RE: [hreg] Fw: Nuclear Power No Global Warming Answer
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> Subject: [hreg] Fw: Nuclear Power No Global Warming Answer
> > Nuclear Power No Global Warming Answer
> > Source: Boston Globe - Sep 04,2001
> > OP/ED: AMONG THE many departures from the truth by opponents of the
> > protocol, one of the most invidious is that nuclear power is ''clean''
> > therefore, the answer to global warming.
> > We heard this during the last round of talks in Bonn, and we can expect
> > hear more of the same as we move closer to the next round of Kyoto talks
> > that are coming up in Marrakesh in October and November.
> > However, the cleanliness of nuclear power is nonsense. Not only does it
> > contaminate the planet with long-lived radioactive waste, it
> > contributes to global warming.
> > While it is claimed that there is little or no fossil fuel used in
> > nuclear power, the reality is that enormous quantities of fossil fuel
> > used to mine, mill and enrich the uranium needed to fuel a nuclear power
> > plant, as well as to construct the enormous concrete reactor itself.
> > Indeed, a nuclear power plant must operate for 18 years before producing
> > net calorie of energy. (During the 1970s the United States deployed
> > 1,000-megawatt coal-fired plants to enrich its uranium, and it is still
> > using coal to enrich much of the world's uranium.) So, to recoup the
> > equivalent of the amount of fossil fuel used in preparation and
> > before the first switch is thrown to initiate nuclear fission, the plant
> > must operate for almost two decades.
> > But that is not the end of fossil fuel use because disassembling nuclear
> > plants at the end of their 30- to 40-year operating life will require
> > more vast quantities of energy. Taking apart, piece by radioactive
> > nuclear reactor and its surrounding infrastructure is a massive
> > Imagine, for example, the amount of petrol, diesel, and electricity that
> > would be used if the Sydney Opera House were to be dismantled. That's
> > scale we're talking about.
> > And that is not the end of fossil use because much will also be required
> > the final transport and longterm storage of nuclear waste generated by
> > reactor.
> > >From a medical perspective, nuclear waste threatens global health. The
> > toxicity of many elements in this radioactive mess is long-lived.
> > Strontium 90, for example, is tasteless, odorless, and invisible and
> > radioactive for 600 years. Concentrating in the food chain, it emulates
> > mineral calcium. Contaminated milk enters the body, where strontium 90
> > concentrates in bones and lactating breasts later to cause bone cancer,
> > leukemia, and breast cancer. Babies and children are 10 to 20 times more
> > susceptible to the carcinogenic effects of radiation than adults.
> > Plutonium, the most significant element in nuclear waste, is so
> > that hypothetically half a kilo evenly distributed could cause cancer in
> > everyone on Earth.
> > Lasting for half a million years, it enters the body through the lungs
> > it is known to cause cancer. It mimics iron in the body, migrating to
> > where it can induce bone cancer or leukemia, and to the liver, where it
> > cause primary liver cancer. It crosses the placenta into the embryo and,
> > like the drug thalidomide, causes gross birth deformities.
> > Finally, plutonium has a predilection for the testicles, where it
> > genetic mutations in the sperm of humans and other animals that are
> > on from generation to generation.
> > Significantly, five kilos of plutonium is fuel for a nuclear weapon.
> > far, nuclear power has generated about 1,139 tons of plutonium.
> > So, nuclear power adds to global warming, increases the burden of
> > radioactive materials in the ecosphere and threatens to contribute to
> > nuclear proliferation. No doubt the Australian government is keen to
> > the uranium industry, but the immorality of its position is
> > Dr. Helen Caldicottis founding president of Physicians for Social
> > Responsibility. This column originally appeared in the Sydney Morning
> > Herald.
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