nick\’s my name

September 8, 2006

The Return of Nuclear Madness

Filed under: Good Podcasts, Uncategorized — nicksmyname @ 1:47 pm

I promised previously that I would share good podcasts. So here’s one.
There’s been a lot of talk by world leaders about Nuclear Power again and it’s clear that the Australian government is using issues such as oil shortages and Australia’s uranium wealth to try to normalise the concept of Nuclear Power. (For readers ourside Oz, Australia does not currently have Nuclear Power or Weapons, but does have a reactor for medical purposes).

ABC Radio National had a great program about this the other night. (direct link to MP3 here) The story that comes through is that the US Govt.’s policy of allowing nuclear power outside the non-proliferation treaty has been driven by the Nuclear Power industry’s urgent need to get rid of the hundreds of tons of Nuclear Waste that noone in America wants in their state; and to start building reactors which hasn’t happened for 30 years. The tail is shaking the dog, and as America’s number one ally in the world, Australia is getting the fleas.

Have a listen. Then listen to this podcast from BBC World about Iran using classical music to sooth the perceptions about their Nuclear ambitions (direct link to MP3 here). How can we tell the Iranians not to use Nuclear Power if we want to do it ourselves?

Then while you are at it go back to a fascinating show on Australia’s original nuclear ambitions (direct link to MP3 here). None of which should leave you under any doubt about why the Australian government is talking up Nuclear (and it’s not because we are about to run out of coal and gas any more than Iran is about to run out of oil).

Once you have had a chance to listen to all that, do something about it and join Greenpeace!

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