Quotable quotes about uranium

Uranium threat

By Jim Green, Australian national anti-nuclear campaigner with Friends of the Earth - "About two-thirds of the uranium in the United States is on indigenous lands. On a worldwide scale, about 70 percent of the uranium is either in Aboriginal lands in Australia or up in the Subarctic of Canada, where native people are still fighting uranium mining."  Winona LaDuke, a Chippewa by birth, is a leading indigenous expert on uranium mining on US reservations, a political organizer and journalist.

"The Government would not listen and forced the Ranger uranium mine on us, but the old people were right and today we are dealing with everything they were worried about." ‒ Yvonne Margarula, Mirarr Senior Traditional Owner, Northern Territory, Australia.

"I believe this uranium business will give the Anglo-Saxons such tremendous power that Europe will become a bloc under Anglo-Saxon domination. If that is the case, it will be a very good thing. I wonder whether Stalin will be able to stand up to the others as he has done in the past." ‒ German nuclear physicist Werner Heisenberg, August 1945.

"The brutal truth is that no one has yet managed to work out a way of getting nuclear reactors to burn uranium as effectively as they burn money." ‒ Tom Burke, 2005.

“Uranium is the raw material of a power-elite who has taken Mother Earth’s every living creature hostage.” ‒ The late Petra Kelly, German Greens Party.

"We extract ... uranium from the formation and send it to atomic reactors, so we are actually purifying the subsoil from heavy metals." ‒ Kazatomprom manager Kalilallo Baytasov, 2013.

"This is like a water clean up project, and we are going to sell the by-product on." ‒ Powertech manager Mark Hollenbeck on the Dewey-Burdock ISL uranium project in South Dakota. - Mark Hollenbeck / Powertech, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, 5 Apr. 2010.

"We're taking the uranium out of the ground, we're exporting it to be used for productive purposes, so we should be getting a medal for cleaning up the environment." ‒ Neville Huxham, Paladin Energy Africa, operator of the Kayelekera uranium mine, 2009.

"Mining is a 24 hour operation and cannot be stopped as a result of a shortage of available dust masks." ‒ Johan De Bruin, geology superintendent at Paladin's Kayelekera uranium mine in Malawi, 2010.

"The beauty of the uranium product and nuclear waste is that you can put your hands around it, you can control it and you can manage it." ‒ Brian Reilly, Minerals Council of Australia, November 2016.

"Again and again it has been demonstrated here and overseas that when problems over safeguards prove difficult, commercial considerations will come first." – Former South Australian Premier Mike Rann, 1982, Mike Rann, 1982, 'Uranium: Play It Safe'.

"You can guarantee that mining uranium will lead to nuclear waste. You can't guarantee that uranium mining will not lead to nuclear weapons." – Anthony Albanese, Australian Labor Party MP, 2006.

"For eight years in the White House, every weapons-proliferation problem we dealt with was connected to a civilian reactor program. And if we ever got to the point where we wanted to use nuclear reactors to back out a lot of coal ... then we'd have to put them in so many places we'd
run that proliferation risk right off the reasonability scale.
And we'd run short of uranium, unless they went to a breeder cycle or something like it, which would increase the risk of weapons-grade material being available." ‒ Former US Vice President Al Gore, 2006.

"The splitting of the atom has changed everything save our mode of thinking, and therefore we drift toward unparalleled catastrophe. The solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind. If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker." – Albert Einstein, 1946.

Diversification! "A minerals exploration company is trying to position itself to become Australia's first legal medicinal marijuana grower." ‒ ABC, April 2015. The share price of uranium explorer Capital Mining doubled following the announcement.

"In Western Australia, United Uranium, which holds several uranium exploration licences, has decided to get out of uranium exploration and instead focus on property development. The company said its strategic review "underlined a consistent theme, that junior resource companies and in particular uranium focussed companies, are currently 'unloved' by the investment community". ‒ Mining Australia, 2014. Vicky Validakis, 6 June, 2014, 'Price collapse sees junior miner ditch uranium to focus on property development',

"As investors try to predict what will happen next, analysts at RBC Capital Markets are advising clients to go overweight on fertilizer equities and underweight on uranium and precious metals equities in the
fourth quarter." ‒ Financial Post, 2014.

Uranium industry downturn

"[L]ess clued-up people continue to buy uranium penny dreadfuls rather than do something sensible, like bet the house (the wife and the kids) on the horse carrying the jockey wearing pink polka dots in the fourth at Ascot next Saturday." ‒ The West Australian, October 2005.

"[T]he uranium industry is definitely in crisis, I believe, and is showing all the symptoms of a mid-term paralysis if this situation does not demonstrably change." ‒ [Then] Paladin Energy chief executive John Borshoff, November 2013.

"[Uranium] is the worst-performing mined commodity this year." ‒ Wall Street Journal, July 2016

"Uranium executives radiate sunny optimism at the start of each year when pitching their new project. This then disappears by the summer ... This time even that optimism has gone. All the executives I spoke to looked about as miserable as England football fans in the second week of a major tournament. What’s to be done? Can this ever change? There is so much potential, but we never perform, why can’t we be put out of our misery? Is it Wayne Rooney’s fault?" ‒ RFC Ambrian, September 2016

"[U]ranium bulls know how Moses felt when he was destined to wander forty years in the desert and never get to see the Promised Land." ‒ Christopher Ecclestone, March 2016

"There is too much of nearly every commodity in the world today. Then there is uranium. The outlook for the element that powers nuclear reactors may be worse than for any other, and there is almost no prospect for improvement soon. Unlike other commodities, low prices won’t stimulate demand. No commodity faces the unique pressure that uranium and nuclear fuel do and there is little prospect of a near-term recovery." ‒ Wall Street Journal, September 2016

"It has never been a worse time for uranium miners." ‒ Alexander Molyneux, CEO of Paladin Energy

"The days of nuclear power based upon uranium-based fission are coming to a close because the fear of nuclear proliferation, the reality of nuclear waste and the difficulty of managing it have proven too difficult over time." ‒ Former Shell executive John Hofmeister

"There has indeed been a nuclear winter verging on an Ice Age over the last few years with bad news heaped upon bad news within the context of a pretty dismal financing situation for mining all around. ... The yellow mineral had made fools and liars of many in recent years, including ourselves."
‒ Christopher Ecclestone / Hallgarten & Company, 2014

"What gets us excited and what gets us out of bed in the morning are the long-term fundamentals of the uranium market." ‒ Brian Reilly, Minerals Council of Australia, November 2016

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Taiwanese energy firm rejects minister’s claim it would help set up South Australia’s nuclear waste dump

14 Dec 2016 - TAIWAN’S state-owned energy company has bluntly rejected Investment and Trade Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith’s claim the country would consider paying to help set up a nuclear waste dump in South Australia, saying in a letter that it “hereby declares this is a false information”.

Just days after Premier Jay Weatherill’s citizens’ jury last month overwhelmingly dumped on plans for nuclear storage in SA, amid concerns about trust, Mr Hamilton-Smith insisted he had met with Taiwanese officials who expressed a “clear message” of interest in investment.

“There’s clearly a demand and our neighbours may be in a position to put hundreds of millions, if not billions, into infrastructure and then paying to dump waste on an ongoing basis,” he said.

However, correspondence from state-owned power company Taipower and the country’s Atomic Energy Council to government party MP Su Chih-Feng rejects Mr Hamilton-Smith’s claim.

While they note there was a meeting with Mr Hamilton-Smith on November 10, Taipower says his spin of the events in Adelaide three days later was “a false information”.

The translation from Mandarin to English was done by a Taiwanese NGO and provided to The Advertiser by antinuclear activists Friends of the Earth Australia. It states Taipower was interested in using a dump which had been established, but not paying to help set one up.

“A foreign solution is one of the options for Taipower. However, foreign solution is also sensitive case in terms of international relationships,” the letter states.

“Therefore, foreign solutions should carefully consider both domestic and foreign regulations.

“Foreign solutions is a sensitive case with a lot of uncertainties.

“Taipower will consider to be a ‘customer’ after the country has developed a disposal facility.”

Taiwan’s Atomic Energy Council also said Mr Hamilton-Smith’s claim was “a false information”.

“We also notice that the Citizen Jury in Australia deny the proposal,” it states. “Without the understanding and support from Australian ... nuclear waste storage cannot be developed.”

One of the major criticisms of the SA nuclear proposal by the SA Liberals and green groups has been the risk of spending state taxpayer money up front with no certainty of future revenue.

Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commissioner Kevin Scarce found in his report that countries may be willing to provide a cash precommitment to SA to fund the building of enabling infrastructure.

Mr Hamilton-Smith said Friends of the Earth were “distributing information which talks down the market for storage of low-medium or high level waste”, as studied by the Royal Commission.

“Until that debate is put back on track with bipartisan support, there will be no progress,” he said. “It’s clear however from the informal discussions in November that I and other senior officers of the State Government had that there is interest and potential to work together to better secure the world’s nuclear waste. Storage and investment were both informally discussed but no official position was sought or offered. To get to that stage, we would have to continue the discussion on the Royal Commission’s work and determine a position of our own.”

Opposition treasury spokesman Rob Lucas said Mr Hamilton-Smith “stands condemned for misleading everyone” about Taiwan’s views, if the translations were accurate.

Friends of the Earth Australia nuclear campaigner Jim Green said Mr Weatherill should now “have the good sense to swallow his pride and to dump the dump proposal”.

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Jim Green

Media Release ‒ Friends of the Earth, Australia ‒ 15 December 2016*


Documents released by Friends of the Earth today reveal that:

·Taiwan will not pay SA to accept high-level nuclear waste if that requires investing in waste storage and disposal infrastructure.

·Taiwan would not send nuclear waste to Australia unless and until a repository is built and operating.

·Taiwan would not send nuclear waste to Australia in the face of widespread public opposition.

Dr Jim Green, national nuclear campaigner with Friends of the Earth Australia, said: "Taiwan's power utility Taipower states clearly and repeatedly that Taiwan will not pay for nuclear waste storage and disposal infrastructure in SA. Yet foreign investment in that infrastructure is central to the state Labor Government's plans.

Preliminary and exploratory studies could cost up to $2.4 billion and Premier Jay Weatherill must now come clean on whether he intends to gamble billions of dollars of taxpayers' money on this project."

Taipower's statements are directly at odds with statements made by Martin Hamilton-Smith. Opposition treasury spokesman Rob Lucas is quoted in this morning's /Advertiser/ saying that Hamilton-Smith “stands condemned for misleading everyone” about Taiwan’s views.

Dr Green continued: "Taiwan would not send nuclear waste to Australia unless and until a repository is built and operating. Yet the Final Report of the Royal Commission clearly states that unless nuclear waste is imported prior to the establishment of a repository, the project would not be profitable." /[See p.300 of the Royal Commission's Final Report.]/

"Taiwan will not send nuclear waste to Australia in the face of widespread public opposition. A clear majority of South Australians oppose the nuclear waste dump plan. A statewide consultation process found 53% opposition compared to just 31% support. A recent poll commissioned by the Sunday Mail found just 35% support. Two-thirds of the Citizen Jurors rejected the dump plan 'under any circumstances'. The Premier himself has acknowledged the 'overwhelming opposition of Aboriginal people'.

"It is unlikely that any country would send nuclear waste to SA in the face of widespread public opposition and overwhelming opposition from Aboriginal people. It is unlikely that any country would pay for waste storage and disposal infrastructure in SA. It is unlikely that any country would send waste to SA in the absence of a built, operating repository. The Labor Government's plan fails on all three counts.

"South Australians opposed to the dump will be spoilt for choice at the March 2018 election with the Liberal Party, the Nick Xenophon Team and the SA Greens all opposed to the Labor Government's plan to turn SA into the world's high-level nuclear waste dump. The Premier should have the good sense to swallow his pride and to dump the dump before he puts the Labor Party in an unwinnable position leading up to the state election," Dr Green concluded.