Skip to content


Nuclear Stockholm Syndrome via Counterpunch

By Robert Jacobs

Bhaskar Sunkara’s recent opinion piece extoling the virtues of nuclear power and castigating its opponents as paranoid and ill-informed, is clearly motivated by his deep concerns over the dire impacts of global warming, which loom closer by the hour. Unfortunately, his arguments amount to little more than regurgitated industry talking points, in their traditional form of a Jeremiad.

First, Sunkara poses the decline of the nuclear industry in the West as an achievement of progressive political movements. Specifically, he cites the decline of nuclear power in Germany as attributable to a “Green party-spearheaded campaign.” This decline has been more reasonably ascribed to both market conditions and missteps by nuclear industry giants such as Westinghouse and AREVA. From its inception, nuclear power has been heavily dependent on government subsidies to appear economically viable (subsidies such as insurance and the disposal of waste largely configured as taxpayer burdens).

Rather than succumbing to its political opponents on the left, the industry has been sunk by its structural economic dysfunctions. In the US, this has sparked schemes to secure additional taxpayer subsidies in legislative fixes such as guaranteed returns for nuclear utilities, and outright bribery of legislators for taxpayer bailouts of failing companies.

The most simplistic recitation of nuclear industry talking points is when Sunkara dismisses concerns about nuclear waste, and extolls the mythic separation between “civilian” and “military” nuclear technologies. He asserts that most nuclear waste “can be recycled to generate more electricity,” an assertion that goes back more than half a century and has been ritualistically recited by an army of nuclear industry PR professionals before him…yet here we are 50 years later and very little spent nuclear fuel has actually been recycled. The most successful nuclear recycling nation is France which, nevertheless, is experiencing a “nuclear exit” and is unlikely to ever use this recycled fuel. AREVA, the French nuclear giant, has gone bankrupt. Reprocessing facilities like the Rokkasho plant here in Japan have never functioned properly, unless you consider their role enabling the stockpiling of plutonium by Japan to hedge against future weapon needs to be an elemental goal.

There is a difference between what can be done, and what actually happens. Rather than being recycled, hundreds of thousands of metric tons of spent nuclear fuel await “final disposal” in deep geological repositories. Some have been waiting for over 70 years. Just last week, a panel advising the EU on categorizing nuclear plant as “green” energy, and thus eligible to receive EU funding as a “sustainable investment,” concluded that the problems of nuclear waste preclude that designation.

[…]

Read more.

Posted in *English.

Tagged with , , .


13 Responses

Stay in touch with the conversation, subscribe to the RSS feed for comments on this post.

  1. South Dumdum Escorts says

    There is a difference between what can be done, and what actually happens. Rather than being recycled, hundreds of thousands of metric tons of spent nuclear fuel await “final disposal” in deep geological repositories. Some have been waiting for over 70 years

  2. شركة عالم الصيانة says

    thank you for sharing this great and useful post.

  3. تست سالم بودن موتور یخچال says

    تست موتور یخچال به چه صورت است؟ علت داغ شدن موتور یخچال چیست؟ تمام ما ممکن است که یک روز نیاز پیدا کنیم که از سلامت موتور یخچال خود مطمعن شویم. حتی تعمیرکاران یخچال نیاز دارند تا روش‌های تست موتور یخچال را بدانند. این ویدئوی آموزشی به شما کمک میکند تا روش‌های تست سالم بودن موتور یخچال رو آموزش ببینین و بتوانید موتور سالم را از موتور نیم سوز شده تشخیص دهید.

  4. harga marmer says

    This is very useful and interesting information. keep it up

  5. rolling door says

    This excellent website really has all of the information and facts

  6. Noida Escorts says

    Nice article and very useful thanks for share with us.

  7. Delhi Escorts says

    Great job, I love your posts and wish you all the very best…

  8. slot says

    Playing slot to be successful is that. Of course, techniques and methods are necessary and extremely important. That will make you a winner and receive rewards from various websites that provide services for spinning

  9. homework help for me says

    I am so excited to tell you that you are at the right place, and you will find an expert writer to help you in completing your homework at Do My Homework Help. Our team of professionals consists of many writers who have knowledge and expertise in different fields of education. Be it Science homework or Business homework; our professionals are experts in handling any kind of homework. The professionals at do my homework assignment Help are selected after a number of tests. We always allocate the best and most suitable writer to every homework.
    homework help for me

  10. burp suite crack says

    Wonderful submit, very informative. I ponder why the opposite experts of this sector do not realize this. burp suite pro crack

  11. adobe photoshop cc crack says

    webroot secureanywhere antivirus key crack license is the latest protection package for a much better security policy on your Windows computer. You can find impressive features integrated into this article. webroot key is a lightweight antivirus that protects your device from virus-like threats through cloud-based protection. free webroot keycode delivers cloud-based security technology.



Some HTML is OK

or, reply to this post via trackback.