Upload

Loading...

Beyond Fukushima - When will we learn? Paul Gunter & Kevin Kamps P2

1,088

Loading...

Loading...

Transcript

The interactive transcript could not be loaded.

Loading...

Loading...

Rating is available when the video has been rented.
This feature is not available right now. Please try again later.
Published on Jul 9, 2012

Meanwhile - on the ground - teams of TEPCO workers began working in shifts to bring the melting down plant under control. These shifts were essentially suicide missions - as radiation levels were well above lifetime dosages. During that March - an estimated 900,000 terabecquerels of radiation were released into the air. That's roughly one-sixth of the radiation released during the Chernobyl nuclear crisis - but again - that was just during the month of March. Between then and December of 2011, when TEPCO finally said the plant was stable, more than 300 workers were exposed to lethally high levels of radiation - and millions of gallons of highly radioactive sea water were dumped into the ground and into the ocean.The effects of this radioactive dump are still not known.

In February of this year - TEPCO began pouring cement around the plant as part of the decommissioning process - a process that operators believe could take as long as 30 years. But despite assurances from TEPCO that the plant is stable - evidence shows the nuclear crisis is still far from resolved. The Unit 4 reactor building, with tons of radioactive fuel and waste still stored in its roof, is leaning - and in danger of toppling over and triggering a chain-reaction radioactive fire that could blow exponentially more radiation in the atmosphere than Chernobyl And radiation levels at reactor one recently reached all-time highs. Yet - Japan is moving forward with nuclear power. Just this month - a reactor at the Oi nuclear plant was turned on - marking the first time a Japanese nuclear reactor was operational since the March earthquake.

But the question is - have the lessons of Fukushima been learned? And not just in Japan - where the crisis continues and could yet worsen - but also in the United States? That's the topic for tonight's Bigger Picture discussion.... Joining Thom for Conversations with Great Minds are...Paul Gunter - the Director of Reactor Oversight Project at Beyond Nuclear - and 2008 recepient of the Jane Bagley Lehman Award for environmental activism - who's been on the front lines fighting back against nuclear power for more than thirty years now. And - Kevin Kamps - Radioactive Waste Watchdog at Beyond Nuclear - who's testified before the officials at the highest levels U.S. Federal Agencies dealing with radioactive Waste Management - including the Department of Energy, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the EPA.

Loading...

  1. 3833

    Lone Liberal Rumble - Socialists, Poll Taxes & Climate Change

  2. 3834

    Tax breaks for 10 years...where are the jobs?

  3. 3835

    Repealing Obamacare...creating wage slavery?

  4. 3836

    Full Show 7/10/12: Voting Rights for All!

  5. 3837

    Would Cutting the Work Week put Everyone Back to Work?

  6. 3838

    Your Take/My Take - Joe on Electronic Voting

  7. 3839

    Can Ron Paul Embarrass the Entire GOP Party in Tampa?

  8. 3840

    The Good, The Bad and the Very Very Mucillaginously Ugly!

  9. 3841

    LIBOR - We Don't Call Them Banksters for Nothing

  10. 3842

    The Religious Right Field Tests Plan for Beating Obama

  11. 3843

    Crazy Alert! She Sold Her Soul to the Devil on EBay!

  12. 3844

    Pass a Constitutional Amendment that Voting is a Right!

  13. 3845

    Full Show 7/9/12: The Bigger Picture

  14. 3846

    Do Americans, without a photo ID, have a right to vote?

  15. 3847

    What Role do Taxes Play in a Society?

  16. 3848

    Is Union busting to blame for the power outages in DC?

  17. 3849

    How Cities are Fighting back against the Banksters

  18. 3850

    Full Show 7/6/12: Beyond Fukushima

  19. 3851

    The Big Picture Rumble: School vouchers for Christians but not Islamists?

  20. Beyond Fukushima - When will we learn? Paul Gunter & Kevin Kamps P2

  21. 3853

    Beyond Fukushima - When will we learn? Paul Gunter & Kevin Kamps P1

  22. 3854

    Rwanda has Better Health Care than America

  23. 3855

    Full Show 7/5/12: Mr. One Percent

  24. 3856

    Pirate Capitalist Romney vs The Average Joe

  25. 3857

    The Emerging LIBOR Scandal

  26. 3858

    Will RI's disclosure bill keep out the super PACs?

  27. 3859

    Kitty Litter increases Suicide Rates in Women?

  28. 3860

    The Good, The Bad and the Very Very Chasmophilously Ugly!

  29. 3861

    Mr. 1 Percent and his Offshore Millions

  30. 3862

    UFO's or voter fraud...which is more common?

  31. 3863

    Crazy Alert! NOAA issued news on Mermaids

  32. 3864

    Full Show 07/03/12: Super Duper PACs

  33. 3865

    Why Ireland scrapped their voting machines

  34. 3866

    Big Picture Rumble - SuperPAC's like Mafia Hitmen?

  35. 3867

    Your Take/My Take - Stephen, Edinburgh, Scotland, talks about humanity

  36. 3868

    Why the media is not reporting the truth on Fukushima?

  37. 3869

    The Good, The Bad and the Very Very Nasicornously Ugly!

  38. 3870

    Climate Scientists Warned Us - Freak Weather & Rising Sea Levels

  39. 3871

    Move Over Air Guitar - Time for Some Air-Sex

  40. 3872

    Full Show 7/2/12: GOP Plan to Kill Obamacare

  41. 3873

    Can Republicans now easily repeal Obamacare?

  42. 3874

    Full Show 6/29/12: Conversations with Great Minds: Jared Genser

  43. 3875

    The Big Picture Rumble: Obamacare - constitutional or a sign of the apocalypse?

  44. 3876

    Conversations w/Great Minds - Jared Genser - The Responsibility to Protect? P2

  45. 3877

    Is Obamacare the Right's new Roe v. Wade?

  46. 3878

    Conversations w/Great Minds - Jared Genser - The Responsibility to Protect? P1

  47. 3879

    9 Unelected Kings & Queens is our Biggest Challenge

  48. 3880

    The Good, The Bad and the Very Very Acataleptically Ugly!

  49. 3881

    Does Roberts calling the mandate a tax give the right a political weapon?

  50. 3882

    China's middle class grows while America's disappears

  51. 3883

    The conspiracy theory - 2 black guys in the WH trying to take away white people's guns

  52. 3884

    Geeky Science! Counting on your fingers influences your brain

  53. 3885

    Does Obamacare Lead to Single Payer Eventually?

  54. 3886

    ObamaCare: The Right's Arguments Go up in Smoke

  55. 3887

    Crazy Alert! Ladies, he's single....or is he?

  56. 3888

    Full Show 6/28/12: Obamacare Survives High Court

  57. 3889

    Full Show 6/27/12: Impeach Scalia!

  58. 3890

    Lone Liberal Rumble - The whacky Republican Platform

  59. 3891

    Conversations w/Great Minds - Michael T. Klare - Is humanity screwed? P2

  60. 3892

    Conversations w/Great Minds - Michael T. Klare - Natural gas bubble in the US? P1

  61. 3893

    Time for Congress to Impeach Justice Antonin Scalia

  62. 3894

    Full Show 6/26/12: Impeach Obama?

  63. 3895

    The most important question is not being asked in this election...

  64. 3896

    Montana can't keep corporate money out of it's elections...

  65. 3897

    The Good, The Bad and the Very Very Somnifugously Ugly!

  66. 3898

    Obamacare...are we "all" in this together or not?

  67. 3899

    Revealed...FL Officials Misleading Public about Voter Purge

  68. 3900

    Crazy Alert! Mega Churches...Meet Mega Brothels

  69. 3901

    Could a giant tidal wave wipe out the East Coast?

  70. 3902

    Immigration...it's about de-legitimizing the President

  71. 3903

    Full Show 6/25/12: Citizens United Part II

  72. 3904

    Big Picture Panel - liberal bias in the media?

  73. 3905

    Will a broke U.S. Sell Ad Space on Dollar Bill?

  74. 3906

    Christian Textbooks Reveal The Loch Ness Monster Real

  75. 3907

    Your Take/My Take - TV cameraman in BC, Canada - on Monkeys

  76. 3908

    The Good, The Bad and the Very Very Vecordiously Ugly!

  77. 3909

    Outsourcing - Bipartisan Corruption!

  78. 3910

    Congressman Alan Grayson - Citizens United Part Deux & SCOTUS

  79. 3911

    Full Show 6/22/12: Conversations with Great Minds: Susan Jacoby

  80. 3912

    The Big Picture Rumble - Austerity to sabotage America?

  81. 3913

    How Dick Morris is Toe Sucking the Economy...

  82. 3914

    Conversations w/Great Minds - Susan Jacoby - A Christian Nation? P2

  83. 3915

    Conversations w/Great Minds - Susan Jacoby - A Christian Nation? P1

  84. 3916

    Full Show 6/21/12: Free Assange!

  85. 3917

    The Defenders of Patriarchy at it again...

  86. 3918

    What Do Republicans Love about Rape?

  87. 3919

    The Good, The Bad & The Very Very Catawamptiously Ugly!

  88. 3920

    Ongoing Fast and Furious Conspiracy Theory

  89. 3921

    Geeky Science! Scared Grasshoppers Transform the Entire Ecosystem!

  90. 3922

    Why Assange Spends a 3rd night in the Ecuadorian Embassy

  91. 3923

    Obamacare...how much does it cost to bring down a Prez?

  92. 3924

    Fast & Furious...Why Didn't Pelosi Arrest Karl Rove?

  93. 3925

    Crazy Alert! Miraculous Mushroom or Sultry Sex Toy?

  94. 3926

    MItt Romney Wants a 12.5% Tax Break that you Pay For

  95. 3927

    Your Take/My Take - What about that $10 million dollar donation to Romney

  96. 3928

    Corporate Greed Over Kids' Needs?

  97. 3929

    The good, the bad and the very very tautoousiously ugly!

  98. 3930

    Republicans Stick the Knife in the Backs of American Workers Again

  99. 3931

    Austrian wildlife caught on tape - an Austrian Politician

Advertisement
Sign in to add this to Watch Later

Add to