More than 40 scientists, intellectuals, engineers and artists: “It is time for the political world to assume Fukushima” (OPINION).It is time for the political world to take its mistakes and put an end to the nuclear industry. This is not only illegitimate, but it is also an extreme threat to our future. On June 25 last year, 50,000 people joined hands to demand the closure of the Tihange plant. The number of protesters surprised many. Also notable was the lack of reaction from the political world as a result of this extraordinary event. There are reasons for this apparent lethargy of the leaders of this country, in the face of this popular demonstration, perhaps starting with a feeling of guilt, which would be quite appropriate. Indeed, what has prevailed in the implementation of the nuclear industry is the lack of democratic debate and false state propaganda, that of an energy that would be unlimited, cheap and safe; as we recalled the commemoration of the seventh anniversary of Fukushima, the second accident of a nuclear power station which has no end, after that of Chernobyl in 1986. More serious still, in 1960, the leaders of 16 European countries, including Belgium, agreed to sign the Paris Convention which was intended to limit the financial liability of the operator in the event of a nuclear accident, no insurance company willing to cover the nuclear risk considered too high. Without this unique Convention, the nuclear industry could never have developed in Europe. It is worth mentioning here that a major accident in Tihange would mean the end of life as we know it and, in fact, the end of Wallonia as a region. That the cost of such an accident would amount to several trillions of euros, without it being possible to quantify the sanitary and psychological misery into which the Walloons, sentenced, either to leave their country abandoning all their property – but to go where, or to live in a contaminated territory for the poorest of them. That on this amount, the operator, Engie-Electrabel, would have to pay only 1.2 billion, less than its profit of certain years and less than one thousandth of the cost of the disaster.
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