TODAY. Strange and contradictory messages from the global nuclear authority IAEA
Ukraine – nuclear dangerous – everywhere else – fine!
Today we learn that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will be boosting its presence in Ukraine to help prevent a possible disaster.
It will soon have a permanent presence at all five of Ukraine’s nuclear facilities, including Chernobyl, IAEA chief Rafael Grossi will visit Ukraine next week to begin the operation, the agency said in a statement. 11 or 12 agency experts will be present in Ukraine to monitor the plants and provide technical assistance.
The IAEA said it “continues to prepare to deploy soon IAEA teams on a continual basis to the four other Ukrainian nuclear facilities, the Khmelnitsky, Rivne and South Ukraine NPPs [nuclear power plants], as well as the Chornobyl site.
Well that is all fine and dandy and even a bit reassuring. Poor Mr Grossi, – no wonder he always looks super-anxious.
Obviously the IAEA people are scared stiff about the potential for a catastrophic accident , a release of ionising radiation, amidst the hostilities in Ukraine.
BUT – does that cause the IAEA to pause in its promotion of nuclear energy worldwide?
The world’s corporate media is constantly awash with excited promotion of “new nuclear” , and how we supposedly need nuclear power to solve climate change. (As Helen Caldicott said this is “like recommending smoking as the cure for obesity”).
Not a peep about this out of the IAEA , which apparently regards all other nuclear facilities except the ones in Ukraine as safe, and a boon to humankind. If you go to the IAEA’s websites on nuclear safety you find very complacent spiels promoting nuclear.
Let’s not forget, the IAEA is basically a nuclear marketing agency. Its mission statement includes this purpose:
assists its Member States…… in planning for and using nuclear science and technology for various peaceful purposes, including the generation of electricity, and facilitates the transfer of such technology and knowledge ……
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