Well Done to Fossil Free Lancaster, FoE and People and Planet and all concerned for the Action in Lancaster to persuade Barclays to divest from fossil fuel. This is a brilliant action by young people in a supported climate provided by fairly mainstream NGOs It is becoming increasingly apparent however that there is a nuclear taboo on the extreme energy front …..And that taboo is Nuclear. The bIggest single user of fossil fuel here in Cumbria is Sellafield ….it has its own dedicated gas plant using tens of £millions of gas EVERY year for keeping the waste cool and for reprocessing spent fuel from Heysham in Lancaster and elsewhere . FoE and Greenpeace UK are not actively campaigning against nuclear….. so anti nuclear campaigners in the UK are plodding away stoically in what is a very uncomfortable campaigning climate. This Nuclear Taboo tends to ignore and marginalise anti nuclear campaigners, maybe not accidentally?? Just to give an example, anti nuclear campaigners successfully opposed the proposed nuclear dump at Keekle Head coal mine, despite zil publicity. The BBC were at the Keekle Head public inquiry, they took loads of footage and conducted interviews despite this and the success of the campaign nothing made it to the TV news. Highlighting the lack of media attention and lack of active support from NGOs is seen by some to be both counterproductive and churlish. However this apathy from the mainstream means that Nuclear is getting a free run ..from accelerated uranium mining worldwide to increasingly deregulated nuclear dumping…this is happening right now. DIVESTment from Fossil fuel will not happen in any meaningful way while the Nuclear military industrial complex needs fossil fuel to power power stations to power power stations to power power stations…to produce nuclear propulsion for the military from diabolical Rail guns to equally diabolical next generation of Trident. Brilliant Action in Lancaster … please …..Don’t forget, Never forget that Nuclear is Top Trump.
Student Protest in Lancaster Barclays. Photo – Ian Meeks
Today at 11am Barclays branches in Lancaster and four other cities have been closed by protests highlighting the social and environmental impacts of the bank’s investments in fracking, coal and tar sands. Sitins and occupations of Barclays branches have taken place in Lancaster, Leeds, Sheffield, London and Oxford. The protests caused major disruption, forcing Barclays to turn away customers and close several branches. Police were called to several branches. Activists stayed for up to two hours at some of the branches. A group of students and local anti-fracking campaigners occupied the branch on Alexander Square in Lancaster University campus and held a teachin to discuss the dangers of fracking. This protest comes a few days after the beginning of Cuadrilla’s appeal of a Lancashire Country Council decision to reject two of the company’s fracking applications.
Don’t Frack Lancs! Photo – Ian…
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