So I had one of those truly great ideas – at least I thought it was – and my daughter was laughing so hard over the phone when she heard it that she couldn’t hardly talk – and that is saying something. But, then I said – now what? Who could be advantaged? Who could benefit? and obviously, how could money be made with it?
Well, the idea has to do with nuclear energy and the nuclear power plants specifically, and after thinking about it awhile – I decided to send an email to the Union of Concerned Scientists to ask how to work with them on it. I would have to say that the likelihood of anyone there getting back to me on it is probably somewhere very close to nil – however, I did it anyway.
Here is what I wrote to them –
Sent to – onsite form – 03-23-11
I’m not a member. I have an idea. It would make a viral video to make an immediate influx of income to your organization and increase membership. It isn’t vile nor violent. It would get press coverage and YouTube viral hits – and give you the opportunities to tell the public about what you do as you deserve to have – especially right now. It is a good way to get the public involved in what you have been working hard to do about nuclear power plant safety and reasonable preparations for it, to have a knowledgeable citizenry with an edge for science, using intelligence, and good conscientious engineering – things like that.
I don’t know how to make arrangements quickly with you to sell the idea to you or do it for your organization. It could yield positive air time on the news and other talk shows as well as getting the viral video status (in all likelihood.) It wouldn’t cost much to do it and could be done on a weekend – like next weekend, in fact – while people are still thinking about what happened at Fukushima Daiichi in Japan. I would like to be able to tell you about it. Please tell me how to work with you on it and who would need to decide. Thankyou, cricketdiane
(I have a blog at wordpress – at cricketdiane and have been trying to share information about the nuclear power plant in trouble over the last few days.)
This idea isn’t stodgy and I think maybe it’s time to change the glassy-eyed stare people get when nuclear reactor talk starts up . . .
It went to this on-site form here –
Union of Concerned Scientists
Maybe it would be worth calling them and trying to find out who would need to work with something like this. They probably pay a small fortune already to the consulting firm that does their public relations and advertising or fundraising.
Too late –
CNNI 3.39am ET
TEPCO holding press conference – Reactor No. 3 being evacuated – grey black smoke pouring out – There were 500 or more workers at the facility (earlier today / yesterday Japan time – there were 660 workers reported at the facility.)
Earlier today, I didn’t get to post because for some reason my administration on this blog was blocked – maybe it was a denial of service attack or just a snafu on the server or something I’ve mucked up – but I only found it was fixed a little bit ago after sending the email to the Union of Concerned Scientists. (Note of great thanks to the support team at Happiness Central wordpress, thankyou.)
The wikipedia page about people interested in activism where it comes to nuclear plant safety are mostly ready to shut them all down rather than do something with the problems that still exist in them. It was also kind of unnerving to look at those people who might be served by my idea for a viral video that could be organizations that I know very little about. At least, the Union of Concerned Scientists is one whose information I’ve seen over many years and noted that it is of merit and trustworthy in its manner of peer-review, science and engineering approaches.
Unfortunately, that is probably about the same reason they won’t consider my idea, too – they have a lot of “prestigious” people involved with what they do with a great deal of seriousness about the subject matter, which well they should. These are serious matters. But – – –
But, we can’t afford for people’s eyes to glaze over as we talk to them about nuclear physics anymore. The cost has been too great to leave these matters in the hands of those we elect or the ones they appoint, many of which come from the same industries they are intended to regulate. The price for doing it that way with little understanding of the workings of it ourselves has left us at the mercy of those who may very well be serving some other agenda besides the public interest and public good. That price has become too high.
As I watched the 82 year old lady in Japan who looked younger than her years and who had toiled over the planting of her garden which now she cannot eat nor sell that I saw on a CNN segment, I thought how wrong that is for her and her neighbors – and how wrong it will be for us, as well. It is unnecessary for things to get to that stage – and in the case of Fukushima Daiichi reactors – it was definitely unnecessary for it to get to critical points that we’ve all seen.
There was a comment on a news article from an Asian news source that said, “but France sent 95 tons of boron to them at Fukushima on Thursday”. And, another comment said, “GE had offered to come in and shut the plant down on the first day. To stop it.” I couldn’t confirm whether their information was accurate because very little of those kinds of things have appeared in the Western journalism about it – however, I think it probably is correct in both statements. And, after awhile thinking about it – I have been thinking that the TEPCO decision-makers made a choice – or rather a serious of choices to not stop the plant in those ways because they were trying to save the massive amounts of fuel rods – around 80 – 90 tonnes per reactor plus as much as five times that amount per spent fuel rod cooling pool within each building.
And, maybe they entertained that fantasy about restarting the machines and the reactors with a little cosmetic work to the outside of the building and they thought the system would be as good as new to continue in the days ahead. Or – maybe it was the money, because I just read an article or three about the $35 billion dollar loan guarantees the Japanese government leaders are considering giving to TEPCO right now. Maybe it the plant were “killed” as done in other places during a critical event, they wouldn’t have been able to acquire money to fix it and stay in a healthy financial position or something.
Whatever it was that prompted their decisions, I can honestly say that the radioactive trash that is floating into drinking water, onto the land, on the gardens that have already been tilled and in some cases, are at the point of harvesting, and the cesium137 and iodine 131 that is showing up everywhere it isn’t supposed to ever be – all are the direct results of the decisions made or not made properly about this nuclear facility. The first day, before the explosion – problems of a significant nature were already known. And, there is a trail of press coverage, briefings and information concerning that with the facts which told them the event was significant and could be dire, as well.
So, instead of stopping these disasters from developing any further, they actually made them worse at a number of points along the way.
What is also bizarre in all this is the way that some press coverage has offered a happy, happy picture even while there was every evidence that something else was occurring.
ftenergysource FT Energy Source
Energy headlines: Tepco closer to restarting nuclear pumps http://on.ft.com/i5Gdx3
But, in real time – this has just happened –
Reuters Reuters Top News
FLASH: Japan nuclear agency: Smoke at Fukushima no.3 unit is from building that houses reactor
Well, at first I thought it was only not having seen the last bit of what happened or the latest bit of information – but then it became obvious over the last couple days especially, that nearly every economic or financial oriented news source had articles and headlines indicating the problems at the Fukushima plant were all but solved . . .
Of course, I just had to save those to compare with what everything else was saying and it is really quite phenomenal. On bloomberg news broadcast yesterday, there was a lead-in to the reporter’s story that sounded as if the power had been restored to the plant and everything was stable, then the reporter in Tokyo said the truth of it which is that the plant’s reactors No. 2 and 3 had smoke pouring out of them still and there had been high radiation readings at one point at least through the day with increased smoke. The reactors No. 1 and 2 were actually found to have more damage than was expected (by anyone looking from here, I can’t even imagine how they expected anything less,) and then he mentioned the continuing discoveries about the radioactive isotopes being found in drinking water, foodstuffs, milk and on vegetables.
People were to stop drinking the tap water in a number of areas as of yesterday, and I can’t imagine what the people have been doing to survive in the zone between 20km and 30 km who were told to stay in their homes for the last nine or ten days with the windows and doors closed, air off – probably without electricity and now, no tap water either. It is cold there and at night, very cold – over these last ten days.
And, contamination of the water supply has been found as far away as Tokyo. The drift that can happen with this radioactive “stuff” is obscene and should’ve never happened. At the very least, the plant operators and decision-makers should have treated the situation and its gravity with the seriousness due to its lethal nature.
Reuters Reuters Top News
FLASH: Japan agency says radiation level at Fukushima plant had been 435 microsieverts 2 hours before smoke seen
1 minute ago
(4.32 am EDT)
High levels of radiation have been found in tap water in Tokyo according to the CNN reporter quoting the Japanese officials just now.
The situation is unmanageable now. It is too much release and too late to stop the damage it has already done. I hate that. I really, really, really hate that. It shouldn’t have happened.
NatureNews Nature News&Comment
Picture post: workers toil inside Fukushima’s control room http://goo.gl/fb/fmhEd
Tsunami wave that hit a coastal city in Iwate Prefecture was 23.6 meters (77 feet, 5 inches) in height. http://n.pr/fF3rD6
Spent Fuel Rods stored in pools at nuclear reactors Fukushima
from Union of Concerned Scientists – Fukushima Daiichi plant
physorg_com PhysOrg Science News
Researchers create self-strengthening nanocomposite http://tw.physorg.com/220107667
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Neutron beam, a kind of radioactive ray, has been observed 13 times at Fukushima plant since tsunami – Kyodo http://bit.ly/gI0r2I