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Iran’s uranium enrichment plant the likely target of Stuxnet worm

the worm that has infected Iranian nuclear computers was meant to sabotage the uranium enrichment facility at Natanz –

‘Computer virus in Iran actually targeted larger nuclear facility’ Haaretz Daily Newspaper By Yossi Melman, 28 Sept 10, New analysis, based on the characteristic behavior of the Stuxnet worm, contradicts earlier assessments that the target was the nuclear reactor at Bushehr. Continue reading

September 28, 2010 Posted by | Iran, secrets,lies and civil liberties, Uranium | , , , , | Leave a comment

AREVA’s chief heads to Niger as uranium mines security deteriorates

The warning said the security situation in the Arlit region — where Areva runs uranium mines and where the five French nationals, a Togolese and a Madagascan were kidnapped by Al-Qaeda linked militants — was deteriorating.

Hostage crisis: French nuclear boss heads to Niger, Google hosted news, (AFP) – 28 Sept 10, PARIS — The chairwoman of French state-owned nuclear giant Areva is to visit the firm’s operation in Niger, the company said Monday, after Al-Qaeda militants kidnapped several of her employees there.”Anne Lauvergeon plans to visit Niger soon,” a spokesman said, declining to confirm a report that she would travel on Thursday. The purpose of her visit is to visit Areva employees in the region, the spokesman said. Continue reading

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German Chancellor Merkel’s nuclear policy likely to be derailed

the German federal government’s own Advisory Council on the Environment  stated that “By 2050, Germany’s energy needs can be supplied 100% through electricity derived from renewable energy sources,” however, “the federal government must set the course for the conversion of the energy system now.”

Germany’s Burgeoning Anti-Nuclear Movement Promises to Derail Merkel’s Energy Policy, THE HUFFUNGTON POST, Tina Gerhardt, 28 Sept 10, Merkel’s decision has reignited Germany’s anti-nuclear movement. A poll conducted last week by ZDF television found sixty-one percent of Germans oppose the plan of Merkel’s center-right coalition of Christian Democrats (CDU) and Free Democrats (FDP). Continue reading

September 28, 2010 Posted by | Germany, politics, Uranium | , , , | Leave a comment

The Stuxnet worm a potential cyber weapon

Cyberworm’s Origins Unclear, But Potential Is Not : NPR
Cyberworm’s Origins Unclear, But Potential Is Not : NPR, by Tom Gjelten, 28 Sept 10 It is not yet clear whether the “Stuxnet” computer worm has caused any damage to the industrial control systems it has penetrated, but security experts say it still qualifies as a potential cyber-superweapon. Continue reading

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Obama to India – changing their Nuclear Liability Bill is a high priority

nuclear liability bill with India is a priority for the US.

Indian External Affairs Minister in US to discuss Obama trip, By Frontier India | September 28th, 2010 Indian External Affairs Minister Krishna met Secretary Hillary Clinton, to discuss the Obama’s pending trip to India. Indian Defense Minister Antony and Indian National Security Adviser Menon are also expected to meet Secretary Clinton later.

Robert O. Blake, Jr., Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, who briefed the talks between the two leaders……
Blake said that nuclear liability bill with India is a priority for the US. “We continue to encourage the Indian Government to provide domestic and international suppliers, including, of course, American suppliers, the opportunity to help India to meet its ambitious nuclear power generation goals……Under Secretary Burns and Robert Blake are expected to make a trip to India somewhere is October.

Indian External Affairs Minister in US to discuss Obama trip | Frontier India – News, Analysis, Opinion

September 28, 2010 Posted by | India, politics international | , , , | Leave a comment

USA nuclear firms worried they might have to pay up for accidents

Unlimited liability a deterrent to business: US Under Secretary, Business Standard, 28 Sept 10, Bs Reporter / Mumbai September 28, 2010, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, Francisco J Sanchez, said US business was concerned over unlimited liability. “We welcome India’s move to join the nuclear liability regime. However, there have been concerns over unlimited liability clauses, which are deterrent to business……the US India Business Council (USIBC), representing 300 top US companies doing business with India, wanted India to adopt a nuclear liability regime “channelling absolute and exclusive liability to nuclear power plant operators and establishing a sole remedy for compensation of claims”…..

Unlimited liability a deterrent to business: US Under Secretary

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A global shift to renewable energy – IRENA

On global green growth, she said, in 2004-2008, there was a fourfold  increase in renewable energy investments, while RE investments in 2009  stood at $162 billion.

Renewable energy sector may have 20m new jobs, Khaleej Times 28 September 2010ABU DHABI — Renewable energy sector around the world will have some 20 million new job opportunities by 2030, said Helene Pelosse, interim Director- General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Continue reading

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How the Stuxnet computer worm works

The attack is still ongoing and new versions of this virus are spreading,

Report: Stuxnet Worm Attacks Iran, Who is Behind It?  PCMag.com 28 Sept 10,   By: Chloe Albanesius, Larry SeltzerThe Stuxnet worm has already infected 30,000 IP addresses in Iran and is still mutating, according to Monday press reports. Continue reading

September 28, 2010 Posted by | 2 WORLD, technology | Leave a comment

China violates Nuclear Suppliers Group rules in sales to Pakistan

Pakistan greatly damaged global security by allowing this rogue (nuclear scientist AQ Khan) free reign in that country. China’s plan to build another two nuclear reactors in Pakistan violates Nuclear Suppliers’ Group rules.

China should be stopped from building N-reactors for Pak’ Hindustan Times, Press Trust Of India Washington, September 25, 2010 China should be stopped from going ahead with its move to transfer new atomic reactors to Pakistan which is “not a responsible nuclear power,” a top American Congressman has said. Continue reading

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Electricite de France trying to salvage failed USA nuclear venture

EDF fell 0.1 percent to close at 31.69 euros in Paris. The shares are down 24 percent this year….Constellation was spending $1 million a day on design work for the proposed plant in Lusby, Maryland, adjacent to its Calvert Cliffs reactors. It cut spending and staff after the loan guarantee failed to materialize, costs rose, power demand fell, and the price of natural gas, a competing fuel for power generation, tumbled,

DF, Constellation in Talks to Save U.S. Nuclear Venture By Tara Patel, Jeffrey McCracken and Jim Polson – Sep 25, 201 (Bloomberg) Electricite de France SA, Europe’s biggest utility, and Constellation Energy Group Inc. are in talks to avoid the collapse of their U.S. nuclear venture, according to two people with knowledge of the discussions. Continue reading

September 28, 2010 Posted by | business and costs, USA | , , , , , | Leave a comment

France’s socialised nuclear power a handicap, not a miracle

Widely Misunderstood in U.S., the French “Nuclear Miracle” is Plagued by Fast-Rising Reactor Costs and “Crowding Out” of Renewables, Vermont Law School -September 9, 2010 C ooper Analysis Shows French Approach Touted by Some For U.S. Reactor Build-Up Is a Failed Model; U.S. Wind & Solar Industries Would Suffer Under Embrace of “French Nuclear Socialism.”SOUTH ROYALTON, VT.  – The so-called “French nuclear miracle” embraced by some U.S. policymakers as a model for this nation is a misconception masking a pattern of fast-rising nuclear reactor construction costs and a “crowding out” of investments in renewable energy, such as wind, solar and hydro-electric power, according to a new study by Vermont Law School’s Institute for Energy and the Environment….

Vermont Law School – VLS Study: Widely Misunderstood in U.S., the French “Nuclear Miracle” is Plagued by Fast-Rising Reactor Costs and “Crowding Out” of Renewables

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A solar company investing in nuclear?

The Property consists of two contiguous mineral dispositions, covering an area of ~2000 hectares, in the western Athabasca Basin, 8.3km west of the Cluff Lake Mine and 12.7km northwest of AREVA/UEX’s Shea Creek Project…..The Athabasca Basin is the most productive uranium producing region in the world, producing approximately 1/3 of the world uranium each year.

Solar Energy Options Major Uranium Prospect in the Athabasca Basin – MarketWatch Sept. 27, 2010,   (BUSINESS WIRE) — Solar Energy Limited   is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with an arms’-length vendor by which the Company can earn a 100% interest in the West Carswell Property (the “Property”). Continue reading

September 28, 2010 Posted by | Canada, secrets,lies and civil liberties, Uranium | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Do you believe that aliens have deactivated US and UK nuclear missiles?

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Well, I don’t.  But I wouldn’t rule out unidentified spying objects –  could be the USA and UK spying on each other, for all I know.

Aliens have deactivated British and US nuclear missiles, say US military pilots  Telegraph By Andy Bloxham 28 Sept, Aliens have landed, infiltrated British nuclear missile sites and deactivated the weapons, according to US military pilots. Continue reading

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Chinese top executive leaked state secrets to nuclear giant AREVA

Jiang was charged with disclosing information to France’s Areva, the world’s largest builder of nuclear reactors, about a 2004 bid for China’s inland nuclear programme

China exec gets 20 years for leaking secrets  Reuters,  By Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING, Sept 28 – The disgraced president of a Chinese state-owned enterprise has been jailed for 20 years for leaking state secrets in connection with a bid for foreign-made nuclear reactors, Continue reading

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Terrorist danger to France’s uranium mines in Niger

Earlier this year, the US warned that al Qaeda’s interest in nuclear weapons was still strong and said the risk of nuclear terrorism was serious.

France sees second attack on energy workers in West Africa,  Oil & Gas Journal, Sep 27, 2010 By Eric Watkins,“……………The attack on the Bourbon Alexandre came just 6 days after members of the Al-Qaeda terrorist organization captured five French nationals in Niger’s uranium fields. Continue reading

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