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September 18 2011

Russia, Ukraine: Gas Relations Analysis

Nils van der Vegte of RussiaWatchers examines the current status of the gas relations between Russia and Ukraine.

September 16 2011


P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » P2P Essay of the Year? The Radical Implications of a Zero Growth Economy - 2011-09-15


commentary by oAnth:

Generally I would like to state, that sustainable growth in future is no more to describe simply by the amount of produced goods, but in the efficient differentiation from energy sources as well as the circular use of commodities.

The article neglects a lot of recent developments in energy support technologies, which might guarantee a much higher sustainability than the traditionally centralized energy supply, like burning all forms of carbon and waste or nuclear based energy centrals.

Further insists the article IMO too much on data given by a supposed status quo (I remember that e.g. the FAO comes to quite other conlusions), and proposes as alternative a kind of subsistence economy, which in its use today is historically to see as a socially useful last remain at the country side e.g. in South Europe of a feudal society economy (supposedly with commons). This income source today is nevertheless depending on a centralized industrial production economy, and by this on the incomes of family members (away in other parts of the countries, or in work migration), which are not in particular a part of the subsistence economy household and are supporting still by a monthly amount of money parents, brother, sister, working in the  subsistence unit. Means, in those countries, where it is still in use, it has the function of a kind of social assurance, but hardly as a basic economic factor [ cf. actual tendencies in Greece of unemployed populations to return from Athens to the country side, where family members have still a smaller business or some (minor) agriculture].

I can't see how a world population would reduce its means in such a way, taking in account, that industrial production of any kind would be technological restricted in its development in order to keep the technological concurrence between all market participants in a constant balance to avoid any uncontrolled innovation impulses, from which could result again unwanted growth. etc. etc.

oAnth - Muc - 2011-09-16

Constructive criticism: the week in architecture

The design world hits high-voltage this week, with flash openings at historic houses, electric cars racing to the future and RIBA unveiling the British pylons of tomorrow

London Open House takes place this weekend, allowing us to see inside hundreds of historic buildings normally closed to the public. Some, such as the hugely popular Midland Grand Hotel (fronting St Pancras station) and Jimi Hendrix's flat in Mayfair's Brook Street are sold-out, but the choice of buildings to visit is still vast.

What about that trip to Ruislip you never promised yourself, to see 97 Park Road, an unexpected house built by Connell Ward and Lucas in 1936 in the style of Le Corbusier's white Parisian villas of the 1920s? This is the best-preserved of a row of three houses that dumbfounded its neighbours (Ruislip is awash with mock-Tudor and neo-Georgian homes) when they were built. Today, though, it is No 97 that is so very desirable.

Or how about the political and architectural drama of Wrotham Park in Barnet, a magnificent English Palladian country house designed by Isaac Ware in 1754 for Admiral John Byng. The house has featured in numerous films and TV shows including Gosford Park and Sense and Sensibility; doubtless you will spot others. Voltaire satirised poor Byng's death in 1759's Candide: "In this country [England], it is wise to kill an admiral from time to time to encourage the others."

British design is to be encouraged in future at the Commonwealth Institute, Kensington, open to the public this weekend for the last time in its original state before John Pawson converts it into a new home for the Design Museum. With its dramatic hyperbolic paraboloid copper roof (as beautiful to look at as the words that describe it are clumsy), this "tent in the park" pavilion was designed by RMJM; it first opened in 1962.

Details of Open House, Dublin were also revealed this week. Clearly a passionate event, it offers (along with visits to many historic and new buildings) a "Destruction of Dublin" walking tour: all too much of the Georgian city has been destroyed by mindless new development over the past 50 years. Not an event, then, for those heading to Dublin for hen or stag parties and the "craic", but a time to get intelligently under the city's grey stone skin.

This Way Up: 15 Years of Architecture, Design and Fashion at the British Council is a show opening in Hoxton, east London, as part of the London design festival. It tells the story of the Council's attempts to get British creativity noticed by people worldwide. Designs by Tom Dixon, Peter Kennard, Pearson Lloyd, Sebastian Bergne, Nigel Shafran, Michael Marriott and Anthony Burrill will be on show together with four one-off dresses by Basso and Brooke, inspired by their British Council exchange to Uzbekistan.

Designers will be on hand to recycle materials left over from British Council exhibitions. Other objects will be auctioned off, including "everything from giant rolls of Sellotape to fascinating chairs commissioned for shows in Venice," says Vicky Richardson, the British Council's director of architecture, design and fashion. "We wanted to clear out all this stuff, but we didn't want to throw anything away." The money raised will fund a new British Council scholarship giving young British designers the opportunity to work in Brazil.

Audi evoked memories of the intriguing relationship between architects and automobiles when it announced its Urban Concept car this week in time for the Frankfurt motor show. This lightweight, electric two-seater has been designed, says Audi, according to Mies van der Rohe's guiding principle "less is more". More than Mies, though, it calls to mind Le Corbusier's influential, if overlooked, 1929 design for a city car.

Even Le Corbusier never had the hard task of designing an electricity pylon. Contemporary architects, however, have been much involved in the competition organised by RIBA and the Department for Energy and Climate Change for a new standard British pylon. Models by the six pylon finalists will be on show at the V&A during the London design festival. The most convincing is Silhouette by Ian Ritchie Architects and engineers Jane Wernick Associates. It takes the form of a needle-like steel obelisk with well-resolved arms to carry the cables; seen in profile, it would be fairly unobtrusive. Other designs are a little top-heavy (T-Pylon by Bystrup Architects), too flamboyant (Flower Tower by Gustafson Porter with Atelier One and Pfisterer), or simply too dramatic for mass production (the taut, bow-like Plexus by AL_A and Arup). Whichever design wins – final judging takes place on 11 October 2011 – it may yet be back to the drawing board if the existing standard design, dating from 1928, is to be superseded, both technically and aesthetically.

The connection between architecture and engineering is realised memorably in the design of Norman Foster's 1978 Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. This week the Twentieth Century Society announced it was putting forward the building for listing. Expect Grade I status. Unlike Wrotham Park, 97 Park Road or the Commonwealth Institute, this hi-tech masterpiece is open to the public throughout the year. © 2011 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

September 15 2011

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September 11 2011

Ukraine, Russia: “A New Stage in the Gas War”

David Marples of Current Politics in Ukraine analyzes the current stage of the Russian-Ukrainian “gas war.”

September 04 2011

IRAN: La centrale nucléaire de Bouchehr connectée au réseau électrique

La centrale iranienne nucléaire de Bouchehr d'une capacité de 1 000 mégawatts a été connectée au réseau national électrique, samedi 3 septembre 2011. Elle ne produit pour l'instant que 60 mégawatts à titre de test, mais doit progressivement monter en puissance pour atteindre 400 mégawatts le 12 septembre. A cette occasion une cérémonie officielle est prévue.
Vue générale du deuxième réacteur nucléaire de Bouchehr, en construction, le 21 août 2010
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August 29 2011

TERRA 610: Spoil

SPOIL follows the International League of Conservation Photographers and the Gitga'at first nation people of British Columbia in their search for the illusive spirit bear. Their mission is to create images of this rare bear and the ecosystem that it relies on before a proposed oil pipeline from the Alberta tar sands threatens to SPOIL it. The spirit bear, globally rarer than the panda, only lives on the north coast of British Columbia and gives and inspiring look at the interconnectedness of this coastal ecosystem existing in symbiosis with the indigenous communities there for thousands of years. By following three world renown photographers and the relationships they build with indigenous guides throughout a 10 day photo expedition, viewers experience stunning imagery of the biodiversity that exists when a wild land meets a wild ocean.

August 25 2011

August 21 2011


German Village Produces 321% More Energy Than It Needs! | Energy

Ok, those Germans are just showing off now. Not only has the nation announced plans to shut down all of its nuclear power plants and started the construction of 2,800 miles of transmission lines for its new renewable energy initiative, but now the village of Wildpoldsried is producing 321% more energy than it needs! The small agricultural village in the state of Bavaria is generating an impressive $5.7 million in annual revenue from renewable energy.

via What's going on in the Sigalon Valley |

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August 20 2011

North Korea: Speculation Looms over Kim Jong-il's Visit to Russia

Net user 100gf from Politics and Computers blog posted a brief summary on North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's visit to Russia, a rare official visit for the first time in nine years. As Kim is expected to hold talks with President Dmitry Medvedev regarding energy and denuclearization issues, speculations have sprung up in the blogosphere.

August 11 2011

Russia: Arctic and the Northern Sea Route

Mia Bennett at Foreign Policy Association writes about an ongoing international conference, hosted by Russia, about the future of Arctic resources and the opening of sea routes in the Norhtern Sea.

August 07 2011

Ukraine: Yulia Tymoshenko's Trial and the Legacy of “Gassy Shenanigans”

In the first post on the newly-launched Bordering on Lunacy blog, Euan MacDonald writes about the trial of Ukraine's ex-PM Yulia Tymoshenko - “who is guilty, apparently, of the heinous crime of being in government when Viktor Yanukovych wasn't president of Ukraine.”

August 06 2011

Ukraine: US and Russia Condemn Tymoshenko Arrest

Andy Young of Siberian Light reports that for once both Russia and the US stand united on one issue of international relations, namely their common condemnation of the arrest of former Prime Minister of Ukraine, Yulia Tymoshenko.

August 05 2011

Peru: The Amazon and the Diversion of the Huallaga and Marañón Rivers

All links in this post lead to Spanish language sites unless otherwise stated.

On July 21, Law 29760 –also known as Corina Law, previously approved by Congress– was published in newspaper El Peruano, and states: “Act declaring as a public necessity and of national interest the project which includes the diversion of the Marañon River [eng] and the damming and diversion of the Huallaga River [eng] for hydro-power and agricultural purposes “. In the text, the law adds that the surplus waters from these rivers will flow into the Santa River [eng].

In September of last year, this project, which is known as Corina Project, was announced during a drought period that was seriously affecting the Amazonian rainforest. In that moment the blog Warmiboa pointed out:

Aparentemente este proyecto fué planteado por un tal Guido Muñoz hace 40 años. Recientemente, el congresista Wilder Calderón (APRA) tomó la iniciativa declarándo el proyecto de “necesidad pública”. El 16 de mayo de 2009, el congreso de la República aprobó el proyecto de Ley Nº 1824/2007-CR que declara de necesidad pública la construcción y ejecución del encauce de los ríos Huallaga y Marañón a la costa peruana, según la web de Calderón. Pero, al momento, no encontré muchas opiniones al respecto, salvo la de este blog

Apparently this Project was devised by someone called Guido Muñoz 40 years ago. Recently, the member of the congress Wilder Calderon took the initiative by stating this is a public-need project. On May 16, 2009, the Congress approved the Nº 1824/2007-CR draft declaring as a public need the building and execution of a channel in the Huallaga and Maraño rivers, according to the Calderon webpage. However, I did not find many opinions about it, except in this blog.

Nonetheless, people did comment on the Warniboa blog. Although the opinions seem to be more in favor than against this project, it can not be affirmed that there is a consensus against this project. For instance, Ronald states:

Señores pensemos en el Peru, que le conviene a nuestra nacion, tenemos grandes cantidades de terrenos desertico en la costa que serian muy productivas con el agua que se esta dejando ir al Atlantico, asimismo el represar las aguas en la sierra beneficiaria a la gente de esa zona, haciendo que se tecnifique su agricultura y que se tenga agua todo el año

People, think about Peru, what is convenient for our nation. We have so many deserts in our coast regions that would be very productive with the water heading to the Atlantic Ocean. Building a dam in the mountains would benefit the people from that area, developing their technology regarding agriculture, providing water the whole year.

And Shafis asserts:

Abran sus ojos y cerebros señores. Solo se trasvasaría 11,000 MMC de los 611,000 Millones existentes o sea nada.

People, open up your eyes. Only 11,000MMC out of the 611,000 existing millions would be diverted from the river. That is to say: nothing.

Warmiboa gathers conditions set by an APRA [eng] politician that he believes should be met in Loreto before the project is approved:

Primero, garantizar que la ejecución del megaproyecto no tendrá un impacto ambiental negativo ni tampoco consecuencias sociales; segundo, que el gobierno nacional se comprometa en un plazo que no exceda del 2013, a financiar la ejecución de la interconexión de Loreto al sistema eléctrico nacional y de los ramales que lleven la energía a todos los pueblos de Loreto; tercero, que la energía generada en las centrales hidroeléctricas que deben construirse con el trasvase tenga como prioridad dotar de energía eléctrica a Loreto; y cuarto, establecer el cobro de un canon hidroeléctrico que se destine a proyectos ambientales y de infraestructura económica y social en Loreto.

Firstly, guarantee that the execution of the megaproject will not have an environmental impact nor social effects. Secondly, the national government would have to commit in a short term before 2013 to finance the interconnection of Loreto to the national electric system as well as the branch lines that transport energy to all Loreto towns. Thirdly, the energy produced in the hydro-electric stations that must be built with the diversion must have as a main priority providing Loreto with energy. Four, establishing a hydro electric payment aimed at environmental projects and the social and economic infrastructure of Loreto.


Image by Juan Arellano


The project has already been approved without taking into consideration those conditions; neither did they consult, as it was discussed, the Amazonian regions. It is known that the project includes two hydro-electric stations that will produce 10 thousands MW. Although it seems to be a rather small quantity, if we also take into account the Marañon project, that considers 20 hydroelectric station buildings along the bed of the Marañon River, we are already talking about several projects that will have a great environmental impact, even though the government denies it.

There is a wide opposition against this project in the rainforest area, mostly in the Loreto region, even though mass media has barely talked about this issue: Politicians and authorities, like the President of the regional government Ivan Vasquez who was against this project during a certain time, the regional government counselor Pablo Casuso, the former national counselor Hector Minguillo, the mayor of Iquitos Charles Zevallos, the head of Frente Defensa y Desarrollo de la Provincia del Alto Amazonas (Defense and Development Front of the Alto Amazonas Province), and the CNI Iquitos teacher Jose Manuyama who has proposed a demonstration against the so-called Corina Law.

One of the first people reacting against this law was an English priest who lives in Iquitos, Paul McAuley, who writes in the Red Ambiental Loretana:

Lo impresionante son los conceptos de “interés nacional” y “aguas excedentes”, además de la llamada a los Gobiernos Regionales de “adoptar las acciones necesarias”. Se abre un debate urgente.

What is impressive in all this are the concepts “national interest” and “excess water”, and also encouraging the Regional Government to take the necessary measures. It is necessary to start a debate on this issue.

Roger Torres Chujutalli from the blog El Amazonico also comments on this topic and asks:

¿Qué estamos haciendo? ¿Que decimos los amazónicos ante esta pretención legal de quitarnos el río huallaga? Alerta autoridades y Frente de Defensa.

What are we doing? What do we say, the people from the Amazon, about this legal intention of taking the Huallaga River away from us? Pay attention to that, authorities and Defense Front.

Alerta Peru spoke to Antonio Zambrano, Coordinator of the ‘Comisión de Energía del Movimiento Ciudadano frente al Cambio Climático' (Energy Commission of the Citizen Movement on Climate Change), MOCICC, who asserts this law should be done away with since it is authoritarian and it has not been discussed with the people from the region. He adds:

El texto de todos los documentos dice que no se pretende reducir el caudal de agua que afluye hasta el río, sin embargo, lo que sí se reduce radicalmente es la masa de nutrientes que fluye a través del río y que alimenta la vida a través de los valles. {…] Hay que recordar que la mayoría de conflictos sociales o cerca del 50% de conflictos sociales en el Perú son por grandes inversiones en el territorio y fundamentalmente por conflictos socioambientales, es decir, el impacto de los grandes proyectos de inversión en el territorio genera daños y perjuicios a las poblaciones que viven alrededor de ellos y que en muchos casos no desean que se les cambie su modo de vida

The text states that its purpose is not to reduce water flow going to the river, however, what will be radically reduced are the nutrients flowing in the river that contribute to the settlements through the valleys. […] It is important to remember that most of the social conflicts or at least 50% of the conflicts that take place in Peru are due to the large investments in the territories and mostly to social-environmental conflicts, that is to say, the impact of the large project investment in the country inflicts damages to the populations living in the neighboring areas. Those people do not want their way of living to be changed.

Then Antonio Zambrano himself in an article for Alerta Peru, besides mentioning the increase of methane gas emissions due to the death of vegetation, shows his suspicion about the economic effects of the hydro-electric project:

En primer lugar, la evidente triplicación de nuestra capacidad energética nacional instalada (el proyecto Marañón generaría 12430 Mw de energía) con el fin de exportarla o venderla en el mercado libre nacional, impactando “de taquito” en al menos siete regiones del país (Amazonas, Loreto, Cajamarca, San Martín, La Libertad, Ancash y Huánuco) tanto a su población como a su medio ambiente. Lo que no es tan fácil dilucidar, pero que se puede leer con un poco de agudeza, es el tipo de faenón de enormes proporciones que se podrían concluir entre Odebrecht, Electrobras y el gobierno García para privatizar el agua, la energía y expropiar tierras en grandes cantidades.

First, the evident triplication of our established national energy capacity (The project Marañon would generate 12430 MWTT) in order to either export or sell it to the national free market, having an impact on nothing less but seven Peruvian regions (Amazonas, Loreto, Cajamarca, San Martin, La Libertad, Ancash and Huanuco) both in the population and in the environment. What is not so easy to tell, but you can see it with a bit of sharpness, is the daunting task that could be concluded by the Odebrecht, Eletrobras and García government to privatize water, energy and land expropriation in large quantities.

In addition to that, Georges Bocanegra from the Loreto Nostrum blog comments on people's perception of the rainforest as a region isolated from the rest of Peru, saying that people from the coast just remember this region to take advantage of it:

Que recuerde la historia, desde la demarcación de nuestro territorio en Lima siempre tuvieron el facilismo de ceder los enormes territorios de la selva porque nadie llegaría hasta estos confines según ellos, sin pensar que aquí también hay Peruanos. […] Hoy se acuerdan de la selva. […] En este Perú, el gobierno no hace inversión pública de magnitud como en la costa que invierte en carreteras, energía, infraestructura para el desarrollo, no, aquí no lo hace, aquí deja que los loretanos nos friamos con nuestra propia manteca pagando todo con nuestro canon que es una compensación por el Recurso llamado Petróleo que aportamos al otro Perú

Remember history, ever since the establishment of our boundaries, in Lima they easily gave up huge areas of the jungle because according to them no one would get here, forgetting that there are Peruvians here too […] Today they remember the jungle […] The government does not invest significantly in this Peru, like it does in the coast in which it invests on roads, energy, and infrastructure for development. No, it does not do that here. The government has left us people from Loreto on our own while it pays everything with our canon that is a compensation for a resource called Oil that we grant the other Peru.

While the coastal region eagerly awaits this project, people from the Amazon are not happy at all with it. A demonstration against the Corina Law was announced for July 30, while people from Yarimaguas are waiting for information to do the same, and people in San Martin have already demanded the abolition of the law. It seems that this will be one of the problems that the new president, Ollanta Humala, will have to face.

August 03 2011

July 22 2011

University sculpture upsets Wyoming coal industry

University accused of ingratitude by one of its main funders for choosing to exhibit 'Carbon Sink' by British artist Chris Drury

The sculpture was always going to be hard to ignore – a giant 36-foot whorl of silvery logs and lumps of black coal in front of the main campus building at the University of Wyoming.

But British artist Chris Drury thought his commentary on the connection between the coal industry and dead trees would merely generate some polite on-campus debate in Cheyenne.

Not anymore. Drury's work, Carbon Sink What Goes Around Comes Around, sits in the heart of coal country, Wyoming, which mines more coal than any other state in America.

The work's existence and the links it draws between coal, climate change, and the pine beetle infestation that is devastating the landscape of the Rocky Mountains, has set off a debate about artistic and academic freedom, with the mining industry and Republican state legislators expressing outrage that a university that got money from coal would dare to turn on it.

"I thought it was a fairly innocuous thing to do," said Drury . "But it's kind of upset a lot of people here. Perhaps it was slightly more obvious because it is slightly more crucial in this state. But this is a university so I expected to start a debate, not a row."

He said he got the idea from a conversation with a scientist who complained that nobody was drawing the connection between the daily coal shipments from Wyoming, and the pine beetle infestation that was killing the region's forests.

The beetles are endemic to the Rockies but with climate change the region no longer gets the plunging temperatures that used to kill them off. Milder winters have allowed the beetles to live on and eat their way through the Rockies, stripping the bark off lodgepole pines from Colorado to British Columbia.

Some of the logs used in the installation were still crawling with beetles.

But as Drury charts on his blog, his comment on the connections between that calamity and coal was too close to home.

By day three of construction, the mining industry was accusing the university of ingratitude towards one of its main benefactors – in what some have seen as a veiled threat to cut funding.

"They get millions of dollars in royalties from oil, gas and coal to run the university, and then they put up a monument attacking me, demonising the industry," Marion Loomis, the director of the Wyoming Mining Association, told the Casper Star-Tribune. "I understand academic freedom, and we're very supportive of it, but it's still disappointing."

Then two Republican members of the Wyoming state legislature joined in, calling the work an insult to coal. The subject of university funding also came up.

"While I would never tinker with the University of Wyoming budget – I'm a great supporter of the University of Wyoming – every now and then, you have to use these opportunities to educate some of the folks at the University of Wyoming about where their paychecks come from," Tom Lubnau, one of the state legislators, told the Gillette News-Record.

The university said it was standing by Drury's work, although it was not necessarily endorsing his message. © Guardian News & Media Limited 2011 | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

July 18 2011

Brazil: Belo Monte March in Images

Renata Takahashi published dozens of photos of a march - #MarchaBeloMonte - that took place on July 17 in São Paulo, and in six other Brazilian cities, against the Belo Monte Dam and the New Forestry Code. The protest ended with a sit-in in one of the main avenues of the Sao Paulo, the Paulista.

July 17 2011

Hungary: Times to Spend and Times to Save

Eva Balogh of Hungarian Spectrum takes a critical look at governmental investments in the energy industry, and asks whether they are wise, looking at the country's increasing economic reliance on foreign lenders.

July 14 2011

Japan: Indie Music Rocks the Nukes

This page is part of our special coverage Japan Earthquake 2011.

With a spreading nuclear crisis and related issues such as radiation fears, new energy policies on the horizon and an uncertain future for the operating reactors, Japanese netizens have started a revival of music videos with a clear anti-nuclear message.

Below is a ‘hit parade’ of the biggest successes [with English subtitles] whose genres go from reggae, to folk, to rock music. Here too is a complete list [ja] of the most popular anti-nuclear Japanese songs of all time.

You Can't See It, And You Can't Smell It Either by Rankin & Dub Ainu Band.

The song spells out the dangers of nuclear power and was produced by Rankin Taxi who is considered one of the forefathers of hip-hop in Japan and the Dub Ainu Band, whose musicians belong to the Ainu minority.

Summertime Blues by RC Succession.

After the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, this song – first released in the mid-80s – now is considered prophetic. According to the Youtube user who subtitled the video, the song “was scheduled to be released by Toshiba EMI on 6th August 1988, but the release was suddenly canceled.” August 6th marks the anniversary of the dropping, on the city of Hiroshima, of the first atomic bomb.

Love Me Tender, by RC Succession.

This song also was apparently produced in the mid-80s, after the Chernobyl accident. RC Succession's frontleader, Kiyoshi Imawano (忌野清志郎), revised the original Elvis Presley song making the Japanese lyrics sound like the English words.

It Was a Lie All Along, by Kazuyoshi Saito (斉藤和義).

In this song the singer denounces the myth of safety that has accompanied nuclear power in Japan for over 40 years.
The lyrics of this song have already been translated by Global Voices and can be found here.

Let’s Join TEPCO , by anonymous.

This song is a revised version of the famous anti-war folk song Let's Join the Self-Defense Forces (Jieitai ni Hairou) performed by Takada Wataru in 1968.

As explained Paul at Tokyo Progressive - who is also the author of the translation below -, “the title, ‘Tōden ni hairō (東電に入ろう)' in Japanese, puns on “tōden ni hairo (倒電に廃炉),” which means ‘Tepco (Tokyo Electric Power company or Tōden) overthrow, nuclear decommissioning.'”

Among all of you people here
who wish to join Tōkyō Electric?
who wish to try your chance?
Tōden’s looking for men of ability.
I want to join Tōden, Tōden, Tōden
I want to join Tōden, it’s a place I adore,
the manliest of men all without exception
join Tōden and scatter like blossoms.

Those of you wishing to engage in atomic power
please come over to Tōden any time.
Uranium, Plutonium, we have everything
Just use subcontracting, and all’s fine.
Those of you who promote nuclear power generation
please gather beneath a nuclear reactor,
nothing immediately affects your health
fine if you shower and wash it away.
Nuclear power plants mean clean energy
Plutonium isn’t such a scary thing
it may emit radioactivity
but its half life is only four and twenty thousand years.
To support Japan’s energy
we must depend upon nuclear power,
some amount of radiation exposure can’t be helped
just drink povidone iodine and you’re all fine.
Collect all spent energy rods
and pack them away in drums, and we’re safe,
we’ll cool them in Rokkasho-mura’s pools
all you need is a mere 300 years of patience.
Water’s leaking but don’t make fuss
smoke is spewing but don’t panic
roofs blew away but we’re absolutely safe
anyway we’re cooling the unit with salt water.
It’s not that anything’s in imminent danger
let’s throw away both milk and vegetables,
government higherups are saying:
let’s use taxes to pay for the damages
Geiger counters all sold out
you have no need to own such things,
we’ll announce radiation values
believe and thou shalt be saved.

This page is part of our special coverage Japan Earthquake 2011.

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