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Top Anti-Nuclear Authorities to Convene in New York City – theme for February 2015

by on December 15, 2014  by Sherwood Ross, Veterans Today, December 12, 2014

The growing threat of planet-wide nuclear extinction will bring some of the world’s leading scholars and activists to New York City for a two-day symposium Feb. 28-March 1, 2015.

This conference will be held at the New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Ave., N.Y., NY, sponsored by The Helen Caldicott Foundation For a Nuclear Free Future. The press is invited.

Caldicott,-Helen-4Dr. Caldicott is an Australian physician, author, and anti-nuclear advocate who has founded several associations dedicated to opposing the use of nuclear power, depleted uranium munitions, and nuclear weapons. She has been awarded 21 honorary doctoral degrees and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Nobel Laureate Linus Pauling.

This symposium will be unique, linking the existential threat of Artificial Super Intelligence(ASI) with the current existential threat of nuclear war. It will examine a future in which intelligent machines could launch a nuclear war with no human input……..

Among the Conference discussion topics are:

  • How many times have we come close to nuclear war with Russia? What are the precipitating human and technological factors?
  • What are the medical and environmental consequences of a limited or major nuclear war?
  • How can we cure the present political pathology leading the world to the brink of nuclear war?

The Aftermath Of World Wide Nuclear War

February 7, 2015 Posted by | Christina's themes | 1 Comment

France wants to beat USA in selling nuclear reactors to India

Hollande-salesUS nuclear ‘breakthrough’ cloud on France deal, Telegraph New Delhi, Feb. 5:France has indicated it may want to use elements of the nuclear liability “breakthrough” India and the US have claimed, in setting up its own reactors in this country, signalling potential for competitive bargaining over the terms New Delhi offers to different nations.

India last year offered France and Russia – the two nations other than the US that have committed to selling nuclear reactors – an insurance pool created by Indian public sector firms to fund any compensation following an accident from their reactors.

The US had so far appeared unconvinced by the insurance pool plan. Its apparent turnaround during President Barack Obama’s India visit last week has sparked speculation in the capital’s diplomatic enclave that New Delhi may have offered Washington a particularly sweet deal……….

France is pandering to Modi’s pet initiative of “Make in India” by promising to build “large parts of the Areva reactors” in India. And unlike the US, France had also never sought any change in the nuclear liability law despite its concerns that the law was draconian and out of line with global standards, the senior French official said…….

The Indian foreign office also pointed to France’s acceptance of India’s liability law.”Every country has a different approach to this matter,” Akbaruddin said, citing the example of uranium India already sources from France. “With France, the template of our engagement is already set.”

February 7, 2015 Posted by | France, India, marketing, marketing of nuclear, politics international | Leave a comment

In a controversial move, Japan’s govt aims to restart a nuclear reactor in June

Abe,-Shinzo-nukeJapan aims to restart nuclear reactor in June: sources BY AARON SHELDRICK TOKYO Fri Feb 6, 2015 (Reuters) – Japan’s government is aiming to restart a nuclear reactor by around June following a lengthy and politically-sensitive approval process in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, sources familiar with the plans said……..

But the move would be controversial in a nation where most oppose nuclear power, with memories still fresh of the worst atomic crisis since Chernobyl in 1986……..

Kyushu Electric Power Co will be given the greenlight to restart two nuclear units in southwestern Japan, with June penciled in for the first unit, according to three sources familiar with the government’s thinking. They declined to be identified as they were not authorized to speak with media.

By June, Japan’s Nuclear Regulatory Authority is expected to have completed the final checks and appraisal of the reactors at Kyushu Electric’s Sendai station, letting Abe give the final go-ahead after local authority approval late last year.

A June restart would also mean local elections scheduled for April would be out of the way, giving the government some leeway to take such a potentially unpopular step…….

“We urge the government to take into full consideration the tremendous suffering from the nuclear power plant accident and make sure that future policy ensures the safety and peace of mind of all citizens,” Fukushima Governor Masao Uchibori said, when asked about restarts………

there is a chance restarts could be delayed as the units have been shut for more than three years and may need further maintenance.

February 7, 2015 Posted by | Japan, politics | Leave a comment

Nuclear industry fears shift to decentralized electricity system – fights renewables, not gas

“One thing to understand about the nuclear industry is that nuclear is also the coal and natural gas industry”

 These days natural gas-fired power is cheap, but wind is even cheaper.

fossil-fuel-fightback-1Even if renewables make up only a small amount of generation, they represent a shift to a more decentralized energy system, less reliant on big baseload coal or nuclear power plants

Why the nuclear industry targets renewables instead of gas, Midwest Energy news,  on 02/06/2015 by 

Why attack renewables?……..“The fact of the matter is natural gas and wind power both compete with Exelon’s nuclear generation,” said Environmental Law & Policy Center director Howard Learner. “Exelon can’t do anything about the market price for natural gas, so Exelon is training its fire on trying to stop and hold off wind power and solar energy development.”

Some companies that own nuclear generation are also heavily invested in natural gas. Continue reading

February 7, 2015 Posted by | business and costs, politics, USA | 1 Comment

NRC permits Emergency staff to be reduced at Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant: questions remain

Emergency staff to be reduced at Vermont Yankee nuclear plant Sentinel Source,  By Susan Smallheer Rutland Herald 6 Feb 15 

Staff members from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission took to the web Thursday to try to answer dozens of questions about decommissioning the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant.

During two webinars attended by about 125 people, the NRC staff members repeatedly dodged questions about the financing behind the decommissioning, saying the NRC’s decommissioning financial expert would be at a Feb. 19 NRC meeting in Brattleboro. The two NRC officials, Bruce Watson and Marc Ferdas, said Entergy Nuclear, the plant’s owner, is responsible financially for the plant’s decommissioning under the terms of its federal license to operate Vermont Yankee. But they didn’t give specifics on how a company would be held liable 60 years in the future if there were additional costs.

Vermont Yankee shut down Dec. 29 after more than 40 years in operation.

In a separate action, a directive approved Wednesday by the NRC gives permission for Vermont Yankee to reduce its emergency staffing from 13 to five.

With all the fuel rods removed from the reactor to the spent fuel pool, the NRC deemed it safe to cover emergency staffing with one shift manager, one certified fuel handler, one radiation protection technician and three non-certified operators, according to a news release from the NRC……..

, Entergy and the administration disagree over which activities will be financed by the decommissioning fund. The biggest and most expensive disagreement is how to pay for the handling and storage of spent nuclear fuel…….The NRC public meeting on Feb. 19 is from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Quality Inn in Brattleboro. It is open to the public.

February 7, 2015 Posted by | safety, USA | Leave a comment

Will International Energy Agency continue to cave in to pressure from fossil fuel and nuclear lobbies?

Last year’s World Nuclear Industry Status Report found that nuclear’s share of world power had fallen to its lowest in 30 years despite new plants coming online, and billion dollar government subsidies and loans.

terminal-nuclear-industryIt appears likely that nuclear power is now in terminal decline, having peaked around 1996 at 18% of global energy production, dropping steadily since then to 11%. Much of the reason is the massive costs of nuclear power, and the long lead-times for installations, compared to the diminishing costs of solar and wind.

Energy market madness is the death spasm of the oil age – renewables now! Ecologist  Nafeez Ahmed 4th February 2015  Current oil price volatility is a symptom of the end of cheap oil and it’s destablising the entire global economy. The answer is a major shift to renewables – but the the International Energy Agency, which should be leading the transition, is in the grip of nuclear and fossil fuel interests. Instead the leadership must come from us, the people!

The market price of oil has dipped below $50 a barrel – an event that few anticipated. So low is this price collapse, that it is endangering the profitability of the entire oil industry.

The immediate cause of the price collapse is the US-Saudi strategy of interfering in the oil market. The duo is using oil prices to wage economic warfare by sustaining unusually high levels of production.

With the global economy still limping along in the context of weak demand and slow growth, the supply glut has tumbled the market price of oil with the precise aim of undercutting the state revenues of US-Saudi mutual geopolitical rivals, especially Russia, Iran, Syria, and Venezuela.

Despite the apparent low price of oil on international markets, costs of production remain high. Since the peak of cheap, conventional oil around 2005, production has fluctuated on a plateau as the industry has turned increasingly to more expensive, dirtier and difficult-to-extract forms of unconventional oil and gas, especially shale.

That is why as levels of investment in production have dramatically increased in the last decade, the quantity of oil being produced has dramatically declined. As a result, oil companies are finding that the price is too low to cover their production costs, let alone maintain reasonable levels of profit.

Economy held hostage

The global economy, whose health is heavily tied to availability of cheap energy, is now caught between a rock and a hard place. With production costs approaching around $70 a barrel, the lower oil price makes the business models of the industry obsolete.

For this reason, majors like BP and Shell have been forced to cease new investments in production this year, simply to stave off the looming threat of bankruptcy.

But it would be a mistake to assume that the price collapse could continue indefinitely. As the industry cuts back production investments to avoid business failure, the scarcity of supply will eventually hit the forces of demand, pushing oil prices back up…….

There is, of course, a way out, and it lies in recognizing the growing efficacy and efficiency of renewable energy sources, especially solar, wind and geothermal, where combinations of these technologies combined with smart grids and battery storage innovation could meet our needs in more sustainable and less consumeristic communities. Continue reading

February 7, 2015 Posted by | 2 WORLD, ENERGY | 1 Comment

The unstoppable success of renewable energy in Germany

text-renw-GermanyRenewable energy continues to gain momentum in Germany,  , Hydrogen Fuel News,  05 February 2015.

German Energiewende appears to be on track as the country continues to support clean power

Germany’s transition toward renewable energy, also called its Energiewende, has received some criticism over the past few years. The country is distancing itself from fossil-fuels and nuclear power, hoping to derive the majority of its electrical power from renewable sources in the coming years. A new report from Agora Energiewende, shows that the country’s transition may be right on track, despite concerns that the transition is too costly for the country.

Report predicts that Germany will receive 80% of its energy from renewable sources by 2050

According to the report, Germany is on track to meet its renewable energy goals by 2025. Beyond that, Germany is expected to receive as much as 60% of its power from renewable sourced by 2035, and 80% of its energy from renewables by 2050. The report also shows that clean energy accounts for the majority of Germany’s power, ahead of coal. The report also shows that Germany’s economy has grown by 40% since 1990, while demand for electrical power has been falling over the past several years.

Solar energy continues to receive support from German government

The German government has been showing strong support for various forms of clean power, but has been particularly interested in solar and wind power. Germany had once offered aggressive incentives meant to support the adoption of solar energy, but the country’s feed-in tariffs had proven so successful that they were considered financially unstable for the government. Though these incentives have been reduced, solar energy continues to thrive throughout Germany.

Wind energy is gaining traction in the country

Wind power has also become quite popular in Germany. Several German states have begun embracing wind energy, using large and small-scale wind farms to meet their electricity needs. Offshore wind projects have also found support from the German government. These projects have the potential to generate a large amount of electrical power and will not take up land within Germany. The government has also been promoting clean transportation, highlighting hydrogen fuel cells as the potential future of the auto industry.

February 7, 2015 Posted by | Greece, renewable | Leave a comment

Nuclear companies lobby USA States to legislate against renewables and energy efficienct

Why the nuclear industry targets renewables instead of gas, Midwest Energy news,  on 02/06/2015 by  Cheap natural gas has upended the nation’s energy landscape and made aging nuclear power plants increasingly uncompetitive.

Yet the nuclear industry, which generates almost a fifth of the nation’s energy, has declared war not on gas but on wind and solar, which represent about 4 and 0.2 percent of our energy mix, respectively.

fossil-fuel-fightback-1Nuclear generators have successfully fought against renewable and energy efficiency standards on the state level, and lobbied against tax incentives for wind and solar on the federal level. They’re in the process of securing changes in regional capacity markets that would benefit nuclear and harm solar and wind.

And as states develop their Clean Power Plans to fulfill the federal mandate to reduce carbon emissions, nuclear is often pitted against renewables.

In deregulated states like Illinois, Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania, nuclear generators have found it increasingly difficult to sell their power at a profit on open markets, because of competition primarily from gas but also from wind.

Meanwhile, energy efficiency and distributed solar generation have reduced demand for electricity and are part of a fundamental shift which could significantly shrink the role of large, centralized power plants……..

Chicago-based Exelon, the country’s largest nuclear generator, has said that three of its six Illinois plants could close if state lawmakers don’t provide “market-based solutions” to help them become more profitable. Continue reading

February 7, 2015 Posted by | politics, USA | Leave a comment

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership would alloww corporations to sue governments

free-tradeEnergy market madness is the death spasm of the oil age – renewables now! Ecologist  Nafeez Ahmed 4th February 2015 “……..the widely criticized TTIP proposal – the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership – as being a positive force for economies and the renewable energy sector.

The fundamental problem with TTIP, a so-called free trade agreement being negotiated in secret by US and European governments, is that by aiming to reduce regulatory barriers to trade for big business, the agreement aims to fundamentally erode the power of elected governments to enact legislation on food safety, environmental protection, banking and finance, that would in some way undermine corporations from rampaging across the US and EU without concern for people or planet.

One of the most obvious counter-democratic components of TTIP is its aim to introduceInvestor-State Dispute Settlements (ISDS), which would effectively allow corporations to sue governments if their policies cause a loss of profits.

February 7, 2015 Posted by | 2 WORLD, Legal, politics international | Leave a comment