Everywheria, Planet Earth
26 April 2014
In an effort to raise awareness of the dangers associated with nuclear power, Indifferent Spaces presents IS7: “Припять 1970.” Released on April 26th 2014, the 28th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, IS7 is a daunting instrumental concept album concerning the subject. The music attempts to capture assorted nostalgias and vibes related to various eras of the small city of Pripyat, in which its population of nearly 50,000 people was evacuated a few days after the ill-fated incident occurred. Each song on the album swiftly switches gears from track to track, back and forth between exuding the city’s pre-disaster wistfulness of the 70’s- to the urgent distress of the accident in ‘86- to the post-apocalyptic atmosphere of the landscape that now exists. IS7 was designed to be an eerie, groove-ridden and thought-provoking expedition meant to spark the listener’s curiosity into exploring more about the situation that occurred in Pripyat and the consequential perils of nuclear energy.
Welcome to Pripyat. This small city is but a microcosm of the potential outcome of our entire planet, proving that the atrocities created from nuclear power far outweigh its benefits. We as an intelligent race have created plenty of alternative green energy technologies that can more than sustain the world’s needs if thoroughly and passionately embraced. Fossil fuels are no longer necessary nor is nuclear power, which contrary to popular belief, does not ultimately support green objectives. It is imperative for our survival as a species that we harness renewable forms of energy from the Sun, the Wind and the Ocean. Indeed, we know how to do this, however, these green technologies are not being fully utilized and are primarily ignored due to industry and corporate gain. If action is not taken to promptly employ renewable energy technologies and to dismantle nuclear plants responsibly, our future as a human race is bleak at best.
Beware the facade of the snakes. The information concerning the safety of nuclear energy put forth by government agencies such as The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the corporate industry i.e. General Electric (GE) is manipulated. The truth is ignored, hidden or outright falsified. The real truth is that nuclear energy facilities create radioactive waste, which is responsible for all types of cancer including that of the lungs, breast and thyroid. Subsequently, cancer is sufficiently higher in populations surrounding nuclear facilities. Almost all nuclear plants leak radiation and every exposure to radiation is a potential over exposure.
Not only is radiation and radioactive waste continuously emanating from these facilities but also, disasters are inevitable, and a nuclear disaster is no small thing. The accidents at Three Mile Island PA, US in 1979 and in Chernobyl, UA in 1986 are responsible for countless cancer related cases and deaths within the past decades. The Chernobyl disaster alone released a hundred times more radiation than the atom bombs dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima in WWII. The by- products of nuclear energy and its inescapable accidents are fundamentally in complete contrast with overall human existence, biologically and economically. In addition to the aforementioned health hazards, the cleanup costs of the disaster at Chernobyl, by itself, exceeded the economic benefits derived from all other nuclear power reactors operating (54) in the Soviet Union. Chernobyl is still bubbling and will be radioactive for at least 100,000 years.
“The risk/reward is so different in nuclear power that one bad day at one facility can wipeout decades of good days at dozens of other facilities.”
-David Lochbaum, Nuclear Engineer
Furthermore, the 2011 earthquakes and ensuing reactor meltdowns at Fukushima in Japan are possibly worse than any other nuclear accident in history, with tons of nuclear waste leaking into the ocean everyday and Reactor Number 4 still unstable. Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), whose nuclear reactors were built by GE, has attempted to somewhat successfully cover-up how detrimental this ongoing catastrophe is. In reality, not only is the Pacific ocean becoming increasingly contaminated and reaching the western coast of the US, but if Reactor 4 is not properly handled, a potential atomic chain reaction of the 6 reactor facility could render the entire northern hemisphere of the planet uninhabitable. The top resources of the world are not being exploited to tame the Fukushima calamity due to the gross mishandling of information by the Japanese government and their utter denial regarding how unstable the situation actually is. This should be quite eye opening.
Globally, there are around 450 commercial nuclear reactors. The United States alone has 104, more than any other country. The human race may have already reached the point of no return, but as long as there is life, there is hope. It seems we have been quick to brush off such nuclear disasters because the larger danger is incremental and not seen immediately. But we are now beginning to comprehend the full range of devastation produced by the Chernobyl incident and within a decade or so; the impact of Fukushima will be evident.
In closing, we leave you with something to consider. Indian Point is a nuclear facility, which is located in Buchanan, NY, US, 34 miles north of Times Square. A 50-mile evacuation zone is required during a nuclear emergency. 20 million people live and work within 50 miles of Indian Point. There is no viable evacuation plan in place in the case of an emergency. The Indian Point nuclear power facility is situated on 2 fault lines that have the potential of rendering a 7.0 earthquake. A nuclear plant is given a 40-year license from the time it is built. Indian Point is one of the oldest and most problematic facilities in the US and is up for relicensure, which if granted, would allow the plant to operate for an additional 20 years. The NRC is not only moving towards relicensing Indian Point, but has relicensed every other old nuclear facility in the country that has applied; without proper safety upgrades due to additional capital expenses.
This information is alarming. The situation is not under control. Nuclear energy is not a necessity and the current powers that be are lying to you. Please take the time to do your own research and learn what you can do help divert our culture from its current trajectory towards self-annihilation.