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Nuclear power to stay in Germany, says EU commissioner with big hopes on fusion

TODAY @ 09:23

BY EUOBSERVER

Nuclear energy will remain in Germany for the next 40 years, the EU commissioner for energy Guenther Oettinger told German news website RP online. Germany decided in 2011 to close its nuclear reactors by 2022 but Oettinger predicts advances in nuclear fusion could convince the government to change its view.

http://euobserver.com/tickers/118627

Cold Fusion News about Andrea Rossi and Sergio Focardi E-Cat (Energy Catalyzer)

http://energycatalyzer3.com/news/swedish-documentary-on-rossi-stirs-controversy-makes-some-revelations

Published December 29, 2012.

The Swedish TV show World of Science’s documentary about Andrea Rossi made some interesting revelations about the ecat inventor and his work and stirred up a lot of controversy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=LHXc7NNMiWo

The program’s reporter Linus Brohult travelled to Italy to interview Rossi and view his ecat low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) technology. Like recent US documentary the Beleivers the World of Science features a clip from the 1997 film The Saint which featured a cold fusion reactor as a plot device. The documentary shows pictures of Martin Fleischman and Stanley Pons back in 1989.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=8M0i2fh8lGI

Andrea Rossi is described as an engineer and shown in a coffee shop. The documentary mentions Rossi’s attempts to make biodiesel fuel from garbage in the 1980s. It doesn’t mention the criminal charges filed against Rossi over that effort.

The documentary shows Rossi’s prototype factory in the town of Ferrara outside Bologna. It doesn’t show a new ecat facility as some bloggers have claimed instead it seems to show the same Leonardo Corporation facility that we’ve seen in earlier Rossi videos.

It also has some animation of the ecat that shows the device is heated by a built in electric radiator. The ecat is shown operating and Rossi explains it’s workings. Rossi told Brohult that the reactor was still hot several hours after it had been turned off which indicates a reaction had occurred.

The inside of Rossi’s one megawatt ecat unit was also shown. Rossi explained that the unit contains 100 one kilowatt ecat reactors and could generate as much electricity as a large wind turbine. It should be pointed out here that Rossi himself has admitted he hasn’t been able to generate enough steam with the ecat to generate electricity.

Greek physicist and diplomat Christos Stremmenos is also shown. Stremmenos explains that the technology was developed by Italian physicists before Rossi took over. The physicists presumably include Sergio Focardi whose name is mentioned.

Brohult to his credit does talk to some skeptics including Peter Ekstrom of Lund University who thinks that Rossi’s device would produce deadly gamma radiation if it were for real. Brohult even travelled to Sweden’s Lund University to talk to physicists that are skeptical of ecat. Another scientist named Goran Nybon demonstrated how an electric kettle could be used to create the illusion of generating excess heat. Nybon claimed that ecat is an illusion.

Some Rossi skeptics including Steven B. Krivit of the New Energy Times have alleged that this is what Rossi has done. It should be noted here that there is no evidence to back Krivit’s allegations up they are simply his speculation. The scientists at Lund interviewed by Brohult share Krivit’s view. It should be noted that those physicists have not actually examined the ecat so their claims are also speculation.

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December 31, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | 6 Comments

After Chernobyl nuclear disaster- “background” radiation estimated at double previous amount

radiation-warningGeneticist Valery N. Soyfer, founder of the former Soviet Union’s first molecular biology laboratory, analyzed the 1986 report to the IAEA, which has since been condemned as a cover-up. Dr. Soyfer says that if only 100 million curies were vented, then world “background radiation doubled at once.”[10] This claim was unsupported by accompanying evidence, butif “background” was doubled by 100 million curies, then it was multiplied 180 times by the release of Chernobyl’s “full inventory.”

Nineteen months after the disaster, in Nov. 1987, the U.S. government officially doubled its estimate of the “background” radiation to which we are exposed every year

Chernobyl at Ten:  Half-lives and Half Truths, Chernobyl, by John M. LaForge “…… In the first part of this article (Spring 1996 Pathfinder) I compared the recent trivialization of Chernobyl’s consequences to news accounts that appeared soon after the explosions and fire. For example, while the commercial press now tell us that the disaster “spread radiation across parts of Europe,” the fact is that the federal EPA announced in mid-May 1986 that, “Airborne radioactivity from the Chernobyl nuclear accident is now so widespread that it is likely to fall to the ground wherever it rains in the United States.”[4]

In this part I look at how much radiation Chernobyl evidently added to the “background,” at official skewing of the inevitable long-term effects, and at recent reports of its human health consequences. Continue reading

December 31, 2012 Posted by | 2 WORLD, environment, health, Reference | 1 Comment

US Navy men – major health problems from Fukushima nuclear radiation

see-this.waySee also: TV: US sailors having traits associated with radiation poisoning after Japan operation — Bleeding from rectum — Baby with birth defects — Cancer — Thyroid problems (VIDEO)  http://enenews.com/tv-sailors-having-traits-associated-radiation-poisoning-bleeding-rectum-baby-birth-defects-cancer-thyroid-problems-video

exclamation-CNN: Major health issues in ill US Navy sailors who were exposed to Fukushima radiation -Attorney http://enenews.com/cnn-major-health-issues-ill-navy-sailors-exposed-fukushima-radiation-attorney
Title: U.S. Navy sailors sue Japan over nuclear accident
Source: CNN
Author: Tom Watkins and Lateef Mungin
Date: Dec. 28, 2012

[...] “They have physical problems,” said Paul C. Garner, the plaintiffs’ attorney, in an interview with CNN affiliate KGTV in San Diego, the home port of the ship. “One of them is bleeding from his rectum; already, the others have problems with thyroid glands.”

Garner described the illnesses as “major health issues” during a telephone interview with CNN.

“Our best and brightest — who were hired to perform top service to our Navy — went there to provide humanitarian tasks and did not want to bargain their health and well being,” said Garner. “But the people running the power plant lied to them.” [...]

December 31, 2012 Posted by | health, Resources -audiovicual, USA | Leave a comment

Even right wing USA scandalised at Fukushima radiation effect on Navy men

eyes-surprisedTop Conservative Website: If lawsuit proves true and Tepco lied about radiation to get Americans in there, this is despicable http://enenews.com/top-conservative-website-lawsuit-proves-true-tepco-lied-about-radiation-americans-despicable
 December 29th, 2012
 Excerpt From: US sailors sue Tokyo Power for masking radiation danger
Source: Hot Air (#1,053 in US)
Date: December 29, 2012

[...] When people show up to help you during a disaster of this magnitude they’re already putting their lives on the line. Assuming the complaint proves true and Tokyo Power knowingly lied about the radiation levels to get the Americans in there and working, this is despicable. It’s also not the sort of thing that money can fix, but that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be made to pay for their horrible performance. Of course, that doesn’t even begin to address the disservice they did to their own citizens in the vicinity of the reactor. [...]

Read the full report here

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December 31, 2012 Posted by | politics, USA | Leave a comment

UK nuclear lobby desperate to keep the industry alive, therefore needs waste dump quickly

cartoon-waste-discussion without a positive decision, new nuclear development could be put
at risk.

Ministers are thought to be working on plans to try to ensure the
new-build programme is not derailed. Final investment decisions and
approvals for EDF’s proposed nuclear plant in Somerset are expected
next year.
a “no” vote in Cumbria in January would be likely to
deter a consortium that is at the early stage of planning a new plant
in the county, as it would have to invest hundreds of millions of
pounds before seeking planning permission….

Nuclear sector pushes for green light on waste dump. Telegraph By
Emily Gosden  30 Dec 2012
Britain’s nuclear industry has warned that a “no” vote by local
councils on crucial plans to assess sites for a major radioactive
waste dump would be “an injustice to future generations”. Continue reading

December 31, 2012 Posted by | politics, UK, wastes | 1 Comment

America is run by gangs – military, industrial, oil, ….

military-industrial-complexthe takeover of political power in America by the
”corporatocracy”.
First is the well-known military-industrial complex. ”As [President]
Eisenhower famously warned in his farewell address in January 1961,
the linkage of the military and private industry created a political
power so pervasive that America has been condemned to militarisation,
useless wars and fiscal waste on a scale of many tens of trillions of
dollars since then,” he says.

 

Flag-USAThe four business gangs that run the US, The Age, December 31, 2012 Ross Gittins

The Sydney Morning Herald’s Economics Editor IF YOU’VE ever suspected
politics is increasingly being run in the interests of big business, I
have news: Jeffrey Sachs, a highly respected economist from Columbia
University, agrees with you – at least in respect of the United
States.
In his book, The Price of Civilisation, he says the US economy is
caught in a feedback loop. ”Corporate wealth translates into
political power through campaign financing, corporate lobbying and the
revolving door of jobs between government and industry; and political
power translates into further wealth through tax cuts, deregulation
and sweetheart contracts between government and industry. Wealth
begets power, and power begets wealth,” he says.
Sachs says four key sectors of US business exemplify this feedback
loop and the takeover of political power in America by the
”corporatocracy”.
First is the well-known military-industrial complex. ”As [President]
Eisenhower famously warned in his farewell address in January 1961,
the linkage of the military and private industry created a political
power so pervasive that America has been condemned to militarisation,
useless wars and fiscal waste on a scale of many tens of trillions of
dollars since then,” he says.

Second is the Wall Street-Washington complex which has steered the
financial system towards control by a few politically powerful Wall
Street firms…..
Third is the Big Oil-transport-military complex, which has put the US
on the trajectory of heavy oil-imports dependence and a deepening
military trap in the Middle East, ……
”And Big Oil has played a notorious role in the fight to keep climate
change off the US agenda. Exxon-Mobil, Koch Industries and others in
the sector have underwritten a generation of anti-scientific
propaganda to confuse the American people.”…..
Fourth is the healthcare industry……
The 30-year achievement of the corporatocracy has been the creation of
America’s rich and super-rich classes, he says. And we can now see
their tools of trade….
Fortunately, things aren’t nearly so bad in Australia. But it will
require vigilance to stop them sliding further in that direction.

http://www.theage.com.au/business/the-four-business-gangs-that-run-the-us-20121230-2c1e2.html#ixzz2GgRP76jt

December 31, 2012 Posted by | politics, USA | 1 Comment

Japan’s new government expecting nuclear power to be back soon

Abe,-ShinzoJapan bids for early return to nuclear energyflag-japan
http://www.vision.org/visionmedia/visionvideos.aspx?id=63615  30 Dec
12
As safety checks continue in the wake of disaster last year, Japan has
an ambitious plan to get its controversial nuclear program up and
running.
The new government announced Friday that it hopes to complete safety
checks and determine whether to restart all reactors within three
years.
All but two of Japan’s 50 reactors remain shut down after a March 2011
earthquake and tsunami resulted in one of the worst nuclear disasters
in history at the Fukushima Daiichi station.
The minister in charge of energy says the government will follow the
Nuclear Regulation Authority’s recommendations about which reactors to
restart.
But the agency’s chairman said Friday that the three-year deadline is
impossible to meet.
As part of its inspections, the authority is determining which plants
sit on active faultlines vulnerable to earthquakes.
Last year’s meltdown has prompted large protests as reactors are
restarted, giving momentum to the movement to scrap Japan’s nuclear
energy program altogether.

December 31, 2012 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Japan’s Prime Minister Abe welcomes in pro nuclear officials

Abe,-ShinzoPro-nuclear bureaucrats back in the picture under Abe THE ASAHI
SHIMBUN, 30 Dec 12
The Liberal Democratic Party wasted little time restoring the
influence of the pro-nuclear industry ministry to move away from the
nuclear-free society envisioned by the previous government.

Soon after new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe established his Cabinet on
Dec. 26, moves were quickly made that elated ministry officials who
had been kept on the defensive since the March 2011 accident at the
Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

Even before he was named prime minister, Abe indicated the direction
he would take concerning the nation’s energy policy. And LDP members
expressed confidence that the party’s landslide victory in the Dec. 16
Lower House election had given them the go-ahead from the public to
pursue nuclear power generation. Continue reading

December 31, 2012 Posted by | Japan, politics | Leave a comment

Investigation of secret nuclear deals between France’s EDF and China

secret-deals

The Inspector General of Finance (IGF) is intensely interested in the first agreement between EDF and CGNPC that defined a partnership whose goal it was to build nuclear power plants together. The plants would be equipped with a new reactor type, the latest and greatest alternative to the catastrophically over-budget and now stalled European Pressurized Reactor (EPR) that Areva had been pushing for years.

That EDF, which was mostly government-owned, could even envision a deal that would hurt Areva, which was wholly government-owned, was simply too galling..

Blowing Up Now: The Transfer Of French Nuclear Technology To China Zero Hedge,  12/28/2012  Wolf Richter  

Technology transfers, whether on a contractual basis or through theft, have long bedeviled companies that want to benefit from China’s cheap labor and 1.3 billion consumers. Automakers, aerospace companies, technology outfits…. it’s the price they have to pay.

flag-franceBut when it seeped out that the largely state-owned nuclear industry in France was trying to sell its secrets to China to make a deal, oh là là!…..

flag-ChinaNuclear energy—where France has also been proudly on the forefront—was going to be next. Until the scandal of massive nuclear-technology transfers broke into the open. The central figure, Henri Proglio, CEO of mega-utility EDF that owns France’s 58 active nuclear reactors but derives almost half of its revenues from outside France, has come under investigation by the Inspector General of Finance (IGF). Of particular interest: the agreement to sell nuclear and industrial secrets and knowhow to China in order to conclude a deal that had been “aborted.”…. Continue reading

December 31, 2012 Posted by | France, secrets,lies and civil liberties | Leave a comment

Our Intolerable Risk: Nuclear Weapons Threaten Us All

Atomic-Bomb-SmFor 67 years we have poured money and lives into nuclear security,
only to realize that it is a very costly illusion. Nuclear weapons are
suicide weapons. There are no problems that can be solved by
indiscriminately incinerating human beings or by gradually destroying
the genetic basis of human life with fallout radiation. Taking these
warheads off their delivery systems is a first step toward greater
security for all people. Surely we humans are clever enough to be rid
of this terrible, fruitless risk.

Nuclear energy brings more problems than coal
 http://www.huntingtonnews.net/52703
 December 29, 2012 – 20:13
BY PETER G COHEN
In a 2012 Status of World Nuclear Forces report, The Federation of
American Scientists (FAS, founded in 1945 by many of the original
group of scientists who invented and built the first atomic bombs and
who later came to oppose them) estimates that 1,800 Russian and U.S.
nuclear warheads are on “high alert,” ready to strike at the push of a
button.  This, two decades after the Cold War ended. While it is
difficult to ascertain how many nuclear warheads exist in each nation
without access to classified information, based on publicly available
information, the FAS counts approximately 16,200 stockpiled nuclear
warheads, of which almost 4,000 are “operational.”

That this level of risk is holding the people of the world hostage is
intolerable. At any moment, a miscalculation, human, electrical,
mechanical, or electronic hacking could plunge us into a worldwide
nuclear holocaust. Continue reading

December 31, 2012 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Physical. mental, social effects of Fukushima radiation

 doctors told the women there was no way to determine if
the symptoms were caused by radiation. But the women saw other
patients with similar symptoms at doctors’ offices, Maeshima says.

“They went through a tremendous amount of stress and those symptoms
can be caused by stress,” she says. “There may be a direct impact from
radiation, but no one, no doctor, can tell.

Md. woman sees long-term effects of radiation in Fukushima, WTOP 30 Dec 12,
“……..Maeshima was a school nurse for 25 years in Japan. Relying on
that experience, she has been volunteering for about a year at Mano
Elementary School in Minami Soma City, which was forced to evacuate
after the nuclear plant accident. She sees a range of issues among
children.

“Some struggle to gain weight while others gain too much and become
overweight,” she says. “Insomnia and frequent headaches are causing
some kids to miss school.”

It’s not so much that she sees the physical injuries from radiation.
Instead, she sees children’s lives turned upside down. Continue reading

December 31, 2012 Posted by | Fukushima 2012, health, Japan, social effects | Leave a comment

New Year’s Eve anti nuclear protest against Kudankulam nuclear power plant

India-protestActivists join anti-nuclear protesters on New Year’s Eve
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Activists-join-anti-nuclear-protesters-on-New-Years-Eve/articleshow/17822395.cms
PTI | Dec 30, 2012 TIRUNELVELI: Several activists from various parts
of the country have arrived at Idinthakarai near Tirunelveli, the
epicentre of the over 500-day long agitation against the Kudankulam
nuclear power plant, to express their solidarity with the protesters
on the eve of New Year. Continue reading

December 31, 2012 Posted by | India, opposition to nuclear | Leave a comment

World Future Energy Summit, Masdar January 15 -17

200 million homes worldwide now collect solar hot water, and globally
there are 5 million jobs created in renewable energy industries.

text-Please-NoteThe sixth World Future Energy Summit, from 15 – 17 January 2013,
hosted by Masdar, is the centerpiece of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week
(ADSW) and will be co-located with the inaugural International Water
Summit, also hosted by Masdar.

sunSun shines on renewable energy as economic force United Arab Emirates. AME Info, 

December 29 – 2012 As the global energy demand continues to
rise, and governments invest further in renewable sources, the
sustainable energy industry is emerging as an economic powerhouse. It
is not just the development of alternative energy sources, like solar,
wind, geothermal or hydropower, that is driving this spectacular
industry growth, domestic sustainability and green jobs are all
playing a major role in the sector’s rapid expansion.
The REN21 Renewables 2012 Global Status Report, the sister publication
of the Renewables Global Futures Report which will be launched during
the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi from 15 – 17 January 2013,
highlights over $257bn were invested in renewable energy in 2011. Continue reading

December 31, 2012 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Nuclear disarmament the only safe course in militarised world

Over Iraq, George W. Bush and his bush lawyers tried to develop a
doctrine of ”pre-emptive self defence”, namely the right of the US
to invade any nation that might one day have the weapons to threaten
the US – but this doctrine has no place in international law.

we are entering a new era of nuclear proliferation so
dangerous that we may soon be nostalgic for the Cold War.

Whether children will live in a world without nukes depends on whether
the international community can be made sufficiently fearful of a
nuclear war to reach an agreement on gradual but complete disarmament.
If there is a silver lining in the mushroom cloud hypothetically
hovering over the Middle East, it is that the prospect of merciless
Mullahs with fingers on nuclear triggers will frighten the world
sufficiently to produce and enforce a law to ban the bomb.

Atomic-Bomb-SmExplosive state of a nuke world order SMH,December 30, 2012  Geoffrey Robertson
With the potential for harm growing, it is time to ban the bomb. The
first war of 2013 – Israel’s attack on Iran – is threatened for
”spring or early summer”, the time by which the Israeli Prime
Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, who is likely to be re-elected next
month, believes that the Mullahs will be ”nuclear weapons capable”.The White House may prevail upon him to postpone until Mahmoud

Ahmadinejad is replaced in June, but his successor as president will
just be another proxy for the international criminal who really rules
Iran – its Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei.
The US President, Barack Obama, has promised that a US-led coalition
will prevent Iran from obtaining the bomb, and when a US president
talks of ”coalition” he generally means Britain and Australia.

Will next year see the West drift into another bloody Middle East
engagement? Continue reading

December 31, 2012 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Russia to sell nuclear technology to United Arab Emirates

Russian-BearMoscow to help UAE with region’s largest nuclear energy program
World Tribune  ABU DHABI 30 Dec 12 — Russia and the United Arab
Emirates have signed a
nuclear cooperation agreement. The two countries said they would
cooperate in nuclear energy as part of UAE plans to establish a
network of reactors over the next 20 years…..
Officials said the agreement could make Russia’s Atomic Energy
Cooperation, known as Rosatom, a leading supplier to Abu Dhabi’s
nuclear program.
They said the Kremlin was prepared to provide technology, equipment,
nuclear fuel and expertise to a UAE program estimated at $40 billion
and so far led by South Korea….
http://www.worldtribune.com/2012/12/30/moscow-to-help-uae-with-regions-largest-nuclear-energy-program/

December 31, 2012 Posted by | marketing, Russia, United Arab Emirates | Leave a comment

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