Official response to the Fukushima disaster

The Fukushima disaster has provoked many responses, but none seem quite as chilling as the response of the Federation of American Scientists.   They are a group of scientists who are meeting with “opinion makers” to manage the news about Fukushima.  The start out praising the response to the disaster:

The efforts underscored the importance of the friendship, the unique level of trust and interoperability between our governments and armed forces, and the value of Japan’s support for the thousands of American military personnel based in Japan.

 They go on to state:

Collectively, the international community has delayed important decisions about standards for radiation safety, environmental clean-up, decommissioning and decontamination, and the treatment of spent nuclear fuel. The Fukushima accident demonstrates the impact of not making these decisions, one example being that the absence of such standards may be unnecessarily delaying the return home of many of those who were evacuated after the Fukushima accident. The inability to expeditiously remediate damage to communities and the natural environment discredits nuclear operations worldwide while generating legitimate anxiety and concern in nuclear reactor host communities and neighbors. Decontamination of the Fukushima area and
decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi plant must be accomplished as quickly as possible.
They go on to say that they should shape opinion to:

Seek to enable the private sectors in Japan and the United States to remain competitive for global nuclear energy contracts among state-owned and state-sponsored global competitors.

The report goes on to talk about the importance of nuclear energy for the joint military goals of the two nations.   It is worth reading in full, for the way in which the group tries to manufacture consent, in the words of Noam Chomsky.


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