Nuclear is Renewable… and Pigs Can Fly!

Renewable Nuclear Flying Pig
“Renewable Nuclear” The Flying Pig

The nuclear industry which is pushing for “the biggest nuclear development in Europe” here in Cumbria has been busy over the last decade rebranding itself as “renewable.”  This lie is now being swallowed whole,  by people who should know better.  The renewable energy conference in Glasgow takes place on the 4th May and (with breathtaking nonchalance or lack of stomache to question the poisonous nuclear juggernaught) includes the toxic nuclear industry in its programme.   This is beyond scandalous and we must resist and oppose this “renewable” lie at every opportunity.  Please support the petition asking the organisers of the conference to Ban Nuclear from representing itself as “renewable.”  Glasgow is a mere 100 miles from the proposed biggest new nuclear build in Europe.   The petition can be signed here ..

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/ban-nuclear-from-renewable-energy-conference-all-energy-in-glasgow

The text of the Petition says:

BAN NUCLEAR FROM RENEWABLE ENERGY CONFERENCE _ ALL ENERGY IN GLASGOW

To: Judith Patten and Ellen Burgess (Conference Manager)

Please cancel the talk on Nuclear Life Cycle and remove it from the agenda of the All-Energy Renewable Energy Conference May 4th 2016 in Glasgow.

Why is this important?

“Renewable energy is generally defined as energy that is collected from resources which are naturally replenished on a human timescale, such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves, and geothermal heat” -to quote wikipedia on something which is common knowledge. Nuclear power requires a fuel that has to be extracted in mines as coal or gas.
The nuclear industry likes to promote itself as low or even carbon neutral (of which the latter is plain wrong) and capitalises on the carbon footprint blindness of the british government and COP talks. Even if it is low carbon, it still entails problems that makes this source of energy highly unsustainable: the use of uranium ore as fuel, long-lived, environmentally problematic waste and risks that can be devastating. Even SMR’s are not less problematic just because they are smaller.

I am increasingly outraged by the way the nuclear industry tries to influence and infiltrate every aspect of the british society. I don’t know how they managed to get a slot in this renewable energy conference, but it shows that the nuclear industry is very good at its effort to “improve” its reputation with the public and even scientists and the renewable industry.

Don’t let the nuclear industry brainwash everyone into thinking that nuclear power is a renewable and sustainable energy!

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