Chernobyl Day Commemoration in Cape Town

by EcoStreet on April 21, 2010

in Activism

If you’re in Cape Town this Friday, consider joining the Chernobyl Day Commemoration in Plein Street, outside parliament.

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Craig Shields May 2, 2010 at 3:43 am

Kudos to Wildish for having posted this event, and for being active against the insanity of nuclear power.

This was just reported recently on Democracy Now:

“A new study released on the twenty-fourth anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster says the death toll is far higher than previously thought. In a book published by the New York Academy of Sciences, a Russian author and a Belarusian author say nearly one million people have died from exposure to radiation released by the Chernobyl reactor. According to the book, the disaster’s radioactive emissions may have been 200 times greater than the initial estimate of 50 million curies, and hundreds of times larger than the radioactivity from the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The authors based their findings in part on Slavic sources they say have never been available in English.”

Proponents of nuclear power – some of our current president’s advisors included – never mention the true cost of plant construction (even averaged over the relatively short life of the plant) along with the always vast cost over-runs attending any nuclear energy project. Nor do they confess the cost of fuel extraction and refinement – not to mention the cost (again factored over the short life of the plant) of safely and perpetually locking away all the lethal waste. Also never discussed is the exorbitant cost of insuring the plant, nor is any factoring in of the averaged impact of plant accidents, down-time and failures.

The only safe and sane nuclear reactor is 93 million miles away, runs free of charge and needs no insurance, and it’ll be around and around every day for another 5 billion years – we humans just need to learn that we need to plug into it.

Craig Shields, 2GreenEnergy.com

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