DANGEROUS GAMES: Nuclear Fantasies …local press play along with nuclear developers

NuGen CONsultation in Kendal

Stop Moorside - Kendal
Stop Moorside – Kendal
Don't Let Hitachi/Toshiba walk away from Fukushima to Cumbria #StopMoorside in Kendal
Don’t Let Hitachi/Toshiba walk away from Fukushima to Cumbria #StopMoorside in Kendal

The Cumberland News reported yesterday in sycophantic mode on the “Fantastic” Feedback over Moorside Nuclear Power Station Plans.  The article looks like it was pulled straight from NuGen PR Man (formerly Copeland Borough Council’s Lead Planning Officer) Fergus McMorrow’s press release and goes on to say:

Fergus McMorrow, NuGen’s planning lead in Cumbria, said: “We have had a fantastic response. The numbers of people through the doors, and those logging-on to use the online portal, has surpassed all our expectations.

“It’s not just the sheer number of visitors that’s impressed us, but their level of interest and engagement. For example, we’ve had lots of people come back to see us on several occasions to find out more or to give us greater in-depth feedback”.

No mention of the protests outside Whitehaven, Kendal, Carlisle and Penrith, protests which included music, leafletting, hundreds of people pledging to boycott Toshiba (Toshiba are 60% NuGen) and 8000 people signing the ongoing Stop Moorside petition.

No mention of the experience of Irene Sanderson from North Cumbria CND who has written to the press with a “request that you make the public aware that this was not a public open-to-all consultation as required for this type of development.

“I attended the consultation at Penrith Methodist Churhch on 8 July. In the lobby on a table to one side I laid out three small piles of A5 literature with information from CND (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament) on radiation and nuclear power and from Radiation Free Lakeland stating the protest to the Moorside development, all valuable background information relevant to the consultation. I sat by the table out of the way in peace reading. Not many people attended that morning and all four rushed past me.

“Fergus McMorrow took it upon himself to challenge my presence. Eventually he had me ejected into the street from the Methodist church on the grounds that Nugen had hired the hall and my presence was creating an unfavourable impression about their project. The management informed me that Nugen had hired the hall and it was private property and indeed Nugen could dictate who entered the building. That is to say this was a private event and in no way an open-to-all public consultation”. 

Irene concludes with : “Nugen states that 1,700 people viewed its plans during the 10-week consultation. The population of Cumbria is just under 500,000 so only 0.34% of the population attended. This could indeed indicate a determined effort to keep their plans private”.

3 thoughts on “DANGEROUS GAMES: Nuclear Fantasies …local press play along with nuclear developers

  1. Did she complain to the Church? It would be interesting to see their response. John Wesley would be opposed to this project because the subsidies are robbery of the poor. He almost certainly would be opposed to it on health grounds and due to its impact on the animals. He was very concerned with these last two topics. He certainly would protest that nuclear reactors tend to be located in, and thus leak into, poorer areas. The British Methodists are members of the World Council of Churches which opposes nuclear energy. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/06/26/nuclear-energy-opposed-by-protestant-anglican-orthodox-christian-churches-divestment-from-nuclear-called-for/ The position of the United Methodist Churches is: “The use of nuclear power is no solution for avoiding CO2 emissions. Nuclear power plants are vulnerable, unsafe, and potential health risks. A safe, permanent storage of nuclear waste cannot be guaranteed. It is therefore not responsible to future generations to operate them.” http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/the-natural-world

  2. I found this in passing: “One of the most articulate early adopters of SRI was John Wesley (1703–1791), one of the founders of Methodism. Wesley’s sermon “The Use of Money” outlined his basic tenets of social investing – i.e. not to harm your neighbor through your business practices and to avoid industries like tanning and chemical production, which can harm the health of workers. Some of the best-known applications of socially responsible investing were religiously motivated. Investors would avoid “sinful” companies, such as those associated with products such as guns, liquor, and tobacco.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socially_responsible_investing
    His opposition to liquor, however, was about not wasting agricultural land and so that the depressed poor wouldn’t stay drunk-waste money which could feed their kids. He believed in wine for medicinal purposes.

  3. For more on John Wesley, I would like to invite you to the website for the book series, The Asbury Triptych Series. The trilogy based on the life of Francis Asbury, the young protégé of John Wesley and George Whitefield, opens with the book, Black Country. The opening novel in this three-book series details the amazing movement of Wesley and Whitefield in England and Ireland as well as its life-changing effect on a Great Britain sadly in need of transformation. Black Country also details the Wesleyan movement’s effect on the future leader of Christianity in the American colonies, Francis Asbury. The website for the book series is http://www.francisasburytriptych.com. Please enjoy the numerous articles on the website. Again, thank you, for the post.

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