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Nuclear power irrelevant, counter productive, to addressing climate change

Major studies (from MIT, Commission on Energy Policy, and International Atomic Energy Agency, for example) agree that about 1,500-2,000 large new atomic reactors would have to be built for nuclear power to make any meaningful dent in  greenhouse emissions.
Operation of that many new reactors (currently about 440 exist worldwide) would cause known uranium reserves to run out in just a few decades and force mining of lower-grade uranium, which itself would lead to higher greenhouse emissions. If all of these reactors were used to replace coal plants, carbon emissions would drop by about 20% worldwide. If used entirely as new capacity, in the place of sustainable technologies like wind power, solar power, energy efficiency, etc., carbon emissions actually would increase.
Construction of 1,500 new reactors would cost trillions of dollars (U.S. reactors going online in the 1980s and 90s averaged about $4 billion apiece). Use of resources of this magnitude would make it impossible to also implement genuinely effective means of addressing global warming.
Energy efficiency improvements, for example, are seven times more effective at reducing greenhouse gases, per dollar spent, than nuclear power. Yearly costs per 1000 kg avoided CO2 emissions are $68.9 for wind and $132.5 for nuclear power
TOO MUCH TIME Construction of 1,500 new reactors means opening a new reactor about once every two weeks, beginning today, for the next 60 years—an impossible schedule. Continue reading

January 18, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | 5 Comments

England’s Queen Elisabeth enriched through her investments in depleted uranium weapons

du_roundsUK Queen in Depleted Uranium Trade Her Fortune is £17 Trillion – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth is one of the richest women on earth and much of her profits are from arms trade including the notorious depleted uranium trade. The British monarch has managed to increase her wealth from £300 million early in her 60-year reign to £17 billion at present thanks to investments in arms firms that produce uranium used in depleted uranium (DU) shells, including Rio Tinto Zinc. DU shells are notorious for their ability to pierce armor and kill targets due to their deadly radioactive features. –

The mining company, originally named Rio Tinto Mines, was allegedly created for the British “royal” family in the late 1950’s by Ronald Walter Rowland, the Queen’s “buccaneer”. The video argues that the Queen and other “royals” have been investing in the death trade of depleted uranium globally with little ethical concerns for the consequences of their profiteering. DU weapons were first used by the US military during the first Persian Gulf War against Iraq in 1991.
Iraq has seen a sharp rise in the number of children with leukemia and genetic malformation in the decades after the First Persian Gulf War that are attributed to the use of DU weapons. Let’s take these “royal” mass-murderers to court and make them pay for their horrific crimes against humanity!

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Amid increasing secrecy, Japan may be moving towards getting nuclear weapons

There is little comfort in knowing that the walls of secrecy Japan has been putting up around Fukushima and other nuclear power activities will surely make it harder to know what if any weapons programs the country undertakes

Nuclear Japan? Op Ed News, 17 Jan 14 By     (about the author) American nuclear officials are wary of Japan’s new nuclear push Official Japanese policy on nuclear power has swung full circle since the Fukushima disaster of 2011 — from avidly pro-nuclear power then, to rejecting nuclear power as too dangerous, and now back to avidly pushing on to re-start old reactors and build new ones. Adding the chronic secrecy and denial of the nuclear industry to such politically-driven indecision making, Japan has created a funhouse of distorting mirrors from which emerging information about the on-going Fukushima disaster cannot be considered credible without reliable, independent verification. Reliable and credible information about Fukushima is just what authorities in Japan and around the world apparently do not want. …… Continue reading

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Iran nuclear deal gives some hope for later long term agreement

The short-term deal will last for just six months, during which time more extensive negotiations with the Iranians will unfold. There is no guarantee of success, but if there had been no six-month deal – as the critics would have preferred – there would have been no chance whatsoever of any permanent deal. And what would the alternatives have been then?

Nobody has to like the theocratic regime in Iran to deal with it, and dealing with it is better than practising the foreign policy of the podium.

diplomacy-not-bombsflag-IranBlack-and-white views leave us blind on Iran JEFFREY SIMPSON The Globe and Mail, Jan. 17 2014, When a new government was elected in Iran and began expressing a different attitude toward negotiations with the West, the Israeli government of Benjamin Netanyahu warned that nothing had changed. Mr. Netanyahu spoke darkly of developments in Iran being a smokescreen. Predictably, his views were echoed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Canadian government.

When the United States, its major European allies plus Russia and China began to negotiate a deal to halt temporarily Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for some lifting of sanctions, Mr. Netanyahu decried the negotiations, calling them a “historic mistake.” Canada’s government didn’t go quite that far, but it did express grave doubts about Iran and the negotiations.

In both cases, the Harper government remained blind to developments in Iran, where it had already closed Canada’s embassy, because it sees the Middle East through a Netanyahu lens. The result was the further marginalization of Canada in the Mideast (a region where Canada is a marginal factor anyway) and a distancing of this country from its traditional Western allies. Put bluntly, given a choice between aligning itself with the United States, which wanted to explore prospects, and Israel, which did not, the Harper government plumped for Israel.

Now, it turns out that at least in the short term, the United States and its negotiating partners were right and the Israelis and Canada were wrong. Negotiations with Iran for a short-term deal have succeeded, although verifying compliance will be critical and a short-term deal does not guarantee conclusion of a successful long-term one. Continue reading

January 18, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Illnesses of USA sailors from USS Reagan – debris from ship sent to Hanford

text ionisingRadio: US Navy sailors had radioactive snow ball fights off Fukushima — Crew “pretty well toast” after weeks on Pacific… significant cancers, incessant bleeding from anus or vagina, blindness — Debris from USS Reagan sent to Hanford nuclear waste site (AUDIO)

Voice of Russia – US Edition, Jan. 15, 2014:

7:30 in — Paul C. Garner, attorney for Navy sailors exposed to Fukushima radioactive contamination: They’re out there in the elements breathing it in, soaking it in. According to Lindsay Cooper who was on the deck, it started to snow and then she tasted this metallic taste in her mouth, and so did the others. And they were having snow ball fights and joking around about it, until they were warned that it was radioactive and they should not be doing that.

9:45 in — Garner: They were considered to be too highly radioactive […] The Reagan sailed around for weeks before they could find a friendly port to land in. By that time the people on board were pretty well toast. And the Reagan itself became contaminated. After that the Reagan spent a year and half in Bremerton, Washington for what they considered to be routine maintenance, but it was anything but routine. They decontaminated the vessel as best they could, and they shipped the contaminated debris over to Hanford.

13:00 in — Garner: They didn’t have any prior family histories of leukemias, incessant bleeding from their anus or from their vagina, they didn’t have problems with their vision like Louie Viernes who’s on the Washington now, who’s blind in one eye. […] There’s just too many people at the same place at the same time without any family background or any reason to believe that they have these issues, to now show up with these significant cancers and beyond. See also: NY Post: Snow falling on Navy ship caused by Fukushima radioactive steam… “Is that aluminum foil I taste?” — Sailor: People were defecating on themselves in hallways from excruciating diarrhea — Officer: We saw radiation 300 times ‘safe’ levels (VIDEO)

Full interview with Garner here

January 18, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Why Obama and USA nuclear authorities won’t admit seriousness of Fukushima radiation

Over the years numerous other experts voiced concerns over the GE Mark 1 BWR. All have gone unheeded.

There are 23 nuclear plants in the United States where the used fuel rods are suspended, in a pond, 100 feet above the ground. (source)

Any admission that radiation has spread across the Pacific Ocean and contaminated American soil is an admission that the technology was flawed, and that same flawed technology is being used in the United States. 

Obama puppetThe President of the United States knows that  the radiation from Fukushima is worse than it would have been had the reactors used at the plant been of a different design.

The President of the United States knows that the delicate and hazardous task of removing and storing the spent fuel rods is going to take years and that one mistake can exacerbate the problems ten-fold.

The President of the United States knows that 23 sites in America are using the same flawed reactors and he is doing nothing about it.

Why Obama Won’t Admit Fukushima Radiation is Poisoning Americans…Connecting the Dots “……..I suggest that the United States government know only too well that the West Coast is polluted with radiation and that the situation is getting worse by the day.

I suggest that the United States government and General Electric knew that Fukushima was a disaster waiting to happen, and they did nothing to prevent it.

I suggest that they know that the many of nuclear reactors in the United States are also prone to catastrophic meltdown, and they are doing nothing about it.

I suggest that research by doctors and scientists is being suppressed, and that research by private citizens is being written off purely because they have no scientific background.

All the warnings were ignored

The narrative that leads us to the state we are in today starts in 1972. Stephen Hanauer, an official at the atomic Energy Commission recommended that General Electric’s Mark 1 design be discontinued as it presented unacceptable safety risks.

The New York Times reported:

In 1972, Stephen H. Hanauer, then a safety official with the Atomic Energy Commission, recommended that the Mark 1 system be discontinued because it presented unacceptable safety risks. Among the concerns cited was the smaller containment design, which was more susceptible to explosion and rupture from a buildup in hydrogen — a situation that may have unfolded at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. Later that same year, Joseph Hendrie, who would later become chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, a successor agency to the atomic commission,said the idea of a ban on such systems was attractive. But the technology had been so widely accepted by the industry and regulatory officials, he said, that “reversal of this hallowed policy, particularly at this time, could well be the end of nuclear power.” (source)

Then, three years later in 1975, Dale Bridenbaugh and two colleagues were asked to review the GE Mark 1 Boiling Water Reactor (BWR). They were convinced that the reactor was inherently unsafe and so flawed in its design that it could catastrophically fail under certain circumstances. Continue reading

January 18, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Federal and State lawmakers seek some restraints on advance charging of customers for nuclear construction

Flag-USACastor seeks more accountability from states using nuclear advance fee Tampa Bay Times Ivan Penn  17 Jan 14  U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor wants more accountability in use of state laws that allow utilities to charge customers in advance for construction of new nuclear power plants.

Castor is filing legislation that would require states to conduct analyses that show use of the advance fee would be a “good business decision” and that detail how the projects will be financed. Prompted by reports in the Tampa Bay Times about how Duke Energy customers will pay about $1.5 billion for the now cancelled Levy County nuclear project, Castor and state Rep. Dwight Dudley have been working to change Florida energy policy.

“Consumers should not be on the hook for bad business decisions,” Castor said during a press conference Friday at Dudley’s legislative office in St. Petersburg.

On the state level, Dudley is drafting legislation that would repeal use of the Nuclear Cost Recovery Clause or what he calls a “utility tax” in Florida. Dudley and Castor are also proposing legislation that would enable and support greater use of renewable energy such as solar power.

The lawmakers said they believe these changes would help save consumers money at a time when Tallahassee focuses more on building profits for utility companies. They said current laws incentivize utilities to build big box power plants for greater profits rather than use energy efficiency or renewable sources.

“The deck is stacked against consumers,” Castor said. “We do not have a level playing filed here in Florida.”……..utilities make their money by building new power plants rather than finding ways to reduce energy consumption and take advantage of renewable energy to save customers money and reduce the carbon footprint.

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Radiation mapping of every street in Japan, a Safecast crowdsourcing initiative

Volunteers Crowdsource Radiation Monitoring to Map Potential Risk on Every Street in Japan Amy Goodwin, Safecast is a network of volunteers who came together to map radiation levels throughout Japan after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster in 2011. They soon realized radiation readings varied widely, with some areas close to the disaster facing light contamination, depending on wind and geography, while others much further away showed higher readings. Safecast volunteers use Geiger counters and open-source software to measure the radiation, and then post the data online for anyone to access.

Broadcasting from Tokyo, we are joined by Pieter Franken, co-founder of Safecast. Continue reading

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Japan in violation of U.S. nonproliferation regime, in allowing Turkey to enrich uranium or reprocess spent nuclear fuel

Problematic nuclear accord Japan Times 17 Jan A The Abe administration wants the Diet in its next session (starting Jan. 24) to finalize a civil nuclear accord that Tokyo and Ankara signed in May 2013 during Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Turkey.

The accord is problematic because, in theory, it would enable Turkey to reprocess spent nuclear fuel — which would result in the extraction of uranium and plutonium. Because plutonium can be used to make nuclear weapons, curbing access to it is key to global efforts to prevent nuclear proliferation……

Abe’s sales activities led to a $22 billion plan under which ATMEA, a joint venture of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan and Areva SA of France, will build four 1.11 million-kW pressurized lighter water reactors at Sinop, a northern city bordering the Black Sea. A clause in the nuclear accord states that Turkey can enrich uranium or reprocess spent nuclear fuel if Japan and Turkey agree in writing on a specific instance of enrichment or reprocessing.

The Japan-Turkey accord contrasts starkly with similar civil nuclear accords that Japan signed with the United Arab Emeritus, Jordan and Vietnam. Those accords clearly state that the countries cannot enrich uranium or reprocess spent nuclear fuel.
When the accord was being drawn up, Turkey reportedly requested in strong language that Japan insert a clause allowing it to enrich uranium and reprocess spent nuclear fuel.
After the Liberal Democratic Party’s foreign affairs committee raised concerns about this, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida told the Lower House foreign affairs committee in November that Japan has no intention of allowing Turkey to enrich uranium or reprocess spent nuclear fuel. If so, why did Japan agree to insert such a clause in the nuclear accord with Turkey in the first place?

This agreement also raises the possibility that Japan may violate the U.S. nonproliferation regime. Under a civilian nuclear accord between the United States and Japan, Japan may not carry out uranium enrichment or spent nuclear fuel reprocessing or export related technologies to a third country without U.S. permission.

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US Congress approves big grant for nearly bankrupt USEC uranium enrichment company

Federal spending bill has $118M for Piketon uranium plant The Columbus Despatch. 16 Jan 14, WASHINGTON — The massive $1.1 trillion spending bill approved by Congress today includes $118 million for the soon-to-be bankrupt company that wants to launch a uranium-enrichment facility in southeastern Ohio. ….

But Ryan Alexander, president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, said USEC has received enough second chances. Adding to that is the fact that demand for uranium is low.

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Nuclear power is the hot issue in Japan’s Feb 9 gubernatorial election

Election spotlight on nuclear power Japan Times, 16 Jan 14, Whether Japan should rely on nuclear power generation will be a main theme in the Feb. 9 Tokyo gubernatorial election as a result of former Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa’s announcement Tuesday that he will run in the election on a “zero nuclear” platform.

His entry will have a great impact on the gubernatorial race as he has secured the wholehearted support of former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, who has renounced his earlier stance favoring nuclear power and now is a strong anti-nuclear advocate, causing embarrassment to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Liberal Democratic Party. Making a zero-nuclear goal the focus of policy debate in the gubernatorial election is both timely and welcome in view of the devastation that the meltdowns at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant have caused and of the fact that Japan is a quake-prone country.

Moreover, there is no established technology that will ensure safe storage of high-level radioactive waste from nuclear power plants for tens of thousands years.Kenji Utsunomiya, a former head of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations, had already announced his candidacy focusing on abandoning nuclear power…..Whether Japan should abandon nuclear power or not will be a major election issue. Given the scope of the Fukushima nuclear crisis, the vulernability of nuclear power plants in this quake-prone country and the absence of technology to safely store high-level radioactive waste, clearly much is at stake regarding Japan’s future………

January 18, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Japanese protestors strengthen opposition to nuclear power, and call out to the world to join them

Protests Grow in Japan: “We Want to Bring Our Message to the World to Stop Nuclear Power Plants” Recent moves by the Japanese government to restart the country’s nuclear power plant facilities have been met by growing protests. “I think this is a problem of the world, not just of Japan,” Kato Keiko told Democracy Now! at a protest outside the prime minister’s private residence in Tokyo. She describes how there is increasing expectation that voters will decide which candidate to choose in the upcoming election based on their position on nuclear power.


This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.

AMY GOODMAN: We’re broadcasting for the last of three days from Tokyo, Japan. We turn right now to what took place just before we made it to the studio. Hundreds of people gathered outside the official residence of the Japanese prime minister to voice their concern about nuclear power.

KEIKO KATO: [translated] My name is Keiko Kato. I belong to this organizers’ group which organized this demonstration. And we’ve been here for two years to demonstrate against the nuclear power facilities. I think this is a problem of the world, not for just Japan. So, for us, for Japanese to be able to abolish the nuclear facility, this would save the world from the nuclear powers……..

There will be gubernatorial elections next month, and one of the issues that we are discussing is either the candidate is for nuclear power plant or against the nuclear power plant. And that will be a serious issue that has to be discussed. And we can send a message from Tokyo to the Japanese government for nuclear policies. We are trying very hard to stop this movement that is starting. We want you to bring our message to the world to stop nuclear power plant facilities…..

January 18, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Refugees from Fukushima join in anti nuclear protest

We Want to Fight For This Cause”: Nuclear Refugees from Fukushima Join Anti-Nuke Protests “…….Three years later, Japan is still reeling from the impact of the disaster. More than 340,000 people became nuclear refugees, forced to abandon their homes and their livelihoods. Entire towns were forced to evacuate, including Futaba, a town that housed part of the Fukushima Daiichi plant. Before March 11, 2011, nearly 7,000 people lived in the town. Today Futaba is a nuclear ghost town. The government relocated many of the residents to an abandoned school near Tokyo, where they live in cramped, shared common areas, many families to a room, are provided with three box lunches per day. The refugees were given permits to return home to collect personal items, but only for two hours.

Just before this broadcast, Democracy Now! producer Mike Burke spoke with an evacuee from Futaba. She was one of hundreds of anti-nuclear protesters who were outside the official residence of the Japanese prime minister demonstrating.

YUKIKO KAMEYA: [translated] My name is Yukiko Kameya. I’m from Futaba, which was 2.1 kilometers from Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility. Right now, we have evacuated, and we are living in a temporary housing in Tokyo in a space provided by the government. It’s close here, so I’m coming here every Friday to demonstrate against the nuclear power facilities. ……

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A graphic look at the American Nuclear Arsenal

A Look at the American Nuclear Arsenal, From 1945 to 2013 By 

With the Air Force’s handling of the nuclear arsenal in question this week, here’s a look at the program itself in one chart.  When it comes to America’s nuclear arsenal, any error could be catastrophic.

That’s why news of corruption and crime coming out of the U.S. Air Force this week was so alarming. On Wednesday, the Air Force said that 34 officers responsible for launching this country’s nuclear missiles were suspended because they were cheating on their monthly proficiency tests on how to operate the warheads.

Additionally, other Air Force officers in charge of nuclear codes are involved in an investigation involving illegal drugs.

Air Force officials say the country’s nuclear arsenal is safe. But what does it actually look like?

Using statistics from a Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists study from September, here is a look [see chart] at nuclear weapons since 1945. The number of nuclear weapons stopped its steady incline in 1986 after the U.S. and Soviet Union agreed to two nuclear arms reduction treaties.

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Army military expert opposes USA getting nuclear-capable F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

Schwartz: Move away from nuclear F-35 Military Times, By Aaron Mehta WASHINGTON 17 Jan 14— Barring investment from European allies, the Pentagon should abandon the goal of a nuclear-capable F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in favor of spending funds elsewhere, according to former Air Force Chief of Staff Norton Schwartz……

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