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Self reliance

Dear Editor:

Nuclear power.

You have to monitor nuclear waste after it has finished its time producing productive power for society. Now seeing that the dangerous levels of radioactivity in the waste are expected to outlast civilization, then any brief positive power output bequeathed to society is overwhelmingly dwarfed by the negative power input required to monitor and maintain the waste.

Nuclear power requires more power input to initially build the infrastructure, process the radioactive materials, build and maintain the waste storage facilities and then monitor the waste until the end of civilization.

An economic net loss. A loser built on hubris and lies.

The Fukushima Diihatchi nuclear power plant in Japan is melting into the groundwater. We are talking about a possible extinction level event as this nuclear monster is completely out of control now. The China Syndrome has taken place. It does not bode well for our future. This is more rapid than global warming, that some folks choose to deny.

The radioactive elements in a nuclear power plant core take thousands to millions of years to break down and during that time, they remain deadly to most living things. Soil fungi are the exception and some forms of algae can thrive in this environment quite well. “Hot” tuna for sale in the frozen foods section. Cesium-134 was found at high levels in all of the 15 tuna tested for the Fukushima debris in fish off the California coast. Because the readings were higher than acceptable levels, the government raised the standards. Go figure.

Growing your own food is like printing your own money. Local self reliance is the answer.

James Bruvold

This story was posted on July 25, 2013.