Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Nuclear Energy for Moms

Yesterday, the Canadian Nuclear Society (CNS), the non-profit propaganda arm of the Canadian Nuclear Agency, announced that their annual conference would be held at the Toronto Marriot Hotel from June 11th - 14th. Among the agenda items listed are "Winning Public & Political Support for Nuclear," and my personal favorite, "Playing the Gender Card - Winning the Hearts and Minds of the Female Demographic".

In year that marked the 20 anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, the nuclear contamination of an aquifer in Normandy, and the Canadian government dedicating $520 million towards the clean up of nuclear waste, the CNS should have its work cut out for it.

Unfortunately, the so called benefits of nuclear keep gaining significant media play, with Ontario announcing today a plan to invest billions in new nuclear power - a move that will wed the citizens of Ontario to costs and risks of nuclear energy for decades to come.

Policy makers would better advised to genuinely address "the hearts and minds" of both the female demographic and all concerned Canadians by saying no to nuclear and providing real incentive for conservation and green energy choices. The victims of Chernobyl would agree. So would Mom.

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