Power Company Admits Radioactive Water Is Leaking From Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant

Officials noticed that the water level in the underground wastewater trench was rising and falling with the tide levels. Just recently the country announced its desire to restart its nuclear plants.

The nuclear plant hit by the 2011 tsunami in Japan has been leaking contaminated water, says the firm that runs it. This is the first time the Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, has admitted to a leak, despite the discovery of radioactive groundwater last month.

In a press conference yesterday, TEPCO was quick to stress that the radioactive water is currently confined to the man-made harbor surrounding the plant. Japan is keen to restart its nuclear power program, which it stopped for a "safety review" following the disaster. The country relies on this method of power, but it could pivot, into the renewables sector. This would, of course, come at a cost—and at a time when Japan's economy could be better.

Where do you stand on the nuclear power debate? Are you for it, or against it?

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  • Keyto Clearskies

    Aesop Institute is a wonderfully elaborate fraud, operated by Mark Goldes.
     
    Mark Goldes, starting in the mid-seventies, engaged for several years in the pretense that his company SunWind Ltd was developing a nearly production-ready, road-worthy, wind-powered "windmobile," based on the windmobile invented by James Amick; and that therefore SunWind would be a wonderful investment opportunity.

    After SunWind "dried up" in 1983, Goldes embarked on the long-running pretense that his company Room Temperature Superconductors Inc was developing room-temperature superconductors; and that therefore Room Temperature Superconductors Inc would be a wonderful investment opportunity. He continues the pretense that the company developed something useful, even to this day.

    And then Goldes embarked on the pretense that his company Magnetic Power Inc was developing "NO FUEL ENGINES" based on "Virtual Photon Flux;" and then, on the pretense that MPI was developing horn-powered "NO FUEL ENGINES" based on the resonance of magnetized tuning-rods; and then, on the pretense that his company Chava Energy was developing water-fueled engines based on "collapsing hydrogen orbitals;" and then, on the pretense that he was developing ambient-heat-powered "NO FUEL ENGINES." Goldes has even claimed that Jacob T. Wainwright already patented an ambient-heat-powered engine 100 years ago - even though Wainwright himself certainly never made any such claim, at all. Wainwright's only patent for a turbine or engine was not for any ambient-heat-powered engine, but for a pressurized-gaseous-fluid-powered engine. The innovation of the patent was the use of water to reduce speed - not any use of ambient heat.

    Goldes' forty-year career of "revolutionary invention" pretense has nothing to do with science, but only with pseudoscience and pseudophysics - his lifelong stock-in-trade.

    Let's look at just one example of Goldes' offerings in "revolutionary new technology:"

    Most Ludicrous Scamvention: Mark Goldes' "POWERGENIE"

    One of the most laughable of Mark Goldes' many invention scams is his "POWERGENIE" horn-powered generator. The brilliant idea of this revolutionary breakthrough is to blow a horn at a magnetized tuning rod, designed to resonate at the frequency of the horn, and then collect the electromotive energy produced by the vibrations of the rod.

    I'm not making this up.

    POWERGENIE tuning rod engine explained - from the patent:

    [The device incorporates] "an energy transfer and multiplier element being constructed of a ferromagnetic substance... having a natural resonance, due to a physical structure whose dimensions are directly proportional to the wavelength of the resonance frequency..."

    "In this resonant condition, the rod material functions as a tuned waveguide, or longitudinal resonator, for acoustic energy."

    "Ferrite rod 800 is driven to acoustic resonance at the second harmonic of its fundamental resonant frequency by acoustic horn 811, resulting in acoustic wave 816 within the rod having two nodal points... Bias magnet 801 produces magnetic flux 802 extending axially through both nodal points developed within rod 800... The sum electromotive force of coils 820 and 821 develops electrical current and power in resistive load 830."

    - But the patent doesn't tell us who is going to volunteer to blow the horn at the rod all day. Perhaps it will come with an elephant.

    Goldes claimed in 2008 that this wonderful triumph of human genius would bring his company, Magnetic Power Inc, one billion dollars in annual revenue by 2012. Magnetic Power Inc is now defunct, having never produced any "Magnetic Power Modules" - just as his company called "Room Temperature Superconductors Inc" is also now defunct, having never produced any "room temperature superconductors."
     

  • Keyto Clearskies

    Chronicles of Mark Goldes, the Perpetual Scam Machine

    1976: Goldes seeks investors with fraudulent claims to have developed a production-ready wind-propelled, wind-rechargeable motorcycle that can reach 60 mph:

    1998: Goldes fools the witless US Air Force with his "room temperature superconductor" scam, receiving over four hundred thousand dollars in "Innovative Research" grants. Goldes has never produced any superconductor.

    2005: Goldes seeks investors with fraudulent claims that his company, MPI, is developing "Magnetic Power Modules":

    2008: Goldes seeks investors with fraudulent claims that "MPI is also developing breakthrough magnetic energy technologies including POWERGENIE (Power Generation of Electricity by Nondestructive Interference of Energy)." Goldes claims to have "run an electric car for more than 4,800 miles with no need to plug-in." According to Goldes, "[MPI] Revenues from licenses and Joint Ventures are conservatively projected to exceed $1 billion annually by 2012."

    2009: Goldes seeks investors with fraudulent claims that his latest scamporation, Chava Energy, "has been developing enhanced theoretical and practical paths that lead towards commercialization of energy conversion systems that utilize hydrinos." He now claims to be "developing a Self Powered Internal Combustion Engine – SPICE(tm) powered by hydrinos."

    "For over 20 years Mark Goldes has claimed his company MPI has been developing machines that generate energy for free. In over 20 years his company has not presented one shred of evidence that they can build such machines...

    "For the past five years Mark Goldes has been promising generators 'next year.' He has never delivered. Like 'Alice in Wonderland' there will always be jam tomorrow, but never jam today."

    - Penny Gruber, December 2008

    - Gruber's comment was written almost five years ago - but it's just as true today - except that MPI, Goldes' corporation that he claimed would bring in one billion dollars in revenue from his imaginary generator in 2012, is now defunct, having never produced any "Magnetic Power Modules" - just as his company called "Room Temperature Superconductors Inc" is also now defunct, having never produced any "room temperature superconductors." Evidently there's a limit to how many years in a row the same company can claim it will finally have something to demonstrate "next year." Now Goldes has a new scamporation, Chava Energy. 

  • MarkGoldes

     "A
    massive release of radioactivity from Fukushima fuel pools remains a
    time bomb: 'No matter where we are on this planet, our lives are still
    threatened every day by a Unit 4 fuel pool left hanging 100 feet in the
    air. At any moment, an earthquake we all know is coming could send that
    pool crashing to the ground.' This 'fragile pool laden with enough
    fuel rods to poison countless millions …remains horrifically vulnerable
    to seismic activity that could send it crashing down to a permanently
    contaminated earth.'" Harvey Wasserman Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory
    An all too possible solar superstorm could cause "hundreds of Fukushimas". Burning more radioactive fuels is a non-starter.Revolutionary
    alternatives are emerging. Cold Fusion is one example. In spite of the
    name, some recent variations appear to be non-nuclear. And none need
    radioactive fuels. See CHEAP GREEN on the AESOP Institute website.A
    conference is now in progress at the University of Missouri at which
    several cold fusion systems appear en-route to commercialization.An
    engine has been invented that substitutes atmospheric heat for fuel.
    Prototypes are in the works. Once validated by an independent
    laboratory, plastic desktop versions of these piston engines are likely
    to prove that what almost all scientists and engineers consider
    impossible, is practical. Larger versions of these engines are expected
    to replace all sizes of diesel engine/generators. See the same AESOP
    Institute website.

  • Tony M

    Whenever a leak of radiation is mentioned it is very very important to consider the magnitude of the radiation leak and what threats it actually poses to surrounding populations. If you do that research on this particular leak you will find that it poses a negligible threat. Fukushima was a terrible incident, but one that caused no fatalities and is not expected to lead to any measurable rise in cancer rates according to the World Health Organization. Coal plants emit inhalable radiation at an exponentially greater rate than any leaky nuclear plant and the deaths they cause annually are quantifiable and unacceptable.

    Moving completely to renewables for a highly industrialized nation such as Japan simply isn't economically possible. Expensive imported coal and gas have replaced nuclear in Japan thus far, and the emissions that they emit will undoubtedly cause more deaths than Fukushima, which was an entirely avoidable accident caused by operator negligence, not inherent design flaws of the reactor itself.