Wednesday, February 6, 2013

France orders special forces to protect Niger uranium



hat tip: Tony Mierzwicki

John Irish, Geert de Clercq, Muriel Boselli and Michel Rose. Reuters PARIS | Thu Jan 24, 2013 7:57am EST http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/24/us-mali-rebels-niger-areva-idUSBRE90N0K820130124
 
[Excerpted] (Reuters) - France has ordered special forces to protect uranium sites run by state-owned Areva in Niger as the threat of attacks on its interests rises after its intervention against rebels in Mali, a military source said on Thursday.

Areva has been mining uranium in Niger for more than five decades and provides much of the raw materials that power France's nuclear power industry, the source of 75 percent of the country's electricity.

Paris launched air strikes and sent hundreds of soldiers into Niger's neighbor Mali this month to drive back al-Qaeda-linked rebels it said could turn the West African country into a base for international attacks....

Majia here: Nuclear causes wars, fails as a deterrent, and wrecks the environment.

We are enslaved by our obsession with the power of the atom.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the "hat tip." Greater public awareness is essential if the US is to embrace renewable energy on a commercial scale.

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