Sunday Star-Times

Going nuclear


I laughed at the propagandi­st World Nuclear Associatio­n’s claim that ‘‘Nuclear is a sustainabl­e option . . . it would provide the power for Auckland’s continued growth’’ (‘‘The nuclear option’’, January 14).

Beyond the lie of ‘‘sustainabi­lity,’ is continued urban growth healthy, much less ‘‘sustainabl­e’’?

Cancer, too, is growth, often generated by nuclear radiation. So I stopped laughing when ACT’s David Seymour, in the same article, tells us that ‘‘apart from Chernobyl . . . nuclear has always been a safe form of power.’’

Where has he been, and whose ‘‘science’’ is he buying? From uranium extraction, milling, transport, conversion, enrichment and containmen­t, to waste

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