At the same time, the government and the nuclear agencies were at pains to explain that the Fukushima crisis was not comparable to the 1986 Chernobyl disaster in the Ukraine—the only other event ranked at 7—and to justify the long delay in making the change. Their statements are just one more aspect of the official campaign to downplay the impact of the nuclear disaster and contain the political fallout.
The decision to lift the INES rating became unavoidable because figures became available showing a massive release of radiation from the Fukushima site. The INES scale is a complex system designed to rank nuclear accidents, but a key feature is the amount of radiation that enters the environment. The rating of seven corresponds to “a major accident” that releases “more than several tens of thousands of terabecquerels.”
The above is from Peter Symonds' "Severity of Japan's nuclear disaster raised to highest level" (WSWS). I don't like to glom on a topic everyone's writing about. I think we had more than enough commentary on the topic of the disaster for weeks and weeks. Since many gasbags have moved on, I will weigh in briefly here.
I think this disaster was so huge that not only did the world see that nuclear energy was neither safe nor cheap -- unless you consider human life cheap -- but we also saw that a number of our gasbags were cheap. That they would whore and lie. George Moonbat was only one example. And, of course, in this community, Ava and C.I. had long called him out and noted his allegiance to the nuclear industry. But there were a number of 'private dancers' who were a real shocker.
In the end, whores will not save the world. At best, they will provide 30 minutes to an hour of pleasure. But we need real fighters. And we need to support them. They are the ones who will tell the truth even when they are attacked. And they are the ones who will get the truth out.
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"