OpEdNews Op Eds

The Nuclear Power TRAP

By       Message Diane Perlman     Permalink
      (Page 1 of 4 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; , Add Tags Add to My Group(s)

View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com Headlined to H2 6/10/10

- Advertisement -


On the 40th year of the UN Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT), delegates from the states parties to the treaty met at UN headquarters in New York from May 3 28, 2010, for the eighth five year NPT Review Conference.

Representing Civil Society at the NPT

Active members of nongovernmental organizations, NGOs, from many countries, came to the "NPT RevCon" to represent the interests of civil society. Among them were participants in the Abolition Caucus, a group of knowledgeable NGOs devoted to the elimination of nuclear weapons.

NGOs participate by observing open official meetings, conducting informal meetings with delegates, presenting information to each other and delegates at side events, and inviting delegates for off-the-record briefings. Many activities are organized by Reaching Critical Will, RCW, http://www.reachingcriticalwill.org, who produce a daily newsletter, News in Review, a rich source of communication eagerly read by many delegates and NGOs.

At each NPT, the NGOs are given three hours to present to the delegates on a wide range of subjects communicating the urgency and feasibility of eliminating nuclear weapons. Presentations, organized by RCW, included Nobel Prize laureate Jody Williams, a Hibakusha, Nagasaki bomb survivor, youth representatives from Ban All Nukes Generation (BANg), plus statements on the illegality of nuclear weapons, challenges to deterrence theory, the dangers of nuclear power and more.

Article IV and the IAEA

- Advertisement -

The NPT was organized around a significant role for the International Atomic Energy Association, the IAEA, which promotes nuclear energy. Article IV of the NPT claims an "inalienable right" to "peaceful uses" of nuclear energy. It is called the "third pillar" (language not in the actual treaty) of the NPT, along with the nonproliferation and disarmament. These phrases are uttered incessantly throughout speeches and discussions.

On May 20, the Abolition Caucus delivered a statement to the NPT delegates stating serious concerns about the May 14 Report of Main Committee III, the body assigned to address nuclear energy, the "third pillar," which made "glowing" claims about nuclear power's benefits for energy, the environment, health, the economy, and Millennium Development Goals.

NGOS vs. Delegates Parallel Universes?

- Advertisement -

Abolition Caucus NGOs are alarmed at the dangers and proliferation risks in the face of delegates' overwhelming enthusiasm and promotion of nuclear power. Why the huge discrepancy?

Most NPT delegates automatically repeat the mantras the "inalienable right" to "peaceful uses" of nuclear energy as "the third pillar" throughout most speeches. The belief in nuclear power is so deeply and widely held that it may seem outrageous to even question it.

Next Page  1  |  2  |  3  |  4

 

- Advertisement -

View Ratings | Rate It

Visiting Scholar Institute of Conflict Analysis and Resolution George Mason University
Diane Perlman is a clinical and political psychologist, devoted to applying knowledge from psychology, conflict studies and social sciences to designing strategies and policies to reverse nuclear proliferation, to drastically reduce terrorism, (more...)
 

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon


Go To Commenting

The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
- Advertisement -

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Letter to President Obama from Conflict Analysis Professionals for Enduring Security

Open Letter to Pastor Rick Warren on Evil

Pressuring Iran: Self Fulfilling Paranoia and the Law of Opposites

Tar Sands Song, Video, Action

OUTSIDE THE DETERRENCE BOX

Political Hysteria: Call for Immediate Pre-Election Calming