Nuclear Power and Weaponry
Toward a Nuclear-free World Co-ordinator
As the nuclear issues co-ordinator for HELADA, I would like it if I could say that everyone in HELADA shares my views ...
nuclear power stations, namely that:
represent the 20th century’s most expensive failed
technology. There is absolutely
nothing good to be said for them. They solve no problems. They are merely
a source of problems and a burden for
future generations such as no previous era has ever bequeathed to its
And on nuclear weapons, namely that:
are exclusively political
“weapons,” enjoying the
preference of politicians and journalists more than the informed military.
They are meant to frighten both external and internal “enemies” (i.e.
the citizens of the country possessing them). They are the threat
of hellfire for a secular age, a
totem for rulers and ruled alike. Every
country possessing them should do what the Swedes, the South Africans, the
Ukrainians, Byelorussians, Kazakhs, Argentinians and Brazilians have done
and abolish them, unilaterally or by bilateral agreement, with or without
“international community” assistance.
would like to say all this as HELADA, but cannot, because it is not
the general view. There are some in
HELADA who believe that nuclear power may be a necessity, perhaps a
“regrettable” necessity, in an age of global warming and diminishing
oil stocks. And there are a few in HELADA who believe in “nuclear
deterrence” and think that the only nuclear disarmament that can be of
value is universal nuclear disarmament.
views that we do share are:
that the rigidity of many American, and international, interests on
subjects such as these is deplorable, and
that President Obama’s declared commitment to a turn to renewable energy
resources and negotiation for nuclear arms reductions is to be applauded.
are the parameters, and the limits, of what we can do as HELADA. -- WH
more about this issue:
Saintes Appeal for a Nuclear-Free Europe, a petition to rollback the nuclear tide
speech in Prague, focusing on nuclear arms reduction and NPT, April
Eyes Nuclear Rebirth After Three Mile Island,
March 2009, Agence
Doomsday Clock May Finally Stop Ticking Feb 2009, Inter Press Service
Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), UN, nuclear materials security,
Nuclear Regulatory Commission, materials security, power plant
licencing and regulation