Commemorating Fukushima, Venerating Life: Eradicate Nuclear Power Plants

Commemorating Fukushima, Venerating Life: Eradicate Nuclear Power Plants

Reverend Sawada Gyosen is a Buddhist monk from Japan who will conduct a Peace Walk from Santa Barbara to Diablo Canyon’s nuclear plant, to commemorate the third anniversary of the Fukushima meltdown. He will depart Santa Barbara March 4, and arrive for a vigil at the Diablo Canyon nuclear reactors on March 11.

Diablo Canyon is the last nuclear plant in California, and is no less prone to a disastrous meltdown than the Fukushima Dailichi nuclear plant in Japan, which will have occurred three years ago, come March 11, 2014.

Independent investigations report Fukushima’s nuclear plant was never equipped to withstand the earthquake and tsunami that instigated its meltdown; estimates of the Diablo Canyon’s nuclear plant predict the same fate in the event of a sizable earthquake.

The scope of my blog does not afford me the space necessary to fully educate the reader on the specific details surrounding the unsafe, unethical, and nonsensical reality of nuclear plants. A preliminary research utilizing reliable sources should produce enough convincing data to cause alarm in even the most apathetic.

If you believe you shouldn’t be alarmed that these so called ‘safe and economic’ forms of energy can affect you, consider the rate at which the nuclear waste released from Fukushima is travelling through our oceans. The toxic byproduct from Fukushima’s plants is predicted to reach Pacifica coasts by April, 2014.

Among the more obvious and blatant correlations associated with nuclear power plants is the escalation of cancer, specifically of the thyroid. Initial research derived out of the Chernobyl accident in 1986. Some 28 years later, and with a steady rise in physical side effects connected to exposure to nuclear plants, including those plants in tact, there still remains opposition to the shutdown of these power plants.

PG&E’s home page on their website uses key words such as illumination, safe, and beneficial – ask the families whose babies have been born with birth defects, or have died of leukemia, what star rating they’d give PG&E if they were to review their services – my guess would be lower than one star.

I can’t imagine the concepts, let alone words, such as illuminate, safe, or beneficial, entering the minds of these parents as they’ve watched their children take their last breaths. I’m thinking concepts and words more along the lines of sorrow, grief, and devastation are what come to mind, and experienced.

As with any tragic or catastrophic events, or set of circumstance, if we don’t experience it first hand, and don’t have the tools to reconcile the cognitive dissonance created from fathoming the idea of it happening to our loved ones or our self, we tend to tuck it away or reason it as something that only happens to other people.

Let me relativize it for you, for me – Diablo Canyon is merely 90 miles from where I live, in Santa Barbara, California. Fukushima, while many more miles from the Pacifica coasts, is estimated to begin depositing its nuclear plant waste on these shores within a few weeks. Go ahead, shake your head baffled by the seeming lack of relativity; that’s just my point, we are at the mercy of nuclear plants, what’s relative is, no matter where we are in proximity to nuclear plants; we are all at their mercy. Nuclear plants are no match for Mother Nature, and her occasional fits, earthquakes.

Whoever thought locating nuclear power plants near several earthquake faults was a good idea, isn’t just nuts; they are negligent and criminal, at best. PG&E claims these nuclear plants are illuminating, safe, beneficial, and economical, to which I respond, to whom!

Let’s illuminate the fact that nuclear plants were an ill-conceived idea that needs to be disposed of, now, in order to make places like Fukushima and San Luis Obispo safe to live.

Let’s illuminate the fact that the only corrective measure is to irradiate all nuclear plants, and Obama’s $8 billion loan guarantee aimed at assisting in the construction of at least half dozen nuclear plants over the next decade.IMG_2740

It’s time to slap hands out of the cookie jar, and behave ourselves, by identifying how we contribute to the supply and demand of this corporate mechanism. Where have we said, “more energy please!” It’s time to turn off our lights, literally, and burn a candle in vigil for the lights that have been turned off permanently.

Keep the conversation going and do your part; and I will do mine. It’s time to partner up and become the community conglomerates that vigilante the corporate monsters right out of town. These are our towns, not theirs!


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