ten years. However, I do think you are right about the high readings in everything, even in livestock.

        Nuclear Power Plants should never have been built, they can’t control them.

      • Darth

        Scanning for radiation levels?

        This is speculation on your part.

        Could just as well be night training over populated areas.

        Too high up to be able to scan for ground radiation contamination.

  • Japan earthquake vibrations nearly reached spaceNational Geographic:
    By Physics Today on August 5, 2011 12:02 PM

    The vertical motion of the March 2011 megathrust earthquake and resulting tsunami in eastern Japan produced vibrations that affected Earth’s atmosphere—all the way up through the ionosphere. The vibrations at ground level were akin to low-frequency sound waves and didn’t travel far, writes Richard Lovett for National Geographic, but they expanded as they traveled upward through thinning air. Even at 30 000 feet, the level of commercial airline traffic, the waves from the disaster would have expanded to about three feet in amplitude and would not have been noticed by air passengers. In the ionosphere, however, the waves were amplified to thousands of times their original size, which compressed the gases therein enough to affect radio waves, such as those used for GPS. Whereas this process has been noted with other earthquakes, the waves from the Tohoku event have had the largest effect yet measured.

  • #Fukushima Emergency Task Force Refuse To Test Childs Urine for Internal Contamination



    • WindorSolarPlease

      Emergency Task Force says

      I don’t need it.

      There is a reason why, we can’t do this.

      That’s not our job

      That’s not our job at all

      That’s not our job

      What is their job?
      Who’s job is it for the protection and safety of the Children?

      Can they get their own independent testing’s?

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Why does Arnie soft shoe so much?
    The subsurface damage to the reactors has to be immense by by evidence of the plume…the corium is not lying like a pancake but fissioning …producing product.. which pictures of Chernobyll show as rather fluid is coring down…and would follow the path of least resistance.
    Arnie should tell the truth..or we will be on some Easter egg hunt going from hot spot to hot spot.
    What is the collective emissions from the reactors and the spent fuel pools?
    They are going to clean it up and take it where..?
    You assure us of a plan..but what is the plan?
    Clean up the corium….?
    Not possible…
    Its disingenuous to say we will be FINDING radiation spikes..when in fact he should say that radiation spikes are OCCURRING due to on-going fissioning.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    If they are accessing radiation levels and civilian control measures…..
    shhhhh…it’s supposed to be a secret don’t cha know….

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    It’s against the law.. you know.. to represent yourself to fellow American citizens as representatives of authority without documentation and insignia.
    NO FLAG…

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    This is American soil..what’s with the secrets?

  • Darth

    The new birth of Christ consciousness 2,000 years ago was inaugurated with the murder of the innocents. In our time the new birth of further “consciousness” is accompanied by mass murder on an Apocalyptic scale.

  • Anthony Anthony

    Assessing the Health Risks of Food Contaminated by Radiation Is an Inexact Science


    • Darth

      There are a lot of ways to die. I don’t like the idea of having to do so because I’ve been “cooked” from within.

  • StillJill StillJill

    Yeah Heart,…all I want for Christmas this year,…if we make it,..is to see Uncle Arnie go all FUKU! Just once Lord,…and I mean F U K U, spittle on the screen and all, K, God? Thanks!

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Kidding – pulling yer leg.
    Glad your back!!

    • irradiated californian

      you people are so paranoid it’s not even funny. if enenews goes down, be it because of the server or whatever, just bookmark the sources they get their stories from, this website isn’t doing anything but getting a bunch of stories from around the world and putting it into one place, if it’s too hard for you to actually go through the sources and look it up yourself, well, that’s more of a personal problem. jesus christ, if radiation doesn’t kill you your paranoia will.

      • milk and cheese milk and cheese

        Irritated Californian, this website does a lot more than that. There is good analysis and people contribute their knowledge and analyze the limited information that is available to us. You contribute nothing. You do nothing but complain. Why not ignore all the poor paranoid people here and go off and enjoy the wonderful future?

        • irradiated californian

          i see people contributing knowledge and info, and i see people who jump to conclusion. i see good analysis, and i see people trying to start panic here. i have contributed here, i post up links to the admin on articles i have found, some have been posted as threads (not taking credit as the articles i’ve posted i’m sure were turned in by others via suggestion form). i am not going to act like i know what’s going on (like many here do) just because i watch a few youtube videos or go on google and wikipedia, that isn’t going to make my analysis any better, but that is what some here do. is there anything wrong with that? no. believe what you want, i am doing exactly what you are doing, stating my opinion. just because my opinion differs from yours, doesn’t mean to single me out. i don’t think it’s going to be a wonderful future (not because of fukushima, a lot more immediate things taking place), but i’m not going to sit here and add more stress over this. i’m glad to be informed, and i am grateful for the info, but when i come across posts here that are just so…out there…it does irritate me a bit. you wonder why hardly any new people post here to give their opinions, because if it differs from the majority here, they are either looked down upon, called some stupid name, or something else. i’ve seen it happen, on multiple occasions.

  • alasanon

    FYI, Standard & Poor’s just downgraded the credit rating on the United States!! The economic implications are huge…States’ credit automatically downgraded…bonds will take a hit, the markets, our currency!

    All of these disasters…heading to the States and subtly enabled by our Govt…
    It seems like a concerted effort to take us down!! (Nazi’s trying to get even?)

  • alasanon

    Nazis/big corporate corruption/??/BushCo/Satan?

    It’s too much at once to be coincidental. People in charge are not acting in our best interests.

  • WhatNow

    And in other news

    City Resorts to Secret Dumping


    There’s this quote about the general story:

    “The Fukushima city government has not made this place known to the public, even to residents living near the area. That’s because it is the dumping site for huge amounts of radioactive sludge and dirt collected by city residents cleaning up and decontaminating their neighborhoods.”

    And this one about the citizens scooping up all this contaminated dirt:

    “The 67-year-old leader of the neighborhood association glanced at a dosimeter and said, “As we had feared, the figure has passed the (permissible) level.”

    This story illustrates how pathetic modern society’s preparedness is for nuclear powerplant disaster. You have general citizens scoping up radioactive dirt and debris with no protective gear. I wonder what their inhalation and skin absorption rates were? As the quote above illustrates just standing around the stuff maxed out their dosimeters. But, it gets better.They put the stuff in unsealed burlap bags. Anytime those things are handled they’re going to leak fine radioactive dust. Next, the authorities apparently just pick a site that’s out of sight with a low population and just dump this contaminated soil. At least it looks like the burial pit was lined with plastic. Wonder if they made sure it had no leaks? Did they prepare it so that rats and such can’t chew holes in it? Wonder if it’ll easily overflow in the next heavy rain? Wonder if they considered potential contamination of the water table in their site selection?

    I remember reading a couple of weeks ago where the solution for some radioactive debris was to burn it :-O. Even with air scrubbers, I would think that this is going to mean that some radionuclides are just being spread back into the environment. Then, as was also reported they’ve got their sludge. Which they might tell people to spread on their gardens. Come on Japan make up your minds. Do you want to spread the contamination around or do you want to concentrate it?

    Japan’s response to this disaster would be laughable, if it weren’t so tragic. By the way, I’m certain America’s response would be no better. The refusal to even acknowledge the scope of this disaster by our news media and political leadership illustrates what their response would be under similar circumstances. I can see Obama’s now with Boehner standing next to him nodding in full enthusiastic agreement. “Nuclear accident? What nuclear accident? There ain’t no stinking nuclear accident.”

  • arclight arclight

    “Japan’s response to this disaster would be laughable, if it weren’t so tragic. By the way, I’m certain America’s response would be no better. The refusal to even acknowledge the scope of this disaster by our news media and political leadership illustrates what their response would be under similar circumstances.”
    a good statement! All countries except maybe Namibia are supporting this poisoning of the children of japan…but they are an equal opportunities poisoner! So they may be coming to poison our children one day and then japan can sell us some reclaimed timber to make chairs with or maybe wooden spoons and of course no one will listen to our cries of outrage cos of …..x factor!!…it’s called the old nuclear run-around! As long as they ignore the aspect of bioaccumulation at least!
    that’s the way I see it anyway peace and goodnight peeps!

  • Anthony Anthony

    Wonder if you all saw this yet?
    Effects of Radiation from Fukushima Daiichi
    on the U.S. Marine Environment
    Eugene H. Buck
    Specialist in Natural Resources Policy


    • Pallas89juno Pallas89juno@yahoo.com

      Dear Anthony:

      I had not yet seen this. However, upon reading it, it’s clearly a disinformation piece that minimizes the risks completely through leaving out salient realities, like the multiplicity of radionuclides or that their half-lives need to be seen in orders of ten. Also bioaccumulation is very much played down in this paper. It would be interesting to know if this is actually something a congressperson would be compelled to personally read, or it would be interns and staffers. It would also be interesting to know more about the backgrounds of the authors.

    • Sickputer

      Any predictions/news articles about Fukushima fallout from April 15 fall prey to the old axiom that 15 years ago we called Netscape time. Tehcnology marches at seven-times normal speed.

      News from 4 months ago falls under those techno-dog years meaning the April 15 news is 2.3 years old today and stale indeed.

      Very few predictions for a fluid situation can withstand the test of time. Arnie gets debunked within 24 hours for some of his predictions…so fish tales from April are only suitable fodder for the feeble politicians who can’t tell time.

      You read this in one minute…technology has advanced you 7 minutes into the future. *;-)

  • James2

    Politicians must be complete idiots to accept this stuff.

    This “research paper” has no facts. No analysis. No expert opinion.

    It looks very official, however, and concludes several times that the radioactivity will not reach the US fishing grounds. Since it gives no data, and no reference to an article that concludes this (some of the referenced articles actually say the opposite) there is no basis whatsoever for that conclusion.

    However, plain as day, they conclude this. I personally would love to hear that this is the case, backed up by some reasonable research, but this piece of garbage “research” – appears to be totally made up.

    My suspicion is that this is the reason congress is not concerned. Someone has prepared a series of these “research papers” that conclude “all is well” and they can just trot out this if someone gets huffy with them.

    Interestingly You can google the authors of this document and they’ve written hundreds of articles on seafood, oceans and fishing. It seems that they would have the qualifications and ability to write an effective report.