While the attention of the world shifts elsewhere, the unfolding crisis in Japan just keeps getting horribly worse — including the plight of people displaced, sickened, and threatened by the quakes, tsunami, and spreading radiation.
The post-quake disaster is not natural, but man-made. Blame lies with government and the privatized energy industry, of which TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Co.) is one example.… Read more ...
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In Florida, there are currently five nuclear reactors in operation in Florida, with two at Turkey Point on Biscayne Bay, two in Port St. Lucie, and one at Crystal River. The Crystal River reactor (CR-3) has been shut down for repairs since September 2009, when a large crack was discovered in the concrete and steel containment vessel.
By Wayne Allyn Root, Former Libertarian Vice Presidential Nominee and Author of “The Conscience of a Libertarian”
The Middle East is in flames, we’re now fighting wars on three fronts, Japan has suffered a catastrophe, real unemployment is twenty percent, the housing market is in free fall, and the country is drowning in debt.… Read more ...
by Ralph Nader
The unfolding multiple nuclear reactor catastrophe in Japan is prompting overdue attention to the 104 nuclear plants in the United States—many of them aging, many of them near earthquake faults, some on the west coast exposed to potential tsunamis.
Nuclear power plants boil water to produce steam to turn turbines that generate electricity.… Read more ...
Via Gregg Jocoy at Green Party Watch:
The national Green party issued the following press release. It addresses the situation in Japan from the perspective of someone with family there. It’s by Wes Rolley, former co-chair of the Eco-Action Committee, and writer at California Greening
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Contact: Laura Wells 510.504.4254 firstname.lastname@example.org
Derek Iversen 323.481.8984 email@example.com
Cres Vellucci 916.996.9170 firstname.lastname@example.org
Environmental watchdog, with family in Japan, says U.S.… Read more ...
by Andrea Pason and Billy Wharton, co-chairs Socialist Party USA
March 15, 2011 – The Socialist Party USA extends its most sincere wishes of sympathy and solidarity to the people of Japan as they suffer from the greatest tragedy since World War II. We have watched in horror as the deadly Tsunami wiped out whole towns, killing tens of thousands of people.… Read more ...
Video discussion about Japan’s fragile economy and the world economy’s future.
GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES
For Immediate Release:
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
US Greens send a message of sympathy and solidarity to the Japanese Green Party, urge monitoring of radiation in the US and availability of potassium iodide pills for young people in Hawaii, Alaska, and the west coast in the event of a radiation plume from Japan
GreenStream Wednesday, March 16: discussion of Japan’s nuclear disaster and the 32rd anniversary of Three Mile Island, 10 pm ET, 7 pm PT on the Green Party’s Livestream channel: http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus
Green Party Speakers Bureau: Greens available to speak on nuclear energy, foreign policy, and related topics: http://www.gp.org/speakers/subjects.php
WASHINGTON, DC — US Green Party leaders urged a moratorium on nuclear power plants and cancellation of license renewals for 23 General Electric reactors in the US that have the same design as reactors in Japan.… Read more ...
Landslide victories for independent candidates in local elections in central Japan earlier this month shocked the nation’s two major parties and revived public doubt about the nascent two-party system. ‘It is the beginning of the collapse of the two-party system,’ Minoru Morita, a veteran political analyst, said.… Read more ...
By Wayne Allyn Root, Former Libertarian Vice Presidential Nominee and Best-Selling Author
Barack Obama and the U.S. government have called for a “peaceful transition” in Egypt, in response to massive protests, riots and escalating anarchy. But I wonder if President Obama is taking notes? I wonder if he realizes just how close America is to facing a similar crisis that could result in riots, revolt in the streets, and economic paralysis.… Read more ...