My friend sent me an invitation to join the facebook group: SAY NO TO NUCLEAR IN THE GCC!
I checked out the group info and they say: “Nuclear power programs are being seriously considered by Gulf oil exporting countries, to meet demand for electricity and desalination. It is seen as a long term solution to high fuel costs and a way to reduce carbon emissions.
The United Arab Emirates hopes to have it first nuclear power plant up and running by 2015, with Kuwait and Saudi Arabia expected to follow suit.
Introducing nuclear energy into the Gulf is like selling it sand. Other than extensive oil reserves, the region boasts enviable sustainable and safe options for energy such as solar power and wind.
Nuclear power carries an unacceptable risk. The environmental, social, security and proliferation problems that have always plagued the nuclear industry continue to do so, despite over half a century of attempts to find solutions.
Why you should say NO to nuclear in the Gulf and elsewhere:
– Nuclear power has not suddenly become safer or cleaner. It creates tens of thousands of tons of lethal nuclear waste, which lasts hundreds of thousands of years. The legacy of the nuclear waste remains unsolved, with dangerously high levels of waste currently being accumulated in temporary above-ground storage facilities. A storage or operational failure in a nuclear plant could lead to a catastrophic release of radioactivity. There is NO guarantee that a Chernobyl-scale accident will not happen again.
– Nuclear power provides the basic ingredients for nuclear weapons, dirty bombs and provides an obvious target for terrorists. The safety of our society as well as our children’s is compromised by the the existence and expansion of the nuclear nightmare.
– Nuclear energy is an expensive diversion from achieving a low carbon future, only capable of saving a fractional amount of GHG in a prolonged amount of time. We can reduce carbon emissions much more effectively by focusing our resources in using renewable energies and promoting energy efficiency. Indeed, there is no energy shortage in this world. More energy falls on the Earth each day than its 5.9 billion inhabitants would use in 27 years.
The risks of renewable energy are real, long-lasting and unnecessary. Do you really want this in the Gulf?”
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Thanks Maryam J. 😉