Being that I’m always interested in language, I find this letter in the WalesOnline to be particularly good.
Is ‘new-clear’ the new nuclear energy?
SIR – May I congratulate Jack Harris (Letters, October 25) for his discovery of an entirely new energy generating technology.
I hadn’t heard of the safe and popular ‘new-clear’ energy before.
I’m glad it hasn’t got anything to do with the horrendously expensive, dangerous nuclear energy which is going to leave a toxic legacy for thousands of years.
I’m glad that it won’t lead to the same type of reports that have dogged uranium mining where it’s been reported that over 400,000 uranium miners working in East Germany between 1946 and 1990 were exposed to an increased risk of lung cancer of around 10%.
I’m glad it’s not the same generating technology that currently sees two of the 10 nuclear power stations in the UK lying idle for almost a year, with both reactors out of action due to corrosion, or another two which have had one of their reactors closed down for months, or even yet another two which are having to run both their reactors at less than three quarters of their normal power for safety reasons.
Of the four that are still in good working condition, one is due to shut down permanently in two years’ time, a second is partially closed for routine maintenance, and a third is facing safety questions following the discovery of flaws in similar reactors in Japan.
It’s comforting to know it has nothing to do with French nuclear power which in July this year saw an accident at the Tricastin site where about 75kg of uranium seeped into the ground and into the Gaffiere and Lauzon rivers which flow into the Rhône.
Locals were ordered to drink bottled water, swimmers unable to bathe in lakes and rivers and farmers lost entire crop yields due to the ban on watering.
The area’s image has been so dented that the nearby Rhône Valley wine-makers whose label is Côteaux du Tricastin even want to change their name.
I’m glad it won’t be the same as nuclear energy which already leaves a toxic waste legacy which we don’t know what to do with.
In his documentary The Nuclear Comeback, director Justin Pemberton actually manages to get nuclear officials in Britain to admit on film that no-one really knows what to do with the spent nuclear fuel that will remain radioactive “for at least 100,000 years”.
Even school children know that you don’t create a new mess before you have cleared up your old mess.
Finally, I’m glad Jack Harris’ “new-clear” energy won’t cost anything like as much as nuclear energy with its projected bill for decommissioning and cleaning up our existing nuclear plants alone standing at over £73bn.
Glad tidings indeed and may we be preserved from all of this clean and plentiful renewable energy nonsense that is obviously highly dangerous and no doubt a threat to our very way of life.