Here is a horrible story from the BBC that would be shocking if it weren't all too predictable:
"Radiation levels around Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant are 18 times higher than previously thought, Japanese authorities have warned...Last week the plant's operator reported radioactive water had leaked from a storage tank into the ground.
It now says readings taken near the leaking tank on Saturday showed radiation was high enough to prove lethal within four hours of exposure."
This nuclear disaster took place two years ago, and of course we are just learning the truth about it today. How could a massive leak of radiation gone unreported all that time?
"The Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) had originally said the radiation emitted by the leaking water was around 100 millisieverts an hour.
However, the company said the equipment used to make that recording could only read measurements of up to 100 millisieverts. The new recording, using a more sensitive device, showed a level of 1,800 millisieverts an hour."
Have you ever heard of a more disingenuous response to a terrifying situation? The reported leaking of radiation was small, because that's all their equipment could measure. Suddenly someone tried a different device and, lo and behold, the radiation turned out to be 18 times greater than they claimed.
"Experts have said the scale of water leakage may be worse than officials have admitted."
And who could have predicted that? Except for the fact that this behavior is perfectly in accord with the response of the nuclear industry to every accident they cause- to lie and lie and lie about it, only admitting what has become clear public knowledge. This puts millions if not tens of millions of people at risk, but that means nothing to them if it might risk their profits.
We have had enough evidence in the last sixty years to establish some clear facts: There is no such thing as safe nuclear energy, and the failure of nuclear power plants holds the risk of destruction on a scale never before seen. Furthermore, those responsible for operating these plants, both in private industry and government, have proven themselves incapable of being honest with the public about the dangers, or of doing one thing more than they absolutely have to in order to correct the problem.
It is time that nuclear energy be phased out. Yes, this is going to be a major problem for countries like France and Japan which rely heavily on nuclear power. But they have had half a century to face up to the risks and they have utterly failed to do so. Now, they must pay the price.