Andhra Pradesh, anti-nuclear campaign, Australia, Banswada, Baroness Verma, Bhopal, birth defects, bribery and corruption, cancer, cesium, Chutka, creativity, dangerous waste, dangers of nuclear, energy use, Food Security, France, Fukushima, Germany, Gorakhpur, Gujarat, Haripur, Haryana, imported uranium, India, India nuclear deal, Iodine, Jaitapur, Japan, Kalpakkam, Karnataka, Kazakhstan, Koodankulam, Kovvada, leadership, Leicester, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Mahatma Gandhi, Mithi Virdi, Namibia, nuclear energy, Nuclear hypocrisy, nuclear is not clean, nuclear is not healthy, nuclear is not moral, nuclear is not safe, nuclear not answer to global warming, nuclear not cheap, nuclear plant, nuclear plants, nuclear power, nuclear power plant, nuclear power plants, nuclear waste, nuclear waste storage, Odish, Pati Sonapur, People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy, PMANE, political independence, problem solving, Punjab, radioactive coolant water, Rajasthan, recolonization, renewable energy, Russia, slaves, socioeconomic independence, South Korea, strontium, Tamil Nadu, Tarapur, tellurium, UK, uranium, US, West Bengal; Kaiga
India as dumping ground for dangerous, discredited nuclear “technology”? Unfortunately, the UK and the US are serving as dumping grounds for this dangerous, defective and discredited “technology”, too. In fact, one of the biggest nuclear pushers in the UK, “Baroness” Verma of Leicester, comes from India’s Punjab region. Interestingly, Leicester is about as far from any old or new nuclear reactors as one can get in England. We don’t see her pushing the nuclear waste dump for Leicester, either, but rather on others. Former Prime Minister Singh of India, also from the Punjab region, was pro-nuclear but opposed to nuclear reactors in the Punjab region! What hypocrites! Some business people from India, resident in America, have been targeting nuclear exports to India. More hypocrites! What’s this with people wanting nuclear, as long as it’s not near them? It means that they know very well that it is dangerous! The Italian Camorra appear to have been rather exceptional in polluting their own back yard with foreign toxic and radioactive waste. It is now known as the “Triangle of Death”. The US government is doing that too at the Savannah River site, making the US government and the Camorra evil mafia twins.
“Baroness” Verma from India: UK Nuclear Pusher
And, the people of Leicester are clearly using more electricity than the people near the proposed new build reactors in the UK: Moorside in Cumbria and Hinkley Point in Somerset, as seen below:
The people in the north of India seem to like their lights too, though most of the nuclear power plants are further south!
Unlike the UK and the US, the people of India appear to be putting forth strong resistance to the nuclear power industry. The UK, the US, and others being targeted by the purveyors of this dangerous, failed, technology could learn something good from India’s valiant campaign for a “Nuclear-Free India”. India has so much potential for wind and solar power. The US does as well. The UK will need to diversify its renewables across the entire spectrum, but renewable is doable in the UK, with thought and planning. Strange thing that so many degrees are given out in planning, but no one will do planning. Additionally, the US, the UK, and some other countries seem to love to put unqualified or inappropriately qualified people, like “Baroness” Verma, in charge of this dangerous technology.
Note that the authors of the beautifully written piece, below, are from the extreme south of India, in Tamil Nadu, far far away from the northern homeland of “Baroness” Verma and former Prime Minister Singh.
“Train Yatra from Kanyakumari to Kashmir: Campaign for ‘Nuclear-Free India’ October 9, 2014 1:50 pm
Fight for Our Nature and Future
National Campaign for ‘Nuclear-Free India’
Train Yatra from Kanyakumari to Kashmir, November 7 to 17, 2014
Let us make it very clear at the outset that we are for the development of the country and all our peoples including the poor and oppressed. So we do support energy generating plans and projects.
We only say that let us generate required energy from renewable sources such as the Sun, wind, waves, wastes and so forth without spoiling our land, water, air, sea and sea food, cattle and crops etc. After all, food security, nutrition security, water security and air security are far more important than energy security.
But the Indian government wants to set up nuclear power parks (with six to ten plants) at so many locations all over India (Koodankulam and Kalpakkam, Tamil Nadu; Kovvada, Andhra Pradesh; Pati Sonapur, Odisha; Haripur, West Bengal; Kaiga, Karnataka; Jaitapur and Tarapur, Maharashtra; Mithi Virdi, Gujarat; Banswada, Rajasthan; Gorakhpur, Haryana; Chutka, Madhya Pradesh etc.) with the help of the United States, Russia, France, Japan, South Korea etc. The United States has not built a new nuclear plant in recent years. Japan has shut down all its 52 nuclear power plants after the Fukushima accident in March 2011. Germany has decided to phase out its nuclear power plants. Should India be the dumpsite of this discredited nuclear technology?
Indian government wants to import Uranium from Australia, Kazakhstan, Namibia and so on. But none of these countries has even one nuclear power plant there.
Nuclear energy is not cheap. Consider the land acquisition cost, long construction period and cost escalation, bribery and corruption, security costs, decommissioning, waste disposal and management etc. Every step in nuclear power generation is very expensive and the government subsidizes all of them.
Nuclear energy is not clean. Consider the enormous amount of steel, cement, oil and electricity used in nuclear power plant construction and operation. All these come from polluting sources. Nuclear plants leave huge amounts of dangerous wastes that threaten us with radiation for 48,000 years. What will the government do with all this waste? Where will they store them in a crowded country?
Nuclear energy is not safe. India being a highly and densely populated country, even a small incident in a nuclear plant may have disastrous consequences for millions of our people. See the people of Bhopal who have suffered an industrial disaster. Even after 30 long years of several governments, chief ministers and prime ministers, the people there are left helpless without compensation, medical assistance or waste removal.
Nuclear energy is not healthy. Nuclear power plants dump enormous amounts of hot and mildly radioactive coolant water into the sea or river 24×7. That affects the seafood and groundwater. The nuclear plants emit radioactive iodine, cesium, strontium, tellurium etc into the air. All this may cause pregnancy-related problems, birth defects in children, radiation illnesses, cancers and so on.
Nuclear energy is not moral. What moral legitimacy do we have to spoil the Nature and the futures of our children and grandchildren just because we get electricity for 40 years and our political parties and leaders get huge amounts of commission from foreign countries and their nuclear corporations?
Nuclear energy is not the answer. Nuclear energy is not the answer for global warming as it uses so much carbon-producing energy. Nuclear energy poisons our Earth with deadly wastes. Nuclear power makes up only 2% of our electricity generation and may never be significant in the near future.
Should we lose our socioeconomic and political independence in the name of energy independence? Should we behave like slaves and recolonize our country all over again? Or should we think like leaders and solve our problems with originality and creativity?
As Mahatma Gandhi said: “The earth, the air, the land and the water are not an inheritance from our fore fathers but on loan from our children. So we have to handover to them at least as it was handed over to us.”
Come, let us strive for a ‘Nuclear-Free India’ that has No Deals, No Mines, No Reactors, No Dumps, and No Bombs.
People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE)
Idinthakarai 627 104
http://www.indiaresists.com/train-yatra-from-kanyakumari-to-kashmir-campaign-for-nuclear-free-india (CC-BY-NC-4.0) (Emphasis our own).
Unfortunately, no newly licensed reactors having been built in the US is now merely due to being too incompetent to finish the new Vogtle reactor in Georgia. Insanely and dangerously the US is completing a nuclear reactor (Watts Bar 2) whose construction had started decades ago, only to be halted when there was a whiff of sanity in the land. Sanity flew out the window and they are completing a reactor which probably has rotten concrete already.
Photo credits and additional links:
“Bullock cart in Tamil Nadu still in use in year 2009″, Author Docku: What’s up?” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bullock_cart_in_Tamil_Nadu.jpg
“Baroness Verma at the Mock Council of the European Union”
Date 17 November 2011
CC-BY. Foreign and Commonwealth Office https://www.gov.uk/government/people/baroness-verma
“Baroness” Verma was Born in Amritsar in Punjab, India: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandip_Verma,_Baroness_Verma
Light image exports to google from NASA:
“Global city lights. The Eastern U.S., Europe, and Japan are brightly lit by their cities, while the interiors of Africa, Asia, Australia, and South America remain (for now) dark and lightly populated. (Data courtesy Marc Imhoff of NASA GSFC and Christopher Elvidge of NOAA NGDC. Image by Craig Mayhew and Robert Simmon, NASA GSFC.)” http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/Lights/
Leicester and Moorside locations exported from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leicester http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moorside_nuclear_power_station
Map of Nuclear reactors in India from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_power_in_India
Map of UK Nuclear reactors found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_power_in_the_United_Kingdom
Baroness Verma re nuclear: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/nda-estate-supply-chain-event