The nuclear meltdown at Fukushima in 2011
will keep contaminating the world for thousands of years.
Just one meltdown was enough to contaminate the entire Pacific Ocean!
Radioactive materials from the meltdown
are now being detected off the coast of California.
The greatest danger to health is from
eating seafood from the contaminated area.
Cancer will occur at a substantially higher rate
among people who eat contaminated seafood,
and who live anywhere near Fukushima.
Much of Japan is contaminated above levels
that have led Russian officials to declare areas near Chernobyl
Japan is trying to pretend that everything has gone back to normal.
This is partly due to Japanese culture,
which demands that everyone conform to whatever is called normal,
and partly to not scare away tourists from
coming to see the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
If just one meltdown is enough to cause all these problems, consider how much of a global disaster it would be
to have 440 Fukushimas! That actually could happen!
A coronal mass ejection from the Sun,
(like the one that happened in 2000, but was not pointed at the Earth)
or the EMP (electro magnetic pulse)
from nuclear bombs detonated above the atmosphere
by rogue states like Iran or North Korea
would cause the permanent destruction of
the power generation system's generators and transformers.
The reactors at the world's 440 nuclear power stations
would automatically shut down,
and the backup cooling systems (powered by diesel motors)
would automatically turn on
to keep the reactors from melting down.
(Even when a reactor is shut down,
it still produces enough heat to cause a meltdown
if there is no cooling system functioning.
That's what happened at Fukushima.)
But, if the power grid is destroyed,
oil refineries would be unable to produce the fuel needed
to keep the backup cooling systems running,
and transportation systems would be unable to
transport diesel fuel to the power stations.
In a few weeks, the backup cooling systems would run out of fuel,
and all 440 nuclear power stations around the world
would melt down like Fukushima!
The whole world would become uninhabitable!
This problem can be fixed.
And it's not necessary to dismantle all the reactors.
Here's how to do it:
Install with every reactor a small turbine/generator set
that would be powered by the heat
still given off by the shut down reactor.
Use the power generated by those sets
to control the reactors and provide additional cooling as needed.
Make the system redundant.
Install four turbine/generator sets for each reactor,
such that any two of the four sets would provide enough cooling
to keep the reactor permanently safe.
Also, nuclear reactors are always housed in a containment vessel
that is easily strong enough to resist any kind of terrorist attack.
(Reinforced concrete, six feet thick.)
The control rooms and turbines and
generators and auxiliary cooling systems
are NOT housed in such sturdy structures.
All those systems are essential to
the safety and functioning of the reactors! All those systems need to be hardened and protected! NOW!
That should have been done years ago!
Certainly after 9-11!
Why do these things not get done?
Why is the whole world left exposed to such deadly dangers?
Because politicians think only in political terms.
If there's not some lobbying organization
bribing politicians to pass some legislation,
most politicians refuse to acknowledge that the issue even exists!
Most politicians are NOT public servants!
Most politicians do NOT care about the public's well-being, or even survival! Most politicians care ONLY about keeping that lobbyist money flowing in!
Most politicians are NOT leaders!
Most politicians are just tools;
they are implements of someone else's agenda!
This might be the best thing about
the new leadership we now have in D.C.
Someone who actually thinks about what people need,
instead of just about how people can be manipulated to gain more power!
Such leaders are WAAAYYYY too rare in government!
We need to act NOW, while we have one of those rare leaders in power!
We need to get the nuclear power stations made safe!
And we need to get the power grid protected!
) That should have already been completed by now!
Five years ago, Congress held hearings about that threat
and about how to protect against it.
(Install giant vacuum tubes between every generator and transformer
and the power lines leading from them.) For the cost of one B-2 bomber,
our whole country could have been made secure!
The House passed the SHIELD Act unanimously!
And then the Democrats blocked the Senate
from even considering the bill!
If ever there was a threat to public safety, this is it!
Fixing these problems now is easily affordable!
Waiting until these problems manifest
would cost humanity everything! Protect the power grid,
and make the ENTIRE nuclear power stations secure! NOW!