Alalu wrote:The anti-nuke crowd in Japan has been very strong in the past and I'll bet there are things happening that we are not hearing about in the media. Japan had no choice, like most industrial countries, but to use nuclear in the mix of energy generation. They couldn't just keep buying more oil.
We can plan for terrorists, failed equipment and most natural disasters but mother nature can always deliver a punch we're not ready for, and therefore if you are going to use nuclear reactors, you must have a plan to deal with them when something catastrophic happens. Otherwise, you're not doing what you should (being kind).
The company running the Fukushima reactors and the government are both to blame.
"Anti-nuke crowd." Hmmm. In the last stages of assimilation I'd say. The groups that have not been infiltrated are under scrutiny and get no air-time. The members also lose their jobs and suddenly get a lot of attention from the police for anything they can get them with.
Always at the very beginning of a protest, the police are just observing, but after a while the police are ordered to utilize specific actions designed to minimize the effect and prevent news of protests from reaching anything but a local audience.
There are still protests probably every day somewhere here. News of them never reaches the lamestream media unless the story can be twanged to cast them in a bad light.
Protesters are corralled during the day and at night they switch all the streetlights off and ban news helicopters over the area. Then the police stand back and "private" security teams wade in, swipe the cameras and cart off the more effective of the crowd.
Yes. Japan was forced into using nukes. Not so much by any immediate or foreseen shortage of electrical power - but that's another story.We can plan for terrorists, failed equipment and most natural disasters but mother nature can always deliver a punch we're not ready for, and therefore if you are going to use nuclear reactors, you must have a plan to deal with them when something catastrophic happens. Otherwise, you're not doing what you should (being kind).
Bs. You can plan for accidents and make something foolproof but you can't make something proof from deliberate malice.
Six reactors at Dai Ichi each with three independent back-up systems and all 18 went wrong at the same time? Are you serious?
First line of defence is the diesel gennies. If you recall the earliest stages of the meltdown you may recall that the back-up gennies actually worked. The engines could be got going. Some of the tanks were moved, but the generators were housed in waterproof containers with air inlets on long pipes. So some people want to say that they were flooded because the water was higher than had been envisaged when the generators were installed - but they're top-of-the-range diesel engines with all the ancilliary equipment connected with the highest quality watertight fittings by professionals.
So all six gennies wouldn't work? Not really. The problem was that they worked, but they couldn't drive the pumps because the programme running the electrics had been modified.
The military air-lifted in generators quite capable of supplying the power but they were all no-go.
The second line of defence, the battery back-up was also useless. These aren't laptop batteries, these banks of batteries could supply megawatts for several hours - well they were all useless. Again, the military air-lifted batteries but they wouldn't work either. The media told the peons the battery banks' connections were mismatched. I practically fell off my chair at that explanation because if there's one thing the Japanese excel at then it's electrics! Wrong plugs! my posterior.
Third line of defence - hand operated valves - wouldn't budge. The operating system's software had rigged the valves to stay shut.
So what was wrong with all the reactors? Why did they overheat? Do you know? Do you have any idea? T'was that the very pumps themselves were broken. As with the centrifuges in Iran, the Israeli-financed stuxnet worm caused the pumps to overspin and self-destruct. Nothing was going to shift the pumps because the integral 3-phase megawatt motors were destroyed.
Well, no one has to believe me, and frankly I don't care. The reactors were uncontrollable and the existing fail-safe system was 100% compromised. Even air-lifted gennies couldn't be made to work because everything depended on the pumps themselves remaining operable. The last option of simply venting the pressure was prevented by the valves being seized.
TEPCO are a typical for-profit company and it is absurd to think such a company would be interested in the welfare of the affected citizens - but - the government should have booted them off-site and put the military in there or someone else without a vested interest. TEPCO sponsors the whores in J politics, and they just got together and found the best way to get richer out of the disaster. Still today the government sessions are dominated by Fukushima and radiation issues, but it's always the same with blame being moved around in a circle and nothing getting done to improve the situation for the people, the nation or for that matter, the world.
Personally I think it's the people running the banks who are the root cause of this, and by the way, the international banksters were the very first to leave Tokyo. THEY even left their multi-billion hi-rise buildings with years left on the leases. They were gone the next day.
As I said, it's you in the States who have the most to lose over this. It looks like someone there doesn't think it will matter because in a couple or few years your W coast will be uniformly radiated with S California a bit higher than the rest of the W coast.
Unless this is stopped and fixed, the whole planet will be affected seriously. Now, Oz, NZ & S America are relatively uncontaminated, but give it a few more years and it won't make much difference where you are.
The national and international response of this disaster is incomprehensible to me. I'd like to know why they don't give an intercourse. Seems THEY know something we don't.