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USA’s nuclear lobby buys universities – Cambridge UK is the latest, touting thorium

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The nuclear industry has a grip on USA’s Department of Energy (DOE) – they work together to promote nuclear power. It’s not hard to find academics who will pretty much advertise nuclear power- especially nuclear physicists and engineers. After all, where else will they get a high-paying prestigious job?

A global tactic of DOE is buying academia. Universities like the funding. We have some of this funding in Australia, at Flinders University, for example.

The latest from the UK is Cambridge University  – very happy indeed to be funded by USA to promote the pipe-dream of thorium nuclear powered reactors – as “safer nuclear power”.  Note that it’s not “safe” nuclear power – just a bit less dangerous than conventional uranium-powered nuclear power. And considerably more dangerous that wind or solar power, of course.

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http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Cambridge-University-team-fuels-bid-safer-nuclear/story-23659365-detail/story.html#ixzz3HZZfeTUX

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October 29, 2014 - Posted by | Christina's notes

1 Comment »

  1. Good find. This is really even older. There was massive debate in the 1980s about whether or not academics should do research contributing to Reagan’s “Star Wars”. An elite institution (probably Harvard) turned it down and a struggling state university was happy to get the money. It’s just gotten worse. And money now tends to come directly from the private sector as opposed to public. Also, the US nuclear industry always had private contractors which I was unaware of until recently. The Manhattan Project had private contractors – Monsanto is one which was involved. I think Dupont, as well.

    Comment by miningawareness | October 31, 2014 | Reply


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