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NORWAY WORLD LEADERS IN RENEWABLE ENERGY -sort of?

“…Figures show that 45 % of the energy bought in Norway comes from fossil fuels, while more than 30% comes from nuclear power…”

  • Posted on December 27, 2012
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Norway, from which Team Gasse’s Tor Staubo hails, prides itself in being one of the leaders in the Green Energy production. Below is an informative article about how Norwegian consumers are being pushed to demand the implementation of such cleaner energy usage in their own country.

Norway is in a special position when it comes to energy. 95% of the energy produced in Norway comes from hydropower, and the energy prices are the lowest in Europe. Despite of this, Norwegian consumers use less environmentally friendly energy.

Big demand for guarantee of origin
Renewable energy is in big demand in many European countries. More and more Europeans want energy with guarantee of origin. Because of this, Norwegian hydropower is sold on the European market, and Norwegian households buy energy from less environmentally friendly sources, imported from other countries.

In June, the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) announced its updated declaration of energy. Figures show that 45 % of the energy bought in Norway comes from fossil fuels, while more than 30% comes from nuclear power. NVE’s numbers are in sharp contrast to the myth that they mostly use clean hydropower in Norway.

“Norway is in a special position when it comes to renewable energy,” says Finn Erik Arctander , Managing Director of Telinet Energi. “Because most of the electricity in Norway is produced from hydropower, we are used to thinking that the power we use is green energy. The challenge is that we sell much of our renewable power abroad and in return we import electricity from coal and nuclear power.”

To get the renewable energy they want, Norwegian consumers now need to actively demand this from their power supplier.

“We see a big increase in customers that are environmentally conscious. They want origin-guaranteed energy in Norway as well, and they choose their power supplier based on this rather than on price only,” says Arctander. “The good news is that environmentally friendly energy is not more expensive than the energy bought from fossil fuel and nuclear power.”

Green energy just as inexpensive
A brand new overview shows that many of the power suppliers with guarantee of origin have the same low prices, or even lower, than the others. On top of the price list for all power suppliers in the Oslo area, with the lowest prices, we find Telinet Energi, with 100% green energy.

“This list shows that green energy can also be affordable,” says Arctander.

Source: http://www.prnewswire.com; December 21, 2012.

http://gasseracing.com/news-updates/norway-world-leaders-in-renewable-energy/

Norway is opposed to nuclear power?

“….As of 2011, countries such as Australia,Austria, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, Israel,Malaysia, New Zealand, and Norway remain opposed to nuclear power….”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-nuclear_movement

Nuclear reactor in Norway helps to make paper!

“…Its small test reactor in the town of Halden is furnishing steam to a nearby paper mill, according to the “Material Testing Reactors” website published by France’s Energy and AlternativeEnergies Commission (CEA).  Wikipedia identifies the user as the Saugbrugs paper mill, operated by Norske Skog Corp….”

http://www.norwaynews.com/en/~view.php?73T2654KL84839B2851gi844SQ2888Q076AEk353M7U8

December 30, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

“The Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster” – Professor Edward Vajda

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcCiagavS3Q

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Published on Nov 28, 2012

Edward Vajda, professor of Modern and Classical Languages at Western Washington University, gave a lecture titled “The Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012 in the Bellingham City Council Chambers, 210 Lottie St., in Bellingham.

The free, public talk, an installment of the WWU College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean’s Lecture Series, was co-sponsored by the City of Bellingham.

Vajda discussed the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster, which arguably remains the world’s worst environmental catastrophe. Vajda worked as a translator and news analyst in the Moscow office of CBS News during the crisis. He will recount his experience in helping cover the story at the time, and also will explain what is known in hindsight about the causes leading up to the disaster. He also will analyze the role played by the tragedy in the dissolution of the Soviet Union and assess its continuing environmental, political and social effects a quarter century later.

Edward Vajda has been a professor at Western since 1987 and currently serves as director of the Linguistics Program. He teaches Russian language, culture and history, as well as general linguistics and courses on Inner Asian and Siberian peoples. Vajda worked as tour guide and interpreter in the former Soviet Union and has traveled extensively throughout the Russian Federation, specializing more recently in language documentation among northern Siberia’s native ethnic communities. Vajda received Western’s Excellence of Teaching Award in 1992 and the Paul J. Olscamp Research award in 2011. Audience questions will be welcomed.

The lecture will be recorded and shown on Bellingham TV Channel 10. For more information on this lecture, please contact Katrina Schaeffer, WWU College of Humanities & Social Sciences, (360) 650-3763, or katrina.schaeffer@wwu.edu

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Published on Nov 23, 2012

原発反対! 子どもを守ろう! 命を守ろう! みんなで守れ、子供を守れ、子供こそ宝だ・・・・。

Thank you to ; Ian Thomas Ash, David Zavaglia, Iwakami Yasumi, Mark Willacy, Alain de Halleux, Birdhairjp, Tom Hartman, Jan Hemmer (for all your great input), Greenpeace International and everyone who have devoted so much time to bring out the truth to the small and big screen. These very simple homemade video petitions are dedicated to all victims of 311 and the brave citizens of Tohoku.

このとてもシンプルで手造りのビデオ署名311の犠牲者たちに捧げられた。
また東北地方の勇敢な人々に。

Please sign this petition on behalf of the children.
Become part of the solution.

子供達のために署名をおねがいします。
解決策の一部となろう。署名は 福島の子供を守れwww.avaaz.org で
http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Protect_the_children_of_Japan_against_radiat…

May all the children of the great nation of Japan be safe from radiation.
素晴らしい国日本の子供たちを放射能から救えます様に。

Evacuate Fukushima 福島の子供を守れ
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Evacuate-Fukushima-%E7%A6%8F%E5%B3%B6%E3%81%AE…

TO contact us; kodomo.wo.mamoru.311@gmail.com

The very best!

Nelson
Evacuate Fukushima 福島の子供を守れ
Live from Arevaland !

http://evacuatefukushimanow.wordpress.com/2012/11/29/part-09-%E7%B5%86%E3%81%A8%E3%83%97%E3%83%AD%E3%83%91%E3%82%AC%E3%83%B3%E3%83%80/

December 30, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | 5 Comments

WHO and IAEA cover up – Namie-machi and Iidate villages not warned about the high radiation

Fukushima Appeal 福島アピール

http://fukushimaappeal.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/it-was-in-fact-well-over-100msvy.html

Image courtesy of  http://evacuatefukushimanow.wordpress.com

SATURDAY, 29 DECEMBER 2012

In my previous post it says “The WHO report put the maximum whole-body radiation dose per person in the first four months of the crisis at 50 millisieverts”

It was in fact well over 100mSv/y.!!

This September, after one year and half, Fukushima government and Tepco finally revealed the radiation level of area near Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant at the time of the accident 

Highest point in Futaba-machi was 1590 uSv per hour (=13,928 mSv per year!) at 3pm before 1st explosion at reactor 1 on March 12, 2012.  

The level was so high that being there for 40 minutes would expose you to the annual radiation dosage limit.  Citizens within 10km radius of Daiichi nuclear power plant were evacuated in early morning on the day but not everybody managed to evacuate before vent was carried at reactor 1around 9am.  Mr. Hirose, journalist and been a main figure of anti nuclear campaign in Japan commented in his lecture that we should review evidence of the high radiation level and the evacuation situation.

While central and Fukushima government, Tepco employees, IAEA members and possibly even Radiation Effects Research Foundation (they were there carrying measuring equipment) with protective gears were collecting samples, local people were staying in the shelter without any protections or safety information.  Also residents in Namie-machi and Iidate village weren’t told the danger of the radiation for several months although it was over 100 uSv/h (=876 mSv/y) in some places.

Although Namie-machi and Iidate village are about 30km away from Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, unfortunately wind blew towards there and became heavily contaminated area. There was an article “Prometheus’ Trap” – “Men in protective cloth” on Asahi Newspapers written by one of residents in Namie-machi. These men were IAEA members.

In this article it says that they had men in protective cloth, visiting every day, measuring the level of radiation.  They were told it was safe although the most of the area in the town was well over 100 mSv/y in March and April 2011. 
 

December 30, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Nowhere to use Japan’s growing plutonium stockpile – Japan Today

“….Giving up on using plutonium for power would cause Japan to break its international pledge not to possess excess plutonium not designated for power generation. That’s why Japan’s nuclear phase-out plan drew concern from Washington; the country would end up with tons of plutonium left over. To reassure Japan’s allies, government officials said the plan was only a goal, not a commitment….”

By Mari Yamaguchi

NATIONAL DEC. 30, 2012 – 07:00AM JST

ROKKASHO —

How is an nuclear-powered island nation riddled with fault lines supposed to handle its nuclear waste? Part of the answer was supposed to come from this windswept village along Japan’s northern coast.

By hosting a high-tech facility that would convert spent fuel into a plutonium-uranium mix designed for the next generation of reactors, Rokkasho in Aomori Prefecture was supposed to provide fuel while minimizing nuclear waste storage problems. Those ambitions are falling apart because years of attempts to build a “fast breeder” reactor, which would use the reprocessed fuel, appear to be ending in failure.

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There is scant prospect for building a long-term nuclear waste disposal site in Japan.

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If Japan decided that it cannot use the plutonium, it would be breaking international pledges aimed at preventing the spread of weapons-grade nuclear material. It already has enough plutonium to make hundreds of nuclear bombs — 10 tons of it at home and the rest in Britain and France, where Japan’s spent fuel was previously processed.

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“Our nuclear policy was a fiction,” former National Policy Minister Seiji Maehara told a parliamentary panel in November. “We have been aware of the two crucial problems. One is a fuel cycle: A fast-breeder is not ready. The other is the back-end (waste disposal) issue. They had never been resolved, but we pushed for the nuclear programs anyway.” -Seiji Maehara

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Construction at Rokkasho’s reprocessing plant started in 1993 and that unit alone has cost 2.2 trillion yen so far. Rokkasho’s operational cost through 2060 would be a massive 43 trillion yen, according to a recent government estimate.

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The prototype Monju fast-breeder reactor in western Japan had been in the works for nearly 50 years, but after repeated problems, authorities this summer pulled the plug, deeming the project unworkable and unsafe.

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The fourth reactor that used MOX was among the reactors that melted down. Plant and government officials deny that the reactor explosion was related to MOX.

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Meanwhile, the plutonium stockpile grows. Including the amount not yet separated from spent fuel, Japan has nearly 160 tons. Few countries have more, though the U.S., Russia and Great Britain have substantially more.

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