Over Easy: Monday Science
Well, I hope everyone enjoyed their visit from Bill. I got a lot of water, but not much wind and it was pretty much done as an event about 3:00 Saturday afternoon.
it has become abundantly clear that the situation is anything but under control
This is a MAJOR Japanese newspaper, equal in status to the LA times or Chicago Tribune here. The JG is losing their veal pen.
7,000 people have requested $297m in damages from Fuku. About 10x that number were impacted enough to be able to file claims. So figure a minimum of $3B in claims, over and above what the government is paying.
TEPCO knew of the need to improve Tsunami protection as early as June 2008. They were forced by a court to disclose this information as a consequence of a shareholder lawsuit demanding roughly $45B. This is in addition to the $3B above.
The evac order for Naraha in Fukushima prefecture will be lifted not later than August. At this point in time, less than 50% of the population is willing to return. The JG will cut off their benefits anyway.
There are lots of tanks holding hot water is Fukushima. There are various reactions, both nuclear and chemical, that will cause the buildup of Hydrogen gas. It is thought that some of the leaks are being caused by increasing gas pressure inside the tanks. An internal hydrogen explosion would certainly rupture the tank and probably rupture it’s neighbors. TEPCO is going to have to vent those tanks and that will NOT be popular.
Rosetta is finding LOTS of water in the comet. This supports the theory that most of Earth’s water could have come from comet strikes.
The GOP is less than impressed by the Pope’s latest encyclical on Global warming. No real shock there, as it outright challenges climate denial and declares inaction against climate change as bad as causing it. This has resulted in the GOP declaring the Pope is NOT an expert, that they are not scientists and thus have no opinions of their own except “scientists” say it’s not a settled issue and we should wait for it to settle before we really increase costs to their campaign contributors. It’s becoming tougher and tougher to find scientists with reputations or peer reviewed publications that support that position. And will make life REALLY difficult for the GOP catholic candidates (Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Rick Santorum) .
Here’s an interesting editorial from the National Catholic Reporter on their view. The GOPers have criticized “cafeteria Catholics” for quite awhile since they didn’t support banning abortion or other GOP positions. Welcome to the cafeteria. And the writer is correct, it WILL be interesting to watch Boehner and Pelosi’s face when they sit behind the rostrum for the Pope’s speech to congress.
Japan will resume whaling again. This is basically a big “F**K YOU, we can do as we please” to the rest of the world, as Japan sure doesn’t need the whale meat ot survive and the market for whale in Japan is actually pretty slim and shrinking.
Boxturtle (Hire the left handed! It’s fun to watch them write!)