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The conversation: Evaluating the risk of nuclear power plants

Nuclear Plant

How big a threat are nuclear power plants? Are we prepared for a nuclear meltdown should one occur? And who the heck can we trust?

Nuclear fails the test

This page takes the threat of climate change very seriously, and would be delighted if a safe, cost-effective way of producing carbon-emissions-free nuclear power were developed. Sadly, we're not there yet. Nuclear power plants are so expensive, and their risks so extreme, that private investors are reluctant to fund them even with huge government subsidies and loan guarantees. Plans to build a national repository for nuclear waste in Nevada have been shelved, meaning radioactive waste is being stockpiled at individual plants in a way that is unsustainable. And then there's the threat of a Japan-type disaster. […] The U.S. gets 20% of its electricity from nuclear plants, and many are nearing the end of their useful lives, so limited construction of new plants in inland states where the risk of natural disaster is low might be acceptable — at least if Washington ever gets a handle on the waste-storage problem. But there are more cost-effective ways of weaning the country off climate-warming fossil fuels, namely improved energy efficiency and more renewable power. In the cost-benefit analysis, nuclear doesn't add up.

--Los Angeles Times Editorial

Two cheers for nuclear safety

With what's happening in Japan, it's natural to see renewed concern about the safety of nuclear power and I'm certainly glad we didn't vote for the candidate who dismissed the idea that nuclear energy ought to be safe. But I do think it’s worth speaking up for a nuclear industry a bit. The question is safe compared to what? The Alaskan king crab fishery is very dangerous, but it's safer than a couple of other forms of fishing. And by the same token, it’s hardly the case that coal mining or drilling for oil or risk-free alternatives.

--Think Progress via The Week

Talk about a meltdown

[T]he "radiation clouds" released thus far at the Fukushima No. 1 (Daiichi) facility have the equivalent of a single dental X-ray before they quickly dissipate, nuclear power expert William Tucker noted in the Wall Street Journal. […] The damaged reactors are ruined, but so what? Cars are designed to be ruined after a major accident too. We routinely, and wisely, trade salvageability for survivability. Few skyscrapers in the United States can withstand a 9.0 earthquake — should we stop making tall buildings? The lesson here just might be that the earthquake proved the system worked, not that it failed.

--Jonah Goldberg, Los Angeles Times

What can we believe? Who should we trust?

I couldn't help but think about the promises made by an industry that for decades has peddled nuclear energy as clean, reliable, safe and (in recent years) even climate-friendly -- reassurances that literally exploded before our very eyes. While watching CNN International's earthquake coverage on Sunday morning, I thought about the fundamental disconnect between what we were seeing, and what the authorities were telling us.

--Kelly Rigg, Huffington Post

Nuclear power is worth the risk; the industry must establish trust with the public

When it comes to safety, the nuclear industry emphasizes the concept of "defense in depth." Reactors are designed with layers of redundant safety systems. There's the main cooling system, a backup to it, a backup to the backup, a backup to the backup to the backup, and so on. A major accident can only occur if all these systems fail simultaneously. By adding extra layers of redundancy, the probability of such a catastrophic failure can -- in theory at least -- be made too small to worry about. […] It is vital the nuclear industry does not make the same mistake now. It must not try to sweep safety issues under the carpet by telling people that everything is OK and that they should not worry. This strategy simply won't work. What might work is to acknowledge the problem and work to fix it.

--James M. Acton, Foreign Policy

Preparation is key

Despite pressure from Congress, the Obama administration has declined to overturn a Bush era directive to supply the pills within a 10-mile radius of a nuclear plant rather than 20. The policy emphasized evacuation, avoiding local foods and other measures in addition to iodine. […]

"The Japanese nuclear crisis is already worse than the Three Mile Island accident and is clearly the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl,” [Rep. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass.] wrote Monday to Dr. John Holdren, the director of White House science and technology policy. “We should not wait for a catastrophic accident at or a terrorist attack on a nuclear reactor in this country to occur to implement this common-sense preparedness measure."

--Jeremy Borden, PaperTrail

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Public Advocate

Nuclear fission energy is too dirty, too dangerous and too costly. The U.S. Government provides substantial subsidies for the nuclear energy industry, particularly the Price-Anderson Act which effectively caps the industry’s liability in the event of a catastrophic failure. The total benefit of this corporate welfare is estimated to be over $237 Million dollars annually. The industry would not be possible without massive tax payer support.

From cradle to grave, nuclear material is a nightmare for the environment. Uranium mining is particularly toxic. Radioactive waste from the nuclear energy industry remains toxic and deadly for a minimum of 10,000 years which is longer than the recorded history of man. How will the nuclear energy industry prevent this toxic waste from entering groundwater and the food chain, which is already happening, for thousands of years? They don’t have a practical solution. The waste problem is reason alone to kill the industry. Nukes are not clean or green.

Nuclear weapons and nuclear energy have been joined at the hip since day one. They both depend on uranium mining for nuclear material. Nuclear weapons proliferation will continue until its logical and horrible conclusion as long as the fission industry continues to pave the way. Iran and North Korea are only the latest examples of rouge states using the cover of nuclear energy to develop weapons. In addition, terrorists, more than ever before, can acquire nuclear weapons because of out of control proliferation. Failing on that front, terrorists can build dirty bombs, using radioactive waste or materials, which are infinitely more destructive than conventional bombs. And of course, nuclear power plants are bulls eye targets for terrorists. You say it’s never happened before? No one ever flew a jet airliner into a building before either.

America’s energy future must come from policies that are dedicated to conservation, efficiency and clean energy production from renewable sources. In this manner, we can avoid energy wars, protect the environment and grow our economy.

Tim Havens

Why are reporters so quick to jump on the emergency-negatives almost always AFTER THE FACT?!

Where has the investigative media been while government, and large corporations go about forcing these overwhelming risks upon us? Where were the information bullets, and timely outrage as all of this built up?

If Corporate Owned Mass Media was informed of these grave dangers why didn't they put this information out until all we saw on the news each night was another spent fuel rod being placed in a holding pond?

My feeling is that Corporate Media, predominantly owned and operated by some of these very same Corporations who are involved in 'sketchy' energy programs is as much at fault as those Money Grubbing politicians, and their corporate task-masters.

Corporate Mass Media is as much at fault as anyone else in our global demise.

Time and again Media is failing the people of the world, allowing Corporations and their Government lackey's to continue the pillaging and raping of the Earth and it's citizens.

Why is Media almost always doing too little too late? Because most of this drivel is reactionary! Media isn't investigating, and presenting information. My speculation is that the owners of Mass Media generally are in the same pockets as our 'trusted' Government.

What a Ruse.

naksuthin

Nuclear Power plant cannot be built without huge taxpayer subsidies AND government loan guarantees.

Investors are not willing to take the risk without taxpayers stepping in to guarantee they won't lose their shirt if things go wrong.

It's just like the bank bailout scheme. Banks get to make risky bad decisions and the taxpayer gets to bail them out when they fail. How perfect.

If private investors won't bankroll a nuclear power plant on their own...why should taxpayers be asked to foot the bill?

If the nuclear industry wants to build more nuclear power plants, let them come up with the money themselves.

I'm stunned that many of the same politicians who demand that the federal government keep it's nose out of private businesses, actually advocate for more government assistance and loan guarantees for nuclear energy companies

No more "welfare" or "farm subsidies" for nuclear energy.

CHRIS and YAN

I THINK THAT THERE HAS BEEN ALOT OF CONFLICTING INFORMATION AND DOWN PLAY IN THE INTERNATIONAL MEDIA TO PUBLIC BEING INFORMED ABOUT THE SERIOUS DANGERS THAT CAN BE CAUSED BY RADIATION EXPOSURE PRESENTLY IN THE MEDIA AND THE REAL THREAT THAT IT PRESENTLY POSES TO JAPANS POPULATED AREAS, SURROUNDING COUNTRIES AND ENVIRONMENT FROM RADIATION LEAKAGE AND A POTENTUAL MELTDOWN AT THE FUKUSHIMA DAIICCHI NUCLEAR FACILITY CRIPPLED BY THE MAGNITUDE 9 EARTHQUAKE and TSUNAMI THAT STRUCK THE JAPANS NORTHERN COAST ON FRIDAY !! I THINK THAT THESE HORRIFIC CHAIN OF EVENTS CAUSED BY THE MAGNITUDE 9 EATHQUAKE and TSUNAMI HAVE LEFT THE PEOPLE of NORTHERN JAPAN VICTIM TO THE CATASTROPHIC EVENTS OF LAST FRIDAYS NATURAL DISASTER HEARTBROKEN ,HOMELESS AND FULL OF GRIEF AND UNCERTAINTY ABOUT THE FUTURE AS THE WORLD WATCHES HORRIFIED AS FURTHER DIFFICULTIES UNFOLD ON TELEVISIONS AND COMPUTER SCREENS ACROSS THE WORLD WIDE WEB. THIS TERRIBBLE and TRAGIC LOSS OF LIFE AND INFO-STRUCTURE HAS LEFT FAMILIES and ENTIRE COMMUNITIES DESTROYED and SHATTERED CURRENTLY FACING UNCERTAINTY OF FURTHER THREATS OF POSSIBLE HUMAN RADIOACTIVE EXPOSURE or IRREVERSIBLE LONG TERM ENVIOREMENTAL CONTAMINATION TO THE AREAS THEY HAVE KNOWN AS HOME ,PLACES THAT HAS BEEN SWEPT AWAY ,TOWNS and COMMUNITIES OF THOUSANDS LOST FOREVER NEVER TO RETURN AGAIN !! AS A PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE IN THE EVENT OF A LEVEL 7 NUCLEAR EVENT THE GOVERNMENT HAS DISTRIBUATED POTASSIUM IODINE ALSO KNOWN AS “K.I.” TO QUAKE SURVIVORS , HOWEVER THIS IS NOT REALLY AN EFFECTIVE ANTI-RADIATION DRUG ,IT CAN BE SOMEWHAT EFFECTIVE HELP TO PROTECT THE THYROID GLAND AGAINST THE DEVELOPEMENT OF THYROID CANCER IN THE EVENT OF THE INHALATION OF RADIOACTIVE PARTICLES BUT IN TRUTH IT DOES NOT PROTECT THE BODY AGAINTS EXPOSURE OR OTHER ORGANS AGAINST RADIOACTIVE CONTAMINATES IN THE AIR AND EXPOSURE THAT CAN CONTAMINATE THE SURROUNDING ENVIOREMENT NOR CAN IT PROTECT INDIVIDUALS OR SAFE GUARD THEM AGAINST INGESTION or CONSUMPTION OF ANY RADIOACTIVELY CONTAMINATED FOOD PRODUCTS SUCH AS DAIRY PRODUCE,LOCALLY HARVESTED VEGETABLES, MARINE LIFE OR THE CONSUMPTION OF ANY LIVESTOCK EXPOSED TO RADIOACTIVE PARTICLES RELEASED INTO THE ENVIOREMENT. OVER THE PAST SEVERAL YEAR THE PLANET HAS EXPERIENCED AN EVER INCREASING NUMBER OF NATURAL DISASTERS FROM LARGE SCALE EARTHQUAKES, DEVASTATING LAND SLIDES , MASSIVE FLOODS ,ENORMOUS FOREST FIRES TO WIDESPREAD DROUGHT. WE ARE ALL HUMAN.MORTAL WE SHARE THIS PLANET, THE SAME SPACE AND TIME AND LIFE TO EACH OF US IS SO VERY IS PRECIOUS IN FACT IT PRICELESS !! SO I SUGGEST PERHAPS THAT THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY THROUGH THE G20 EFFECTIVELY SET UP AN HIGHLY TRAINED INTERNATIONAL RAPID RESPONSE TEAM CONSISTING OF MILITARY TRAINED MEDICAL EXPERTS IN BOTH SEARCH AND RESCUE FROM EACH COUNTRY WITH INTERNATIONAL CLEARENCE THAT CAN BE OFF THE GROUND AND IN THE AIR WITH-IN 20 MINUTES WHEN DISASTER STRIKES ANYWHERE ON THE PLANET IN ORDER TO MAXZIMIZE ON THE 72 HOUR WINDOW OF OPPURTUNITY THAT IS SO CRUCIAL IN SEARCH AND RESCUE WHEN IT COMES TO SAVING LIVES !! I THINK THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT BECAUSE THROUGH WORKING EFFECTIVELY TOGETHER IN AN PLANNED ORGANIZED CO-OPERTIVE AND SKILLED MANNER WE CAN HELP SAVE LIVES, SOLVE PROBLEMS AND OVER COME ANY MAJOR DIFFICULTIES AND CHALLENGES THAT WE MAY ALL BE FACED WITH AS A PLANET IN THE FUTURE AS A RESULT THROUGH WORKING TOGETHER WE MAY ALL FIND SOME COMMON GROUND ,THE ONE THAT’S HUMAIN AND LINKS US ALL TOGETHER !!FURTHER MORE IN A TIME WHEN MOST OF THE INTERNATIONAL CIVILAN SOCIETY IS VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE POTENSIAL DANGERS OF RADIOACTIVE EXPOSURE AND CONTAMINATION PRESENTLY FACING JAPAN IF THE CURRENT OVER HEATING OF THE NUCLEAR REACTORS AT THE FUKUSHIMA DAIICCHI NUCLEAR FACILITY ARE NOT COOLED DOWN AND PROPERLY CONTAINED !! I FUTHER THINK THAT AT THIS PRESENT TIME THE INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SHOULD BE CONCERNED AND ALSO BE ADDRESSING THE THE INTERNATIONAL CONCERN THROUGHOUT THE WORLD IN REGARDS TO THE VERY LARGE AND EVER INCREASING STOCK PILES OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS THAT MANY COUNTRIES HAVE BUILT UP SINCE THE END OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR FOR DEFENCE AND MILITARY PURPOSES "THE ARMS RACE" DURING THE "COLD WAR" CREATED HUGE STOCK PILES OF THESE HORRIBLE NUCLEAR WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION THAT COULD EVENTUALLY ONE DAY LEAVE OR PLANET DESOLUTE ,UNRECONIZABLE ,UNINHABITABLE AND VOID OF LIFE FOR ALL ETERNITY !! THESE WEAPONS WHERE DESIGNED FOR DEFENSE PURPOSES TO DESTROY THE ENEMY KILLING THE MASSES IN THE EVENT OF A NUCLEAR WAR , FIRST BY THE ATOMIC BLAST WHEN DETONATED ,SECOND BY THE RADIOACTIVE FALL OUT CREATED BY THE RELEASE OF RADIOACTIVE ATOMIC PARTICLES INTO THE ATMOSPHERE !!I THINK NOW THAT THE COLD WAR HAS COME TO AN END WE MUST INTERNATIONALLY RETHINK OUR POSITION WHEN IT COMES TO THESE HUGE STOCK PILES OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND THE GLOBAL THREAT THEY POSE TO HUMANITY ,THE DEVASTATION THEY COULD RELEASE UPON ALL OF MANKIND IF EVER USED IS TOO HORRIFIC TO IMAGINE FOR IT WOULD MEAN THE END OF US ALL!!WE ARE ALL HUMAN REGARDLESS OF OUR RACE,RELIGION,POLITICS.... WE LIVE UPON THIS PLANET ,THE TIME HAS COME IN THIS NEW MILLENIUM FOR US TO ALL LEARN HOW TO ALL GET ALONG THROUGH PEACEFUL MUTUALLY BENIFICIAL CO-OPERATION ,UNDERSTANDING,INNOVATIVE THINKING FAIRNESS ,KINDNESS AND ACTION… IN ORDER TO BEGIN A NEW AGE OF INTERNATIONAL AGE OF CO-OPERATION THAT WILL OPEN CLOSED DOORS TO CHANGE THIS ROAD WE'RE ALL ON AND STOP THINKING THIS IS THE END “ NO MORE CHICKEN LITTLE” BUT INSTEAD CREATE A NEW BEGINNING WHERE WE CAN ALL WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE THIS PLANET A MUCH BETTER PLACE STARTING TODAY ,ONE WE CAN ALL BE PROUD OFTO GIVE TO THE NEXT GENERATION AND OUR CHILDRENS CHILDREN FOR CENTURIES TO COME ,AFTER ALL WE ARE ALL HUMAN AT LEAST I HOPE WE STILL ARE DON’T YOU !!

CHRIS and YAN

I THINK THAT THERE HAS BEEN ALOT OF CONFLICTING INFORMATION AND DOWN PLAY TO PUBLIC BEING INFORMED ABOUT THE SERIOUS DANGERS THAT CAN BE CAUSED BY RADIATION EXPOSURE PRESENTLY IN THE MEDIA AND THE REAL THREAT THAT IT PRESENTLY POSES TO JAPANS POPULATED AREAS, SURROUNDING COUNTRIES AND ENVIRONMENT FROM RADIATION LEAKAGE AND A POTENTUAL MELTDOWN AT THE FUKUSHIMA DAIICCHI NUCLEAR FACILITY CRIPPLED BY THE MAGNITUDE 9 EARTHQUAKE and TSUNAMI THAT STRUCK THE JAPANS NORTHERN COAST ON FRIDAY !! I THINK THAT THESE HORRIFIC CHAIN OF EVENTS CAUSED BY THE MAGNITUDE 9 EATHQUAKE and TSUNAMI HAVE LEFT THE PEOPLE of NORTHERN JAPAN VICTIM TO THE CATASTROPHIC EVENTS OF LAST FRIDAYS NATURAL DISASTER HEARTBROKEN ,HOMELESS AND FULL OF GRIEF AND UNCERTAINTY ABOUT THE FUTURE AS THE WORLD WATCHES HORRIFIED AS FURTHER DIFFICULTIES UNFOLD ON TELEVISIONS AND COMPUTER SCREENS ACROSS THE WORLD WIDE WEB. THIS TERRIBBLE and TRAGIC LOSS OF LIFE AND INFO-STRUCTURE HAS LEFT FAMILIES and ENTIRE COMMUNITIES DESTROYED and SHATTERED CURRENTLY FACING UNCERTAINTY OF FURTHER THREATS OF POSSIBLE HUMAN RADIOACTIVE EXPOSURE or IRREVERSIBLE LONG TERM ENVIOREMENTAL CONTAMINATION TO THE AREAS THEY HAVE KNOWN AS HOME ,PLACES THAT HAS BEEN SWEPT AWAY ,TOWNS and COMMUNITIES OF THOUSANDS LOST FOREVER NEVER TO RETURN AGAIN !! AS A PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE IN THE EVENT OF A LEVEL 7 NUCLEAR EVENT THE GOVERNMENT HAS DISTRIBUATED POTASSIUM IODINE ALSO KNOWN AS “K.I.” TO QUAKE SURVIVORS , HOWEVER THIS IS NOT REALLY AN EFFECTIVE ANTI-RADIATION DRUG ,IT CAN BE SOMEWHAT EFFECTIVE HELP TO PROTECT THE THYROID GLAND AGAINST THE DEVELOPEMENT OF THYROID CANCER IN THE EVENT OF THE INHALATION OF RADIOACTIVE PARTICLES BUT IN TRUTH IT DOES NOT PROTECT THE BODY AGAINTS EXPOSURE OR OTHER ORGANS AGAINST RADIOACTIVE CONTAMINATES IN THE AIR AND EXPOSURE THAT CAN CONTAMINATE THE SURROUNDING ENVIOREMENT NOR CAN IT PROTECT INDIVIDUALS OR SAFE GUARD THEM AGAINST INGESTION or CONSUMPTION OF ANY RADIOACTIVELY CONTAMINATED FOOD PRODUCTS SUCH AS DAIRY PRODUCE,LOCALLY HARVESTED VEGETABLES, MARINE LIFE OR THE CONSUMPTION OF ANY LIVESTOCK EXPOSED TO RADIOACTIVE PARTICLES RELEASED INTO THE ENVIOREMENT. OVER THE PAST SEVERAL YEAR THE PLANET HAS EXPERIENCED AN EVER INCREASING NUMBER OF NATURAL DISASTERS FROM LARGE SCALE EARTHQUAKES, DEVASTATING LAND SLIDES , MASSIVE FLOODS ,ENORMOUS FOREST FIRES TO WIDESPREAD DROUGHT. WE ARE ALL HUMAN.MORTAL WE SHARE THIS PLANET, THE SAME SPACE AND TIME AND LIFE TO EACH OF US IS SO VERY IS PRECIOUS IN FACT IT PRICELESS !! SO I SUGGEST PERHAPS THAT THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY THROUGH THE G20 EFFECTIVELY SET UP AN HIGHLY TRAINED INTERNATIONAL RAPID RESPONSE TEAM CONSISTING OF MILITARY TRAINED MEDICAL EXPERTS IN BOTH SEARCH AND RESCUE FROM EACH COUNTRY WITH INTERNATIONAL CLEARENCE THAT CAN BE OFF THE GROUND AND IN THE AIR WITH-IN 20 MINUTES WHEN DISASTER STRIKES ANYWHERE ON THE PLANET IN ORDER TO MAXZIMIZE ON THE 72 HOUR WINDOW OF OPPURTUNITY THAT IS SO CRUCIAL IN SEARCH AND RESCUE WHEN IT COMES TO SAVING LIVES !! I THINK THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT BECAUSE THROUGH WORKING EFFECTIVELY TOGETHER IN AN PLANNED ORGANIZED CO-OPERTIVE AND SKILLED MANNER WE CAN HELP SAVE LIVES, SOLVE PROBLEMS AND OVER COME ANY MAJOR DIFFICULTIES AND CHALLENGES THAT WE MAY ALL BE FACED WITH AS A PLANET IN THE FUTURE AS A RESULT THROUGH WORKING TOGETHER WE MAY ALL FIND SOME COMMON GROUND ,THE ONE THAT’S HUMAIN AND LINKS US ALL TOGETHER !!FURTHER MORE IN A TIME WHEN MOST OF THE INTERNATIONAL CIVILAN SOCIETY IS VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE POTENSIAL DANGERS OF RADIOACTIVE EXPOSURE AND CONTAMINATION PRESENTLY FACING JAPAN IF THE CURRENT OVER HEATING OF THE NUCLEAR REACTORS AT THE FUKUSHIMA DAIICCHI NUCLEAR FACILITY ARE NOT COOLED DOWN AND PROPERLY CONTAINED !! I FUTHER THINK THAT AT THIS PRESENT TIME THE INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SHOULD BE CONCERNED AND ALSO BE ADDRESSING THE THE INTERNATIONAL CONCERN THROUGHOUT THE WORLD IN REGARDS TO THE VERY LARGE AND EVER INCREASING STOCK PILES OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS THAT MANY COUNTRIES HAVE BUILT UP SINCE THE END OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR FOR DEFENCE AND MILITARY PURPOSES "THE ARMS RACE" DURING THE "COLD WAR" CREATED HUGE STOCK PILES OF THESE HORRIBLE NUCLEAR WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION THAT COULD EVENTUALLY ONE DAY LEAVE OR PLANET DESOLUTE ,UNRECONIZABLE ,UNINHABITABLE AND VOID OF LIFE FOR ALL ETERNITY !! THESE WEAPONS WHERE DESIGNED FOR DEFENSE PURPOSES TO DESTROY THE ENEMY KILLING THE MASSES IN THE EVENT OF A NUCLEAR WAR , FIRST BY THE ATOMIC BLAST WHEN DETONATED ,SECOND BY THE RADIOACTIVE FALL OUT CREATED BY THE RELEASE OF RADIOACTIVE ATOMIC PARTICLES INTO THE ATMOSPHERE !!I THINK NOW THAT THE COLD WAR HAS COME TO AN END WE MUST INTERNATIONALLY RETHINK OUR POSITION WHEN IT COMES TO THESE HUGE STOCK PILES OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND THE GLOBAL THREAT THEY POSE TO HUMANITY ,THE DEVASTATION THEY COULD RELEASE UPON ALL OF MANKIND IF EVER USED IS TOO HORRIFIC TO IMAGINE FOR IT WOULD MEAN THE END OF US ALL!!WE ARE ALL HUMAN REGARDLESS OF OUR RACE,RELIGION,POLITICS.... WE LIVE UPON THIS PLANET ,THE TIME HAS COME IN THIS NEW MILLENIUM FOR US TO ALL LEARN HOW TO ALL GET ALONG THROUGH PEACEFUL MUTUALLY BENIFICIAL CO-OPERATION ,UNDERSTANDING,INNOVATIVE THINKING FAIRNESS ,KINDNESS AND ACTION… IN ORDER TO BEGIN A NEW AGE OF INTERNATIONAL AGE OF CO-OPERATION THAT WILL OPEN CLOSED DOORS TO CHANGE THIS ROAD WE'RE ALL ON AND STOP THINKING THIS IS THE END “ NO MORE CHICKEN LITTLE” BUT INSTEAD CREATE A NEW BEGINNING WHERE WE CAN ALL WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE THIS PLANET A MUCH BETTER PLACE STARTING TODAY ,ONE WE CAN ALL BE PROUD OFTO GIVE TO THE NEXT GENERATION AND OUR CHILDRENS CHILDREN FOR CENTURIES TO COME ,AFTER ALL WE ARE ALL HUMAN AT LEAST I HOPE WE STILL ARE DON’T YOU !!

CHRIS and YAN

I THINK THAT THERE HAS BEEN ALOT OF CONFLICTING INFORMATION AND DOWN PLAY IN THE INTERNATIONAL MEDIA TO PUBLIC BEING INFORMED ABOUT THE SERIOUS DANGERS THAT CAN BE CAUSED BY RADIATION EXPOSURE PRESENTLY IN THE MEDIA AND THE REAL THREAT THAT IT PRESENTLY POSES TO JAPANS POPULATED AREAS, SURROUNDING COUNTRIES AND ENVIRONMENT FROM RADIATION LEAKAGE AND A POTENTUAL MELTDOWN AT THE FUKUSHIMA DAIICCHI NUCLEAR FACILITY CRIPPLED BY THE MAGNITUDE 9 EARTHQUAKE and TSUNAMI THAT STRUCK THE JAPANS NORTHERN COAST ON FRIDAY !! I THINK THAT THESE HORRIFIC CHAIN OF EVENTS CAUSED BY THE MAGNITUDE 9 EATHQUAKE and TSUNAMI HAVE LEFT THE PEOPLE of NORTHERN JAPAN VICTIM TO THE CATASTROPHIC EVENTS OF LAST FRIDAYS NATURAL DISASTER HEARTBROKEN ,HOMELESS AND FULL OF GRIEF AND UNCERTAINTY ABOUT THE FUTURE AS THE WORLD WATCHES HORRIFIED AS FURTHER DIFFICULTIES UNFOLD ON TELEVISIONS AND COMPUTER SCREENS ACROSS THE WORLD WIDE WEB. THIS TERRIBBLE and TRAGIC LOSS OF LIFE AND INFO-STRUCTURE HAS LEFT FAMILIES and ENTIRE COMMUNITIES DESTROYED and SHATTERED CURRENTLY FACING UNCERTAINTY OF FURTHER THREATS OF POSSIBLE HUMAN RADIOACTIVE EXPOSURE or IRREVERSIBLE LONG TERM ENVIOREMENTAL CONTAMINATION TO THE AREAS THEY HAVE KNOWN AS HOME ,PLACES THAT HAS BEEN SWEPT AWAY ,TOWNS and COMMUNITIES OF THOUSANDS LOST FOREVER NEVER TO RETURN AGAIN !! AS A PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE IN THE EVENT OF A LEVEL 7 NUCLEAR EVENT THE GOVERNMENT HAS DISTRIBUATED POTASSIUM IODINE ALSO KNOWN AS “K.I.” TO QUAKE SURVIVORS , HOWEVER THIS IS NOT REALLY AN EFFECTIVE ANTI-RADIATION DRUG ,IT CAN BE SOMEWHAT EFFECTIVE HELP TO PROTECT THE THYROID GLAND AGAINST THE DEVELOPEMENT OF THYROID CANCER IN THE EVENT OF THE INHALATION OF RADIOACTIVE PARTICLES BUT IN TRUTH IT DOES NOT PROTECT THE BODY AGAINTS EXPOSURE OR OTHER ORGANS AGAINST RADIOACTIVE CONTAMINATES IN THE AIR AND EXPOSURE THAT CAN CONTAMINATE THE SURROUNDING ENVIOREMENT NOR CAN IT PROTECT INDIVIDUALS OR SAFE GUARD THEM AGAINST INGESTION or CONSUMPTION OF ANY RADIOACTIVELY CONTAMINATED FOOD PRODUCTS SUCH AS DAIRY PRODUCE,LOCALLY HARVESTED VEGETABLES, MARINE LIFE OR THE CONSUMPTION OF ANY LIVESTOCK EXPOSED TO RADIOACTIVE PARTICLES RELEASED INTO THE ENVIOREMENT. OVER THE PAST SEVERAL YEAR THE PLANET HAS EXPERIENCED AN EVER INCREASING NUMBER OF NATURAL DISASTERS FROM LARGE SCALE EARTHQUAKES, DEVASTATING LAND SLIDES , MASSIVE FLOODS ,ENORMOUS FOREST FIRES TO WIDESPREAD DROUGHT. WE ARE ALL HUMAN.MORTAL WE SHARE THIS PLANET, THE SAME SPACE AND TIME AND LIFE TO EACH OF US IS SO VERY IS PRECIOUS IN FACT IT PRICELESS !! SO I SUGGEST PERHAPS THAT THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY THROUGH THE G20 EFFECTIVELY SET UP AN HIGHLY TRAINED INTERNATIONAL RAPID RESPONSE TEAM CONSISTING OF MILITARY TRAINED MEDICAL EXPERTS IN BOTH SEARCH AND RESCUE FROM EACH COUNTRY WITH INTERNATIONAL CLEARENCE THAT CAN BE OFF THE GROUND AND IN THE AIR WITH-IN 20 MINUTES WHEN DISASTER STRIKES ANYWHERE ON THE PLANET IN ORDER TO MAXZIMIZE ON THE 72 HOUR WINDOW OF OPPURTUNITY THAT IS SO CRUCIAL IN SEARCH AND RESCUE WHEN IT COMES TO SAVING LIVES !! I THINK THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT BECAUSE THROUGH WORKING EFFECTIVELY TOGETHER IN AN PLANNED ORGANIZED CO-OPERTIVE AND SKILLED MANNER WE CAN HELP SAVE LIVES, SOLVE PROBLEMS AND OVER COME ANY MAJOR DIFFICULTIES AND CHALLENGES THAT WE MAY ALL BE FACED WITH AS A PLANET IN THE FUTURE AS A RESULT THROUGH WORKING TOGETHER WE MAY ALL FIND SOME COMMON GROUND ,THE ONE THAT’S HUMAIN AND LINKS US ALL TOGETHER !!FURTHER MORE IN A TIME WHEN MOST OF THE INTERNATIONAL CIVILAN SOCIETY IS VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE POTENSIAL DANGERS OF RADIOACTIVE EXPOSURE AND CONTAMINATION PRESENTLY FACING JAPAN IF THE CURRENT OVER HEATING OF THE NUCLEAR REACTORS AT THE FUKUSHIMA DAIICCHI NUCLEAR FACILITY ARE NOT COOLED DOWN AND PROPERLY CONTAINED !! I FUTHER THINK THAT AT THIS PRESENT TIME THE INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SHOULD BE CONCERNED AND ALSO BE ADDRESSING THE THE INTERNATIONAL CONCERN THROUGHOUT THE WORLD IN REGARDS TO THE VERY LARGE AND EVER INCREASING STOCK PILES OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS THAT MANY COUNTRIES HAVE BUILT UP SINCE THE END OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR FOR DEFENCE AND MILITARY PURPOSES "THE ARMS RACE" DURING THE "COLD WAR" CREATED HUGE STOCK PILES OF THESE HORRIBLE NUCLEAR WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION THAT COULD EVENTUALLY ONE DAY LEAVE OR PLANET DESOLUTE ,UNRECONIZABLE ,UNINHABITABLE AND VOID OF LIFE FOR ALL ETERNITY !! THESE WEAPONS WHERE DESIGNED FOR DEFENSE PURPOSES TO DESTROY THE ENEMY KILLING THE MASSES IN THE EVENT OF A NUCLEAR WAR , FIRST BY THE ATOMIC BLAST WHEN DETONATED ,SECOND BY THE RADIOACTIVE FALL OUT CREATED BY THE RELEASE OF RADIOACTIVE ATOMIC PARTICLES INTO THE ATMOSPHERE !!I THINK NOW THAT THE COLD WAR HAS COME TO AN END WE MUST INTERNATIONALLY RETHINK OUR POSITION WHEN IT COMES TO THESE HUGE STOCK PILES OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND THE GLOBAL THREAT THEY POSE TO HUMANITY ,THE DEVASTATION THEY COULD RELEASE UPON ALL OF MANKIND IF EVER USED IS TOO HORRIFIC TO IMAGINE FOR IT WOULD MEAN THE END OF US ALL!!WE ARE ALL HUMAN REGARDLESS OF OUR RACE,RELIGION,POLITICS.... WE LIVE UPON THIS PLANET ,THE TIME HAS COME IN THIS NEW MILLENIUM FOR US TO ALL LEARN HOW TO ALL GET ALONG THROUGH PEACEFUL MUTUALLY BENIFICIAL CO-OPERATION ,UNDERSTANDING,INNOVATIVE THINKING FAIRNESS ,KINDNESS AND ACTION… IN ORDER TO BEGIN A NEW AGE OF INTERNATIONAL AGE OF CO-OPERATION THAT WILL OPEN CLOSED DOORS TO CHANGE THIS ROAD WE'RE ALL ON AND STOP THINKING THIS IS THE END “ NO MORE CHICKEN LITTLE” BUT INSTEAD CREATE A NEW BEGINNING WHERE WE CAN ALL WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE THIS PLANET A MUCH BETTER PLACE STARTING TODAY ,ONE WE CAN ALL BE PROUD OFTO GIVE TO THE NEXT GENERATION AND OUR CHILDRENS CHILDREN FOR CENTURIES TO COME ,AFTER ALL WE ARE ALL HUMAN AT LEAST I HOPE WE STILL ARE DON’T YOU !!


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The Opinion L.A. blog is the work of Los Angeles Times Editorial Board membersNicholas Goldberg, Robert Greene, Carla Hall, Jon Healey, Sandra Hernandez, Karin Klein, Michael McGough, Jim Newton and Dan Turner. Columnists Patt Morrison and Doyle McManus also write for the blog, as do Letters editor Paul Thornton, copy chief Paul Whitefield and senior web producer Alexandra Le Tellier.



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