When the nuclear power plant at Fukushima, Japan was damaged by a major earthquake, many expected long-term radiation problems. But scientists recently brought together by a UN scientific committee found Japan’s general public and the vast majority of workers at Fukushima are unlikely to suffer any future health effects linked to small radiation leaks.
Not surprisingly, a number of environmentalists have recently attempted to link the tragic earthquake in Japan to, you guessed it, global warming. But Dr. Tom Borelli of the National Center for Public Policy Research isn't buying it, and has this to say: “Clearly global warming alarmists will exploit any natural disaster to promote their anti-fossil fuel agenda. The very idea that carbon dioxide – a trace atmospheric gas – and global temperatures could impact plate tectonic forces and cause an earthquake is absurd and is unsupported by any credible scientific study. Spreading such hype in the media without a [...]
In light of the nuclear crisis in Japan, should the world abandon nuclear power for safety reasons? Dr. Kelvin Kemm, a nuclear physicist, says no, and here explains why: “The Fukushima nuclear plants are forty years old and use an outdated boiling water reactor design. . ."
The ground hadn’t stopped shaking. Tsunami waters had not receded. And yet coverage of this awful natural disaster – a scene of almost unfathomable devastation and death – was already giving way to single-minded focus on radiation exposure and meltdowns.
The earthquake and tsunami in Japan delivered a devastating one-two punch to that island nation and to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. So what does much of the world do? You guessed it. They blamed the designers, builders and operators of the nuclear plant for not doing a good enough job.
Last week we wrote to you and asked for help to send a search and rescue team to Japan. Today Dahlia from CARITAS asked me to thank you for your support and to inform you that their five member SAR team and certified live person finding dog are on the job, saving lives.CFACT and CARITAS have always been, in myriad ways, about helping people. We've been partnering with them for years bringing aid and opportunity to Mexico and can attest to their hard work and effectiveness. We are honored to work by their side. We reached out on Friday and within hours [...]
CHURCHVILLE, VA—The air over northeastern Japan is slightly radioactive—not at dangerous levels for people, but an indicator that higher levels might come. The newspapers in Japan and here are talking earnestly about failures in pressure vessels and falsified safety reporting, as they should. But now, a slightly hysterical Surgeon General of the United States is recommending that millions of U.S. residents buy iodide crystals to ward off potential thyroid cancer—from a nuclear event thousands miles away. Four thousand people were on the site of the nuclear accident at Chernobyl in 1986; nine have died from thyroid cancer exposure. Greenpeace, under a [...]
Many of our readers will recall that CFACT has partnered with CARITAS to bring electricity, computers and humanitarian aid to energy poor villages in Mexico.Our Mexican partners just contacted us and told us that they have the only search and rescue team in the entire international CARITAS network. It consists of a five person team and a certified live person finding dog. The Japanese government has requested their assistance.They have put together and funded nearly the entire operation and only transportation needs to be arranged. They need $10,000 immediately. We're going to help and invite you to join us.CFACT is accepting [...]
Japan's Tsunami Nuclear Crisis and Tokyo Radiation LevelsSource: C3Headlines About the Fukushima Nuclear PlantSource: BraveNewClimate Japan Does Not Face Another ChernobylThe containment structures appear to be working, and the latest reactor designs aren't vulnerable to the coolant problem at issue here.Source: Wall Street Journal Japan Nuclear Crisis: What Is a Full Meltdown?Source: Daily Beast
The recent tragic events in Japan have brought the issue of nuclear energy to the forefront of public discussion. While radical environmentalists have exploited the issue to advance anti-nuclear policies, others have tried to defend this important energy source on the grounds of its importance to our economy and standard of living. Missing in the discussion is the fact that important breakthroughs in nuclear engineering should now be given proper vetting – developments that could reduce or eliminate the threat of nuclear meltdown.In order to grasp the significance of these breakthroughs, a basic understanding of the development of nuclear power technology [...]
Today, we are all Japanese.Many of our readers have asked how they can help ease the suffering in Japan today and help our friends there rebuild. They want to ensure their funds are put to good use.In past emergencies you have been able to help by giving directly to CFACT. While we have numerous friends and correspondents in Japan, CFACT is not set up to offer the same level of work on the ground in Japan as we are in other places in the world. We have identified the Japan NGO Earthquake Relief and Recovery Fund as a trustworthy place to [...]
By Evelyn MervineThis Q&A briefing provides a concise overview of much of what you need to know on the nuclear emergency in Japan. Nuclear engineer Mark Mervine gave this interview to his daughter Evelyn Mervine. It was originally posted on her blog, Skepchick. Mark and Evelyn Mervine are not associated with CFACT. My name is Mark Mervine. I graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1981, and went into the Navy nuclear power program. I was in submarines, and while I was in the Navy I qualified on two different types of Navy nuclear power plants and served as an [...]