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"Climate Change", fake energy crisis, & "Green" agenda = Cybernetics in disguise

Japan nuclear crisis mixed message for climate change

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Mon Mar 14, 2:49 pm ET

PARIS (AFP) – Japan's nuclear crisis will boost interest in clean renewables such as solar and wind power but may also sharpen demand for coal, oil and gas, whose carbon pollution drives climate change, experts said Monday.

Nuclear energy provides around 14 percent of the world's electricity mix, although this is overwhelmingly concentrated in six countries, and is not going to disappear off the map any time soon, they said.

"The accident in Japan is not a death sentence for nuclear power," stressed Jean-Marie Chevalier, an economist and energy expert at the Universite Paris Dauphine, pointing to the hundreds of billions of dollars invested in existing reactors and plants under construction.

But the scare surrounding the crippled reactors at the earthquake-struck Fukushima plant means nuclear's renaissance after the 1986 Chernobyl disaster will be crimped, at least in the short term.

Governments in India, the United States and Europe are under pressure to review safety standards or slap a moratorium on new projects, and Germany and Switzerland have already said they will be on hold plans to extend the operational life of existing plants, pending safety reviews.

"At the very least, we would expect significant investments in nuclear to be delayed, or deferred, for a period of one to two years," said Rupesh Madlani, renewables analysts at Barclays Capital in London.

In the short run, any energy shortfall in Japan, and elsewhere, will be filled by fossil fuels, said other experts.

"Disruption to the Japanese nuclear industry means that they
are going to be relying increasingly on oil and gas for power generation,"

said Julian Lee, an analyst at the Centre for Global Energy Studies, a London think tank backed by the oil industry.

Jacques Percebois, head of the Centre for Research on Energy Economy and Law at Monpellier University, agreed the fossil fuel industry would be early beneficiaries as it could provide gigawatts of quick power.

"Those who declare a moratorium on new nuclear energy should understand that the available solution for meeting large-scale energy demands today is not solar panels, it's gas," he told AFP.

Burning natural gas contributes to global warming, but less so than oil, and far less than coal.

"The major risk is that, facing an energy shortage, coal-fired reactors with coal imported from Australia are built," said Cedric Philibert, an analyst in the renewable energy division of the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris.

"Japan's greenhouse gas emissions would skyrocket."

At the same time, though, a slowdown in nuclear investment would also steer money into renewable energies, which since the 2008 financial crisis have been struggling to expand their share of the world's power market, several experts said.

"This should lead to an incremental upside in terms of demand for wind and solar projects,"
said Madlani of Barclays.

"It could mean 10 percent more wind and solar being demanded each year for the next couple of years," he told AFP.

Madlani also pointed to current high oil prices and the increasing cost of oil extraction, especially after the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

For Christiana Figueres, the United Nations' top climate change official,
the meltdown will probably push up the costs of nuclear energy,
making renewables more competitive.

"Japan will change mid-term world energy scenarios,"
she said in a Twitter message on Sunday from a meeting
of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in Berlin.


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What is part of the strategy to destroy Japan's economy?  Force them to pay illegitimate CARBON TAXES.

EVEN THEIR OWN FRAUDULENT TAX CAN'T BE ATTACHED TO NUCLEAR POWER BECAUSE NUCLEAR POWER IS "CARBON NEUTRAL" (TO USE THEIR BULLSHIT TERM).  So, destroy their nuclear power generation base, or severely diminish it, and now suddenly you can force an entire population to start paying fraudulent carbon taxes to decimate their standard of living!

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Why target Japan for a HAARP/Stuxnet attack?
Were they not playing by the AngloAmerican Empire rules?

Japan wants new CO2 offset scheme to complement U.N.
TOKYO | Wed Mar 2, 2011 2:12pm IST
"Japan has pressed ahead with plans for bilateral deals in which it invests in clean energy projects in developing countries, in exchange for credits to meet part of targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at home.

The United Nations also runs a carbon offset scheme called the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), but it has been criticized for being too complex and rigid while taking too long to approve projects.

Many developing countries have already expressed interest in Japan's proposed bilateral scheme, which would be more user-friendly than the CDM, said Kenji Hiramatsu, director-general for global issues at Japan's foreign ministry."

Japan Drops Dollar to Buy Iran’s Oil
July 17, 2007
"Until now, most Japanese oil importers have used U.S. dollars to purchase Iranian oil. Although confirmation of Japanese oil payments in yen is still forthcoming, as one investment securities analyst in Tokyo said, “What else can Japan do but to accept the request, once the oil producer sent its wish?”

Japan to Put Nearly $2 bn in CleanTech Fund
Monday, March 3rd, 2008
"Japan is about to throw nearly $2 billion into an international fund that fuels clean energy technology in developing countries. With Japan's technological advantage in everything from hybrid cars to robots, it's safe to assume that Japanese companies will be among the world's leaders in CleanTech within a few years."

Japan Seeks Treaty to Export Its Renewable-Energy Technology to Ukraine
Jan 19, 2011 5:15 AM ET
"The New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization and Ukraine’s National Environmental Investment Agency agreed to implement a coal mine water treatment pilot project using Japan’s technology, the Japanese agency said in a statement today."

Japan’s Space Solar Energy Technology Plan
09/11/2009 - "Details have emerged of a plan that is gathering pace in Japan involving space solar energy collection and transmission – as far-fetched as that may sound.  Japan envisages full deployment for the technology needed to collect solar energy outside the atmosphere within about the next two decades and, to this end, its government has just selected the firms and the individuals it wants to develop it. "
This project is known as the SSPS – Space Solar Power System, and it will involve a formation of photovoltaic devices – each one multiple square kilometres in size.   ... Among the companies now set to be involved in this unprecedented and astonishing space solar energy project are Mitsubishi, Sharp, Fujitsu and NEC."

Japan Launches Program to Advance Environmental Energy Technology
May 19, 2008
"According to the program's short/medium-term measures to implement by 2030, Japan should develop more efficient light water nuclear reactors[/b][/color], thermal power generation, hybrid/electric vehicles, lighting, heat pumps, household appliances/information devices, energy saving houses, and intelligent transport systems (ITS). Furthermore, as medium/long-term measures for 2030 and beyond, Japan needs to develop next-generation light water nuclear reactors, a fast breeder nuclear reactor cycle, innovative photovoltaic power generation, hydrogen production technologies, and a hydrogen-reduction steel-making process."

All Tomei Expressway Rest Areas to Have Electric Car Chargers
Mar 1, 2011
"Nagoya, March 1 (Jiji Press)--Central Nippon Expressway Co. plans to install high-speed battery chargers for electric vehicles at all of the 12 full-service..."

Japan-Kazakstan nuclear pact could strengthen as Toshiba eyes enrichment
Mar 1, 2010
"Under the original deal Japan agreed to provide Kazakhstan with technologies for the processing of uranium in return for a steady supply of the material, of which Kazakhstan has the world’s second largest deposits."
And  the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, 
Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren,  ye have done it unto me.

Matthew 25:40

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What better Weapon of Mass Destruction than HAARP?
It's the perfect weapon: leaves only destruction, no 'evidence' or trail to investigate...

Nick Begich, author of "Angels Don't Play This Haarp: Advances in Tesla Technology" speaks about HAARP in this video:

Did HAARP weapon cause Haiti Earthquake killing thousands ?

Is it so hard to believe they would use this weapon to further their agenda?

... "All this was inspired by the principle--which is quite true within itself--
that in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility;
because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in
the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily;
and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds
they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie
since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort
to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths,
and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.
Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds,
they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation.
For the grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down,
a fact which is known to all expert liars in this world and to all who conspire together in the art of lying.

Adolf Hitler , Mein Kampf, vol. I, ch. X

The "fabrication of colossal untruths": is a technique perfected by the globalists.
And what better fall guys than the sun and moon?

Don't let the shock and awe of the radiation, bodies washing up on shore,
evacuations (the chaos) blind you to the truth that Japan has been hit yet again by a weapon of mass destruction.
And  the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, 
Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren,  ye have done it unto me.

Matthew 25:40

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And again The Infowars crowd is one step ahead of disinfo fantasy land sites like GLP, who really speed up The NWO's agenda with disinfo they can't even see


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Japan Turns to Russia for More Energy
March 14th, 2011 by EBR_EBdaily

Struggling to deal with the worst natural disaster to have struck the country in almost 300 years, Japan has requested Russia for more energy supplies as the earthquake-ravaged country is bracing for electricity shortages following the disaster.  At a special meeting dealing specifically with the aftermath of Friday’s massive 8.9-magnitude quake in Japan, Russia’s powerful Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has said that Moscow is ready to do everything to help its neighbor.  That comment followed an admission from Mr. Putin’s energy deputy, who said Japan had requested more gas.  “Our neighbors are faced with huge grief and tragedy,” Mr. Putin said, adding that all necessary assistance should be rendered despite “the problems which we have inherited from the past”.

“This is our reliable partner of many years. We need to do everything to help Japan in this situation,” he said in comments released by the government.  Bilateral ties between Japan and Russia have been strained lately due to a dispute over a chain of island that has been unresolved since World War II.  That dispute has flared up since November when President Dmitry Medvedev paid an unexpected visit to one of the four Kuril Islands which are claimed by Tokyo and collectively known in Japan as the Northern Territories.  Mr. Putin’s deputy in charge of energy, Igor Sechin, said Japan had asked state-controlled gas giant Gazprom for additional liquefied natural gas supplies, adding that the company was now looking for ways on how to divert two tankers, currently under other contracts, towards Japan.

“It will be two 100,000 ton vessels,” Mr. Sechin said.  Russia has the capability to send up to 500,000 tons of LNG to Japan this year if Japanese companies file a request and talks are held.  In partnership with Japanese companies Mitsui and Mitsubishi, Gazprom operates Russia’s only LNG plant on Sakhalin Island, a project known as Sakhalin-2.  Mr. Sechin also said Russia was ready to step up its supplies of coal and representatives of the Siberian Coal Energy Company would go to Japan next week.  “We can ramp up supplies by three million to four million tons fairly quickly,” he said, adding that Russia could also supply Japan with power as it has extra capacities generated in the Far East.  The Japanese government said today’s shutdown of several nuclear reactors after the earthquake may lead to a shortfall in electricity supply and would make power outages necessary.

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Some of the nuclear power plants in the US are ageing, and need to be shut down.
But they use these examples to justify shutting down all nuclear power plants, including those built in recent years, and prevent any new plants from being constructed.

I live about 10 miles from an ageing plant: Vermont Yankee.
I have been outspoken in my belief that they need to shut this plant down, and build a newer, safer plant.
Vermont Yankee has suffered from leaks of radioactive wastewater into the ground, and the company running the plant "Entergy" is irresponsible, deceitful and needs to be shut down as well.

Vermont Gov. Fights to Close Vermont Yankee,
One of 23 U.S. Nuclear Power Facilities Nearly Identical to Failed Japanese Plant

However, I am a supporter of nuclear energy - it's the only 'green' energy that will meet the demands, and yet I am watching the entire nuclear energy plan for the US be demonized by the incident in Japan, where the defective construction (GE construction), and consequent radiation leaks that were triggered by the HAARP earthquake will be used to shut down all of the plants here and abroad.

As a result, we will have to implement severe austerity measures; rationing energy consumption - putting smart meters in our homes, and pay exorbitant carbon taxes to fuel the globalists' emerging central world government. And line a lot of pockets.

The globalist agenda is well met by the destruction of Japan's nuclear power plants; they will achieve a few goals:
1. Continuation of everyone's dependence on their oil cartel
2. Implementation of solar and wind power, using more oil in the process - and requiring decades to recoup the energy losses
3. Justification for severe austerity measures: rationing, monitoring and strong-arming people to accept their carbon ponzi scheme.

Who asked why the globalists would use HAARP to attack Japan?

We're seeing the reason right now.
It's part of the destruction of nuclear energy. It's item #1 on the agenda: keep those carbon taxes coming.

“This Could Become Chernobyl on Steroids”:
Nuclear Engineer Arnie Gundersen on Japan’s Growing Nuclear Crisis
(Reuters) - The U.S. nuclear industry and regulators need to reexamine disaster planning and worst-case scenarios, especially in reactors such as the Vermont Yankee with the same design as the crippled plant at the center of the Japanese crisis, a top expert says.
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Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren,  ye have done it unto me.

Matthew 25:40

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Mockingbird Media Drums up Anti-Nuclear Chorus: This is about shutting down nuclear power as an energy source.

* Build Windmills (PROVEN inadequate as an energy source, with only 80% reliability, and exorbitant costs).
* Pay your carbon taxes.

Roundup: How Japan is shaping nuclear energy discussions
Last update: March 15, 2011 - 6:39 PM
Editorial pages and commentators from around the country weigh in on what the situation in Japan means for the future of nuclear energy.

Pity President Obama: Every time he tries to compromise with Republicans on energy reform by backing dirty or dangerous forms of power generation, a disaster occurs to demonstrate why pursuing such strategies is a bad idea.

It happened a year ago when a BP oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico[/b] after Obama had been talking up the advantages of expanded offshore drilling, and it's happening again this week with the nuclear crisis following Japan's earthquake and tsunami.

A year ago, Obama called the construction of new nuclear plants in the United States a "necessity," but the political fallout from the Japanese disaster now renders it unlikely.

That's not a bad thing; sometimes disasters lead to wisdom.

We take the threat of climate change 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 United States gets 20 percent 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.

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From the Chicago Tribune

Obituaries are being written this week for the prospects of nuclear expansion. But we think and hope those obits are premature.

Much depends on what happens in Japan. If the Japanese avert a full-scale meltdown, the scare fades.

If, on the other hand, escaping radiation creates an even greater public health crisis, then the chances for a reinvigorated nuclear industry plummet.

But let's step back. At the end of this scary episode, all of us still want the same thing: to be able to turn on the lights, juice an iPad or recharge a Chevy Volt.

Let's also remember that other mega-sources of power plant fuel -- oil, coal, natural gas -- carry proven dangers. That's not only for workers who drill and mine, but for all who breathe, drink and eat.

Coal? The 2010 explosion in the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia killed 29 miners. Coal plants spew pollution that causes lung disease and heart attacks.

Oil and natural gas? Last spring's Deepwater Horizon oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 workers and spilled millions of barrels, snuffing out wildlife and livelihoods.

Around the globe, extraction workers often die in oil and gas accidents.

Renewable-energy sources such as wind and solar hold future promise. But scaling them up to power cities and factories is a costly prospect.

The best power source for the future, today as always, is human ingenuity driving scientific discovery. Right now, there's a nuclear accident to tamp down and clean up.

And after that? There will be global skepticism about building nuclear plants -- particularly in regions near seacoasts or seismic faults.

Good. That's how we avoid preventable accidents.

Plants under construction today are 1,600 times safer than the 40-year-old generation of reactors like those disabled at Fukushima, according to a study last year by an arm of the Paris-based Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Nuclear plants of the future will be even safer. But they will never be foolproof. Only generating no power is absolutely safe.

Nuclear accidents are scary. But not as scary as a world starved for electricity.

Before we dismiss a thriving future for nuclear reactors, we need to weigh the risks of every alternative.

More humans have died because of power generation from fossil fuels -- some by accidents in extraction industries, others by breathing combustion pollutants in the air -- than by all nuclear incidents worldwide.

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From the Kansas City Star

Congress should pull back from approving more federal loan guarantees worth billions of dollars, as requested by President Obama, for utilities that want to build new reactors.

The federal government still hasn't provided a safe, final resting place for high-level nuclear waste and likely won't for at least another decade. That leaves dangerous waste sitting at dozens of plants, vulnerable to terrorists or natural disasters.

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Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren,  ye have done it unto me.

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Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel Explains WHY they used HAARP/Stuxnet:

Germany's Merkel vows 'measured' nuclear exit

BERLIN (AFP) – Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed Thursday that Germany would speed up the transition to renewable energy as Europe's top economy mulled a "measured exit" from nuclear power after the events in Japan.

"We want to reach the age of renewable energy as soon as possible. That is our goal," the chancellor told parliament during a fiery speech that drew frequent opposition jeers, indicating the depth of passion over the issue.

Merkel, a former environment minister, called for a "measured exit" from nuclear power and said "everything would be put under the microscope" during a three-month study to consider the future of energy policy in Germany.

On Monday, she announced a three-month moratorium on plans approved last year to postpone by more than a decade, until the mid-2030s, when the last of Germany's 17 nuclear reactors are turned off.

"We cannot and should not just go back to business as usual," Merkel told parliament.

On Tuesday, she ordered the temporary shutdown of Germany's seven oldest nuclear reactors while authorities conduct safety probes. At least one was mothballed for good.

"When the apparently impossible happens
in such a highly developed country as Japan ...
then the whole situation changes,

she said. In a desperate bid to cool fuel roads and prevent a catastrophic radiation release, Japanese military helicopters were on Thursday blasting the Fukushima nuclear power plant northeast of Tokyo with water.

Fears of a nuclear meltdown in Japan have grown since Friday's deadly earthquake and resulting tsunami. Merkel added that switching to renewable energy would require a "broad consensus" in society and in parliament.

The Social Democrats (SPD) and ecologist Greens vociferously shouted their opposition in parliament, concerned that the moratorium will be no more than a brief delay in the country's nuclear progress.

"We want to go back to a nuclear exit in 2020," said SPD leader Sigmar Gabriel.
Merkel said she was confident that the economic impact of the disaster on the tottering global recovery would be relatively contained.
Although the economic fallout is "incalculable", she said: "I do not fear significant damage for the world economy."

"However, and I want to emphasise this, we will be working with our international partners to see how we can best minimise the impact," she added.
But if the economic consequences are difficult to foresee, the political fallout for Merkel of the heated nuclear debate could well be highly damaging.

Polls consistently show that nuclear power is unpopular in the country and protests against it regularly attract large crowds.

More than 100,000 people turned out on Monday to call for the closure of the country's nuclear facilities across more than 450 towns and cities, according to anti-nuclear campaigners.

In a separate protest on Saturday, tens of thousands formed a 45-kilometre (28-mile) human chain between a nuclear plant and Stuttgart. The demo was planned beforehand, but events in Japan swelled numbers.

It took place in the southwestern state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, where on March 27, Merkel's centre-right Christian Democrats (CDU) face losing power after 58 years in charge in a vital state election.

The SPD in Baden-Wuerttemberg have vowed to switch off the state's two oldest nuclear power stations by 2020 if they win the election. Polls suggest a tight race.

Gabriel accused Merkel of "electioneering" ahead of the vote.
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Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren,  ye have done it unto me.

Matthew 25:40

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For the Same Reasons

Apologists for the nuclear power industry pretend there are no better alternatives, so we just have to suck it up and suffer through the Japanese nuclear crisis.

But this is wholly illogical. The truth is that we can store spent fuel rods in dry cask storage, which is much safer than the spent fuel rod pools used in Fukushima and many American reactors.

As the Nation pointed out:

    Short of closing plants, there is a fairly reliable solution to the problem of spent fuel rods. It is called “dry cask storage.” Germany adopted it twenty-five years ago. Instead of storing huge amounts of spent fuel in pools with only roofs over them, small amounts of spent fuel rods are surrounded with inert gas inside large steel casks. These casks are quite stable and secure. At Vermont Yankee one of them was mistakenly dropped a yard or more when a crane malfunctioned—and the cask was fine.

    But there is a problem with dry cask storage: it costs money. The track record of the atomic energy industry in the United States—less so in Japan—is to spend as little money as possible and extend the life of old plants for as long as possible, no matter the risks.

We could build a new, safer generation of nuclear power plants which have inherently safer designs, such as low-temperature reactors and thorium reactors.
But the owners of the nuclear plants can make more money with the ridiculous designs and cost-cutting measures used at Fukushima and elsewhere.

As the Christian Science Monitor notes:

    Just as the BP oil spill one year ago heaped scrutiny on the United State's Minerals Management Service, harshly criticized for lax drilling oversight and cozy ties with the oil industry, the nuclear crisis in Japan is shining a light on that nation's safety practices.


    Russian nuclear accident specialist Iouli Andreev, who as director of the Soviet Spetsatom clean-up agency helped in the efforts 25 years ago to clean up Chernobyl ... said the sequence of events at Japan's Fukushima I suggested that the plant's owner, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), may have put profit before safety. The fire that broke out Tuesday in reactor No. 4's fuel storage pond may have been caused by a desire to conserve space and money, he suggested.

    "The Japanese were very greedy and they used every square inch of the space. But when you have a dense placing of spent fuel in the basin you have a high possibility of fire if the water is removed from the basin," Andreev told Reuters.

    TEPCO has come under fire in the past for falsifying safety records at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. In 2002, according to The Wall Street Journal, TEPCO admitted to the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency that it had falsified the results of safety tests on the No. 1 reactor.

    This was only one in a string of scandals and coverups to mar the Asia's biggest utility company. In 2007, the company initially said there was no release of radiation after an earthquake damaged its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant, but later admitted that radioactive water spilled into the Sea of Japan.
    And less than a year ago, on June 17, a reactor at Fukushima I lost electricity and saw a dangerous drop in cooling water, Bloomberg reported. TEPCO's president failed to adequately investigate to prevent the current crisis, said Iwaki City council member Kazuyoshi Sato ...

Indeed, Tepco has covered up cracked reactor core containment vessel and other serious problems for decades.

And this is not limited to Tepco. As one commentator writes:

    Back in the late 80’s, when I was working for an environmental firm in New Jersey, one of the temps who came through said he’d just come from working at a nuclear plant. He said that his design, as delivered, had sufficient margin and backups to take care of whatever could possibly happen.

    The owners thanked him for his work, then sent it to other engineers who cheapened down the whole design. Thinner walls in the pipes, fewer fasteners in the connections, less mass in the building walls, the whole bit. Saving money on the build to pay for higher profits, higher interest to the backers, and generally harvesting the value that should have been spread over the plant’s lifetime. He just shook his head.

The nuclear accident was largely caused because of Tepco's penny-pinching, just as the Gulf oil spill was caused by the fact that BP cut every corner in the book ( see this, this, this, this, and this).

And just like BP captured the agencies which were supposed to regulate it, nuclear agencies have been wholly captured by the nuclear power companies. For example, as the above-quoted Christian Science Monitor article notes:

    Andreev, the Russian scientist, has also accused the IAEA of being too close with corporations. "This is only a fake organization because every organization which depends on the nuclear industry – and the IAEA depends on the nuclear industry – cannot perform properly."

And the same is true of the economic crisis. As I've extensively documented, the crisis was caused by big banks and other financial players taking irresponsible and speculative gambles, committing fraud and fudging the numbers, using too much leverage, moral hazard, and other dangerous behavior. See this and this. And - just as with the nuclear and oil industries - the government "regulators" have all be captured by the big companies they are supposed to police, helped the bank robbers pull off the heist, and then helped cover it up afterwards.

Stiglitz Speaks Truth to Power

Nobel prize winning economist Jospeph Stiglitz has been speaking out on this same theme this week.

As Linda Keenan and Janine R. Wedel note:

    Stiglitz describes well the intertwining of state and private power [quoting Stiglitz]:

        The personal and the political are today in perfect alignment. Virtually all U.S. senators, and most...[House] representatives...are members of the top 1 percent....are kept in office by money from the top 1 percent, and know that if they serve the top 1 percent well they will be rewarded by the top 1 percent when they leave office. By and large, the key executive-branch policymakers on trade and economic policy also come from the top 1 percent. When pharmaceutical companies receive a trillion-dollar gift--through legislation prohibiting the government...from bargaining over price--it should not come as cause for wonder....Given the power of the top 1 percent, this is the way you would expect the system to work.

    Stiglitz points out that a system gamed to benefit only that 1 percent is destined to sink us all, eventually, because it means America is squandering its productivity, efficiency, and much-needed infrastructure dollars. We would go a step further and say that this system, of, by, and for the 1 percent, is what paved the way for some of the greatest disasters of the new century. The BP-Transocean Oil Spill and the Wall Street collapse might never have happened without the promotion by shadow lobbyists of loose regulation and/or weak enforcement that benefited themselves and their elite brethen. Japan might not be facing a nuclear crisis, were it not for the fact that the very old reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant got an extension to keep operating despite safety concerns. That decision was a byproduct, critics say, of Japan's own gamed system known as amakudari, or "descent from heaven", a longstanding, widespread practice in which Japanese senior bureaucrats retire to high-profile positions in the private and public sectors.

    A string of smaller, but still terrible disasters can be traced to weak regulation and/or spotty enforcement: the half-billion eggs that had to be recalled last year; a 2009 plane crash that killed 50 people, which Frontline traced back to the "cozy" relationship between the FAA and carriers, allowing some of them to operate flights despite safety violations; and several mine disasters that have killed dozens in recent years. A Washington Post analysis found that more than 200 former congressional staffers, regulators and retired lawmakers work for the mining industry as lobbyists, senior executives, or consultants. Those last two roles make it possible for top power brokers to shadow lobby - they go unregistered simply by evading formal registration and refusing the accept the title of lobbyist, even if lobbying is essentially what they are doing.


    A signature feature of the shadow lobbyist era is not just a manipulation of public policy, but also an embrace of "failing upward". No matter the track record, the elite 1 percent seek more of the same. Transocean executives thought they deserved rich bonuses, as did their unabashed, deeply entitled peers on Wall Street, despite their staggering failures.

    The CEO of mine operator Massey, who retired a few months back, is due to get a reported 12 million dollars, a year after Massey's Upper Big Branch mine exploded, killing dozens. And then there's egg producer Jack DeCoster, who's been called "Teflon Chicken Don." For years DeCoster has fought various workplace safety and environmental violations. Yet here's what one lawyer who sued DeCoster's company said about him, to Tribune reporter Andrew Zajac: "He gets fined and things happen to him, but he comes back. He always bounces back."

    The insulation from failure is galling, to be sure, but it's much more than that. It is both an outrage and a clear and present danger. If executives and stealth power brokers face no repercussions for making risky bets or pushing the limits on safety to save a buck or working the system to their advantage no matter the consequences, what incentive do they have to act more responsibly in the future?

As Stiglitz wrote Wednesday:

    The entire financial sector was rife with agency problems and externalities. Ratings agencies had incentives to give good ratings to the high-risk securities produced by the investment banks that were paying them. Mortgage originators bore no consequences for their irresponsibility, and even those who engaged in predatory lending or created and marketed securities that were designed to lose did so in ways that insulated them from civil and criminal prosecution.

    This brings us to the next question: are there other "black swan" events waiting to happen? Unfortunately, some of the really big risks that we face today are most likely not even rare events. The good news is that such risks can be controlled at little or no cost. The bad news is that doing so faces strong political opposition - for there are people who profit from the status quo.

    We have seen two of the big risks in recent years, but have done little to bring them under control. By some accounts, how the last crisis was managed may have increased the risk of a future financial meltdown.

    Too-big-to fail banks, and the markets in which they participate, now know that they can expect to be bailed out if they get into trouble. As a result of this "moral hazard", these banks can borrow on favourable terms, giving them a competitive advantage based not on superior performance but on political strength. While some of the excesses in risk-taking have been curbed, predatory lending and unregulated trading in obscure over-the-counter derivatives continue. Incentive structures that encourage excess risk-taking remain virtually unchanged.

    So, too, while Germany has shut down its older nuclear reactors, in the US and elsewhere, even plants that have the same flawed design as Fukushima continue to operate. The nuclear industry’s very existence is dependent on hidden public subsidies - costs borne by society in the event of nuclear disaster, as well as the costs of the still-unmanaged disposal of nuclear waste. So much for unfettered capitalism!

    In the end, those gambling in Las Vegas lose more than they gain. As a society, we are gambling – with our big banks, with our nuclear power facilities, with our planet. As in Las Vegas, the lucky few - the bankers that put our economy at risk and the owners of energy companies that put our planet at risk - may walk off with a mint. But on average and almost certainly, we as a society, like all gamblers, will lose.

    That, unfortunately, is a lesson of Japan’s disaster that we continue to ignore at our peril.

The bottom line is that if we continue to let the top 1% - who are never satisfied, but always want more, more, more - run the show without challenge from the other 99% of people in the world, we will have more Fukushimas, more Gulf oil spills and more financial meltdowns.

As one commentator passionately put it:

    Make no mistake. Nuclear power can be safe... if designed by honest and prudent people. Make no mistake. The economies of nations and planets can function well, and life can continuously improve... if only real, physical goods (including gold and silver) are exchanged in transactions.

    Make no mistake. Life can be good. Life can be efficient. Life can be benevolent. Life can continuously improve as years go by, and as humans learn more about the nature of reality. The reason everything is getting worse can all be traced back to the predators-that-be, the predator-class, and their endless dishonesty.

    Honesty => life, health, happiness, success.
    Dishonesty => death, disease, misery, failure.
    The dishonest [...] the predators must go.

Note: This is not a question of left-versus-right. The war between liberals and conservatives is a false divide-and-conquer dog-and-pony show created by the powers that be to keep the American people divided and distracted. See this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this and this.
Spare no cost for truth's sake, neither depart from it for any gain. -Proverbs 23:23

Bestow not the gifts that God has given you to get worldly riches. -Proverbs 23:4

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The history of nuclear reactors began and was for the whole of the cold war used as breeder reactors.

People don't know that the reason for building the TVA was to produce power for the cyclotrons to produce the first nuclear bomb material. oh and gee, that was BEFORE the start of WWII.

Just read between the lines.... People sheeple think there is no plan and all this just just "happens"....
Providing fuel for the bomb was a tremendous technical challenge--must separate uranium-235, which is less than 1% of the uranium mined and differs in weight by only .13%.  Two methods of separation: a cyclotron and gaseous diffusion of uranium hexaflouride (the only gaseous compound, but one that is both poisonous and corrosive) were set up at Oak Ridge , Tenn., using  TVA power.  The other alternative is to make plutonium by chain reactions--reactors to do this were built in Hanford, Washington.
President Franklin Roosevelt - On May 18, 1933, Congress passed the TVA Act (PDF, 175KB).
The most dramatic change in regional life came from the electricity generated by TVA dams.

Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole ; He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee. - Job 5