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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Chernobyl 25 evokes, mourns Hiroshima/Nagasaki to Fukushima

Never-safe always deadly plutonium-powered, radioactive — Unnecessary for fulfilling world energy needs
Compiled and edited by Carolyn Bennett

One million people died because of Chernobyl
One millionth of a gram of plutonium will cause cancer
Each reactor in Fukushima has 250 kilos of plutonium
Nuclear cooling pools contain 12-foot rods that can
kill with a dose of minutes
Reactor core contains 1000 times the material in the Hiroshima bomb
Turkish food is highly radioactive
Forty percent of Europe is radioactive
European food is highly radioactive
Bioaccumulation is occurring
Cancer could take 5-60 years to manifest
Dr Helen Caldicott

Nuclear power and its deadly dangers are unnecessary. … The issue of switching to safe, clean energy is not technological but political.

The problem is vested interests —

·       Government agencies that push nuclear power, notably, in the United States, the national nuclear laboratories and the entity that owns them

·       Department of Energy (headed currently by a former national nuclear laboratory director)

·       Nuclear industry as it seeks to profit from selling nuclear technology, despite the cost in people’s lives

These same entities are pushing nuclear power worldwide as evidenced by General Electric’s involvement in the construction of Japanese reactors and the U.S.-India Nuclear deal. 

China and other emerging nations also are expanding plans for nuclear power despite the horrific memories of Chernobyl, now Fukushima.

Disgracefully demanding nuclear power on earth and in space has been U. S. President Barack Obama.

Since taking office as president, he has reversed the position he espoused as candidate for the presidency. Even in the wake of the Fukushima disaster in Japan, the U.S. president seeks to ‘revive’ the nuclear industry using billions of taxpayer dollars to build new nuclear plants. This administration has been pushing also to ‘revive’ the use of nuclear power in space by restarting U.S. production of Plutonium-238 for use on space devices.

The Global Network against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space is calling for

End of nuclear power on earth

·       Although the nuclear establishment claims this is impractical, it is not

·       In the U.S. where nuclear power provides 20 percent of the electricity, there is a 20 percent reserve capacity in the electrical system. All 104 U.S. nuclear plants could — and must — be immediately shut down

·       The reserve capacity can deal with their absence

·       A concentrated effort could — and must — be made to swiftly bring the safe, clean energy technologies on line

·       Instead of promoting nuclear power expansion globally, the nuclear power industry should be dismantled or converted to a green technology industry
End of nuclear power in space

·       Accidents such as the 1964 SNAP-9A disaster in which a plutonium-powered satellite fell from orbit, disintegrating and spreading plutonium widely have demonstrated the folly of using nuclear power overhead

·       This plutonium release has been seen to cause an increase in lung cancer on earth   

Closure of all national nuclear laboratories

·       Nuclear laboratories have been breeding grounds for developing lethal atomic energy — on earth and in space

·       An effort is under way in Washington to cut back federal government spending

·       Closure of all national nuclear laboratories is a federal government activity that must be cut back —among them a string of national nuclear laboratories including Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Lawrence Livermore, Idaho, Sandia, Brookhaven, Lawrence Berkeley, Argonne that spend  billions upon billions in taxpayer money annually while developing deadly nuclear technology

We all live in Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Fukushima — unless the nuclear juggernaut is stopped.

During the World War II Manhattan Project, scientists working at laboratories secretly set up across the United States built atomic weapons, journalist Karl Grossman writes. “By 1945, [the Project] employed 600,000 people and spent billions of dollars. Two bombs were dropped on Japan. With the war’s end, the Manhattan Project became the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission and more nuclear weapons were built. … Many of the scientists and government officials did not want to see their jobs end. Corporations that were Manhattan Project contractors — notably General Electric and Westinghouse — did not want to see their contracts ended.…”

The reality is “nuclear power can never be made safe.… The problem is radioactivity—unleashed with the splitting of the atom. All nuclear power plants produce radiation as well as radioactive poisons like the Cesium-137, Iodine-131 and Strontium-90 that have been, and continue to be, spewed from the Fukushima plants.  Upon contact with life, these toxins destroy life.

Nuclear power plants—all 443 on the earth today—should be closed and no new ones built, Grossman writes.

Major studies have concluded that safe, clean, renewable energy technologies like solar, wind (now the fastest growing energy source and cheaper than nuclear) and geothermal can provide all the energy the world needs—energy without lethal radioactivity, energy we can live with.

Sources and notes

Dr Helen Caldicott
“Global Network Statement on Japanese Nuclear Disaster,” April 8, 2011,

Helen Caldicott, MD, physician, author, speaker
Medical and Nuclear Education/Public Advocacy United States
Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR): Founder and President, 1978-1983; President Emeritus, 1983-Present
Women’s Action for Nuclear Disarmament (WAND): Founder, 1980
Nuclear Freeze Voter Initiative Campaign: Co-Leader, 1980
STAR (Standing For Truth About Radiation) Foundation: Co-Founder, 1997; President, 1999-2000
Nuclear Policy Research Institute: President, 2001- Current
Australia and New Zealand: Initiated movement against French atmospheric tests, 1971-72
Led education campaign among Australian labor unions about medical and military dangers or uranium mining, 1975-1976
Led public New Zealand education campaign, with Dr. William Caldicott, resulting in the official New Zealand nuclear-free policy, 1982
Founded Green Labor, a new section within Australian Labor Party, 1988
Ran as Independent Candidate for Australian Federal Parliament, 1990
Founding Patron, Parents Protecting Our Children Against Radiation, Lucas Heights, NSW, 1998
Founder, Our Common Future Party (OCF), Australia 2000

“Nuclear Power Can Never Be Made Safe,” April 25, 2011, http://karlgrossman.blogspot.com/

On Flashpoints — Karl Grossman, “Cover Up: What You Are Not Supposed to Know about Nuclear Power” and Chernobyl: A Million Casualties; Bruce Gagnon—Global Network against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space — Tuesday April 26, 2011, Pacifica/KPFA Flashpoints program, http://www.flashpoints.net/

Karl Grossman is journalism professor in the American Studies department at the State University of New York/College at Old Westbury.  For more than 15 years he hosted the television program Enviro Close-Up and has written and narrated television documentaries for EnviroVideo www.envirovideo.com including “Nukes In Space….”  Grossman is Cover Up: What You Are Not Supposed to Know About Nuclear Power; Power Crazy; and The Wrong Stuff: The Space Program’s Nuclear Threat to Our Planet, http://www.karlgrossman.com/

Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his reflections on organizing and the state of the United States’ declining empire in “Organizing Notes,” http://space4peace.blogspot.com/; http://www.blogger.com/profile/10845856861232395427
Bruce Gagnon (Maine) serves as Secretary/Coordinator of the Global Network  and has been working on space issues for the past 25 years. He helped create the Global Network in 1992. Gagnon is author of Come Together Right Now: Organizing Stories from a Fading Empire. For 15 years, he coordinated the Florida Coalition for Peace and Justice and was trained as an organizer by the United Farmworkers Union. He is a member of Veterans for Peace — globalnet@mindspring.com; http://www.space4peace.org/board.htm

Board of Directors and Advisors of the Global Network against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space:
Bob Anderson (Stop the War Machine, New Mexico)
Dr. Helen Caldicott (Pediatrician/Anti-nuclear activist, Australia)
Sung-Hee Choi (Artist/teacher/activist, South Korea)
MacGregor Eddy (Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom, California)
Stacey Fritz (No Nukes North, Alaska)
Atsushi Fujioka (Professor of Economics Ritsumeikan University, Japan)
Bruce Gagnon (Global Network Coordinator, Maine)
Holly Gwinn Graham (Singer/songwriter/activist, Washington)
Karl Grossman (Professor of Journalism SUNY/College of Old Westbury, New York)
Regina Hagen (Darmstadter Friedensform, Germany)
Matthew Hoey (Military Space Transparency Project, Massachusetts)
Filip Ilkowski (Lecturer Political Science/History Warsaw University, Poland)
Helen John (Peace activist, England)
Dr. Michio Kaku (Professor Theoretical Physics CUNY, New York)
Tamara Lorincz (Halifax Peace Coalition, Canada)
Dr. Hannah Middleton (Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition, Australia)
Agneta Norberg (Swedish Peace Council, Sweden)
Lindis Percy (Campaign for the Accountability of American Bases, England)
J. Sri Raman (Movement Against Nuclear Weapons, India)
J. Narayana Rao (All India Peace & Solidarity Organization, India)
Tim Rinne (Nebraskans for Peace, Nebraska)
Makiko Sato (Anti-nuclear activist, Japan)
Wolfgang Schlupp-Hauck (Friedenswerkstatt Mutlangen, Germany)
Alice Slater (Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, New York)
Koji Sugihara (No to Nukes & Missile Defense Campaign, Japan)
Bill Sulzman (Citizens for Peace in Space, Colorado)
Jan Tamas (Humanist Party, Czech Republic)
Dr. Dave Webb (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, United Kingdom)
Carol Urner (Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom, Oregon)
Loring Wirbel (Citizens for Peace in Space, Colorado)
Lynda Williams (Physics teacher/activist, California)
Wooksik Cheong (Peace Network, South Korea)
Hibiki Yamaguchi (People’s Plan Study Group, Japan) 


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