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Mon Dec 2, 2019, 12:17 PM

Climate Change Is Breaking Open America's Nuclear Tomb

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/3kxmav/climate-change-is-breaking-open-americas-nuclear-tomb

(this is a few weeks old but still a sad and very unsettling read.)

During the Cold War, the United States nuked the Marshall Islands 67 times. After it finished nuking the islands, the Pentagon dropped biological weapons on the islands. Once the U.S. was finished, it scooped the irradiated and ruined soil from the islands, poured it into a crater left behind from a nuclear detonation, mixed it all with concrete, and covered the whole thing in a concrete dome. They called it “The Tomb.” According to a report from The Los Angeles Times, climate change is breaking that dome open. Rising sea levels and temperatures are cracking open The Tomb, threatening to spill nuclear waste into the Pacific Ocean.

The Marshall Islands is a collection of 29 atolls across 1,156 islands. More than 50,000 people live on the islands. From 1946 to 1958, it was a proving ground for America’s nuclear arsenal. On March 1, 1954, the Pentagon conducted Castle Bravo and detonated a 15 megaton thermonuclear warhead over the Bikini Atoll. It was the largest nuclear weapon the U.S. ever detonated.

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“It was only a matter of two or three years before women on the island started to give birth to things less than human,” a Marshall Islands woman told diplomats on a fact finding mission decades later. Birth defects are so common on the islands that the people have a number of words to describe them, among them marlins, devils, jellyfish children, and grape babies.

The U.S. has largely dismissed its responsibility to the Marshall Islands. It relocated many of its people and claims the cost of relocation and installation of The Tomb at the Enewetak Atoll covers its liability. As sea levels and temperatures rise, however, the Tomb is cracking. As it cracks, water rushes over it, leaching out plutonium and dumping it into the sea.

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Response to Javaman (Original post)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 12:24 PM

1. Good grief!

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Response to Javaman (Original post)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 12:28 PM

2. it's a nightmare

The Tomb contains not just the irradiated soil and metal scrap from the Pacific proving grounds, but also 130 tons of soil shipped in from Nevada. The Pentagon buried not only the nuclear waste and byproduct of the Marshall Islands, but shipped in extra from out of town. A study by Columbia University researchers in July showed that regions of the Marshall Islands are more radioactive than Chernobyl.

The Nuclear Claims Tribunal, an independent ruling body with the authority to arbitrate legal relations between the United States and the Marshall Islands, awarded the Marshall Islands $2 billion in damages in 2001. Washington has paid only $4 million. At the time of its construction, a Lt. General for the U.S. Air Force said that, should the dome ever fail, it would be America’s responsibility to fix.

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Response to Hermit-The-Prog (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 12:52 PM

4. "...more radioactive than Chernobyl". Holy hell. (n/t)

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Response to Javaman (Original post)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 12:30 PM

3. If we close our eyes real tight, it will go away

Also, Jesus is coming back real soon, and with a wave of his magic God wand, he'll clean up all this mess for us. So, see, by worrying about this or trying to clean it up, we're thwarting God's miraculous plan for us!

This is, sad to say, the way actual adults in our country think.

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Response to gratuitous (Reply #3)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 11:14 PM

6. Half the country thinks Jesus will be returning. The US is a giant insane asylum.

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Response to Javaman (Original post)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 11:07 PM

5. K & R

For whole thread.

Shaking head here. 😞😢

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