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I'm unclear as to what America has to do with it...

And there is the ugly little side issue of France's colonial exploitation of Niger as a nuclear fuel source, and the question of nuclear waste disposal. Wind is fine, but France's low carbon emissions and cheap electricity come with a social cost that is not being factored in...

by asdf on Wed Dec 30th, 2009 at 03:32:39 PM EST
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this is about the neolib, corporatist, bankers-first ideology which has been largely promoted out of the City and Wall St - using "UK and US" is indeed an unpleasant shortcut, sorry.

As to Niger, I'm all in favor of "full accounting" for all energy sources, as this can only make renewable energy look better, overall. I'd note that given the much lower portion of fuel costs in nuclear, the social impact of the extraction of uranium has to be much lower than that of fossil fuels; I'd also note that the majority of the uranium used in France comes from Canada, Australia and the former Soviet Union...

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Thu Dec 31st, 2009 at 06:18:37 AM EST
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