& it appears to be getting worse. I just do not believe that we have the technology to build these "atom bombs" so that they can withstand big-time natural phenomena, like a 9.0 earthquake with the followup tsunami. It's past the time to let the oil stay in the ground, to keep the coal on top of the mountains, & let the gas power our kitchen stoves. It's been a long time since Jimmy Carter & his plea for more money & research into alternative energy sources. The billionaire oilmen who met with Dick "Dick" Cheney* saw to it that alternative energy was something dirty, fucking hippies wanted & therefore it was beneath contempt. Oil, baby, oil. Drill, baby, drill. Pollute, baby, pollute. Kill, baby, kill. Burn, baby, burn.
A breach in the pool would leave engineers with a problem that has no precedent or ready-made solution, said Edwin Lyman, a physicist with the Union of Concerned Scientists.
"My intuition is that this is a terrible situation and it is only going to get worse," he said. "There may not be any way to deal with it."
The struggle to cool down stricken nuclear reactors and spent fuel pools in northern Japan entered a second week Friday, with fluctuating radiation levels and blustery winds hampering efforts to douse the most damaged installations with water from military helicopters and firetrucks with high-powered hoses.
*I apologize for mentioning Deadeye Dick in two posts this morning. Living in FitzWalkerStan has apparently put me in the past, or something.