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Nuclear danish culture night

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 at 6:02 pm Written by:

We hit the culture night last Friday on our approximately annual working visit to Copenhagen. With only a program in Danish to guide us, it was a bit hit and miss. Mostly miss. One thing that was a hit was an exhibit in a back room of the design museum where we said hello to lots of different materials.

We also visited the Rat-house where ten political parties were holding hustings for the next city council election. Only proportional representation gives you such a diverse choice. It would be nice if we had this at home.

In there we got chatting with someone from the Red-Green Alliance who tried to convince us that the Danish transport policy was terrible and gave too much focus for cars. Eh? This is in the city with possibly the best bicycle infrastructure in the world. Back home in Liverpool the mayor has just abolished the bus lanes because he thought they caused traffic jams.

But there are bigger issues for a green party to be concerned with, such as nuclear power, which has been banned in Denmark since 1985. Over in the National Museum some of the relics of that successful movement were preserved.

According to our friend, the Red-Green Alliance is still reeling from the loss of power by their sister party Inuit Ataqatigiit in the recent elections in Greenland. This opened the place up for Uranium mining. (The Associated Press has the story.)

I looked at the documents from Greenland Minerals and Energy Ltd (an Australian mining company), and the 2007 annual report gave away the story:

It is currently not possible to receive a mineral license for the exploration or exploitation of uranium in Greenland. Therefore, the license does not include uranium as a commodity. Although uranium is not on the license we are not prevented from exploring for uranium as part of our multi element exploration program.

Based on a memorandum on Policy and Practice of the Bureau of minerals and Petroleum, Greenland (“BMP”), concerning exploration and exploitation of uranium and other radioactive elements issued by Nuna Law, a Greenland law firm with mining law expertise, and other information obtained, the directors believe that uranium may be exploited as a by-product subject to normal conditions of any exploitation license and subject to approval by the BMP. The Company has to apply to the BMP for such an approval. The Company has not applied for such an approval and BMP has not issued an approval. We stress this is a possibility and not a legal right. This memorandum is set out in full in the prospectus dated 26 July 2007.

The directors believe that the current primary ban on uranium exploration may receive consideration by the relevant authorities in the near future because many governments are considering lifting such bans due to the shift in sentiment towards nuclear energy in general.

In other words, we’re not supposed to be mining Uranium, but if we pretend we’re digging up other minerals, and the dirt happens to be contain a lot of Uranium impurities, we might be able to get away with it. And anyway, our customers — sovereign governments — will pay top dollar for this crap as they work the PR and exploit public amnesia and complacency since the last nuclear disaster to get the laws reverted in order to get on with their nefarious purposes of over-centralizing electricity generation and the commissioning of new fleets of pointless nuclear-armed submarines.

Nuclear power will eventually be banned everywhere on this Earth; it’s only a question of whether it will be before or after a major catastrophe that causes such a massive loss of human life that it won’t be forgotten for multiple generations. It’s a reasonably safe bet that there will be such an accident on present form. For, unlike the airline industry who recognized early on that they needed to clean up their safety record systemically if they wanted to continue selling tickets to a general public with a vivid recall of the most recent a flaming airline accident to be shown on their TV, nuclear technology is procured by government ministers, senior civil servants, and other VIPs who are not ever going to be in the firing line when these things melt down and permanently poison the environment. It’s so much easier to stick by the usual secrets and lies than to be sufficiently open about the mistakes to exploit them for learning experiences, or be honest about the risks and be willing to accept that those who will be exposed to those risks might have a different point of view as to what is acceptable.

So, for now, there is a Uranium market. This slide from the 2013 company presentation outlines the timeline for how exports were legalized in Greenland:

Quite what difference it makes if people in Greenland live off a subsidy from Denmark, or if they live off non-renewable royalties from Australians mining this Uranium is not explained, but if the Danish subsidy is being cut, then that’s where the responsibility ultimately lies. Almost everything can be explained by money. It’s rare for an aspect concerning the survival of the human species to be included in the calculations.

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