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Niigata governor says answers on Fukushima disaster needed before any nuclear restart in Japan

More answers about Fukushima disaster needed before reactor restarts, Niigata governor says, Japan Times,  AP  OCT 16, 2014 Niigata Gov. Hirohiko Izumida said Japan should not restart any nuclear plants until the cause of the Fukushima meltdowns is fully understood and nearby communities have emergency plans that can effectively respond to another major disaster.

Izumida, whose prefecture is home to Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s seven-reactor Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant, said on Wednesday that regulators look at equipment but don’t evaluate local evacuation plans……….http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/10/16/national/niigata-governor-says-soon-reactor-restarts/#.VEMPZmddUnl

October 18, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Al Gore praises companies for their renewable energy plans

Gore,-Al-climateAl Gore lauds Salesforce.com, Google, Apple for renewable energy plans http://www.zdnet.com/al-gore-lauds-salesforce-com-google-apple-for-renewable-energy-plans-7000034604/

Summary: The former vice-president president of the United States advised Dreamforce attendees about the necessities (and business opportunities) presented by the “age of renewables.” AN FRANCISCO—Former Vice President Al Gore has many choice words about the ramifications hammering the environment, stemming from corporate influences on politicians and governments worldwide.

But the climate change advocate had a few bits of praise reserved for a select group of big tech corporations — specifically for Google, Apple, and Salesforce.com — while speaking at the close of the latter’s annual expo on Thursday.

“Everyone knows the way we got out of the Great Depression was mobilizing for World War II,” said Gore. “Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a huge project where we needed to mobilize people around the world for jobs that couldn’t be automated?”

With his talk, Gore hinted we have that major project.

Over the course of an hour, Gore fired off harrowing statistics about many recent natural disasters from China to Guatemala to Colorado over the last few years, followed up by some sobering predictions concerning ongoing droughts and continuously plummeting winter temperatures.

“We’ve got to take responsibility for consequences of our actions endangering the earth,” Gore retorted.

Nevertheless, Gore remained optimistic, insisting that many of these predictions can be curbed with immediate response and action.

“We need to recognize the age of renewables is beginning,” insisted Gore. He emphasized the business opportunities by renewable energy development and technology, asserting that “the private sector is going to finance most of renewable energy.”

Along with championing the aforementioned trio of Silicon Valley titans for their respective energy efficiency goals, Gore highlighted American business magnate and billionaire Warren Buffett as a prime example of an entrepreneur investing heavily in the renewable energy space.

“He’s not someone known for making dumb decisions,” Gore quipped. The Internet, Gore continued, is going to play a huge role in this shift as well. Projecting that the Internet will be more powerful (and influential) than television, Gore cited advertising dollars online surpassed those on the small screen last year.

As a further incentive to the keynote audience filled with sales executives and software developers, Gore observed that “we are always surprised” when technology costs drop dramatically, referencing the development of processors and Moore’s Law as examples. He theorized the same can be done with wind and solar power tech.

Gore concluded, “I’m optimistic about this, but we need to speed it up.”

October 18, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Nuclear energy deal between South Africa and France

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France, S Africa sign nuclear energy deal THE AUSTRALIAN AFP OCTOBER 16, 2014 

Paris and Pretoria have signed an agreement which could open the way for French nuclear giant Areva to bid to build eight nuclear reactors in South Africa worth up to $US50 billion ($A54.10 billion). French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and South African Tina Joematt Pettersson signed an intergovernmental agreement on co-operation in nuclear energy development which is necessary for any commercial deal……..http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/latest/france-safrica-sign-nuclear-energy-deal/story-e6frg90f-1227093196986

October 18, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Dr Caldicott talks with Harvey Wasserman, about Fukushima, and meeting Ronald Reagan

Caldicott,-Helen-4Dr. Caldicott Tells of Fukushima’s Lethal Toll and Meeting Ronald Reagan  | EcoWatch  17 Oct 14 She tells us about what’s happening to the renewable industry in Australia, and why Dr. James Hansen needs to reassess his views on atomic energy. “Nuclear Power Plants are cancer factories and bomb factories … because any country that has a nuclear reactor makes 500 pounds of plutonium a year and you need 10 pounds to make an atomic bomb … so the nuclear power industry in this country in its wisdom and in Japan, Canada and elsewhere is selling nuclear reactors as fast as it can … and they will have enough plutonium to make enough atomic bombs for the next half a million years … cause that’s how long the plutonium lasts …,” said Dr. Caldicott.

Then she shared one of modern American history’s most critical episodes. In the early 1980s, during the global campaign for a nuclear freeze, Helen met Patty Davis, the daughter of Ronald and Nancy Reagan. Davis figured that Dr. Caldicott might be one of the few people who might reach her father about the dangers of nuclear war.

So she brought Helen to the White House. Dr. Caldicott quickly sized up the President and determined to treat him “like a patient.” He was already showing early signs of the Alzheimer’s disease that would eventually claim him … and much of his second term in office.

For more than an hour Dr. Caldicott talked with the world’s most powerful about what atomic war might do to the human race. It was, she said, a uniquely long meeting with our oldest president.

And, apparently, it did have an impact. Hear all about it on my Solartopia Green Power & Wellness show:  http://prn.fm/green-power-wellness-dr-helen-caldicott-101414/

October 18, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Research on risks pf depleted uranium weapons lags behind the military enthusiasm to use them

Shoot first, ask questions later, International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons A simple guide to the history of depleted uranium use depleted-uraniumand research 14 October 2014 – ICBUW

Understanding the civilian and environmental risks from weapons before using them is a key part of the legal review process for new weapons – even if the bar is not set particularly high. However, when it comes to the toxic constituents of weapons, this process can take far longer to complete, as scientific research struggles to catch up with military enthusiasm.

So it has proved with DU, where research was left behind in the rush to develop and deploy the weapons. Often factors relating to how the weapons are used in conflict and what, if anything, is done to reduce harm after they are used are not taken into account. Even decades on, significant uncertainties may still remain, for example the extent to which civilians have been, and continue to be, exposed to DU…..http://www.bandepleteduranium.org/en/shoot-first-ask-questions-later

October 15, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Media panic on Ebola threat – media silence of Fukushima radiation threat

spin-media-nuclearFukushima Radiation vs Ebola Outbreak http://warr-blog.blogspot.com.au/ , BY OCTOBER 12, 2014  The contrast between news coming out on the Fukushima nuclear meltdown and the ebola outbreak could not be more stark.  The mainstream media is completely saturated with news of the ebola virus outbreak.  The Obama Administration’s refusal to restrict air travel from Africa is already becoming an election issue in America.  This is as it should be, because ebola is a very scary disease.  It isoverwhelming west-central Africa and kills about 70% of its victims in short order.  Now Europe and America are experiencing their first cases of ebola.

On the other hand, radiation from the Fukushima nuclear power plant meltdown is already in the U.S.  It’s also been revealed that mixed oxide fuel rods were in use at Fukushima and we can count deadly plutonium among the radioactive isotopes released.  The Vancouver Sun reported that seaweed samples taken off British Columbia had tested at 4x safe limits for radiation.  The New York Times reports “low levels” of radiation in U.S. milk samples.  There has also been massive mortality among fish on the West Coast, including sardines,starfish, salmon, and other sea life.  Mainstream media won’t speculate on radiation, though it’s interesting that radiation from the Fukushima 3/11 event arrived on the West Coast in March 2014, about the time these anomalies in the coastal ecosystem became present.  And about 80,000 gallons of contaminated water from Fukushima continues to pour into the Pacific each day to bioaccumulate in the food chain.
Yet the average member of 50 million U.S. and B.C. residents who live on the west coast, remains blissfully unaware of the potential magnitude of the Fukushima disaster, though I bet practically all are concerned about ebola.  Did you know a study published in the International Journal of Health Services concluded that there have been approximately 14,000 deaths (mostly children) linked to radiation from Fukushima reaching the U.S.?  So far, one guy has died of ebola.  Ah well, who needs information?  What they’re telling you about ebola might not be true anyway.

October 13, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

US nuclear regulation expert says Japan needs a national debate on nuclear dangers

Abe NUCLEAR FASCISMJapan needs a national debate on nuclear risks, ex-U.S. regulator says, Japan Times, KYODO  OCT 9, 2014 Japan needs to hold a national debate on what nuclear power-related risks are acceptable before it restarts reactors idled after the 2011 Fukushima meltdowns, a former top official with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said.

“There has to be a national dialogue on the level of risk acceptable for people, because in the end, the people of any country determine” what risks they are willing to accept, said Charles Casto, who advised Japan on behalf of the U.S. government in the wake of the March 2011 Fukushima No. 1 meltdown crisis.

“The elected officials may believe they have control of that, but . . . the people will stand up if they don’t accept the level of risk,” he told a press conference in Tokyo on Wednesday.

All of Japan’s 48 commercial reactors are offline, but the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is eager to restart them…….http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/10/09/national/japan-needs-national-debate-nuclear-risks-ex-u-s-regulator-says/#.VDw_wWddUnl

October 13, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Japan’s electricity utilities aim to slow the growth of renewable energy

Please! No more solar! Japanese utilities want to slow the rush to renewables Smart Grid News, Oct 10, 2014 “……Japan’s electric utilities are putting the brakes on renewable energy, reports Daniel Cusik at EENews.net. Solar power is creating an oversupply problem for some regions while stressing the grid. 

Five of the country’s 10 major utilities have announced they will no longer accept new renewable energy for the time being until they can strengthen their grid.

In the wake of Fukushima, the Japanese government adopted a generous feed-in tariff to encourage renewable energy. The result, says Cusik, “has been a glut of new mostly solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays coming online over the last 24 months.” And no wonder — current feed-in tariffs, excluding taxes are 29 cents per kilowatt-hour for solar PV for large customers and 34 cents residential customers. And those high prices are guaranteed for 10-20 years!

The high tariffs have fueled 11,000 MW of new solar capacity since 2012 with another 72,000 MW in the pipeline. But Japanese energy experts say the surge in solar power threatens to overwhelm the country’s transmission and distribution systems, which serve 10 distinct distribution areas and are not bound together by a robust transmission system.http://www.smartgridnews.com/artman/publish/Technologies_DG_Renewables/Please-No-more-solar-Japanese-utilities-want-to-slow-the-rush-to-renewables-6809.html/#.VDnU2WddUnk

 

October 11, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Britain’s people have been shafted in the EDF Hinkley nuclear deal

UK-subsidyThe EDF Hinkley Deal: We Have Been Shafted, City Unslicker 10 Oct 14“………..And now we find that UK plc has fallen for the same trick, but on a scale with so many noughts added, I’m not sure they can be counted.  The EDF Hinkley deal, which the EC socomprehensively demolished 9 months ago, has been passed because of a small alteration which makes it just fine: an upside sharing device for the UK to claw back a bit of the gargantuan subsidies, in the event EDF’s profits are above a certain exorbitant level.

 Ah yes.  Profit on the construction and long-term operation of nuclear power plants, operated by an arm of the French state.  Does anyone on the planet reckon that the books which will be presented in due course will bear any relation to reality?

For many years now I have been predicting the French will get the rest of Europe to pay for its nuclear industry as surely as we all pay for their agriculture: and so it has come to pass.   The gormless gits in Whitehall have served it up on a platter.  There are some early rumours as to how the political fix was achieved, but we may never really know.  Will the Germans and Austrians really block it at the eleventh hour ?  I’m not pinning much hope on that.

This ‘French Tax’ on UK plc will run for 35 years, and will end up being an identifiable percentage of GDP.  Countries have gone to war for less.  The ‘deal’ (which, incidentally hasn’t yet been signed) needs to be repudiated fast:  I might even join UKIP if they make it part of their manifesto. http://www.cityunslicker.co.uk/

October 11, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

EU approval for Hinkley plant a complete sellout to the nuclear industry

money-lobbyingflag-EUEU backing for plant ‘a total sell-out to nuclear industry’Paul Melia  Irish Independent 09/10/2014 |THE European Commission has given the green light to a controversial plan by the British Government to underwrite the €21bn cost of building a nuclear power plant just 240km from Ireland. And it has emerged that Ireland’s outgoing EU Commissioner, Maire Geoghegan Quinn, was not present for the crucial vote on the matter.

A spokesman said she had committed to attending a conference in Turin, Italy yesterday, and did “feed into” the decision – but was not present for the vote……..

The move provoked fury among environmental groups, while the Austrian Government has warned it may take legal action against the commission.

This was because the decision set a “bad precedent”, as guaranteed payments had previously been reserved for renewable forms of energy.

The Department of the Environment here has also raised concerns, saying it had written twice since 2009 to the UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change outlining concerns about potential environmental impacts in Ireland and in the Irish Sea.

“The key issues of concern include the assessments by the UK of effects on the environment, management of radioactive waste, and the rationale underpinning the proposed justification decision for new nuclear facilities,” it said.

A spokesman added it was awaiting the full, written decision of the commission before deciding if any further action would be taken…….

Greenpeace said the Commission had “cleared a path for taxpayers” to heavily subsidise the construction of nuclear power plants, adding it was a “total world record sell-out” to the nuclear industry.

“It’s such a distortion of competition rules that the Commission has left itself exposed to legal challenges,” legal adviser Andrea Carta said.

“There is absolutely no legal, moral or environmental justification in turning taxes into guaranteed profits for a nuclear power company whose only legacy will be a pile of radioactive waste.

“This is a bad plan for everyone except EDF.”

The Green Party also expressed concern, with leader Eamon Ryan saying that competition rules had been broken by allowing “massive state subsidies” for nuclear power.

“There is no accounting for the security risks that come with the building of such a plant, and no apportioning of the massive clean up costs that will come when the plant has to be decommissioned,” he said. http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/eu-backing-for-plant-a-total-sellout-to-nuclear-industry-30650482.html

October 10, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Hinkley Point C nuclear power station – all too close to Irish coast

Nuclear plant 240km from Irish coast approved RTE News, 8 Oct 14The European Union has approved Britain’s ambitious €20 billion plan to build its first nuclear plant for a generation.

The Hinkley Point C power station, which will be built with French and Chinese help, is 240km from the Irish coast…….

Critics have complained that there are insufficient plans for the removal of the nuclear waste that the plant will produce.Concerns about the project have also been raised by An Taisce and the Department of the Environment. An Taisce today said: “The state aid investigation by the European Commission raises totally different issues to those raised by An Taisce’s ongoing legal action.

“An Taisce’s case is against the UK Government on the grounds that we believe they did not apply international law, EU law and English law correctly … in that they failed to consult with their neighbours, the people of Ireland, prior to granting permission for Hinkley Point C.”

The department said it had concerns about the effect on the environment, the management of radioactive waste, and the “rationale underpinning the proposed justification decision for new nuclear facilities”.

It said it had discussions at ministerial and official level over several years about Hinkley Point C……….

Greenpeace has criticised the commission’s decision and said it could well face legal challenges. It claimed the decision was a sellout to nuclear interests and that European taxpayers would have to pay the cost.

Meanwhile, the Austrian government has said it would bring legal action against the commission’s decision to the European Court of Justice.Chancellor Werner Faymann and Vice Chancellor Reinhold Mitterlehner said Hinkley Point set a “bad precedent” because guaranteed payments had previously been reserved for renewable forms of energy.

They said they were opposing the commission’s decision on economic and environmental grounds, claiming nuclear power was not a sustainable form of energy, was a mature technology and was not an option for combating climate change.

Other member states have voiced concerns that the project makes a mockery of the union’s stated policy to promote solar and wind power.

The European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, launched the inquiry in late 2013, delving closely into the project’s elaborate price guarantee system that critics claim will prove hugely expensive to British consumers for decades to come…….. http://www.rte.ie/news/2014/1008/650789-edf-somerset/

 

October 10, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

UK ‘s Hinkley nuclear plant plan – by no means a done deal

 

This is by no means a done deal

not just this government, other governments, lobbied by the nuclear industry.

It’s a long way from being settled and this test case is sure to fire up many more passions before it’s over. 

EU clears the way for UK nuclear plant Australian Broadcasting Corporation ABC Lateline Broadcast: 09/10/2014 Reporter: Mary Gearin A controversial ruling by the EU has paved the way for a 30 billion dollar nuclear power station to be built in Britain, the first in the UK since the 1990’s

Transcript

EMMA ALBERICI, PRESENTER:  “……..The project, by French company EDF, would create 25,000 jobs and replace a fifth of Britain’s aging nuclear infrastructure. But it’s conditional on getting a fixed, guaranteed price for the electricity it would generate. It wants more than £92, or about $170, per megawatt hour for 35 years. That’ll need government subsidies because the current market rate is less than half that – £41.50, or about $75.

European regulators have ruled the subsidies are compatible with EU trade rules; but now comes the fallout. Continue reading

October 10, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

2015 Global investor summit on renewable energy – India

India to host global investor summit focused on renewable energy in 2015 Blue & Green October 6th, 2014 By   India is set to host a meeting of international investors willing to pour billions into realising the country’s great clean energy potential, after India’s energy minister promised to turn the nation into a ‘renewable superpower’.

In February, the Renewable Energy Global Investors Meet and Expo – ‘RE-INVEST’ will take place in New Delhi, with the aim of raising finance for India’s renewable energy projects.

The initiative was launched by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, which was created after the election of prime minister Narendra Modi.

Modi pledged to boost India’s solar sector, in order to capitalise the country’s 300 sunny days each year, and bring electricity to the 400 million Indians currently without reliable power. He also unveiled plans to build the world’s largest floating solar array.

The summit hopes to attract large-scale investment – quantified as around $35 billion (£21bn) per year – and it will be held each year for the next five years, or until 900 MW of clean energy capacity has been developed.

So far, the World Bank has announced a $775 million (£452m) investment in Indian renewable energy sector…….http://blueandgreentomorrow.com/2014/10/06/india-to-host-global-investor-summit-focused-on-renewable-energy-in-2015/

October 10, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Building more nuclear power stations will simply waste more wind power

wind-turb-smflag-UKHow more nuclear will waste wind power  http://realfeed-intariffs.blogspot.co.uk  Dr David Toke 7 Oct 14 As noticed by Chris Goodall, in his column in the Guardian environment network, wind power production has for the first time exceeded nuclear. See http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/06/uk-wind-power-bests-nuclear-power-for-a-few-symbolic-minutes

But what Goodall misses, it seems completely, is that building more nuclear power stations will simply waste more wind power. He seems to claim that ‘all’ the investment in wind power will be ‘wasted’ unless we build a lot more interconnectors etc to accommodate fluctuating wind power supplies. Well, we do need more balancing of a variety of types, including demand response, interconnectors and as it gets cheaper, various types of storage, but it is an exaggeration to say that ‘all’ wind investment will be wasted.The big waste comes with the nuclear investment. The problem with the ability of the electricity system to absorb more variable wind power supplies lies with the inability, and unwillingness, of nuclear operators to turn down their production when there is more wind power. So obviously building more nuclear power stations (which are more expensive, MWh for MWh anyway than onshore wind for example) will only make the situation worse – more wind power will be wasted than will otherwise be the case without the nuclear power.

It would be helpful if Chris made this point – but I can see why he doesn’t, because he advocates more investment in nuclear power. This is the biggest problem as far as Chris Goodall’s commentary is concerned. He should clearly re-think his support for building more nuclear power before he starts to implicitly criticise wind power for its variability.

October 8, 2014 Posted by | general | 1 Comment

Military complex in Iran rocked by explosion – two killed

NYTimes: “Enormous orange flash” seen around suspected nuclear site as mysterious explosion rocks one of world’s largest cities — US Gov’t: We are “monitoring the situation closely” — Reports: Windows broken 9 miles away, all trees burned over large area (PHOTO) http://enenews.com/nytimes-enormous-orange-flash-reported-suspected-nuclear-site-mysterious-explosion-rocks-one-worlds-largest-cities-govt-monitoring-situation-closely-photo?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ENENews+%28Energy+News%29

Islamic Republic News Agency
 (Iran’s official news agency) Oct 6, 2014: Fire at explosives factory in eastern Tehran — Defense Industries Organization reported on Monday that fire broke out in an explosives producing factory in eastern Tehran [23rd most populatedurban area in world]… Two workers were killed… Continue reading

October 8, 2014 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

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