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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

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  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

  3. I’ve noticed some “techie” types are pushing quite a bit for Thorium and SMRs…I dunno if people understand tritium. Maybe they’ll have a better grasp of the combination of deuterium and lithium. I have no idea what I just said. Woohoo!

    Comment by Frank Labuschagne | December 15, 2018 | Reply

    • To clarify about what I don’t know that I’m talking about, lithium is actually rather big problem quite a few people seem to be in denial about (for instance, the rather excessive usage of certain types of batteries). But I mean, you can probably repurpose that for fusion, and there’s so much tritium in some rivers and oceans now, you could just go dump your smartphone there and you’ll probably get a nice reaction. See, I’m a nuclear scientist now.

      Comment by Frank Labuschagne | December 15, 2018 | Reply

  4. “Smithsonian Magazine, May 14, 2014: Even Tiny Amounts of Radioactive Food Made Caterpillars Become Abnormal Butterflies…

    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-new…66/?no-ist

    Nature — Scientific Reports (pdf), Published May 15, 2014:
    …Both the mortality and abnormality rates increased sharply, especially at low doses […] the mortality and abnormality rates increased sharply, especially at low doses. Additionally, there seemed to be no threshold level below which no biological response could be detected. […] the dose-response data suggests that the relatively small level of artificial cesium from the Fukushima Dai-ichi NPP may be significantly toxic to some individuals in butterfly populations…”

    From antirad

    Comment by Joe Corsecu | December 15, 2018 | Reply

  5. “Smithsonian Magazine, May 14, 2014: Even Tiny Amounts of Radioactive Food Made Caterpillars Become Abnormal Butterflies…

    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-new…66/?no-ist

    Nature — Scientific Reports (pdf), Published May 15, 2014:
    …Both the mortality and abnormality rates increased sharply, especially at low doses […] the mortality and abnormality rates increased sharply, especially at low doses. Additionally, there seemed to be no threshold level below which no biological response could be detected. […] the dose-response data suggests that the relatively small level of artificial cesium from the Fukushima Dai-ichi NPP may be significantly toxic to some individuals in butterfly populations…”

    Comment by Joe Corsecu | December 15, 2018 | Reply

  6. From Mining Awareness.
    https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2018/12/15/grand-gulf-nuclear-station-apparently-falling-apart-another-scram-follows-five-unplanned-downpower-events-in-less-than-one-year/

    Grand Gulf Nucler Plant SCRAM!
    Five downpower events in one year. Highly aged 40 yo nuclear plant falling apart.
    near Fort Gibson, Mississippi. On Mississippi River. Leaks Tritium

    Comment by Doug | December 15, 2018 | Reply

  7. 17, 2018 at 12:34 PM
    Nuclear and radionuclides contamination are DEVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY:
    On the Unique DNA Damage Done by Ionizing Radiation-Nuclear Materials (and on Metting, Hultgren, et.al. Misleading the US Congress in this Matter)

    https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/20…is-matter/

    ” As explained to US Congress in September by Dr. Weatherwax, Ph.D. in biochemistry: “To date, there are no studies that have been able to establish with sufficient certainty a threshold level of radiation below which a risk of cancer is zero, despite decades of research in this area.”
    The US DOE’s own Los Alamos National [Nuclear] Lab (LANL) wrote the following in 1995, several years before the Dept. of Energy’s “Low Dose” program begin. It clearly shows that nuclear discharges are lethal and hence criminal. Thus, the almost 20 year long “low dose” program never should have been funded by the Dept. of Energy in the first place. Any funding should have been NIH or CDC. From LANL, 1995: “Although single-strand breaks, abasic sites, and base alterations are induced by both ionizing radiation and normal metabolic processes, one particularly dangerous type of DNA lesion, the double-strand break, is induced preferentially by ionizing radiation. This is due to the manner in which radiation creates radical species within the cell, versus that of metabolic processes. ”

    It has been estimated from cell-culture studies that approximately twenty to forty double-strand breaks occur per genome at 100 rad of exposure. At that rate, exposures equivalent to ordinary background radiation (typically about 0.3 rad per year) should produce only one double-strand break per ten cells per year… A double-strand break is usually a mess, and repairing it can be problematic. Even a fairly clean double-strand break, wherein the two backbones are broken directly opposite from each other, results in at least a one-base-pair deletion and a disruption of the linkage between the two DNA segments. The passage of densely ionizing particles, such as alpha particles or neutrons, may break several proximal DNA molecules and cause base damage within each strand that can span several nanometers, or fifteen to twenty base pairs. Not surprisingly, the damaged bases are often excised as the free DNA ends are made ready for repair. The excision permanently removes bases. Simple rejoining of the exposed DNA ends is probably the major mechanism for the repair of double-strand breaks, but this mecha-nism would result in a loss of genetic information…
    How Nuclear Power Causes Global Warming

    https://progressive.org/dispatches/nucle…l-warming

    Comment by Nick Hashimoto | December 17, 2018 | Reply

    • The false dichotomy lives on. Fascism vs Fascism_lite. Racist, corporate,
      extremely-polluting, militarist, globalist goons vs. their cousins, the kinder and gentler banker-globalist, neoliberal, neoconservative goons.

      We would be hard pressed to call the current suicidal, encroachment of extreme nuclear, radionuclide pollution and other pollution, a sign of civilization. In fact we are not civilized or a civilization.

      Trump and the insane nucleoape, oligarchs want to seal off the border so that even important butterflies, like the monarchs, that pollinate our food will be killed off.
      They would still find a way to get cheap illegal labor in, to clean the shit stains off their sheets .

      Do not be fooled folks.
      Sara Sanders says trump the globalist is definitely going to Davos. It is all a pack of Foma as Vonnegut would say, a pack of lies.

      From Evaggelos
      “Trump and the oligarchs supporting him personify pollution. These guys live in a cocoon of ill-earned wealth and military security, not knowing the meaning of life, save for promoting their personal interests. Their bestselling product is pollution.”

      If Nixon and his nucleapes had their way, they would have started building a thousand GE mark 4 type reactors(the kind that caused Fukushima), in the USA in 1970.
      That many reactors, would have had 5 or 10 to melt-down and explode by 1995 or 1999. That many nuclear meltdowns and explosions fukushima style, would have destroyed us.

      There would be such an ocean of hi level radioactive nuclear waste and uranium waste, that America would be long poisoned and dead by now.

      The Nixonian, insane, nucleoape, reactor-splurge did not occur because of Three mile island. Further nuclear insanity, was stifled by Chernobyl.

      One would think that with Fukushima, nuclear power and nuclear weapons would be dead and gone in this world .

      Think twice, because the insane MICs, greedy-oligarchs, fascist nucleoapes like La Pen in France, trump in murica, Abe in Japan, Brazil , Putin in Russia, fascists in Hungary, Saudis Arabia, Poland, slovakia, Chechland, the Nazis in Ukraine, in Belarus, push for more reactors and bombs(maybe not Russia for bombs). The other nuleoape liars, know reactors are too expensive and not viable energy sources but push them anyway.

      The nuclear warmongers, the evil monkey nuleoapes, polluters and exploiters push on!

      https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/12/18/the-waters-of-american-democracy/

      The Waters of American Democracy
      by EVAGGELOS VALLIANATOS

      Photo Source Kurtis Garbutt | CC BY 2.0
      The year 2018 is coming to an end with a deeply divided government and people. The Democrats won the House, promising to paralyze the remaining two years of the highly contested reign of Donald Trump. The government may shut down just before Christmas because Trump wants money for a wall to keep Mexicans and Latin Americans out of the USA.

      The American schism

      Trump, a hotel and gulf-course businessman, has been spearheading the schism in America. It’s as if he welcomes confrontation and controversy. His connections with Russia, China, the immigrants, the media, North Korea, and his staff at the White House and the government are generating enormous corruption and chaos.

      Trump caters to interest groups like the Evangelicals, pistol-carrying NRA enthusiasts, impoverished and confused coal miners, and, of course, registered Republicans and the very wealthy.

      In fact, the tax cut he engineered earlier this year bribed the largest corporations and the very rich, sealing the class war he is heading. In addition, he filled the Supreme Court and is stacking the lower courts with judges who share his oligarchic politics.

      The fact Trump was elected president shows the precarious and hazardous nature of American political institutions. They resemble those of the Roman empire, which was governed by emperors with absolute power. Some of those emperors grabbed power through civil wars. Occasionally, monsters like Caligula, Nero, Commodus, and Caracalla run Rome.

      Trump acts like a Roman emperor. He is grooming his daughter and son-in-law to inherit his throne.

      However, Trump is unfit for holding political power. He has little if any knowledge of how the government works. His sole concern is to enrich himself and his family. His crude behavior mirrors questionable upbringing, education, and undemocratic values.

      Trump is under the delusion, shared by the Republican politicians in Congress, that degrading and risking the life of Americans by poisoning their food, drinking water, and the natural world is an externality with no consequences.

      This kind of treatment – dosing the food of millions of Americans with known neurotoxins, forcing the extinction of species, and causing global warming should be a criminal and genocidal act. The fact it is not says our civilization is very much underdeveloped, if it is a civilization at all.

      Professor Amato Evan of the Scripps Research Institute said: “winters are getting sick and we know why… it’s climate change; it’s rising temperatures.”

      But try saying that to Trump.

      Obviously, the Renaissance and the Enlightenment have left no footprints in American political culture, including Europe where they were born.

      This is not the first time I say this. I said much more in my book, Poison Spring. My 25 years at the US Environmental Protection Agency shocked me beyond belief. Sometimes I thought the experience was a living nightmare. Sometimes I thought it was science fiction.

      But there’s little doubt Trump and the zero point one percent of the oligarchs supporting him personify pollution. These guys are like dark age landlords. They live in a cocoon of ill-earned wealth and military security, not knowing the meaning of life, save for promoting their personal interests. Their bestselling product is pollution.

      Just look at EPA. Trump’s EPA is about to open the gates of water pollution even wider in order to satisfy farmers, real estate developers, and petroleum and mining companies.

      The agribusiness-academic-government complex doesn’t want any oversight of the farmers spraying neurotoxins. They have bamboozled the country with weaponized science making sprays harmless.

      AnonymousDecember 18, 2018 at 1:32 PM
      These lethal chemicals, however, are causing ecocide. They are wiping out honeybees, other insects and birds relying on insects for their food. They also contaminate food and drinking water, cutting short a healthy and happy life for millions of children and adults.

      Developers and mining and petroleum companies don’t want government oversight, either. They like their license to pollute and doing whatever they please in wetlands, streams and swamps.

      Andrew Wheeler, acting EPA administrator, justifies this increasing pollution on the ludicrous assumption the protection of streams, swamps and wetlands was a power grab by the Obama administration against farmers and property owners. Not a word from him about the millions of human victims of increasing pollution, much less the death of countless honeybees, Monarch butterflies, birds, endangered species and other forms of wildlife.

      If there ever was a doubt about our decline as civilized human beings, this behavior by Trump and his class of oligarchs should dispel that doubt. They care less about civilization.

      Resurrecting democracy

      Our hope is that the House Democrats can use their substantial powers to dam the Trump imperial reach, including the polluters’ protection agency masquerading as the Environmental Protection Agency. Europeans are leading the way to poison-free crops. They are rethinking their addiction to the global weed killer glyphosate.

      The House can follow through this European path of health and sanity. Investigate how the money of industry has made the Trump administration the monster it has become, especially in its outright attack against public health and the environment. Reveal how the industry has captured the government; bring to light how the corporate funding of the land grant universities has made these schools the brains of agribusiness.

      Knowledge is power. In fact, revealing the secrets of how the industry has been operating against the public good is the oxygen of democracy. It guarantees the Democrats winning the White House and the Senate in the 2020 elections.

      And at that moment, with the Democrats in charge of the government, there should be a rethinking of how this country elects a president.

      Comment by Doug | December 18, 2018 | Reply


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