There has NEVER been any uranium mining in Peru but now companies are eyeing up uranium “assets” and floating their uranium ambitions on the stock market as a direct result of nuclear cheerleading here in the UK. This has been led by “leading environmentalist” George Monbiot who seems to have a whacking big blind spot when it comes to all things nuclear. Burning plutonium in new reactors is, he says a good thing (!) To burn plutonium in Mixed Oxide Fuel, what happens is that a tiny bit of plutonium is stirred in with the uranium to make the dodgy, dangerous MOX fuel, the net result from burning plutonium is more plutonium.
Many environmentally conscious millennials take George’s word for it that nuclear is the go to option for our electricity in the face of climate change. This is Dangerous Nonsense, but the ‘need for new nuclear to stop climate change’ messaging from our government and nuclear luvvies has been pervasive. It has been challenged only in the most tepid campaign messages by leading NGOs who say nuclear is a ‘white elephant’ – nope its a many headed hydra that will “solve” climate change in that a changing climate will be the least of our worries.
So what has this to do with Paddington. In the books, Paddington is said to have traveled to London via lifeboat from “Darkest Peru.”
The Andean spectacled bear ranges through much of the tropical Andes, including populations in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. Despite many species in Peru being on the extinction list and despite there never having been any uranium mining in Peru before, uranium is now being aggressively eyed up by Canadian based company “Plateau Energy Metals Inc. (TSXV:PLU) . This is a resource exploration and development company focused on uranium and lithium exploration in the Macusani Plateau in Puno, Peru. In the Macusani land package, which totals 910 square kilometers of mining concessions, Plateau Energy controls one of the largest lithium-uranium districts in the world. To date, only 15 percent of the property has been explored.While the Macusani project started out as a primarily a uranium project, Plateau Energy has since uncovered the Falchani discovery zone, which has presented high-grade values for both lithium and uranium.”
Today the company has sent out a share “Offering” saying “The Company intends to use the net proceeds from the Offering for the exploration and development of the Company’s lithium and uranium projects in Peru, and for working capital and general corporate purposes.”
This has been made possible only because of George Monbiot and others cheerleading for new nuclear. Massive loss of habitat, massive freshwater use and freshwater pollution, chemical and radiological pollution, environmental degradation and extinction follow inevitably in the nuclear industry’s wake.