Nuclear Spinbuster- theme for June 2013
The nuclear industry is unravelling – in USA, UK, and Europe. Indeed, wherever there is even any pretense of nuclear power being commercially viable – it’s on the rocks.
The global nuclear lobby’s hopes rest with governments that will fund it – China, Russia, Japan, and with nuclear weapons making, and rather desperately, with its own campaign for the hearts and minds of the people.
Well, that last one isn’t working out too well. Still, the nuclear lobby persists with its spin – ever more sophisticated, ever more desperate.
Energy spin – that’s looking hollow, with low gas prices, and with renewable energy happening all too fast. And – shock horror – energy efficiency and the falling demand for electricity in developed countries
Climate spin. Even if we forget the huge greenhouse gas emissions from the full nuclear cycle from mining to burial of radioactive trash and dead reactors, well they’d need to build thousands of reactors very fast, to have any effect in reducing greenhouse gases.
New technology spin: A dazzling array of new reactor blueprints – unbuilt, untested, and super expensive. Small cuddly reactors – they were always too expensive, and still will be, – even if we ignore their waste and security dangers.
Radiation is “good for you” spin – This is countered by the world’s reputable science and health organisations.
Anti renewable energy spin. Alas, renewable energy has caught everyone by surprise, especially – the impact of small scale solar and wind systems. Hard to compete with energy industries for which the fuel is FREE.
Spin against anti-nuclear critics. A favourite one, requiring the use of all those wobbly words – “hysterical”, “emotional”, “irrational”, “ill-informed”, “ignorant”, and that interesting one “unqualified” – (unqualified to hold an opinion!) . But anti nuclear opinion is growing, amongst paupers, peasants, and PhD holders. – even among nuclear engineers.
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