(From New Series Number 255, September 2009)
Nuclear powerhouses are more dangerous and polluting than atom bombs but the propaganda apparatus propogates that they are the source of safe and pollution-free energy. In this context, we are giving some information here from the Aug/Sep issue of News and Letters. Contact 228, South Wabash, Suite 230, Chicago, IL, 6064 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
During 1952 to 2000, throughout the world, 34 highly destructive accidents took place in nuclear powerhouses. In Pennsylvania state in the U.S. 3 mild island nuclear powerhouses in 1979 had reached the brink of a major catastrophe. In Russia, in 1986, Chernobyl Nuclear Powerhouse caused the catastrophe. In 100,000 square mile area in Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus, massive destruction took place. Destruction for many generations.
Direct experiences caused a monetary halt, establishing of new nuclear powerhouses stopped. The expansion of nuclear power industry throughout the world stopped. But in 2001, the gov't of USA has started again advocating the construction of nuclear powerehouses in the U.S. and in other parts of the world. 17 applications have reached the gov't of USA for construction of 26 nuclear powerhouses. The foreign secretary of USA in a recent visit to India has struck a deal with the gov't of India for construction of nuclear powerhouses. To arrange loans of 93,500 crores for companies engaged in the construction of nuclear powerhouses, the gov't of USA will become the guarantor.
There is not safe method of mining uranium. Children born in mining areas are deformed from birth. And waste from nuclear powerhouses...1,000 megawatt nuclear powerhouse produced 250 kilograms of plutonium each year. 5 kilo of plutonium is enough to make an atom bomb. Plutonium remains fatal for life for thousands of years.
Citizens and groups in the U.S. are opposing gov't policy of mining uranium and construction of nuclear powerhouses.