Once again, that oh so useful military acronym comes to our collective aid to describe, in words even a politician could grasp, the unfolding disaster in Japan. Nuclear energy! It is, without a doubt, the most dangerous means of boiling water one could envisage. And, it makes no sense for a nation that sits so close to where the Pacific plate is being subducted beneath the Philippine plate.
The Japanese Government began a survey of geothermal energy resources as far back as 1950, yet, in 1999, geothermal energy accounted for a mere 0.3% of the total power generation in Japan. A year ago, an article in the U.K. Independent newspaper, entitled “Volcanic Japan could be geothermal energy leader” stated, and I quote, “Japan, located at the crossroads of four tectonic plates and on what is known as the “Pacific Ring of Fire” and dotted with volcanoes, is one of the world’s most quake-prone countries. If Japan can launch full development of geothermal energy technology, it would not only lower carbon emissions in Japan, but it would also give Japanese industry the potential for playing a leading role in developing the world’s geothermal energy resources.” Unquote. And they opt to use nuclear power to boil water? And, more importantly, to build a bunch of reactors slap bang in an earthquake zone?
The American Government has never had a problem with putting the entire human race at risk, including its own citizens. They actually think it’s perfectly reasonable to mess with the weather and the ionosphere, test nukes in Utah, and to fill the skies with aluminum, barium and God knows what else. They see nothing wrong with extracting natural gas by the use of Hydraulic Fracturing, while giving the Gas Drilling companies engaged in it an exemption from having to divulge the cocktail of chemicals it uses in the process – many of them carcinogenic – so the EPA can’t monitor them. Thanks ‘W’!
The Government of Israel has more than its share of idiots, too! If I was a Jew, I’d disown them. Jews, at least the ones I know, are typically smart, hard working and all around decent people. Quite why the Rothschilds decided on that particular piece of real estate to create their little fiefdom I have no idea. They could have bought land anywhere, then purchased shipping containers full of ancient artifacts and buried them so they could claim they’d always been there. Mark you, pitching your tent right in the middle of the world’s largest oil reserves when you have financial interests in oil is a pretty good business decision. I guess that explains it!
In the recent Operation Cast Lead, the Israeli military is believed to have used depleted Uranium shells, as did the U.S. in Iraq and Afghanistan. Guess what? Israeli soldiers are now showing signs of radiation poisoning. When you live in a country the size of a Texas cattle ranch, the last thing you should be doing is scattering D.U. dust beyond the fence line then trespassing on your neighbor’s land to plant your flag. Karma is a bitch!
Recently, the U.S. and Israeli Governments were suspected of unleashing the Stuxnet Worm on an unsuspecting world – that’s where you and I (the ordinary folks) live – aimed at wreaking havoc on the Iranian nuclear program. It targets Siemens industrial systems to impair the control of facilities such as power plants. For instance, it makes centrifuges used for Uranium enrichment spin out of control and fly apart. Though it was detected mostly in Iran, Indonesia and India, rumor has it that it was also present in Japan before the earthquake and subsequent tsunami. I don’t know if it played a part in the inability of the Japanese engineers to get their reactors under control, but, who ARE these people? Do they honestly believe they will escape the results of their collective insanity? As an aside: anyone want to bet on why the German Government ordered all of its nuclear plants shut down?
So why is Uranium the preferred fuel source for nuclear reactors, rather than, say, Thorium, which is more plentiful and considerably safer? Well, used up Thorium fuel rods can’t be used to make bombs. Weapon production is why we have nuclear power generation. It is why governments finance the nuclear power industry instead of leaving it to utility companies, for whom it is not cost effective. What really upsets me is that, if we really must use nuclear power, there exists a way of reducing the dangers of spent nuclear fuel. Let me explain.
When a reactor uses fuel, the waste products, which are highly radioactive isotopes that have different fission characteristic than the fuel, build up in the fuel and poison the nuclear reaction. A reactor can only use the fuel until it gets contaminated by these isotopes. If that spent fuel is put into a second reactor made from different materials, those materials can favor the burning of the poisonous isotopes, and use the isotopes as fuel until the fuel is purified of them, and therefore has its original radiological characteristics restored. Once that is accomplished, the fuel can go back into the original reactor and be used as new.
The second reactor design, which uses liquid sodium as a coolant, and operates at a much higher temperature – 1100 farenheit as opposed to 550 in a conventional reactor – has liquid sodium circulated inside the reactor in lieu of water. The temperature difference and coolant characteristics facilitate the burning of the isotopes. One gets to use both sides of the reaction – one producing electricity while poisoning the fuel, and the other producing electricity while burning the poisons out. This dual reactor process can be repeated 20 times. When it is finished the fuel is no longer hazardous because all of the dangerous isotopes have been removed. President Carter banned the implementation of this second reactor design by executive order in 1978! See here. Perhaps the oil and coal company executives could help us out here?
So, there you have it. Not only do governments risk the entire bio-sphere by using uranium fueled nuclear reactors to boil water when there are alternative and, more importantly, safer methods, but those assholes in the Five Sided Wind Tunnel on the Potomac (as Fred Reed has designated them) and their counterparts in the cattle ranch on the Red Sea are still gleefully risking blowing these things up and spreading their radioactive contents and by-products hither and yon, where it will lay about, putting every life form at risk, until the Sun burns out, swells up, and swallows the entire planet!