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France’s grand nuclear loan to increase global debt

France to Tap Financial Markets for EU35 Billion Grand Loan By Francois de Beaupuy and Helene Fouquet
Dec. 14 (Bloomberg) – French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s government will earmark 35 billion euros ($51 billion) for its “Grand Loan” to aid manufacturers such as Areva SA, raising the bulk of the money in financial markets.

The government will sell 22 billion euros of debt to finance the loan with the remaining 13 billion euros coming from banks reimbursing the government aid they received to help weather the country’s worst economic slump in 60 years, Sarkozy said at a press conference in Paris today……………….Sarkozy’s grand loan, which may benefit companies including European Aeronautic, Defence & Space Co. and jet-engine maker Safran SA, will add to the country’s debt, which rose to 1.43 trillion euros, or 74 percent of gross domestic product, at the end of the second quarter. Government stimulus spending is boosting global debt levels and threatening to undermine the creditworthiness of some the world’s safest sovereign borrowers………………..As part of the grand loan the government will earmark 5 billion euros for sustainable development, including for fourth- generation nuclear power plants being built by Areva.,,,,,,,,,,The plan will also trigger 25 billion euros of investment from private companies, local governments and European agencies, he said.

France to Tap Financial Markets for EU35 Billion Grand Loan – Bloomberg.com

December 15, 2009 Posted by | 1 NUCLEAR ISSUES, politics | , , , | Leave a comment

France to boost its nuke industry, seeks foreign investors

France seeks foreign cash to grow nuclear sector

PARIS, Dec 14 (Reuters) By Nina Sovich – France pledged 1 billion euros ($1.5 billion) to support next generation reactor design and said it would seek foreign capital to back its move to the forefront of nuclear energy expansion.

The investment is part of a 35 billion-euro spending plan French President Nicolas Sarkozy Sarkozy unveiled on Monday aimed at improving France’s competitiveness. ………………. The French government, which owns majority stakes in both nuclear reactor maker Areva (CEPFi.PA) and utility giant EDF (EDF.PA), is trying to position France as the market leader in designing and running these power plants…………… To fund these costs, the French government recently asked Areva to sell its electricity business for some 4 billion euros. It has also invited foreign utilities to take stakes in new plants being built in France…………………..

Last month Proglio blasted French energy companies bidding on a contract to build nuclear power plants in Abu Dhabi for its lack of coherence.

December 15, 2009 Posted by | business and costs, climate change, France | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Depleted uranium – see online film

The Doctor, the Depleted Uranium, and the Dying Children  Top Documentary Films  15 Dec 09 An award winning documentary film produced for German television by Freider Wagner and Valentin Thurn.The film exposes the use and impact of radioactive weapons during the current war against Iraq. The story is told by citizens of many nations.

It opens with comments by two British veterans, Kenny Duncan and Jenny Moore, describing their exposure to radioactive, so-called depleted uranium (DU), weapons and the congenital abnormalities of their children.

Dr. Siegwart-Horst Gunther, a former colleague of Albert Schweitzer, and Tedd Weyman of the Uranium Medical Research Center (UMRC) traveled to Iraq, from Germany and Canada respectively, to assess uranium contamination in Iraq.

The Doctor, the Depleted Uranium, and the Dying Children | Watch Free Documentary Online

December 15, 2009 Posted by | health, Iraq | , , , , | Leave a comment

KYRGYZSTAN highly polluted by uranium tailings

KYRGYZSTAN: Mailuu-Suu ranked third in the list of world’s worst polluted places URANIUM TAILINGS 8 Dec 09  URANIUM.KG Mailuu-Suu in Kyrgyzstan ranked third in the list of the world’s worst polluted places according to the report issued by the New-York-based of Blacksmith Institute for 2009.This list, which is compiled annually, is formed from 1100 geographical spots, where state of environment causes serious concern Continue reading

December 15, 2009 Posted by | environment, Kyrgyzstan | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Nuclear plant communities to get anti-cancer medication

Anti-radiation potassium iodide pills to be distributed near Perry nuclear power plant CLEVELAND.com By Harlan Spector, The Plain Dealer December 13, 2009,Potassium iodide pills distributed years ago to neighbors of the Perry nuclear power plant have reached the end of their shelf life. Continue reading

December 15, 2009 Posted by | health, USA | , , , , | Leave a comment

USA to prepare for nuclear explosions in cities

Preparing for a ‘nuclear event’ – LA Daily News 14 Dec 09 ……….The federal Homeland Security Council is urging state and local governments to prepare in the event of a nuclear detonation in a major city. Continue reading

December 15, 2009 Posted by | safety, USA | , , , | Leave a comment

USA’s energy consumption to go down, says DOE

Rising prices will curtail energy consumption, DOE says CLEVELAND.COM By John Funk, The Plain Dealer December 14, 2009,
The American appetite for energy will grow by just 14 percent over the next quarter century as energy efficiency and high prices drive down demand, the U.S. Department of Energy said Monday. Continue reading

December 15, 2009 Posted by | ENERGY, USA | Leave a comment

Residents back their doctors in anti-uranium stand

Sept-Iles residents maintain pressure on Quebec to halt uranium mining The Canadian Press By Jessica Murphy (CP) –14 Dec 09 MONTREAL — Sept-Iles residents continue to pressure Quebec to slap a moratorium on uranium exploration in the province, Continue reading

December 15, 2009 Posted by | Canada, politics | , , , , | Leave a comment

USA looking to market its clean energy at Copenhagen

(It sounds good, as long the U.S. is not including nuclear as ‘clean’ -? Christina Macpherson)

Dept. of Energy unveils plans to jumpstart clean energy in the developing world December 14, 2009 GreenBeat December 14, 2009 | Camille Ricketts By far, the most controversial issue at the U.N.’s climate talks in Copenhagen is how the developed world will help industrializing nations reduce greenhouse gas emissions while not sacrificing growth. Continue reading

December 15, 2009 Posted by | climate change, renewable, USA | , | Leave a comment

Delay in notifying Three Mile Island radiation leak

Concern at Three Mile Island leak THE AUSTRALIAN  Brad Norington,  November 24, 2009 LOCAL authorities have defended their decision to delay the disclosure of a radiation leak at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania that forced the removal of 150 workers at the weekend.About 20 employees were contaminated by radiation on the site of the worst US nuclear accident near the state’s capital, Harrisburg, in 1979……………Questions have been raised why officials from the local Emergency Management Agency were not notified about the radiation leak for five hours after an airborne radiological contamination alarm sounded at 4pm on Saturday, Pennsylvania time.

December 15, 2009 Posted by | safety, USA | , , , | Leave a comment

Connection between CT scans and cancer

Radiation from CT scans linked to cancers, deaths

By Liz Szabo, USA TODAY 15 Dec 09
CT scans deliver far more radiation than previously believed and may contribute to 29,000 new cancers each year, along with 14,500 deaths, suggest two studies in today’s Archives of Internal Medicine. One study, led by the National Cancer Institute’s Amy Berrington de Gonzalez, used existing exposure data to estimate how many cancers might be caused by CT scans. Continue reading

December 15, 2009 Posted by | health, USA | , , , | Leave a comment

Questions on Iran’s nuclear secrets

Leaked ‘memo’ suggests Iran’s nuclear secrets BBC News

By Jonathan Marcus 15 Dec 09
A leaked Iranian memo published by The Times newspaper suggests that Iran was actively working on the components of a nuclear bomb as recently as 2007.

Iran has always insisted its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes.

The BBC is unable to verify the authenticity of the document itself but, if is genuine, it reveals some uncomfortable issues for the Iranians……………If these documents are genuine, then even Moscow and Beijing may be far less willing to give Teheran the benefit of the doubt.

BBC News – Leaked ‘memo’ suggests Iran’s nuclear secrets

December 15, 2009 Posted by | Iran, secrets,lies and civil liberties | , , | Leave a comment