Concerning the nuclear accident in Japan, while some countries are vacillating on the issue of atomic energy, and others are holding on tight (France, the United States), Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has ordered the immediate halt of a project to construct a nuclear power plant in that country.
Chavez is an authoritarian president who to my understanding and that of others represents an obstacle more than a step forward on the path to Latin American and human emancipation. However, that doesn’t keep us from applauding his wise moves. The decision to stop construction on the nuclear power station deserves recognition and mention.
I think I would have turned pro-Chavez for a day if the resources dedicated to the exploitation of oil were rechanneled toward obtaining not only cleaner and greener energy but also to a model more compatible with a more human and less consumerist way of life.
“Atomic electricity” (similar to oil-generated electricity) cannot only be criticized for the ever-latent danger of radioactive escape, but also for reproducing and perpetuating a dynamic that is alienating, socially excluding, consumerist, elitist and exploitative. In short, it recreates the dynamics of the society that discovered and began using it.
God and Chavez’s circle of advisors know the real reason for this decision to stop construction on a nuclear plant, but — leaving all that aside — this time he hit the target.
Despite Marx, it seems that the human emancipation doesn’t come loaded on the truck of the development of the “productive forces.”