Sunday, May 1, 2011

Media's anti-nuclear hysteria exposed (revised)

Radiation leaks from the northern Japan plant, which was severely damaged by the massive earthquake and tsunami on March 11, have made it the world's worst nuclear crisis since the Chernobyl disaster 25 years ago.
As the situation at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear powerplant slowly winds down, the salient facts remain the same as they have been throughout: nobody has suffered or will suffer any radiological health consequences. Economic damage and inconvenience resulting from the quake's effects on nuclear power have been significant, but tiny in comparison to all other human activities – the nuclear power plants in the stricken region have suffered less damage and caused less trouble to local residents than anything else that was there.

Despite this background, the details of which are now largely uncontested, hysteria continues to grip large sections of the news media and the internet.
At times, close to reactor buildings on the Daiichi site, radiation dose rates as high as 1,000 millisievert/hour have been recorded by remote instruments.
But these were in fact very brief spikes right next to a damaged core, resulting mostly from very short-lived isotopes that were decaying before they could drift beyond the plant fence. Nobody at all has been exposed to such levels.

Note that the 2nd excerpt above is from an article published on March 31st, when the media's hysteria was much worse than it is now. I wish I had stumbled onto Lewis Page's articles sooner, because they're excellent antidotes to the media's British-run Greenie propaganda and psywar. Another of his articles exposes the media-fostered notion that the radiation levels near the plant are dangerous.

The fact is that nobody has died - or will die - of radiation released by the recent disaster, and there is no good reason to evacuate the area around the plant. Clearly, the British oligarchy is pressuring the Japanese government to evacuate the area in order to provide "evidence" to support its anti-nuclear hysteria ("see what nuclear power causes?"), and probably to prevent recovery there as long as possible.