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On Ireland and Uranium Mining

Ireland's minister of energy and natural resources is working to shut down potential uranium mining there, saying it would be hypocritical for a country that doesn't use nuclear power to do so.

Dave's Rants responds with some inconvenient truths.

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Luke said…
I wonder if Ireland makes use of reactor-derived radiopharmaceuticals in medicine, for example?

There are plenty of technologies in the modern world that involve reactor-derived radioisotopes - do they have ionisation smoke detectors in Ireland?

As such, there's no hypocrisy in mining Uranium.
Anonymous said…
Is'nt this just typical, here we are in the 21st century shaking our heads at the so-called spectre of development. I'm willing to grant that lack of self-made industrialization in Ireland has led Irish polititions to assume that our European comrades are going to do all of the work in creating a industrialized country but I'm afraid no cheese-eating, brown-eyed french man is going to come around here and try to develope this country if I was in charge. no, I would bring about radical change, and Nuclear power is the key. imagine an Ireland with freelance industry, jobs for all,energy to suit our needs, investment in high technology and education and above all complete social independance. look for the radon gas signitures of radioactive alpha decay and mine for uranium. to hell with the taboo on nuclear energy and on genetic research. I have a plan to re-industrialize Ireland and transform it from a capitalist nightmare and into a communist paradise with work and money for all. what we must do is shed off the shackles of europe, claim back our waters and make a new society fr the blue-eyed, pale skinned and dark haired Irish. no more europeans, no more foreign ties, and no more inept government.

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