March 16, 2011

Is the UN ever going to do anything useful.

Oil for Food, sex crimes of the peacekeepers, corruption at all levels, they just do not get it — they are a bunch of six year old Kleptocrats only interested in consolidating their own power and not in securing world peace.

Here is the latest from the New York Times:

Scientists Project Path of Radiation Plume
A United Nations forecast of the possible movement of the radioactive plume coming from crippled Japanese reactors shows it churning across the Pacific and touching the Aleutian Islands on Thursday before hitting Southern California late Friday.

Health and nuclear experts emphasize that radiation in the plume will be diluted as it travels and, at worst, would have extremely minor health consequences in the United States, even if hints of it are ultimately detectable. In a similar way, radiation from the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 spread around the globe and reached the West Coast of the United States in 10 days, its levels measurable but minuscule.

What a load of codswallop. Local climate scientist and University of Washington Professor (Climate Sciences) Cliff Mass had this to say on Monday:

The U.S. West Coast is NOT at Risk from Radiation
Today I got calls and emails from all sorts of folks, worrying about the Japanese radiation reaching the Northwest in dangerous quantities. Potassium iodide pills, used for thyroid protection from radioactive iodine have been stripped from the shelves in Seattle.

I think the reality is clear…there is no serious radiation threat to us here in the Northwest.

First, I should note that the weather pattern is shifting and the latest trajectories show that the low-level trajectories don't reach us.(see below) The low-level trajectories circle around in the Pacific and the upper one heads south of us. (Yes, there is uncertainty with this and it is only as good as the National Weather Service GFS model)

More at the link.

And what is the organization that issued this dire warning?

The projection, by the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization, an arm of the United Nations in Vienna, gives no information about actual radiation levels but only shows how a radioactive plume would probably move and disperse.

Emphasis mine. First of all, it is a projection and not an analysis. Big difference.
Second, the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization is a fscking political organization and not a scientific one. They have an ax to grind and the worse light they can use to paint Nuclear Power, the more they are going to do so.

Shame on these morons for spreading fear at a time when the truth is needed.
Shame on the New York Times for not having a scientist check out this article before running with it.

Posted by DaveH at March 16, 2011 08:49 PM
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