Governments give us so many reasons to distrust them, so when they say people on the West Coast of North America do not need to worry about radioactive fallout from Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, should we believe them?
According to President Obama and the scientific talking heads on the major networks, there is nothing to worry about as the dilution effect on the plume travelling across the Pacific pretty much nullifies the danger. And of course this reactor is not like Chernobyl — so don’t worry about it.
The question running around in my head is this: Do I trust any of these governments to tell the truth? Do you?
If they were to say the radioactive fallout that will be hitting the West Coast over the next month or two will be enough to cause increased cancers over the next 10 to 20 years, would I panic? How many people would try to leave their homes and communities to go….where? What happens to our economy if everyone starts hitting the highways heading East in a move which might not help anyway.
Just how could a government tell half their population that they will be exposed to significant risk of cancer if they stay? So it might be better to minimize it and let other governments and fate deal with the rise in cancer in 20 years. The decision makers can look back sadly and accept that they had no choice or more people would have died sooner in the ensuing panic and economic disaster brought on by millions of radioactive refugees.
Quite frankly I don’t know what to believe given that Wikileaks has done such a good job recently exposing how governments can be strangers to the truth. On the other hand, you’ve got all the science celebrities (like Bill Nye the Science Guy who was on CNN a few hours ago) also saying that there is nothing to worry about because the radiation will be minimal. Do I believe them? Or are the major media also involved in making sure we don’t panic?
I thought 2012 was next year…did someone get something wrong here?
Watch the Live Stream of a Geiger Counter in Santa Monica California:
What do you think?
Here’s a few links which have caused me to raise an eyebrow: