Dated, 22nd May 2019
The Comptroller & Auditor General Of India
Pocket – 9, Deen Dayal Upadhaya Marg
New Delhi – 110124
Subject: The need for auditing of the procurement process followed in the case of nuclear power reactors for the country
Greetings from Sagar, Western Ghats, Karnataka.
This has reference to my earlier emails of 28th March 2019, and 30th April, 2019 on the subject :”The need for auditing of the procurement process followed in the case of nuclear power reactors for the country “.
May I draw your kind attention to a representation to the Vice President of India, as in the forwarded mail below, on the subject “The relevance of nuclear power from Climate Change perspective”? This communication provides an insight into various associated issues on the hollow claim by nuclear advocates which underlines the importance of nuclear energy in the context of climate change.
Having exhausted various arguments to prop up the relevance of itself, the nuclear industry during last few years has been trying vainly to project itself as an effective tool to combat climate change. But the harsh realities of such an advocacy, as detailed in the communication below, should clearly indicate the hollow nature of the associate claims.
Although the nuclear power plants are generally not associated with any carbon di-oxide (CO2) emissions during their normal operation, the life cycle CO2 emissions (which are linked to the numerous stages from nuclear ore mining till the spent nuclear fuels/wastes are safely disposed of after thousands of years) are recognized as considerable. The energy related costs of keeping the spent nuclear fuel safe for hundreds of years, if not for thousands of years, also cannot be inconsiderable and can be seen as unjust burden on the future generations, because all the associated benefits of nuclear power, however meager they may be, would have come to the present generation alone. Taking all these direct and indirect costs and CO2 emissions into objective account, the nuclear power technology has been ranked by credible analysis as one of the least beneficial and the costliest among various sources of electricity.
These issues may kindly be taken into objective account while considering the need for auditing of the procurement process followed in the case of nuclear power reactors for the country.
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