Australian news, and some related international items

Uranium company chairperson spruiks nuclear power to solve Australia’s water problems

Here’s a lovely bit of spin –  from Erica Smyth, of Toro  Energy uranium company, at Toro’s AGM yesterday.  Of  course, she’s on the board of ANSTO – Australia’s nuke-spruiking agency. and a member of Julia Gillard’s mining tax advisory panel.

Erica spruiks nuclear energy as a solution to Australia’s water shortage!   Hers is a complicated story about combining nuclear energy with desalination plants.

She also advocates nuclear power for electric cars – well, we knew that particular spin was coming!  But nuclear power to provide fresh water for Australia – that is indeed a new and wonderful spin.  (And, let’s not forget – the uranium/nuclear industry is the most water-intensive, water guzzling, of all industries. – Christina Macpherson

November 16, 2010 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Christina reviews, spinbuster, uranium, water | , , , | Leave a comment

The other side of BHP Billiton’s Annual Report

Threatening lives, the environment, and peoples’ future – An Alternative Annual Report on BHP Billiton 2009-2010 In this 25 page report, case studies question BHP’s record on human rights, transparency, and ecological justice.

“………..This report examines a number of BHP Billiton’s operations around the world. The collection of case studies highlights the disparity between BHP Billiton’s ‘Sustainability Framework’ and the reality of its operations.In the year 2009-2010 BHP Billiton has continued itsinvolvement in many controversial mines, is advancing riskyand unwanted projects….. Continue reading

November 16, 2010 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, religion and ethics, uranium | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment