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Economic sense for BHP to pull out of Western Australian uranium mining

 “Australian uranium exporters and investors are uniquely vulnerable to the volatile and unpredictable nuclear industry that has never lived upto the promises it has made in the past,” ….. “The nuclear renaissance is dead. The nuclear industry was in enormous trouble well before the disaster at the Fukushima complex…
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 “The Brendan Grylls deal over uranium royalties, to form a coalition government with Colin Barnett must now be seen for what it has created: an uranium feeding frenzy that had no substance,” said Robin Chapple, Greens MLC for the Mining and Pastoral Region
BHP: leaving Yeelirrie uranium in the ground makes economic sense, Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam and Greens (WA) MLC Robin Chapple, 21 June 11 The Australian Greens welcome indications that BHP Billiton may be abandoning plans for its Yeelirrie uranium mine.“The political and community backlash in WA is indeed significant” Senator Scott Ludlam said 

 “The WA community, our churches, unions, environment and women’s groups remain firmly opposed. Aboriginal people from all over the state are united in their determination to stop their land and water being contaminated by uranium mining.  As the WA Nuclear  Free Alliance gathering in April concluded, “We can’t close the gap by increasing the number of radioactive holes in the ground.”

 “Australian uranium exporters and investors are uniquely vulnerable to the volatile and unpredictable nuclear industry that has never lived upto the promises it has made in the past,” Senator Ludlam said. “The largest mining company in the world is watching the impact of the Fukushima disaster: the German government has decided to phase out nuclear power by 2022.  The Swiss government will phase out nuclear power permanently by 2034.  Japan has abandoned plans for nuclear energy to provide half of its capacity and has scrapped 14 planned new reactors. The Mayor of Osaka City, KEPCo’s biggest shareholder, has called on KEPCo to abandon nuclear energy. The Chinese State Council has also put an embargo on approval of new reactors.”

 “The nuclear renaissance is dead. The nuclear industry was in enormous trouble well before the disaster at the Fukushima complex.  As at 1 April 2011 there were 437 nuclear plants operating in the world, seven fewer than in 2002. In 2008 for the first time since the beginning of the nuclear age no new unit was started up. Seven new plants were added in 2009 and 2010 while 11 were shut down over that period.”

 “The only future the nuclear industry has is in long-term intergenerational waste management and stewardship of the extraordinary categories of toxic and poisonous waste it produces. The reckless pursuit of electricity too cheap to meter must finally be set aside as the pipedream that it always was,” Senator Ludlam said.

 “The Brendan Grylls deal over uranium royalties, to form a coalition government with Colin Barnett must now be seen for what it has created: an uranium feeding frenzy that had no substance,” said Robin Chapple, Greens MLC for the Mining and Pastoral Region.

 

June 21, 2011 - Posted by | business, Western Australia

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  1. The Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce nuclear forum advertised on the front page of today’s Sydney Morning Herald’s Business Day is an initiative of their Thought Leadership. The AICC website lists hundreds of Australian companies whose focus addresses environmental issues. One of these, the Rainbow Power Company, said they had not given their permission to be included.

    I wrote to Australian and Israeli AICC offices, the Israeli embassy and the NSW Jewish Board of deputies, asking if they had secured permission from each company listed on the AICC web site. My one reply accused me of being an enemy of Israel and suggested I throw away my computer and mobile phone as Israeli technology had made these possible. How many other companies wanting to support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign are unwittingly supporting Israel?

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    Comment by Gareth Smith | June 22, 2011 | Reply


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