WORLD NUCLEAR ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE – September 11th & 12th 2014

Kick Nuclear leafletted the WORLD NUCLEAR ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE, at the Central Hall, Westminster on September 11th & 12th 2014

Here is the text of the leaflet which was handed out outside the conference:- ——–

WORLD NUCLEAR ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2014

We are gathered in front of your annual get-together to try once more
to bring you up to speed on developments in the global energy scene.
Nuclear has been overtaken by renewables, as they are cheaper, cleaner,
safer, quicker to build and less greenhouse-gas emitting.

In 2013, Japan installed 6.9 GW of solar panels, the
equivalent of 7 nuclear power stations, at a fraction of the
cost and of the risk. Their population remain firmly
against nuclear power due to their Fukushima nightmare.
In 2013 China installed 11.3 GW of solar and 16.4 GW of
wind, while turning on only 2.21 GW of nuclear power.
Germany has turned it’s back on nuclear, and goes from
strength to strength on solar and wind, remaining the
economic powerhouse of Europe, and last winter
exporting energy to France. And while losing 30,000 jobs
due to the closure of their nuclear power stations, they
have created 300,000 jobs installing and maintaining
renewables.

To further add to the woes of your dinosaur industry, the
giant international investment bank, UBS, said last week
that large, centralised nuclear power stations, like the one
variously proposed or opposed for Hinkley Point, near
Bristol, could be obsolete within 10-20 years as they are
‘too big and inflexible’, and are ‘not relevant’ for future
electricity generation. ‘Join the solar revolution’, said the
bank, predicting that even without subsidies it will soon
be cheaper for consumers to generate their own
electricity to power their houses and cars, storing any
excess at home for later use. ‘Battery costs have declined
rapidly, and we expect a further decline of more than 50%
by 2020′. And an electric vehicle will soon cost the same
upfront as a conventional one, yet the fuel savings of
approx. £1600 p.a. means it will begin to pay off
immediately.

And Bloomberg agrees. Earlier this year, Michael Liebreich,
founder and CEO of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, said:
“The fact is that wind and solar have joined
a long list of clean energy technologies – geothermal
power, waste-to-energy, solar hot water, hydropower,
sugar-cane based ethanol, combined heat and power,
and all sorts of energy efficiency – which can be fully
competitive with fossil fuels in the right circumstances. In
most sunny parts of the world it is cheaper to generate
power from photovoltaic modules on your roof than to buy
it from your utility.’

One of the other things that must annoy all you nuclear
industry insiders is the death of your ‘reliable baseload
power’ argument. The UK National Grid’s chairman is on
record as saying that actually, nuclear power is their
biggest problem, as when something goes wrong and a
reactor is shut down, you suddenly lose a large chunk of
power generation. Now the ‘unexpected’ shutdown of four
of EDF’s aging reactors in the UK until at least the end of
the year removes the argument that nuclear is needed for
reliable baseload power generation. And as more of your
industry’s plant ages beyond its 40 year design life, these
‘dropouts’ will become more and more frequent. Your
industry’s main activity these days seems to be applying
for permission to run these plants far beyond their design
life, which places surrounding populations at everincreasing
risk. And decommissioning.

Basically, your industry has been dealt a death blow by
Fukushima. Had the nuclear industry been honest about
the disaster, it might not be universally distrusted as it is
today. French nuclear technology has been shown to be
as helpless in the face of the catastrophe as all the rest,
with AREVA’s water filtration system being abandoned
last month by the Japanese after three years of trying to
make it work. The Fukushima complex continues to pour
400 tons a day of lethally poisonous water, laden with
Strontium 90 (cause of bone cancer), Cesium 137,
Tritium and the rest, into the Pacific every day, as it has
done since the beginning of the accident, and with no end
in sight.

Around the world, more and more say no to your
industry’s constant lies. Health and Safety by Trial and
Error seems to be your strategy, with a meltdown every
seven years followed by copious apologies and promises
to do better. We out here have had enough of your basic
idea; You keep the money while we keep the cancer. You
hide behind the fact that the cancers don’t start for a
decade or two after the latest disaster, you promise to
solve the question of disposing of your waste within the
next decade or two, and you grant yourself huge chunks
of the social pie confident that the health problems will
pop up after your retirement. Since you can’t filter out the
stream of tritium, for example, that your plants constantly
pour out, you pay experts to assure us it isn’t a problem.
Yet, as one example, Dr Ian Fairlie’s recently published
study proves a 37% increase in leukemia in kids born
within 5kms of a nuclear power station in Germany, Italy
Switzerland and the UK combined. Which is why the first
three have pulled out of nuclear power, only the UK holds out.

The truth will eventually out, and will shut you all down.

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