Despite Widespread Protest, Nuclear Power is back Online in Japan
In Japan, there is overwhelming opposition to nuclear power, but the government cares not for the will of the people.
Two hundred thousand protest
Over two hundred thousand protesters swarmed the streets of Tokyo yesterday, June 30, 2012, many of them showing up at the door of Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, to express their outrage and disbelief over the restarting of nuclear power plants in the country.
Shareholders of the electricity companies in Japan, apparently caring more about profit than their own long-term health and the health of their countrymen, voted on Wednesday, June 27th, to restart the plants. Noda dismissed the protesters with a shrug, commenting that they were "very loud."
Record radiation levels
Meanwhile, the news from Fukishima is startling. The region is plagued with record levels of radiation, and scientists are warning that a complete meltdown may be imminent. The area around the plant is of course unlivable, and it will remain so for thousands of years.
The fact is, we have right now all of the technology available to move to cheap, renewable energy, in the form of wind, solar and wave power, but powerful monied interests within the energy industry use their muscle and money to keep it from happening.
Fukishima Radiation now at Lethal Levels
Preview photo from wikimedia commons
Protest photo from commondreams.org