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:
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.