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by Free Market Duck

Idaho Legies create Perfect Storm:  yellowcake plus Yellowstone plus Snake Plain Aquifer equals radioactive Super Volcanic blast
(Feb 22, 2008)

Boise, ID – An Open Letter to 105 Idaho State Legislators and Governor Butch Otter:

Dear Politicians:

   It has come to my attention that Idaho legislators have introduced a Bill to grant corporate tax breaks to French company Areva so they can build a $2 billion Uranium-235 enrichment plant on top of the Idaho Snake Plain Aquifer, with said aquifer – the size of Lake Erie -- sitting adjacent to the largest underground volcanic system in the world:  Yellowstone National Park.

   Imagine what would happen under the following two scenarios:  (1) a naturally-occurring earthquake, or (2) a terrorist-instigated earthquake using ELF (Extremely Low Frequency) or EM (Electro-Magnetic) Pulsing devices, both of which are in the hands of the U.S. (the HAARP Project in Alaska), Russia, the Japanese Mafia (Yakuza/Aum Shinrikyo), and 7 other nations/organizations, some of whose members hold moral philosophies more interested in lollygagging with 72 virgins than whether the Earth survives.

   Is Idaho really so hard up for tax revenues that you would create the possibility of either one of the above two scenarios, both of which could result in a radioactive super volcanic firestorm that would, first, blow up Idaho, then sweep east and southwest to wipe out the North American continent from Southern California across to the Gulf states, and finally, within one week, blow enough radioactive ash into the biosphere to circulate around the entire globe and thus affect every life form on the planet?

   You think this is far-fetched and not probable?  Think again.  And think long and hard about Scenario # 2, human terrorists, which may be far more probable than Scenario # 1.  The big question is:  do you feel lucky, should we take the chance?

Scenario # 1:  Naturally-Occurring Earthquake

   Idaho’s Snake Plain Aquifer is one of the largest aquifers in the world, the size of Lake Erie, containing millions of acre-feet of water, and stretches from Ashton, Idaho -- above Idaho Falls near the tri-state borders of Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho – all the way to King Hill just outside Boise.  This underground aquifer sits adjacent to Yellowstone Park.  And underneath Yellowstone Park is one of the largest volcanic systems in the world.  Young and active.  The ground at Yellowstone is currently bulging upward at an unprecedented 3 inches per year with 3,000 minor earthquakes recorded per year.

   What’s the connection?  Water flows underground in the Snake Plain Aquifer through porous basalt and magma-created lava tubes with diameters ranging from 1 foot to 50 feet, stacked one on top of another like lava pancakes.  An earthquake could easily re-connect and direct the flow of millions of gallons of underground water from the Snake Plain Aquifer to the magma chambers under the Yellowstone caldera.

   If Yellowstone’s volcanic system erupted – as it did 640,000 years ago, and has done regularly over the last couple of million years – Yellowstone would blow up with the force of a Super Volcano, 5-10,000 times the power and destruction of Mount St. Helens in Washington state in 1980.

   A Super volcanic eruption is horrific enough but here’s the upshot for Idaho’s Sleeping Dragon:  if Idaho built a U-235 enrichment plant on top of the Snake Plain Aquifer, which sits adjacent to Yellowstone’s volcanic system, and an earthquake occurred, the Super Volcanic eruption would turn into a radioactive Super Volcanic firestorm.  While humans have recovered from past Super Volcanic eruptions years after the smoke cleared, it is highly probable that no flora or fauna, no humans, would survive the U-235 radiation unleashed all over the world if Idaho’s Sleeping Dragon exploded.

   Areva’s U-235 enrichment plant is not a nuclear reactor.  It is a manufacturing plant separating highly radioactive, nuclear bomb grade U-235 pellets from non-radioactive U-238 through thousands of centrifuges, ultimately to be shipped as nuclear rods to over 104 U.S. nuclear power plants and many other plants across the world.  Keeping U-235 pellets far enough apart so that they do not reach critical mass, the point at which U-235 turns into a nuclear bomb, is one of the major problems at all nuclear enrichment and power plants.  If nothing goes wrong, it’s fairly safe.  But one doesn’t just plan for “safe.”  One plans for “something going wrong.”

   The last thing Idaho needs is to build a U-235 enrichment plant on top of an aquifer the size of Lake Erie sitting next to one of the largest volcanic systems in the world.

   In addition, not only would a super volcanic eruption take out Areva’s U-235 manufacturing plant at Idaho Falls, it would also take out Idaho’s existing nuclear facility, the INL (Idaho National Laboratory), which already sits on top of the Snake Plain Aquifer not far from Idaho Falls’ planned Areva location next door to Yellowstone’s volcanic system.

   For the same reasons above, the INL should immediately be dismantled and the nuclear waste cleaned up asap.  Instead, our state politicians, eager to tax new corporations and provide jobs for Idaho, are actually expanding the INL with hundreds of millions of dollars in deficit financed earmarks from the U.S. Congress.

   In short, the location is wrong, wrong, wrong and fissionable nuclear energy is not the way to obtain new energy for planet Earth.  If you thought Scenario # 1 was highly improbable, and you’re still feeling lucky about Mother Nature, read Scenario # 2.

Scenario # 2:  Terrorist-Instigated Earthquake

   In Scenario # 2, the conditions remain the same as in Scenario # 1, except Mother Nature’s earthquake is upstaged by another nation or terrorist organization that has access to EM Pulsing devices that can be aimed, focused, and implemented from long distances, creating a man-made earthquake. 

   On April 28, 1997 U.S. Defense Secretary William Cohen made the following statement:

   "Others [terrorists] are engaging even in an eco-type of terrorism whereby they can alter the climate, set off earthquakes, volcanoes remotely through the use of electromagnetic waves… So there are plenty of ingenious minds out there that are at work finding ways in which they can wreak terror upon other nations…It's real, and that's the reason why we have to intensify our [counterterrorism] efforts." 

   EM and ELF waves can travel through steel, concrete, and the entire earth, coming out on the other side, so the Bad Guys don’t have to check into the local motel at Idaho Falls to pull off their dirty deeds.  EM pulses can be focused much like a laser, concentrating enough energy to induce an earthquake at Yellowstone.  Just point, aim, and shoot.

   The only thing holding back various nations and terrorist organizations from utilizing these new devices is retribution from the U.S. and other nations who possess the same capability.  But what about those rogue terrorists – Osama bin Laden comes to mind – who are more eager to fool around with 72 virgins than whether the Earth becomes uninhabitable through U-235 contamination?  What if they decide to lease an EM Pulsar Yellowstone Volcanic Blowup Model 9450 from Russia and focus a few million Joules of energy to break apart the magma chambers in Yellowstone National Park -- just enough to crack the underground lava tubes so water from the Snake Plain Aquifer can suddenly flood into Yellowstone’s volcanic system?

   There exist many corollary scenarios to Scenario # 2 that don’t require using the Aquifer.  Just shift Yellowstone’s magma chambers with new EM weapons technology and let nature’s super volcano action take its course.

   In summary, not only would Areva’s $2 billion U-235 enrichment plant blow sky high, so would the current INL sitting on top of the Snake Plain Aquifer.  Both scenarios of a radioactive super volcanic firestorm, whether instigated by Mother Nature or human terrorists, would produce the same catastrophic results:  an uninhabitable planet Earth.

   Only two questions remain for Idaho’s politicians and the first one doesn’t count:  (1) just how badly does Idaho need the tax revenues from a U-235 enrichment plant sitting on top of the Snake Plain Aquifer right next door to the largest volcanic system in the world, and (2) “well, politicians, are you feeling lucky today?”

Cordially, FM Duck

P.S.  The above nuclear holocaust scenarios are not only unnecessary for Idaho to implement but also highly ironic, especially since Idaho is home to one of the world’s leading new energy inventors, John Bedini living in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, whose fledgling radiant energy company, Energenx, Inc., is off and running to produce new green energy machines that can “freely pull” Tesla’s radiant blue energy from what physicists call “the vacuum” or “the photon flux,” the space all around us extending throughout the entire universe.  As Tesla once said, in regard to “free” energy from the vacuum (EFTV), we are like fish swimming in the ocean, stupidly asking, “Where’s the water?”

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