Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Russian nuclear chief Kiriyenko Presents Russian proposal to G8 for Peaceful Use of Nuclear Energy for Developing Countries

The Russian nuclear chief has issued a powerful intervention in Europe and to the G8 on nuclear energy, saying that developing sector nations must have nuclear, for energy, but also for desalination of water and therefore for food. He calls global warming proponents bluff by noting their hypocrisy for opposing nuclear. This report comes from the EIR office in Germany.Mike
Russian nuclear chief Kiriyenko Presents Russian proposal to G8 for
Peaceful Use of Nuclear Energy for Developing Countries July 7, 2008 (EIRNS) -- Sergei Kiryenko, head of ROSATOM, writes
a very concise guest editorial today in Frankfurter Allgemeine
Zeitung (FAZ) under the title, "Nuclear Power Can Help Developing
Countries," which, besides being an outline for the Russian G8
summit, is also an important intervention into Germany, where the
government is sticking to its anti-nuclear line, peddling plans
for another 30 "wind-parks" in the German Baltic and North Sea
Kiriyenko makes the point in this psychologically very well
written op-ed, that while "nuclear energy is not the only
answer," it is "without doubt one of the most important
instruments" to solve the problems, which the G8 meeting has put
on its agenda in Japan: the global food crisis, global warming
and the disproportional distribution of funds for development
(i.e. the situation in Africa).
He starts by indirectly exposing as liars those, who claim
to be for "the climate," if they continue to ban nuclear power.
Using nuclear energy, Europe already "saves" 700 million tons
of CO2 output, Japan 270 million tons, and Russia, which is going
to increase its percentage of nuclear electricity production by
16-20/25% by 2030, would thus decrease its CO2 emissions by
10-15%. He stresses, that these are not only plans, but the money
for these plants has been allocated already.
Then, he goes into the importance of nuclear energy for
developing nations. With the already existing development of
small and medium-size nuclear reactors, countries in Africa,
"which so far had been disadvantaged, since they do not have a
developed electricity grid," have that chance now. "Especially
developing countries can draw a dual advantage from nuclear
power, since the cooling energy can be used for desalination of
water, which would contribute to a solution of the food crisis in
"Access to secure and cheap energy is a crucial precondition
for the sustainable development of any nation. A growing number
of industrialized and threshold countries are recognizing the
necessity of peaceful use of nuclear energy on their territory.
By 2030 worldwide there will be 600 new reactors in operation."
Lastly, he outlines, how Russia is working to initiate a new
security system for development of nuclear energy and for the
implementation of increased measures against the proliferation of
nuclear weapons, including a delivery network of nuclear fuel."
Russia has built the first of such centers in Angark. "Angarsk
will -- under control of the IAEA -- have a minimum reserve of
low-enriched uranium and therefore grant every country,
independently of any political considerations, a secure delivery
of nuclear elements." Hopefully this would also lead to the
abolition of artificial trade barriers in Europe and the U.S.
concerning dual-use clauses, he says.
So nervous nellies and eco-freaks can calm down, while
politicians should finally break free from the post-1989
British-French imposed technological apartheid policy against
Germany. (efi)

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