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DeSwiss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 01:33 AM
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Tsunami Waste Devastates Japan Farmland
 
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My heart aches for these people.....
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 02:11 AM
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1. My stomach aches for them. That's their food they've lost.
That's their income. That's their land, sometimes for centuries.

Do we realize how much food has been lost in the past year, two years? Russian wheat, Gulf fishing, Japanese rice, seaweed, fish, would you eat the Kobe beef now?

We are so well stuffed here in North America that we can't imagine famine. We may not have to.
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xxqqqzme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 02:26 AM
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2. You forgot about the taibted fish
from the Gulf.
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Marblehead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 07:58 AM
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3. at least
a decade to get the soil back
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Charleston Chew Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 08:22 AM
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4. I am not a certified expert but...
I think five to ten years is way too optimistic.

Just look at all the automobiles everywhere. They are leaching chemicals that will remain in that soil for several lifetimes. And, the longer they sit there with additional rain and moister in the air is only going to make it worse.


If there ever was reason to rethink fossil fuel power this is the exhibit that wins the case.

What do you think?
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Lorien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:38 AM
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5. most of our ills are caused by fossil fuels and the greedy people invested in them
We need to switch to clean green renewables-and I don't mean biofuels or nuclear. Japan has enough to worry about with the meltdown at the reactor. If what we spent for wars to secure global fossil fuels were spent on developing and installing clean green renewable energy projects instead we could be free of the "need" to go to war and free from worry over peak oil and the sky high food costs (and more wars) that will bring. Everyone knows it, though some champions of the fossil fuel barons will still insist that "the technology does not exist, it's not feasible, blah, blah, blah..." We've poisoned the Gulf of Mexico and now the sea of the coast of Japan will be toxic as well, mountaintops are being leveled throughout Appalachia and for what? To keep the usual suspects uber rich and partying until nothing is left?
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Charleston Chew Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:47 AM
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6. How we became slaves to oil
1. The biggest threat to the water supply of
the world comes from the petrochemical
industry.

2. One way or another, oil (in the form of gasoline
and diesel fuel) is involved in everything we do
and as the price rises, our standard of living
declines.

It just happened that way, right?

There was no alternative and we're only just starting to get
a glimmer of potential alternative fuels sometime way out
in the future, right?

Baloney.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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1monster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:56 AM
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7. I think even with only wind and solar power, this area would have been
Edited on Wed Apr-06-11 10:59 AM by 1monster
a gargantuan, decades-long disaster. Oil and oil by-products are not the only toxic chemical polutants fouling the land. Those are just in addition to all the problems that came with the earthquake and tsunami. Way too many of the staples of our way of life are artificial products that become toxic when they break down. Others are made with naturally toxic, naturally occurring minerals and elements we use with no thought to the future.

We should, of course, evaluate how we live and what materials we can use most safely for the least damage to the planet as we can and incorporate that information for our current and future use.

In the meantime, we should find ways to clean up the mess left behind as quickly as humanly possible to get this land to either producting again as soon as possble or to allow it to return to nature in order to minimize future damage by tsunami. I'd support a law here for no building within a mile of the coast line... I've been for that since I've seen people building big houses on sand bars that weren't even there thirty years before.
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Charleston Chew Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 11:41 AM
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9. ok dude
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progressoid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 11:05 AM
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8. Good lord.
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