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Tuesday, March 15, 2011 

Premier Brad Wall Uses Japanese Meltdown Crisis To Announce That Saskatchewan Still Aggressively Wants Nuclear Reactors

It's hard to determine if Brad Wall's commitment to constructing nuclear reactors in Saskatchewan is mere political bravado or outright stupidity. Either way, raising the issue at the same time that nuclear meltdowns may be happening in Japan is wierd:

Sask. Party not deterred by Japanese nuclear crisis
"Suffice to say, it's a precarious political position for the Saskatchewan government to be in today as the world watches the crisis in Japan shift from Friday's 8.9 magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsunami to a potential nuclear disaster stemming from the release of radiation and the potential meltdown of three reactors at a nuclear power plant. [...] SaskPower Minister Rob Norris made it clear Monday that his government is still a whole-hearted advocate of nuclear power. Speaking to reporters, Norris explained that this is the only viable position to take for a province that supplies the world with so much uranium ...

Regina Leader-Post

Brad Wall just wants all the kids to get radiation poisoning like all the other tritium and strontium leaks found at all the other reactors around the world.

My real question is why none of these guys are pursuing Thorium based reactors which are hundreds of times more efficient with zero meltdown risk. Ah, but no plutonium by-product which the countries can use for weapons production. Interesting problem.

Thorium is our only hope for the future. If it takes 100 barrels of oil to make a car, then I doubt that long-distance trucking is sustainable. We will have to move toward electric trains if we have any hope of surviving on the prairies.

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