There is nothing ethical about the nuclear industry. It was begun in a 1940s scheme to kill millions of people – first with a plan to do this by radiation, then changed to do it by explosive annihilation of cities.
Sadly, some nuclear physicists thought they could turn all this to good – with producing electricity “too cheap to meter”. Many accidents, many cancers and birth defects later, the nuclear industry has proved just as toxic as it was in the 1940s.
Now Australia is faced with a new phase in the immorality of this toxic industry. The plan to import nuclear wastes is part of a global scheme to renew the failing nuclear industry – to build more reactors and produce more wastes.
As shown in the nuclear industry’s advertising film “Pandora’s Promise” this new “renaissance” of nuclear power is built on the idea of consuming ever more material products and electricity.
The sales pitch that “new nukes” will “eat nuclear wastes” is a lie, that would saddle our grandchildren, great-grand-children and beyond with a poisonous radioactive legacy.
The big sell is all about profit and jobs for South Australians. Yet any profits (if they did materialise at all) would not begin for 30 years, and would not last long – while the radioactive trash would last for thousands of years, requiring expensive security . Jobs for South Australians would be far fewer than that State could develop if it pursued its current success in renewable energy.
South Australia has already been the victim of unethical nuclear operations – with PM Menzies permitting the British atomic bomb tests – on Aboriginal land, of course.
One of the most immoral features of the global nuclear industry is the way that it oppresses indigenous peoples, by poisoning their land and water.
Now, Australia has the opportunity to, for once in our 200 year history of European occupation of this land, to say “NO” to the latest immoral nuclear idea – the plan of the shonky South Australian Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission.