Zone R132 Formerly Known as "Cumbria"
from the Wastwater Chronicles
The Northern Nuclear Conference at Carlisle Racecourse this week saw Nuclear Minister Andrew Bowie epitomise the high excitement of the gambler: "Cumbria to be at the 'beating heart' of UK's nuclear future." Encyclopedia Britannica says gambling is “the betting or staking of something of value, with consciousness of risk and hope of gain, on the outcome of a game, a contest, or an uncertain event whose result may be determined by chance or accident or have an unexpected result by reason of the bettor’s miscalculation." When gambling tips into addiction gamblers lie to themselves and to others. Our nuclear obsessed Government are ever more brazen “Nuclear is Clean Energy” smacks of a gambler’s desperate justification. What does the Encyclopedia say about “clean”? There are two themes: clean is “ free from pollution or other dangerous substances" and also to clean out " to use up all or most of someone's money.” Nuclear is the pole opposite of “free from pollution" but "to steal or take everything from (someone or something)” is pretty accurate. Cumbria stands to lose literally everything on the nuclear gamble.
At Carlisle Racecourse “Small Modular Reactors” were enthusiastically promoted presumably next to the 140 tonnes of plutonium at Sellafield. As with all gambling the £210 Million of public money to SMR developers is just for starters. All other dangerous nuclear projects such as fusion are thrown equally eyewatering amounts of public money.
The developers of SMRs are Rolls Royce - not the people behind the iconic car but the people behind the uranium fuelled submarine nuclear reactors. Highly radioactive redundant reactors and spent uranium fuel from Rolls Royce are earmarked for an expedient deep nuclear dump under the Irish Sea.
New uranium fuelled “SMRs” would produce just as much if not more highly radioactive wastes than existing uranium fuelled reactors. The clever gambler knows 'when to walk away and when to run.’ Cumbria should be running away as fast as possible, not lemming like towards this new nuclear gamble.