"Robert Weissman" "Public Citizen president"Averting catastrophic climate change is the greatest challenge facing humanity. We’re decades late in responding appropriately, and there is absolutely no time left to waste.

That makes today’s announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency of revised performance standards for new power plants so critically important.

It’s a certainty that industry will claim this rule will injure consumers. We’re past time for policymakers to be distracted by such misleading claims.

Power plants account for 40 percent of U.S. carbon pollution. We have the technology and solutions — starting with scaled up investments in energy efficiency — to transition to a clean energy economy in a way that creates jobs and does not result in higher energy prices for consumers.

Moreover, consumer well-being depends on preventing the worst climate change scenarios, which constitute the greatest long-term threat to our economy.

The proposed rule for new power plants will limit carbon dioxide emissions for any new coal fired power plant to roughly match those of new natural gas power plants, and will finally begin to level the playing field for technologies such as wind, solar, geothermal and energy efficiency, which have been forced to compete against heavily subsidized fossil fuels, including coal.

We look forward to working with the EPA and other stakeholders to ensure the successful implementation of this important consumer and public health safeguard.

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  • Bev

    I agree that climate change has to be meaningfully dealt with before the climate destabilizes (climate has only been stable for the last 8,000 years making agriculture possible for the first time), and I think this is a good beginning in the correct direction with much more to go.

    However, today I want to ask you to interview Arnie Gunderson, Rep. John Conyers and former Rep. Dennis Kucinich on a severe problem that has a short timeline/deadline of just two months. Quoting Harvey Wasserman: “We are now within two months of what may be humankind’s most dangerous moment since the Cuban Missile Crisis.Fukushima’s badly damaged Unit 4.”

    Arnie Gunderson’s website:
    http://fairewinds.com/

    An Arnie Gunderson interview. Start at 24:30 to hear Arnie Gunderson a nuclear engineer, a licensed reactor operator, holder of a nuclear safety patent, and former nuclear industry senior vice president:

    http://fairewinds.org/media/radio/olympic-insanity-gundersen-charge-fukushima

    Olympic Insanity + If Gundersen were in Charge at Fukushima
    Posted On: Sep 10, 2013

    Libbe HaLevy from Nuclear Hotseat radio interviewed Arnie Gundersen about the current state of problems at Fukushima Daiichi and asks what he would do if he were in charge of the disaster site.

    ………

    Harvey Wasserman references Arnie Gunderson and makes strong demands to do this correctly in his following article. See:
    http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/09/20-1
    Published on Friday, September 20, 2013 by Common Dreams

    The Crisis at Fukushima’s Unit 4 Demands a Global Take-Over
    by Harvey Wasserman

    We are now within two months of what may be humankind’s most dangerous moment since the Cuban Missile Crisis.Fukushima’s badly damaged Unit 4.

    There is no excuse for not acting. All the resources our species can muster must be focused on the fuel pool at Fukushima Unit 4.

    Fukushima’s owner, Tokyo Electric (Tepco), says that within as few as 60 days it may begin trying to remove more than 1300 spent fuel rods from a badly damaged pool perched 100 feet in the air. The pool rests on a badly damaged building that is tilting, sinking and could easily come down in the next earthquake, if not on its own.

    Some 400 tons of fuel in that pool could spew out more than 15,000 times as much radiation as was released at Hiroshima.

    The one thing certain about this crisis is that Tepco does not have the scientific, engineering or financial resources to handle it. Nor does the Japanese government. The situation demands a coordinated worldwide effort of the best scientists and engineers our species can muster.

    Why is this so serious?

    We already know that thousands of tons of heavily contaminated water are pouring through the Fukushima site, carrying a devil’s brew of long-lived poisonous isotopes into the Pacific. Tuna irradiated with fallout traceable to Fukushima have already been caught off the coast of California. We can expect far worse.

    Tepco continues to pour more water onto the proximate site of three melted reactor cores it must somehow keep cool. Steam plumes indicate fission may still be going on somewhere underground. But nobody knows exactly where those cores actually are.

    Much of that irradiated water now sits in roughly a thousand huge but fragile tanks that have been quickly assembled and strewn around the site. Many are already leaking. All could shatter in the next earthquake, releasing thousands of tons of permanent poisons into the Pacific. (Note: A relatively small earthquake struck Fukushima prefecture on Thursday, an indication of the inevitable occurrence of larger future ones in the area.)

    The water flowing through the site is also undermining the remnant structures at Fukushima, including the one supporting the fuel pool at Unit Four.

    More than 6,000 fuel assemblies now sit in a common pool just 50 meters from Unit Four. Some contain plutonium. The pool has no containment over it. It’s vulnerable to loss of coolant, the collapse of a nearby building, another earthquake, another tsunami and more.

    Overall, more than 11,000 fuel assemblies are scattered around the Fukushima site. According to long-time expert and former Department of Energy official Robert Alvarez, there is more than 85 times as much lethal cesium on site as was released at Chernobyl.

    Radioactive hot spots continue to be found around Japan. There are indications of heightened rates of thyroid damage among local children.

    The immediate bottom line is that those fuel rods must somehow come safely out of the Unit Four fuel pool as soon as possible.

    Just prior to the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that shattered the Fukushima site, the core of Unit Four was removed for routine maintenance and refueling. Like some two dozen reactors in the US and too many more around the world, the General Electric-designed pool into which that core now sits is 100 feet in the air.

    Spent fuel must somehow be kept under water. It’s clad in zirconium alloy which will spontaneously ignite when exposed to air. Long used in flash bulbs for cameras, zirconium burns with an extremely bright hot flame.

    Each uncovered rod emits enough radiation to kill someone standing nearby in a matter of minutes. A conflagration could force all personnel to flee the site and render electronic machinery unworkable.

    According to Arnie Gundersen, a nuclear engineer with forty years in an industry for which he once manufactured fuel rods, the ones in the Unit 4 core are bent, damaged and embrittled to the point of crumbling. Cameras have shown troubling quantities of debris in the fuel pool, which itself is damaged.

    The engineering and scientific barriers to emptying the Unit Four fuel pool are unique and daunting, says Gundersen. But it must be done to 100% perfection.

    Should the attempt fail, the rods could be exposed to air and catch fire, releasing horrific quantities of radiation into the atmosphere. The pool could come crashing to the ground, dumping the rods together into a pile that could fission and possibly explode. The resulting radioactive cloud would threaten the health and safety of all us.

    Chernobyl’s first 1986 fallout reached California within ten days. Fukushima’s in 2011 arrived in less than a week. A new fuel fire at Unit 4 would pour out a continuous stream of lethal radioactive poisons for centuries.

    Former Ambassador Mitsuhei Murata says full-scale releases from Fukushima “would destroy the world environment and our civilization. This is not rocket science, nor does it connect to the pugilistic debate over nuclear power plants. This is an issue of human survival.”

    Neither Tokyo Electric nor the government of Japan can go this alone. There is no excuse for deploying anything less than a coordinated team of the planet’s best scientists and engineers.

    We have two months or less to act.

    For now, we are petitioning the United Nations and President Obama to mobilize the global scientific and engineering community to take charge at Fukushima and the job of moving these fuel rods to safety.

    If you have a better idea, please follow it. But do something and do it now.

    The clock is ticking. The hand of global nuclear disaster is painfully close to midnight.

    This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License

    Harvey Wasserman

    …………

    Arnie Gunderson on a visit to Japan was told that Japan does not have the money to fix the problem the correct, safest way. This is a world problem, not just Japan’s. We all need to help.

    In order to have the public/government Debt-free, Interest-free money to fix Fukushima, I think the American Monetary Institute has the best solution. The site is at http://www.monetary.org/ and is headed by Stephen Zarlenga, Director, along with former U.S. Representative Dennis Kucinich. A past supporter is current U.S. Representative John Conyers. This topic should be foremost to the politicians most affected: U.S. Senators from California, Oregon and Washington need to be interviewed, called, emailed, visited about a congressional bill that provides enough funding with a simple accounting change which needs to be re-introduced before the end of the next 2 months, HR 2990, see: http://www.monetary.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/HR-2990.pdf

    And, a similar bill should be passed in Japan.

    American Monetary Institute
    PO BOX 601
    VALATIE, NY 12184

    Phone
    518-392-5387
    or 224-805-2200
    E-mail
    ami@taconic.net

    Speakers at the just finished 9th conference who would work to get the public money needed in the U.S. and Japan to fix Fukushima and save lives and life on this planet. See:

    The American Monetary Institute is pleased to announce its
    9th Annual AMI Monetary Reform Conference
    September 19-22, 2013, at University Center, Chicago

    The American Monetary Institute proudly announces its 9th annual Monetary Reform Conference in Chicago. Our conferences launched the modern grass roots movement for U.S. monetary reform and thereby World reform. You are invited to attend this important meeting in beautiful downtown Chicago. Our money system clearly needs a serious overhaul to secure economic justice, peace and prosperity as we enter the third millennium. True reform, not mere regulation, is necessary to move humanity away from a World dominated by fraud, warfare and ugliness and toward a world of justice and beauty. You can avoid discouragement and join with us in this adventure to achieve positive money results for America and the world.

    Don’t be discouraged because the villians who created the present crisis, have manipulated governments to bail them out. The media, which has made such “errors” possible, and the economic theories behind banker activities already stand accused in the public mind.

    Main Themes of the Conference: Implementing Monetary Reform now!

    The Monetary Reforms
    The main focus of the conference will be for researchers to describe and make the case for the kind of monetary reforms advocated, presenting both the logical and historical basis for them, and the mechanics of implementing them. Extensive question and answer periods and panel discussions can air doubts or concerns regarding the desirability of the reforms and suggest refinements. Included will be discussions of research and thinking methodology.

    Achieving the Reforms – What we can do now
    Selected political, social and monetary activists will give the benefit of their experience in educating, raising public awareness, organizing and motivating people and governmental bodies to influence public policy decisions.

    Using the Reforms
    Presentations on how a properly reconstituted money power within government will be effectively used to “promote the general welfare”. These will focus on Infrastructure Programs particularly how to pay for the $2.2 trillion the American Society of Civil Engineers tells us is needed to maintain our infrastructure over the next 5 years, through monetary reform. Understand that we include the “human infrastructure” of Health Care and Education within infrastructure! With proper monetary reform all these things become possible, including education and health, upgrading America’s crumbling infrastructure, towards futuristic energy efficient, eco-friendly designs well within the reach of today’s technology and economy. We can create hospitable, clean, cities of the future using 21st century solutions.

    Confirmed Speakers for 2013

    Prof. Joseph Huber from Martin-Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg in Germany, one of Europe’s most important monetary reformers, will analyze Modern Money Theory and the associated views on money, credit, and debt.

    Dr. Michael Kumhof, Deputy Division Chief of the Modeling Division, Research Department, IMF, will present his findings when applying the Chicago Plan, basis of HR 2990, to today’s economy using computer modeling techniques.

    Prof. Kaoru Yamaguchi will give an outstanding analysis of HR 2990, placing it through his advanced systems analysis software, determining it would pay off the US national debt and provide the necessary funding for infrastructure (solving the unemployment problem) and do it without inflation.

    Prof. Steve Keen, advanced Australian banking and monetary investigator, author of the important book “Debunking Economics,” which can begin leading the way out of the economic morass which economics has undeniably created around the world.

    Prof. Richard Werner has emerged as the central figure advising monetary authorities of the European money system to cease their destructive austerity programs, and he will discuss his involvement with this issue.

    Prof. Nic Tideman of Virginia Tech (formerly Senior Economist on the President’s Council of Economic Advisors) discusses how banks will compete after monetary reforms are in place.

    Prof. Michael Hudson, UMKC professor and PBS commentator and one of the rare economists to accurately forecast the mortgage and housing debacle – in a front page Harper’s Magazine article – will share his latest important observations on what the banking establishment is up to now.

    Stephen Zarlenga is Director of the American Monetary Institute and author of The Lost Science of Money. He will highlight the progress at AMI, and the direction of monetary reform in America.

    Jamie Walton, a knowledgeable money reformer from New Zealand, describes HR 2990 and why all three elements must be put into effect. He works on monetary legislation in Washington DC.

    Robert Poteat, long term and meticulous monetary researcher, is certainly among the top half dozen in America in awareness of monetary systems. He is the leader of the AMI Chapters in Portland, Seattle and Central Washington. Previously he has discussed why monetary reform is largely a moral question.

    Joseph Pijanowski, the Directing Business Representative of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Union, Local 126, focuses on the monetary solution to American labor problems our country faces.

    Mark Pash is a Certified Financial Planner with a Bachelors and Masters in Business Administration, from UCLA and USC respectively. He will review his 24 reasons for monetary reform and the 13 ways to overcome the inflationary objection.

    Andrew Jackson is currently Head of Research at Positive Money in the UK. He will discuss Positive Money’s strategy for progressing the monetary reform agenda in the UK, before showing how this links into his latest research, a proposal to combine monetary and fiscal policy which will allow the state to create and spend money into circulation.

    Greg Coleridge, Director of the Northeast Ohio American Friends Service Committee. He is on the National Steering Committee of the Move to Amend/Campaign to Legalize Democracy Program on Corporations, Law & Democracy (POCLAD) national collective.

    Steven Walsh, leading Chicago educator and expert authority on New England Colonial moneys, will describe how banks create money out of thin air.

    Joe Bongiovanni
    …………

    This would be the way to have the money to solve Fukushima. Then afterwards, still having the money available from a Debt-free, Interest-free public/government money would turn this economy around fast and create jobs to solve many other pressing problems. Money would continue to do good works by permanently circulating unlike Debt money which is extinguished from existence once paid back as payments on banks loans. We can never get out of debt when our money is debt. And, we have done this six times in our past with brave Presidents like Washington, Lincoln and Kennedy. It is tried and true. Support and Protect all politicians who would do this beneficial monetary change for all of us. And, support those politicians who would fix Fukushima safely for all of us.

    • Bev

      Pardon my spelling. Correction: Arnie Gundersen

      And, I do want to make the point that if government shuts down driven by the GOP’s un-funding of healthcare, they are shutting down our urgent need and ability to help ourselves, our world and our future existence by not addressing and reducing the great risks of a poorly funded, poorly engineered attempt at Fukushima. Then healthcare or any other topic will matter little, if we are irradiated and the outcome is genocide, specicide. The lack of a real attempt to fix this is unacceptable. Please interview very soon the above people for the best efforts as we may be able to save each other.

      Another note, the near decade long building and supplying of caves by Bush/Cheney for a few to perhaps survive, but, yet not try best solutions, is not acceptable. The GOP cannot shut down government and run to caves. Where are all the politicians across the entire spectrum, and all the people across our nation, Japan, and the world who would want to solve this problem for life on this planet?

      I wish us courage, luck, the best information and best solutions.

    • Bev

      More info: http://truth-out.org/news/item/19073-risky-repair-of-fukushima-could-spill-15000-times-the-radiation-of-hiroshima-create-85-chernobyls

      Risky Repair of Fukushima Could Spill 15,000 Times the Radiation of Hiroshima, Create 85 Chernobyls
      Thursday, 26 September 2013 09:36 By Gaius Publius, America Blog | News Analysis

      UPDATE: I spoke about this issue with Nicole Sandler on the Nicole Sandler Show. That discussion is here ( http://radioornot.com/blog/we-almost-lost-detroit-still-could-lose-japan/ ). Start the player, then advance to 26:54 to hear our segment. Thanks.

      Does the planned November 2013 removal of the spent fuel rods stored at Fukushima’s heavily damaged Reactor 4 need a global intervention, or should TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Co., a for-profit company) be allowed to go it alone?

      So far, the Japanese government is allowing TEPCO to handle it. Why should you care? Read on.

      As you should know by now, the nuclear power plant at Fukushima underwent a great deal of damage in 2011 due to an earthquake and a tsunami. Wikipedia (my emphasis; some reparagraphing):

      The plant comprised six separate boiling water reactors originally designed by General Electric (GE) and maintained by the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO). At the time of the earthquake, reactor 4 had been de-fueled and reactors 5 and 6 were in cold shutdown for planned maintenance.

      more

      …..

      In the radio interview, Gaius Publius makes the point that Japan has the same relationship to Tepco as the U.S. has to BP. The corporations are ruling the governments.

      It’s that called Fascism?

      …………………

      I was wondering whether the following idea has any merit. Could all people on the planet incorporate to regain their “human” rights and become a bigger corporation than all other corporations in which case, would politicians then work for the peoples’ corporation? It could be called Public Citizens’ Incorporated Human Rights…or something even better.

      Could you incorporate everyone automatically based on assumptions that everyone across the board might agree on, or assumed to agree on, such as: No irradiating the people of the planet for careless, underfunded, sloppy jobs on nuclear power plants; No poisoning of people in addition to water, land, air; Return property rights by rebuilding the property chain of title which the banks’ corporation MERS destroyed on purpose; Return to a debt-free, interest-free public/government money for the common good not bankers’ profit, see monetary.org ; No GMO crops with genetic code that if released into the general plant population means one season’s growth and no regeneration ever after, or are human health hazards; Return a Human Bill of Rights; No blanket surveillance in any way of billions of innocent people to control, blackmail, for profit and perversion; No torture to people or animal life; No propaganda and so a return to true information with a return to the Fairness Doctrine and independent media; Real, high-level Education which includes civics, science, arts, higher order thinking skills, not the intentional by policy to Dumb Down Americans and all others; No corporate removal of Democracy with e-voting, e-scanning, e-tabulating machine which remove real physical evidence of hand-counted paper ballots publicly counted and posted in precinct on election night, see ( http://www.bradblog.com/?p=8889 ); and many others that all might agree on.

      Can the world’s people incorporate to save ourselves, each other and our planet from rapacious profiteers? How? Now would be the time.

      ……..

      To repeat:

      At some level you know what it means to have real physical evidence (hand counted paper ballots) hidden or removed by e-voting, e-scanning, and e-tabulating machines owned and operated by right wing gop, corporate, fundamentalists authoritarians.

      http://www.bradblog.com/?p=8889

      By Brad Friedman

      Recommended #OWS Demand: Let ALL Citizens 18 and Older Vote, On Paper Ballots, Count Them in Public

      I offer the following simple “demand” for consideration by OWS, as this one likely underscores almost every other. Or, at least, without it, all other demands may ultimately be rendered moot.

      Here it is. One demand that seems simple enough — and is as non-partisan as can (be)— for your consideration:

      Every U.S. citizen 18 years of age or older who wishes to vote, gets to vote. Period. Those votes, on hand-marked paper ballots, will be counted publicly, by hand, on Election Night, at the precinct, in front of all observers and video cameras.

      Please help spread this to the Occupiers if you agree its important. For example, Tweet it (or a link to this article) like mad (with #ows in the text), and/or spread it via Facebook and/or print it out and take it to a General Assembly at an Occupation near you!

      …………

      http://www.monetary.org/
      http://www.monetary.org/american-money-scene-5-august-16-2009/2009/08

      Historical experience has taught us what we need to do:

      1. Put the Federal Reserve System into the U.S. Treasury.

      2. Stop the banking system creating any part of the money supply.

      3. Create new money as needed by spending it on public infrastructure, including human infrastructure, e.g. education and health care.

      These 3 elements must all be done together, and are all in draft legislative form as the proposed American Monetary Act [In September 2011, Congressman Dennis Kucinich introduced the National Emergency Employment Defense (NEED) Act, HR 2990, into Congress.
      ……..

      This bill needs to be re-introduced now here and in Japan. All these things become possible if we work together to safely repair Fukushima. We will have set a pattern to help each other and ourselves.

  • Bev

    I am not sure my first attempt at posting the following worked. Trying again.

    I was wondering whether the following idea has any merit. Could all people on the planet incorporate to regain their “human” rights and become a bigger corporation than all other corporations in which case, would politicians then work for the peoples’ corporation? It could be called Public Citizens’ Incorporated Human Rights…or something better.

    Could you incorporate everyone automatically based on assumptions that everyone across the board might agree on, or assumed to agree on, such as: No irradiating the people of the planet for careless, underfunded, sloppy jobs on nuclear power plants; No poisoning of people in addition to water, land, air; Return property rights by rebuilding the property chain of title which the banks’ corporation MERS and derivatives destroyed on purpose; Return to a debt-free, interest-free public/government money for the common good not bankers’ profit, see monetary.org ; No GMO crops with genetic code that if released into the general plant population means one season’s growth and no regeneration ever after, and which are human health hazards; Return a Human Bill of Rights; No blanket surveillance in any way of billions of innocent people to control, blackmail, for profit and perversion; No torture to people or animal life; No propaganda and so a return to true information with a return to the Fairness Doctrine and independent media; Real, high-level Education which includes civics, science, arts, higher order thinking skills, not the intentional by policy to Dumb Down Americans and all others; No corporate removal of Democracy with e-voting, e-scanning, e-tabulating machine which remove real physical evidence of hand-counted paper ballots publicly counted and posted in precinct on election night, see ( http://www.bradblog.com/?p=8889 ); and many others that all across the spectrum might agree on.

    Can the world’s people incorporate to save ourselves, each other and our planet from rapacious profiteers? How? Now would be the time.

    ……..

    To repeat: At some level you know what it means to have real physical evidence (hand counted paper ballots) hidden or removed by e-voting, e-scanning, and e-tabulating machines.

    http://www.bradblog.com/?p=8889

    By Brad Friedman
    Recommended #OWS Demand: Let ALL Citizens 18 and Older Vote, On Paper Ballots, Count Them in Public

    I offer the following simple “demand” for consideration by OWS, as this one likely underscores almost every other. Or, at least, without it, all other demands may ultimately be rendered moot.

    Here it is. One demand that seems simple enough — and is as non-partisan as can (be)— for your consideration:

    Every U.S. citizen 18 years of age or older who wishes to vote, gets to vote. Period. Those votes, on hand-marked paper ballots, will be counted publicly, by hand, on Election Night, at the precinct, in front of all observers and video cameras.

    Please help spread this to the Occupiers if you agree its important. For example, Tweet it (or a link to this article) like mad (with #ows in the text), and/or spread it via Facebook and/or print it out and take it to a General Assembly at an Occupation near you!
    …………

    We need the money now:

    http://www.monetary.org/

    Historical experience has taught us what we need to do:

    1. Put the Federal Reserve System into the U.S. Treasury.

    2. Stop the banking system creating any part of the money supply.

    3. Create new money as needed by spending it on public infrastructure, including human infrastructure, e.g. education and health care.

    These 3 elements must all be done together, and are all in draft legislative form as the proposed American Monetary Act [In September 2011, Congressman Dennis Kucinich introduced the National Emergency Employment Defense (NEED) Act, HR 2990, into Congress.
    ……..

    This bill needs to be re-introduced now here and in Japan. All these things become possible if we work together to safely repair Fukushima. We will have set a pattern to help each other and ourselves.

  • Bev

    Pardon me as I should have looked before leaping. I had a comment that has not posted which among other things was about the following:

    “I was wondering whether the following idea has any merit. Could all people on the planet incorporate to regain their “human” rights and become a bigger corporation than all other corporations in which case, would politicians then work for the peoples’ corporation? It could be called Public Citizens’ Incorporated Human Rights…or something better.”

    Maybe Public Citizen Incorporated to Safely Survive Fukushima….

    Knowing your high level of successful activism for the common good, I was hoping to reference back to you here, and increase traffic between you and others most aligned especially at Truthout http://truth-out.org/news/item/19073-risky-repair-of-fukushima-could-spill-15000-times-the-radiation-of-hiroshima-create-85-chernobyls and others.

    I see that the post did not “take”, perhaps too off topic or not unifying enough. Something. Pardon me. I really don’t want to hamper in any way Fukushima being solved or attempted to be smartly engineered, well funded in order to try to solve for everyones’ sake across the board, across the planet.

  • Bev

    To be absolutely non-partisan, if Democrats do nothing about Fukushima’s lack of money (which could be remedied by former Rep. Dennis Kucinich’s HR 2990 here and in Japan, see http://www.monetary.org/ and http://www.monetary.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/HR-2990.pdf ) and lack of engineering expertise, then that is effectively a defacto “shutting down of government” with the same outcome. So let all parties try much harder in order to save lives.

  • Bev

    Promising Update at: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/10/06/japan-pm-seeks-overseas-help-on-fukushima-leak/2930855/

    Japan PM seeks overseas help on Fukushima leak
    by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press

    …………

    The bill that all countries need to introduce, HR 2990 http://www.monetary.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/HR-2990.pdf , to change our money system away from Bankers’ DEBT based money which only profit Banks to a DEBT-FREE money which benefit all people, businesses and governments. However, even Bankers should support this bill, because, if we lack money for best engineering efforts to even try to fix Fukushima safely, correctly, and so fail disastrously, then bankers will not profit, and may not survive any better than anyone else. So bankers, what do you say? There is more profit to staying alive by not being irradiated, than profit in the current broken, disintegrating debt money system.

    http://www.monetary.org/american-money-scene-5-august-16-2009/2009/08

    Historical experience has taught us what we need to do:

    1. Put the Federal Reserve System into the U.S. Treasury.

    2. Stop the banking system creating any part of the money supply.

    3. Create new money as needed by spending it on public infrastructure, including human infrastructure, e.g. education and health care.

    These 3 elements must all be done together, and are all in draft legislative form as the proposed American Monetary Act [In September 2011, Congressman Dennis Kucinich introduced the National Emergency Employment Defense (NEED) Act, HR 2990, into Congress. View details here http://www.monetary.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/HR-2990.pdf ].

    The correct action is for Congress to fulfil its constitutional responsibilities to furnish the nation with its money by making the American Monetary Act law.

    The correct action for the States is to insist on this Federal action!

    Genuine monetary reform is the solution to the nation’s fiscal problems, and that can only be achieved at the national level.

    snip

    We don’t need any more diversions.

    We citizens have only so much energy and time to devote to changing our world for the better. Diverting good people into nonsense condemns us to continue suffering unnecessarily. This time of crisis must be used for real reform, not diversions.

    So what is the solution?

    It’s the monetary system which must be changed to end the fiscal crisis, and State governments cannot do this – it’s a matter for the Federal Government.

    Under present constitutional and legal conventions, the only institutions that can create money without debt are national treasuries and/or central banks. State governments within a federal nation cannot do this – the problem can only be solved at the national level.

    Proposals promoting anything else would require a constitutional amendment, which is not necessary.

    snip

    We have a big problem in our economy and society today: too much debt. Banking cannot solve this problem because banking produces debt, which is the problem. It’s incredible that even now the delusion of borrowing ourselves out of debt is still seen as a solution, by anyone, let alone so-called reformers. We’re in a deep hole because we listened to cheerleaders yelling “keep on digging” without thinking. We cannot afford to keep doing this any more.

    Proposing to get governments involved in banking is the complete opposite of a solution, because it keeps the problem in place.

    As American Monetary Institute Chapter Leader, Dick Distelhorst, says:

    “We don’t want to put the government into the banking business – we want to get the banks out of the money creation business!”

    ………….

    Monetary Experts Modeling of new money system which would provide the money to try to fix Fukushima safely for everyone:

    from Japan, Professor Kaoru Yamaguchi’s Model of HR 2990

    Professor Yamaguchi (Berkeley, Doshisha Universities) shows that Kucinich’s HR 2990 NEED Act: (1) Provides the funding for infrastructure repair (which solves the unemployment crisis) (2) Pays off the national debt as it comes due (3) Does this without inflation! Click here
    http://www.monetary.org/modeling-the-american-monetary-act/2010/12
    to watch a video of Professor Yamaguchi’s presentation to the 2010 AMI Conference. Wow!
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stephen-zarlenga/congressman-dennis-kucini_b_924004.html

    Model: http://monetary.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/DesignOpenMacro.pdf

    Workings of A Public Money System of Open Macroeconomies
    – Modeling the American Monetary Act Completed –
    (A Revised Version)
    Kaoru Yamaguchi
    Doshisha University

    And from Europe Dr. Michael Kumhof:

    The Chicago Plan Revisited, Michael Kumhof (Deputy Division Chief, Modeling Dept., IMF) applies modern computer modeling to the Chicago Plan, which support the monetary reforms of HR 2990 and dispel the widespread fears of inflation under a government money system.

    Model: http://www.monetary.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/ChicagoPlanRevisited.pdf

    The Chicago Plan Revisited
    Jaromir Benes and Michael Kumhof

    …………….

  • Bev

    So many thanks to Robert Weissman and Ralph Nader.

    from: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/09/the-real-fukushima-danger.html#comment-1073991897

    CaptD greenthinker2012
    Two history-making events coming Tuesday and Wednesday just got better.

    RALPH NADER TO JOIN FORMER JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER NAOTO KAN AND OTHERS FOR NUCLEAR PANEL DISCUSSIONS

    Seminars to focus on ongoing lessons from Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear catastrophe and the future of nuclear power in New York and Boston.

    Tuesday, Oct. 8 in NYC 9:00am EDT (6:00am PDT for live feed)
    https://www.facebook.com/events/482351518538499/

    Wednesday, Oct. 9 in Boston 10:00am EDT (7:00am PDT for live feed)
    https://www.facebook.com/events/1451208401770859/

    This is a global issue and regardless of where you live, these seminars have lessons for all of us to learn. For those who are unable to attend, the New York and Boston panel can be heard on a live feed at http://www.livestream.com/fuku… , these webcasts will be archived at the link for at least 30 days once live.

    http://new.livestream.com/FukushimaLessons?utm_source=Ralph+Nader+and+P.M.+Kan+added+to+panel+on+Nuclear+Power&utm_campaign=Google+Analytics+Test&utm_medium=email

    Please help by spreading the word about these two very significant events. See all the details here. The Facebook page is live. Please make sure you “like” it, invite all your friends and mark “going”. If you’re on Twitter, we’ll be Tweeting from @ongoinglessons using #fukushimalessons for all of our posts.

    A panel of speakers that includes the former Japanese Prime Minister, Naoto Kan; former Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Ralph Nader, political activist, author, attorney and lecturer; Dr. Gregory Jaczko; former NRC Commissioner Peter Bradford; and nuclear engineer, Arnie Gundersen, is scheduled to share their perspectives on nuclear safety and the future of nuclear power. The panel will specifically address concerns regarding Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant now operating with an expired license in Buchanan, New York. The seminar will be held in New York City on Tuesday, Oct. 8. More speakers will be announced.

    Kan was in office in March 2011 when an earthquake and tsunami triggered the catastrophe at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant. He was confronted by three reactor meltdowns and a nuclear crisis that persists to this day.

    Newest panel addition, Ralph Nader has been opposed to nuclear power since the 1970s and he later founded the Critical Mass Energy Project. Nader was recently named by The Atlantic as one of the 100 most influential figures in American history, one of only four living people to be so honored. He has launched two major presidential campaigns and founded or organized more than one hundred civic organizations.

    Jaczko was the Chairman of the NRC during the earthquake and tsunami that triggered the catastrophe at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan. He was confronted by three reactor meltdowns and a nuclear crisis that persists to this day. In 2012, Jaczko cast the lone dissenting vote on plans to build the first new nuclear power plant in the U.S. in more than 30 years.

    Earlier this year on June 4, 2013, Jaczko, Bradford and Gunderson were joined by Japan’s former Prime Minister, Naoto Kan, where they spoke at the San Diego County Administrative Center about their concerns regarding the safety of the San Onofre nuclear power plant. Three days after the panel, the plant was closed permanently.

    U.S. citizens are now questioning the safety of the Indian Point nuclear power plants. In the event of a catastrophe like Fukushima, this plant would threaten millions. A nuclear disaster at Indian Point would threaten the entire population of New York City and the outlying metropolitan area.

    The panel discussion is open to the public and news media.

    For media and the public who are unable to attend, the New York and Boston panel can be heard on a live feed at http://new.livestream.com/FukushimaLessons/newyork, these webcasts will be archived at the link for at least 30 days once live.

    For more information on the Boston panel, join our Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1451208401770859/

    To preregister for the panel, head here:
    http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FukushimaLessonsforNY

  • Bev

    One of the links to article that has not posted which should lead to Ralph Nader, Arnie Gunderson and former Japanese Prime Minister conference on NY nuclear power plants, now misdirects link.

    The following is correct:

    RALPH NADER TO JOIN FORMER JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER NAOTO KAN AND OTHERS FOR NUCLEAR PANEL DISCUSSIONS

    Seminars to focus on ongoing lessons from Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear catastrophe and the future of nuclear power in New York and Boston.

    http://new.livestream.com/FukushimaLessons/newyork

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