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on Wednesday, 17 August 2011
in Clean Energy News

Nuclear Energy: One Chooses for ALL?

As we seek clean and renewable alternatives to fossil fuels, it’s increasingly important to analyze the full implications of nuclear power.  In Japan, 30 percent of their power is generated by nuclear reactors.  Ideally, these plants do operate cleanly and efficiently, reducing the amount of fossil fuels consumed and pollution released into the atmosphere.  However, the ideal situation was far from reality in Fukushima on March 11, 2011.

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Fukushima Radiation Leakage Update

When one country places their reliance on nuclear power, they do not assume the risks solely for themselves.  The entire globe is threatened by such a catastrophe, as evidenced by the recent discovery on the California coast.  On March 28, 2011, atmospheric chemists at the University of California, San Diego observed abnormal radiation levels directly traceable to the Fukushima reactor.

These scientists say that the spike in radiation levels on the California coast are a result of the seawater poured on the damaged reactor.  The chemical reaction caused by the seawater and radioactive materials in the reactor spewed radioactive particles into the air, which traveled the distance of the Pacific Ocean in a little over two weeks. 

Though the levels of radiation observed in California are not threatening to humans, UC scientists estimate the levels of radiation around the reactor in Japan to have been 365 times normal levels.  Although iodine tablets were distributed, it is impossible to determine if everyone received these tablets amid all the chaos. And these tablets certainly don’t offer any aid to pets, wildlife, waterways, the soil or the air. 

Cosmic rays and phenomenon that can cause spikes in atmospheric radiation levels have been discounted as a possible source for the higher-than-normal levels in California. In choosing nuclear reactors as a power source, Japan exposed her neighbors around the globe to potentially deadly radioactivity whether they’ve chosen nuclear energy for themselves or not. 

Recent global activity, including climate changes and tsunami-causing earthquakes, has proven to be more powerful than our most brilliant architectural designs and the full range of potential outcomes often extends far beyond our capacity to predict all the implications of our actions. With our current body of knowledge, there is no way to build a nuclear reactor to withstand the level of force equal to that exerted upon the reactor in Fukushima.  While we struggle to completely contain this radiation leak and mitigate the horrible effects of radioactivity, the need to significantly step up our clean technology efforts and go beyond green!

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Hello there, I’m the staff writer for SeaBirdAdventure.com. This is an exceptional gig because I’m given the opportunity to combine my love for writing with my love for Mother Nature and exciting new technologies. Plus, I get to do it all alongside some very talented, earth-conscious folks—very nice combination. But this certainly isn’t all about me. I invite all of you to comment on my blog posts, add your three cents, and even suggest future topics for me to write about. This is most definitely a combined effort. A blog post every single day? Sure thing…comin’ right up. Check back daily for new posts, tell your friends, tell your cat, and think and do green. To your green future, Andrew Rossillo

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1944: Camano Class Light Cargo Ship was laid down for the US Army as FS-289 at Wheeler Shipbuilding in Whitestone, NY.

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1945: Delivered to US Army.

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1950: Acquired by the US Navy on July 1, 1950 and placed in service as USNS New Bedford (T-AKL-17).

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1954: The movie, Mister Roberts, was made on the USNS New Bedford (T-AKL-17).

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1955 - 1963: Used as a cargo supply ship for the Texas Towers, a network of advanced radar stations located off the Eastern Seaboard. In 1957, Capt. Sixto Mangual was commander of the AKL-17 and in 1961 it was rechristened the USNS New Bedford. The New Bedford, sailing out of State Pier, was keeping vigil when Texas Tower No. 4 callapsed off the New Jersey coast during a January 1961 nor'easter.

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1963: Reclassified as Miscellaneous Unclassified (IX-308).

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1971: The New Bedford (IX-308) served as a Torpedo Test Firing Vessel in the Puget Sound area.

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1994: Ceremony in New Bedford.

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1995: The ship was struck from the Naval Register on April 4.

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2004: The Sea Bird's current disposition is a tuna long liner (fishing boat) out of San Diego, CA.

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2006: Design of the Tesla Turbine began on June 11, 2006. The Sea Bird was sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service for commercial service.

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2007: The Sea Bird was drydocked for renovations.

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2008: The Sea Bird setting sail to Sea-Tac in Seattle, WA.

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2009 - 2010: The Sea Bird is currently docked at Seattle Sea-Tac.

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