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Florida’s sorry story of ratepayers stung by upfront nuclear construction costs

Reply to Amy Baird posted here:

Yes, who would ever guess that any BIG Utility/Corp. like FP&L who I’m sure pledges using many fancy words, that it puts the health, safety and well being of all their ratepayers FIRST, would even consider making any changes that are not in their ratepayers best interests?

I’m specifically speaking about any changes specifically designed to increase their own profitability, which would violate the sacred trust that exists between themselves and the ratepayers they serve.

FP&L’s Top Management would never allow this to happen because if it did, it would mean that FP&L is in reality, putting their shareholders welfare far ahead of their ratepayers, and we all know they would never want to be caught doing that…



text-my-money-2Nuclear power project financing option sticks ratepayers with tab, Indy Star  By John Russell, February 1, 2014   “……..the Florida legislature passed a CWIP bill, allowing utilities to charge ratepayers up front for construction costs of nuclear power plants. Supporters said it was a way to get nuclear plants built faster and cheaper. Opponents called the bill “crony capitalism,” saying it would shift the risk of start-up costs onto ratepayers in the form of higher utility bills, while utility investors would reap the profits.

Two years later, the new Florida law got a taker. Progress Energy filed an application to build a nuclear plant in central Florida, estimating it would cost $5 billion. But over the next few years, the price tag climbed to more than $20 billion, due to delays and larger-than-expected costs.Then things got complicated. In 2010, Florida utility regulators rejected Progress’s request for $368 million in…

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March 24, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Japanese government covers up TEPCO workers deaths and intimidates journalists who speak out! – Mako Oshidori

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014

nsnbc : The death of many Fukushima workers who die from radiation exposure is covered-up by Fukushima Daiichi power plant operator TEPCO and the Japanese government, said a Japanese journalist who investigated the unreported deaths, adding that she found a TEPCO memo instructing officials to “cut her questions short appropriately”, and that police is following her around in an intimidating manner.

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The alarming disclosure came at an international conference on the “Effects of Nuclear Disasters on Natural Environment and Human Health” outside the German financial capital Frankfurt. The conference was co-organized by the German chapter of International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) and the Protestant Church in Hesse Nassau, on March 6, 2014, reports Energy News.

Mako Oshidori, a Japanese freelance journalist and commedian, who was present at the conference and the subsequent press conference (recorded on video). Mako reported that she discovered a TEPCO memo, in which the Fukushima Daiichi operator TEPCO instructs officials to “cut Mako-chan’s (questions) short, appropriately”. Mako Oshidori was enrolled in the School of Life Sciences at Tottori University Faculty of Medicine for three years.

Mako revealed that TEPCO and the government cover-up the death of Fukusjima workers and that government agents began following her around after she began investigating the cover-up. Mako said:

“I heard about it from researchers who were my friends as well as some government officials. I will show you a photo I secretly took of the agent, so you know what kind of surveillance I mean. When I would talk to someone, a surveillance agent from the central government’s public police force would come very close, trying to eavesdrop on the conversation….

“I would like to talk about my interview of a nurse who used to work at (the) Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant (NPP) after the accident. .. He was a nurse at Fukushima Daiichi NPP in 2012. He quit his job with TEPCO in 2013, and that’s when I interviewed him. …

“As of now of now, there are multiple NPP workers who have died, but only the ones who died on the job are reported publicly. Some of them have died suddenly while off work, for instance, during the weekend or in their sleep, but none of their deaths are reported. …

“Not only that, they are not included in the worker death count. For example, there are some workers who quit the job after a lot of radiation exposure, such as 50, 60 to 70 mili Sieverts, and end up dying a month later, but none of these deaths are either reported, or included in the death toll. This is the reality of the NPP workers”.

Mako Oshidori’s shocking revelation at the IPPNW press conference substantiates previous reports about TEPCO’s criminal disregard for safety and human lives.

In October 2013, Michel Chossudovsky, the director of the Canada based Centre for Research on Globalisation, reported that the coordination of the multibillion dollar Fukushima decontamination operation relies on Japan’s organized crime, the Yakusa, which is actively involved in the recruitment of “specialized” personnel for dangerous tasks.

One of the most important special qualifications for employment at the Fukushima Daiichi NPP is, according to many other reports, is to be stricken by unemployment and poverty, and in a situation where one has little other choice than to take an under-paid, high-risk job.

In late 2013, the Japanese parliament adopted new legislation to penalize the unauthorized publication of information about the crippled nuclear power plant with up to ten-years-long imprisonment. Mako Oshidori’s testimony about intimidating surveillance adds an alarming perspective to this legislation with regard to the freedom of press and the safety of Japanese journalists.

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…“She said that there have been so many workers dead without being reported. Some died during the 2 days break, some didn’t turn up the next morning and were found dead…. Those who died haven’t been measured for how much exposure they got. Tepco doesn’t count and report the dead unless they die during their work hours.” …
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March 24, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Fukushima Documentary 2014 HD – Pandora’s Promise Was A Lie

Nuclear Exodus

Published on 23 Mar 2014

This is version 2.1, the most current and up to date version. It’s been tightened up with some important new facts, plus enhanced audio & visuals!

Summary: Following the unprecedented triple meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant after Japan’s 3/11 earthquake and tsunami, a myriad of far reaching questions has arisen…

What’s the current state of the Fukushima nuclear reactors? How much radiation have they already released? What type of health impacts can we expect? Is our seafood supply safe? And what about the other 435 nuclear reactors around the world, 104 in the US alone – 22 of them the same exact design as those that exploded and melted down in Fukushima, are they safe?

Yet these are not easy questions to get answers to. The mainstream media and the internet are full of conflicting viewpoints & information. For example, UN scientists have already claimed that the health impacts of Fukushima will be negligible and statistically insignificant, which is parroted in CNN’s documentary “Pandora’s Promise”. However independent scientists tell a very different story; they project on the order of a million cancers within the next few decades in Japan alone.

So how does such a massive scientific discrepancy occur?

Nuclear Exodus explores the ties that inexorably bind the nuclear power industry to the military industrial complex, and how the lust for nuclear weapons causes governments to push nuclear power on their citizens, while covering up the true health effects of radiation exposure. It delves deep into the legacy & lessons of Chernobyl, nuclear waste management, nuclear terrorism, & solar flares which could potentially trigger hundreds of nuclear meltdowns across the world – threatening life on Earth as we know it.

But can human civilization truly generate the electricity it needs without nuclear power, especially while reducing our energy dependence on fossil fuels? How far have renewable technologies come in 2014 exactly? And if some cataclysmic disaster did threaten the world, would there be anyway to realistically protect life on Earth? Could Mars actually be a feasible back up planet anytime soon?

These questions and more are explored in great depth during Nuclear Exodus: Pandora’s Promise Was A Lie

**This documentary is for educational purposes only. Contains scenes which some viewers may find very disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised. SpaceX, SolarCity, and Tesla Motors were not involved with the production of this documentary. This documentary was produced in accordance with fair use copyright law under US legal code Title 17 Chapter 1 §107 for educational, news, & non-profit purposes in order to promote the progress of science & useful arts. All rights reserved for the respective copyright holders.*

March 24, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment hits 1 million views with a morning rant about Naughty Nuclear Norway!

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Date 23 March 2014

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Dear viewers

Nuclear-news has reached 1 million hits (1,ooo ooo ) after 7 years of hard work by Christina MacPhearson. So, I thought i should let you all know.

I have been wandering the annals of this site after a long stint at where I was able to discover the hidden world of the nuclear lobby. After being invited to join Christina in September 2012, I was able to put my knowledge to the test and research the nuclear industry and its connected industries (military, financial and political) further.

As well as the general research I came into contact with the pro nuclear blogging world where i began to understand the rifts within the nuclear industry such as problems with the ICRP radiation dose advice that is given to the public.

I also discovered the lengths and powers of the nuclear lobby to control the government and indeed this was commented on by the recently deceased UK MP Tony Benn who helped develop Atoms For Peace in the 1950`s. Tony Benn was nicely quoted as saying that the nuclear industry does not submit to government control but is an entity that is separate from government control and highly secretive. This shows the nuclear industry is not a very democratic friendly industry that has little transparency and shows signs of corruption with lax safety practices.

We give thanks to the many independent researchers and scientists for getting their findings and reports on line. This has meant that our understanding of the consequences of the nuclear meltdowns at Fukushima Daichi have been uncovered in a way that the consequences of Chernobyl were never uncovered .The events concerning the Fukushima nuclear disaster have been documented using many forms of multi media. And a humble and not so humble network of bloggers and news gatherers has been able to pass this information on to others. I believe this process has been very effective and is likely the reason that so much time and money is being spent on countering these truths.

A nice example of how the game is rigged is seen in Norway, where scientific research and findings were hidden or ignored so that the worst effects of the Fukushima nuclear disaster could be hidden. It began when NILU removed its radiation mapping system from public view whilst the connected thorium test nuclear reactor at Halden Norway was implicated with the nuclear military industry. In fact, this was deemed illegal in Norway as funding or supporting nuclear weapons manufacture will get you into court, and it indeed it did gt them into court!

Of course, Norway stepped forward to help the pro nuclear lobby out with another study showing little effect from Chernobyl in Norway with another recent report showing little effect on insects in Fukushima (which was reported in Norway) using only a computer model and ignoring actual field studies an reports with pictures and real data as reported even by the main stream media around the globe in 2012 (but little reported in Norway).

It might be said that a Norwegian Sovereign Fund Group only just recently pulled their investments out of TEPCO at a huge loss (not reported in Norway) followed by other european investors. So Norway had a vested interest to play down the Fukushima disaster with heavy financiers able to manipulate a public owned and paid for service like NILU. In 2012 Norway also helped to promote Japanese Sake. (reported in Norway)

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March 24, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | 3 Comments