When the dust seetles - on uranium mining

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When the dust seetles - on uranium mining

Postby HVPA_research » Mon Oct 18, 2010 7:03 am

HVPA link: http://forum.huntervalleyprotectionalliance.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=247

WHEN THE DUST SETTLES ON URANIUM MINING.

Sometimes, in the more provocative moments, I like to suggest that we should stop all the coal and gas mining and concentrate on nuclear power. We can become nuclear fuel production and re-processing center for the whole world, let them pay big money and turn whole Australia in to a national park. "Everyone knows that opposition to the nuclear power is just a successful plot of the big oil and coal industry!"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbQJtaxn0po&NR=1

After watching this MUST SEE series of videos I am not so sure if this is such a good idea. It is pretty hart to see how to make the uranium mining safe. Interestingly, the attitude of the company executives in this video is so similar to what we see in the coal gas industry.

Here is a copy of my correspondence with David Young and Denise Wilson
Jorge Tlaskal 18 October at 06:46
Thanks David, that was really an excellent documentary. I think that all they say is completely true. It confirms everything I know about radioactivity and we have plenty of experience with wind and coal dust in the Hunter. I used to wear one of these monitoring budges myself for a few years. The film even provides an individual solution - do not work in Roxby Downs Mine. Unfortunately, the only conclusion for our energy hungry civilization is that we are completely stuffed.

There is simply no clean energy source that can support our level of energy consumption. We cannot lower our energy consumption because our political system will not allow it and I suspect it is no longer technically possible. Various people and various interests propose some partial solutions. However, as a general trend, we will do too little and too late to solve this fundamental problem. The consequences are not to hard to imagine.

David MacKay http://www.withouthotair.com/ seems to be the only one who can see the full complexity of the energy problem. What is more, he actually does the calculations and his conclusions for UK are pretty surprising - the rest of us are just dreaming. We need a study like that for Australia and we need an open debate about these issues and no spin!
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