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China outpacing the world in renewable energy investment

In the second quarter of 2010, China attracted $11.5 billion in asset-financing for clean technologies, more than Europe and the U.S. combined, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

China Supplants U.S. at Top of Ernst & Young Ranking for Renewable Energy,  Bloomberg, By Alex Morales – Sep 9, 2010 China overtook the U.S. to lead a quarterly index of the most attractive countries for renewable energy projects for the first time, according to a list compiled by the global accounting firm Ernst & Young. Continue reading

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USA needs to make India change its law, in order to sell U.S. nukes

the nuclear ndustry in the US too seems to have been taken aback by the Civil Liability for the Nuclear Damages Bill, 2010……..the legislation would be “a significant deterrent not only to US nuclear business but, equally importantly, to Indian and other international private business as well”.

Nuclear liability bill: US looks to ‘changes’; BJP cries foul – The Times of India, NEW DELHI: 8 Sept 10, Even before the collective sigh of relief in the government over safe passage to the nuclear liability bill in Parliament could end, the US on Tuesday queered the pitch yet again by stating that it was already looking at “changes” in the bill. Continue reading

September 9, 2010 Posted by | India, politics international | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Nuclear industry in South Africa – secretive and poorly regulated

Activists in South Africa maintain that …. the regulation,  monitoring and standards practised by the nuclear industry remain among the most secretive and fatally flawed in the world.

New liability law “could end civil nuclear growth in India” – little wonder South African nuclear industry refuses to discuss the issue | Coalition Against Nuclear Energy, 7 Sept 10, “………….In South Africa, the nuclear industry has for years been trying to establish whether changes will be brought about to a virtually non-existent nuclear liabilities law. Continue reading

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Israel estimated to have nuclear material for 150 weapons

While Israel has never acknowledged having atomic weapons, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a Washington- based policy study group, estimates that the Jewish state possesses enough material for between 100 and 170 weapons.

Nuclear Hypocrisy: UN Atomic Agency Curtails Probe of Israel’s Nuclear Capability, Veterans Today, September 8, 2010 posted by Michael Leon · World’s worst nuclear offender gets another pass -By Jonathan Tirone, September 06, 2010 (Bloomberg) -Sept, 03, 2010 United Nations investigators, ordered to write a report about Israel’s atomic capabilities, said they couldn’t compile enough information to assess the extent of the country’s nuclear program. Continue reading

September 9, 2010 Posted by | Israel, weapons and war | , , , , , | Leave a comment

More uranium workers eligible for nuclear compensation

Mallinckrodt refined uranium at its plant in north St. Louis during World War II for the nation’s first atomic bombs, and continued work there and at other locations until 1966. Waste from uranium processing at Mallinckrodt was dumped at the airport site.

Compensation for nuclear-bomb workers expanded to new site, BY TIM O’NEIL , September 8, 2010 St. louis • Special federal compensation for workers who handled material for nuclear weapons has been expanded to include those who worked at a waste-storage site near Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

Former workers or their survivors are eligible for $150,000 and payment of medical expenses Continue reading

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A sober look at policy on Iran’s nuclear programme

IAEA inspections and sanctions may not be a perfect strategy, but given the alternatives, they seem to be the best horse in this race.

Iran: 1, IAEA:   Center for Strategic and International Studies, By Kevin Kallmyer, Sep 8, 2010, In a recent IAEA report, the IAEA disclosed that the agency does not have the confidence to declare Iran’s nuclear program exclusively peaceful.The report states that Iran has not provided sufficient cooperation to permit the agency to fulfill its mission and confirm that Iran’s program is peaceful, and is the IAEA’s third report in a row to draw this conclusion. Continue reading

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Looming prospect of a failed nuclear state – Pakistan

And the specter of the world’s first failed nuclear state, coupled with the nightmare scenario of younger Islamist officers pushing the three stars aside and taking over in the name of Islam, was no longer idle cocktail chatter.

World’s first failed nuclear state?. “friday-lunch-club”:De Borchgrave:, September 8, 2010 “…Pakistan is reeling under the most devastating national catastrophe since independence 63 years ago. Continue reading

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Nuclear Liability Bill worries USA nuclear lobby, with Obama to visit India soon

Under the measure, plant operator liability in the event of an atomic incident was increased to about $320 million and the suppliers of nuclear materials and technology could also be sued…

.…..the liability bill will be “a significant deterrent not only to U.S. business but, equally importantly, to Indian and other international private business as well,” said Ashley Tellis, who took part in the U.S.-Indian atomic deal negotiations.“It’s going to be interesting to see whether the Indians, now that they have passed this law, are going to stick to their guns or cave under possible U.S. pressure to reverse course,”

New liability law “could end civil nuclear growth in India” Continue reading

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