FEAR OF A NUCLEAR HARVEST
In the year 2013, we are still living under the radiated cloud left behind by the cold war. It is unfortunate that the political climate has focused on pseudoscience with a manufactured crisis about climate change because one of the most pressing issues that barely gets press is all of the nuclear waste and threats that exist when nuclear power plants fail during a power grid failure.
Back in 1950’s and 1960’s Americans were forced into getting used to nuclear bomb tests because of an arms race that was out of control. Both the Soviet Union and the United states had areas where nuclear tests were carried out routinely. The ‘nuclear genie’ was let out of the bottle and there are still victims today that are falling victim to what can be called the ‘nuclear harvest’.
There does not need to be a mushroom cloud present in order to know of the major threats that exist in contaminated areas around the world. While we all are fearing the possibility that some rouge nation may use the bomb to annihilate our country, it is the slow and silent death that comes from continuous exposure to radioactive waste and nuclear disasters like what happened at Chernobyl, the TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Facility in Japan – and now we hear that the Hanford Nuclear Power Plant in the Pacific Northwest is now leaking contaminated water which poses a danger as it borders the Columbia River.
If we reach back into our radioactive history, Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Albert Schweitzer published a paper entitled, “The Rights of the Unborn and the Peril Today.” In his paper, Schweitzer spoke out against the “campaign of assurance” that used crunched numbers and the typically homogenized denials to convince people that exposure to radioactivity was of little or no danger.
This was at a time where it was reported that levels of radioactivity in milk were rising to alarming rates around the world.
In July of 1963, the US and USSR signed an agreement partially banning atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons. President Kennedy announced that, “The number of children and grandchildren with cancer in their bones, with leukemia in their blood, or with poison in their lungs might seem statistically small to some, in comparison with natural health hazards, but this is not a natural health hazard and it is not a statistical issue… The loss of even one human life or the malformation of even one baby— who may be born long after we are gone—should be of concern to all of us. Our children and grandchildren are not merely statistics toward which we can be indifferent.”
Meanwhile in the Pacific Northwest near Hanford, little lambs were born without eyes or mouths. Some had legs that had fused together; some had no legs at all. Many were stillborn. There over thirty that died in one night.
It would not be out of the ordinary to look over at an adjacent pasture and find a few dead cows. Bloated and stiff all four hooves stretched upward. The Yakama tribesmen reported that they pulled a three-eyed salmon from the Columbia. There were other trout that were covered in cancerous ulcers. Babies were also getting sick and some would die, as well. There were also reports of still born babies as well.
Michael D’Antonio, in his 1993 book “Atomic Harvest“, wrote about these horrifying incidents that took place in the 1960’s. These are just a few of the many horror stories that took place in the area surrounding Hanford, Washington, the site of America’s first full-scale plutonium production facility.
The facility is sprawled over 586 square miles in the remote emptiness of eastern Washington. This facility is where the United States once produced most of its nuclear raw materials for the Cold War. Though it was decommissioned in 1988, it remains the most contaminated location in the entire Western Hemisphere.
The US Department of Energy recently revised its timetable for Hanford’s decontamination, which is the biggest environmental cleanup in American history. The end date was moved back, once again. It now hopes to finally wrap up their cleanup by September 2052 — more than 108 years after Hanford was opened.
Now, federal and state officials say six underground tanks holding a deadly concoction of radioactive and toxic waste are leaking, raising concerns about delays for emptying the aging tanks.
Once again we are told that there is no immediate danger because according to officials it would take years for the chemicals to reach groundwater.
The “nothing to see here” stance by authorities can be only seen as lip service because of what he have experienced in the past with regards to “no immediate danger” reports.
Fukushima Daiichi’s nuclear disaster is still a threat and with it we still are teetering towards mega death and an extinction level environmental catastrophe around the world all we need is one more seismic push and we wake up in the ‘zombie apocalypse.’
It doesn’t stop with Fukushima or Hanford.
The highest levels of depleted uranium ever measured in the atmosphere in the U.K., were transported on air currents from the Middle East and Central Asia. Of special significance were those from the Tora Bora bombing in Afghanistan in 2001 and the “Shock & Awe” bombing during Gulf War II in Iraq in 2003. The British government facility that monitored the lethal effects was taken over 3 years ago by Halliburton, which refused to release air monitoring data, as required by law. It seems that private enterprise doesn’t want you to know just how lethal “depleted uranium tipped bombs can be.”
When we hear of depleted uranium weaponry we don’t stop and think that the word ‘depleted’ is public relations spin. It makes it sound like the nuclear material is worn out. It’s not. It’s uranium.
Nuclear waste remains radioactive for billions of years, contaminating ground, water and air which causes cancer, birth defects and death although DU is allegedly “safe” for humans, according to Pentagon scientists. Safe even though it is made to kill people? stupidity never ceases to amaze me.
Cancer rates and birth defects have skyrocketed in Iraq. Infertility rates have also skyrocketed, as have cases of depression and suicide.
However, Americans can sit back and say that the so called enemy had it coming. The demon that they created is the demon we can control. However the same demon is being unleashed and the deaths can be had with another bit of plausible deniability because it takes years to realize the effects, and years to forget that the cause was always there beaming deadly radiation, as the numerous protestors and pseudo scientists spout off their nonsense of global cooling, warming and change as if there is anything we can do about it.
Where is the concern for global radiating, and the waste and contamination that is far more expedient than paying out compensation for carbon credits?
When it comes to anyone who has to endure radioactive contamination, should we resolve that we had it coming? That we deserve the radiated death and nuclear harvest?
The federal government built the Hanford facility at the height of World War II as part of the Manhattan Project to build the atomic bomb. The remote site produced plutonium for the bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan and continued supporting the nation’s nuclear weapons arsenal for years.
Today, it is the most contaminated nuclear site in the country, still surrounded by sagebrush but with Washington’s Tri-Cities of Richland, Kennewick and Pasco several miles downriver.
Several years ago, workers at Hanford completed two of three projects deemed urgent risks to the public and the environment, removing all weapons-grade plutonium from the site and emptying leaky pools that held spent nuclear fuel just 400 yards from the river.
But successes at the site often are overshadowed by delays, budget overruns and technological challenges. Nowhere have those challenges been more apparent than in Hanford’s central plateau, home to the site’s third most urgent project: emptying the tanks.
Hanford’s tanks hold some 53 million gallons of highly radioactive waste enough to fill dozens of Olympic-size swimming pools and many of those tanks are known to have leaked in the past. An estimated 1 million gallons of radioactive liquid has already leaked there.
Despite evidence that every aspect of our physical environment is being manipulated and damaged for various war efforts, some Americans cannot accept that there are more immediate dangers to the environment other than the politically based global warming.
Our very own country and its various scientists have put us in danger and the biggest stumbling block for most is that a government would not harm others because “they have families too” and that they can empathize with ‘family” and “survival.”
Although “they” had families too, the U.S. government and its defense contractors exposed citizens of the United States to huge and deliberate releases of radioactive iodine from the Hanford Nuclear Site, and the Nevada test Site, where downwinders were affected by fallout, virtually creating mutant citizenry prone to thyroid problems and cancers.
Those Cold War “protectors of freedom” released unleashed radiation illnesses upon thousands of down winders, some of whom received up to 350 rads of radiation, during radioactive bomb tests in Utah and New Mexico. To this day, Dugway Proving Ground in Utah contains some of the most dangerous pathogens in the world and whistleblowers have stated that there are still strange things that go on in the west deserts of Utah.
We are told that defense officials perpetrated these tests so that scientists can learn about how to “protect” Americans from nuclear attack. Now it seems we are under a silent attack because of our gullible support of a political war machine.
The federal government spends $2 billion each year on the Hanford cleanup — one-third of its entire budget for nuclear cleanup nationally. The Energy Department has said it expects funding levels to remain the same for the foreseeable future, but a new Energy Department report released calls for annual budgets of as much as $3.5 billion during some years of the cleanup effort.
What is inexplicable and inexcusable is the amount of our nation’s money that has been spent on climate change since that UN Panel, composed mainly of research-money-seeking scientists, invented global warming. We put into a black hole nearly 79 billion dollars that we spend on global warming research.
Meanwhile, the nuclear harvest is guaranteed so that some “progressive lobbyist” can ban plastic bags in supermarkets and jet around the country – all the while warning us of the dangers of bottled water and how it contributes to the carbon footprint.
Priorities seem to be misdirected and that is an understatement. If you have ever wondered if the government wants to let a few die just look at nuclear cleanup budgets compared to global warming budgets and you will walk away realizing that your government is banking on your death by cancer, leukemia and thyroid, kidney and liver failure. All can be diagnosed as all part of your so called lifestyle of over eating, drinking and smoking.
Most of the forces involved in making earth’s weather are beyond man’s ability to control or alter or even prevent from going chaotic. How is man going to eliminate the unpredictable behaviors of volcanoes, sea currents, and the sun itself? The Sun fluctuates the amount of energy and heat it radiates; these cycles have been going on for hundreds of millions of years.
Meanwhile, Hanford is leaking and it won’t be cleaned up until 2052.
Clearly, the public should not trust the government-controlled media as it extols the benefits of trying to control the weather by culling people and their carbon footprint. It is obvious that the way they carry out this murder is to pay less money to the lean up of radioactive waste.
We were told in 2006 by NASA and other groups that the earth did not stand a chance of remaining a stable eco-system within a 4 year window. Now the truth is coming forward. In the seven years we have been mentally beaten and reeducated about global warming and climate change.
The Earth continues to deteriorate under the radioactive cloud of uncertainty. The nuclear harvest is inevitable as we bump and smash our way through a catastrophic cycle that may include nuclear disasters and possible bomb detonations.