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By Gustavo Portocarrero Valda
A nuclear reactor produces clean electrical energy and does not worsen global warming, because it does not use any fossil fuel (oil or coal). The time has come for the bulk of humanity to make its unanimous voice of protest heard and impose: No, to nuclear plants, against the audacious established order, where business comes first.
The recent events in Japan constitute a painful as well as sad endorsement of the firm position of the ecologist clamor: nuclear reactors are a grave danger against humanity. And it is not just a risk, but a whole deceptive plot that sets up - as a cost - a qualitatively gruesome account, thanks to the antics of the economy against the environment.
There is no doubt that a nuclear reactor produces clean electrical energy, as pure and does not worsen global warming, because it does not use any fossil fuel (oil or coal). Nor does it harm ecosystems because it does not require water reservoirs for turbines; less burns wood.
If the energy generated in nuclear plants is clean, where is the danger?
On the one hand it is about its structure; any nuclear reactor is a real time bomb. For method reasons we start with the latter.
What is nuclear waste and where is its life-destroying action?
Nuclear waste is all the radioactive mineral residue used in its production. This material, as it is already unusable for the electrical energy production process, must be discarded because it has exhausted its potential. However, the so-called “nuclear ash” –as science notes it– continues to emit radioactivity, a situation that lasts more than a hundred years. Therefore, it deserves a process of extraordinary attention to be discarded as far as possible from the human presence.
What do those companies do with the garbage they produce?
Until about twenty years ago, when there were still few generating plants, companies hired and paid transporters to make their ash disappear, accumulated in immense volumes and thousands of tons of weight. That business was fabulous for unscrupulous entrepreneurs of maritime vessels, because they arranged the shipment of such a strategic cargo to be deposited in Third World countries, even by bribing authorities. Naive populations were led to believe that these ashes were fertilizers, useful for agriculture; also that it was a special material for road construction and filling.
Faced with permanent warnings from international environmental entities such as Greenpeace, which were monitoring the case, monitoring and providing information to the Third World, local communities began to react angrily. Their protests were made effective with massive demonstrations that did not stop being aggravated by exercising violence to be heard by the authorities.
Lest anyone claim that the above is a lie, there are two facts as proof. The ship "Khian Sea", with 14,000 tons of toxic ash left Philadelphia, PA, USA, circling the world, where it was impatiently awaited by angry prepared human masses. From the Bahamas, it went to the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Bermuda, Guinea Bissau and the Netherlands Antilles. In Haiti, it unloaded 4,000 tons with the permission of the dictator Jean Claude Duvalier; However, when the Haitians realized this outrage, they had to react as the situation deserved. However, and taking advantage of the night, the ship escaped from the place leaving its present on the beach.
Finally, and realizing time was passing, although no one accepted such generous offers, the captain ordered his cargo to be dumped in the Indian Ocean. Another vessel, of Caribbean origin, called: "MV Ulla", this time with ashes from Spain, sank in the Gulf of Iskenderun, in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Turkey on September 7, 2004.
It is not an exaggeration to maintain that it can be explained, now, because the sea offers us dangerous new species, genetically degenerate.
It is very clear that today nuclear plants have proliferated excessively in the First World, to the extent that the US has 102, France 76 and Japan 74. It is clear to note that, given such an increase in reactors, garbage nuclear power has increased and will continue to grow in an ascending degree, multiplying its attack potential.
Faced with the active awareness and effective reaction of the local communities, as well as the adverse international consensus, the companies decided to change their strategy. Now they store their garbage in portions - like semi-living corpses - enclosed in real sarcophagi, carefully protected and "rigorously inspected, monitored and placed in trenches or deep burial pits." In such a limbo of peace, the nuclear mummies will await their fate; that is, his century, to die definitively (total extinction of his radioactive process)
This particular danger no longer escapes the continent. This time he is in his own home (the industrialized world) where his population is made to believe that "everything is under control" and without any risk.
Patent situations now corner companies, because they can no longer deny two realities under their own noses. The first, that the sarcophagi will continue to increase in number and at an accelerated rate; the second, that any serious external accident could crack or break them, allowing the specters of the mummies to escape through the air to search for other dead. Of course, you will no longer know the exact breaking point of any ordinary coffin; less can be sealed again.
In clear objective language, those of us who live in the industrialized world do not know that we are sitting on a volcano. Without fiction or story, these are cemeteries anathematized by humanity, where the evil fate - a mining excavation, or an underground work for infrastructure - would have no problem expelling those beings from their habitat and peaceful rest, underground, to send them even higher: to make the clouds radioactive.
Now let's move on to the underlying issue.
Why do nuclear reactors mean real time bombs?
The immense accumulated mass of energy requires solid structures made with special materials that provide a certain degree of security so that we all believe that nuclear reactors are safe and protected. The "pledge of guarantee" is found in scientific knowledge and "modern and cutting edge technology", according to technicians, nuclear managers and political authorities. However, - and as I pointed out six years ago in a book published in the US in English - one thing is the structural safety of the reactor apparatus and another, the safety of the external environment. I stated that a nuclear plant can never be guaranteed against an earthquake, lightning or the impact of an airplane that falls by accident.
And I was not wrong in the least. It took a few minutes for a powerful tsunami to attack four nuclear power plants in Fukushima, the action of which from the invading waters dragged and crashed inland - and on paper - vehicles, houses, bridges, monuments, buildings, and even large ships. Unfortunate spectacle now offers us such a nice eastern country.
With the experience produced - which is just one of many that can occur and in various forms - even if nuclear plants are installed underground, they will be safe. They turned out like rebellious children, who have to be flogged with water to cool them down and stop reacting. Here is - on the other hand - the ruthless punishment of uncontrolled physical forces, the result of the lucrative action of the social economic system, where the human being as such, nor his values, does not matter, for being just another slave to consumption.
The Argentine writer Javier Rodríguez Pardo, commenting on the behavior of those who are dosing the information and hiding the truth "so as not to generate alarm" in world public opinion, tells us: "The images of the smoking reactor have not yet been explained and even less their effects. The eastern nuclear technician does not differ from the western one. Both minimize the tragic events of nuclear activity, hide the seriousness of the incident, deny the radioactive impact ... "
This same person warns that the island is being sown with atomic bombs, exposed to being detonated or by another Tsunami "or by the unsuspecting hand of some technician who failed to monitor a valve, because with nuclear energy there is no safe threshold." It also reminds us that already in the 90's there was unrest in the Japanese people, whose business clan and government –in frank marriage and to soften the alarmed national public opinion– created the cartoon character called: “Pluto Boy”
This cartoon character, pink cheeks, helmet and antennae, “adorable” by his own circle, sent his own message: “Plutonium is good for you. I am not a monster, please look at me carefully as I am. " The video was distributed by Japan’s Power Reactor and Nuclear Fuel Development Corp. and appeared daily on television to convince the Japanese public that the body assimilates radiation without major risks.
The liar Pluto boy doesn't exist anymore. The nuclear explosions in Fukushima have belied their candor and the risk feared by the people has become a reality, to the extent that the government itself has just announced the definitive closure of that plant. Such is the crude result of "technological" systems that were considered safe, whose samples show thousands of emigrants taking potassium iodide tablets to save their lives, neighboring countries feeling the visits of the radioactive phenomenon, Japanese plantations of spinach and other vegetables with high degree of contamination, stores of provisions with numerous affected products (butter, milk and cheese, for example), destruction of family economies due to fear of radioactivity, forced abandonment, rarefied clouds, etc.
To all the above, it is added that Japan already had another severe problem in 2007 at the Tokaimura nuclear plant, with seven reactors. From their own accumulated national experience - the atomic explosions suffered in Hiroshima and Nagasaki - the Japanese people know, and their protests have already begun, that they should no longer allow any more risks to their security with systems that they will never provide. Even without an earthquake or extraordinary shock, there are radioactive leaks.
Thanks to the proliferation of nuclear plants, we are getting closer to the macro planetary danger; the gradual sterilization of forms of terrestrial life, much faster than global warming itself.
The time has come for the bulk of humanity to make its unanimous voice of protest heard and impose: No, to nuclear plants, against the audacious established order, where business comes first.
This voice must run and thunder from end to end of the terrestrial orb to save life.
Otherwise, the earthly passing will be a spectacle of an immense tragedy of degraded humans, many of those condemned to slow death.
For a minimum of solidarity with human pain, let us avoid the ungrateful spectacles of beings who have had the misfortune to survive a worse nuclear catastrophe; So be they (by way of example): people without teeth or hair, paralyzed, with disabled organs, sterility, deformed children, plus cancer the order of the day.
Gustavo Portocarrero Valda -USA- The author has published 14 books. His main works on the specific environmental theme are: Man, an endangered animal, Manual of Political Ecology, Epic and death of the Earth, Conversations with Planet Earth, Earth’s Destruction and our hope in the Ecologist.