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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

 

 
 
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