Made in Italy: radioactive politics isn’t renewable
It’s a New Year, the perfect occasion to begin a new series entitled “Made in Italy”. Which however won’t talk about fashion, pizza or Ferrari but more practically about the true exclusive products of the current “Italy system”, that is organized crime, corruption, mental degeneration conveyed by television and genetic tendency to support fascism disguised as well-being or its illusion.
Let’s start with energy, with the debate among politicians and that amoeba of civil society that in the Italian newspapers mostly relates to the “boss” instead of the reader like in any civil country. To say “debate” isn’t really right because there hasn’t been, from what I recall, a serious confrontation between opinions, policies and solutions but only the reiteration, by the slaves of the lobbies, of the same obsessive idea on the need to rely on the nuclear energy to “renew” the power sources of the country.
Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, already untouchable by the law and ready to jail or pull the connection plug to hundreds of thousands of P2P users, has strengthened during the last press conference of the year that “we must return to atomic energy“. In the country of Gomorra and the toxic waste stored by the camorra within the soil and the quarries of Campania (practically behind my home), the only solution to “answer to a future demand” for the energy needs would be to build atomic plants that will produce who knows how much radioactive material to get rid of, which will inevitably end to contribute to the growth of cancer death rates in the present and above all in the future.
Obviously, as always at home and abroad, Berlusconi says a huge amount of
bullshit triviality. Without wanting to seek in detail which interests are hidden behind this will to push on with the adoption of nuclear energy, the fact of the past years is that Europe is already talking, debating, planning and foreseeing on the exploit of energy sources that, contrariwise to the fission plants that have brought the Chernobyl disaster, represent the only possible future for a humanity that do not want to self-destruct.
Scientists from the Trans-Mediterranean Renewable Energy Cooperation (TREC) consortium have planned the DESERTEC project, which foresees to use huge mirrors located in the North Africa deserts for supporting plants based on the solar thermal, a source that exploits the Sun energy to heat at high temperatures a liquid or a gas which will then be used to supply the turbines for power production. An undersea direct-current grid will ultimately carry the energy from Africa to Europe, with an estimated efficiency of 90% on the ideal length between the Black Continent and London.
Here we aren’t talking about pipe dreams but concrete science: in a report commissioned by the German Environment Minister in 2006, two physicists member of TREC have estimated that by 2050 the entire Europe could obtain the total amount of its energy requirements from the DESERTEC plants, with a great “bye bye” to oil and the dependence from the instable zones of Middle East for the decades to come. Solar thermal power is among the other things a kind of technology conceived by the Nobel prize winner Carlo Rubbia, a highly regarded scientist that in Italy is obviously treated like dirt by the lackeys of the Berlusconian (and not only) lobby and which is currently turning his intuitions into business applications in the near (and way more civil) Spain.
For the DESERTEC project to take off the main requirement is the political will, a will that in Europe must deal with the French determination to go on with nuclear plants. It’s undoubtedly a very ambitious project, but it could really bring forth the solution to all the energy problems of the Old Continent including Italy, securing a future for the generations that currently have no one.
Besides any other thing, despite all its issues DESERTEC surely is a much more intelligent and sustainable solution for Italy than building atomic plants, in a country in whose underground there already are streams of leachate and radioactive waste thanks to the decennial work of organized crime (mostly) from Campania. But Berlusconi, you know, is a buddy of the French president Nicolas Sarkozy, is someone accustomed to give the impression of a resolver, a commander in chief, which has solved Naples’s waste emergency by opening new venoms plants and by coming to an agreement (he or someone on his stead) with the only (hidden) organizations that have the power, in those areas, to stop or exasperate crises.
Berlusconi resolves problems on the blackboards of TV shows, saves the economy with the useless and humiliating charity of the Social Card and assures the United States to be able to continue gathering atomic bombs in the Italian bases. Hence heartily thanking those fellow countrymen which since decades contribute, with their vote, to the perpetuation of the Berlusconian regime (already equivalent to fascism in its soul but not yet in the appearance), I can’t help but wish them to be the first ones to get cancer when the radiant atomic future of the country will have spread its toxic effects. Happy 2009 to everybody.
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