Thorium Reactors: Nuclear Redemption or Nuclear Hazard?, The Energy Collective 10 Dec 13,“….Thorium does not resolve nuclear power’s proliferation and waste issues, Institute for Energy and Environmental Research President Dr. Arjun Makhijani responded to Martin on the NPR program last year. Pure uranium-233 can be derived from the molten salt coming out of thorium reactors “which is easier to make bombs with than plutonium.” And the waste, Makhijani added, contains carcinogenic radioactive materials…….
“My reactor is free. It’s in the sky, 93 million miles away. You can store its energy in molten salt. It is being done today. You can generate electricity for 24 hours a day,”
Even with extensive investment in thorium technology, he said, it would take ten years to build the infrastructure and ten more to put regulation in place. “I did an honest, unbiased look, not thinking we could do renewable energy. And I found out that my hunch was wrong: We can do 100 percent renewable energy.”……
Let them raise venture capital and do it,” said Vermont Law School Institute for Energy and the Environment nuclear economics researcher Mark Cooper. “I have low carbon and no carbon technologies whose costs have been coming down and they can keep the lights on. In 25 years I am likely to have a whole range of cost effective ways to keep the lights on that evolve from the current set of technologies.”…
ay NO THANKS to Nuclear (Non) Diplomacy!!!, The Nuclear Abolitionist, BY LEONARD EIGE. 10 Dec 13
A few days ago Duncan Hunter, a Republican member of the House Armed Services Committee, suggested that the U.S. should plan to use nuclear weapons in a military conflict with Iran.
He said: “If you hit Iran, you do it with tactical nuclear devices and set them back a decade or two or three.”
Of course, Hunter failed to mention the consequences of the use of any nuclear weapons against Iran – among them the uncontrollable consequences of such weapons once released, the radioactive fallout and it’s effects on the region, and the regional destabilization that it would most likely cause.
So much for diplomacy!!!Hunter’s statement demonstrates his total lack of understanding (on any level) of both the risks related to the use of any type of nuclear weapons and the realities of the situation with Iran. It is completely irresponsible on the part of any elected (or other) official to remotely suggest the use of nuclear weapons.
In an article titled Nukes Are Nuts David Krieger quoted former US secretary of state and four-star general Colin Powell who said “no sane leader would ever want to cross that line to using nuclear weapons. And, if you are not going to cross that line, then these things are basically useless.” Yes – Nukes are certainly nuts (and most definitely “useless”, and the people who consider them a viable weapon most certainly are nuttier than a nuke.
There must be only one line of conversation about the situation with Iran – DIPLOMACY!!!
As citizens we need to send a clear message to Congress that there is only one acceptable path toward a resolution of tensions with Iran and that is a diplomatic one.
Go to this website to send a message to your Senator supporting President Obama’s diplomatic efforts to avoid military confrontation with Iran.
Risk of losing public’s ‘tolerance’, Reader Mail, Japan Times 6 Dec GRANT PIPER Tokyo 13 Regarding the Dec. 2 article “Secrecy law protests ‘act of terrorism‘: LDP secretary general”: Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Shigeru Ishiba’s comments that street protesters voicing opposition to the new state secrets bill by shouting it in public demonstrations are doing something “not so fundamentally different from an act of terrorism” confirms in my mind the direction that Japan’s conservative government is headed.
That direction is to silence opposition by criminalizing criticism of the leadership. It will include not only journalistic and the political opposition’s critiques of government policy and behavior but also comedic parody and satire as well as treatment of the state and government in the arts — letters, music and graphic arts.
It will come in the form of a bill mandating respect for the prime minister and his Cabinet, the Emperor, the national anthem and the flag, and other symbols of the state, plus symbols of the traditional culture like Grand Ise Shrine or the Kamakura Daibutsu.
Presumably Ishiba was calling loud street protests a kind of terrorism because he thinks such behavior is terrible in the same way we think passengers on an enclosed subway train who are talking loudly on their smartphones — contrary to polite etiquette, common sense and posted prohibitions — are terrible.
By framing opposition as a security matter, almost anything at all could be outlawed if the government so desired and if it could muster enough votes in the legislature.
We can turn the tables and say that the way the LDP government rammed the bill through the Diet last week was an act of terrorism, because it is terrible as are so many other policies and aims of this government and this party. Ishiba knows about terrorism because he’s a terrorist. Of course, LDP spokesmen deny that the bill is intended, or will be used, to prosecute legitimate news reporting or legitimate quests for freedom of information.
One thing we are certain of is that Japanese politicians lie. It’s not that the government is losing our trust or risks losing our trust. The government never had our trust to begin with, only our tolerance.
Canadian officials estimated Fukushima cesium-137 release almost double Chernobyl — Based on the “most conservative and credible” projections http://enenews.com/canadian-govt 8 Dec 13
Quake rocks Iran near nuclear plant AFP NOVEMBER 29, 2013 http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/quake-rocks-iran-near-nuclear-plant/story-e6frg6so-1226771027078#sthash.7vnMgUMa.dpuf A 5.7 magnitude earthquake on the Gulf coast near Iran’s sole nuclear power plant has killed eight people and injured 190, emergency autorities said.
“So far, there are seven dead and 30 injured receiving hospital treatment,” the official IRNA news agency quoted emergency response chief Hassan Qadami as saying. However, an official said the temblor had “not created any problem for the activities of the power plant” at Bushehr, where Iran has its Russian-built reactor.
The quake’s epicentre was near Borazjan, around 60 kilometres from Bushehr.
The media said the quake had destroyed around 250 homes and businesses, while Dashtestan provincial Governor Alireza Khorani also spoke of damaged houses and electricity pylons.
Iran stands on several seismic fault lines. In April, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck southeastern Iran and neighbouring Pakistan, killing 40 people. A massive quake in December 2003 struck the southern city of Bam, killing 26,000 people and destroying its ancient mud-built citadel.
Iran’s Arab neighbours across the Gulf have often raised concern over the reliability of the Bushehr plant and the risks of radioactive leaks in case of a major quake. But Iran and Russia insist it respects international standards under the supervision of the UN nuclear watchdog.
There is fierce opposition to Jaitapur nuclear plant: Officials Times of India Nov 29, 2013, MUMBAI: Government officials have admitted that there is “fierce opposition” to the Jaitapur nuclear power plant in Maharashtra despite the compensation package.
They spoke to this newspaper at the 5th edition of India Nuclear Energy 2013 summit which opened at the Nehru Centre on Thursday, with active participation from countries like France, Canada, United Kingdom apart from nuclear power firms from India. …
War-weary Americans back Iran nuclear deal by 2-to-1 margin The Raw Story, By Agence France-Presse Thursday, November 28, 2013 Americans back a newly brokered nuclear deal with Iran by a two-to-one margin and are very wary of the United States resorting to military action against Tehran even if the historic diplomatic effort fails, a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday showed.
According to the survey, 44 percent of Americans support the interim deal reached Sunday between Iran and six world powers in Geneva, and 22 percent oppose it. The findings come as good news for President Barack Obama, whose approval ratings have dropped in recent weeks, largely due to the botched rollout of his flagship healthcare reform law, the Affordable Care Act. Even if the Iran deal fails, 31 percent think the U.S. should launch further diplomacy, while 49 percent would want to then increase sanctions. Only 20 percent would want U.S. military force to be used against Iran.
The survey’s results suggest that a war-weary U.S. public could help bolster Obama’s push to keep Congress from approving new sanctions that would complicate the next round of negotiations for a final agreement with Iran.
While indicating little trust among Americans toward Iranian intentions, the survey also underscored a strong desire to avoid new US military entanglements after long, costly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. “This absolutely speaks to war fatigue, where the American appetite for intervention — anywhere — is extremely low,” Ipsos pollster Julia Clark said. “It could provide some support with Congress for the arguments being made by the administration.”…… http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/11/28/war-weary-americans-back-iran-nuclear-deal-by-2-to-1-margin/
There’s One Big Obstacle To US Development Of Thorium BUSINESS INSIDER LUCAS KAWA DEC 20 2012, SOME OF THORIUM’S DISADVANTAGES, WHICH INCLUDE:
- High capital costs ($4000-$10,000/kW)
- Little existing infrastructure, no commercially operating plants
- Long lead times (estimated at over 10 years) and licensing issues
- The bad reputation of nuclear energy, due to meltdowns at Chernobyl and Fukushima……
Thorium power technology cannot economically compete with electricity generated by gas
The Global Threat of Fukushima, counterpunch A Global Response is Needed WEEKEND EDITION OCTOBER 25-27, 2013 by KEVIN ZEESE AND MARGARET FLOWERS The story of Fukushima should be on the front pages of every newspaper. Instead, it is rarely mentioned. The problems at Fukushima are unprecedented in human experience and involve a high risk of radiation events larger than any that the global community has ever experienced. It is going to take the best engineering minds in the world to solve these problems and to diminish their global impact.
When we researched the realities of Fukushima in preparation for this article, words like apocalyptic, cataclysmic and Earth-threatening came to mind. But, when we say such things, people react as if we were the little red hen screaming “the sky is falling” and the reports are ignored. So, we’re going to present what is known in this article and you can decide whether we are facing a potentially cataclysmic event.
Either way, it is clear that the problems at Fukushima demand that the world’s best nuclear engineers and other experts advise and assist in the efforts to solve them. Nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds.org and an international team of scientists created a 15-point plan to address the crises at Fukushima.
A subcommittee of the Green Shadow Cabinet (of which we are members), which includes long-time nuclear activist Harvey Wasserman, is circulating a sign-on letter and a petition calling on the United Nations and Japanese government to put in place the Gundersen et al plan and to provide 24-hour media access to information about the crises at Fukushima. ..http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/10/25/the-global-threat-of-fukushima/
one of the main barriers is that the fossil fuel industries is simply resisting change. The incumbent generators fight against energy efficiency and renewables, because of the damage it is doing to their traditional business models. Fossil fuel companies are still invested $675 billion a year in R&D on finding new fossil fuels.
“The perception is that renewables are expensive,” says Elisabeth Press, the executive secretary of IRENA. “The narrative around renewables has to change.”
Reality check on renewable energy could unblock climate talks REneweconomy, By Giles Parkinson on 24 November 2013 The biggest frustrations of the UN sponsored climate change talks are the endless blockages that are seemingly caused because the potential solutions to rising greenhouse gases appear insurmountable: Yet the solutions are staring the negotiators in the face.
Energy efficiency could provide half the abatement required to meet the “emissions gap” between where the world is heading and what it needs to do to meet the global target to cap emissions at 450 parts per million, or a better than even chance at capping global warming at 2C. It can do this at little or no extra cost. And a new study to be released in the new year will say that renewable energy alone could provide the other half of the abatement needed from now to 2030, again for little or no extra cost.
The findings by the International Renewable Energy Agency – to be included in a document called ReMap 2030 and released in January – suggests that this can be done by doubling the penetration of renewables in the global electricity market to 36 per cent by 2030. Read more »
Uranium Film Festival to hit Duke City first “ABQ Journal, By Adrian Gomez / Asst. Arts Editor, Reel NM ”…….The traveling festival will make its first stop in the United States in the Duke City on Wednesday, Nov. 27 and Thursday, Nov. 28. It will then move on to Santa Fe and Window Rock, Ariz., before heading to New York City and Washington, D.C., in February.
The festival highlights more than 40 films from 15 countries that explore not only the radioactive element called uranium, but nuclear practices as well.
Lopez, a coordinator for the festival, says the films are documentaries, experimental and animated films, new comedies, fiction and science-fiction films……..
The festival was founded by Norbert G. Suchanek of Germany, who now lives in Brazil. It is dedicated to showing films that highlight the entire Nuclear Fuel Chain – from uranium mining, nuclear power plants and uranium bullets to Hiroshima, Fukushima and Fallujah.
At the festival, Suchanek and Marcia Gomes de Oliveira, executive director, will present discussions along with producers and directors of the films.
One of the films to be showcased will be Santa Fe resident Adam Jonas Horowitz’s documentary “Nuclear Savage: The Islands of Secret Project 4.1.” The film will screen at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27.
Also being shown is the film “Atomic Bomb Home” by Japanese filmmaker Katsumi Sakaguchi. It will screen at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28.
The documentary observes people living in the Genbaku Home (Atomic Bomb Home), a nursing home in Nagasaki, Japan, for aged atomic bomb victims. They put on re-enactments of Aug. 9, 1945 in Nagasaki to hand on their memories and prayers to peace.
Lopez says it’s films like the ones being screened that will help open people’s eyes to this subject…….http://www.abqjournal.com/307924/news/uranium-film-festival-to-hit-duke-city-first.html
they must just stop making this radioactive trash
Nuclear Power’s $750 Million Reprieve Doesn’t End Dilemma, Bloomberg, By Brian Wingfield & Andrew Zajac - Nov 20, 2013 Nuclear power plant operators won a significant victory yesterday when a federal appeals court said the U.S. should stop collecting $750 million a year for a spent-fuel repository it has never built.
Left unsettled is an issue that has vexed the industry and political leaders for decades: where to dispose of 70,000 metric tons of atomic waste now in temporary storage at power plants across the country. “There’s nothing in this opinion that’s going to move a single fuel rod a single foot from where it’s sitting now,” Peter Bradford, a former Nuclear Regulatory Commission member and professor at Vermont Law School, said in a phone interview.
The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington ruled that the Energy Department must take steps to suspend collection of the nuclear-waste fee from utilities because the government has provided no alternative to a canceled project at Yucca Mountain in Nevada, for which the funds are collected.
Exelon Corp. (EXC), the largest nuclear-power operator in the U.S., would benefit most from the decision, ……
The ruling directs the department to ask Congress to change the fee to zero until it complies with the Nuclear Waste Policy Act, which established Yucca Mountain as the nation’s nuclear-waste repository, or until lawmakers enact an alternate plan to store spent fuel. It is now managed by reactor owners at about 75 operating and closed reactors throughout the U.S.
Industry specialists said the decision may provide some incentive for the government to address lingering waste-storage options…….http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-20/nuclear-power-s-750-million-reprieve-doesn-t-end-dilemma.html
Tackling the Climate Crisis With the Reality of Renewable Energy, Susan Casey Lefkowitz HUFFINGTON POST 11/21/2013 Climate change is being felt in rising world temperatures and sea levels, as well as in high-cost weather events. It can feel so disempowering to be overpowered by the weather. Yet when we look around the world, the potential for clean energy that is the solution to fighting climate change is very real. That’s empowering. That’s a strong message for our leaders as the climate talks in Warsaw conclude.
Take renewable energy as an example. Renewable energy has become a mainstream, major power source and not just an aspiration for the future. Renewable energy is gaining traction from the U.S. to Chile and from India to China. But it needs elimination of cost, policy and trade barriers to make the next leap forward. That is what we should be asking for as we demand clean power.
We can rightly demand rapid acceleration of clean power from our governments and we can help make it happen ourselves. We know that we cannot credibly fight climate change and still allow global fossil fuel subsidies to continue at roughly six times the amount of incentives for renewable energy. Having the reality of clean energy within our grasp, helps make it crystal clear that we cannot let predictions that fossil fuels will continue to be king in the market come true. What we can and must do, is to invest in what we know will make a difference: stop our dependence on fossil fuels, make our economy more energy efficient and get power from the wind, sun and other renewable resources that never run out.
It comes down to our energy choices. Dependence on fossil fuels makes no sense in a world of changing climate. We can’t have an “all of the above” policy that includes expansion of fossil fuels and still fights climate change. We can’t subsidize fossil fuels and still fight climate change. In a time of a changing climate, demanding clean power makes sense.
In October, the World Energy Council and Bloomberg New Energy Finance came out with a new report demonstrating that renewables, especially mature renewable technologies such as wind and solar, are cost competitive with fossil fuels. The report found that the global share of generation output from renewable technologies is expected to continue to rise. Wind and solar are the most dominant renewables in the market and their costs are expected to continue to decrease to make them increasingly competitive.
We are finding the same in our work with partners around the world………
Clean energy doesn’t have to be a niche market that governments help out while still subsidizing and supporting coal, oil and gas. We can make the switch with a serious change in our incentives, policies, and political will to accelerate the place of renewable energy in our economies. We have a lot of good examples of how well it is already working. Internationally and at home, we need stronger political commitments to demand clean power and fight climate change by moving away from fossil fuels and embracing clean energy. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/susan-caseylefkowitz/tackling-the-climate-crisis_b_4309405.html
UN nuclear experts to revisit Fukushima to review shutdown plan, 7 News November 20, 2013 Vienna (AFP) – UN nuclear experts will visit Japan again next week to review government efforts to shut down the devastated Fukushima nuclear plant and prevent further worrying leaks, the IAEA said Tuesday.
“An IAEA expert team will visit Japan this month at the request of the Japanese government to review the efforts and plans to decommission TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station,” the International Atomic Energy Agency said in a statement.
The 19-strong mission will take place from November 25 to December 4, it said……http://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/19920209/un-nuclear-experts-to-revisit-fukushima-to-review-shutdown-plan/
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