By the time the true extent of the Fukushima Daiichi Disaster is generally well-known, it will be way too late to panic. Currently, 98% of the northern Pacific is dead or dying, radioactive rain and snow disgrace St. Louis, Missouri, and they have barely begun to deal with the disaster.
Everything up to this point has been mitigation -- lessening the impact of the disaster. When you see a current photo of the reactors, you will notice over 1000 white tanks holding extremely radioactive water. Those tanks were slapped together with bolts, not welds, because they couldn't take the time to do it right. The water in those tanks is from the desperate attempts to keep the core cool, and there is nothing we can do about the water leaking into cracks in the ground.
No, the big issue they must deal with is the core. Would you care to bet on whether penny-pinching Tepco can remove 1,500 fuel rods that are 660 lbs. and 15 feet long, under water so they do not explode in air, without breaking them? The original disaster is bad enough, but to think it could get orders of magnitude worse in an instant sickens me.
And the worst of all: we will be dealing with this for millennia. When the scope of effects starts warping our entire way of life, what can we do? Sue Tepco? It will have already spent itself into bankruptcy for this. Sue the entirety of Japan, whose people will be dying or fleeing? What good will that do?
Sick people don't panic, though, so let's all keep quiet about the hand of death erasing us within 10-15 years off the face of North America, while our land and water are poisoned for thousands of years. Chernobyl is a toddler pooping his pants compared to the most deadly epidemic of dysentery we will ever see called Fukushima. And all for what? Cheap electricity.
I'm not going to rant about capitalistic greed, nor about arrogant scientists playing with nuclear radiation as if it were controlled. I just want clean water, clean food, clean land; what I will get is radioactive water, no more seafood, and wasteland. I just want to write and sell my books, spending my merry time and money on unpolluted, safe food, having as much fun as I can until the Big Hunger and then the Big Die-Off begins.
There is a way: they can encase the entire area in concrete. But where will a cash-strapped Tepco find hundreds of millions of tons of concrete? If the nations of the world do not wise up and start sending Japan concrete to bury their sin, the North American continent will die, simple as that. Depend on a company who fouled things up this bad to fix something even worse, WHILE people are suing them, or forget money and do the right thing? The last time anyone 'did the right thing' for no money was Jonas Salk, so I'm not putting my money on 'the world'.
I wish the U.S. luck on deciding who they will give 14 million doses of potassium iodide to, though, ordered the first of this year. Will it be 700,000 people for 20 days, the size of a regular dosage pack? And what if those people need it for a year? Will it be a thousand people for the rest of their lives? Who will be the decision-makers? Shall we make it a lottery to put Hunger Games to shame, or shall we select politicians who will rule over themselves alone? Or, shall we do something sensible like find the top 5,000 researchers in soil remediation for radiation and set them to work?
Maybe that's why we've been bombarded with conspiracy theories these past few decades. Make us cynical of real problems, so we will slouch back with a shrug and say, "Gotta die of somethin'." Is it a conspiracy theory if the truth is known but no one cares to do anything about it, not even listen to it on the news?
I don't want to live on this planet anymore. Space brethren, would you please pick me up and take me somewhere far, far away?
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