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Three Mile Island and Chernobyl – nuclear industry learned nothing from these disasters

World Uranium Symposium 2015 – TMI and Chernobyl Workshop Fairewinds Energy Education, 21 May 15  In April of 2015, Fairewinds’ Chief Engineer, Arnie Gundersen and the Fairewinds crew headed to Quebec City for the World Uranium Symposium. Attended by more than 300 delegates from 20 countries that produce uranium for nuclear power and weapons, the symposium brought together experts who are calling on governments throughout the world to end all uranium mining. In this presentation, Arnie shares how the nuclear industry refused to learn from their own mistakes and repeated the same failures at Fukushima Daiichi that caused widespread devastation at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl.


FAIREWINDS ENERGY EDUCATION  –  World Uranium Symposium 2015 – TMI and Chernobyl Workshop “…… I studied Three Mile Island (TMI)  extensively. I was one of the experts at the trial that never happened. So I studied TMI extensively, and to a lesser degree, but still significantly, I’ve studied Chernobyl from an operations standpoint. And I’ve come to the conclusion that if we as a civilization had learned the lessons of Fukushima – had learned the lessons of TMI and Chernobyl, Fukushima never would have happened. The first lesson that was totally ignored was that as engineers, we need to expect the unexpected. Every one of these events happened outside of what experts thought was the worst possible scenario. So the bottom line is that nuclear is a technology that does that routinely. You study all the reasons a power plant can fail and you think you’ve got them all, and there’s always one you haven’t analyzed, which is expect the unexpected. This is from the DIET Commission on Fukushima but I submit to you that if we replaced Fukushima with Chernobyl or if we replaced the word TMI and Fukushima, this statement would apply to both. The accident at Fukushima Daiichi cannot be regarded as a natural disaster. It was a profoundly man-made disaster that could have been and should have been foreseen and prevented. That’s not Fukushima specific. That’s also Chernobyl and TMI.

The DIET Commission – the DIET is the equivalent of a parliament in Japan. And they commissioned a study to look at the accident. So I come up with four areas – lessons we should have learned from TMI and Chernobyl. And had we learned those, we might have been able to avoid Fukushima. The first is that safety systems that engineers design will fail. The second is that emergency planning will fail. The third is that people will die. There’s no doubt in my mind that people died at Three Mile Island – I’ll talk about that. And then separately, obviously, we have deaths at Chernobyl, regardless of what the IAEA and the nuclear establishment will tell you. And the last is that the risk is grossly underestimated.

This is a picture of the remnants of the nuclear core at Three Mile Island. It was taken two years after the accident. I know the man who took these pictures, and to give you an idea of the mindset of these guys, they put a camera into the top of the nuclear reactor and they went down to where the core was and they didn’t see anything. So they pulled the camera out and they said something must be wrong with the camera. So they put it in a second time down to where the core was and they said something must be wrong with the camera and they pulled it back out again and recalibrated. The third time they sent it down, they finally said, oh, my God, we had a meltdown. So despite all the evidence, the incredible radiation levels in the power plant, two years later, it took this picture to convince the nuclear establishment that a meltdown had really happened.

It doesn’t take an engineer to see that there’s one unique item on this graph – that little bump in the middle there – that’s the hydrogen explosion that occurred inside Three Mile Island at about 1 o’clock in the afternoon. So we had an explosion at Chernobyl; we had one at TMI; and of course, we had a bunch at Fukushima. So expecting containments to retain their integrity based on the TMI experience is wrong, based on the Chernobyl experience is wrong and certainly based on the Fukushima experience.

I argued with the NRC – Nuclear Regulatory Commission – twice in 2010, because in their assumptions, they say that nuclear containments do not leak. So when they’re looking at siting a nuclear power plant and all of the calculations that go behind it, they say nuclear power plants do not leak. It’s on the record, on the advisory committee of reactor safeguard’s record – they don’t leak. But this picture shows just the opposite.

. I’m going to walk over here for a minute. Before the pressure spike and after the pressure spike, there’s a couple of pound difference. After the explosion, the containment never had a positive pressure again. It was never pressurized. What does that mean? It was leaking. And yet the nuclear industry will tell you that the containment retained its integrity at TMI despite the fact that that graph exists and is well known. The tail on the right side of that pressure spike is exponential, which also shows that the pressure was leaking out of the containment. Well-known fact but totally ignored when a power plant is licensed anywhere in the world, that containments do leak. …….

There’s a key lesson here is that a year after Chernobyl we had a picture of the core. Two years after TMI, we had a picture of the core. No one has a picture of the core at Fukushima. It’s so radioactive that nobody can get near it. This is what happens when you don’t learn from history. This is Fukushima 2, 3 and 4 – the little boxes. And this is a couple thousandths of a second in between. That flash is a hydrogen explosion that destroyed unit 3. That comment about if you don’t learn from history, you’re doomed to repeat it – and Fukushima has shown that we didn’t learn the lesson from Chernobyl and we didn’t learn the lesson from TMI.

This is a thermal image of Fukushima unit 3. The only geeky slide I’ve got today is this one. It’s provided by Tokyo Electric. What temperature does steam boil at? 100. That spot’s 128 degrees. That’s not steam leaking out of Fukushima. That’s hot radioactive gases. And despite the fact that I’ve been talking about this slide for four years, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission continues to say that a containment will not leak.

Second point – so systems will fail, whether it’s cooling systems or containment systems, systems will fail. Second point is emergency planning. The Japanese are the greatest emergency planners in the world. I mean they really expect that earthquakes will come. They’re known for this. And yet they failed miserably at evacuating their own people after Fukushima. But we shouldn’t be surprised. At Chernobyl, the Soviets didn’t evacuate people soon enough, either. And at TMI, we had the exact same problem; that we knew that radiation was ready to leak out and people were not evacuated for days afterward. The problem there is the reaction of the bureaucracy is not to protect the people; it’s to protect the bureaucracy.  And when you buy into the concept that nuclear is safe, it’s very hard to then admit that you’ve been wrong and get on television and tell people to run like hell……..

The third point was that people will die. This is Dr. Steve Wing. If you go up on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission site, you’ll find that 10 million curies of radiation were released from Fukushima and nobody died. That’s the official party line of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Doctor Wing did an epidemiological study of the Susquehanna River Basin. You see the white is the Susquehanna River. The red on either side of it is incidents where cancer rates – lung cancer rates – were twice as high as average, and the green are the surrounding hills. So what Wing was able to prove definitively is that cancer rates in the river valley were much higher than can be attributed to anything except the accident.

Well, what happened at TMI? TMI happened on a calm day. There was an inversion. And all that radiation sat in the river valley. And so it ran up and down the river valley, but it didn’t disperse laterally and Wing’s data is damn convincing. Yet Wing has been laughed at now for 20 years. This study was published in 1990. People did die and there’s the proof right there. Well, the same thing happened at Chernobyl. Alexi Oblikov (?13:51) and Nurestrenko – the Nurestrenkos (?13:55) have published a book by the New York Academy of Sciences that shows that as many as a million people likely died and the nuclear industry got the editor of that fired. So after it was published, the editor was fired for publishing it. That’s the kind of pressures that we’re up against.

And the last person is Uri Vandishevski (?14:22). He’s the guy who sort of created the concept of Chernobyl heart. Cesium is an analog like potassium and it gets absorbed by your muscles. And in fetuses and in your people, when their hearts are still growing, that cesium winds up in their heart and causes defects. Well, Vandishevski had been studying this in lab animals and definitively showed that cesium causes heart defects in lab animals. And then he noticed that the same thing was happening to children from the Chernobyl disaster. And the bureaucracy’s response was to throw the guy in jail. So when you start throwing scientists in jail – I give you a lot of credit for actually doing this research – so when you start throwing researchers in jail, it has a chilling effect on other researchers. He was sentenced to eight years, but thanks to pressure from the EU – not from America and not from the nuclear industry but the EU – he was released after three. When he got out, all his samples had been destroyed and all his analysis was destroyed, and he published from memory. And of course, the nuclear industry’s position is well, it doesn’t count because he doesn’t have any data. So you throw people in jail and you destroy their data and then you ignore the fact that they had data in the first place.

The last point is the risk is greatly underestimated for nuclear power. We have this saying in the nuclear industry called PRA – probabilistic risk assessment – but I call it pray. And what the nuclear industry does is they assume they know every single way that a nuclear power plant can break and they assign probabilities in like a tree kind of a shape. The problem is this: if you have a deck of cards, what’s the chance of drawing an ace? You have four aces in 54 cards, so it’s one in 13. We know that. So you can do a probabilistic risk assessment if you know how many cards are in the deck. And that’s the problem with nuclear power. What we’ve found is that it breaks in ways that scientists haven’t counted on. So therefore, the probabilistic risk analyses are totally wrong. What I said in the speech in the last session, the people that do these PRA’s say there’s a one in a million probability, but yet we know we’ve had five meltdowns in 35 years – about once every 7 years. So history says once in 7, the nuclear industry says one in a million. Which one you going to believe? I frankly believe history. And then the last point is that if you properly weigh the risks and you properly weigh the benefits for nuclear power, it’s a distorted balance. The risks clearly, clearly exceed the benefits. Thank you very much.

May 23, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Unpredictability of the real costs of nuclear

 What does nuclear power cost? Old plants dispel easy answers The Conversation,  19 May 2015,
What is the economic cost of nuclear power? That turns out to be a very difficult question to answer.

The United States and other countries have plentiful experience building and operating nuclear power plants. Currently 438 nuclear reactors with a combined capacity of 379,000 megawatts generate more than 10% of the total electricity used worldwide.

The US has the largest fleet, with 99 reactors generating almost 20% of US electricity. France has the second-largest, with 58 reactors producing 77% of its electricity. The Chinese fleet of 27 reactors generates under 3% of its electricity.

Nevertheless, there is great uncertainty about the cost of building new plants. The existing fleet in the US and most developed countries is very old, dating back to a period of intense growth in the 1960s and 1970s. In the US, the most recent construction permit for an operating reactor was issued in 1978, although completion work on a couple of stalled projects and “uprates” – capital refurbishment that increases capacity – have occurred at a number of units.

New construction fell off in other developed countries, too. The few additions made since 1990 were mostly in Japan, Korea, Eastern Europe, Russia and China………

The estimates for the capital cost of nuclear – for plants entering service in 2019 – assume that units can be built without the disastrous delays and overruns that plagued the US industry in the past, and which have plagued some recent projects, too. And the nuclear estimate also doesn’t take into account the benefit of certain subsidies currently available for some new construction.

Fluctuating costs

Among the reasons it has become so difficult to know the price of nuclear is that supply chains have atrophied and hard-won engineering and construction experience has dissipated. Meanwhile, social pressures for improved safety – preceding the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan – forced design changes over the years, and we have yet to see what the impact will be on actual construction costs.

In 2005, the French firm Areva began construction at Olkiluoto, Finland, of its new design, the EPR reactor, a pressurized water reactor built to resist the impact of a commercial airline crash.

Unfortunately, that unit is, so far, five years overdue and projected to cost three times the original estimate. Construction of a second new EPR unit at Flammanville, France, was begun in 2007 and is already three years overdue with a more than doubling of projected costs. Regulators in France have also recently discovered “very serious” weak spots in the reactor there.

In 2013, Southern Company began construction of two new units at the Vogtle station in the state of Georgia using Westinghouse’s new AP1000 design. Those units, too, have already run into delays and cost overruns, although the process is not far enough along to draw a firm conclusion about the impact on cost. These cases evoke memories of the very bad experience with construction delays and cost overruns that plagued the US industry from the 1970s.

China’s building spree

In fact, the majority of new construction in recent years has been in China. The country has 27 reactors already in operation, all but three of which were built since 2000. The 24 reactors presently under construction in China represent more than one-third of current global construction.

So far, there has been no public record of major construction delays and cost overruns in China, although it is difficult to know what lesson to draw from that fact for projects in the West and elsewhere. It is also difficult to use the cost of their construction to inform estimates of what costs might be in the US or other developed countries.

Uncertainty about the cost of construction is overwhelmingly important in determining the cost of electricity from nuclear because building the plant accounts for nearly 80% of the total price tag. More predictable fuel and operating costs, including waste disposal, account for the remainder. …….

May 22, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Indians fear a nuclear repeat of Fukushima or the Bhopal Gas Tragedy

What if an accident like Fukushima or the Bhopal Gas Tragedy repeats itself?, Express Tribune By Usman Ali Khan  May 18, 2015 “A nuclear accident anywhere is a nuclear accident everywhere”

Almost a billion Indians now face the fearsome prospect of living under the shadow of an Indian nuclear lust. The Indian nuclear power industry remains shrouded in secrecy and opacity, refusing to reveal details on safety.  Following the nuclear diplomacy of India, one of the crowning achievements by the government of India was the pact with the US which showered out India from the list of nuclear pariahs allowing full access to nuclear technology and materials without signing Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).  

The nuclear power generation is controlled by a government entity Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) which remains cloaked in secrecy. Details about leakages and accidents are not forthcoming and not transparent. However, the Indian establishment is pushing ahead with nuclear energy where chronically inadequate management continues to dog the program.

Around the world, safety concerns surrounding nuclear power have intensified as a result of Fukushima. Operating nuclear power plants requires sophisticated technical, industrial, institutional, and legal capacities. Even the most advanced countries can struggle to manage nuclear power when things go wrong. Also, important piece of evidence about past events remain classified, thereby empirical analysis on nuclear safety organisational designs and strategies is circumscribed. This can also be assessed on the basis of nuclear history that has witnessed three severe nuclear accidents such as Three Mile IslandChernobyl and FukushimaDiachii.

Following the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, one might have expected nuclear power to lose much of its appeal. But in many developing countries, India among them, the desire for nuclear power has remained strong among officials, even if public may harbour deep concerns about governmental inability to operate nuclear facilities. This is music to the ears of the global nuclear establishment.

Concerns about nuclear power are prevalent in every country where the technology exists or is being developed, whereas India with abysmal records in disaster management, has simply hrugged off the Fukushima experience. It is a national catastrophe.

India plans a large expansion of power from nuclear energy over the next few decades. Many reactors and other facilities associated with the nuclear fuel cycle, and operated by the country’s Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and its subsidiary organisations, have hadaccidents of varying severity. The DAE also does not appear to be learning the appropriate lessons, and this is demonstrated through repeated failures at different sites of nuclear power plants in India.

The absurdity is further demonstrated where numerous incidents of fires and structural damages have occurred in India’s civilian nuclear power sector and there may be many other accidents that we do not know about. Under the circumstances, other examples of oil leaks, hydrogen leaks, fires and high bearing vibrations have often shut plants, and sometimes not.

Taking into account all these scenarios, the probability of a serious accident still lingers around the nuclear industry of India. Inevitably, there is a price to be paid for such bull headedness where the government’s response to past disasters has often been poor. A simple question that still needs to be worried about is: What if such an accident like Fukushima and Bhopal Gas Tragedy were to occur? ………


May 20, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Nuclear Shutdown News – Oyster Creek, Vermont Yankee, San Onofre

Nuclear Shutdown News – April 2015 – San Diego Fre Press  14 May 15  BY SOURCENuclear Shutdown News chronicles the continuing decline of the US nuclear power industry, and highlights the efforts of those who are creating a better energy future.

Here’s the April edition:

By Michael Steinberg / Black Rain Press Oyster Creek – oldest US nuke keeps shutting itself down

On April 28 ran “NRC Oyster Creek Nuclear Has Substantial Safety Problems.” Located in New Jersey, the Oyster Creek nuclear plant is the nation’s oldest (sometimes) operating nuke. It started up in late 1969, and is now 45 years old. US nuclear plants were designed to last only 40 years.

The patch article reported:

“The NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) plans additional inspections after discovering past problems with electromagnetic relief valves that help keep the reactor fuel covered and cool during a plant shutdown.

“Two components that can play an important role during shutdown experienced material failures that could have prevented them from performing their function when needed.”

The Patch story also reported that Oyster Creek is already under additional NRC oversight “because of four unplanned shutdowns from 2013 and 2014.”

The fourth unplanned shutdown was on 6-11-14. Oyster Creek is owned and operated by Chicago based Exelon. Exelon is currently lobbying the Illinois legislature to bail it out with taxpayers’ money because a number of its old nukes can’t make money in the marketplace anymore.  Source:

Tales of Two Shutdown Nuke Plants – San Onofre and Vermont Yankee The two most recently shutdown US nuke plants are San Onofre in Southern California and Vermont Yankee in New England. San Onofre shut down in June 2013, Vermont Yankee at the end of last year.

Vermont Yankee

Here’s what’s been happening with them lately………..

What to do with all that nuclear waste? – San Onofre

San Onofre

What to do with all the high level nuclear waste sitting in these shutdown nukes a continent apart? And how long will it take to do anything? Some of this “spent fuel’ will be lethal for thousands of years.

Plant owners and residents of surrounding communities have sharply different opinions.

The Orange County (CA) Register published a story on April 15 titled “Watchdog: Is San Onofre Waste Plan a Bomb in Your Backyard?

The article profiles a local resident, Rita Conn, who followed an Edison employee’s truck into a San Onofre nuke plant parking lot. From there it’s easy to gaze at the twin domes of the shut down reactors, and the hovering spent fuel pools full of 1600 metric tons of high level radioactive waste above.

This devil’s brew awaits transfer to the bluffs at the end of the beach into “a concrete monolith,” the Register reported.

The federal government’s plan for a permanent nukewaste disposal site at Yucca Mountain in Nevada has been discredited and there is no other solution in sight.

“It is terrifying,.” said Audrey Prosser of Laguna Beach, the Register reported. “It’s like having a nuclear bomb in your backyard. We want it out of there..”

The Register reported the cost of dismantling the plant and managing its radwaste as $1.27 billion.

Southern California Edison plans to transfer all the liquid waste into a dry cask Holec STORMMAX underground system. Or is that under bluff?

But critic Dana Gilmore of says:

“The Holtec system cannot be inspected, repaired or maintained, is subject to corrosion cracking within 30 years, and has no monitoring system.

“We will only know the that thin steel canisters have failed after they leak radiation into the environment.”

Did we mention that all this is happening right on the shores of the Pacific Ocean?

Nuclear waste at Vermont Yankee

Meanwhile, on the shores of the Connecticut River in southern Vermont, this is what’s been happening……..

May 15, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Henry Kissinger’s 2014 book warns of increasingly unstable and dangerous international nuclear system.

by putting trade and commerce before nuclear security concerns, Canada is arguably undermining the non-proliferation regime. Last month, Canada confirmed a deal to sell uranium to India, which covertly used a Canadian-designed civilian nuclear reactor to develop and test detonate a nuclear weapon in 1974

Global nuclear threat remains , The By Geoffrey Johnston Thursday, May 14, 2015With the end of the Cold War, the threat of nuclear war between the existing nuclear superpowers had essentially disappeared,” writes former U.S. secretary of state Henry Kissinger in his 2014 book World Order.

Yet Kissinger cautions that the proliferation of civilian nuclear technology “has vastly increased the feasibility of acquiring a nuclear capability.” And that makes for an increasingly unstable and dangerous international system. Continue reading

May 15, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Tesla battery just added another nail to the nuclear coffin

Why Tesla’s Powerwall Might Mean The End Of Fukushima-Style Catastrophe 

Did the Tesla Home Battery just kill nuclear power? Mike Barnard, Energy guy

  Not really, as far as I can tell. It added another nail to the coffin perhaps………
No, what’s killing nuclear is cheap wind and solar at utility scales. Storage is a useful and necessary component of a decarbonized grid, but history teaches us that overbuilding capacity and continental interconnectedness is cheaper. Overbuilding of wind and solar and connecting countries together with big pipes is killing nuclear. Storage is more an end game.

Nuclear has been in decline since 2005 in both relative and absolute terms because it’s expensive, fiscal liability costs are high and every build is a megaproject with high risks of schedule and budget overruns.

I’m very happy that Tesla has come into this space, but it’s a minor wedge, not a killer wedge.

May 15, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Oyster Creek nuclear plant offline for fifth straight day

 By BRIAN IANIERI, Staff Writer The Oyster Creek nuclear power plant in southern Ocean County remains shut down for the fifth day on Monday as staff work to solve the electric problem that sent it offline, a spokeswoman said……

May 15, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Dr Helen Caldicott versus the nuclear industry

Caldicott,H1The hashtag crusaders, The Saturday Paper MIKE SECCOMBE 9 May 15 
How does ‘clicktivism’ stand up against the old-fashioned footslog of offline campaigning? Since she first set out on a course of social activism well over four decades ago, Helen Caldicott’s dedication to the anti-nuclear cause has taken her to some unusual places.

Perhaps no twist in her journey, though, was more unexpected than the one that took her in early 1982 to United States president Ronald Reagan’s White House via the Playboy Mansion, the Los Angeles pleasure palace of Hugh Hefner………

In her address, Caldicott invited the film stars to go outside, look at the real stars and contemplate the probability that while Earth held the only life in the universe, it was threatened by the madness of nuclear weapons. Some wept.

“And afterwards this girl came up and said, ‘I think you might be the only person who can change my father’s mind’,” says Caldicott.

It was Patti Davis, the daughter of then-president Reagan.

Caldicott with Reagan……..Dr Caldicott came away from the meeting having made three diagnoses: Reagan was not very bright – she assessed his IQ to be “about 100, very average”; he was showing the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease; and he was unshakable in his belief that the best way to avoid nuclear war was not disarmament but deterrence……..

Her dedication has been heroic. Even now, at 76, she continues to write, to hold symposia, to run the Helen Caldicott Foundation for a Nuclear Free Future, to advocate for her cause. She will be among a who’s who of advocates for progressive causes, including US National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden and anti-family violence campaigner Rosie Batty, speaking to 1200 people gathered in Melbourne over coming days to discuss issues and techniques at the Progress 2015 conference. (Full disclosure: The Saturday Paper’s editor, Erik Jensen, was also a speaker.)

The point is, Caldicott soldiers on. And she worries a bit about an apparent dearth of new, young people prepared to commit to long-haul campaigning.

“Kids don’t do it,” she says. “They’re all on their cell phones, and texting each other and playing on Twitter and Facebook.”………..

May 13, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

How are nuclear apologists able to sleep at night?

hypocrisy-scaleFukushima: HOW CAN NUCLEAR SCIENTIST ACADEMICS MEDIA APOLOGIST SLEEP AT NIGHT?  [Ed. Note: This important article was first published on October 18, 2014. The situation now, is worse.]

from The Nuclear ProctologistWhat is the use of nuclear technology if all it does is destroy everything it touches . Why have it on the planet when we can not build anything to contain it , the Nobel gasses will detonate it if not released . Everything on nuclear waste sites is vented into your community , all the time . Or worst criminally dumped into the ground like Hanford 450 billion gallons in the 50s and 60s . Right now they have right now 41 miles of open pits full of nuclear waste they couldn,t deal with leaching constantly into the water tables and environment is unimaginable when they decry terrorist releasing the same amounts into community’s . Nuclear money and destruction of everything is allowed hell its encouraged while descending narratives decrying the discrepancy are not considered are afforded a debate . Its a spineless mockery of the meaning of life .

Reactors have creepily named the place where they keep their used hot cores as spent fuel pools , yet the fuel pools are full of nuclear cores that are by no means spent . Each pool boils off at least 120,000 liters of highly radioactive material a day into your community’s from the cracks created by the semi chain reaction on fuel rods, a full chain reaction is a melt down like Fukushima . The only perpetual machine on the planet is nuclear waste , it perpetually kills all 8.8 million species on this planet for millenniums .Read More @

May 13, 2015 Posted by | general | 3 Comments

New Study: 95% Renewable Power-Mix Cheaper Than Nuclear And Gas

#BustTheMyth – #RE_TOOL NOW !!! New Study: 95% Renewable Power-Mix Cheaper Than Nuclear And Gas The cost to the consumer of the 100 % renewable scenario is more or less equal to a scenario close to today’s, with only 40 % renewables, a new French government study shows.

Something remarkable is taking place that is bound to lead to a deep reshaping of the energy debate, starting in Europe and North America. It used to be the visionaries and the NGOs who talked about a 100 % renewable future, but now leading number-crunchers and energy experts are joining the chorus. In California, the government energy regulator were recently quoted saying that California’s power grid could handle 100 % renewables.

The city of Vancouver is an example of a big city that recently committed to run 100 % on renewables for power, heating and transportation within 20 years. New studies have been released showing the US can get to 100 % renewables by 2050, at marginal extra cost.

May 13, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Davis-Besse nuclear plant shuts down due to steam leak

FOX 8 CLEVELAND, MAY 10, 2015, BY ASSOCIATEDPRESS OAK HARBOR, Ohio  — A nuclear power plant has been shut down after a steam leak was found in a non-radioactive portion of the plant in northwest Ohio.

Plant operator FirstEnergy Corp. shut down its Davis-Besse nuclear power plant near Toledo on Saturday night after the leak was discovered around 7 p.m. Saturday in a part of the plant that doesn’t involve the nuclear reactor…….

May 13, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Canadian plan for waste dump could threaten safety of Great Lakes – say US critics

flag-canadaFlag-USAan underground nuclear waste dump in limestone poses a major risk to millions of people.

Nuclear option: US critics balk at Canadian plan to bury radioactive waste near Lake Huron By  May 08, 2015 A Canadian power company’s plan to bury nuclear waste Lake-Huron,-Bruce-County,-O150 miles from Detroit and less than a mile from Lake Huron has Americans fearful the Great Lakes – and some 40 million people who get their drinking water from them – could be put at risk.

A Canadian advisory panel submitted a report Wednesday that concluded the project would cause no significant environmental harm — despite strong opposition by Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich., and several other lawmakers, who argue the waste plan is a major safety threat to the Great Lakes. The plan, if approved by Canada’s Minister of the Environment, would allow millions of gallons of low-level nuclear waste to be stored 2,200 feet below the earth’s surface.

The site in question is Kincardine, Ontario, which sits at the shores of Lake Huron and is about 150 miles from Detroit. Despite its proximity to the border, U.S. approval of the project is not required.

Kildee, of Flint, is sponsoring a nonbinding congressional resolution opposing the project. Continue reading

May 9, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

American militarism followed blindly by Europe and others

Insanity Grips The Western World, Vigilant American By Paul Craig Roberts and originally published at Friday, May 8, 2015 …………………Germany’s political leaders and those in Great Britain, France, and throughout Europe, Canada, Australia, and Japan also believe that America is exceptional, which means better than they are.

That’s why these countries are Washington’s vassals. They accept their inferiority to the Exceptional Country — the USA — and follow its leadership…………..The White Media claims, and has claimed since February 2014, that there are Russian tanks and troops in Ukraine. Putin has pointed out that if this indeed was the case, Kiev and Western Ukraine would have fallen to the Russian invasion early last year. Kiev has been unable to defeat the small breakaway republics in eastern and southern Ukraine and would stand no chance against the Russian military.

Statue of Liberty Gun

Recently a brave news organization made fun of the White Media’s claim that Russian tanks have been pouring into Ukraine for 14 months. The parody pictured Ukraine at a standstill. All traffic on all roads and residential streets is blocked by Russian tanks. All parking places, including sidewalks and people’s front and rear gardens have tanks piled upon tanks. The entire country is immobilized in gridlock.
Although a few have fun making fun of the gullible people who believe the White Media, the situation is nevertheless serious as it concerns life on planet Earth.

There is little sign that Washington and its vassals care about life on Earth. Recently, the largest political group in the European Parliament–the European People’s Party–expressed a cavalier opinion about life on Earth. We know this, because, if we can trust Euractive, an online EU news source, the majority EU party believes that declaring the EU’s readiness for nuclear war is one of the best steps to deter Russia from further aggression. The aggression to be stopped by Europe’s declaration of its readiness for armageddon is the alleged Russian invasion of Ukraine, and the “further aggression” is Putin’s alleged intention of reestablishing the Soviet Empire.It must be disappointing to the Russian government to see that leaders of the European Union prefer to endorse nuclear war than to challenge Washington’s propaganda.
When I read that the governing party in the European Parliament thought non-existent aggression had to be stopped by a declaration of readiness for nuclear war, I realized that money could buy any and every thing, even the life of the planet. The European People’s Party was speaking in behalf of Washington’s propaganda, not in behalf of Europe. Europe’s nuclear war with Russia would end instantly with the destruction of every European capital………posted by  by

May 9, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Future of human society depends on what we do in this decade


It could. if we set our minds to it, be the decade when the planet’s use of fossil fuels peaks and then rapidly declines. We’ve built a movement that, for the moment, is starting to tie down the fossil fuel industry: from the tarsands of Alberta to the (as yet unbuilt) giant new mines of Australia’s Galilee Basin, the big players in coal, gas, and oil are bothered and even bewildered by a new strain of activist. They’re losing on the image front: when the Rockefeller family, the Church of England, and Prince Charles have begun divesting their fossil fuel stocks, you know the tide has turned.

And with it comes the sudden chance to replace that fossil fuel, fast and relatively easily. Out of nowhere the price of solar panels has fallen like an anvil from a skyscraper, dropping 75 percent in the last six years. Renewable energy is suddenly as cheap or cheaper than the bad stuff, even before you figure in the insane monetary cost of global warming. So in Bangladesh they’re solarizing 60,000 huts a month; the whole country may be panelled by 2020.

“The next 10 years will be decisive when it comes to the planet’s future — what we do (or don’t) will play out over geologic time.”

That rapid change wouldn’t be enough to stop global warming — we’re already seeing drastic changes, as anyone living through California’s drought can attest. We’ll continue to see record-breaking years (like 2014. And like 2015 so far). We’ll have to deal with record flooding. The ocean will grow more acidic. But maybe, if we really ratchet up the transition we’ll avoid a challenge of civilization-scale……..

May 9, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Thunder Bay Mayor Keith Hobbs warns on un-safety of nuclear waste burial near Lake Huron

Lake-Huron,-Bruce-County,-OOnt. mayor calls nuclear waste location ‘a bone-headed move’ Amy Legate-Wolfe, May 7, 2015 Thunder Bay Mayor Keith Hobbs has a problem with a plan to bury nuclear waste underground given the locations proximity to a water source.

A panel of experts concluded Wednesday that it is safe to bury the hazardous nuclear waste in a deep underground bunker at the site near Lake Huron.

The 430-page environmental assessment report found that the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects, though it would require strict attention and regulation. The proposal put forth by Ontario Power Generation calls for hazardous waste to be buried 680 metres underground in a deep geological repository or DGR, a distance that would comfortably fit the CN Tower.

The DGR will be at the Bruce Nuclear Generating Station, which stands on the shores of Lake Huron, Southwest of Owen Sound, Ont……..

After taking a tour of the proposed site, Hobbs wasn’t convinced that there aren’t other places that would serve the repository better.

“One of our main concerns was that no other sites were looked at,” he said. “And when we’re looking at high-level nuclear waste…I think they really missed the boat here in looking at other sites.”

Hobbs believes locations like Ignace in Northern Ontario or Saskatchewan would handle the nuclear waste better, and are away from a water source.

The federal environment minister has four months to decide whether to approve the plan. The goal is to start construction by 2018, and have the site running by 2025. Before that can happen, there will have to be further approvals and consultations with local First Nations…….

May 8, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment


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