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Nuclear power and THE CONSUMER SOCIETY – theme for June 2017

The American nuclear front group The Breakthrough Institute has recently been in South Australia, along with South Australia’s own favourite nuclear zealot, Ben Heard, and his own nuclear front group Bright New World.  They were touting  -the gospel of the need for endless, escalating use of electricity.  The is – apart from putting across the myths of  “nuclear waste solution” “climate change solution”, “clean energy and “cheap energy” –   the theme of how Australia can be a global moral leader in helping the under-developed nations, via New Nukes.

I think that’s the biggest flaw in their mythology – that the world needs to ever consume more :”goods” and more electricity –  presumably until human society decides to spread all that further – on Mars.

Endless economic growth,  endless producing of things, endless buying of things, endless energy use, endless creation of wastes – this is the way that we humans run our lives, and our planet.

But the planet can’t take it, and neither can we.

It seemed OK, when the Western world could exploit its own indigenous areas, and the “Third World” –    the mess made by digging things up, leaving wastes, throwing stuff away – all this could go into the land and waterways of remote “undeveloped” peoples.

But we’ve run out of “undeveloped” lands and peoples. Now it’s becoming the Asian, African, South American century. They’ve become the disciples of the Western religion of materialism – now also getting cars, big houses, wanting it all, wanting more stuff.

Where do we all put the poisonous end products of our “civilised” consumption?   Into the planet’s air, waterways, land and oceans.   As we poison our planet, we poison our own life support system.

There is an alternative lifestyle – an old-fashioned one – the CONSERVER SOCIETY. It is still practised by many indigenous peoples. We’d better learn from them – and fast!

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May 21, 2017 Posted by | Christina's themes | 7 Comments

The nuclear industry and the concept of ENOUGH – theme for June 2017

To the nuclear industry the concept of ENOUGH is anathema. If you saw their slick advertising film “Pandora’s Promise” you would note that their major theme is endless GROWTH that will perpetually require ENDLESS ENERGY.

The nuclear industry’s shills, and there are many of them, love to portray the anti-nuclear movement as wanting to send people back to living in a “dark ages” style.  Nothing could be further from the truth. Genuine environmentalists want all people to have a life of more light, of reasonable comfort and leisure time, of enough of the good things of this world, rather than of too much.

It’s time that governments, bankers, industry leaders woke up to the reality that the world economy is threatened by growth, threatened by the accelerating destruction of this planet’s  air, water, land, and biodiversity. The destroyer is the growing human population and its growing consumption of ever more unnecessary products and unnecessary energy use.

It’s time that people stepped away from endless individualistic  consumption, and towards a reasonable life of more cooperation, of working less hours. It’s time to move from our suicidal consumer culture, to a conserver culture.

 

 

May 21, 2017 Posted by | Christina's themes | Leave a comment

Reactor Casualties 6 – “risk of injury ….. negligible.”

Paul Langley's Nuclear History Blog

Er, wot’s the full statement?

Severe Accidents in Spent Fuel Pools
in Support of Generic Safety
Issue 82

V. L. Sailor, K. R. Perkins, J. R. Weeks, H. R. Connell
Department of Nuclear Energy
Brookhaven National Laboratory
Upton, New York 11973
Prepared for
Division of Reactor and Plant Systems
Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555
NRC FIN A3786

Consequences:
‎”While the long-term health effects (i.e., person-rem) are potentially large, it is important to note that no “prompt fatalities” were predicted and the risk of injury was also negligible.”

How come we only ever get to hear the last bit, and NEVER the first bit? And how come nuclear victims since the 1950s have had to battle to get courts to acknowledge that the first bit even exists??

Check it out for yourselves, as always take noone’s word for it. You don’t have to…

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May 21, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment