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Anger rising against German government’s astonishing concessions to nuclear industry

The government is making astonishing concessions to the industry…for example..by spending more on nuclear safety they will be able to spend less on alternative energy.

Coalition Fission – Merkel’s Nuclear Plan Encounter Mounting Opposition :: Free Internet Press, 13 Sept 10 “……The agreement Merkel reached with the utility executives last week includes substantial concessions to the industry. Continue reading

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September 15, 2010 Posted by | Germany, politics | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The nuclear energy Quick Fix reactors are sitting ducks for terrorism

These countries, exactly like China and India, are however committing themselves to the same gleaming high-tech Quick Fix nuclear solution to power shortages, to keep their economies growing at record rates. This will vastly extend the Doomsday threat of large reactors being treated as sitting duck military targets in regional conflicts……..Each new large-sized civil reactor is potentially a Chernobyl-type Dirty Bomb

Nuclear Renaissance or The End of Nations ? : The Market Oracle, By Andrew McKillop, 15 Sept 10, NUCLEAR RENAISSANCE T he 2010-2020 decade marks the world’s “Nuclear Renaissance” according to triumphal industry spokesmen. Continue reading

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A new renewable energy economy idea from World Bank

the World Bank, which is a bank first and foremost, is the right place to build that next economy

Signs of Energy at the World Bank – NYTimes.com September 14, 2010,  By ANDREW C. REVKIN quotes  Daniel Kammen, chief technical specialist for renewable energy and energy efficiency at the World Bank.…..”The biggest hurdle is we still don’t value financially the environmental and social damage we’re doing with our current fossil-fuel economy. The economist’s term for that is “the externalities” – the things we’re not including in our calculus. Everything from the negative impacts of floods, sea-level rise, drought. I would like to think that at a place like the World Bank, which is focused on the bottom line, we have a natural advantage in terms of putting a price on many of these social and environmental damages. And, after all, if a banker can’t focus on the bottom line, who can?… Continue reading

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Mexico finding that gas is cheaper than nuclear power

Mexico Delays Decision on New Nuclear Plants as Gas Price Falls,  By Carlos Manuel Rodriguez Sept. 14 (Bloomberg) — Mexico, one of three Latin American nations that use nuclear power, is delaying by as much as two years a decision on building nuclear plants as lower natural-gas prices reduce the attraction of the alternative energy source…

…A final decision on whether to build new nuclear plants and the quantity will be based on cost-effective “technical” factors, including the outlook for gas prices, Kessel said……In the U.S., lower gas prices, combined with less demand for electricity because of the weak economy, has slowed investments in renewable-energy projects and may prevent expansion of nuclear energy, NextEra Energy Inc. Chief Executive Officer Lewis Hay said in a June 23 interview.

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Looks like Poland can’t afford AREVA”s (or anybody’s) nukes

“Poland’s nuclear target sounds a little bit tough to me as there are few financing opportunities out there right now,”

Analysis: Polish nuclear project faces further delays, By Patryk Wasilewski   Sep 14, 2010 WARSAW (Reuters) – Legal hurdles, funding problems and a lack of skilled workers will likely push Poland’s plans to build the country’s first nuclear power plant beyond 2022, further delaying the some 18-billion euro project…… Continue reading

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USA will need to postpone vote on nuclear weapons treaty

Ratification requires 67 votes in the Senate. Democrats and their two independent allies hold 59 seats, meaning they cannot approve START without Republican support……

Top US senator: No nuclear treaty vote before elections, Google hosted news, (AFP) –15 sept 10, WASHINGTON — The US Senate should put off its final vote on a landmark nuclear arms control treaty until after November legislative elections, the senior US lawmaker leading the ratification effort said Tuesday. Continue reading

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Anti-radiation pills irrelevant in case of nuclear accident

In other words, if there’s an accident at McGuire and you live within 10 miles of it, you are essentially screwed: the roads are going to be clogged and probably at a standstill, so getting away in one, four, eight, or probably even 24 hours, is not real likely.

Poor nuclear evacuation plans offset KI pills’ benefits | theCLog, September 14th, 2010 by John Grooms in Boomer with Attitude, “……..Health departments in five counties, including Mecklenburg, will hand out potassium iodide (aka KI) to folks living within 10 miles of our area’s two nuclear plants, McGuire and Catawba. Taking the KI is supposed to reduce the risk of thyroid cancer resulting from radiation leaks during what is delicately termed a “nuclear emergency.” It’s a shame – and we mean that literally – that the whole thing is a charade. Continue reading

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In 15 years, America’s nuclear firms will be liable for accident costs!

Indians have little to gain from caving to U.S. pressure….nuclear electricity is still one of the most uneconomical ways for it to meet its near and mid-term power requirements……..

More important, domestic U.S. legal nuclear liability caps will sunset in 15 years and leave firms totally exposed in the case of a nuclear accident…….

India Unmasks America’s Nuclear Liabilities – WSJ.com, * SEPTEMBER 13, 2010 Private companies should insure themselves, not ask Delhi to do it for them. By HENRY SOKOLSKI

India’s parliament last week gave the U.S. nuclear industry the legal equivalent of a Bronx cheer: It passed a law that denied American firms legal immunity from being sued in the event of a nuclear accident. Continue reading

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India’s nuclear weaponry in the skies

The most likely candidates to unleash an atomic holocaust are rivals India and Pakistan, who share a border, a legacy of war, and a tendency to test nuclear weapons.

Neither country is a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT),

India’s Nuclear Weapons Take to the Skies, TakePart –  Adam Trunell 15 Sept 10, With most of the Armageddon-fearing planet apparently losing its taste for nuclear weapons, India’s upped its investment in the end of civilization with the planned purchase of 40 nuclear-capable fighter jets. Continue reading

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Australia’s Green Party highlights shaky economics of uranium mining

“In contrast to claims put out by the uranium industry about its supposed financial benefits, we have seen proposed uranium projects on increasingly shaky financial ground.

Greens to Stick to Uranium Mining Ban Policy, Mathaba, 15 Sept 10, The Australian Greens have confirmed they will continue to push for a ban on uranium mining across Australia, in line with long-held Greens policy……….. Continue reading

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Merkel bypasses German Parliament in move to prolong nuclear power

Merkel has indicated that she believes she will be able to bypass the Bundesrat because the new deal prolongs the phase-out period, but does not actually overturn the 2002 law. This apparent skipping of parliamentary process in such a significant policy for Germany’s energy future will form the crux of the anti-nuclear lobby’s opposition……..The Social Democratic Party and the Greens have made it clear that if the deal goes ahead they will make it a major issue in the next election and overturn it if elected.

Germany’s ‘hot autumn’ of nuclear discontent, Sydney Morning Herald, James Norman and Dave Sweeney, September 15, 2010, “…….. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrat coalition will move a new accord to extend the life-span of Germany’s 17 existing nuclear power plants by 12 years ….

The move has signalled a new “hot autumn” of anti-nuclear sentiment in Berlin and beyond. Continue reading

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Legal action looming against German govt’s nuclear plans

Greenpeace, the environmental NGO, suspects foul play and intends to sue. Its assumption is that the government has tried to hide the fact that demand for nuclear energy is falling and that there is no need to extend the lifespan of nuclear plants.

Merkel’s ‘nuclear tour’ remains inconclusive | EurActiv, 14 Sept 10, For several months, Germany has been discussing the future of its energy policy. Last month, Chancellor Angela Merkel went on an ‘energy tour’ across the country to meet different stakeholders and visit various power plants. These included renewable energy as well as nuclear sites. EurActiv Germany reports.

Merkel’s energy journey identified energy security as its highest priority, but did not address issues of safety such as the question of final storage of radioactive waste. Continue reading

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Merkel’s murky deals with nuclear lobby now arousing German opposition

Opposition, both within her government and elsewhere, is on the rise……the cloak-and-dagger approach would only spark suspicions among the public that the government had reached a secret agreement benefiting the power companies.

Coalition Fission – Merkel’s Nuclear Plan Encounter Mounting Opposition :Free Internet Press, 13 Sept 10 Chancellor Angela Merkel had hoped that with a quick resolution, she could sidestep a national debate over nuclear energy. Many, though, see her new plan as a windfall for the country’s power utilities. Continue reading

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Israel’s nuclear weapons to be the focus of International Energy Agency debate

Israel center of heated IAEA debates‘, PressTV , 14 sept 10, The Arab League (AL) says Israel’s nuclear activities are to form the center of “heated” debates during the UN nuclear watchdog’s meetings.The United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Board of Governors began to meet in Vienna on Monday.The Arab group and the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) — which refuses to ally itself with the major superpowers — were determined to broach Israel’s nuclear program during the gatherings, the head of the AL’s delegation, Dr. Mikhail Wehbe had told the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) ahead of the meetings, independent news outlet the Eurasia Review reported…….PressTV – ‘Israel center of heated IAEA debates’

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Civil nuclear reactors – soft targets for devastating attack

Its civil nuclear reactors are the “softest” and easiest targets for conventional military attack – with guaranteed devastating sequels

Nuclear Renaissance or The End of Nations ? : The Market Oracle, By Andrew McKillop,  15 Sept 10, “……..THE END OF THE NATION STATE , national security as we know it and with any real meaning no longer exists. Any country with large sized nuclear reactors is not defensible. Its has already positioned Weapons of Mass Destruction – for the enemy side – inside its national territory.

When both belligerent nations have nuclear reactors, they have guaranteed and massive Mutually Assured Destruction.When we take account of the full risks of the coming worldwide nuclear boom, the exploding number of civil reactor numbers, the full extent of fuel production and reprocessing, accumulated nuclear wastes, plutonium production and storage, and the spiralling amounts of ‘new’ nuclear waste being produced each day, the nation state itself has no remaining signification or meaning.

Its civil nuclear reactors are the “softest” and easiest targets for conventional military attack – with guaranteed devastating sequels.The nation state’s “prerogative” of making war, for example in Afghanistan and Iraq is no longer feasible or defensible – but is this known to politicians and the public ? Do they want to know this ? What is the level of debate on this subject ?

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