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Trident whistleblower’s new message on nuclear unsafety

whistleblowerflag-UKTrident whistleblower: the MoD are brainwashing public over nuclear safety, Herald Scotland,  Rob Edwards Sunday 21 June 2015

 The Trident whistleblower, William McNeilly, has accused the Ministry of Defence (MoD) of trying to “brainwash” the public into believing that nuclear weapons are safe. In a new message to the public, he says that people are being deceived about the security of Trident nuclear warheads carried by submarines based at Faslane and Coulport on the Clyde. A terrorist attack is highly likely, he claims.

McNeilly disclosed last week that he had been dishonourably discharged by the Royal Navy for making public a dossier alleging that Trident was “a disaster waiting to happen” and going absent without leave. He is promising to say more in July.

The Sunday Herald revealed his allegations on May 17, while he was on the run. The following day he handed himself in to police at Edinburgh airport, saying he had achieved what he wanted.

His dossier, which detailed 30 safety and security flaws on Trident submarines, was raised in the House of Commons by the former SNP leader, Alex Salmond. But it was dismissed by the MoD as “factually incorrect or the result of misunderstanding or partial understanding”…….

“You were lied to about nuclear weapons in Iraq, and now you’re being lied to about how safe and secure the weapons are on your homeland,” he said.

“The government overestimated Saddam and now they are underestimating the Islamic State. If things stay the way they are I put the odds of a terrorist attack at some point in the next eight years at around 99 per cent.”

He claimed that his concerns about lax security at Faslane had been backed by senior military figures. “The equipment that is brought on board by civilian contractors and military personnel isn’t checked,” he said.

“People are in positions without the proper security clearance. Mass amounts of people are being pushed through the system due to manpower shortages. IDs aren’t being checked properly.”

A pin code at a security gate wasn’t being used “because it’s either broke or people just get buzzed through because they’ve forgotten their pin,” he said. “It’s ridiculous.”

It was wrong to regard current security as “the best we can do” when it wasn’t, he argued. “It’s literally harder to get to the careers office in Northern Ireland than it is to get down a nuclear submarine.”

People have become far too relaxed in the war on terror, he claimed. “The fact is anyone with a couple of fake IDs can get unto a nuclear submarine,” he added. “Islamic State have already shown that they can acquire fake documentation and IDs.”

McNeilly called for security to be tightened, and for the removal of Trident missiles. “The military seem to be happy with the security at the site,” he told the Sunday Herald.

“Islamic State have the ability to easily penetrate through the security that the navy is currently providing. The site’s security must be heightened above its current highest state until the missiles are removed……..

June 21, 2015 Posted by | safety, UK, weapons and war | Leave a comment

Fukushima Offshore Earthquake Reminder – M 4.3; F. Nuclear Reactors Still Spewing Radiation into Air and Water

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Japan 21 June 2015 earthquake vs. 11 March 2011 location
21 June 2015 earthquake Fukushima M 4.5

Unknown quantities of radioactive waste water are being dumped into the Pacific, even while lots is being stored on site as can be seen in images further down.

TEPCO admits to still be spewing radioactive materials into the air, over four years on. If you multiply the amount of Cesium which they admit to releasing per hour into the air for April 2015 times 24 hours and times 12 months it is 56,334 times more Cesium than the US’s largest single nuclear reactor, Grand Gulf, emits into the air in one year, and 59.6 times what the notorious Sellafield emits into the air in one year. TEPCO has released at a higher rate per hour and is allowed to release at a still much higher rate into the air. It was, indeed, TEPCO and others, saying how many tonnes of radioactive water that TEPCO could legally dump, which taught us…

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Heartless US NRC Ignores ICRP Concerns re Radiation Risks to Cardio – Cerebrovascular Systems: Comment Deadline Monday 22 June 1159 pm (One Minute to Midnight) NY-DC (ET)

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US NRC Comment Deadline on “Radiation Protection” this Monday 22 June 2015, 11.59 pm (one minute to midnight) NY-DC (ET). Comment here:!documentDetail;D=NRC-2009-0279-0098 (ID: NRC-2009-0279-0098)

The original list of questions to be answered is found here. It is now difficult to find: There have been several extensions so it may have been accidentally quasi lost (or not).!documentDetail;D=NRC-2009-0279-00670

The presentation of questions is indicative of someone who is heartless or with a heart of stone. They show no concern for worker safety, nor for the unborn child, whose mother works with radiation. So, forgetting risk of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular should not be surprising.

The US NRC is ignoring the “findings” of the ICRP 118 regarding cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease and only discussing the new ICRP “findings” re cataract risk and a few more safety related issues, which the US NRC doesn’t seem very interested in implementing.


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Clearly, South Africa can’t afford nuclear power

nuclear-costs3The South African government has said it will not go ahead with nuclear power if the expected construction cost is more than $6500/kW, equivalent to about R130bn per reactor. However, the latest cost estimates are about 25% higher than this. This means that if the South African government sticks to its promise, the tender will fail.

Why South Africa should steer clear of nuclear, By Steve Thomas, Professor of Energy Policy at University of Greenwich   Business Tech By  June
21, 2015
 It would be sensible to acknowledge that a nuclear programme is not viable for resolving South Africa’s energy crisis. Rather, the country should be focusing its attention on how to end electricity blackouts and speed up energy efficiency and renewable energy programmes.

Building new nuclear energy capability will cost the country billions of US dollars. It is doubtful that South Africa can afford this.

In addition, nuclear power entails a different but also serious set of risks to climate change. These include the risk of reactor accidents, the danger of weapons proliferation and the hazards of radioactive waste……

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June 21, 2015 Posted by | business and costs, politics, South Africa | Leave a comment

Ease food import restrictions – Japan asks China

plate-radiationJapan asks China to ease food import restrictions introduced after Fukushima nuclear disaster, South China Morning Post 21 June 15 China banned imports of food produced in 10 prefectures in Japan including Miyagi, Nagano and Fukushima following the crisis A Japanese farm ministry official met a senior Chinese official in charge of food inspection on Friday to request the easing of restrictions on food imports introduced after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011, sources said.

A director general at the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries used the meeting in Beijing to stress the safety of Japanese food, the sources said.

China banned imports of food produced in 10 prefectures in Japan including Miyagi, Nagano and Fukushima following the nuclear crisis…….

The sale and use of Japanese food products has dropped sharply at department stores, supermarkets and restaurants in China since the import ban went into effect……..

June 21, 2015 Posted by | China, Japan, politics international | Leave a comment

What if Israel signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty?

What I fear will is one of Shavit’s more depressing conclusions: Dimona’s nuclear weapons success “that allowed Israel to flourish . . . will become the biggest threat facing Israel. It might turn the lives of Israelis into a nightmare.”

Atomic-Bomb-Smflag-IsraelIsrael should consider signing the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, The Age, 21 June 15 Walter PincusWhat if Israel suddenly changed course and announced it was prepared to sign the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and work toward establishment of a Middle East nuclear-free zone?

I’m not saying this is in the works. Far from it. As negotiations between the United States and five other world powers, known as the P5+1, and Iran head toward some sort of conclusion, it’s apparent that no matter what any agreement contains, there will be a fight in the United States about its merits. And if the agreement survives, the years ahead inevitably will see allegations from all sorts of quarters that one side or the other has violated its terms.

This seemed like an opportune moment to ponder the “what if?” question, which was also triggered by re-reading a section from Israeli columnist Ari Shavit’s 2013 book, My Promised Land, The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel. Continue reading

June 21, 2015 Posted by | Israel, weapons and war | Leave a comment

Africa’s largest privately owned solar plant, for Uganda

Uganda set for Africa’s largest privately owned solar plant, Business Day, BY MATT SMITH, JUNE 09 2015,  DUBAI Access Infra Africa, a Dubai-based company, will launch what it says will be Africa’s largest privately owned solar plant in Uganda this year, part of plans to develop electricity projects in 17 African countries, mainly based on renewable energy……..

June 21, 2015 Posted by | AFRICA, renewable | 1 Comment

Jordan going ahead with solar technology in a big way, helped by China

piggy-ban-renewablesChinese enterprise funds Middle East renewables, Independent Australia Anthony M Horton 18 June 2015, New reports confirm that the future of the Middle East is in renewables, which is already cheaper and more reliable than oil. The region is predicted to become a global green economic hub, reports Anthony M Horton.

FOLLOWING A grant worth US$310 million from Hanergy, a Chinese energy enterprise that produces thin-film solar technology, Jordan will expand its power grid and increase its renewable energy production by 1 Gigawatt. As a result of Hanergy’s assistance, Jordan will achieve its goal of increasing renewable energy capacity to 40 per cent (1.8 Gigawatts) by 2020.

Jordan began removing fossil fuel subsidies and created the country’s Renewable Energy and Efficiency Fund a decade ago. This signalled the move to cleaner energy, and other Middle Eastern countries are also looking seriously at them. A report published by The Climate Group earlier this year (reported on 23 April) discussed the potential of the region to become a global green economy hub.

Their analysis, which was supported by the International Renewable Energy Agency, gave an overview of the current and future renewables landscape and explored the role that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) would play in reshaping the world’s energy future, given the lessons it was learning from flagship projects in Abu Dhabi and Dubai in terms of the best opportunities and ways to upscale renewables.

The report also highlighted the increasing adoption of solar energy technologies as evidence of the growing appetite of the private sector……….,7839

June 21, 2015 Posted by | China, Jordan, renewable | Leave a comment

Insurers Managing $14 Trillion Commit to Backing Sustainable Development

 Wed, Jun 17, 2015  UN Report recommends Creation of Insurance Development Goals, Sustainable Insurance Policy Forum, and Insurance Network on Sustainable Development

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June 21 Energy News



¶ “African Utility Companies Struggle to Stay On the Grid” – In South Africa, major cities, including Cape Town and Johannesburg, are subject to regular power outages as electric utility Eskom periodically shuts down parts of its distribution system to take the pressure off the aging national grid. [Climate Central]

Cape Town, subject to regular power outages. Photo by Iwoelbern. Released into the public domain.Cape Town, subject to regular power outages. Photo by Iwoelbern. Released into the public domain.

¶ “Abbott lets Australia slip behind as renewable energy advances” – In the stage-managed, focus-grouped, world of politics, Tony Abbott’s description of wind power as “visually awful” provided a starkly clear picture of the thoughts of Australia’s leader. It is a dangerous position, both economically and ecologically. [The Age]

¶ New Hope For Avoiding Catastrophic Climate Change” – New hope we can avoid a catastrophe for human civilization and the biosphere comes from two recently-released documents: The Encyclical “Laudatum Si’…

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Senator Jacqui Lambie helps Liberal and Labor Parties to lurch further to the Right

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It is tempting to laugh at Senator Jacqui Lambie’s way out outburst on climate change, wind energy, and nuclear power.

BUT – Australia’s outrageously ignorant and idealogical government loves her for this.

This brings about what I think of as the “Pauline Hanson effect”.  By this, I mean that the Howard government was pretty far to the Right anyway, but the extreme right wing campaign run with some success by Pauline Hanson made it easier for Howard to move even further that way.

And not just the Liberal Party.  As the whole political discourse in Australia shifted further away from the interest of the public good, and towards corporate interest, and towards xenophobia, – the Labor
Party moved with it.

Now with the already absurdly right-wing Abbott government, we have Jacqui Lambie’s extremism. There is a real danger that she can help to make Liberal and Labor policies – on energy…

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June 19 Energy News



¶ German company Nordex SE said it has received orders to build 55 MW of wind farms in Turkey for two customers. Its turbines are expected to produce 148 GWh annually, for a capacity factor of above 37%. The wind farm’s output is expected to be enough to power about 42,000 households. [SeeNews Renewables]

2.4-MW Nordex turbines. Source: Nordex SE2.4-MW Nordex turbines. Source: Nordex SE

¶ The annual overview of the European electricity market, from the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity, says 33% of electricity produced in the EU now comes from renewables, of which 18.5% is hydropower and 14.4% “other renewables” (mostly wind and solar power). [CleanTechnica]

¶ In six months, delegates from nearly 200 countries will gather in Paris with the intention of signing the first truly global climate agreement. The talks will not be replay of the fractious talks held in Copenhagen, in December…

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June 20 Energy News



¶ “The Pope Is an Energy Wonk. Engineers Agree with His Assessment.” The Pope’s teachings are supported by the most comprehensive engineering analyses of the US power grid. The National Renewable Energy Lab summarized nine in-depth engineering analyses. [The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists]

Science and Technology:

¶ Sixty-five million years ago, the dinosaurs disappeared in what’s known as the Earth’s fifth mass extinction. Today, a sixth mass extinction could be well underway and humans are most likely the culprit, through environmental changes including deforestation, poaching, overfishing, and global-warming. [CNN]

Moho nobilis, extinct. By John Gerrard Keulemans, 1842-1912. Copyright expired in the US. Wikimedia Commons.Moho nobilis, extinct. Many others will follow. Painting by John Gerrard Keulemans, 1842-1912. Copyright expired in the US. Wikimedia Commons.


¶ The US has organized a Lower Mekong Initiative Renewable and Clean Energy Business Delegation, on the margins of the Asia Clean Energy Forum 2015. Talks focused on how US firms…

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Climate, nuclear and energy news this week

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Christina Macpherson’s websites & blogs

CLIMATE.    Global campaign to ban nuclear from the Paris climate talks. Pope Francis encyclical on the environment: 10 key excerpts. Climate change and justice: Pope Francis connects these causes, in lead-up to Paris conference

GREENS becoming a global force – The Asia Pacific Greens congress.

ENERGY. By 2030 renewables will have overtaken coal and nuclear power- IEA report

It’s wearing thin: the pretense that the uranium market is healthy

EUROPE. 25 EU countries on track to meet their interim renewable energy targets.  

CHINA Gangwon Province strongly opposes nuclear power

JAPAN- no idea what to do with its nuclear trash now stored in France. Appeal filed for compensation for 7,000 Tochigi residents affected by Fukushima nuclear disaster

Fukushima. The Chernobyl and Fukushima Research Initiative report – no evidence for complacency. Warning onbuildup of radioactive materials in Pacific ocean food chain – salmon, tuna and other species.


INDIA‘s new nuclear insurance pool will not cover its research reactors


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