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Le point de vue d’un opposant jordanien, Bassel Burgan, au projet de centrale nucléaire. Très intéressant.
The government was convinced that it needed to start a nuclear project to profit from the expected proceeds from uranium mining. The nuclear lobby relied on speculative calculations of the size of the country’s uranium reserves in Jordan to commission international companies like the French Areva, the Australian Rio Tinto and the Chinese SinoU to start digging. All three companies withdrew from the excavation works because they did not find uranium in commercially viable quantities.
Why do you oppose these plans?
The government has not been transparent about any part of the project, and has consistently released misleading information. I personally oppose the whole project because there is indisputable evidence that nuclear power plants raise cancer rates many miles away, even in the absence of accidents. I also oppose the project because it is not a sovereign project, while other sources of energy, such as clean renewable energy and oil shale, are sovereign. It is basically a corruption project.
Another mega-project that I strongly oppose is the “Red-Dead,” a huge canal that is promoted as a way to “save” the disappearing Dead Sea (whose headwaters were stolen by Israel in diverting the path of the Jordan River in the 1950s) and to desalinate its waters, 50 percent of which are to be sold to Israeli settlements. Jordan is then supposed to purchase water from Lake Tiberias (which is untreated) for use in northern Jordan.
The country’s water shortage can only be addressed with desalination units on the southern shores near ‘Aqaba; that water could be mixed with water being pumped from the Disi aquifer along the Saudi Arabian border. As it stands, the Disi waters have excessive levels of radioactivity.