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This page summarises various themes related to the uranium/nuclear industry.
e.g For November 2009 , we focused on Climate Change
The dying commercial nuclear power industry hoping for a rebirth, came up with one great whopper of a lie – that nuclear power is The Solution to global warming. Mind you, the very same people had been denying global warming for decades.
However, the fossil fuel industries suddenly saw a lifeline for themselves ‘climate change’. If the world can be conned into nuclear power, then the fossil fuels can keep burning on, until that (late) day, when nuclear power actually gets going.
Now that it is pretty well known that nuclear, is limited, supplying only electricity. is costly, and non-renewable, and not even clean, the nuke lobby now calls nuclear A Solution – a slightly more subtle lie.
It’s going to have to be people, people everywhere, in their millions, who put a stop to this lie.
Governments seem to have now locked themselves into agreeing with this lie. After all, China, USA, Britain, France, Russia, India, Israel etc all need nuclear power, to maintain their nuclear weapons. Other governments, like Iran and North Korea, feel that they should have nuclear weapons, too.
Governments are beholden to corporations – AREVA, Westinghouse, Rosatom, BHP, Cameco……… You need to remember that corporations really have no brains – they have one mindless goal – corporate profit, and their executives are not able to think outside that mindset. Poor things, it’s hard for a highly paid executive to start using his or her brains with the inecitable result of unemployment.
For October, we focus on RADIOACTIVE WASTES
At every stage of the nuclear fuel cycle, radioactive wastes are released. Sometimes in small amounts, sometimes in large, some short-lived, some very long-lived, these invisible radioactive isotopes travel through air, water, soil, into plants, animals, and through the food chain.
High-level waste consists mostly of milling tailings, spent nuclear reactor fuel from both commerical power plants and military facilities, as well as reprocessed materials .
Low-level waste includes the remainder of radioactive wastes and materials generated in power plants, such as contaminated reactor water, plus those wastes created in medical laboratories, hospitals, and industry. Such wastes come in many ways, including – protective clothing of people in contact with radioactive materials, old medical radiation equipment from hospitals and clinics.
All can emit radiation for hundreds of thousands of years. It spreads through the environment mainly through water. Buried wastes leak into groundwater
ENERGY – our energy future – we can forget nuclear! (theme 09/09)
The world is faced with the problems of global warming, and of the decline in oil for fuel.
Both problems involve the issue of energy.
At the same time, humans continue to consume energy at an ever-increasing rate.
What is to be done?
The underlying major issues are over-population, and our culture of consumption and endless growth.
So, inevitably – these two issues will be resolved, either by human co-operative action, or by disasters.
Meanwhile, around the world, positive action is happening to solve the energy problem.
The most effective action for the world’s energy future is in energy conservation, and energy efficiency.
After that, come the 21st Century energy sources – especially decentralised ones, but also centralised methods, solar, wind, hydro, wave, geothermal, biofuel
Fossil fuel methods will be wound down to zero. Nuclear, (useful only for weapons) is a costly, dirty, distraction from the real programs to address climate change, and sustainable energy development.
SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL Dr E F Schumacher said it, back in 1970 in his book “Small is Beautiful” – and his message is even more true today
IMAGINE – a 21st Century world, where our heating, light, electricity came with free fuel – from the roofs of our houses, shops, schools, hospitals – where our water came from our own rainwater tanks, as well as from community water systems.
IMAGINE – a convivial 21st Century – where our houses were moderate in size, where there were plenty of community spaces, where we walked more, rode bikes more – ate our meals in sociability – “slow” food, locally grown. Where our cars didn”t go so fast, but were powered by sun or hydro power. where a lot of our entertainment was firsthand – real people, live music.
IMAGINE – where we still had centralised power, as well, from solar, wind, and geothermal sources. We still had centralised systems of transport, such as rail. We still had some large centralised systems.
BUT – we had given up our pretentious McMansions, our gas-guzzling Toorak tanks. Where we no longer were impressed with BIG – Big corporations, big power, big-deal people
“The large electrical monopolies love nuclear power, coal and oil fired plants. These plants are far too technical and require far too much investment for the average citizen or small business to undertake. The large monopolies do not favor the wide spread use of solar photovoltaic cells, wind generators or other de-centralized production because it would undermine their monopoly.
If one considers the U.S. Dept. of Energy budget one could really call it the Dept. of Oil, Coal and Nuclear Subsidies: there has been no effort to promote alternatives. Oil, coal and nuclear receive an ocean of funding, while alternatives receive a drip. That is because the huge energy monopolies control the energy debate in Congress through their campaign contribution largesse. Any representative who promotes nuclear as a solution simply has not heard both sides of the story…….”. – Jay Miller, Nuclear power will not solve the problems of global warming
WEAPONS AND WAR
There are currently around 26,000 nuclear weapons in the world, owned by just nine nations. Russia and the USA possess 96% of today’s nuclear weapons.
Nations that possess nuclear weapons are: the United States of America, Russia, United Kingdom, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea.
The production and maintenance of nuclear weapons takes vital resources away from healthcare and other essential services. In the USA alone, about US$40 billion is spent on nuclear weapons each year.
- Australia has around 40% of the worlds known uranium resources, making us a key supplier to nuclear nations, including a number of nuclear-armed nations. more…
- While Australia does not have nuclear weapons, we have a clear responsibility to work towards abolishing these ultimate weapons of mass destruction. from Medical Assoc iation for the Prevention of War Nuclear weapons | Medical Association for Prevention of War
It’s hard to know which is the biggest lie of the nuclear industry.
Among its many lies – there’s the con job that nuclear is supposed to solve global warming.
But – an even bigger lie, is that nuclear power is “for peaceful purposes only”
Indeed, Australia’s latest (4 Mile) uranium mine is owned by Neal Blue – an arms salesman!
The nuclear industry began with the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in 1945.
And the nuclear industry is today inevitably connected to nuclear weapons.
Why else whould oil-rich Saudi Arabia want it?
All the pious pretenses of USA, Russia, France, UK, China, India – about “commercial” nuclear power, about “low emissions” blah blah – these are to cover up the fact of their thriving nuclear weapons industries.
After all, it’s becoming increasingly obvious that there would be no point in having “commercial” nuclear power, seeing that it is simply too expensive.
Governments seek to have nuclear weapons, so they preach about “peaceful nuclear power”.
Uranium mining corporations collude with governments, such as the Australian government, in the pretense that their uranium goes only into “peaceful purposes”
CORPORATIONS, By Christina Macpherson, July 2009
The “peaceful” nuclear industry is chronically ill.
Indeed, the commercial nuclear industry is terminally ill, unable to get insurance, unable to get investors.
Wherever commercial nuclear power appears to survive, it is as a figleaf on the nuclear weapons industry. It depends on the taxpayer funding it, and, preferably, the taxpayer not being aware of its costs
Meanwhile, corporations behave as corporations must, – pretending to be ethical, while looking solely to profit (- too bad if uranium ends up in weapons).
It’s a sad fact of our corporatised, globalised world, that, especially in Australia, ordinary “mums and dads” have investments in (pseudo-Australian) corporations like BHP Billiton, – even when they don’t know this. Our banks, our superannuation funds have investments often in BHP Billiton, and similarly unethical companies, without our knowledge.
“Corporate Social Responsibility”? – it’s an oxymoron – for the moronic belief that it’s OK to sell out our planet for short-term profit.
There is still time to shut down the polluting fossil fuel and nuclear industries. Many Australians are now making a great start in their submissions opposing the expansion of BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam uranium mine.
Psychopathic Character of Corporations
Dr. Robert Hare, internationally renowned expert on psychopaths and consultant to the FBI, says that corporations are not unlike psychopaths in many respects. He found that key psychopathic traits matched corporation’s institutional character: irresponsible, manipulative, grandiose, lack of empathy, asocial, unable to feel remorse, and often refusing to accept responsibility for their own actions.
Like psychopaths, corporations “present themselves as compassionate and concerned about others when, in fact, they lack the ability to care about anyone or anything but themselves,” writes Bakan………………………….According to Bakan, the underlying reasons for Enron’s collapse were due to “characteristics common to all corporations: obsession with profits and share prices, greed, and lack of concern for others, and penchant for breaking legal rules.”……………individuals within corporations may not always be psychopaths themselves and they usually have normal lives with family and friends, but they have very few options on goals that they can pursue within corporations. Epoch Times – Pathological Nature of Corporations Not Changed, Say Scholars