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Al Gore’s Karma

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Saving the world, one $90,000 car at a time.

Nice…if you’re rich.

Somehow I get the feeling that when Al Gore is involved in a ‘venture,’ it’s not in the best interests of the vast majority of the American public.

Automaker with ties to Al Gore receives $528.7 million govt loan

Fisker Automotive, a California manufacturer of luxury electric vehicles with ties to former Vice President Al Gore Jr., will receive more than $500 million in federal loans to develop a plug-in hybrid sports car with a sticker price of nearly $90,000 and a new plug-in hybrid vehicle to be built in the United States.

The Energy Department said last week it would lend $528.7 million to Fisker from a $25 billion fund to develop fuel-efficient vehicles, making the Irvine, California, startup the fourth automaker to receive loans from the program. The government awarded $8 billion in loans to Ford Motor Co., Nissan Motor Co. and Tesla Motors Inc. in June to develop environmentally friendly cars.

“This investment will create thousands of new American jobs and is another critical step in making sure we are positioned to compete for the clean energy jobs of the future,” said Energy Secretary Steven Chu. He estimated it would save or create about 5,000 jobs.

Fisker, launched in 2007, is expected to release its first vehicle, the Karma, in the summer of 2010. The $87,900 plug-in luxury sports sedan, which has solar panels on the roof and allows motorists to drive gas-free for 50 miles (80 kilometers), will be built in Finland by Valmet Automotive.

Fisker has raised tens of millions of dollars from top venture capital firms such as Palo Alto Investors and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, of which Gore is a partner. The company has pre-sold more than 1,500 Karmas and recruited a network of 45 dealers.

In a story published in The Wall Street Journal Friday, Gore spokeswoman Kalee Kreider confirmed that the former vice president backs Fisker and purchased a Karma. “He believes that a global shift of the automobile fleet toward electric vehicles, accompanying a shift toward renewable-energy generation, represents an important part of a sensible strategy for solving the climate crisis,” she said in a statement.

Fisker will use $169.3 million in loans for engineering costs to complete the Karma and design tools and equipment at Fisker’s office in Pontiac, Michigan. The Energy Department said that while the assembly of the Karma will be done overseas, more than 65 percent of the parts will come from U.S. suppliers.

The remaining $359.36 million in loans will be directed to Fisker’s Project Nina, an effort by the automaker to develop a lower-cost, higher-volume plug-in hybrid car by late 2012. Fisker has said the next-generation plug-in will sell for $39,900 and be built in the United States with an annual production of about 100,000 vehicles. {more – The Tennessean}

Al Gore has had a good decade. I mean a really good decade. It started out kind of rocky, I mean with him losing the election and all; but after that things just kept getting better and better. He started out in 2001 with an estimated net worth of $1 million dollars. Now that’s pretty good by anyone’s standards. In 2008, however, his net worth was estimated at $100 million dollars. Green has been very kind to Al Gore. {more}

Gore’s place in the globalist criminal syndicate and his use of ‘global warming’…now ‘climate change’…as a means to steal more of our money earned from labor is considered a crime against humanity by some.

Where’s that old fashioned karma when we need it?

Heartland of Darkness: A Review of Jeffrey St. Clair’s BORN UNDER A BAD SKY

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By Adam Engel

10/23/08

Jeffrey St. Clair’s BORN UNDER A BAD SKY (”BAD SKY”) is a very different book from the more theoretical/philosophical/anthropological analyses of Mumford’s MYTH OF THE MACHINE, Richard Heinberg’s THE PARTY’S OVER, and Derrick Jensen’s ENDGAME, but it belongs on the same shelf, and like those other modern “wake-up” calls, should be read aloud in the streets –immediately. What the astronomers and laboratory physicists were to Einstein and Bohr, St. Clair is to “theoretical” environmentalists like James Lovelock and Kirkpatrick Sale, and even Sitting Bull and Black Elk, who warned long ago about the inevitable burn-out of “The American way of Life.” BAD SKY is an example of on-the-ground, muckraking journalism that proves not only that the warnings of what the likes of Bush and Company slandered as “the environmental fringe” were right on target, but that “The American Way of Life” is indeed “non-negotiable,” for Nature does not “negotiate” with terrorists. From the view-point of all flora and fauna in this once abundant land, including humans, that is exactly what the corporations and government agencies that aid and abet them are: terrorists.

Other words for these people (a corporation is a person, according to “our” law, if not Nature’s, no?) might be “parasites,” “free-loaders,” “bums.” The bill is long overdue, and we, not “our corporate sponsors” or “our government” will be paying it for generations.

The consequences of our energy-addiction and the technology-trumps-life system of the corporate/government “dealers” who supply us with our “junk” are everywhere.

For instance, the Beef Industry is not only a source of high cholesterol and a “Treblinka for animals,” as I.B. Singer described the modern industrial slaughterhouse; it’s also a colossal consumer of water.

“In the Southwest, if you want to divine the truth, follow the water. Sooner or later you’ll end up at a cow. More than 80 percent of the water diverted from the Colorado River goes for agricultural irrigation. And that means cattle. The water goes largely to multi-millionaire ranchers and ranches owned by transnational corporations and banks. The water no longer goes to the rural Hispanics, Apache, Hopi, and Navajo, who had developed a truly sustainable grazing and small agriculture based on the ancient system of acequias and other indigenous irrigation systems,” St. Clair writes in BAD SKY.

Just how did the U.S. “make the dessert bloom” with cities and industries that never belonged there in the first place? Why, by diverting water from rivers with huge, government-sponsored dams. Public works. That’s good, no? No, according to St. Clair. When water is diverted from its natural course to provide energy, often via Nuclear Power plants, the result, besides a transitory burst of power for toasters and TVs, is horrendous pollution, nuclear waste, water made toxic after “processing” by power plants, and the dead, stagnant water within the dams themselves.

Then of course we have the Timber Industry, which would, if it could (and due to government “oversight” basically can or will) shred every tree in the West until none are left standing (but those last few trees will yield quite a profit). As St. Clair points out, it’s not about a limited number of lumberjacks losing jobs over a few spotted owls, but rather vast multinational corporate forces and we, their consumer/constituents, disrupting and destroying complex eco-systems in the name of “progress” and profit. Disturbing indigenous eco-systems causes unpredictable consequences for the global “environment” of which even we humans are a part. “The Environment” is not something “out there,” yet another enemy we can fight with slogans like “The War against Pollution,” or what-have-you. We are part of the environment, and the environment is in us. Or are we composed of petroleum-based plastics too?

If, according to Chaos Theory, one butterfly flapping its wings in South America contributes to weather patterns in North America, what does the destruction of thousands of birds, bears, wolves, deer, trees, and entire ecosystems, however small or large, have in store for us? This is, ultimately, the theme of BORN UNDER A BAD SKY: the consequences of our chaos as detailed by St. Clair’s lucid writing, on-site experience, and meticulous reading and research. “There’s no such thing as a free lunch,” corporatist, “free-marketeers” like to say. Jeffrey St. Clair proves how right they are in these dispatches from Hell – our beloved “Homeland.”

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For this reviewer, reading BORN UNDER A BAD SKY was much like watching the movie, “A Clockwork Orange.” The reader wants to turn away, but is too fascinated with the almost surreal horror of it all, so he/she will go one, must go on, even, if necessary, “with eyes wide shut” (to borrow from another Kubrick film). All Americans should read this book, particularly those who still believe that buying and recycling curvaceous pints of Poland Spring water, made with “30-percent less plastic” (so you’ll buy 50-percent more with a “clean conscience”) is, as the bottles advertise, “eco-friendly.” BAD SKY forces the reader to wonder not only how anything made of plastic can be “eco-friendly,” but just WHY we must — to be on the “safe” side — buy bottled water in the first place.

BORN UNDER A BAD SKY is divided into three sections:

“Way out West” relates, in excruciating detail, the devastation wrought upon the natural world, our (or rather, the Indians’) inheritance. Such acts of ecocide (and homicide) include nuclear tests done by “our” government in the 1950s and 1960s that exposed thousands, perhaps millions of Southwesterners to dangerous, “down-wind” radiation.

“Politicians and Other Strangers” examines certain bizarre myths, such as that of an environmentally friendly Al Gore. As the reader will discover, case after case, corporate deal after corporate deal, Gore is anything but “Green.” Other such myths include the “benevolence” of such Big Business-friendly government agencies such as the EPA, FDA, Department of Agriculture, FEMA, the Bureau of Land Management and countless others defending corporate/government/military interests with our tax dollars.

“The Beautiful and the Dammed” tells of two trips by the author down the Green and Colorado rivers in the dammed-off Glen Canyon region. Passing along a “preserved” (that is, dry) area of the Canyon, St. Clair and his companions encounter both beauty and horror in desolation wrought by dammed areas, some scheduled to be flooded but “saved” at the expense of other areas via political wheeling and dealing. The “heart of darkness” the author finds during this trip down the river is not the so-called “savage wildness of Nature,” but rather, the allegedly rational, systematic forces that destroyed it, and our own “hearts” in the process.

The scope of BORN UNDER A BAD SKY is wide, and St. Clair’s insight into the systemic destruction of our land, air, water and future is deep. But the devils are in the details….

Adam Engel, contributing editor for Cyrano’s Journal Online and author of TOPIARY, can be reached at bartlebysamsa65@gmail.com or his website at www.adamengel.com

Source: http://www.bestcyrano.org/THOMASPAINE/?p=1135#more-1135

LIBERTY OR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT? PART 7

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By Michael Shaw

September 20, 2008

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It is important to know that the land use element of Sustainable Development has two action plans:

1. First is the Wildlands Project which seeks to eliminate human presence on over 50% of the American landscape while imposing massive controls on activity on the rest of American land.
2. Second is the Smart Growth action plan. This promotes dense “human settlements”. This leads to increased central controls on how we live and increased restrictions on our mobility.

In Santa Cruz, we have a 30 year old, two lane freeway that needs to be substantially larger. The promise is always for widening the road, but in 25 years it just doesn’t get done. Instead, insider “behavior modification” champions succeed in manipulating expenditures of hundreds of millions in US and California taxpayer money to rebuild an antiquated, one lane train track. Their objective is to build a transportation system infrastructure for a post-private property, feudal-like, era. What Santa Cruz and other locales are doing is spending the Country into bankruptcy in order to put ourselves into Smart Growth cages.

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With regard to the Wildlands Project, the Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management has working papers dating from 1994 that say; “All eco-system management,” (that means the planet), “should consider human beings as biological resources.” I contend that the contemporary education system operates on this premise.

Smart Growth mandates that human mobility be centered upon rail trains and bicycle trails. Doesn’t that sound nice? We can ride our bicycles to the store. We will be placed on slow moving trains that take us to our assigned work places. Along those rail lines will be dense government controlled real estate development with government run child care centers on every block.

Compliant “Sustainable Developer” government partners will do the business. Competition and free enterprise will be eliminated. Partnering Sustainable Developers will gain guaranteed profits and the trains will run on time – for a while.

We see this sign with increasing frequency around the country. This particular sign comes from my hometown, La Selva Beach in Santa Cruz County, California. The story behind this sign is a sad one. In the ‘70’s the landowner, a bush berry farmer, found a salamander. He decided to take it up to the new University of California at Santa Cruz. The university immediately went through the process and declared the salamander a “long-toed” one and “endangered.” So, the farmer was restricted from using his land. Ultimately, he lost his land for pennies on a dollar; went bankrupt and died.

Some members of the community thought, “Gee we’re getting some nice coastal hills where we can do some hiking!” Not so. This property is only open to the federal agents and their Sustainable friends. In the meantime, it has become an unmanaged, ready to burn fire trap. People with a lot of political capital tell us the salamander feels secure knowing that nobody will step on it. Such indulgence is nonsense!

The map below was compiled by Dr Michael Coffman, a brilliant and brave gentleman. It was compiled from documents that were taken from the U.N.’s Geneva headquarters in 1994. It was produced just prior to the time the United States Senate prepared to vote on the Global Bio-Diversity Treaty. The treaty was ready to pass until the Senate saw this map. The treaty failed because no one would bring it to a vote. That’s the good news; the bad news is that it’s being implemented anyway.

Let me explain the map:

• Red sections are Wildland Zones–To be devoid of ALL HUMAN ACTIVITY. That means,
– No natural resources in it are to be extracted,
– Recreational use (for ordinary people) is to be eliminated.
• Yellow sections are for highly regulated, government managed activities.
• The little black dot sections are for human settlements or Smart Growth Zones–for you or your descendents.

You may say, “Well, this is not possible. This is not achievable.” That would certainly have been my thought five years ago. But government and other change agents have used an array of tools to implement the plan piece by piece.

For instance; government agencies and their partners use conservation easements to obtain control over the present or future uses of the property. These easements are generally given by people under heavy regulatory, economic or tax pressures. By signing conservation agreements an owner may still be able to use the land with the government’s blessing for a while. Within the next generation or so, that “blessing” will disappear in the traps incident to the real goal of Sustainable Development– centralized control over the world’s natural resources.

Environmental protection is a façade providing cover for the Sustainable Developers. Remember, Agenda 21 is a plan for the 21st Century; A plan to remake human societies within a collectivist political framework.

Regulation is another major tool for taking rural lands and natural resources. Santa Cruz sits on a bay that runs from Monterey to Santa Cruz County. It is 26 miles, as the crow flies, over the ocean from one point to the other. But an area covering 5,000 square miles! is designated a “national marine [bay] sanctuary”. It puts 400 miles of the California Coast are under the ambit (range, scope, reach) of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary.

Fishermen are feeling the pain already. What the public fails to understand is that half of the sanctuary is the land mass that extends from the mountain top to the shoreline. Ultimate “sanctuary” policy will control human action both on land and sea. Twenty-five (25) government enforcement agencies and growing regulations have been activated to enforce sanctuary rules.

Do you know what the word ‘sanctuary’ means? We’re describing an ocean as a sanctuary? Are pagan principles that underlie Sustainable policy bubbling out?

Attack by regulation is coming at Santa Cruzans from many angles. Landowners in the Redwood forests of the Santa Cruz Mountains have 4 or 5 regulatory assaults aimed at the owners. These people’s land, lives and work provide forest products to an eager market. These assaults happen notwithstanding the fact that mountain landowners manage lands in a far more ecologically sound and financially superior way than government or its Sustainable Development partners do. Assaults have been launched from:

The Water Quality Control Board,
The Forestry Board,
The National Monterey Bay Sanctuary,
A prospective federal habitat conservation plan,
An International Fire Code that increases fuel load,
And “no cut” timber zoning rules.

Sustainable Development implementers do not stop until the land is in the hands of their buddies. Sustainable Development is a land grab in part. The true purpose is the collectivization of human beings ruled by a narrowing elite.

For mountain landowners it is like having 5 ropes restraining them from every conceivable angle. The objective is to create battered, “willing sellers.” The government or NGO’s report this saying; “Well, they were willing sellers, they sold it to us.” It’s like the kid in the playground who puts your arm behind your back and forces it up, up, up until you say “Uncle”. “Willing sellers” who sell to the government are victims of extortion who cry “uncle”.

The most effective and egregious of all the Sustainable takeover tools is the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The ESA puts our worst fears into place as bugs, plants and animals are deemed equal to or even more important than human beings. This is the core of the attack on the premise of individual liberty. America must rid itself of the current Endangered Species Act.

These and other measures are being implemented to give strategic control of America’s resources to the political theory dubbed Sustainable Development. When government and its ‘partners’ control the natural resources and the rural land of America, they will move to control all other types of property. That will end any limits on government’s ability to control all human action. “Private” will have been eliminated.

So, for neighbors, friends or family members who have been lured by the idea of Smart Growth, ask them to check their premises:

Is spreading out so bad?
Is it really so horrible that our children have the choice about where they live and how they live,
Why shouldn’t they trade freely with people who respect other’s property and life?
Why is water resource development in the West such a horrible idea?
Why do we break our dams, create water shortages, then tell farmers they can’t irrigate their crops?
Why then, to add insult to injury; are framers increasingly required to turn farm management decisions over to bureaucrats and change agents who operate in this new world called
“Sustainable Agriculture”?

The US Department of Agriculture very actively promotes Sustainable Development policy.

Why do we use our gas taxes to spend billions on rapid transit ideas and projects that few want?
Why not use our gas taxes to build more lanes and new freeways?
Why are Americans financing double-deck freeways in Mexico City while we build empty train lines designed to move us around after an engineered collapse?

Liberty! or Sustainable Development is a 13 Chapter serial adaptation of the transcript of Michael Shaw’s opening speech from the video: Liberty or Sustainable Development. Michael Shaw is President of Freedom Advocates.org. He can be reached at Shaw@FreedomAdvocates.org.

Prior chapters in this series include:

Chapter 1 – Understanding Liberty
Chapter 2 – The Decay of Liberty – An Illustration
Chapter 3 – Defining Sustainable Development
Chapter 4 – Liberty or Sustainable Development
Chapter 5 – A Closer Look at Sustainable Development – Part 1
Chapter 6 – A Closer Look at Sustainable Development – Part 2

Click here for part —-> 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,

© 2008 Michael Shaw – All Rights Reserved

Michael Shaw is a licensed attorney, and Certified Public Accountant. He has made a career in real estate having developed a multi state chain of self storage projects. He is President of Freedom Advocates.org and speaks on how Sustainable Development is designed to transform America. He is also proprietor of Liberty Garden, a native plant oasis located on the central coast of California. He is a litigant in cases against Santa Cruz and Alameda Counties in connection with the application of Sustainable policy.

Web Site: FreedomAdvocates.org & Liberty Garden

E-Mail: Shaw@FreedomAdvocates.org

Source: http://www.newswithviews.com/Shaw/michael119.htm

Yes, we’re matricidal: Murdering Mother Earth one forest, one species and one atom at a time

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By Jason Miller

9/3/08

I am the earth. You are the earth. The Earth is dying. You and I are murderers.

–Ymber Delecto

What a sorry lot we humans are, particularly those of us immersed in the “American Way of Life.” Killing is indeed our business. And business has never been better.

According to the World Resources Institute, 4 species go extinct every hour “due to tropical deforestation alone.”

More than half the tropical rainforests are gone and at the rate we’re going, we will have reduced chopped, hacked, sawed, dozed, and burned our way to the virtual eradication of the “lungs of the planet” by the year 2030.

Kids, get ready to start suffocating because we’re NOT giving up our meat habit! Patrick Henry was prepared to die for liberty, but we have a nobler agenda: Give us more grazing land or give us death!

Reflecting the spiritually perverse beings we are here in America (don’t be fooled by our carefully polished veneer of civility and humanity—we’re the most savage murderers of all) is the fact that we are considering replacing our “commander-in-chief,” (the most heinous war criminal since Hitler) with a senile war-mongering septuagenarian and his recently anointed reactionary sidekick (see photo below) who never met a non-human animal she wouldn’t slaughter or an ecosystem she wouldn’t decimate in the name of “hunting,” “free enterprise,” or “resource acquisition.”

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Or we may occupy the impending vacancy in the White House with a pseudo-progressive who has sworn his allegiance to the genocidal “state” of Israel and to corporate America whilst surrounding himself with a depraved and ruthless entourage, most of whom sold their souls to Wall Street and the military industrial complex years ago.

McCain at the helm? Obama on the throne? Who cares? Either way we party on here in America, oblivious to the devastation and suffering our obscene existence is causing. Our factory farms will continue torturing and slaughtering billions of animals each year to satiate our meat addiction, McDonald’s will keep our arteries clogged and our ascent to obesity intact, Big Pharma will inundate us with soothing and sedating “happy pills” to ensure our guilt-free participation in the murder of the planet, Big Oil will gleefully continue meeting our gluttonous demand for its “black gold,” and the corporate media will keep our wretched and vile hologram intact by constantly re-enforcing rabid nationalism, ahistorical thinking, consumerism, narcissism, alienation, rugged individualism, “free” markets, the virtues of wealth, and the “superiority” of the American Way.

While numerous complex entities and dynamics enable the power elite to maintain their strangle-hold on wealth and power, military might remains their principal means of dominating, extorting, exploiting, stealing, and annihilating with impunity. While we outspend the rest of the world (that’s all other countries combined, mind you) maintaining and expanding the war machine we revere with religious fervor, it is not money alone that gives our lords and masters the capacity to keep the world safe for capitalism and corporate plunder.

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Our dirty little secret here in the US is that we built and buttressed our crumbling empire by unleashing a force so potent and so capable of rendering life on Earth extinct that it makes capitalism’s “slow motion” ecocide look like candy-striping. In 1945 we became the first and only country to harness the power of nuclear fission and utilize it as a weapon of mass destruction. Our cold-blooded murder of hundreds of thousands of Japanese civilians cemented our position as global hegemon.

When the uber-capitalist ruling elite of the US saw a socioeconomic system that was a potential threat to their supremacy, they successfully convinced most of their wage slaves that they were well off under a system of the rich, by the rich and for the rich and that the “communist threat” in Russia must be extinguished. What was their solution? They forced the Russians (who were moving with amazing rapidity to industrialize an agrarian economy which was dwarfed by that of the US) into a pissing contest over who could manufacture the largest arsenal of nuclear weapons.

Their strategy was of course successful. The Soviet Union eventually collapsed. Country-clubbing white men with snow on the roof-top and fog on the brain maintained their “right” to clench their billion dollar net worth statements in one decrepit claw and the deeds and titles of their myriad precious possessions in the other. And the rest of us could breathe easy knowing that the “American Way of Life” was no longer in jeopardy. But at what cost to the Earth and the rest of its inhabitants?

Nuclear non-proliferation is a joke. Treaties, vows, resolutions, good intentions, and promises involving crossing hearts, hoping to die and sticking needles into eyes have resulted in even more nukes brandished by more nations. Meanwhile, we US Americans continue dictating who gets “nuclear privileges” AND we still possess more WMD’s than any other nation. When is another country going to invade us, depose the evil junta in DC, and hold a public lynching like our puppets did in Iraq?

Thankfully sanity (or perhaps just sheer luck) has prevailed and we have been the only nation brutal and stupid enough to employ nuclear weapons. And we have put our nuclear knowledge to constructive use by harnessing the power of the atom to create electricity. Yet when Prometheus brought us the “fire of the Twentieth Century” and told us we could use it for peaceful purposes, he failed to warn us that if this “fire” gets out of control we’re all cooked.

Nuclear power only produces 20% of the electricity consumed in the US, but accounts for a number of staggering problems we simply keep sweeping under the rug for future generations to solve. Forget logic or consideration for our children or for Mother Earth, though. John McCain, Greanpeace founder Patrick Moore, and a host of other whores to the nuclear power industry hail nuclear energy as a “green” alternative to fossil fuels and clamor for more.

Yes, let’s build more nuclear power plants. After all, given our culture of militarism and death, why not erect as many temples honoring Thanatos as is humanly possible?

Let’s take a closer look at the technology many are ready to embrace as the “remedy for Climate Change.”

Nuclear power is touted as a cheap alternative to coal (and other ways of producing energy). While it is a less expensive means of actually generating electricity once a reactor is online (the operating cost is about half that of a coal-fired plant), there are tremendous fiscal costs associated with building a nuclear facility, removing and storing radioactive waste, and decommissioning a plant once it is retired. (One hasn’t been closed yet but the estimated cost to do so is around $300 million).

And just who’s underwriting these outrageous costs? We the taxpayers! On May 12, 2008, the Wall Street Journal wrote, “For electricity generation, the EIA concludes that solar energy is subsidized to the tune of $24.34 per megawatt hour, wind $23.37 and ‘clean coal’ $29.81. By contrast, normal coal receives 44 cents, natural gas a mere quarter, hydroelectric about 67 cents and nuclear power $1.59.”

More importantly, the threat nuclear energy poses to the environment is so high that calling it “green” is an absurdity one would think had sprung from the mind of Lewis Carroll.

Since nuclear plants rely on large bodies of water to cool reactors (and avoid a melt-down) and discharge about 70% of the heat they generate (as waste), they are vulnerable to droughts and cause significant thermal pollution in the bodies of water that cool them.

Nuclear power production begins to contaminate the environment with radioactivity before the fuel even arrives at the plant. It takes a tonne of uranium ore to produce 3 kilograms of uranium oxide. While the tailings that are left behind emit small levels of radiation, they do release radon gas and radioactive dust at a rate 10,000 times faster than the unmined ore. This nuclear contamination stays in the environment for 100,000 years and over time reaches such high levels that a Los Alamos Laboratory report concluded that we need to, “to zone the land in uranium mining and milling districts to forbid human habitation.”

Nuclear power facilities produce a steady stream of low-level radioactive waste, including gas, solid and liquid. Gaseous and liquid wastes are “cleaned and diluted,” but are eventually released into the environment. Solid wastes are transported to one of three low-level radiation disposal sites in the US where they continue accumulating and emitting radiation into the environment. Sounds Earth-friendly, doesn’t it?

About once a year 33% of a reactor’s fuel rods are replaced, producing anywhere from 12 to 30 tonnes of high level nuclear waste. The frightening part is that we’ve been using this “green” technology for 40 years now and still haven’t figured out a safe and permanent means of disposing of its extremely dangerous and lethal by-products. Temporary pools or dry cask storage (large steel cylinders that require constant monitoring) onsite at nuclear facilities house most of the spent reactor fuel, which will remain a dire threat to the environment for tens of thousands of years. Nuclear power plants are running out of storage capacity and the “permanent storage solution” at Yucca Mountain, projected to be operational in 2017, is little more than a tentative and distant speck on the horizon. Perhaps we could erect dry casks on some of the sprawling estates that McCain has forgotten he owned….

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The Chernobyl Disaster

How remote is the possibility of a nuclear melt-down resulting in a disaster? Let’s ask the thousands of heavily irradiated victims of Chernobyl and those living in the vicinity of the “near miss” at Three Mile Island.

Lest we forget, nuclear reactors are “dual-use” by virtue of the fact that plutonium is one of their by-products and plutonium can be used to produce nuclear weapons. Small wonder our ruling class trembles with fear (hence their belligerence, bullying and macho posturing) at the prospect of Iran (a nation which refuses to genuflect to the American/Israeli Empire) developing nuclear reactors to generate power.

And someone please explain what it is that’s so “green” about a source of electricity that produces waste that people (whom our malevolent and brutal foreign policy has pissed off—there are millions and millions of them) could use to make a “dirty bomb” and then deploy it against us. Granted the potential efficacy of a dirty bomb is subject to debate, but who wants to find out? We already have 104 repositories for bomb-making materials scattered across the United States. Let’s push to add more!

While many anti-nuclear activists focus their efforts on opposing the issuance of licenses to build new nuclear power plants, another approach may prove to be more effective and is in play at this moment. Members of IPSEC, a group of over 70 community groups, have devoted themselves to shutting down the nuclear power plant known as the Indian Point Energy Center. Grassroots and non-profit, the objective of IPSEC groups like FUSE and Riverkeeper is to replace nukes with a truly safe form of sustainable energy and to preserve the integrity of the environment. If IPSEC is successful in setting a precedent by catalyzing the shuttering of Indian Point, a domino effect could ensue and spell the beginning of the end for the menace of nuclear power.

For a litany of reasons, IPSEC is wholly justified in its appeals to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to deny Entergy Corporation’s bid to renew Indian Point’s license for another 20 years. In fact, if sanity and moral considerations amounted to more than a pair of sickly midgets making desperate and ridiculous attempts to halt the stampeding herd of narcissistic consumers and greedy corporations that are the embodiments of monopoly capitalism, there wouldn’t even be a debate.

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Indian Point (pictured above) is situated about 25 miles from New York City, a rather populous area, eh? (93 million people live within a 500 mile radius of this nuclear facility, most of whom would be impacted by a major accident or meltdown at Indian Point).

Indian Point’s two reactors that continue to function were built in 1974 and 1976, which means that they are old, hence prone to cracks, leaks, fissures, wear, deterioration, and the like. It also means that they were built to less stringent safety specifications than newer reactors.

At one time Indian Point had three functional reactors. In an October 2001 article (entitled America’s Terrorist Nuclear Threat to Itself) long-time anti-nuclear activist Harvey Wasserman wrote, “Indeed, Indian Point Unit One was shut because activists warned that its lack of an emergency core cooling system made it an unacceptable risk. The government ultimately agreed.”

In 2006 the NRC fined Entergy Corporation, the owners and operators of Indian Point, $130,000 for problems associated with its system designed to warn nearby residents to evacuate in the event of a nuclear crisis.

Until they finally began moving them to dry casks in January of this year, Indian Point had 1500 tons of spent fuel rods stored in temporary pools. These pools have been leaking tritium and strontium-90 (both highly toxic substances) into the groundwater and the Hudson River since 2005 and are demonstrably vulnerable to sabotage or attack. And as Wasserman elucidates in the previously cited article, these pools (not to mention the reactor cores) are horrific accidents waiting to happen:

“Without continuous monitoring and guaranteed water flow, the thousands of tons of radioactive rods in the cores and the thousands more stored in those fragile pools would rapidly melt into super-hot radioactive balls of lava that would burn into the ground and the water table and, ultimately, the Hudson.”

Indian Point Energy Center manifests nearly all that is inane and insane about humans shattering atomic nuclei and hubristically believing we can play with the fires of hell without getting burned…..

Yet there’s at least a “little” Eichmann in all of us as we faithfully participate in our ecocidal “American Way of Life.” So what do we care about a little radiation here or a few meltdowns there?

killing

Remember, “Killing is [our] business…..and business is good!” Just ask a member of that species that will be extinct in about 15 minutes….

Jason Miller is Cyrano’s Journal Online’s associate editor.

For those of you refusing to bow at the altar of Thanatos, click on the links below to find out what you can do to help IPSEC shut down Indian Point:

http://www.remyc.com/rockthereactors/gameplan.html

http://www.ipsecinfo.org/

http://www.riverkeeper.org/campaign_indianpoint.php

http://greennuclearbutterfly.blogspot.com/

http://www.petitiononline.com/cipn2002/petition.html

Source: http://www.bestcyrano.org/THOMASPAINE/?p=918#more-918