Sunday, October 26, 2014

Dispossession or Denuclearization

I discuss our book, Fukushima: Dispossession or Denuclearization with Jim Fetzer here.

Fukushima: Dispossession or Denuclearization?

We pose the question starkly: Humanity must choose between denuclearization or dispossession.

We document that nuclear power and weapons are connected and their complex fundamentally dispossesses citizens of liberal guarantees, including rights to property, free speech, and the pursuit of happiness.

We explore crisis management of the Fukushima disaster to demonstrate dispossession of rights of property, free speech, and the pursuit of happiness, through examples that include lost livelihoods and Fukushima children’s rising rates of thyroid cancer, among other topics:

See Oiwa, Yuri (2014, August 24) Thyroid cancer diagnosed in 104 young people in Fukushima. The Asahi Shimbun,

We examine the history of radiation health effects to demonstrate historical conflicts between nuclear industry safety-guidelines and scientific studies of the biological effects of “internal emitters,” which are ingested and/or inhaled radionuclides. 

We describe distortions in nuclear industry safety models deriving from invalid modeling techniques.

We demonstrate that nuclear power is market distorting because it externalizes its true costs and relies extensively on generous government subsidies.

We show that governments too often prioritize nuclear interests over democratic principles and practices: For example, we investigate media and popular resistance within Japan to the newly passed “state secrets” law, which is seen by many as directly threatening free speech and public health:

Toshihiro Okuyama and Hiroo Sunaoshi (2013, December 17) State secrets law raises concern about safety of nuclear power plants. The Asahi Shimbun,

We disclose strong public support in Japan and elsewhere for decentralized alternative energy production and we describe oligarchic energy industries’ efforts to maintain centralized control when challenged by the decentralizing production tendencies of alternative energy, such as solar:

Ex-Japanese PM on How Fukushima Meltdown was Worse than Chernobyl and Why He Now Opposes Nuclear Power. (2014, March 11). Democracy Now,

We are concerned that in the absence of public activism the choices made by governments and industry will prioritize short term profits and vested interests. “Dispossession” is the cumulative effect of these decision criteria in action.  

Nuclear remains seductive in our Hobbesian world of vying nation-states, despite myriad acknowledged hazards, including aging and decaying infrastructures, recurrent nuclear “accidents,” unceasing contamination, and terrorism.  Nuclear seduces even when its effluents threaten the ecosystem and, perhaps, even the human genome. Here is a screenshot from unit 1 steaming this morning: