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10 Strikes against Nuclear Power

Carmi Gallant

If mining in the Ottawa Valley is allowed to continue, the area will be further contaminated by the affects of mining, milling, processing, and the resulting industries surrounding the use of uranium-based products and services. The wild native rice growing in the area, which is a spiritual and cultural component of Algonquin traditional ways of life, not to mention a nutritious food source, is at risk by resource extraction and improper resource management. Radiation is released into the environment when there are any actions to do with uranium exploration, processing, and utilization of these related products.

Listed here are ten reasons why Nuclear power is a lose-lose situation: 10 Strikes against Nuclear Power:

1 - Nuclear Waste - The waste from Nuclear Power Plants will be toxic for humans for more than 100 000 years. The waste is unable to be contained even from Plants that exist now.

2 - Nuclear Proliferation - We might not want to believe this, but any time that Nuclear weapons are being manufactured, there is a political push domestically for further development in the Nuclear Power Infrastructure. There might be taxpayers' monies being allocated for "developments" or "improvements."

3 - National Security - Nuclear Reactors represent a clear national securities risk, and can indeed be an attractive target for terrorists. It was shown that Robert Kennedy Jr. found, while studying security around Nuclear Power Plants, eight relatively easy ways to cause a nuclear meltdown.

4 - Accidents - Comparatively speaking with the accident factor, the terrorist threat is a relatively smaller risk. Human error, natural disasters, or the two combined, can set off a meltdown. The Chernobyl disaster forced the evacuation and resettlement of almost of a million people, again with ongoing radiation poisonings.

5 - Cancer - There is much evidence to show that living near Nuclear Power Plants increases the risk of childhood Leukaemia and other forms of cancer, even with "accident-free" plants. There is scientific research to show cancer clusters in humans surrounding Nuclear Power Plants. Ex. Texas, Port Hope, German studies regarding mining sites and reactors in Europe.

6 - Not enough Sites! - The governments plan to build more on more sites is wishful thinking. There is a limitation to possible sites. This will in turn increase the number of people contaminated by Uranium exploration and Nuclear Energy proliferation.

7 - Not enough Uranium - Even after building new Nuclear Reactors, the deposits of uranium are running out. Compared to deposits in Saskatchewan, with a uranium deposition of 20%, the deposits on either sides of the Ottawa River are at 0.2% or less of uranium. The damage that is done to the environment is by no means worth the small fortune extracted from the Canadian Shield.

8 - Costs - Some types of energy production, such as solar power experience decreasing costs to scale. Nuclear power generation experiences increasing cost to scale. Due to dwindling Sites and Uranium resources, each successive new Nuclear Power Plant will only see its costs rise.

9 - Private Sector unwilling to Cooperate - Due to all of the information listed, the private sector has largely chosen to take a pass at the financial risks of Nuclear Power, which is what led to the industry to seek "government cooperation" thusly putting the financial burdens on the taxpayers.

10 - No Time - Even if all these reasons were not enough to put an end to the debate of Nuclear power as a solution for Climate Change. The final nail in the nuclear coffin is time. We have not much time to react to the change. Nuclear Energy is not clean and green but a dirty, petro-consumptive, radioactive nightmare forced on the public by mis-informed individuals.

These generations living today, especially on the North American Continent, have a duty, and obligation directly to those future generations, who will be inheriting a ravaged, polluted world, all because of our insidious appetite for material wealth.