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Aug 7, 2010

This weekend is the 65th anniversary of the nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which killed 220,000 (and who knows how many it injured, mutilated, left with trauma, lost livelihoods etc). Also, not too long ago, we commemorated (how many people remembered?) the 24th anniversary of the Chernobyl 'accident'.

And now the British Government is going to spend (well, OUR tax money!) 20 billion GBP on replacing Trident (UK nuclear weapons) and while we have huge financial 'black hole' (OUR tax money) in current nuclear power budget, we're looking at spending more in 'new generation'.

Nuclear is expensive (setup, and many years of decommissioning, containing radiation waste), unsuitable for climate change age (they are huge centralised providers, which is so much more vulnerable than decentralised), it's cruel (is used as weapon, involved in accident, falls in hand of terrorist), not sustainable (uranium non-renewable, dirty to get, concentrated in some highly unstable countries), not just (why should we be able to have them, and others not; we have less incentive to solve things amicably by threatening unreasonable/ disproportionate nuclear weapon), not relevant (learning lessons from WWII could we not have ended world otherwise?).

Whatever the question... nuclear is NOT the answer!

I pray for peace around the world...

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Posted: Aug 7, 2010 2:17pm
Jun 10, 2010

"The costs are such that my department is not so much the Department of Energy and Climate Change, as the department of Nuclear legacy and Bits of Other Things." - new UK Government Energy Secretary Chris Huhne on decommissioning old nuclear power plants.

And nuclear lobby is proposing that new nuclear is a good idea? (and then we haven't even started on the security, environmental & many other issues at stake!)

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Posted: Jun 10, 2010 4:24pm
Nov 10, 2009

According to an article in The Independent, the total number of deaths from swine flu in the UK so far is 154. Though these are tragedies for the affected families, let's keep it in perspective: road traffic FATALITIES in the UK in 2008: 2,530; all road traffic casualties in the UK in 2008: 212,733. But do we stop driving? No, we focus on the MANY less affected by swine flu (and private corporate companies heat up swine flu PANIC).

On food: more than £12bn worth of food and drink that could have been consumed is thrown out every year by householders in the UK alone, according to new figures today that reveal the scale of the UK's food waste mountain.

According to an article in The Guardian, the world is much closer to running out of oil than official estimates admit (according to a whistleblower at the International Energy Agency who claims it has been deliberately underplaying a looming shortage for fear of triggering panic buying). But going for nuclear is NO alternative in my view: for starters the UK is thinking of just burying the nuclear waste... out of sight, out of mind (just small matter of £18 bn price tag and morality of dumping consequences of our choices onto generations after us).

However, to not make you (and myself) too depressed to stay hopeful and take action (as is our God-given duty to look after Creation):
When thinking of Spain, do we have images of a country full of wind turbines? No, but, according to an article in The Times, Spain was yesterday celebrating its commitment to renewable energy after wind turbines dotted across the country produced more than half of all its electricity for the first time. If they can do it, why not others?

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Posted: Nov 10, 2009 4:02am
Sep 18, 2009

Had to check date that it wasn't 1 April or 'cucumber time' (saying re when nothing much is happening that silly stories make it to headline) when I read this "The body responsible for decommissioning and cleaning up Britain's fleet of nuclear power stations was sold today in the latest privatisation of part of the UK's nuclear industry" ... mmmhhh. Apparently it's supposed to be good news as "Babcock [the buyer], which is listed on the FTSE 250 index, already runs the UK's only nuclear refuelling facilities for its nuclear submarine fleet" and "UKAEA's [caretaker] waste management expertise could also be valuable when the next generation of UK nuclear power stations begins operating, possibly in 2017". Just let me get a few things straight....:

- we don't want other countries to go nuclear, but keep pushing for new generation of nuclear power plants (and nuclear will NOT make us 'less dependent on other countries'... as we need to get the uranium, from places like Kazachstan, Darfur...and is a non-renewable resource)
- nuclear power has been around for several decades and we still have NO solution for the waste (dumping it on poor countries or burying it for generations after us to deal with is NOT a solution!)

- the entity in charge of cleaning up nuclear stations is now owned by company which runs a nuclear fleet... how will this oversight work?
- UK nuclear plants were privatised in '96, but had to bailed out by the taxpayers in '02... it's now in hands of foreign private company (EDF); who says that UKAEA will be 'profitable enough for shareholders' and if not, what risks will we run (there is already a more than long enough list of accidents & 'near misses'), especially as cost of 'decommissioning' just keeps going up & up...

Think we need to step up the mark and do more than praying on this one! In peace.

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Posted: Sep 18, 2009 7:43am
May 13, 2009

Some good and bad news...:

- According to an article in the UK Guardian, "America's oil, gas and coal industry has increased its lobbying budget by 50%, with key players spending $44.5m in the first three months of this year in an intense effort to cut off support for Barack Obama's plan to build a clean energy economy." (this is VERY BAD news, because they'll push for fossil fuel energy which leads us to collective suicide with climate change etc, this is energy we do NOT want: Islam prohibits suicide and requires us to be guardian of Creation)

- According to an article in UK's The Independent, "Plans to build the world's biggest offshore wind farm in the Thames Estuary have finally been given the go-ahead thanks to changes to the incentive scheme for renewable energy investments" (this is VERY GOOD news, wind energy is what we want)

- According to another article in the UK Guardian, "Nearly 370 farms in Britain are still restricted in the way they use land and rear sheep because of radioactive fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear power station accident 23 years ago, the government has admitted" (this news means we do NOT want more of this - beware as UK Gov't is pushing for new generation, including via Mr Brown's brother who works in nuclear power)

- a different kind of bad news (I knew it, but now finally made it to 'mainstream media', in this case UK's BBC): "Chemicals found in many food, cosmetic and cleaning products [phthalates (found in vinyl flooring, plastics, soaps, toothpaste); bisphenol (found in babies' bottles, food can linings. mobile phones, computers) and pesticides (found on non-organic fruit/ veg and garden products.pose a real threat to male fertility, a leading scientist has warned. Professor Richard Sharpe, of the Medical Research Council, warned these hormone-disrupting chemicals were "feminising" boys in the womb. He linked them to raising rates of birth defects and testicular cancer"

- but to end on a high note: according to the BBC, "the Belgian city of Ghent [Gent/ Gand; I've lived there for 1 1/2 yrs: it's lovely place!] is about to become the first in the world to go vegetarian at least once a week."

 

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Posted: May 13, 2009 4:55am
Apr 27, 2009

A headline in UK's The Independent today reads "Wind farm may be torn down to make way for nuclear site". What's the logic in this? The wind farm is providing clean, renewable energy in the here and now and this would be demolished (count the cost) to be replaced (count the cost) by nuclear plant ('build now, pay later': leave the cost to many generations after us in nuclear waste)? Nuclear is presented as 'CO2 neutral', but what about the uranium mining (dirty business) in places like Darfur, Kazachstan, then get it here (dirty business) and fact that much energy is needed to get energy from uranium, this meaning net generation is something like 20% and energy costs in keeping waste out of sight and out of trouble for hundreds of years? I'm baffled.

Talking about being baffled: a climate change sceptic is repeddling debunked information (suggesting we're on verge of 'big chill'; see here response from scientist debunking it). I know it would be nice if we had't made a mess of things and could continue living like there's no tomorrow, but we HAVE made a mess and now need to grow up. Also, for the many people of faith out there: let's LIVE our faith a bit more ("use, but do not waste, for God loves not the wasters") instead of only talking.

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