Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
Display:
I suspect this may have happened already.

The Government may have effectively taken control, but what ever they have done does not seem to enable them to move with any alacrity. That is what they need. Perhaps "foreign pressure" will enable them to get ahead of the situation instead of engaging in a series of tentative half measures. Now is a time to err on the side of an overly robust response.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Apr 3rd, 2011 at 01:30:57 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Do they have the expertise?

Economics is politics by other means
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Apr 3rd, 2011 at 01:45:22 PM EST
[ Parent ]
From what I can gather:  no.


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sun Apr 3rd, 2011 at 02:23:01 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Do they realise this, and who does?

Economics is politics by other means
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Apr 3rd, 2011 at 02:24:55 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I don't know the answer to either question.

I don't know if there IS anybody living on this planet who has the expertise to come in and do a better job.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sun Apr 3rd, 2011 at 02:30:04 PM EST
[ Parent ]
That's my problem with a lot of the second-guessing going on.

Economics is politics by other means
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Apr 3rd, 2011 at 02:39:30 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Because people who can't manufacture it cannot fix it when it breaks.

Whether people who can manufacture it can fix it when it breaks remains an open question.

Economics is politics by other means

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Apr 3rd, 2011 at 02:30:24 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Oh c'mon.  It's not ALL bad.

The disaster released multitudes of radiation resistant bacteria into the environment.

So if worse comes to worse cockroaches will have something to eat.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sun Apr 3rd, 2011 at 02:42:32 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Do they have the expertise?

They understand that they need to deal with contaminated water. If nothing else, there are large rubberized floating containers that could be used to shuttle contaminated water from the harbor, which a US destroyer can obviously enter, out to where a tanker could be anchored. This would provide interim storage in the range of 100,000 tons or more. With two such tankers available and some shore based storage facilities in which to offload the tankers, an operational capability adequate to at least the next month could be created. This is not nuclear engineering so much as logistics.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Apr 3rd, 2011 at 03:34:32 PM EST
[ Parent ]
The Government may have effectively taken control

Some symbolic clarity would be welcome already. At least, the government could form a commission of non-TEPCO experts (local or international) that could have full access to developments, make their own assessments, have say in measure implementation, and would represent public concern.

So far it looks like TEPCO is enjoying fully the privilege of "managing" the situation, controlling the information and own responsibility scope, keeping others dependent. Corporate emperors...

by das monde on Sun Apr 3rd, 2011 at 08:52:57 PM EST
[ Parent ]

Display:

Top Diaries

Occasional Series