Notes on Nuclear

 

Nuclear

Some History

Chernobyl nuclear accident occurred on Saturday, April 26, 1986,
Ukraine. The Chernobyl disaster is considered the worst nuclear power
plant accident in history. Shortly after the accident a massive steel and
concrete structure covering the reactor was built. However this was a
temporarily solution (according to some Soviet reports, the present
shelter would last only 30 years), and by 2015 a new “Safe Confinement
structure” is expected to be completed. The estimated price is 1.54
billion euro.

A report by the Center for Independent Environmental Assessment of the
Russian Academy of Sciences found a dramatic increase in mortality since
1990—60,000 deaths in Russia and an estimated 140,000 deaths in Ukraine
and Belarus—probably due to Chernobyl radiation. Radioactivity in the
damaged reactor would need to be contained for 100,000 years to ensure
safety. That is a challenge not only for today, but for many generations
to come.

Scary?

And yet governments world over are nuclearising nations with bigger and
bigger nuclear power plants ignoring the ‘omnicidal’ effects of nuclear
energy.

Indian Scenario

India too is a highly nuclearised State with eight active reactors, while
seven other reactors in construction. Our politicians want us to believe
that nuclear energy is the new ‘green’ energy and is absolutely safe. If
so, why there was (and still is) so much pressure to dilute the civil
nuclear liability bill? And, if Germany can afford to shut down all its
nuclear reactors, why can’t India learn from the German ‘model’?

This brings in the larger question of ‘alternative/green’ energy in the
context of climate change and the mitigation goals required to safeguard
us from the catastrophic effects of climate change.

Culture and Nuclear

Undoubtedly, it is America along with the Soviet Union responsible for the nuclear emergency today. There are several ways to manufacture opinion and one the most effective since the last hundred years is the cinema. Watch this documentary to see how America convinced its people to nuclearise itself.

And also this video by John Oliver.

Above all, the ‘economics’ behind nuclear energy

The two 1,000-MWe VVER reactors at Kudankulam are being constructed with
Russian assistance at an outlay of Rs. 13,171 crore. If the government can
afford to spend thousands of crores of rupees in to ‘omnicidal’ nuclear
energy, then why not in solar and other forms of green energy? This
definitely has to do with the thriving crony-capitalism in India and also
the corruption at the highest level of ‘power’ in the world’s largest
democracy.

Read more:

Nuclear Energy: A story of Unkept Promises

The Nuclear Energy Debate in India

The purpose of this article is to invoke conscientizacao!

“We do live in a society of risky choices, but one in which some do the
choosing and others the risking”.
– Slavoj Zizek

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