Despite enduring problems from the Fukushima Daiichi. nuclear plant melt down following Japan’s devastating tsunami two years ago, which are still being felt there and abroad, some of the world’s top climatic scientists are calling for an increase in nuclear power.
Theses include former NASA top scientist James Hansen, Carnegie Institution’s Ken Caldeira, Kerry Emanuel of MIT, and Tom Wigley of the University of Adelaide in Australia, all of who say that while they are not opposed to the development of renewable energy sources, they do not believe they will be sufficient to head off extreme global warming.
“It is just not realistic to believe that the new forms of renewable energy will be able to power the world within the next few decades, They just can’t scale up fast enough to deliver the cheap and reliable power the world needs, and with the planet warming and carbon dioxide emissions rising faster than ever, we cannot afford to turn away from any technology that has potential to reduce greenhouse gases,” commented Emanuel.
Still, an increased backing for nuclear power may be extremely hard to sell to both environmentalists as well as the general public as radiation monitoring stations across the United States and Canada report that elevated radiation levels (especially along west coast) are now being reported. In fact, The Wall Street Journal says that nearly 300 tons of radioactive water are released from Fukushima into the Pacific Ocean on a daily basis. This, in turn, is causing radioactive material is “ building in the food chain, effecting 73%-100% levels now found in everything from plankton to fish that eat it, including Bluefin tuna, mackerel, halibut, sardines, eel, cod, anchovies, carp, seaweed, shark, sea bass and monkfish, etc. In turn, these levels are now being tied to extremely high levels of cancer levels being found on the West Coast.
Radiation involving the isotope strontium from the Japanese disaster has also been infiltrating U.S. milk found in Hilo, Hawaii, as well as in milk Vermont, Arizona and Arkansas, as well as in drinking water in several other major U.S. cities.