The New York Times
Tue, March 15, 2011 — 6:37 PM ET
Fire Erupts at Troubled Reactor; Helicopters May Be Used for Blazes
The Japanese government reported early Wednesday that a fire
was burning at the No. 4 reactor of the troubled Fukushima
Daiichi plant in northeastern Japan.
It was not immediately clear what the cause was. There was a
fire at the plant on Tuesday, but the government said that
had been doused.
The announcement came just hours after officials with the
Tokyo Electric Power Company said that they would consider
using helicopters in an attempt to put cold water into a
boiling rooftop storage pool for spent uranium fuel rods. The
rods are still radioactive and potentially as hot and
dangerous as the fuel rods inside the reactors if not kept
submerged in water.
Oil is very important to the existence of our country. Without oil and gas we could not drive our cars, heat our homes, and have the many synthetic plastic products that are derivatives of oil. Viva la Oil! But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t develop what a famous scientist a hundred years ago hit on – Tesla. He was working on cord-less electricity that could light and heat our homes. If America were smart, it would put a chunk of taxpayer money down on such a project.