I discovered Beyond Nuclear after Fukushima. Arnie Gunderson’s ‘Fairewinds dot com’ is another excellent site.
I agree - all commercial reactors on the planet should be de-commissioned. There appear to be only two reasons for commercial nuclear - one is to disguise the true intent, the ‘atoms for peace’ spin. The other is to enable admission to the nuclear club, if you will, of atomic weapons, or their - ‘I could if I wanted to’ (like Canada - my country).
I almost went into nuclear as a geologist - finding the stuff - but I was lucky enough to research the topic - and was sufficiently horrified that I went into oil instead - proving the law of unintended consequences I suppose - as fossil fuels are now enabling the sixth mass extinction event.
That was way back, when I was young. Until Fukushima - I was being lulled back into the idea that maybe nuclear was at least a temporary way out of our dependence on fossil fuels.
Then along came Fukushima, and I re-visited the topic of nuclear and found John Gofman and his book, Helen Caldicott and her book, Chris Busby of the UK, Yaklobov of the former Soviet Union Academy of the Sciences and his report on Chernobyl, and on and on…
There are 44 Annex 2 countries - but until they all ratify, the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty cannot come into effect.
Interestingly, providentially even, it was the monitoring capabilities of the Comprehensive Test Ban initiative which was able to document the spread of Fukushima’s radiation.
For me - economic sanctions are an act of war, and once upon a time, on a planet far far away, war had to be approved by Congress. Some say there was even democracy !!
Nevertheless, I can voice my opinion.
All sanctions against Cuba, Russia, North Korea etc should be summarily dropped, and in their place, International Law should inspire us all to further our efforts at survival - for that is truly what is at stake - and we lose sight of this amidst the cacophony of day to day events.
So - unless we do something along the lines I just voiced - we will continue to spiral in, and at some point the wings will come off - or we will ‘auger in’ - same result.
Does all this blogging help - I don’t know ?