Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Lost in the Greenie anti-nuclear hyper-hysteria: Fukushima Daiichi's reality

TOKYO - Chanting “Sayonara nuclear power’’ and waving banners, tens of thousands of people marched in central Tokyo yesterday to call on Japan’s government to abandon atomic energy in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear accident.

The demonstration underscores how deeply a Japanese public long accustomed to nuclear power has been affected by the March 11 crisis, when a tsunami caused core meltdowns at three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi complex.

The disaster, the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl, saw radiation spewed across a wide part of northeastern Japan, forcing the evacuation of some 100,000 people who lived near the plant and raising fears of contamination in everything from fruit and vegetables to fish and water.

“Radiation is scary,’’ said Nami Noji, a 43-year-old mother who came to the protest on this national holiday with her four children, ages 8 to 14.
In other words, it appears that in the IAEA's opinion not only will nobody be radiologically harmed by the Fukushima incident, but it ought to be possible to ensure that normal life – living, working, farming etc – can resume in the evacuation zone. TEPCO has already stated that it expects to restart two of the Fukushima reactors in due course (both Three Mile Island and Chernobyl resumed operation as power stations following their accidents, too).

I've been periodically checking the Register site for Lewis Page's latest installment on the Fukushima Daiichi disaster, but just found this summary-article yesterday. It's quite a contrast to the typical anti-nuclear hysteria, combined with a few more balanced articles which leave the impression that although the situation isn't as bad as the Greenies seem to think, it's much worse than it really is. This was as bad as it gets, and the Greenies and other depopulators know that if they can't scare us about this situation, we will conclude that nuclear power is the way to go.