Tuesday, 1 January 2008


Britain’s PM, Gordon Brown, is said to be on the verge of giving the go ahead for a new generation of nuclear power plants. This is needed, he will say, to protect power supplies from interruption from the Middle East and Russia, and to combat global warming.
On the former point, what an absolute load of bunkum. I’m sure our power supplies will be well protected, seeing it will take maybe twenty years for them to come online.

As for the global warming point, what can we say?

Technically, they are cleaner, but there is more to think about with global warming. For instance, continuing erratic weather will place additional strain on infra-structure.
The implications of this became clear last summer, when infra-structure interruptions affected a vast area. To counter global warming we need clean, and we need smaller infra-structure elements with more survivability. Nuke stations are a disaster waiting to happen if we take this point into account.

So why are nuclear stations even being considered?

This, I’m sure, is all to do with big business, which needs big infra-structure systems to maintain their monopoly. I’m convinced a primary reason they accepted global warming is to have the nuclear option in order to maintain big systems once the oil runs out.
Sensible measures are smaller, more alternative power systems, which do not need huge organizations to build and maintain them. Such systems would be the end of big business, and a return to more sensible capitalist practices with smaller, more accountable companies.
Big Biz lackey Brown seems, to me, to be doing exactly what Big Biz wants - which is exactly what we don't.

© Anthony North, January 2007


When I was growing up I always remember my Father banging on the door, worse for wear, just after Midnight, to place a piece of coal in the house as the New Year began. He promptly left and returned to the pub ...
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Twilight said...

Happy New Year Mr N!

My parents and grandparents used to follow that New Year custom of "first-footing", too. They'd include a sprig of evergreen with the coal and bread, as I remember.

anthonynorth said...

Hi Twilight,
Yes, there are many variations of what is 'brought in'. Interestingly, many traditions warn of the 'stranger' not being cross-eyed or flat-footed. That, it seems, is very unlucky :-)
And a Happy New Year to you.