IF YOU'VE NEVER HEARD OF Michio Kaku, you're missing out on the work on the work of one of the most brilliant scientists alive. Not only did he co-discover String Theory, but he's a courageous advocate for telling the truth about technology. And what he's saying about Japan's nuclear meltdown is very, very frightening.
In a nutshell, Kaku says the option of "entombing" the reactors in concrete that he had previously discussed is now gone. At least one reactor has been breached, and red hot nuclear material is heading for groundwater. When it gets there, a huge explosion will take place.
What can be done at this point? The options are few, Kaku says. A nuclear bomb could be exploded on the site, to try to "vaporize" the core, but he notes, (ominously) that this is probably a bad idea.
Back in Februray of 2010, I wrote a blog explaining why I'm opposed to nuclear power.
I described the ongoing maintenance and protection of nuclear power as a "nuclear nanny state," where a large, centralized government has to regulate, defend, inspect and manage a plant for decades, if not centuries at enormous costs.
We should begin to phase out nuclear power in the U.S. immediately, with a short time frame of say, three years to decommission plants of the Mark I type built by GE. We've had our warning. Now, do we play dumb, or admit that our trust in nuclear power was naive at best. I suggest we use some of the $14 billion dollars in taxes that General Electric owes to all of us toward the decommissioning. The debt GE may owe to Japan for their role in turning that country into a toxic wasteland is beyond reckoning. Maybe CEO Jeffrey Immelt, now one of Obama's key advisors, should simply hand the company keys over to the Japanese and drive off into the sunset.
New Report: Fukushima nuclear site will need to be "nannied" by human beings and for THE NEXT 100 YEARS. To put that in perspective, 100 years ago the first automobiles were being built.
Goldman Sachs has told its employees to stay put in Japan, because fleeing might look bad.
Interactive Map of all current and planned nuclear reactors worldwide HERE.