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Thursday, March 17, 2011

From Bad To Worse

With the news out of Japan going from bad to worse, I'm thankful to see the sun rising this morning. I'm thankful for my cup of coffee and the electricity with which to brew it.

It seems no one is really in charge anymore as they frantically dump water from helicopters, of which four out of five completely miss the target. Now the U.S. government is offering the use of water cannons but five days and precious time has been lost and still a private company with a reputation for deception is in charge of the reactors. This reminds me of the oil spill last year in the Gulf of Mexico. Over and over again, around the world, we let the weasal guard the henhouse. It doesn't lend itself to good results here on the farm, and it doesn't lead to good results in the energy industry or in the world at large.

If there is a meltdown at this nuclear facility, scientists say a third of Japan could end up as a dead zone. I've never been there but I've heard it is a beautiful country. What does this mean for the rest of us? I fear for the future with weasels in charge. I fear for the earth. I wish somebody in charge was looking out for the common good.

10 comments:

Judy Croome said...

Oh my gosh! 1/3 a dead zone? And what all that nuclear stuff will do to the world in general?

I like your image of the weasel in the hen house. I can't help think of the whale slaughtering issues that Japan has been involved with, and wonder if this tsunami was the ocean's way of saying "leave my whales alone or else..."

But that so many innocent people should suffer for the wrong actions of a few, doesn't seem fair. This is a really massive trauma for Japan, and the world too.

I'm grateful too, for our lovely day here on the tip of Africa and wonder how Japan must be feeling. Husband loves Japan, and has some clients there, so he is very saddened by this.
Judy (South Africa)

Yvonne Osborne said...

Judy,
Ah, yes, the whales. An interesting observation. I'm reading SONG OF THE CROW right now which also seems to fit into this whole concept of mankind's battle with the natural world. I like to think of you sitting down there on the tip of Africa, sharing a cup of coffee with me.

Liza said...

Sadly, we live in a world where short-term interests dictate long term results...since most nuclear power plants are located near water, I am guessing they have a ready source of wind. In my dreams, I wonder how many of them could be wind farms instead.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Liza,
Wind farms, geo-thermal, and solar, especially solar has to be our main energy source in the future, if we are to have one. We can dream. Thanks for commenting.

Perri said...

That's a great analogy. It does feel like that--weasels with vested interests-- with tremendous power.

Talli Roland said...

It is just horrific, isn't it? I hope that Japan can recover and that its people stay safe and well.

Judy Croome said...

Forgot to add - my niece's future brother-in-law is in Japan as the leader of the South African Rescue team sent to Japan to help. We're all incredibly proud of him! You can follow them on twitter @ResQSA
Judy (South Africa)

Jemi Fraser said...

The situation in Japan is horrific. I hope the fallout isn't nearly as bad as we fear. Those poor people.

Jonas said...

"They say now that one third of Japan could end up as a dead zone."

Let's hope that it doesn't come anywhere close to that. And for those who pray? Well, this is a good time for that, too.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Perri, Talli, and Jemi,
Thank you all. It's great to connect with people of similar concern and empathy.

And Judy....you should be very very proud of him.

Jonas,
It certainly can't hurt. Thank you for commenting.