Nuclear Plant To be Built to Help Out the Oil Sands?
Face it, we were sold out. But don't worry, there is always that clean nuclear, right? You know the stuff that the waste has to be buried and is still active and dangerous for several thousand years.
I have always thought the Liberals were pro-nuclear and the Conservatives were pro-oil. So, it came as a bit of a shock when I read that a nuclear power plant may be built to help extract bitumen from the oil sands.
And what exactly does this mean?:
The IEA is not advocating government subsidies for nuclear investment, but said they should provide a regulatory framework that is "conducive to investment."
Now uranium price are going to hit record highs after the flood in Cigar Lake. I could be wrong, but isn't uraniuim pretty much everywhere? I don't think there is or will be a shortage of it any time soon.
For anyone who is concerned about how dangerous the waste is from nuclear energy, isn't this even scarier? I'm sure that's just what they are hoping for.
Gary Lunn believes that nuclear energy is a clean, reliable source of energy. It's got a very proven track record," he said. "But at the end of the day, which form of energy each region of the country decides on is a decision by the province. But if they choose to go nuclear, we'll be there to support that decision."
Gary Lunn also announced a $520-million commitment to begin cleanup of nuclear damage from past R&D. But Green Peace spokesman, Shawn-Patrick Stensil, had this to say:
"The fact of the matter is they're basically going to do a communications program, but that's not an independent consultation or evaluation of the plan," said Greenpeace spokesman Shawn-Patrick Stensil.
He noted the Crown corporation estimated in its last annual report that the cleanup would cost nearly $2.75 billion, taking nearly 300 years to completely decontaminate the area. He said their final plan should go through a panel review under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.
"The complexity of the site is one huge issue," he said. "They're not sure of all the waste that's there." Read full story here.
So it's safe, and clean, yet we have to spend billions on clean-up and disposal of toxic waste that could be a danger for thousands of years, not only that, we might build a new plant to help with the oil sands that may be causing acid rain, uses huge amounts of water and energy just to get it and emits enormous volumes of greenhouse gases.
I don't know, what are your thoughts on this?