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The ‘Consumer Society’ , Climate Change and the Nuclear Industry’s Role in Endless Consumption – theme for December 18

 

The nuclear industry is absolutely involved in the goal of promoting endless consumption of energy.

 

No problem that we are on a finite planet – because nuclear power is going to get us to a lovely life on Mars! (Never mind that a few poor saps will head off to their plutonium powered flight to death there) 

The point is – the human species can keep on its unbridled splurge of material expansion and energy use – because  – as the industry’s advertising film “Pandora’s promise” told us, – nuclear power will fuel the whole thing forever.

In some countries Christmas has been magically transformed from a religious remembrance to a pretty disgusting splurge on over-feasting and over-buying of stuff.

This year, we have an added reason to resist this nuclear-lobby-encouraged doctrine of endless consumption, endless energy use.

It’s climate change. The human race needs a simpler, smarter way of life, as we transition to a cleaner, energy efficient economy. That’s an imperative now, if the planet is to remain habitable.

We need also to resist the distraction of the nuclear lobby calling for tax-payer funding for pointless and irrelevant “new nukes”  – (that take funding away from really valuable initiatives in energy efficiency and truly clean fuels.)

Recent nuclear lobby advertising films – “Pandora’s Promise” and “The New Fire”:  – There’s lots of rhetoric in these films about small reactors that “you can roll … off the assembly line like Boeings”, factory-fabricated reactors that “can look a lot like Ikea furniture”, economies of scale once there is a mass market for small reactors, and mass-produced reactors leading to “a big transition to clean energy globally”. But first you would need to invest billions to set up the infrastructure to mass produce reactors ‒ and no-one has any intention of making that investment. And there’s no mass market for small reactors ‒ there is scarcely any market at all. -(Jim Green)

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November 29, 2018 - Posted by | Christina's themes

4 Comments »

  1. If people could take a buying moratorium in the USA and give gifts from the heart, it would help the world so much

    Comment by Neil Stanley | December 7, 2018 | Reply

    • How true!! All people need is a little bit of our time, a friendly chat – some happy time together.

      Comment by Christina MacPherson | December 7, 2018 | Reply

  2. Probably all the the cheap plastic shit and electronics people buy as Christmas presents are made with nuclear power. Look at the oil refineries and chemical plants that make plastics from the hydrocarbons. They are on the Gulf Coast and East Coast USA . They are heavily nuclear powered.
    Japan, Korea, and China have nuclear power plants in their major industrial areas to power electronics production and garbage plastic-toy production that ends up in the USA under a Christmas tree. What happened to locally made hand-made gifts and art? What about making gifts our selves like in the old days? We are so self-absorbed and addicted to shopping in frantic insane, orgys. We are all brainwashed, anxious. Dysfunctional and crazy. So bloody spiritual. People drive all over hell, going to big box stores to buy garbage from China, that will end up in the landfill quickly or order it.

    Garbage ordered online from Amazon, will have to be shipped half-way across the world. No wonder there is climate change and There are fukushima!

    Comment by George Redd | December 7, 2018 | Reply

    • Sadly – all too true.
      We need a culture change.
      At the same time as some Westerners are waking up to this, the “developing world” is enthusiastically copying the West’s consumer madness – and not just copying, but aiming to outdo the West. I haven’t been to Dubai, with its indoor snow slopes etc , and its English lawns etc – dubai must be the most obscene example.

      Comment by Christina MacPherson | December 8, 2018 | Reply


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