Thoughts About Nuclear Energy

After what happened in Fukushima, I have become aware of several things.  This is mainly because the anxiety generated by the situation has made me research and study about the topic and its history.

The question is, Why nuclear energy? When thinking about it these were my conclusions:

1. Because the leaders of this world are insane psychopaths. The psychopathy did not make them take into account the dangers of nuclear energy.  The reasons they chose it was because it was a powerful weapon that helped win a war.  It was financed by bankers and developed by the Military Industrial Complex.  All they thought was win a war and show their military and political power.  Nuclear energy was developed in the context of war, the intention was not really to generate electricity but to kill people.  Kill people is an understatement actually, exterminate civilization and its future generations would be a more accurate purpose.  All the people, institutions, etc, involved in the development of nuclear energy as weapons were all a bunch of sociopathic schizophrenics who have no regard for human life, and who never took into account the environmental cost of this energy.

2. Because nuclear energy is a great business for a few and a bad business for many. The nuclear industry is a creature of the military industrial complex which developed in the 40’s and 50’s a huge industry out of nuclear energy.  Nuclear laboratories, reactors, nuclear fuel mining, nuclear breeder reactors, nuclear ballistics, nuclear safety, and the list goes on and on.  Due to its complexity nuclear energy has demonstrated to be one of the most expensive sources of energy and it involves a great deal of investment that fuels a whole system of a corrupted and sick industry.  The nuclear industry feeds a huge industrial and technological structure, that has been transferred all the way down to every household in developed countries.  The rationale of the industry is that it is “CO2 Free” because nuclear reactors do not emit greenhouse gases, therefore it has been labeled by many technocrats as a “clean energy”.  But this rationale is as absurd as the nuclear tests that destroyed the Bikini Islands in the Pacific.  Apart from the “clean energy” claim, supporters of this industry also affirm that it is one of the cheapest sources of energies, since it “does not depend” on a finite source of energy like oil since nuclear fuel can be recycled.  This affirmation has been debunked many times by experts who have calculated the real cost per Kilowatt of nuclear energy and it exceeds the costs of solar and wind energy, who many thing it is one of the most expensive types of energy.  That without mentioning the environmental costs of nuclear energy, in the case of nuclear accidents, like in Chernobyl and Fukushima.  Environmental costs and damage far beyond repair.

In Japan for example the nuclear industry using some kind of lose calculations came up with the conclusion that nuclear energy was the cheapest source of energy aprox. ¥5-6 per KWhr.  When in fact its real cost was revealed to be ¥10.68 per KWhr surpassing the costs of oil, gas, hydro and wind energy.  Below you can see the results obtained from a research done by sustainable energy expert Kenichi Oshima from Ritsumeikan University.

Japan nuclear energy costs
Nuclear energy costs on the left the costs claimed by the Japanese government on the right the real costs calculated by sustainable energy researcher Kenichi Oshima from Ritsumeikan University.

The above graphs show quite a discrepancy between the official costs published by the Japanese government and the results of Dr. Oshima’s research, the government claim is half as the ones obtained from Oshima’s study.  Who shall we believe?

After all the scandals in the last 20 years and evident disinformation about the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, the government claim ¥5-6 energy cost is rather suspicious.  Even if Oshima’s claim is not accurate there is a high chance that the real cost of nuclear energy is in between what the government assures and what the Oshima study discovered, which leaves us with an energy cost that is not really worth it, if you add the environmental cost and risk of this energy compared to renewable ones.

Why the discrepancy? And why does the government insist so much in labeling nuclear energy as a cheap energy?  Well you don’t have to be a genius to understand that the real reason behind this is pushy nuclear agenda by the energy industry in Japan which is probably getting pressure from foreign nuclear industry, since most of our nuclear reactors are foreign made, ex. GE and Westinghouse reactors in its majority.  Well anyways, that is another story.

In conclusion, there is an obvious presence of business interest behind this, Japan depends on foreign companies that provide fuel, technology and maintenance for its 50+ nuclear plants nationwide.  This whole infrastructure would be at risk if a different type of energy were promoted, so the interest of protecting the nuclear establishment is definitely clear.  However, the business interest go in total disaccord with the public ones since the financial and environmental costs are absolutely out of whack!

3. Because nuclear energy is a deliberate plan to slowly exterminate human race. This idea might sound a bit radical, but how can you explain that so much energy and human effort was put in the development of weapons of mass destruction with the purpose of exterminating humanity.  A nuclear plant is no different from a nuclear warhead or bomb, it is a different denomination of these.  The difference is that it does not explode in the same way and does not leave a huge mushroom cloud when they blow up.  The are basically like super nuclear land mines.

Nuclear accidents so far have demonstrated something, that nuclear plants go wrong they explode, it happened in Chernobyl and it happened in Fukushima, and it will happen again.  Although so far they have blown up in peace times, we have never thought about a warlike scenario.  Nuclear plants are the perfect targets, all you need is a detonator, like a small missile or tactical bomb and game over.  This kind of scenario is an accident waiting to happen. Nuclear plants are basically the best strategic weapons.  They are passive nuclear bombs, that with little effort can do a lot of environmental damage to a country.

Apart from this during the Cold War, more than 1000 nuclear tests were performed throughout the world. Those tests created more fallout than Chernobyl, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Fukushima combined and multiplied by 1,000. And guess were cancer rates are the highest, northern hemisphere and the southern pacific ring (Australia, New Zealand) where tests were done like it was some kind of cool firework show. The world is already polluted with this shit, deliberately and there is nothing to do about it. Nuclear fallout is impossible to decontaminate, unless some alien race comes here with some magic cure and cleans up all the mess.

Nuclear tests were done on a yearly basis during the decades of 40’s through 60’s, thanks to the Kennedy Test Ban Treaty, nuclear tests became limited in the United States who were the country that performed the most in American territory and the South Pacific Ocean.  Although the government and the military knew about the grave environmental and consequences to the public health, they continued performing these tests.  The reason?  It can only point to a deliberate plan to pollute the environment without having consciousness about the real consequences, like cancer and mutations in fauna and flora.

Russian Tsar Bomb
Picture of the Russian Tsar Bomb, the largest nuclear detonation in history 50 Megatons, that is 500 times Hiroshima. And originally it was designed to produce a 100 megaton explosion. What in the world were they thinking about?

Stopping nuclear energy is still a debate in our modern society, however destruction to the environment and public health risk should not be debatable, it should be taken care immediately.  The best way to take care of this is to stop nuclear energy or at least start its phase out process.   This is a very critical and sensitive discussion that should be in the minds of every human being on earth.  The reason accidents like Fukushima happened, and the reason they will continue to happen, is because we have allowed it in a way.  The lack of understanding and the lack of interest in this kind of issues is what allows our leaders to do as they want, without the public critical consent.  It is time to see the nuclear disaster in Fukushima as an opportunity to reflect about our attitudes towards politics, environment and our fate as humans.

Criticality Accident

Criticality is a nuclear energy term and it occurs when a nuclear chain reaction in a mass of fissile material is self-sustaining, in other words the mass produces energy by itself without any external influence.  In nuclear experimentation criticality can get out of control and produce what is known as a criticality accident, which  is an accidental increase of nuclear chain reactions in a fissile material, such as enriched uranium or plutonium. This releases a surge of neutron radiation which is highly dangerous to humans and causes induced radioactivity in the surroundings, and can be extremely deadly.

Below is a clip from the movie Fatman and Little Boy (1989), a Hollywood recreation of the years of the development of the bombs that devastated Hiroshima and Nagasaki during WWII.  In this scene nuclear scientist (John Cusack) during and experiment accidentally lets 2 cores of plutonium reach criticality releasing a huge amount of radiation that eventually ends up killing him.  This is one of the most famous criticality accidents in history.

Fictionalised criticality accident in the movie Fatman and Little Boy