Commentary: Things I am involved in
I refer to the SESFC in another post and have even made an entry dedicated to it (for the sidebar link to go to) as the group lacks its own website (I am the SESFC President by the way).
The ADs I refer to in another post also. What more is there to say? It's been an amazing ride to date with both positive and negative experiences. These days I am more interested in the notion of acting as a fully-fledged citizen who can participate directly in civic life rather than via the device of a political party. However I am still involved in the party - currently I am a branch representative on State Council and also an ordinary member of the Candidate Assessment Committee.
So what of the NFA? Nuclear Free Australia started as an alliance drawing on representatives of different like-minded groups, which is how I got drawn into it (as an ADs rep). Now however NFA is more of a unitary group of activists (I personally feel more like a 'lobbyist' than an 'activist' but that is a topic for another day...) but still has the same objectives. The nuclear industry is one of the few issues for which I am radical rather than moderate. Here is a few things to consider on the issue:
- Nuclear Energy has recently been touted as a 'clean and renewable' alternative to fossil fuels. It is worth remembering however that uranium is a finite resource (much more so than petrol and coal) and that the nuclear industry produces plenty of pollution itself.
- The energy produced by nuclear reactors has to be considered alongside the total resource cost (including energy and water) of mining uranium, processing uranium, transporting uranium, constructing reactors, maintaining reactors, decommissioning reactors, transporting nuclear waste and storing nuclear waste. The industry is anything but efficient and only survives with the financial support of governments.
- The same uranium utilised in nuclear power generation can also be utilised in the production of nuclear weapons. We cannot guarantee that all the Australian uranium exported for energy production is strictly directed into that industry...
Well that is all for the 'Commentary' posts on other parts of this weblog. What now? I can always do nothing for ages. The web is full of out-of-date stuff so what's one more old dusty weblog.
I have now added MonUCS to the sidebar and refer to it in this post.
To mark the third birthday of this blog I changed the template. In the process my customised links were deleted. In replacing them I have made some changes. One is the merge 'Sites I Visit A Lot' with 'Things I Am Involved In' and the other is to have changed some and deleted others. My life both off and on-line has become simpler in those three years and that is reflected in the current links...