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Chernobyl Expert Says Greed May Lead to Big Trouble in Japan

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Posted on Mar 15, 2011
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An aerial view of the nuclear plant in Fukushima, Japan, shows evidence of last week’s earthquake and tsunami.

Corporate interests might have played a big part in the design and maintenance of Japan’s nuclear complex at Fukushima, according to Russian nuclear accident expert Iouli Andreev, who knows a thing or two from Chernobyl’s example—and who called the International Atomic Energy Agency “a fake organization.”  —KA

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Andreev said a fire which released radiation on Tuesday involving spent fuel rods stored close to reactors at Fukushima looked like an example of putting profit before safety:

“The Japanese were very greedy and they used every square inch of the space. But when you have a dense placing of spent fuel in the basin you have a high possibility of fire if the water is removed from the basin,” Andreev said.

The IAEA should share blame for standards, he said, arguing it was too close to corporations building and running plants. And he dismissed an emergency incident team set up by the Vienna-based agency as “only a think-tank not a working force”:

“This is only a fake organization because every organization which depends on the nuclear industry—and the IAEA depends on the nuclear industry—cannot perform properly.

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By Roustam, April 27, 2011 at 9:46 am Link to this comment
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Greed never pays, especially when things deal with
nuclear energy, health, and environment. Greed only
ensures the doom of foolish humanity.

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By Napolean DoneHisPart, March 17, 2011 at 12:40 am Link to this comment

Whomever would be at the helm of this country should DEMAND that all nuclear facilities be systematically shut down starting immediately ( or have a horizon time-line of no more than 180 days ).

Obama should be the voice of this, since he does sit in that office… but he or another would quickly be called an obvious dictator / tyrant / whatever… but we must ask ourselves:

Is the risk worth the juice? 

The immediate push to implement solar, wind, and all other alternative types of energy should be brought enforce to replace the dangerous and extinction-able capabilities these unstable creations of man have.

Can the Amerikan public sustain what we are witnessing in Japan?

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By Grousefeather, March 16, 2011 at 2:31 pm Link to this comment
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In my view it’s a bad idea to allow private interests to control vital resources including: utilities, natural resource extraction, space exploration, medical and dental health coverage, prisons and assisted living facilities, and above all, the military. The latter by employing private contractors. Business interests should not be intertwined with government, especially with the military. Money, in the form of campaign contributions, should be banned from our election process.

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By Brian Southwick, March 16, 2011 at 9:23 am Link to this comment
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TEPCO, the operator of the nuclear plant, as well as the Japanese government can be faulted for their handling of the response. But as for the design of the facility- that is the brainchild of Obama’s Jobs Czar’s employer, General Electric. You know, the “We bring good things to life” people.

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By Brian Southwick, March 16, 2011 at 8:57 am Link to this comment
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While the plant is operated by the Tokyo Electric Power Company, the design is 100% General Electric- you know, the “We bring good things to life” people.

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By gerard, March 16, 2011 at 12:43 am Link to this comment

Calling the Japanese “greedy” because they tried to conserve on the use of
space shows ignorance of the problem of land scarcity in Japan.  Japan is a tiny
island trying to contain too many people under contemporary standards of
“development.”  It is also energy starved, having few forests, insufficient water
power, no oil and almost no coal.  They were sold on nuclear by the U.S.
nuclear industry after WWII with the idea that they could become energy
independent. Being a highly industrialized society, their need for energy is
enormous.

The faults of the Japanese nuclear industry are the same as the faults of the
entire nuclear energy everywhere:  They are all capitalist enterprises bent on
profits plus a need for filling “rising expectations” and “development,
modernization etc.” 
  A nuclear accident can happen anywhere anytime if there is a nuclear plant
constructed, particularly if it is inadequately inspected (which most are) and
getting old and in need of an expensive shut-down for expensive repairs.
If it’s nuclear, uncertainties are guaranteed because thorough knowledge of
nuclear behavior is limited.  Need pushes taking unwise risks of all kinds.

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By rico, suave, March 15, 2011 at 9:46 pm Link to this comment

TDoff:

I see. A Russian, steeped in capitalism, understands corporate greed. Nyyaaaa..I don’t think so. Maybe socialist or communist greed. But he most likely has no concept of corporations, let alone thier greed.

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By WriterOnTheStorm, March 15, 2011 at 7:02 pm Link to this comment

There is no question that some (especially older) nuclear plants are less safe than
they could be because the manufacturers wanted to make them cheaper. This was
in part fostered by competition with alternative energy sources. When the nuclear
industry was in its infancy, it was eager to demonstrate that nuclear energy could
as economically viable as coal, hydro, etc., so they made some decisions which
compromised safety.

It makes a good sample case for stronger government oversight of industry when
public safety is at stake. And public safety is almost always at stake.

See Adam Curtis’ “Pandora’s Box”, “A is For Atom” for more.

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By TDoff, March 15, 2011 at 6:00 pm Link to this comment

Suave rico, Andreev’s a Russian, and THAT qualifies him as an expert on corporate greed.

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By TDoff, March 15, 2011 at 5:54 pm Link to this comment

Look, this Japanese nuclear incident is troublesome.

But hey, we’re a lot better off than if GE had gotten away with their first nuclear-power-production-of-electricity plan for Japan. Just imagine, if GE were air-bursting H-Bombs, one a day, over Hiroshima, to power a circumference of wind turbines around the city.

We should all be thankful that wiser heads prevailed, and scotched that concept.

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By rico, suave, March 15, 2011 at 5:47 pm Link to this comment

How does Andreev’s nuclear expertise automatically
qualify him as an expert on corporate greed? You folks
are so credulous sometimes.

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By Peter Knopfler, March 15, 2011 at 5:26 pm Link to this comment

WHERE IS THE NO LIE ZONE, NOWHERE! Corporations hide
nuke truth just as BP in the oil spill. LIARS FOR
MONEY, money whores, Humanity screws itself again, For
wealth we destroy our health

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By California Ray, March 15, 2011 at 5:26 pm Link to this comment

Sorry, Mr. Expert, but President Obama knows that nuclear power is “clean energy.”
Why believe a “Russian nuclear accident expert” when you can get the honest truth
from a Harvard lawyer?
http://tinyurl.com/4qew5ut

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By TDoff, March 15, 2011 at 5:00 pm Link to this comment

Oh my. Oh no. ‘Corporate Interests’ and ‘Greed’ are involved in the Fukushima nuclear tragedy?! Who could have guessed that? What is our world coming to when corporate interests and greed are intertwined and involved in our day-to-day lives? Maybe we should ask ‘god’ to do something about this.

Let us pray.

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By JJW, March 15, 2011 at 4:18 pm Link to this comment
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Revolving door of corruption between Gov regulators (politicians) and their masters global corporations.

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