Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Two Excellent Reads on Nuclear Insanity


James Heddle, March 22, 2016 Plutonium Pie in the Sky: the Dangerous Delusion of New Nukes Counterpunch, http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/03/22/plutonium-pie-in-the-sky-the-dangerous-delusion-of-new-nukes/

[excerpted] Barak Obama began his presidency with the celebrated April 5, 2009 Prague Speech in which he stated “…clearly and with conviction America’s commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons….”  In practice Obama has not only re-invigorated nuclear weapons development, but embraced an ‘all of the above’ energy policy including heavy investments in new nuclear reactor construction and design development.
The recipient of an apparently aspirational Nobel Peace Prize, Obama has also committed a projected $1 trillion dollars over the coming decades to upgrading America’s nuclear weapons arsenal.

Peter A. Bradford. March 20, 2016. When the Unthinkable is Deemed Impossible: Reflecting on Fukushima. The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, http://thebulletin.org/commentary/when-unthinkable-deemed-impossible-reflecting-fukushima9268
Peter A. Bradford, adjunct professor, Vermont Law School, and former Nuclear Regulatory Commission member

Nuclear power requires obedience, as well as massive subsidy and the suppression of competition from other forms of low-carbon energy. These are not attractive platform planks in market-oriented democracies, so subterfuge in the service of political clout is also needed.

Meanwhile, Fukushima is really steamy today. The Futaba cam is showing wet streets so humidity is high, contributing to the steam, although it did not appear to be raining when these screenshots were taken: