Corbett Report: Fukushima's Biggest SecretSubmitted by kevink on Sat, 12/07/2013 - 23:46
[not sure of the time but will try to go back and fill this in]: There's discussion of how the Japanese government had a big information blitz to their citizens saying how it was absolutely necessary for Japan to use nuclear power. After Fukushima, however, the reactors were all shut down for a couple of months and yet major cities still functioned off non-nuclear power. This opened people's eyes (were we sold a "bill of goods"??)
~21:00 through ~23:00: Japanese people staging protest after protest [the video they show is from July 2012] against the use of nuclear power. That's significant because, according to Corbett, the Japanese are "world renowned for being complacent politically" and, also, "large scale protests have not been politically for a good number of decades".
~31:40 : Alternative energy types discussed. Thorium has a lot of positives but it has never been tried on a large scale (though design is there and I think he said the testing environment is as well). Reason given by expert was that governments have stopped it.
~41:11: On the reason governments prefer "unsafe and unstable" Uranium reactors rather than safer alternatives. He talks about an interview w/ Joe Trento who "in his decades long investigation that uncovered the secret plutonium shipping program whereby the US shipped plutonium to Japan for use in its nuclear program that was all part of this covert idea of Japan having this operational ability to have a nuclear weapons program. Basically w/ the flip of a switch, the nuclear energy program here in Japan could very easily be turned into a nuclear weapons program if an when that opportunity presents itself. And that is exactly what underlies the Japanese nuclear energy program, the American nuclear energy program and indeed every nuclear energy program hither to tested in the world is the underlying idea that the uranium by-products of those reactors can be used as the fissile material for weapons. That is why we have these designs
[towards the end but not sure of the exact time. Will try to go back and fill this in]: He talks about scientists trying to harness the power of the oceans. Apparently that advanced to the point where they noticed they could more efficiently generate energy out of waves. And a small amount of square mileage of ocean could generate enough power for several hundred thousand residents. This is going on in (I think he said) Portugal.
Corbett sees the whole Fukushima disaster as potentially creating a unique opportunity in history where the people are so outraged (again, highly unusual for the Japanese) that enough political will might be generated to test out alternative power sources. If they can successfully power the country on ocean waves, it could cause adoption of that method of generating energy elsewhere (and ideally, if successful, everywhere).