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Still time to submit to EU Commission against Hinkley nuclear rort

sign-thisThe EU consultation on state aid for the proposed new nuclear power plant, Hinkley Point C. Quick copy and paste submission. It Happens 1 April 14

 This is the submission done by Global 2000 ,which they say you are welcome to copy and paste  – Just add your name, email  address and the date at the end.  Send to stateaidgreffe@ec.europa.eu 
You don’t have to send it all and if there are any other points you want to raise, the scruffily put together facts in my last blog might be useful. There are some good links there too.

To: EU Commission - Directorate-General for Competition
E-mail: stateaidgreffe@ec.europa.eu
Subject: Hinkley Point C
I am very concerned about the current plans of the UK government to make a new nuclear power plant possible by granting enormous support for it. We would like to encourage the EU Commission to stick to its clear analysis, because we as CITIZENS/ NGOS/ BUSINESS in the UK do not want to be forced into paying a fixed high electricity price to EDF for several decades, with no chance of the possibly of making use of lower electricity prices…….. http://dandelionithappens-dendelion.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/the-eu-consultation-on-state-aid-for.html

April 3, 2014 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

TAKE ACTION ! to stop the Hinkley Point nuclear plant

sign-thisThe EU consultation on state aid for the proposed new nuclear power plant, Hinkley Point C. Quick copy and paste submission. It happens 3 April 14  

.. http://dandelionithappens-dendelion.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/the-eu-consultation-on-state-aid-for.html

 This is the submission done by Global 2000 ,which they say you are welcome to copy and paste  – Just add your name, email  address and the date at the end.  Send to stateaidgreffe@ec.europa.eu
You don’t have to send it all and if there are any other points you want to raise, the scruffily put together facts in my last blog might be useful. There are some good links there too.

To: EU Commission - Directorate-General for Competition
E-mail: stateaidgreffe@ec.europa.eu
Subject: Hinkley Point C
I am very concerned about the current plans of the UK government to make a new nuclear power plant possible by granting enormous support for it. We would like to encourage the EU Commission to stick to its clear analysis, because we as CITIZENS/ NGOS/ BUSINESS in the UK do not want to be forced into paying a fixed high electricity price to EDF for several decades, with no chance of the possibly of making use of lower electricity prices……..

April 2, 2014 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

December 3 call for international action against Toxic Trade Agreements

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see below for actions in 24 USA cities

Call To Action: December 3, International Day of Action Against Toxic Trade Agreements 

Join the International Call to End the WTO and Stop the New Wave of Free Trade Agreements on December 3rd, the first day of the World Trade Organization meetings in Bali, Indonesia. The WTO meeting will be followed by another round of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) meetings by lead negotiators in Singapore. Negotiations for the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TAFTA) are also underway.

All of these trade agreements share the same fundamental principle that profits are more important than the health and needs of people and the planet. They are destroying local economies and public infrastructure in order to establish a global neo-liberal economic system that privatizes all goods and services. These agreements grant transnational corporations the power to change laws even down to the local level and challenge court decisions in their own tribunal that operates outside of sovereign judicial systems and cannot be challenged by domestic courts.

On December 3, we call on all allies for fair trade, peace and justice to gather in a public space at noon and declare global resistance to these toxic trade agreements. Continue reading

December 1, 2013 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

Don’t get angry, get involved! Make GE pay for their nuclear mistakes

sign-thisIMPENDING FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR DISASTER WILL BE ‘WORSE THAN CHERNOBYL’ – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Scriptonite Daily, 13 Nov 13 “……This is a Nightmare

It’s time for us to start focussing on what’s happening in Fukushima.  It may seem a faraway matter, on a distant continent – but disaster at Fukushima could mean disaster for us all.  If any of the reactors fully dispatch their toxic contents into the atmosphere, it is the end of Japan – and a global catastrophe.

The impacts are already being felt.

An average of 1.7 people per 100,000 in the general population between the ages of 15 and 19 contracted Thyroid cancer in 2007.  This year, 12 per 100,000 people younger than 18 at the time of the disaster in Fukushima were diagnosed with the disease.

According to Physicians for Social Responsibility:

“The precise value of the abandoned cities, towns, agricultural lands, businesses, homes and property located within the roughly 310 sq miles (800 sq km) of the exclusion zones has not been established.  Estimates of the total economic loss range from $250[iv]-$500[v] billion US.  As for the human costs, in September 2012 Fukushima officials stated that 159,128 people had been evicted from the exclusion zones, losing their homes and virtually all their possessions. Most have received only a small compensation to cover their costs of living as evacuees.  Many are forced to make mortgage payments on the homes they left inside the exclusion zones. They have not been told that their homes will never again be habitable.”

In spite of all this, TEPCO continue to turn a profit and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe plans to restart Japan’s nuclear power stations.

Don’t get angry, get involved!

Greenpeace have launched a petition demanding that GE pay up for their mistakes at Fukushima

Join the Facebook Page and Petition for the UN to take over responsibility for the crisis, and the world to unite to prevent a global disaster.https://www.scriptonitedaily.com/2013/11/13/impending-fukushima-nuclear-disaster-will-be-worse-than-chernobyl-what-you-need-to-know/

 

November 20, 2013 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

Petition to European Union opposing subsidies for nuclear power

sign-thisWrite to Commissioner Almunia (European Union) 

No valid justification for subsidising nuclear power  http://www.energyfair.org.uk/home/open-letter/writing-to-commissioner

 

highly-recommendedNuclear subsidies: Open letter to Commissioner Almunia http://www.theecologist.org/blogs_and_comments/commentators/2160503/nuclear_subsidies_open_letter_to_commissioner_almunia.html Gerry Wolff 15th November 2013 Following the UK Government’s announcement of huge public subsidies for the proposed Hinkley C nuclear power station in Somerset, England, Energy Fair has called on EU Commissioner Almunia to open a formal investigation for breaches of competition law.

Dear Commissioner Almunia,

No valid justification for subsidising nuclear power

In connection with the proposed new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point in south-west England (reut.rs/1fPaYlx), I’m writing to urge you to oppose the new subsidies for the project that are proposed by the UK government and also existing subsidies for nuclear operators (details below). Please open a formal investigation into this project and associated subsidies.

There is no valid justification for nuclear power subsdidies. They divert resources from other options that are altogether better and cheaper.

For reasons given below, they are bad for energy security, bad for the fight against climate change, bad financially for consumers and taxpayers in the UK, and bad for the development, throughout Europe, of the good alternatives which are ready to go, cheaper than nuclear power, and very much quicker to build.

Here are the main reasons: Continue reading

November 16, 2013 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

Nov 27 kicks off Uranium Film Festival in USA

text-Please-Notelogo-uranium-film-festivalInternational Uranium Film Festival coming to Navajo Nation http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com.au/2013/10/international-uranium-film-festival.html  International Uranium Film Festival coming to Southwest: Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Window Rock By International Uranium Film Festival Censored News The International Uranium Film Festival is the world’s only traveling festival devoted to the entire Nuclear Fuel Chain, from uranium mining to nuclear power plants and the use of uranium bullets, from Hiroshima to Fukushima and Fallujah. Now the International Uranium Film Festival is coming to the birthplace of the nuclear age. Continue reading

October 31, 2013 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

Uranium Film Festival coming to the birthplace of the nuclear age.

logo-uranium-film-festivalATOMIC FILMS TRAVELING FROM RIO DE JANEIRO TO THE SOUTHWEST UNITED STATES
 The International Uranium Film Festival is coming to the birthplace of the nuclear age.
 Albuquerque, NM – On November 27th& 28th, 2013, the International Uranium Film Festival (IUFF) will make its premiere screening in the United States, starting in the Southwest with Albuquerque, New Mexico highlighting over 40 films from 15 countries which explore not only this radioactive element called “uranium”, but nuclear practices as well. These are documentary films, experimental and animated films, new comedies, fiction and science fiction films
 
The Festival will make its way from Albuquerque to Santa Fe, Window Rock, Arizona and finally to New York City & Washington D.C. The third IUFF took place at the Museum of Modern Art (MAM) in Rio de Janeiro in May 2013. This is the world’s only traveling festival devoted to the entire Nuclear Fuel Chain, from uranium mining to uranium bullets, from Hiroshima to Fukushima and Fallujah.
 
Founder of IUFF Norbert G. Suchanek of Germany living in Brazil, will be present with Executive Director, Marcia Gomes de Oliveira of Brazil along with producers and directors of the films. The 3 screenings are organized by a diverse group of volunteers working to bring films to the wide screen.
 
Contact:
 Damacio Lopez for general information. Each screening will have Point Persons (PP) on the ground and different programs featuring a different variety of the more than 40 films from the wide collection of the IUFF. These films bring to life what New Mexicans have experienced for decades from uranium mining to depleted uranium bullets.
Email: damacio2012@yahoo.com
International Uranium Film Festival Website:
http://www.uraniumfilmfestival.org

October 26, 2013 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

International renewable energy conference in Karachi in November

renewable_energyflag-pakistanAlternative energy gaining momentum http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/business/25-Sep-2013/alternative-energy-gaining-momentum September 25, 2013  KARACHI - Renewable and Alternative Energy Association of Pakistan (REAP) is hosting 3rd International Exhibition/ Conference on Renewable and Alternative Energy at Karachi Expo Centre from 1 to 3 November 2013.

While addressing a press conference chairman REAP Karachi, Abbas Sajid said that due to severe energy crisis in the country combined with rising costs of fuel and electricity and reduction in cost of Alternative Energy products like solar panels, the use of renewable and alternative energy is gaining momentum.
It is becoming feasible to invest in both off grid as well as on grid energy systems. This combined with Government support and good return on investment is attracting more and more domestic and international investors to this field.  With abundant sunlight and wind available in the country there is no reason why we cannot gain energy security and provide cheap and sustainable energy to our masses, which in turn will help our industry and exports to earn much needed foreign exchange for the country.
The REAP Expo 2013 is the only truly representative RE and AE event of the country where visitors will be able to see, compare and discuss the most up-to-date products and technologies. Displays will include systems for commercial, industrial, residential and institutional applications including complete systems, individual components and latest products of RE and plumbing fields, he added.

He said a Conference will run concurrent to the Expo featuring reputed foreign as well as local speakers who are experts in their fields. Presentations will be made on RE and opportunities available for different RE and Plumbing Technologies. There will be discussions on Local as well as International Renewable Energy Initiatives and Technologies. Problems will be highlighted and solutions proposed specially related to the domestic energy crisis.
Abbas Sajid said that the 3rd International Exhibition on Renewable & Alternative Energy will provide a great opportunity and unique chance to meet top officials, professionals and key decision-makers from related industries. Senior executives from prominent national and multi-national organisations have already consented to visit and participate in the Expo.
This year the event is being organised in collaboration with the Pakistan Society of Plumbing Professionals. The Expo is being supported by International companies like GIZ from Germany and all concerned Government Departments like AEDB, Pakistan Council of Renewable Energy Technologies, Ministry of Water and Power, Enercon, Ashrae Pakistan Chapter and Pakistan Society of Plumbing Professionals.

September 25, 2013 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

No referendum, no nuclear plant – they’re saying, in Taiwan

logo-NO-nuclear-Smflag-TaiwanActivists want no referendum and no nuclear plant Taipei Times, By Lee I-chia  /  Staff reporter 17 Sept 13 During the first day of the new legislative session yesterday, anti-nuclear power environmentalists again gathered in front of the Legislative Yuan in Taipei, calling on legislators to stop the construction of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant in Gongliao (貢寮), New Taipei City (新北市), and withdraw the referendum proposal on the plant.

Taiwan Environmental Protection Union founding chairman Shih Hsin-min (施信民) said the referendum proposal suggested by Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Lee Ching-hua (李慶華) is aimed at exploiting the “problematic” Referendum Act (公民投票法), ignoring public opinion and supporting the Cabinet’s will of allowing the plant to go into operation…….. Pan said the public is invited to join in a “Fourth Nuclear Power Plant termination” relay walk around the nation, ending at the Presidential Office on Jan. 1.http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2013/09/18/2003572423

September 18, 2013 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

Call for volunteers to assist radiation Baby Tooth Survey

text-Please-NoteVolunteers Needed: Baby Tooth Survey to Assess the Effect of Nuclear Fallout From Above-Ground Nuclear Testing http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2013/09/volunteers-needed-baby-tooth-survey-to-assess-the-effect-of-nuclear-fallout-from-above-ground-nuclea.html  

A group of genealogy volunteers is needed for a project of unique historical and medical significance. You can help! In the 1960’s thousands of school-age children sent their baby teeth to the Baby Tooth Survey to assess the effect of the nuclear fallout from above-ground nuclear testing.  Over the 12-year life of the program, 320,000 teeth were collected. Examination of the teeth revealed higher than normal levels of Strontium 90 (Sr-90), leading to the Partial Test Ban Treaty of August 5, 1963.

The Radiation and Public Health Project (RPHP) is conducting a follow-up study to assess the incidence of cancer among Baby Boomers who exhibited higher than normal levels of Sr-90 in their teeth. They are looking for volunteers to help catalog information from 85,000 baby teeth from the program to help locate tooth-donors.  Information these donors provide about their health will contribute to our knowledge of the long-term effects of low levels of radiation exposure. The project organizers need volunteers to scan information cards and to transcribe the scanned images to facilitate contact with these donors:

  • Volunteers in or near Ocean City, New Jersey, can help by scanning the information cards.
  • Interested volunteers anywhere else in the world can help by transcribing the scanned images created by the Ocean City volunteers.

You can learn more in the graphic below as well as at http://goo.gl/mveltE. Information about the Radiation and Public Health Project Follow-up may be found at http://www.radiation.org.

September 3, 2013 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

October walk: No Drone Spying in Maine

antinuke-worldSmtext-Please-NoteSpace For Peace ,http://space4peace.blogspot.com.au/2013/08/maine-drone-peace-walk-schedule.html 14 August 13  We invite you to consider joining the October 10-19 Preserve our Privacy: No Drone Spying in Maine peace walk.   The walk is being organized by the Maine Campaign to Bring Our War $$ Home and Maine Veterans for Peace.

 The peace walk will be led by Buddhist nun Jun-san Yasuda (Grafton, NY) from the Nipponzan Myohoji order.  They are an order from Japan and specialize in doing peace walks all over the world.
We must push back against the expanding use of surveillance drones in the US and weaponized drones around the world that are killing many innocent people.  There is much talk about bringing drones to Maine and making the Presque Isle airport a weaponized drone test center, thus our reason for starting the walk in Aroostook County.
Below you will find the daily walk schedule.  Please note that we will usually begin walking at 8:30 am each day and walk about three miles per hour. Most evening’s local hosts will organize a potluck supper for us around 6:00 pm.  The public is invited to attend any and all events.  On most of the nights a short program will follow the supper.
We would like for you to let us know if you plan to be with us for any part of this peace walk so we can more effectively make our logistical plans.  Contact us at globalnet@mindspring.com or 207-443-9502 and let us know the date(s) you plan to join us, your name, and contact information for each person……. http://space4peace.blogspot.com.au/2013/08/maine-drone-peace-walk-schedule.html

August 17, 2013 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

Preserve our Privacy: No Drone Spying in Maine peace walk

text-Please-NoteSpace For Peace ,http://space4peace.blogspot.com.au/2013/08/maine-drone-peace-walk-schedule.html 14 August 13  We invite you to consider joining the October 10-19 Preserve our Privacy: No Drone Spying in Maine peace walk.   The walk is being organized by the Maine Campaign to Bring Our War $$ Home and Maine Veterans for Peace.

 The peace walk will be led by Buddhist nun Jun-san Yasuda (Grafton, NY) from the Nipponzan Myohoji order.  They are an order from Japan and specialize in doing peace walks all over the world.
We must push back against the expanding use of surveillance drones in the US and weaponized drones around the world that are killing many innocent people.  There is much talk about bringing drones to Maine and making the Presque Isle airport a weaponized drone test center, thus our reason for starting the walk in Aroostook County.
Below you will find the daily walk schedule.  Please note that we will usually begin walking at 8:30 am each day and walk about three miles per hour. Most evening’s local hosts will organize a potluck supper for us around 6:00 pm.  The public is invited to attend any and all events.  On most of the nights a short program will follow the supper.
We would like for you to let us know if you plan to be with us for any part of this peace walk so we can more effectively make our logistical plans.  Contact us at globalnet@mindspring.com or 207-443-9502 and let us know the date(s) you plan to join us, your name, and contact information for each person……. http://space4peace.blogspot.com.au/2013/08/maine-drone-peace-walk-schedule.html

August 16, 2013 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

PETITION: World Health Organisation called on for truth on Iraq birth defects

sign-thisChan,-MargaretPetitioning Dr Margaret Chan , Director General of World Health Organisation,    by  Samira Alaani   Fallujah, Iraq 

“………….The research is now complete and we were promised that it would be published at the beginning of 2013, yet six months later the WHO has announced more delays. We worry that this is now politics, not science. We have already waited years for the truth and my patients cannot wait any longer. The WHO has another option. The data should be published in an Alaani,-Dr-Samiraopen access journal for independent peer review. The process would be fast, rigorous and transparent.

My patients need to know the truth, they need to know why they miscarried, they need to know why their babies are so ill but, most importantly, they need to know that something is being done about it. The Iraqi Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation need to release this data and give us answers.

Please sign this petition and show that the rest of the world has not forgotten about the people of Iraq……..

http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/world-health-organisation-and-iraqi-ministry-of-health-act4iraq-and-release-birth-defect-data

August 15, 2013 Posted by | ACTION | 1 Comment

August 19: Michigan’s state Rep. Sarah Roberts to speak on nuclear waste site plan

U.S. officials urging debate of Canadian nuclear waste site  (includes video)  http://www.macombdaily.com/article/20130810/NEWS01/130819996/u-s-officials-urging-debate-of-canadian-nuclear-waste-site By GINA JOSEPH  gina.joseph@macombdaily.com; @ginaljoseph

While Michigan residents enjoy the benefits of the surrounding Great Lakes, Ontario waterfront residents ponder the idea of becoming the final resting spot for Canada’s nuclear waste, and it has local legislators and environmentalists concerned.

Ontario Power Generation wants the Canadian federal government to approve its plan to bury low and intermediate level radioactive nuclear waste under the Bruce Nuclear Power Plant, on the shore of Lake Huron in the municipality of Kincardine.

Kincardine is less than 3 hours from the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron and north of Grand Bend, Ont.

 “Millions of Michigan citizens who live downstream from the proposed radioactive waste site get their drinking water from Lake Huron and Lake St. Clair,” said state Rep. Sarah Roberts, D-St. Clair Shores, who introduced a resolution urging Congress to oppose the underground dump.

text-Please-NoteShe will also co-host a public forum on the proposal on Monday, Aug. 19, at Wayne State University in Detroit. “This site is dangerously risky to the public’s health and the quality of our water. I just don’t understand their logic,” said Roberts, who in the past worked for the environmental group Clean Water Action.

Cheryl Grace, a member of the Ontario citizens’ group Save Our Saugeen Shores, said money is complicating the issue. By agreeing to be the host community for the deep geologic repository (DGR), Kincardine and nearby towns receive payments every year, including Grace’s community of Saugeen Shores.

August 12, 2013 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

text-Please-NoteArea exhibits will focus on nuclear issues by  Aly Brown Iowa City Press-Citizen  Iowa residents can learn more about America’s current nuclear proliferation and the hazards of nuclear weapons at several multimedia exhibits throughout Johnson County from August through September. Iowa Physicians for Social Responsibility representatives sponsored “Nuclear Neighborhood, 11,000 Generations” — an exhibit combining art, history, and science — to start a conversation about our nuclear history and future.

The exhibit will combine paintings, watercolors, posters, and poetry with historical artifacts such as maps and letters from Iowa nuclear assembly workers and veterans dating to the 1940s.

Maureen McCue, Iowa Physicians for Social Responsibility coordinator and university Global Health Studies professor, said “Nuclear Neighborhood, 11,000 Generations” is meant to spark a conversation.

“To begin to talk about it again, and begin to ask whether or not we’re going in a direction we need to go, for ourselves, our children, and future generations.”

McCue compared our current focus on expanding nuclear power and medicine while preventing weapons proliferation to the Sword of Damocles, a Greek myth emphasizing the balance between great power and extreme peril.

“We’re not going to get rid of nuclear power overnight,” she said. “But when you’re in a hole, stop digging.”

The project will include six displays at UI’s Hardin Medical Library, the Iowa City Public Library, Solon Public Library, and the Iowa Memorial Union. McCue said each exhibit will focus on different issues within nuclear proliferation.

McCue said the Hardin Medical Library will focus on nuclear power’s health implications and the history of nuclear plant workers in Iowa.

“It’ll show the kinds of illnesses and chronic morbidity that they suffered working in the nuclear assembly plant,” she said. “People forget you don’t get weapons without workers.”

McCue said in order to cater to the higher population of children visiting the Solon Public Library this time of year, the exhibit will feature children’s projects and art work. Children submitted posters reading “Bombs Stink Worse than Pigs” and “Make Ice Cream Not Bombs,” which will be shown alongside university associate art professor Susan White’s color washes of the Fukushima disaster aftermath.

The Iowa City Public Library will explore the community and environmental impacts of nuclear energy, featuring displays on the airborne and waterborne pollution resulting from the Hanford Site, a mostly defunct nuclear production complex and artifact of the Manhattan Project in Washington state.

During September, the Iowa Memorial Union will host artwork, poetry, and other materials produced by university faculty, students and staff.

John Rachow, assistant clinical professor at the university College of Medicine and Iowa Physicians for Social Responsibility member, said the exhibit combines art, history, and science to allow viewers to experience the message, rather than just reading facts and figures out of a textbook.

“We wanted to explain a little bit of a different human perspective on the very complex issue of radiation and health,” he said. “To go back 100 years when the knowledge of radiation and what it was and its effect on human health and living organisms was only in its early stages.”

The exhibit will begin in August to remember the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Rachow said he hopes the exhibit will bring awareness to what he sees as the lack of long-term nuclear waste storage worldwide, the dangers resulting from natural disasters as seen at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown, and the real threat of nuclear winter.

“How do you think about something that if it happens, it would be a kind of Armageddon, a kind of unnatural disaster we have never seen?” he asked. “It’s not happening today, but it’s such an existential threat to all of us. It’s very important.”

A celebratory opening reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Room A of the Iowa City Public Library. Rachow said the art exhibit will be joined by Thursday night film screenings and Tuesday night lectures throughout August at the Iowa City Public Library.

Rachow said the hazards of nuclear power are “broad, yet invisible,” and the public can help just as much as medical professionals.

“It begins with education and awareness,” he said. “It isn’t penicillin that is going to save civilization. It will be the people getting together in small groups and talking.”

To learn more about the exhibits or the lecture and film series, visit www.psriowa.org.

Reach Aly Brown at 887-5413 or abrown11@press-citizen.com

 

 

August 2, 2013 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

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