Hans Blix: I am more scared about global warming than I am about weapons of mass destruction!

As a fellow Swede I am DEEPLY ashamed of Hans Blix, former foreign minister, former director IAEA, former director UNMOVIC etc.

Furthermore, to top it off, he is: ”Chairman of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission”. Funded by the Swedish government and based in Stockholm.

Yeah, it feels safe with that kind of a chairman doesn’t it.

From today’s The National (Abu Dhabi):

”Hans Blix, the chairman of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission, embraced the ambitions of the UAE and other Middle-Eastern oil producers to build nuclear reactors to supply their growing power needs.

”I am fully in favour of oil-rich countries having nuclear reactors,” Dr Blix said. ”Long-term, I am more scared about global warming than I am about weapons of mass destruction.”

http://www.thenational.ae/article/20081124/BUSINESS/812960891/-1/NEWS

Experts cheer the UAE’s nuclear plan

Tamsin Carlisle and Chris Stanton

Last Updated: November 24. 2008 9:02PM UAE / GMT

Hans Blix, the chairman of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission, favours oil-rich countries building nuclear reactors. Amy Leang / The National

The UAE has won plaudits for its civilian nuclear-energy programme from international nuclear experts and politicians gathered in the capital yesterday.

”We insist on safety and security first, because, after all, we drink from this Gulf,” said Anwar Gargash, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, addressing a conference hosted by the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research. ”The programme is designed as a template and standard for our area, which is in danger of seeing proliferation without the necessary safeguards.”

The Government is in the final stages of evaluating a proposal to build a fleet of nuclear reactors to provide up to 15,000 megawatts of power by 2020, he said.

International speakers at the conference unanimously agreed that nuclear power development brings a risk of nuclear weapons proliferation. But they said the UAE’s programme was setting an example for the rest of the Middle East and could provide a foundation for regional co-operation in areas ranging from nuclear regulation and inspection to electricity sharing and the training of staff.

”We face a growing risk of nuclear weapons proliferation as nuclear reactors become a growing source of power. That is why the UAE programme is so important. A Middle East free of nuclear weapons is critical,” said David Miliband, the British foreign secretary.

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Earlier this year, the UAE signed co-operation agreements with France, Britain and the US, after announcing its intention to join the nuclear power club. It is considering signing similar agreements with Japan and South Korea, according to Hamad Ali al Ka’abi, the nation’s permanent representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Hans Blix, the chairman of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission, embraced the ambitions of the UAE and other Middle-Eastern oil producers to build nuclear reactors to supply their growing power needs.

”I am fully in favour of oil-rich countries having nuclear reactors,” Dr Blix said. ”Long-term, I am more scared about global warming than I am about weapons of mass destruction.”

”For the Gulf, the argument seems to be accepted that nuclear energy should be used to generate power, freeing oil and gas for export” he added.

Nuclear power, which converts the energy locked in the nuclei of uranium atoms into electricity, does not generate carbon dioxide as a waste product, unlike power generation from burning fossil fuels such as coal or natural gas.

Arguing that the world’s use of energy was bound to increase as people strive for better standards of living, Dr Blix said improving energy efficiency was his first choice for stabilising carbon emissions, with nuclear development second. Renewable energy would play only a limited role because of the cost and difficulty of harvesting ”dispersed” energy such as wind and sunlight, he predicted.

But nuclear development has a long lead time, so we had ”better start now”, he said.

International nuclear-power firms, backed by their home countries’ governments, have been jockeying to sell their reactors to the UAE. The Government expected to settle on a reactor design next year, Mr Ka’abi said.

”We have determined that nuclear energy is an option the UAE cannot afford to ignore,” he said.

Mr Ka’abi said it was difficult to anticipate how much a plant would cost, noting that he had seen estimates ranging from US$1,500 (Dh5,509) to $4,500 per kilowatt. That compares with less than $1,000 per kilowatt hour for a gas-fired power station. But the reason the UAE is seeking to build nuclear reactors is that it has decided it will not have sufficient gas to supply a projected 40,000 megawatts of electricity demand in 2020.

If the UAE elects to take the nuclear route, the costs of setting up the infrastructure and regulatory framework would necessitate building more than one plant, according to Adnan Shihab-Eldin, a former IAEA director who also serves as acting secretary general of Opec in 2005. ”Nuclear power is not something for which you build one today and do not build one tomorrow.”

Mr Blix predicted the greatest challenge to the country’s nuclear programme would be a shortage of skilled personnel to run the plant and staff the regulatory agency. He said it was essential that the UAE start training staff now.

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3 svar to “Hans Blix: I am more scared about global warming than I am about weapons of mass destruction!”

  1. Kalle Swede Says:

    Gubben Blix börjar bli gammal och gaggig.

    När Blix är mer orolig för en genom propaganda
    och påstådda förändringar kommande global warming
    med en grad Celsius om 100 år än spridning
    av atombomber i nutid bland ociviliserade
    muslimska araber som har koranen som
    instruxbok för atomkraftverk – och då menar
    jag inte i dagsläget UAE utan Iran och dess like –
    då skall han dra sig tillbaka. Han inser inte själv
    att hans storhetstid är över. Hade Blix satt sig
    in i hur reellt falska IPPC:s modeller och politiskt
    styrda gissningar är hade han skämts över sitt
    uttalande i Förenade Arabemiraten. Han gav just
    Iran den ”amunition” i debatten om Irans atomkraft
    som dessa skurkar till islamistiska och fundamentalistiska
    ledare just behövde. Det är skrämmande att tidigare
    så erfarna och kloka personer som Blix så snabbt
    kan förlora omdömet och uppträda som om de
    hade börjat vandringen mot demens och senilitet.

  2. sophiaalbertina Says:

    Kalle Swede,

    Ja nog har Gubben Blix blivit både gammal och gaggig alltid. Problemet är ju att han uttalar alla dessa stolligheter i ”vårat namn” OCH för VÅRA skattepengar.

    Om han hade varit ordförande för någon ideell organisation, eller hade privat startat motsvarande så hade han fått säga vilka stolligheter som helst för min del.

    För då hade det bara varit för hans egen del. Och bara avslöjat hur intälägänt han är.

    Men som alltid vad det gäller den politiska sfären så skall alltid dessa f.d. politiker belönas med egna små ”kungadömen” där de kan vara herre på täppan. De får en egen myndighet, organisation etc. att styra och ställa över. Oavsett om de har någon kompetens och erfarenhet, eller inte.

    Allt naturligtvis på svenska folkets bekostnad. Att betala eller ordna något själva är de för ”fina” för.

    Så när han nu åker omkring i världen och uttalar sina stolligheter. Så är det vi, det svenska folket, som har bekostat det hela.

    Och för att lägga lök på laxen – det sker i ”VÅRT NAMN”.

    Det är som med gamla boxare som är så punch drunk att de inte ens har förmågan att inse att de borde ha dragit sig tillbaka för länge sedan. Om de sedan uppträder på den internationella arenan som i det här fallet så blir resultatet bara mer tragiskt.

  3. Kalle Swede Says:

    Jo men visst, Sophia, du har helt rätt, nog f-n är det så. Vi betalar med både våra skattepengar och att vi svenskar förlöjligas internationellt. Sorry to say, när dessa gamla pompösa elefanter dansar i porslinsbutiken så förstör de allt av värde.

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