Justin has started blogging for a new blog by Greenpace about nuclear power, called Nuclear Reaction. I contribute monthly to Greenpeace anyway, so happy to give it a plug. But his introductory post states this:
With nuclear, not a day goes by without a jaw-dropping news item. The industry news is chock full of â€˜NO WAY!â€™ moments. Much of it is darkly, surreally comedic. If you were to write a sitcom that involved some of the nuclear incidents Iâ€™ve blogged in the last few weeks, the show would bomb as too far-fetched.
The nuclear power plant that is actively contributing to global warming. The Japanese nuclear recycling plant which will release a collective dose of radiation in the next 40 years equivalent to half of that released during the Chernobyl disaster. The Canadian nuclear plant where they lost a piece of the reactor radioactive enough to give you a yearâ€™s worth of radiation exposure in a few minutes.
The American nuclear waste storage facility with the $32 billion cost overrun. The French rivers that had â€˜onlyâ€™ 18,000 litres of uranium solution poured into them this month. The 100 workers at the same plant who were â€™slightlyâ€™ contaminated this month. The other French nuclear leak this month, from a pipe that had been faulty for â€™several yearsâ€™.
And yet, there are still people who live in the 1950s utopian fantasy that nuclear energy will solve all our problems including global warming. Jesus have mercy on their souls (or something). Why all this money keeps getting spent on nuclear energy rather than on renewable sources continues to mystify me. Anyway – good to see Greenpeace trying to find ways to challenge the myths around nuclear power.
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