Monday, 30 June 2008


On a previous posting I mentioned that in the US, at last, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) had reported on the effects of Greenhouse Gasses under the orders of The US Supreme Court.

The report has at finally been emailed to the White House, but since the Bush administration did not want to accept the EPA conclusion that greenhouse gases are pollutants that need controlling, they have ordered that the email should not be opened! Meanwhile the EPA has been pressured to dilute the report, eliminate parts of it and resubmit it... Hard to believe...(?) just see here then.

Now, if you are living in the UK and think that this lack of principle could never happen here, I am sorry, but think again. In the UK, in 2007, the High Court ruled that the Government’s plans to build a new generation of nuclear power stations were “unlawful” and the way it consulted with the public over the decision was “misleading, seriously flawed, manifestly inadequate and procedurally unfair”. So naturally the plans are going ahead, so what are the facts?

Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s great friend, advisor and supporter is the UK Treasury Minister MP Ed Balls. Ed Balls is married to MP Yvette Cooper, who, as Minister of Housing was responsible for the new planning laws that will speed up major projects, like nuclear power stations. Yvette Cooper’s Father is Tony Cooper, who, until recently, was the chairman of the Nuclear Industry Association, which lobbies Ministers on the benefits of atomic power. He is now director of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and has become one of the most outspoken champions of the industry's 'green' credentials."

Gordon Brown’s brother is Andrew Brown, who was director of media strategy of the PR and UK government nuclear lobbying company Weber Shandwick. Weber Shandwick has a long history of involvement with the atomic industry, a former UK chief executive Philip Dewhurst, is corporate affairs director for British Nuclear Fuels Ltd (BNFL). Andrew Brown no longer works for Weber Shandwick but is now Head of Media relations at EDF Energy, one of the largest energy companies in the UK, employing over 12,000 people. It is one of over 70 subsidiaries of the EDF Group, which has over 40 million customers worldwide, is the world’s largest nuclear operator and is pushing for a nuclear rebuild programme in the UK.

All a coincidence naturally... now what does Proverbs say? "He whose walk is blameless is kept safe, but he whose ways are perverse will suddenly fall". (28:18)

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