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2007: Annus Mirabilis and the Smiling Garden of Eden PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 09 January 2008 10:24
2007: Annus Mirabilis and the Smiling Garden of Eden
PEJ News - Pablo Ouziel -
Justice Editor - In 1905 Albert Einstein, presented the Annus Mirabilis ("Wonderful Year") Papers, in which he explained the mass ­energy equivalence formula, E = mc2, which lead to the development of nuclear energy. In 1955, a few days before his death, Einstein together with Bertrand Russell issued the Russell-Einstein Manifesto, highlighting the dangers posed by nuclear weapons, and calling for world leaders to seek peaceful resolutions to international conflict. One of the paragraphs in the manifesto read;
The year 2007 has been a "Wonderful year" in the quest for nuclear supremacy. While as Eglobal citizens' we have been distracted by the dangers of a nuclear-armed Iran, the possible failed state of Pakistan, and the push for disarmament by North Korea, our political and economic leaders have been making aggressive moves towards reinstating the forgotten supremacy of Nuclear Energy.
Following the 1986 disaster at Chernobyl and the end of the nuclear arms race of the Cold War, it looked like the use of nuclear energy would fade away and be replaced with alternative sources of energy, both for military and civilian purposes. However, it seems apparent now, that the opposite is taking place and as wars continue to spread, together with terrorism and failed states, the global race is on for nuclear domination. As President Bush said on the 20th of December; " [Nuclear plants] are the best solution to making sure we have economic growth and at the same time be good stewards of the environment."
On December 19th the Washington Post told us; "Nuclear power is on the verge of a renaissance in the United States." The fact is that there is a global renaissance thirsty for nuclear proliferation, and this time Washington is not its sole promoter. The main problem is that as Eglobal citizens' we don't understand the true implications of this choice. In 1953 Edward Teller "the father of the hydrogen bomb" and an early member of the Manhattan Project, charged with developing the first atomic bombs, addressed the issue in a letter to Sterling Cole, Chairman of the Joint Committee on Atomic Energy. Referring to the use of nuclear energy for civilian purposes he said;  "it is clear that no legislation will be able to stop future accidents and avoid completely occasional loss of life. Power production can, however, be conducted in such a manner as to produce militarily useful materials.
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