Author Topic: True Left breakthrough: seriousness in environmentalism  (Read 925 times)

Zea_mays

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Re: True Left breakthrough: seriousness in environmentalism
« on: October 17, 2021, 07:54:38 pm »
Some good news, Germany, Spain, Austria, and Denmark are not giving in to reactionary pseudo-environmentalists in France and elsewhere:

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France recently asked for the inclusion of nuclear power in the taxonomy framework by the end of the year, leading the charge with nine other EU countries - Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.

The group faces strong opposition from Germany and four other countries that want nuclear power to be ineligible for green financing, citing the EU's “Do no significant harm” principle. The principle is intended to ensure that all projects financed by the pandemic recovery fund do not harm the bloc’s environmental goals.
https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/eu-urges-members-protect-poor-residents-amid-energy-80552748

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Spain, Austria, Denmark and Luxembourg joined Germany in saying investors concerned about nuclear waste storage could lose confidence in financial products labelled green if they included nuclear energy without their knowledge.

"We worry that including nuclear power in the taxonomy will damage its integrity and credibility, and therefore its usefulness," the countries' ministers said, adding that every EU country has the right to choose its own form of energy.

Countries like nuclear-reliant France and some eastern European states favour nuclear because it emits no climate-harming carbon.
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Germany, already committed to phasing out nuclear energy 20 years ago over safety concerns, responded to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan by accelerating its national exit scheme for reactors.
https://www.reuters.com/business/energy/germany-four-others-oppose-classing-nuclear-green-eu-2021-07-02/

I'd rather have carbon (graphite, charcoal, the element trees suck out of the air to make wood ffs) than waste which remains toxic for tens of thousands of years... How is that "green"? How is one of the most densely-populated areas on Earth going to store toxic waste for tens of thousands of years, while continuously accumulating more of it as the population uses more and more energy? Ship it to some other nation...?

Whatever Westerner began the propaganda campaign that "carbon" is the only pollutant worth regulating should be executed. It's not even the most dangerous greenhouse gas, although obviously carbon dioxide emissions must be regulated.