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bananas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-11 05:12 PM
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Reminder: John Holdren: "The most important environmental liability of nuclear fission is..."
"The most important environmental liability of
nuclear fission is neither the routine nor accidental emissions
of radioactivity, but the deliberate misuse of nuclear facilities
and materials for acts of terrorism and war."
- John Holdren, Assessing Environmental Risks of Energy

John Holdren is President Obama's science advisor.
Despite the million-year waste disposal problem,
the mining, milling, and tailings,
the meltdowns, leaks, and venting,
nuclear weapons are still the most important environmental problem with nuclear energy.

Originally posted here last December: http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=115x268872

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bananas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-11 05:39 PM
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1. One year ago: Hillary Clinton: India, Pakistan have upset nuclear deterrent balance
Originally posted here last April: http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=115x241214

Front Page article from The Hindu:
http://www.hindu.com/2010/04/11/stories/2010041158801200.htm

Front Page

Hillary: India, Pakistan have upset nuclear deterrent balance

Narayan Lakshman

U.S. working with both countries to ensure that their stockpiles are safeguarded'

The risk of a nuclear attack has increased

U.S. to boost funding for maintaining weapons stockpile

WASHINGTON DC: India and Pakistan have pursued nuclear weapons in a way that has upset the balance of nuclear deterrent, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Friday.

That was why the United States was working with both countries very hard to try to make sure that their nuclear stockpiles are well tended to, and that they participate with us in trying to limit the number of nuclear weapons, she said.

Speaking at at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, Ms. Clinton argued that the nature of the nuclear threat had changed. As President Obama has said, the risk of a nuclear attack has actually increased. And the potential consequences of mishandling this challenge are deadly. Nuclear terrorism presented a different challenge, but the consequences would still be devastating, she said.

Doomsday scenario

Highlighting the growing threat of nuclear terrorism and nuclear proliferation a few days ahead of the 47-nation Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, Ms. Clinton illustrated what a doomsday scenario would look like, given these risks. A 10-kiloton nuclear bomb detonated in Times Square in New York City could kill a million people. Many more would suffer from the haemorrhaging and weakness that comes from radiation sickness.

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Full text of her speech at http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2010/04/139958.htm


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Fledermaus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-11 06:05 PM
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2. Its not something we should be sharing with other people.
It will come back to us one way or another. Fallout travels...
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bananas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-11 06:21 PM
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3. NEI: proliferation is "the most serious economic, social and human issue around nuclear energy"
Edited on Sun Apr-17-11 06:23 PM by bananas
Even paid nuclear industry spokesman Patrick Moore called nuclear weapons proliferation "the most serious economic, social and human issue around nuclear energy."

http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/apr2006/2006-04-24-10.asp

U.S. Nuclear Industry Fires Up Public Relations Campaign

By J.R. Pegg

WASHINGTON, DC, April 24, 2006 (ENS) - The nuclear industry launched a new campaign on Monday to generate support for increased nuclear power, spearheaded by Greenpeace cofounder Patrick Moore and former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Christine Todd Whitman.

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Critics contend it is not just fear that has halted the expansion of nuclear energy - it is concerns about cost, safety, waste disposal and nuclear weapons proliferation that have caused investors and the public to balk at new nuclear plants.

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Moore called nuclear weapons proliferation "the most serious economic, social and human issue around nuclear energy."

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