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Ethics, Nuclear Power, and Global Heating – theme for December 2019

Ethics of Nuclear Energy  Abu-Dayyeh (P.hD) Amman – H.K. of Jordan E_case Society (President)  [Extract]


This paper attempts to refute the myth of “clean nuclear energy”, and discusses the unethical impact on the environment of the overall process of the nuclear energy electricity production industry, from mining to decommissioning, through the problematic framework of “health risk analysis”, “economical feasibility” and “sustainability”. It also focuses on the economic and safety fragility of developing countries in the South to deal with big loans or a possible catastrophe, not to mention managing nuclear waste for a very long period of time.

Finally, the paper diverges all the inductions of the different criteria discussed towards inferring a global categorically imperative ethical perception based on a biocentric stance that takes United Nations recommendations into consideration, such as the “Precautionary Principle”, the declarations on Human Rights and the rights of future generations to a healthy and sustainable environment, in order to settle down to an “ecosophical” conclusion.

1- Introduction: The “clean nuclear energy” myth!

Nuclear energy is still one of the options used today across the world, thought to be a clean source of energy that produces neither CO2 nor other Ozone related pollutants into the atmosphere. However, it is now been verified that the complete fuel cycle of nuclear energy production is generous in producing GHG as well as CFCs; from mining and milling to fuel enrichment, constructing and operating the nuclear facility, transportation of nuclear fuel, safety and security measures, reprocessing and recycling the depleted nuclear fuel, manufacturing by-products, encasing and burying the nuclear waste and eventually decommissioning the nuclear facility and its surrounding environment, including the contaminated soil(1).

Concerned communities in Japan who are removing contaminated soil and conducting clean up operations are using independent researchers because they have lost faith in their government: “The roots of mistrust came out after authorities issued radiation readings that often turned out to be incorrect”(2). This comes as a proof that governments don’t consider life cycle assessment mechanisms in calculating accurate GHG emissions, insurance, cost of KWh of electricity produced or genome radioactive infuriation. Most of the research is government sponsored or controlled by nuclear commissions, thus falling in “conflict of interest” controversy.

The nuclear fuel cycle is a generous CO2 emitter that can exceed 288 grams of CO2 e/KWh, or (66)g as a mean value, even when existing studies fail to consider emissions of co-products (3) which cause global warming too. Research on light water nuclear reactors showed CO2 emission up to 220 g/KWh (4), yet this value is expected to rise as uranium ore grade worldwide is deteriorating by time. The USA ore grade average, for example, dropped from 0.28% U3O8 to 0.07 – 0.11% (1100 ppm) in 40 years (5). The complete life cycle assessment mechanism considered to calculate CO2 equivalent (CO2 e/KWh) in the previous analysis can raise this value significantly!

A comparative study on GHG emissions of thin-film photovoltaic electricity generation yielded a range of carbon foot print of 14-26 g/KWh under 2400 KWh per square meter per year, through a performance of 80%, for a life time of 30 years(6). A median value of carbon foot print for wind power was calculated to be 11 g/KWh(7), compared to the 66 g for nuclear without considering co-products emissions, uranium ore grade deterioration …etc.

The nuclear fuel cycle also produces chemical compounds that can harm the Ozone layer due to the generous emissions of CFCs during uranium enrichment. CFC 114 produced is an Ozone layer depletory, where as 93% of the CFC 114 released in the USA is from uranium enrichment (8).

Further more, the enrichment of uranium is a highly polluting industry during which U238 (Depleted Uranium) is produced; a heavy metal, 1.7 times heavier than lead, used in encasing ammunition among other things. It burns upon impact and 80% of its weight disintegrates into aerosol powder (half – radioactive life 4.5 billion years, the same as the Earth’s age) (9).

Regardless of these justified arguments, some might still argue that nuclear energy emits far less CO2 than some fossil fuels, particularly coal. However, we would like to counter-argue that claim on the basis that nuclear energy production is unethical on the bases of a set of criteria:

Health risk analysis, economic feasibility, sustainability, security and liability, which will be discussed in this paper. Additional arguments would be based on the “Precautionary Principle”, United Nations Declaration on Human Rights and the right of future generations in a healthy, safe and sustainable environment.

For those who might still believe that moral responsibility and ethical stances don’t change the world just have to wait and see how an ethics committee decision shaped the future of nuclear Germany!…………”

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  1. Hi,
    Great Blog, thanks for taking the time to express your truths. It is truly appreciated, by all ( at least by me). Thanks for your hard work, as a fellow blogger I know the daily grind of publishing new, interesting items. Thanks again for you hard work.
    Peace,Shundahai( A Newe word which means “Peace and Harmony with All Creation) Gregor Gable
    Nuclear and Indigenous
    Items of Interest

    Comment by gregornot | August 2, 2008 | Reply

  2. Thanks for linking to my article.

    Comment by Ross | September 30, 2008 | Reply

  3. Hi. I agree with your sentiment here. Sorry, I may just be a little blind, but do you have an RSS feed? If so, could you please point me to it? I find it the best way to keep up to speed with the latest posts from a site.

    Keep up the good work.

    Comment by Simon | December 30, 2008 | Reply

  4. It is people like you and your readers who keep us addicted to oil. You think you are helping the environment? You are helping the oil companies and you’re so blinded by the reflection of your egos in the mirror to notice it.

    Comment by Man Overboard | January 9, 2009 | Reply

  5. Reproducing the full text of copyrighted material online is not blogging and it is not honest advocacy. You are violating the rights of others who worked hard to produce high quality content. If you want to republish it, get permission.

    Comment by Ohadi Langis | May 25, 2009 | Reply

  6. Well, Ohadi Langis turns out to be Dan Yurman
    Idaho Falls, ID, United States – proudly describing himself as:

    ” Serving nuclear energy markets since 1989. ”

    I first thought that his righteous indignation was genuinely in support of the original writers, whose work I quote, (with full acknowledgment and link)

    But no – Mr Yurman is a voice for th nuclear industry.

    Funny that I rarely get criticism from the genuinely concerned writers, and often have been offered free use of their work

    Comment by christinamacpherson | May 26, 2009 | Reply

  7. Thought you might like to have a look at my website UK Daily Nuclear News Service available.

    Comment by Pete Roche | June 9, 2009 | Reply

  8. I recommend a good ecological and anti-nuclear site in Russia

    Tomsk, a place the world’s largest testing ground for the injection of radioactive wastes in the ground.

    Comment by green | September 9, 2009 | Reply

  9. Why you do not have e-newsletter?
    I do not always manage to find such news.

    Comment by green | September 9, 2009 | Reply

  10. I do, in fact, send out a news letter each week.
    However, I send it only to people who have asked for it.

    Why? My reason is simply pity for people who, like myself, receive heaps of emails, newsletters etc. It gets overwhelming. So, I send it only to those who have asked for it.
    I’ll send you the next one, green, and thanks for your link.

    Comment by Christina MacPherson | September 9, 2009 | Reply

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  12. well I think Moret is a fantasist with some kind of personality disorder, and that’s my 5 cents. OK I may change my mind, but this is how I came to that conclusion. I watched 2 of her talks and at first she was convincing, then I noticed she was citing articles in newspapers as though they were genuine science references and gradually I thought “oh dear this is some kind of play pretend ego trip, she doesn’t actually have the science to back this up”. Or something like that. Having 2 science degrees I thought the aura of the hard-nosed scientist was wearing thin. As these are psychology-based, I’m pretty familiar with the weirdness of people and it started to bother me that she might just be, well, quite sick.
    I got personally involved when she said her daughter was kidnapped and she couldn’t see her for 5 years. Why? Because this really happened to me, and it’s rare. I thought about emailing her, but wanted to find out more first if I could. What emerges is a clear picture that she repeats the same speech almost verbatim at every interview etc, so that explains the polished presentation. There are no more details, but what she describes (dark night of the soul) sounds kind of like a breakdown. I always wanted to be sure if by “kidnapped” she meant “my kid was taken into foster care” or something, because I wouldn’t waste any more time on it. And then I find she was only at livermore for 8 months in a computer lab and she only has a batchelor’s in geology? HOAXER. She’s obviously got a personality disorder and is havin’ it large at everyone’s expense. Go on. Prove me wrong. Please?

    Comment by Spangles | October 3, 2010 | Reply

    • Leuren moret has said layman cant use geiger counters or scintallotors because the jews and powers that be are jamming them since 2014 and they are all inaccurate. That is exactly what leauren moret said and one of her minions i had the displeasure of argueing with said 6 months ago. How can one argue with that? Seems perfectly logical to me. Or her insistance that spook NSA guy jim stone got it right. Two nuclear bombs were detinated in the pacific and caused the Tonohu earthquake that caused fuku.. Lauren Moret and her supporters also claim that haarp is pushing fukushima radiation out of the atmosphere over russia. Just like a haarp induced earthquake is the only way a shitty nuclear complex like fukushima or other nuclear reactors can fail. fukushima was a catastrophe caused by nucleoape ineptness. It is not a conspiracy.
      On right wing controlled opposition websites like enenews, alex jones GLP now if you do not accept leuren moret or agenda 21 or right wing politics as gospel you are not antinuclear and get trolled off those website forums.
      People who see the nuclear insanity and fukushima and do not go off on geoengineering boondoggles or farout leren moren fantasies to get the nuclear and fuku word put. Some people at enenews have said that hiroshima and nagasaki were firbombed not nuked. From a big leuren moret minion nuclear power .

      Many supposed teaparty antinucw retired from jobs and have pensions based on the nuclear industry and military industrial complex in the US. They can afford to prattle on about geoeng and bullshit leuren moret propaganda while younger people and others have had to truly suffer the cancer and see kids genetically damaged from when they started open testing bombs in the mid 50s and building nuclear power plants everywhere in the 60s and dumping nuclear waste everywhere too. Nuclear madness is not a planned culling of the human race it is the end of our genome and every other living thing

      Comment by Tim Curry | January 20, 2016 | Reply

  13. ok maybe she’s not just full of shit, found this and this on google scholar, so she must have done some work on dust like she says.
    I still need convincing about her claims of harassment, perhaps that’s unfair but I need more than just her say-so. Anything more than just the same statement repeated in every interview.
    I want her to be sincere, at least, whether her views are right or wrong, she is very charismatic.

    Comment by Spangles | October 3, 2010 | Reply

  14. Good blog! Please, send me your newsletter.

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  18. Asean mcgee retweeted
    Union of Concerned Scientists Union of Concerned Scientists
    Nov 8
    If nuclear power plants that are unprofitable or scheduled to close are replaced w/natural gas or coal, #GlobalWarming emissions will rise. Temporary financial support may be necessary, given it comes w/strong safety standards and support for renewables.

    The union of concerned scientists wants nuclear reactors in america kept open, to fight climate change, it says.

    They will not investigate how the the millions on tons of nuclear waste in our oceans , atmosphere, and soil already effects the geo-chemical balances of the the atmosphere and the ocean. Radionuclides are the moat potent chemical catalysts and toxic substances on earth. Billions of times mre potent than any comperable free radical chemical propagators like ozone . Billions of times more toxic than even the worst heavy metal poisons like meyhyl mercury or alykylator mustards that crosslink and destroy dna or things like agent oranage . Billions of times more potent than targeted poisons, like sarin.
    Radionuclides kill oxygen generating organisms on land and at sea en masse in bareley measurable concentrations.

    Radionuclides act as catalyists that are billions to trillions of times more potent, in catalyzing reactions that cause free radicals and oxidative degeneration in the ocean and at the atmosphere. A few atoms can catalyze a billion chemical reactions that are life and biosphere threatening in deadly cascades of thousands of chemical reactions.

    Radionuclides also the poison the very fragile biochemistry that gives us life.

    No safe place to put all the icredibly-dangerous nuclear waste, already produced in reactors on this planet.

    These frikin corrupt creeps sat the Union of Unconcerned sociopaths, want to keep them open to make more radionuclide waste.

    When there is a cesium/strontium/zirconium/plutonium/uranium/cobalt60 fuel rod fire and or another nuclear reactor-explosion, meltdown fire, what will the Union of Unconcerned Shitheads say then? Sorry we helped kill everyone and everything on the planet?

    The atavistic science types at USC, will not reply to critical email.
    They will delete comments on their site juast as evil monley nucleoapes like Rod Adams do. Complicit-criminal nucleoapes in this horrific infamy.

    Tbey are either too bribed and bought-off, to continue to push for the renewable revolution in the world or, they are insufferable-criminal cowards of the worst type!

    Comment by Doug | November 9, 2018 | Reply

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