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With new reports from Japan about the ongoing escape of massive amounts of radiation, likely to increase rather than decrease in our future, the world-wide impact of this disaster is slowly dawning – but all too slowly.

The greatest deed Obama and the USA could perform would be to put all resources – scientific, technological, military, financial, ethical – behind encasing the Fukushima reactors to stop the continuing spread of radiation into the earth, water, and air. If countless mega-fortresses can be built in Iraq, and drones and robots can do such impressive remote-guided tasks, these technologies could easily be applied to encapsulating the radiating reactors from all sides, and even from below. The only things missing are an honest assessment of this dire emergency and the will to put “America’s Best”  of everything to work for this goal.

Capping this danger that is now even greater than climate change would restore America’s reputation as a country whose  innovative aspirations can truly help mankind.  Even the nuclear industry would end up benefitting from this deed, because it would prove that such crises can be dealt with if needed.

Now only human factors hinder such an effort: the greed of the nuclear industry, the national pride of the Japanese, and the cognitive disconnect most of us are still wanting to wallow in. They say “Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt,” but it’s actually a gigantic ocean with persistent poisonous currents still heading our way.

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Wow! Thank goodness you are a nuclear physicist so we can rely on your analysis. I'm lining my house with lead this afternoon.

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
December 1, 2012 at 6:50 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Dear italiansurg - I know you're being sarcastic, but nevertheless: I may not be a nuclear physicist but that doesn't mean I can't understand some credible articles coming out about this. I'll gladly share some links of requested.

But besides that, I lived in Berlin during Chernobyl. With our young kids we had just started our first organic garden in our backyard, and when the radioactive rains came we had to desert our neat rows of carrots and lettuce, and our son was so disappointed. And our 2 year old daughter couldn't understand why we suddenly dismantled the sandbox she and her friends loved playing in. Those were sad times. We also didnt dare eat wild mushrooms and berries for years, and venison was a no-no for years as well. So maybe that explains why I'm being quite attentive about the Fukushima radiation spreading, especially to our West Coast where I currently have another organic garden growing........ But I would LOVE to be proven totally wrong about this issue - so please present reliable evidence to the contrary (which means NOT Tepco sources, of course) Thanks -PL

peterlackner (anonymous profile)
December 1, 2012 at 11:15 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I believe America's 'best' are too busy lining their pockets to deal with anything resembling something 'big'.

spacey (anonymous profile)
December 3, 2012 at 1:06 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Yes spacey, including but not limited to Obama and Pelosi.
pl-So you and I agree that we need good data from objective experts which was the point of my sarcasm. I'm not sure what Chernobyl has to do with this as the release and exposure models between the two reactors are not on the same orders of magnitude.

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
December 3, 2012 at 4:39 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Time to start taking your Iodine tablets and wearing your MOP suit with the air-scubbers, as for food, MRE's until the danger passes.

dou4now (anonymous profile)
December 4, 2012 at 10:46 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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