The Great Uranium Landgrab: Nuclear Power Comes Roaring Back

Danny Fortson writes in the Times:

It’s an odd place for a group of Frenchmen to pitch a tent city. Bakouma is one of the deepest, darkest corners of African jungle. From Bangui, the capital of the land-locked Central African Republic, it takes days to navigate the 800 km of dirt track to this patch of virgin forest in the middle of the continent. Usually they go by light aircraft to a nearby landing strip.

Most of the 160 or so jungle dwellers are scientists but they are not there to count butterflies. They are drawing up plans for a uranium mine. Areva, France’s state-owned nuclear giant, is behind the project. It hopes to begin clearing forest next year after the government approves its plan.

Bakouma is not an isolated case. It’s just one example of a silent landgrab unfolding around the globe. After decades as a forgotten commodity, uranium, the radioactive element used as the primary fuel for nuclear power, is hot property again. Agents for companies, many of them government-controlled, are fanning out across the globe to gain access to the powdery, radioactive ore.

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3 Responses to The Great Uranium Landgrab: Nuclear Power Comes Roaring Back

  1. wedphotography February 2, 2010 at 5:24 am #

    Now the cutting of forest should not be allowed that too for increasing nuclear power it is unbearable.

  2. wedphotography February 2, 2010 at 5:25 am #

    Wedphotography
    Now the cutting of forest should not be allowed that too for increasing nuclear power it is unbearable.

  3. Greg007 February 16, 2010 at 7:35 am #

    Forest should not be cut for increasing war powers like nuclear. Now this earth can't bear this nonsense.

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