TOKYO, Apr. 1, 2011 (Kyodo News International) -- The head of General Electric Co., the U.S. manufacturer of reactors at the crisis-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, will hold talks on Monday with Japanese industry minister Banri Kaieda to offer support to Tokyo in tackling the ongoing emergency, Japanese officials said Friday.
Jeffrey Immelt, chairman and chief executive officer of the U.S. conglomerate, will meet with the minister together with Hitachi Ltd. (NYSE:HIT) President Hiroaki Nakanishi. The Japanese firm is a supplier of reactors to Tokyo Electric Power Co., which operates the atomic power station crippled by the March 11 killer quake and tsunami.
WB7: Hmmm... until now I have been patient with GE. I don't know why. My patience with the world's biggest radioactive bullshit spinning machine has been totally and absolutely unwarranted...
Just for starters I am wondering whether it is better to send Jeff Coremelt...
or, someone who can actually say something useful, say...Jimmy Carter for example:
FROM THE ECONOMIST:
The fear and danger is beyond comprehension for most people, and in particular the political leaders who must order men in to danger. But interestingly, it is not unfamiliar to former American president Jimmy Carter. Nearly half a century ago, as a young naval officer, he led a 23-man team to dismantle a reactor that, like Fukushima, had partially melted down.
The reactor in Chalk River, Canada, about 180 kilometres (110 miles) from Ottawa, was used to enrich plutonium for America's atomic bombs. On December 12th 1952 it exploded, flooding the reactor building’s basement with millions of litres of radioactive water. Lieutenant Carter, a nuclear specialist on the Seawolf submarine programme, and his men were among the few people with the security clearance to enter a reactor. From Schenectady, New York, they rode the train up and got straight to work.
"The radiation intensity meant that each person could spend only about ninety seconds at the hot core location," wrote Mr Carter in "Why Not the Best?", an autobiography published in 1975 when he was campaigning for the presidency.
The team built an exact replica of the reactor on a nearby tennis court, and had cameras monitor the actual damage in the reactor's core. "When it was our time to work, a team of three of us practised several times on the mock-up, to be sure we had the correct tools and knew exactly how to use them.
Finally, outfitted with white protective clothes, we descended into the reactor and worked frantically for our allotted time," he wrote. "Each time our men managed to remove a bolt or fitting from the core, the equivalent piece was removed on the mock-up."
[Read the full article here: Economist Article]
The fact that Uncle Warren says GE is "the symbol of American business to the world" does not make me feel at all good about GE's presumed role as the paragon of the best of American business practices.
GE may do a superb job of serving its own Kool Aid to Wall Street and convincing the Tele-POTUS that their CEO should be the go-to guy to lead the effort to revitalize the American work force.
Please tell me how anyone with his head screwed on straight can fail to notice all the other toxic garbage that is so efficaciously swept under the mainstream media rug.
Jeffrey Coremelt to the rescue!
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