nuclear reactor on your doorstep?

Submitted by turbosprout on Wed, 2007-06-13 14:20

Eskom and the government are stepping up their efforts to roll out nuclear power stations. Will you stand up and be counted or tell your children or grandchildren that you were too busy, couldn't have been bothered, didn't understand what was at stake etc? Even if you are undecided whether you are pro- or anti-nuclear please register as an Interested and Affected Party by sending one email and join in the debate.

I am the first to admit I don't completely understand all the issues at hand, but I do know that the focus of the Government / Eskom is unbalanced and they need a good dose of public opinion to redress that. Look at this graph:

eskom energy budgeteskom energy budget

The budget for nuclear is 1333 times greater than the budget for renewable energy production! 6 billion to nuclear, 4.5 million to renewables.

So what can you do?

1) Register as an Interested and Affected Party by sending one email.
Subject: Interested and Affected Party
Body: Please register me as an Interested and Affected Party

2) Make a submission to parliament by sending another email by this Friday 15 June.
Subject: Submission on Nuclear Energy
Body: (insert your comment here)

If you want to remark on the negative aspects of Nuclear Energy, here are some primers:
- there are serious health risks associated with operating nuclear reactors or living close to them [Environment South Africa
- long term storage of radioactive waste is problematic [The Antidote]
- pro-nuclear pundits are only telling one side of the story [The Antidote] [Environment South Africa]
- risk of nuclear terrorism and nuclear weapons proliferation [The Antidote]
- mining uranium produces dangerous radioactive mine and mill tailings [The Antidote]
- cancer, birth defects, miscarriages, groundwater contamination are all associated with uranium mining [The Antidote]
- nuclear power is expensive, dangerous, dirty, not renewable and NOT the solution to global warming [The Antidote]

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