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Reject Nuclear Power - Here's Why

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Jim McCluskey
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Reject Nuclear Power -- Here's Why


Citizens do not want nuclear power 1 . They know it is both far too dangerous and far too expensive. Politicians want nuclear power because they know it puts Power in their hands. This is exactly paralleled by politicians embracing nuclear weapons. They think it gives them power and this is what they want above all else. Citizens do not want nuclear weapons because they know they are insanely dangerous and what they want is to live without the threat of sudden and complete annihilation hanging over them and their children at all times. As we will see there is a close relationship between the weapons and the power in every sense of the word.

Politicians have different agendas to the people on these issues. The remedy is for us to wise up, get organised and then instruct them to do what we want - or join the job market.


The main objections to nuclear power are outlined below under the following headings:


  • Nuclear power stations are prohibitively dangerous
  • Nuclear power stations are prohibitively expensive
  • Nuclear power stations use the same technology as that required to manufacture nuclear weapons
  • The resulting nuclear waste will be dangerous for thousands of years
  • Plant and waste deposit storage are vulnerable to terrorist attack
  • Nuclear power stations epitomise the centralisation of power
  • Poor countries are made dependent on rich ones
  • These plants draw funds away from the development of sustainable energy
  • The uranium fuel will become increasingly scarce.
  • The support of nuclear power by government results from special pleading lobbying by the industry.


These aspects are briefly expanded upon below.


Nuclear power stations are prohibitively dangerous


There have now been four grave nuclear reactor accidents: Windscale in Britain in 1957 (the one that is never mentioned), Three Mile Island in the United States in 1979, Chernobyl in the Soviet Union in 1986, and now Fukushima. Each accident was unique, and each was supposed to be impossible.

A recent book, Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment, concludes that, based on records now available, some 985,000 people died between 1986 and 2004, mainly of cancer, as a result of the Chernobyl accident.

Alice Slater, New York representative of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, comments: "The tragic news uncovered by comprehensive new research that almost one million people died in the toxic aftermath of Chernobyl should be a wake-up call to people all over the world to petition their governments to put a halt to the current industry-driven 'nuclear renaissance.' Aided by a corrupt IAEA, the world has been subjected to a massive cover-up and deception about the true damages caused by Chernobyl."

At Fukushima we have the worst industrial disaster ever. Three simultaneous ongoing complete meltdowns have proven impossible to stop or contain since they started almost 2 years ago. These meltdowns are still pouring radiation pollution across the Japanese landscape.

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I had a consultancy practice in Landscape Architecture from which I have now retired. I am also a writer and painter. I have become increasingly concerned at governments'continuing, and counterproductive, use of violence to solve conflicts. With (more...)
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