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From Climate March to positive action for a carbon-free, nuclear-free, future

Poster-bury-CONGsome in the climate justice movement have remained silent or have even supported nuclear energy. Nuclear energy is too expensive and takes too long to come on-line. Nuclear power creates pollution nightmares from the excavation of uraniumthrough processing and the radioactive waste that is produced. The limited time and money we have to make necessary changes is better used to increase efficiency and develop clean, sustainable energy. The climate justice movement must recognize that nuclear power is a false, unnecessary ‘solution’ and work for a carbon-free, nuclear-free energy economy.

 

With The People’s Climate March Behind Us, What’s Next? Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers 1 October 14  LA Progressive

The climate action weekend built around the People’s Climate March proved that the climate movement has broad popular support and millions are ready to mobilize. These are two ingredients necessary to achieve climate justice. Also needed is a strategy that is widely understood so people recognize their work is connected to a larger movement and their actions are more effective.

Governments are sold out to big corporate interests who profit from dirty energy and false market-based climate change ‘solutions.’ Climate justice advocates must stop the government from doing more damage while creating new systems that allow us to stop participating in the dirty energy economy. A great power of social justice movements is noncompliance, but to not comply we need to be able to live in ways that are consistent with climate justice.

Thus, the climate justice movement needs to proceed on two paths at the same time. One is to stop government and big business from worsening the climate crisis. The other is to create new systems so people can disengage from the climate-catastrophe economy. Government and business have shown themselves incapable of responding to the climate crisis, making the second track particularly important.

The climate justice movement is already doing many of the things that need to be done. The purposes of this climate justice strategy is to build on those efforts, create synergy between our actions, make them more powerful and show people there is a plan for success.

climate-changeStop Making Climate Problems Worse

Government and big business are taking actions that need to be stopped by the climate movement. Tremendous damage will come from the corporate trade agreements that are designed to create massive profits for transnational corporations, especially from dirty energy.

logo-anti-TPPLeaked chapters of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) show that its environmental standards are even worse than agreements negotiated by President George W. Bush and are unenforceable. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TAFTA) will drive an increase in fracking and off-shore oil drilling in the US for export to Europe. In addition, these agreements undermine the ability of communities to protect themselves because they give transnational corporations the legal power to sue governments if laws interfere with the profits corporations expect to make.

We can stop these trade agreements. For the past several years, a growing movement of movements which includes food safety, health, environmental, worker rights, anti-imperialist and Internet freedom advocates among others has successfully prevented the passage of fast tracktrade promotion authority for President Obama. Fast track would allow the President to sign trade agreements with minimal Congressional review. Fast tracks failure in Congress has weakened US negotiators so smaller countries are empowered to stand up to US trade negotiators who are pushing an extreme corporate agenda. If the climate justice movement makes stopping corporate trade agreements a priority, it will be the tipping point that will stop passage of these harmful agreements.

If we succeed in stopping corporate trade, it will be a tremendous victory over transnational corporate power. We can build on this victory to transform trade so that it serves people and the planet rather than the profits of global polluters. We will be building our power and taking power away from corporate interests.

Corporate trade is a huge global battle, but there are hundreds of battles we must fight at the local level as well. These include the expansion of tar sands mining, the increased use of trains to transport oil and coal, new pipeline infrastructure, off-shore oil exploration and drilling, mountain-top removal for coal, hydrofracking for methane gas, and excavation for uranium as well as the development of new nuclear power plants.

A comment is needed on that last point; some in the climate justice movement have remained silent or have even supported nuclear energy. Nuclear energy is too expensive and takes too long to come on-line. Nuclear power creates pollution nightmares from the excavation of uraniumthrough processing and the radioactive waste that is produced. The limited time and money we have to make necessary changes is better used to increase efficiency and develop clean, sustainable energy. The climate justice movement must recognize that nuclear power is a false, unnecessary ‘solution’ and work for a carbon-free, nuclear-free energy economy.

Another important issue that has not gotten enough attention is theUS military’s role in the emission of greenhouse gases. Carbon emissions from the military, the largest institutional carbon polluter on the planet, are not counted when the US’ emissions are calculated by international bodies. The climate justice movement needs to speak out against war, not only because of its inherent evil, but also because it is very destructive to the planet.

Understanding that our issues are connected is essential for achieving climate justice. Imperialism and the global neoliberal economy are related to climate justice and vice versa. When climate justice advocates join efforts to oppose expansion of wars and stop rigged corporate trade and when those who work for peace and fair economies stand with climate justice advocates, we are all stronger. We can all work on the issues about which we are passionate but when we plan specific activities, if we cast a wide net and join together, it moves all of our work forward.

Creating The World We Want To See…….

Moving to a carbon-free nuclear-free energy existence can be achieved      http://www.laprogressive.com/climate-change-movement/

October 1, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Japan heading mindlessly towards more nuclear disasters – former Tokai mayor

Former Tokai mayor says Japan is sleep-walking toward further nuclear disasters, Fukushima Emergency what can we do? Sep 30, 2014  TOKAI, IBARAKI PREF. – The Fukushima nuclear disaster reflects a failure by the government to learn from Japan’s first deadly nuclear accident 15 years ago in Tokai, Ibaraki Prefecture, according to the village’s former mayor.
Speaking to around 350 people at a public meeting there Sunday, Tatsuya Murakami said the nation glossed over the Tokai disaster and upheld a “myth” about the safety of nuclearpower.

“Japan was caught up in a safety myth, that a serious nuclear accident would not happen in this country,” he said.
The accident at a nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in the village occurred on Sept. 30, 1999. It left two people dead.
He said the safety myth and failure to clarify exactly why the accident took place led to mistakes that resulted in the Fukushima debacle……….http://fukushimaemergencywhatcanwedo.blogspot.com.au/2014/09/former-tokai-mayor-says-japan-is-sleep.html

October 1, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Why is there no international effort to contain Fukushima’s nuclear mess?

questionTim Seitz, 29 Sept 14. What is wrong with the international Atomic Energy Agency? Why are they not calling upon the nations and corporations with the means to effect the containment and management of Fukushima Nuclear Station? If the people of 5000 years ago could build the giant pyramid of Giza think of how we could now build a giant seawall and huge pyramid over the whole Fukushima station in the present. If parting with the necessary money is all that is holding a major international and inter corporate effort then think of how stupid that is when we surely know that cancer is in everyone’s future.

What good is that wealth in the face of the loss of our collective health? Master Fukushima is dealt with there still are over 450 more nuclear stations that will also need to be contained and managed.
This is why I continue to call for the complete Abolition of All Nuclear Fissioning Applications ASAP.

http://enenews.com/Fukushima This was a march of the regular citizenry, many come a very long way, at great discomfort and expense, deep into the process of being community organizers, intervenors, plaintiffs, civil disobedients, fundraisers, impromptu speakers, letter writers, and whatever else we might need to us get through this awful corporate disease.-worker-all-sorts-troubles-going-inside-plant-officials-arent-disclosing-problems-public-im-concerned-safety-employees-wear-disguises-fear-retaliation-plant-control-people-be-worried-vi

September 29, 2014 Posted by | general | 1 Comment

Conflict of interest in Finland’s nuclear deal with Russia?

conflict-of-interestflag-Finland Minister denies conflict of interest in nuclear deal  http://yle.fi/uutiset/minister_denies_conflict_of_interest_in_nuclear_deal/7496096

There has been another twist in the controversy surrounding the Fennovoima nuclear project this weekend, as the minister in charge of the permits was accused of a conflict of interest. His ministry denies that claim but Green politicians are still demanding an investigation. Is Rosatom just an energy company or is it part of the Russian state? It’s an issue Finns have been wrestling with ever since the state-owned firm took the largest stake in the Fennovoima nuclear project.

The company’s dual role led to the Green League’s departure from government amid talk of ‘Finlandisation’–the cold war process by which Finland stayed close to the Soviet Union.

This weekend the saga took a new twist when it emerged that Rosatom had signed a nuclear co-operation deal on behalf of the Russian government. Minister for the Economy Jan Vapaavuori was the Finnish signatory–and he was also in charge of handling the permit process for the Fennovoima project.

All sides agree there is nothing strange about the co-operation deal itself–the issue is that Rosatom was the official counterparty rather than the government itself. Green League chair Ville Niinistö told Yle on Saturday that this raises questions about the Fennovoima permit.

“That Rosatom is a Russian state-owned company, close to the Russian leadership, is now clear to everyone,” said Niinistö. “Rosatom’s dual role in this raises a lot of questions, including about why we’re increasing our energy dependency on Russia.”

He wants Vapaavuori to explain the process, and give details on whether the Chancellor of Justice cleared his continued participation after he’d signed the co-operation agreement.

Helsingin Sanomat went one step further on Saturday in a story that examined the arrangements. Two professors interviewed by the paper say there could have been a conflict of interest.

The minister has denied that, but according to a ministry press release his actions in signing the first contract do not make him biased. The ministry also says Finland has no influence on who signs the contract for Russia.

September 29, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Fennovoima filed nuclear application with incorrect nuclear plans

exclamation-Smflag-FinlandPaper: Fennovoima used old Rosatom plans in nuclear plant application http://yle.fi/uutiset/paper_fennovoima_used_old_rosatom_plans_in_nuclear_plant_application/7495619

The newspaper Keskisuomalainen reported on Saturday that the technical plans filed by the power company Fennovoima as part of its application for a permit to build a new nuclear plant in Finland were actually an old design by Russia’s Rosatom for a plant near St. Petersburg. Keskisuomalainen reported that according to Rusatom Overseas Vice President Jukka Laaksonen, Fennovoima’s order came as a surprise to the Russian company and there was not enough time to create fresh plans for a new nuclear plant. Existing copies of the older plans were filed with the application, even though the type of plant described is not what is envisaged in the Fennovoima project.

According to the paper, Finland’s Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority STUK was unaware that the documentation that accompanied Fennovoima’s application was based on a different plant project. STUK has criticized Fennovoima’s application for safety deficiencies.

Laaksonen told Keskisuomalainen that Rosatom personnel are currently formulating the new plant project’s actual permit application, which will be filed next June.

September 29, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

New idea for cheap efficient solar energy storage

A Promising Step Toward Round-the-Clock Solar Power, MIT Technology Review  By Kevin Bullis on September 26, 2014 A simple, cheap device turns sunlight into hydrogen fuel. If solar power is to become a primary source of electricity around the world, we’ll need cheap ways to store energy from the sun when it isn’t shining. A paper published in the journal Science this week reports a major step toward such a system. Researchers have developed a device that cheaply and efficiently converts the energy in sunlight into hydrogen, which can be used as a fuel and is easily stored.

Michael Graetzel, who directs the Laboratory of Photonics and Interfaces at the Ecole Polytechnique in Lausanne, Switzerland, along with colleagues in Korea and Singapore, built a device that uses electricity and catalyst materials to make hydrogen and oxygen from water. This new “water splitter,” as such devices are known, is highly efficient, uses cheap and abundant materials, and is easy to make……..http://www.technologyreview.com/news/531141/a-promising-step-toward-round-the-clock-solar-power/

September 29, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Rosatom nuclear corporation funds study on Fukushima radiation fallout

Russian-BearRussian Scientists Travel to Kuril Islands to Study Effects of Fukushima Meltdown The Moscow Times Sep. 25 2014 Russian scientists will travel Thursday to the Kuril Islands in order to assess the fallout from Japan’s Fukushima disaster, expedition head Yury Lyukanov said, stressing the group would stay out of Japanese waters.

The expedition, which is financed by the state-run nuclear agency Rosatom, will set out from the port of Vladivostok for up to 30 days and will be carried out under the auspices of the Russian Geographic Society, Lyukanov said, the Interfax news agency reported.

Representatives from the Defense Ministry, the Roshydrome weather bureau, the health and safety watchdog Rospotrebnadzor, and students from the state maritime museum will join the expedition, Lyukanov added…….http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/russian-scientists-head-east-to-assess-damage-from-japanese-nuclear-meltdown/507801.html

September 29, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

South African government keeps secret its nuclear deal with Russia

secret-agent-Smflag-S.AfricaNuclear deal with Russia to stay secret, Business Day, BY CAROL PATON, 25 SEPTEMBER 2014, THE NUCLEAR CO-OPERATION AGREEMENT BETWEEN SA AND THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION SIGNED ON MONDAY WILL NOT BE MADE PUBLIC, SAYS A TOP GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL INVOLVED IN THE NEGOTIATIONS.

Russian-BearThe government has made it clear it intends to forge ahead with the procurement of 9,600MW of nuclear power, despite public concern over the costs and persistent rumours that a secret deal has been made with the Russians……..

opposition political parties and constitutional rights lobbyists disagree that there is no necessity to make the framework agreements public, or that they be ratifies by Parliament.

Executive director of the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution Lawson Naidoo said: “International treaties and agreements have to be processed and ratified by Parliament.”…….http://www.bdlive.co.za/business/energy/2014/09/25/nuclear-deal-with-russia-to-stay-secret

September 27, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

South Africa doing a disastrous nuclear deal with Russia

Russian-Bearflag-S.AfricaNuclear Deal for South Africa Spells Disaster, Liberty Voice by Laura Oneale on September 26, 2014. The new nuclear deal signed between the president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, and the Russian premier, Vladimir Putin, spells disaster for South Africa. Can South Africa cope with the installation of eight nuclear power plants and maintain the system diligently?

The African National Congress (ANC) party leader and President Zuma traveled to Russia recently and signed a $1 trillion Rand deal. The vast amount of money pledged to this deal would have sufficed to ensure efficient service deliveries and provide the country with a healthy management system………

Can South Africa cope with nuclear waste disposal when disposal of medical waste creates problems? …….

Nuclear plants are not the usual business day norms, and the financial outlay, operational times and disastrous actions with which nuclear technology is associated does have implications that cannot be ignored. The Chernobyl disaster and the Fukushima accident and the resulting environmental damage does affect future generations. Several surveys conducted in South Africa revealed that citizens have limited knowledge on the threats of nuclear energy, the advantages and disadvantages of nuclear power or any alternatives to expanding the energy capacity.

Will disposal of nuclear waste affect the people of South Africa?……..

nuclear deal for South Africa spells disaster due to the incapacity to deal with medical waste problems, current uranium disposal methods and general lack of knowledge.   http://guardianlv.com/2014/09/nuclear-deal-for-south-africa-spells-disaster/#PvmqOUhu5ICcjCix.99

September 27, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Global Climate Change Reveals Fatal Flaws of the Nuclear Energy Paradigm

“Fukushima: Dispossession or Denuclearization?” — The Final Chapter, The Millennium Report 13 Sept 14“……While Fukushima is the poster child for everything that can go wrong — very wrong — with nuclear power generation, there have been several instances since March of 2011 which have highlighted the inherent weaknesses found in the global Nuclear Energy Paradigm.

Photos often tell the story much better than all the words in the world. The media carried startling photographs of Nebraska’s Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Station during the floods of June, 2011. The plant was completely surrounded by floodwaters and under threat of losing its power supply. Even though it had been in cold shutdown since April, it was still vulnerable to problems not too dissimilar to the Fukushima Daiichi plant…….

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Because of the ongoing intensification of Global Climate Change, this scenario can repeat itself virtually anywhere around the globe. Wherever there is a nuclear power plant, it can be overwhelmed by floodwaters if the rains and subsequent flooding are severe enough. When the plants are located on the coastline, as many are, to provide easy, inexpensive access to ample water supply, the threats greatly increase due to hurricanes and typhoons.

The real question remains, therefore, as to what type of contingency plans the various nations of the world have in place to address the worst case scenarios. The Perfect Storm that occurred at Fukushima can easily be duplicated in the form of a catastrophic weather event that temporally paralyzes a nuclear power plant, especially one that is in the way of raging floodwaters or a category 5 hurricane or typhoon.

 

September 26, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Big media fails the public on environmental and public health matters

spin-media-nuclearflag-indiaEconomy & Ecology: The Inconvenient Truths The Global Calcuttan, September 21, 2014 “…..Manufactured Complacency The facilitators of our collective slide to environmental devastation is Big Media. Owned, globally by a few corporate houses, they are failing miserably in their job of informing the public. This is an essential function as democracy is premised on the notion that the electorate are informed. If problems are not given due attention in the media, politicians find them easy to be ignored.

Just as investors cannot take rational decisions on investing without proper information, how can the public take rational decisions about their future if information is withheld or they are simply distracted by noise?

In the last Indian general election, political parties ignored environmental issues, which is alarming considering the problems India faces:

The World Bank estimates that environmental degradation costs India 5.7 per cent of its annual gross domestic product, and causes a quarter of the country’s 1.6 million deaths among children each year.

September 26, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Thorium proponents created the cult of Weinberg

Thorium-cultThorium Trolls Hypnotise Environmentalists  D. A. Ryan November 19th, 2011 Also as regard Weinberg, another classic symptom of any cult is the adulation of a particular hero figure. Look at the scientologists and Ron Hubbard. If Kirk is the High Priest of the LFTR cult, clearly Weinberg is its Saint (or its martyr if you believe some LFTR propaganda!).

Of course the fact the LFTR bloggers are putting words in Weinberg’s mouth and misrepresenting his views completely, as well as ignoring certain basic scientific facts (the primary purpose of the MSR experiment of the 1960’s was to create a breeder cycle to feed nuclear fuel into other reactors, they were never intended as a major source of power, or so my nuclear engineer buddies tell me!) has little to do with anything. But let’s not let pesky little “facts” get in the way of a good fantasy!

Furthermore, science is about rigorous critical analysis. The instant one scientist’s words (or supposed words) are elevated to the point where they cannot be challenged or criticized is the point where you cross the Rubicon between science and pseudo-science.

Perhaps LFTR fans should get some E-meter’s and build Weinberg a temple?http://www.joabbess.com/2011/10/26/thorium-trolls-hypnotise-environmentalists/#comment-107302

September 26, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Dispute over water – uranium miners fight it out in Africa

Uranium producers in fight for water http://www.africaintelligence.com/AMA/exploration-production/2014/07/29/uranium-producers-in-fight-for-water%2C108033195-ART?did=46190443&eid=206481

Hit by the fall in the uranium price of $28.5/lb in recent months, the Rossing mine that Rio Tinto has …...(subscription only) 

September 26, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

310,000 New Yorkers keen to win fight against Coal, Oil, Nuclear, Gas

Poster-bury-CONGAt the Grassroots How to Win the Climate Fight  CounterPunch.  by HARVEY WASSERMAN 23 Sept 14, The most hopeful, diverse, photogenic, energizing and often hilarious march I’ve joined in 52 years of activism—and one of the biggest, at 310,000 strong—has delivered a simple messag​e: we can and will rid the planet of fossil fuels and nuclear power, we will do it at the grassroots, it will be demanding and difficult to say the least, but it will have its moments of great fun.

With our lives and planet on the line, our species has responded.

……….Climate chaos is a clear and present danger.

It’s caused by “King CONG”—Coal, Oil, Nukes and Gas.

The corporations who threaten us all must be reorganized and held accountable. Corporate greed is no way to power an economy. Corporate personhood is an unsustainable myth. The corporate profit motive is at war with our survival.

But renewable energy, community-owned and operated, can and will green-power our Earth cleanly and cheaply, bringing jobs, prosperity, ecological balance and, in concert, peace and social justice, without which no green transition is sustainable.

And it will come to us on the wings of focussed local campaigns against each and every polluting project, one at a time, through the grueling, endless hard work of an aroused and focussed citizenry.

The magic of today’s New York minute was its upbeat diversity, sheer brilliance and relentless charm. A cross between a political rally and a month at Mardi Gras. There were floats, synchronized dances, outrageous slogans, chants, songs, costumes, marching bands, hugs, parents with their kids, and one very sweaty guy in a gorilla suit.

Above all, there was joy…which means optimism…which means we believe we can win….which is the best indicator we will…….http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/09/23/how-to-win-the-climate-fight/

September 24, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

There is no Planet B. see photos of New York Climate Rally

see-this.wayPHOTOS OF NEW YORK IN ACTION TO SAVE THE PLANET ~~ ‘THERE IS NO PLANET B’  Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers took to the streets on Sunday in what was billed as a People’s Climate March. Police estimated there were 600,000 marchers present, many more than the 100,000 which was expected.Climate March Shatters Record, DesertPeace, By Andrew Restuccia, 23 Sep 14

Al Gore, Leonardo DiCaprio and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon joined a larger-than-expected throng of activists, scientists, students and elected officials who took to New York City’s streets Sunday for a massive march meant to sound the alarm about climate change.

Organizers initially estimated that the march had drawn 310,000 people, then raised that estimate to nearly 400,000 — far exceeding their projections of 100,000 attendees and making the procession through midtown Manhattan by far the largest climate-related protest in history. New York police did not offer their own crowd count.

Participants waved flags, pounded on drums and carried signs that said “No More Climate Change” and “Climate Action Now,” while police blocked traffic along Central Park West from 59th Street to 86th Street.

The scene turned a bit chaotic when Gore, Moon, scientist Jane Goodall and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio joined the march around 12:45 p.m., with police, security officers and arms-linked volunteers holding back the crowd while photographers clicked away. After a moment of silence, the crowd erupted in cheers.

Others taking part in Sunday’s protest included Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) as well as former Ohio Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich.

Participants said they were trying to send a message to elected officials that tackling climate change, an issue that has often taken a back seat in Washington, should be a top priority.

“It shows we have power,” said Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune. “It’s a diverse coalition. It’s broad and it’s growing in strength and it’s growing in diversity. And it’s increasingly impatient at the rate of progress.”

But it wasn’t making an immediate splash on national TV — “Meet the Press” didn’t mention the march, while CNN, Fox and MSNBC were focusing on issues like the NFL, the fight against ISIL, Friday’s White House intruder and the November elections…….http://desertpeace.wordpress.com/2014/09/23/photos-of-new-york-in-action-to-save-the-planet-there-is-no-planet-b/

September 24, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

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