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Democrats Love Affair With Big Oil

Debbie-Wasserman-Shultz-loves-big-oilRecently Debbie Wasserman Shultz (D-Fl), who also happens to be the new head of the DNC, was on Fox News with some astounding revelations that Democrats have really concentrated on oil production recently. This comes from a woman who has voted against every single aspect of domestic oil exploration and development for the past decade in Congress ! While statistics do show that there has been a recent uptick in U.S. oil production in the last two years, the reasons behind this uptick are anything but the results of the Democratic Socialist Party  heaping huge amounts of love upon big oil companies all of a sudden. As a matter of fact, just the opposite is true. Just last month the Democratic message about slowing the skyrocketing prices of gasoline was that it takes ten years to develop new oil deposits and extract them, so it is not their fault we are now seeing four dollar a gallon gasoline. Today the message has been reversed by the DNC, as they try to stake claim for the 2009-2010 slight increase in domestic oil production today. Just watch the lies and misinformation roll off of the tongue of the new DNC propaganda mistress here in the following video.

First of all, U.S. oil production has been in a steady decline since 1986, when we were producing approximately nine million barrels of oil a day, down to approximately five million barrels a day in 2008. This is due to such things like environmental activist groups pushing the green agenda with the help of the very same Democratic party’s support that Wasserman Shultz is now the chair of. Throw in the bi-partisan support of the progressive RINOS of the Republican Party of the past two decades, and we lost a total of four million barrels of domestic oil production a day, for the past twenty-three years! In the above video, take note of Wasserman Shultz’ play on words there when she says the Democrats have worked hard to give us the “recent” increase of oil production. Recent, as in the past two years, when we have increased our oil production from the low point of five million barrels a day up to… five and a half million barrels a day. That still leaves us with a deficit of four and a half million barrels of oil a day from our production levels of 1986. Do the math, and you will find out that it is still a hell of a lot of lost oil production over the past twenty five years! 365 days a years, times 4.4 million barrels of oil, then multiply that total by 25, and you will see just how much we lost out on, and how that forces our massive continued dependency on the very same Foreign oil that Democrats say we need to wean ourselves from, while they continue to push the unrealistic green agenda of today.

Wasserman Shultz voting record shows us just how hard she has worked to increase ( not) our domestic oil production. From Energy and Oil – Florida politics :

  • Voted YES on enforcing limits on CO2 global warming pollution. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on tax credits for renewable electricity, with PAYGO offsets. (Sep
  • Voted YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation. (May
  • Voted YES on tax incentives for renewable energy. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on investing in homegrown biofuel. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted YES on criminalizing oil cartels like OPEC. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted YES on keeping moratorium on drilling for oil offshore. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on scheduling permitting for new oil refinieries. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on authorizing construction of new oil refineries. (Oct 2005)
  • Establish greenhouse gas tradeable allowances. (Feb 2005)
  • Rated 100% by the CAF, indicating support for
    energy independence. (Dec 2006)

Since Wasserman-Shultz is the new chair of the DNC, let’s put Senator Bill Nelson’s D-Fl) record up here for all to see also, since they are the two most powerful Florida politicians representing the Socialist Democratic Party up in DC today:

  • We can’t drill, drill, drill our way to oil independence. (Oct 2006)
  • Supports spending resources to stop Global Warming. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES on protecting middle-income taxpayers from a national energy tax.
    (Apr 2009)
  • Voted NO on requiring full Senate debate and vote on cap-and-trade. (Apr
  • Voted YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation. (Jun
  • Voted YES on addressing CO2 emissions without considering India & China.
    (May 2008)
  • Voted YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on making oil-producing and exporting cartels illegal. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on factoring global warming into federal project planning. (May
  • Voted YES on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska’s ANWR. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on $3.1B for emergency oil assistance for hurricane-hit areas.
    (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on reducing oil usage by 40% by 2025 (instead of 5%). (Jun 2005)
  • Voted YES on banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Mar
  • Voted YES on Bush Administration Energy Policy. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on targeting 100,000 hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2010. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on removing consideration of drilling ANWR from budget bill. (Mar
  • Voted NO on drilling ANWR on national security grounds. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted NO on terminating CAFE standards within 15 months. (Mar 2002)
  • Supports tradable emissions permits for greenhouse gases. (Aug 2000)
  • Include pickup trucks in CAFE; include hybrids in HOV lanes. (Feb 2002)
  • Keep efficient air conditioner rule to conserve energy. (Mar 2004)
  • Establish greenhouse gas tradeable allowances. (Feb 2005)
  • Rated 100% by the CAF, indicating support for
    energy independence. (Dec 2006)
  • Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025. (Jan 2007)
  • Let states define stricter-than-federal emission standards. (Jan 2008)

Voting records do not lie folks, but they do expose the truth about just what the Democratic Party is doing as far as developing our own energy production in the United States of America today. Do not take any stock in what the Democrats of today “say” they are doing, as we see it is nothing more than a bunch of misinformation and propaganda right here, but pay more attention to what they do, as in voting to cripple our own energy development. So when you see the new DNC Propaganda Mistress, Wasserman-Shultz telling you about the DNC’s new love affair with big oil and domestic energy production as in the video above, think about the facts in this article the next time you pay to fill up your vehicle with that high-priced gasoline. Also remember Obama and his fake Democratic party in 2012 when it comes time to vote for some real change we can believe in. Just do not expect any change from that $100.00 bill when filling up your gas tank today. Those days are now over, unless we get rid of the green energy Socialists and anti-Capitalists in our government, and soon. That means voting against democrats and pro-gressive RINOS in 2012.

Mr. President, I Have The Silver Bullet!

Unless you live under a rock you have probably realized that the majority of President Obama’s rhetoric is nothing but his favorite catch phrases.

The Global Language Monitor  keeps track of how many times certain phrases are spoken. One thing that they monitor is Mr. Obama’s catch phrases.

We’ve all heard them, if we’ve heard the man speak at all.

In this article on The Global Language Monitor they have totaled Obama’s top five catch phrases, tallied since the day he took office. You will see their total in parenthesis below, as of March 25, 2011.

There’s the ever famous, “Make no mistake.” (2,924 times)

There’s my “favorite”- “Let me be clear!” (1,066 times)

And let’s not forget, “Win the future.” (1,861 times), 

Or how about, “Here’s the deal.” (1,450 times)

And then there’s, “It will not be easy.” (1,059 times).

Now there’s a new phrase that The Global Language Monitor will have to keep up with spewing from President Obama’s mouth.

“There’s no silver bullet.”

President Obama and his Press Secretary, Jay Carney, have both been spouting this phrase over the last few days.

I searched the website at The Global Language Monitor and could not find that they have started counting this among his popular catch phrases. However, other people are taking notice. Reuters has a blog post in observance of this new catch phrase.

I have to disagree with Mr. Obama. There IS a silver bullet that will bring down gas prices IMMEDIATELY! I invite him to use this silver bullet! In fact, I will make an exception for one of my rules to never beg for anything. Mr. Obama, I beg of you to PLEASE use the silver bullet that is so obvious!


There are just no two ways around this. We absolutely MUST drill for our own oil!

All it would take is for anyone with any semblance of seriousness to come out and say that we are going to drill our own oil and the speculators would go wild! They would not know what hit them! There would be scrambling on Wall Street like we’ve never seen before!
And yet, no one, not even the Republicans, are willing to step out boldly and challenge what I see as nothing less than treasonous acts with Obama’s moratorium on off-shore drilling, all the while applauding Brazil for their drilling. In fact, in his remarks at the CEO Business Summit in Brasilia, Brazil, Obama tells Brazilians that The United States of America will finance their offshore oil drilling, then we will be their best customer!

“We want to help you with the technology and support to develop these oil reserves safely. And when you’re ready to start selling, we want to be one of your best customers. At a time when we’ve been reminded how easily instability in other parts of the world can affect the price of oil, the United States could not be happier with the potential for a new, stable source of energy.”

This is treason if I’ve ever heard it!

So where are the Republicans? Silent, as usual!

Mr. Trump, you seem to be the ONLY person willing to go out on a limb and say what the American people are saying. Your boldness and consistency is one of the two main reasons why we finally have a birth certificate- as fraud as it probably is! (I believe the other main reason is the book coming out on May 11, 2011 by Jerome Corsi,  Where’s The Birth Certificate? The Case that Barack Obama is not Eligible to be President”)

Mr. Trump, will YOU be bold enough to press this issue? We DO have the silver bullet to bring down gas prices IMMEDIATELY! Will you use it? I know the President in the White House currently will not!

America is dependent on Oil: For Millions of Reasons

(I am aware that most ‘tree-huggers’ are liberal in their thinking. If you have read my previous article you already know what I believe the practical, common-sense I.Q. of most liberals is. If you know me, you already know that I even though I believe I am once again spitting in the wind when attempting to reach anti-oil liberals with the everyday logic expressed in this article; here I go again. I have heard rumors—mainly rumors—that there has actually been die-hard liberals who have been converted to the conservative way by the process of thinking logically. I hope and pray that there will come a day when ex-liberals will thank me for helping to rescue them from the land of dumb and dumber because of a story I wrote! So Mr. or Mrs. Liberal, please pay close attention to the following story. Please read it slowing. Take your time. There will not be a test afterwards. If this article begins to make sense to you, continue to walk towards the light.)

I find it incredibly frustrating to try to reason with an “environmental wacko” when attempting to discuss the myriad of reasons why America needs to do more oil exploration—let alone more oil drilling in America. The frustrating part is that I can never get past liberals with the fact that America’s need for oil goes way beyond its uses in motor vehicles. These environmental alarmists have these false perpetual visions in their brain that good-life as we know it on planet Earth is going to end unless all Americans go green—and go green quickly. These environmental alarmists believe that somehow all animal life will be wiped off the planet if there was ever another major oil spill in this country, or the waters around this country. Well, we have had bad oil spills in both places in the past, and life goes on. Now I am not suggesting that oil spills are good or even okay. I am just stating the fact that oil spills do happen—and I am still alive so as to be able to write this story.

I believe one real important part of the biological aspects of oil that are normally left off most news stories dealing with an oil spill is that not enough emphasis is put on the fact THAT OIL IS A NATURAL PRODCUT OF THIS PLANET! The oil we take out of the ground is not some chemically-altered, genetically designed science fiction-like goop that was made in some mad scientist’s laboratory! In liberal lingo, oil is a natural product manufactured by ‘Mother Earth.’  Am I to believe that ‘Mother Earth’ made this oil for the sole purpose of trying to kill herself (if we earthlings used it? NOT!) This planet and its people were created with an amazing ability to endure hardships.

I am getting sidetracked from my initial reason for writing this article. My main reason for writing this article was not to find arguments for either promoting or condemning the use of oil primarily for motor vehicles. My main reason for writing this article was to make our American society as a whole see the economical necessity of having access to lots and lots and lots of readily available oil. Very few Americans are aware of all the goods and materials that are made from the petro-chemicals found in oil. Below is a partial list.

Products Made From Compounds Found In Oil:

  • Clothing
  • Ink
  • Heart
  • Valves
  • Crayons
  • Parachutes
  • Telephones
  • Enamel
  • Tape
  • Antiseptics
  • Vacuum–bottles
  • Deodorant
  • Pantyhose
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Carpets
  • Epoxy–paint
  • Oil–filters
  • Upholstery
  • Hearing Aids
  • Car sound insulation
  • Cassettes
  • Motorcycle helmets
  • Pillows
  • Shower doors
  • Shoes
  • Refrigerator linings
  • Electrical tape
  • Safety glass
  • Awnings
  • Salad bowl
  • Rubber cement
  • Nylon rope
  • Ice buckets
  • Fertilizers
  • Hair coloring
  • Toilet seats
  • Denture adhesive
  • Loudspeakers
  • Movie film
  • Fishing boots
  • Candles
  • Water pipes
  • Car enamel
  • Shower curtains
  • Credit cards
  • Aspirin
  • Golf balls
  • Detergents
  • Sunglasses
  • Glue
  • Fishing rods
  • Linoleum
  • Plastic wood
  • Soft contact lenses
  • Trash bags
  • Hand lotion
  • Shampoo
  • Shaving cream
  • Footballs
  • Paint brushes
  • Balloons
  • Fan belts
  • Umbrellas
  • Paint Rollers
  • Luggage
  • Antifreeze
  • Model cars
  • Floor wax
  • Sports car bodies
  • Tires
  • Dish washing liquids
  • Unbreakable dishes
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Combs
  • Tents
  • Hair curlers
  • Lipstick
  • Ice cube trays
  • Electric blankets
  • Tennis rackets
  • Drinking cups
  • House paint
  • Roller skates wheels
  • Guitar strings
  • Ammonia
  • Eyeglasses
  • Ice chests
  • Life jackets
  • TV cabinets
  • Car battery cases
  • Insect repellent
  • Refrigerants
  • Typewriter ribbons
  • Cold cream
  • Glycerin
  • Plywood adhesive
  • Cameras
  • Anesthetics
  • Artificial turf
  • Artificial Limbs
  • Bandages
  • Boats
  • Nail polish
  • Golf bags
  • Caulking
  • Tape recorders
  • Curtains
  • Vitamin capsules
  • Dashboards
  • Putty
  • Percolators
  • Skis
  • Insecticides
  • Fishing lures
  • Perfumes
  • Shoe polish
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Faucet washers
  • Food preservatives
  • Antihistamines
  • Cortisone
  • Dyes
  • LP records
  • Solvents
  • Roofing
  • Dentures
  • Mops
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Ballpoint pens

Are We Amazed Yet?

And this is only a partial list! There are literally thousands upon thousands of products that this society needs (i.e., dependent on) which are made from oil. These products are not things that we can just stop making. Many of these oil produced products are necessary for the safety and well-being of Americans! These hundreds of thousands of oil-based products are in turn produced by employees—millions and millions of employees! The American Petroleum Institute reports that 9.2 million people have a job because of oil—and only a small percentage of these jobs are jobs that deal with getting the oil out of the ground, moving the oil, or refining the oil. And these 9.2 million people who are employed because of oil do not include the millions who are benefactors of oil-based products. So even if we all drove electric cars, the demand for oil—to make the hundreds of thousands of products that come from oil—would still be great.

Does this administration even have a clue that literally hundreds of thousands, if not millions of jobs are dependent on oil? I don’t think so. Remember, most liberals have this low common-sense I.Q. issue. I don’t even believe our present President understands the consequences of eliminating oil from the American scene!

Simply switching over to new green jobs will not magically or mystically replace the petro-chemicals we need to produce the products above. We cannot drill for green jobs. We do not have zillions of gallons of some easily available, super-charged, green energy slime buried underground in planet earth that will put millions of people to work.

My point is: Even if we had the technology to design and produce 100% green cars and trucks, and 100% solar powered electrical plants which could provide for 100% of America’s energy needs—which we do not have—we would still need billions of gallons of oil to produce all the products made from petro-chemicals—which in turn produces millions of jobs!
Contrary to what many people may believe, America’s oil companies aren’t owned by a small group of wealthy investors.

  • Only 1.5 percent of industry shares are owned by corporate management. The rest is owned by tens of millions of Americans.
  • 55 million U.S. households with mutual funds and 45 million personal retirement accounts are likely to invest in oil and natural gas stocks.
  • Since 2000 the industry has invested $1.7 trillion in U.S. capital projects to advance all forms of energy, including alternatives, and reduce the industry’s environmental impact.
  • Between 2000 and 2008, the industry invested more than $58 billion in new low and zero carbon emissions technologies.

So as you can see above, the investment in oil is not only practically good, it is economically good for those millions of citizens who invest in oil.
Could we find alternate ways to produce all the products that come from oil? Maybe, but it would take many years and cost many jobs to take that step of faith. Will there be a day when we won’t need oil at all? I don’t believe so. Oil is an amazing product! Simply looking—really looking—at all the stuff that is made from oil should amaze anyone. I don’t believe oil got here by accident. (P.S. I know oil did not come from “Mother Earth.”) I believe the same Creator God who made us in His image, created oil for us. He knew there would be a day when His created beings would get technologically smart enough to use this oil in ways that would even amaze anti-oil drilling liberals. We are not yet to the point in our technology or even everyday practicality where we can be without oil. I say it is a good thing there was oil there in the first place! Without the oil and the by-products of oil I know my life would be much more difficult. I just cannot envision myself living in a cave.

So Mr. and Mrs. Ant-Oil Drilling Liberal, the next time you tell people that you believe America can do without oil, search your memory banks and recall the ‘lost’ information that you initially got from reading this article about the economic importance of oil. And the next time you throw out the some anti-oil gibberish at one of your liberal buddies ask him what he or she does for a living. The chances are pretty good that they are working at a job that is in some way dependent on oil. So as you worry about the possible effects of a possible oil spill affecting some far-away isolated Arctic Reindeer or a deep water shrimp, I would encourage you to worry more if millions of more Americans were unemployed. There is not much of a shrimp or Reindeer meat demand amongst poor people!

House Speaker Unveils New American Energy Initiative

Speaker Boehner: Facts Simply Don’t Match Obama Administration Statements on American Energy*

In watching the president’s recent speech last week, several glaring mis-statements should have been obvious to even the most naive Americans in the audience. In what appears to be a response to those statements, Speaker Boehner has come out with a new American Energy Initiative that sounds  good from first glance, but has one glaring problem. In his opening statement we see what that is at the root of the problem that will keep this initiative mired in ineffectiveness,  while possibly exposing Obama’s agenda :

“Rising gas prices are a major burden for American families and small businesses already dealing with a tough economy.  While the Obama Administration claims to be committed to American energy production, the facts and its own actions say otherwise.  Yesterday, the new House majority announced the American Energy Initiative, an ongoing effort to stop Washington policies that are driving up gas prices and expand American energy production.  To address rising gas prices, reduce our dependence on foreign energy, and help create American jobs, we invite President Obama to join us in turning this plan into action.” (emphasis mine)

     While it is commendable to invite the president to join in this initiative, I find myself wondering just what makes Speaker Boehner think the president will do the exact opposite of his past patterns of pushing green energy schemes, no matter the cost to the American taxpayer? Inherent within the Socialist ideology of wealth redistribution comes the fact that Obama wants to crush our domestic  oil industry in order to pursue green energy fantasies that haveproven to be a colossal, expensive failure throughout Europe and other countries. It has also shown to be largely wasteful here in America, in the failed venture of a company making solar panels in California, that threw away $500 million tax dollars… for nothing! ( it went out of business, after that  green fantasy wealth redistribution scam failed, yet still succeeded in dishing out $500 million taxpayers to someone)

The green energy scheme is proven to be a complete failure in a motorcitytimes.com** article that states:

The tiny island of Eigg off the coast of Scotland made a big push for ‘green energy’ recently. They designed their system to provide 95% of the electrical needs for the 87 residents of their island. This should be fairly straightforward, since the residents of the island are not big users of electricity to start with. They only received regular electrical service in February 2008.

The new ‘green energy’ system the residents of Eigg installed was designed to provide a meager 5kW (max.) of power per household.

Right now, however, their award-winning and highly complex eco-energy system, which allows each household access to a maximum of 5kW of energy at a time (enough to power a washing machine, a small heater or a kettle, but not all at once), is lying largely idle.

So the wind turbines are still and silent. The hydro turbines in the rivers and dams are quiet. And toasted teacakes and hot tea are off the menu at the Eigg Tearooms.

So what on earth’s going on? Have the Eigg eco-innovators been victims of some act of jealous vandalism? Has their award- winning electricity system blown a fuse?

Er, no. It turns out that when the good people of Eigg put their faith in strong winds and pounding rain to provide all their electricity needs, they overlooked one possibility – a spell of lovely weather.

Go figure, no rain or wind and the solar panels are not cutting it. Of course this is not a big deal to the residents of Eigg, but imagine how chaotic this would be in a large US City.

We’ve never taken electricity for granted,’ says Maggie, 61, has lived on Eigg for 34 years and has a daughter and granddaughter living nearby.

‘Until a couple of years ago, I was supplied by a tiny hydroelectric generator that produced a maximum of 1kW of power. Which powered my lights, TV and computer, but not a washing machine, electric kettle, toaster or anything like that. And I was one of the lucky ones.’

A few of her neighbours had no running water and others relied on their own generator which had to be turned on every morning by hand.

‘So if you got up for a pee in the middle of the night, you had to take a torch with you or fumble about in the dark,’ she adds.

‘And the noise was terrible. If you walked round in the evening, you’d hear a terrible thumping of generators.

If green energy can’t reliably provide power for 87 residents (who are not big consumers of electricity) how do supporters of ‘green energy’ propose we are going to power large US cities using windmills and solar panels?

Speaker Boehner has the right idea about the necessity of  increasing our domestic oil and gas production to offset the dependency of foreign oil in America today, and one other notable person weighed in on this ridiculous situation recently. Former President Bill Clinton said Friday that delays in offshore oil and gas drilling permits are “ridiculous” at a time when the economy is still rebuilding, according to attendees at the IHS CERAWeek conference.

     President also made other statements in his speech last week that a common sense American must call out right here and now. Obama claims that “people across America are driving cars that get 50 miles per gallon of gasoline.”  There is no such car, period. While the Toyota Prius boasts of a possible 50 mpg highway, this is due to the combination of gas and electric usage.*** That is NOT a true 50 mpg. The president’s statement is misleading, to say the least. Next up in 2011 best gas mileage cars is a Honda, followed by a Ford Fusion Hybrid, and Ford is not owned by our government or their Union pals either. The fusion gets 41 mpg highway. The government motors humongous failure the Chevy Volt didn’t even make the list, probably due to the fact that as of last month that lovely government experiment and taxpayer funded boondoggle was failing to be able to deliver on the meager orders for the Volt they had already received. Missed that little fact didn’t you Mister President?

     Obama also mislead the people on our domestic oil and gas production statistics today. Contrary to his statements that we are producing more oil and gas than ever before , two facts still loom: First, he has used the accident in the gulf to set oil exploration back a decade through exploration permit denials and over-regulation. Long term this will crush the oil industry and make us more dependant on foreign oil than ever before. Secondly, the facts on our oil production being more than ever today are a reflection on past administration’s policies, not Obama’s. To see what Obama has really done in in the short-term, please see these charts from freerepublic.com**** By 2012 we are projected to lose 450,000 barrels of oil production a day from Obama’s drilling moratorium just from the drilling moratorium in the gulf.

    I see this new energy initiative in a different light than what it appears on the surface to be here. I believe Speaker Boehner is simply proving the point that the president has no inclination of increasing our domestic oil and gas production because that simply does not fit his wealth redistribution scheme. Obama can’t force his will on big oil and gas companies, can’t dictate whom they will hire, and can’t dictate how they will run their operations. They are a part of our capitalistic society that Obama and the left deem evil on a constant basis. If Obama and company can crush the oil and gas industry through green energy schemes run by the government, they can then take over the entire industry. To do that they must destroy the big oil and gas companies, period. When President Obama refuses to join in with Boehner’s American Energy Initiative and contribute towards ramping up our domestic energy production immediately, it will prove fatal for the Obama reelection campaign in 2012, as it will expose Obama’s leftist ideology of the big government takeover of our energy sector through his green energy schemes, while citizens are paying $4,$5 and even $6 dollars a gallon for gasoline.

Obama will not participate in this initiative in a meaningful manner, mark my words. His leftist, green fantasy base will make sure of that, by the time the 2012 elections roll around. Thank you, Speaker Boehner for helping expose Obama and his Socialistic agenda once again.

** http://motorcitytimes.com/mct/2010/07/green-energy-failure-windmills-solar-panels-and-hydro-project-cant-reliably-provide-power-for-87-people/
*** http://www.carsdirect.com/car-buying/2011-car-models-with-the-best-fuel-economy-mileage 
**** http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2687205/posts

Japan Probably Experiencing Nuclear Meltdown

In the aftermath of the Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan, another crisis is erupting. The Wall Street Journal has reported that a “Japan Nuclear Reactor May Be in Meltdown”.

Japanese nuclear authorities said Saturday afternoon that a nuclear reactor about 150 miles north of Tokyo may be experiencing a meltdown after Friday’s massive earthquake damaged its cooling systems.


Radiation levels aren’t supposed to rise in a control room, which is designed to allow operators to continue working during emergencies and is equipped with filtration systems and other design features to protect workers from radiation exposure.


Reactors have containment domes to catch any release. But there is always the chance that an earthquake could create cracks or other breaches in that containment system.


Japanese Nuclear Crisis Status Summary

We’ll be pulling the most relevant and verified information from the timeline to keep a single updated status on on the Nuclear emergency in Japan:

Fukushima Daiichi Facility

3 reactors at the Fukushima no. 1 facility are experiencing serious cooling issues and may be melting down (nos. 1, 2, & 3). None of the reactor pressure vessels have been compromised, despite several explosions.

  • Saturday (U.S.)
    • The six nuclear reactors at Fukushima are experiencing cooling issues, but it is the Fukushima Daiichi No. 1 and No. 3 reactors that have or are experiencing probable fuel rod meltdown.
    • The first explosion at a non-reactor building at Fukushima was likely caused  by the make-shift cooling attempt. Water was pushed into the reactor chamber where it became superheated. The water separated into Hydrogen and Oxygen gas and when it was vented, the highly volatile Hydrogen gas ignited and exploded
    • Unit #3 has experienced a Hydrogen explosion (similar to what happened at reactor #1)
    • Both reactors are being flooded with a sea water and boron mixture to hopefully cool them
    • Up to 160 people have shown outward signs of radiation exposure resulting from the Fukushima plant crisis
  • Monday (U.S.)
    • The #2 reactor at the same plant now reportedly has fuel rods completely exposed (not to the atmosphere, just no water covering any part of them) – steam pressure likely winning the battle *see Feed and Bleed: Fukushima Reactor Cooling Still Dicey
    • Fukushima No. 2 reactor’s fuel rods fully exposed, melting feared
    • sea water pumping has resumed at #2 – fuel rods partially covered now
    • Massive explosion may have ruptured pressure vessel at #2 reactor. Report of radiation 10,000 times normal levels
    • Japanese officials stating that the reactor container appears damaged, suspicion is that damage is in the suppression pool

Onagawa Facility

  • Sunday (U.S.)
    • A state of emergency has been declared at a nuclear power plant in Onagawa, Japan, where excessive radiation levels have been recorded following Friday’s massive earthquake, the United Nations’ atomic watchdog agency said Sunday

Tokai No. 2 Facility

  • Sunday (U.S.)
    • The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said a cooling system pump stopped operating at Tokai No. 2 Power Statio


As we did with the quake and Tsunami, we will continue to follow this with an up-to-the-minute Timeline.

Japan Nuclear Crisis Timeline all times in U.S. EST (Japan is +13hrs)

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3-24 11:09p

TEPCO detected zirconium 95 at 0.23 Bq 330m south of Fukushima-1 drainage outlet on Wednesday which indicates that the the cladding around the fuel is melting into a drainage outlet. Read this to understand melt down and cladding.

3-14 8:03p

TEPCO detects radiation of 8,217 micro sievert per hour, 8 times annual limit (09:03 Japan time) – that’s 8 years worth of radiation in one hour

TEPCO: All workers being evacuated except those critical for trying to cool the reactor.

3-14 7:50p

Higher radiation levels measured in Ibaraki — south of Fukushima

A check of weather in the Fukushima prefecture shows wind coming from the North and blowing south. Ibaraki radiation levels would most-likely be from the Fukushima plant

3-14 7:04p

Kyodo and Japanese officials state that a massive explosion has occurred at Fukushima plant no. 1 reactor #2. Radiation levels are reported to be 10,000 times normal (unconfirmed) and there is growing concern that the pressure vessel may be compromised.

Japanese government officials state:

“Part of the container of a troubled nuclear reactor appears to be damaged, the Japanese government said early Tuesday, indicating possible serious radiation leaks.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano told reporters that “damage appears on the suppression pool” — the bottom part of the container, which contains water used to cool down the reactor and control air pressure inside.

But we have not recorded any sudden jump in radiation indicators” – theage.com

3-13 10:29p

Hydrogen blast occurs at Fukushima nuke plant’s No. 3 reactor – residents near nuke plants ordered inside.

3-13 10:20p

Gray smoke spotted at stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi reactor

Also: Kyodo breaking news ticker: “Tsunami observed off Fukushima Pref.” – that’s where this reactor is

3-13 9:45p

U.S. Helicopters detect radiation 60 miles from Fukushima plant that experienced a partial meltdown. Concern over a wider problem growing.

3-13 6:36p

Radiation level again tops legal limit at Fukushima No. 1 nuke plant

The radiation level at a quake-hit nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture has again exceeded the legal limit, Tokyo Electric Power Co. reported to the government Monday.

The Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant has been shut down since a magnitude 9.0 quake struck northeastern and eastern Japan on Friday, but some of its reactors have lost their cooling functions, leading to brief rises in the radiation level on Saturday and Sunday

From – Kyodo

3-13  2:25p

Official death toll in Japan is 1,597 although unofficial projections say more than 10,000 people may have perished in the disaster.


The death toll from the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan late last week rose to 1,597, with hundreds more missing, authorities said early Monday.


The death toll from Friday’s devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit northeastern and eastern Japan will likely surpass 10,000, the Miyagi police chief said Sunday as Japan grapples with widespread damage and a crisis at one of two affected nuclear plants.

3-13  12:29p

A third nuclear power facility, Tokai no. 2,  is experiencing cooling problems ..

The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said a cooling system pump stopped operating at Tokai No. 2 Power Station, a nuclear power plant, in the village of Tokai, Ibaraki Prefecture. – Kyodo

Tokai is just east of Osaka, Japan just off of Ise Bay

3-23 6:56p

Sky News: Japan: 200,000 Evacuated From Near Reactors

Around 200,000 people have been evacuated from near two Japanese nuclear power stations as fear spreads of radiation exposure.
Nine people had already shown possible exposure to radiation at the quake-hit Fukushima nuclear power plants.
But the figure may reach as high as 160, an official from the Japan Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency told a news conference.

read more: http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/World-News/Video-Japan-Quake-Nuclear-Power-Plant-Emergencies-After-Japan-Earthquake-And-Tsunami-Reactor-Risk/Article/201103215950844

3-12 6:10p

Dept of Energy educational material on nuclear reactors – Fukushima’s two troubled units are:

Unit 1:  Generation I, uranium fueled light water reactor

Unit 3:  Generation I, plutonium-MOX (mixed-oxide) fueled light water reactor


The plutonium MOX-fueled reactor would be more potentially hazardous to the environment and people should a catastrophic failure occur. Both reactors currently have failed cooling systems.

3-12 8:48am

Japanese government handing out Iodine near nuclear plant that exploded. http://bit.ly/ekG2jl

Iodine can be used to help protect the body from radioactive exposure.

In Japan on Saturday, radiation leaked from a damaged nuclear reactor after an explosion blew the roof off in the wake of the massive earthquake, but the government insisted that radiation levels were low.

Japan’s Jiji news agency later said three workers suffered radiation exposure near the Fukushima nuclear plant.


3-12 5:22am

Video of japan plant explosion

3-12 1:32a

Evacuation status near probably site of Japanese reactor meltdown:

(translation from Japan’s nuclear emergency site):

Evacuation situations ○ (now 13:20 on March 12)

Ookuma people to know the town (about 4,000), completion of approximately 3,500
Futabachō people to know (about 2,000), completion of approximately 1,800 people
Tomiokachō people to know (about 16 000 people) completed approximately 15 500 people out of
Namie people to know the city (about 17 000 people) is almost complete
Naraha people to know the town (about 7800 people) finished 9-8 percent of

• Completion of the evacuation, not yet.
– Once the shelter is full, will be evacuated to different evacuation centers.



Obama Looking at Offshore Drilling, as a Means to an End

In a Reuters article, it was reported that the Obama administration is expected to announce by Wednesday its updated plan for oil and natural gas drilling in U.S. waters, including whether to allow exploration for the first time along the U.S. East Coast.

The administration plan could open up drilling across the nation that would ease our reliance on middle-eastern oil, or it could be another bait-and-switch tactic.  It’s hard to tell as:

The Interior Department and White House declined comment on Monday on whether Obama would speak to the issue in a speech slated for mid-morning on Wednesday at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.

The question remains, why would Obama suddenly decide that offshore or expanded drilling makes sense?  He’s been a hard-line, anti-drill, hard-line, uber-environmentalist-friendly politician forever.  As with everything for Obama, there must be something in it for him.. and there is.

But Obama, who wants Congress to move a stalled climate change bill, has sought to reach out to Republicans by signaling he is open to allowing offshore drilling, providing coastlines are protected.

In a sudden realization that bi-partisanship is a good, Obama has decided to drop a carrot to the conservative side of the isle.  What the GOP must be wary of, is that the carrot will be pulled as soon as they bite.  The drilling moratorium was lifted by G.W. Bush, because it had been an executive order – easily reversible.  Imagine how easy it will be for Obama to change his mind right after Republicans vote for his cap and tax plan?

It may be difficult to believe that the administration could pull the rug out from anyone after getting their support, but consider that the health care reform act passed the CBO with the assumption that the Medicare pay-cut for doctors would continue.  Today there were rumors that Ms. Sebelius, Obama’s Health and Human Services Secretary is working to rescind those cuts which would cause Obamacare to add to the deficit starting this year and continuing into the foreseeable future.

Doctors slated to have their Medicare reimbursements cut 21 percent on April 1 got a reprieve from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which is delaying lowered payments until after Congress reconvenes.

Obama isn’t thinking about allowing increased drilling.  He’s campaigning for cap and trade, and he needs a few conservatives to go along – a few Republicans that want to lose their jobs.

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