Spent nuclear fuel needs to be guarded for 24,000 years just to reach its half-life; needs to be kept away from humans for 250,000 years; and it is still highly radioactive after that.
Guess I’ll have to stay up late!
My comment: Oil Spills and Reactor Blowups: “Where is the fierce urgency of Now?!!!” I can’t believe the nonchalance around the huge environmental catastrophes that have gone on in just the last year alone: specifically, the Gulf Oil Spill and the Fukushima Japan nuclear disaster. When the BP disaster was ongoing and gushing devastating amounts of oil into the Gulf, Donna Brazille, frustrated with the Obama Administration’s response to the Spill, fumed aloud, “Where is the fierce urgency of Now?!!!”
But these hugely unprecedented environmental catastrophes, daily spreading the damage to our planet, are just two canaries in a coal mine.
We are just beginning to understand the immensity of the damage to our planet the Fukushima disaster did. We will probably not be told the degree of radiation exposure from it we are receiving until long after people have been dying in droves from it.
The BP oil spill of 2010 is, similarly, presenting ongoing planetary damage, which, like the Japan nuclear disaster, is, as I speak, not being reported. At this moment, in fact, dolphin carcasses in the hundreds are washing up on Gulf beaches, birds are dying and some are simply dropping dead out of the sky, and we know of at least one dead zone–caused by the BP oil spill–a dead zone being an area in the ocean where nothing can live for lack of oxygen–which is a hundred miles long and 12 miles wide. That is the only one that is being reported on, who knows how many more there are and how great is the ongoing damage?
But none of these dire events are being mentioned much in the media. We hear the reports, but then the media directs our attention to something else. So we cover our eyes to what is going on. We dismiss these events thinking that someone higher up than us is surely attending to the problem (dream on!).What’s worse is these things are only the tiny beginnings of much more that is bound to happen. If we don’t listen up, and wake up, we’ll be just as unprepared and helpless when the even worse and more dire events unfold. This is not a time to curl up under the covers.
Mar 29, 2011
How many people truly BELIEVE that all of these accumulating hundreds of thousands of tons of nuclear spent fuel with a HALF life of 24,000 years, can truly be guarded safely without any incidents for even 1,000 years? Can anyone truly guarantee that they and their future 80,000 generations will guarantee the safety of these tombs for 24,000 years? How many generations is it for 250,000 years? Remember, the radiation load only reduces by 50% in the first 24,000 years. This poison must actually be guarded and kept safe for something like 250,000 years to actually make it somewhat safer, even though it would still be highly radioactive.
I cannot even think five years into the future, much less 1,000 years. How far into the future can you think? Who will pay for this? Not the nuclear industry, that is for sure.
What chance do we have of pulling this off AT ALL? The pyramids are only 5,000 years old, and no one can tell us how they were built, what they are REALLY for, or who built them, or why they were constructed. Has anyone taken a radiation reading inside? Maybe it was a tomb for nuclear waste….Silly point of course, but I am helping people to see, rather than stay in denial about what is happening here.
How are we going to guard something for MUCH MUCH LONGER than the oldest pyramids, and even have a chance of passing on the knowledge of the danger to another 20,000 years worth of future generations beyond that? It is totally ridiculous.. and it is not going to happen. We do not even track what happens to the poisonous plutonium and uranium mine tailings, which are highly poisonous and radioactive. Many are being used for construction, and no one seems to care, that they are poisoning everyone who takes part.
The danger is growing, in the form of spent fuel pools containing thousands of tons of spent fuel at each nuclear plant. Spent fuel is still dangerous, much like the Fukushima Chernobyl crisis illustrates. One spent fuel pile has gone into at least partial meltdown, despite assurances that this ‘could never happen’.. Right, just keep drinking the KoolAid.I have only pointed at the tip of the red hot radioactive volcano that can erupt at any time, poisoning everyone on the planet. Want to know more? http://www.facebook.com/E.R.St…
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