SK NDP & the Big U

That’d be Uranium, not University.  I’ll bet the SK NDP government expects SK taxpayers to be happy with this Globe & Mail report:

A surefire way for mining companies to attract attention and raise cash lately is by being linked to the radioactive metal used to fuel nuclear reactors.

Spot uranium prices have doubled this year, touching $72 (U.S.) a pound this week on speculation of supply shortages when and if new nuclear plants get built as part of what has been dubbed the “nuclear renaissance.”

Investors have responded by throwing cash at anything and everything associated with uranium.

I’ll bet the NDP Old Boys Club (OBC) at the Ledge, will spew on about the increases to the Province’s revenues.  And that’s a good thing, they’ll say.  They’ll say that money will trickle down to the masses through increased spending on health, education, and social programs.  And that’s a good thing, they’ll say.

It doesn’t matter, apparently, that uranium leaves devastation in its wake.  Or that SK uranium continues to kill and maim in the Middle East, that the connection between SK uranium and the military industrial complex exists despite treaties.  Or that there’s no safe place to store the dangerous waste it creates.  Or that there are repeated reports of the ongoing harm it causes plants, animals, water, and people.

The OBC’ll say, Talk to the hand ‘cos the face don’t wanna hear it no more!  Or something like that.

Is it that they’re unclear on the idea that deriving revenue from something that causes such great harm is immoral?  Doesn’t the OBC get that?  Prebble doesn’t count; he’s not a member of the OBC.

The grassroots gets it.  The Party doesn’t.  And Prebble is leaving politics to work with the grassroots he never abandoned.  He seems the only one who knows that it is the grassroots in this province that makes it or breaks it for the NDP.  Watch the provincial Greens make strides in the next provincial election.  A few visits from Elizabeth May will ensure that those who truly care about the environment will vote Green.

Sad to say, but, in its home province, the only hope for the NDP is an upsurge in support for the Liberals at the expense of the Sask Party.  Unless the government introduces proportional representation.  And the chances of either are slim to nil.

With thanks to Jeremy at While the Earth Burns for the lead.

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3 thoughts on “SK NDP & the Big U

  1. Well, I understand this old boys club thing, it’s just that I don’t understand why an NDP government can be so short sighted about an issue which is so blatantly horrifying. Like, we have a very serious problem on this planet re: nuclear weapons, nuclear waste, environmental degradation and such, and here we have an NDP government at the forefront of it all. I’m so glad I’m not a part of those riding associations in Saskatchewan, I have a feeling I wouldn’t get along very well with them and their complacency on issues that are very important and need urgent action.

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