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Terrific: There Goes the Pacific! By Brian Simpson
The Pacific Ocean … calm, peaceful, but soon … radioactive:
“Government authorities in Japan have announced new plans to start dumping highly radioactive wastewater from the failed Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility directly into the Pacific Ocean. Though the amount of radiation in the water far exceeds legally-permitted levels, according to the plant’s operator and documents reviewed by the U.K.’s Telegraph, there’s apparently no other place to put it at the site, which is on the verge of seeing its storage capacity completely maxed out. Reports indicate that approximately 1.09 million tons of contaminated water currently being stored inside 900 tanks at Fukushima will soon be drained in the Pacific in order to make more space for new water, a move that’s sparking outrage among local residents and a number of environmental organizations that worry about what the vast contamination will do to the world’s largest body of water.”
And what will be done about this open pollution of the commons? Nothing. Global capitalism is all about burning up the planet for the sake of a few monsters getting excited about extra zeros on a profit ledger, on a computer screen. If they die tomorrow from the results of their profits, well, extinction is just the price of making money.