Radioactive Wall in SK

It seems Premier Wall is eager to increase activity in the uranium industry, according to his year-end interview with the Regina Leader Post

It will be a little different, because we are — I am — excited about uranium as part of that story, and value-added opportunities. And I know the NDP, they were just never very comfortable, they’re very conflicted by this, the party itself. So we never have done a good job of making the case nationally or internationally about what uranium means, economically and environmentally.

This is an important piece. I’ve asked ministry officials for some numbers and, I can tell you, the amount of greenhouse gasses displaced by our uranium, which is used to power plants, is a pretty important number. It’s near half a billion tones of GhGs. That message needs to get out in the context of the whole discussion about greenhouse gasses.

It seems, also, that Mr. Wall doesn’t get — or is willfully ignorant of — the fact that nuclear power is not a quick fix to our climate crisis. In fact, those who are wise about uranium say that nuclear power is a Con trick. Nuclear energy is of practically no significance to humanity’s energy needs.

Nuclear Power is a Con Trick

In order to claim more importance for nuclear power, the nuclear industry repeatedly overstates nuclear energy’s share of electricity generation. If one examines closely what contribution nuclear energy makes to total worldwide energy consumption, it becomes evident that nuclear power is of practically no significance for mankind’s energy needs. In 2001, nuclear electricity supplied only 2.3 percent of worldwide energy needs. Renewable energy’s contribution to world energy supply is already significantly greater. The human race can easily do without nuclear power’s marginal contribution. The risks of nuclear accidents, production of highly radioactive waste and the costs necessary for its disposal, bear no rational relationship to the slight short-term gain in energy that nuclear power provides. Nuclear power is both hazardous and superfluous.

So, Mr. Wall, do your homework!

 

4 thoughts on “Radioactive Wall in SK

  1. Hey there, I recommend getting a copy of the current Utne Reader. There is a special report called “The Nuclear Option Pros, Cons, and Corporate Spin”.

    http://www.utne.com/2008-01-01/Environment/Atomic-Dreams.aspx

    It should be said the Bush government has given 24 billion in subsidies to the nuclear industry. Nuclear power is very expensive and requires massive subsidies. I can only imagine that Mr.Wall has to pay back the powerful nuclear lobbyists for whom he owes gratitude to. The Utne articles go into great detail about how the nuclear power lobby works and it is a must read to anyone for all anti-nuke activists!!

  2. I guess you better tell the following countries that nuclear energy is ‘of practically no significance’ to their electrical generation:

    France (79% of electricity generated by nuclear)
    Japan (30% of electricity generated by nuclear)
    South Korea (28% of electricity generated by nuclear)
    United States (20% of electricity generated by nuclear)
    Russia (16% of electricity generated by nuclear)

  3. You people who refuse to read, who are willfully ignorant and blinded by partisanship bore me. I get awfully tired of repeating myself, but here goes:

    “If one examines closely what contribution nuclear energy makes to total worldwide energy consumption, it becomes evident that nuclear power is of practically no significance for mankind’s [sic] energy needs. In 2001, nuclear electricity supplied only 2.3 percent of worldwide energy needs. Renewable energy’s contribution to world energy supply is already significantly greater.”

    Furthermore, you cite only five countries in the world as if that’s supposed to mean something. There are 193 countries in the world. So, what about the remaining 188?

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