We are approaching the third anniversary of the Fukushima disaster and all we do is:
- Ignore it or play down its significance
- Monitor the damage on the biosphere - not necessarily the spread of radioactivity
- Feel sorry for animal and human victims
- Speculate on the many apocalyptic possibilities
And that's it.
The scientific community has been disgracefully quiet. They, who should have been at the forefront of a world-wide movement to denounce the nuclear industry, and to organize to learn as much as possible from the Fukushima disaster, and to brainstorm for ways of mitigating the damage, are for the most part conspicuous for their silence.
You hear a statement of dismay and concern here and there, but all in very measured tones, so as not to alarm the population too much, and above all, not to bring attention to themselves from the scientific establishment. If they say too much their grants, their careers, and their reputation could be put at stake
And us? Those of us who are aware of the situation at least in general terms are also like deer in the headlights. Normally it would not take much to organize people around other issues, but this one that threatens the life and health of the biosphere does not seem to merit enough urgency or interest. We are not even demanding information or proper monitoring from our authorities, or the dismantling of those weapons of mass destruction in our cities called nuclear power plants.
Our authorities take advantage of our confusion and indifference. They restrict radiation monitoring. They don't want to alarm us. They don't want to upset the nuclear industry. They don't want to upset the fishing industry and their profits. So they too are complicit in their silence or their misleading reassurances that everything is still within (the ever rising) "safe radiation levels".
Click and read these headlines from Enenews.
Leaders on West Coast: Gov’t is “highly irresponsible… very negligent” for not testing in Pacific as Fukushima radiation arrives — Contamination of seafood is going to happen — “We don’t want to get cancer… We have a right to know if our fish is safe” — Gov’t: Testing ‘not required’
Canada Newspapers Catch On: Gov’t “profoundly negligent” for not testing — Fukushima ocean plume detected at coast June 2013 — “My good feelings vanished… more I thought… less convinced I became” — Officials must be more forthcoming — “So-called ‘safe levels’… not safe”
TV: Hawaii Senators introduce bill to require Fukushima radiation monitoring for at least next 5 years — Nuclear engineer concerned, wants to ensure people are safe — Official: “The fact we can detect it throws fear into individuals” (VIDEO)
Gov’t: 75 Fukushima children with cancers confirmed or suspected in thyroid — ‘Genetic alterations’ to be analyzed — Expert: “Gene pool is damaged, next generations will carry burden catastrophe”; Surge in disease expected
Kyodo: ‘Massive’ amount of Fukushima data wrong? “Figures can’t be trusted” — NHK: Strontium-90 by ocean at 160,000 times limit — Tepco: Actual levels “exceeded the upper limit of measurement… We are very sorry”
Record-high 10 Million Bq/liter of strontium-90 & beta emitters finally revealed in Fukushima plant groundwater — 1,000% more than Tepco has claimed for last 6 months
Top Radiation Expert: ‘Extremely dangerous’ situation in Japan — 14,000 km² of land contaminated by Fukushima — Mayor: Country will be dealing with this for generations to come — Officials thought hot spots would diminish with distance from plant… Why didn’t they?
Report: Fukushima nuclear waste will merge with radiation from U.S. reactors when washing up on West Coast — “Startling amounts” released from operating plants — Diablo Canyon officials admit to recently discharging more tritium than Fukushima (VIDEO)
Fox News: So many people are concerned about eating Fukushima radioactive waste — Bloomberg: Radiation will be washing up on West Coast; Includes cesium, one of the “most dangerous radionuclides” released (VIDEO)
More nuclear industry international headlines posted daily here