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NY Opposes Big Easy Nuclear Relicensing Near NYC: Entergy Aging Management Plan Woefully Inadequate and Evacuation Impossible

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NY Gov Letter to NRC re Indian Pt Renewal
NY Gov Letter to NRC re Indian Pt Renewal

There can be short-term fatalities as far as 60 miles away from a nuclear accident! See: “Chernobyl on the Hudson“: http://www.ucsusa.org/sites/default/files/legacy/assets/documents/nuclear_power/indianpointhealthstudy.pdf

Frightening: Old Nuclear Reactor near NYC owned by New Orleans “Big Easy” based Entergy. Should this be called New Orleans nukes NYC? Or the Big Easy nukes the Big Apple?

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November 26, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

November 26 Energy News

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Science and Technology:

¶ This year will be the hottest on record and 2016 could be even hotter due to the El Niño weather pattern, the World Meteorological Organization said. WMO director-general Michel Jarraud rejected climate sceptics’ arguments, saying, “It’s not about believing or not. It’s a matter of seeing the facts. The facts are there.” [Free Malaysia Today]

Parched How long will it last?

¶ One significant challenge to lithium-ion EV battery technology is coming from the lithium-sulfur field. A lithium-sulfur battery research project at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has had sufficient success that Oak Ridge announced that it has signed an exclusive lithium-sulfur battery agreement with a startup called Solid Power. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Stanford researcher Mark Jacobson has analyzed what it would take for each of the 50 states to go fully renewable. Normally, intermittency issues are expected to be handled by fossil fuel power…

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Consume more, conserve more: sorry, but we just can’t do both | George Monbiot

GarryRogers Nature Conservation

“Governments urge us both to consume more and to conserve more. We must extract more fossil fuel from the ground, but burn less of it. We should reduce, reuse and recycle the stuff that enters our homes, and at the same time increase, discard and replace it. How else can the consumer economy grow? We should eat less meat to protect the living planet, and eat more meat to boost the farming industry. These policies are irreconcilable. The new analyses suggest that economic growth is the problem, regardless of whether the word sustainable is bolted to the front of it.

“It’s not just that we don’t address this contradiction; scarcely anyone dares even name it. It’s as if the issue is too big, too frightening to contemplate. We seem unable to face the fact that our utopia is also our dystopia; that production appears to be indistinguishable from destruction.”  From:

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Toxic Interests: In Lead-up to Paris Summit, Conservative Politicians Around the World are Fighting to Kill Renewable Energy

GarryRogers Nature Conservation

“US Solar energy adoption rates continued to soar in 2015, jumping to 40 percent of all new installed energy capacity for the first half of the year. These great gains have occurred despite broad based assaults on public policies supporting the rapid adoption of this critical renewable energy source. Image source: US Solar Market Summary.”  From: robertscribbler.com

GR:  This is an excellent review of critical national programs under attack by energy-industry conservatives.  Recommended.

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Humankind’s Last Days Below 400 PPM CO2?

GarryRogers Nature Conservation

“By mid November of 2015, atmospheric carbon dioxide levels as measured at the Mauna Loa Observatory had again risen above 400 parts per million. Over the past two weeks, these levels maintained. And even though we may see a few days during which CO2 levels drop below that key threshold during late November and, perhaps, early December, those days could well be the last.”  From: robertscribbler.com

GR:  What does 400 parts per million mean for the Earth?  From the article:  “Atmospheric CO2 levels remaining at 400 parts per million for any significant period will push the Earth climate to warm by between 2 and 3 degrees Celsius. It will push for sea levels to rise by at least 75 feet. In other words, a world at 400 parts per million is a world radically changed. A world that human beings have never seen before. And as a cautionary note…

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Two-faced Exxon: the misinformation campaign against its own scientists

GarryRogers Nature Conservation

“It appears that the only difference between the behavior of Exxon and the tobacco industry is that cigarette companies didn’t publish their research linking smoking and adverse health effects. Exxon’s scientists have published research in scientific journals on the human causes and dangers of global warming. However, in both cases, the industries funded an extensive multi-pronged campaign to misinform the public about the expert scientific consensus and the dangers associated with their products.

“It remains to be seen whether the investigations into the actions of Exxon and the rest of the fossil fuel industry will yield the same results as the investigations into the tobacco industry racketeering.”  From: www.theguardian.com

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Trisha Springstead on the continuing health effects of the BP Gulf oil disaster

“6 died and more are dying in just the communty of Bayou Labatre” Trisha told us.

943373_10200224384674274_1527561041_nIn this fourth part of our Gulf disaster expose we talk to Trisha Springstead, who is a health professional who has been gathering health data concerning the BP Gulf Oil disaster in 2010. She has been interviewed by Charles Williams Digges when he was investigating the health and environmental problems that were being reported.

In the early days of the disaster Trisha was shocked because of reports she was recieving from communities around the coast. The Charles Williams Digges article then caused peoples interest to come to Trisha with their stories and Trisha was able to get data that could be used for future reference (her FB community has some 27,000 people including victims). Her main concern was for the victims though and she holds talks to make people aware of toxicity poisoning and its symtoms so local communities can be enabled in dealing with this problem. As well as giving free legal and health advice.

Dahr Jamail also interviewed Trisha and did some articles on the disaster

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Trisha is involved in a new Documentary on the after effects of the BP Gulf oil disaster that is underway  but is seeking crowd sourced funding, to finish it. The Creator of this documentry is Mark manning who also did the “Road to Fallujah”

Download link here (right click and “save as”);

Podcast file here

 

The evidence that was ignored

Firstly, we should see what evidence has been brought forward to prove that there was a problem with toxicity within these communities. We should mention a report on Chemical Sensitivity that is peer reviewed that was sent to Washington DC to prove a range of symptoms caused by the disaster.

The peer reviewed report was developed by information from activists and Trisha helped with data from her findings. Trisha mentions in the interview that the final report submitted by Jena Soloman did not give the full picture of harm but did concede that harm existed. The link to the report is here;

http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=186531

Symptom variety found in the gulf region

Secondly, we should look at some of the symptoms found by Trisha and her colleagues.

Flesh eating Bacteria, Sore throat, low stamina, visual problems (eyes fogging over), neurological problems such as twitching and drooping of the mouth, Memory issues (brain fog), skin rashes, hair loss, thyroid problems, blood born cancers, Kidney and liver failure, soft tissue cancers, respiratory disorders, Hodkins Lymphoma (link to study that makes the connection between Benzene and HL) and mental health disorders (PTSD etc). Trisha also said that;

“Brown drainage coming out of the ears”

In fact Trisha herself got ill getting sand samples from contaminated beeches and working in contaminated areas. She was followed by the police on one occasion, until she drove passed the state line. We discussed some of this harrasment with Charles Williams Digges and Maureen Duphinee in previous podcasts. Concerning Trishas illness, she said that one symptom, her skin rashes were awful;

“it itched so bad, you wanted to take the skin off”

She said.

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Many Gulf residents claimed that they;

“never got sick before the Gulf oil disaster”

Said Trisha

 

Other evidence concerning health effects

Dr Micheal Robichaux claimed a connection with these symptoms and the “Gulf War Syndrome” suffered by soldiers after Gulf War 1.

A continuing body of testimonial evidence such as;

“6 died and more are dying in just the communty of Bayou Labatre”

Trisha told us.

jack-hill-320x320An amazing testimonial written by Charles Williams Digges from Cancer victim, Jack Hill (who has since passed away), informs us of the tragic situation people are facing without support from the agencies that should be there to protect and support them. (Jack Hill picture thanks to  Bellona)

No treatment for toxicity

As well as the chemical toxicity report being ignored we find that studies and health programmes are not being instituted or are not being run efficiently. This leaves Trisha wondering if the funding and the response strategy to the oil disaster might be biased towards the interests of the BP corporation and not so much in the interests of the victims of the disaster. We discuss this issue on the podcast. Below we look at the evidence that has formed Trishas views on this situation.

Health studies

Trisha has recieved information that points to serious issues with the health response including bias against looking for toxicity in patients and instead they are sent to a Nose Ear and Throat specialist at best instead of blood work being done for toxcicity.

Another case study looks at a lady who went to the doctors and a test was done and Toulene was found. The police were called in and the mother was charged with allowing the children to poison themselves!

“We need to write up these peoples stories”

Trisha said.

Of a 110 million Dollars, 5 million disapeared because of red tape or kick backs, There are no comprehensive air monitoring being done even though there are still wells leaking (ref interview with Scott Porter) and little independent research funding is being made available.

Flesh eating Bacteria

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Image source ; http://www.huffingtonpost.com/riki-ott/bio-remediation-or-bio-ha_b_720461.html

A developing situation is showing an increase in water born disease. Specifically we talk about Vibrio and other oil eating bacteria (that we discussed with Scott Porter also). There was a russian study group (to their surprise) that found out that oil spill booms soaked with a particular bacteria which had only been used in cold climates, was being used in the Gulf without a proper preliminary study on the bacterias impact in a warm water environment. Here is the link to an article discussing a report on the Tar ball and Bacteria connection;

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Auburn Scientists Find Tar Balls Are Better Left Alone

AUBURN, Ala.—The April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the waves of tar balls deposited on the beaches shortly thereafter prompted the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to produce a tar ball fact sheet. Among the factoids was one stating that those sticky, coin-sized clumps of weathered oil, though unsightly and annoying, are not a human health hazard.

But new research findings out of Auburn University indicate that tar balls are reservoirs for a multitude of bacteria, including at least one pathogen that can cause life-threatening sickness in some humans.

http://www.ag.auburn.edu/comm/news/2012/TarBall.php

END SNIP

Link to pics and info on the Vibrio bacteria;

http://www.ms-sportsman.com/details.php?id=3167

Concerning the Vibrio bacteria, reports have been coming in that humans are being impacted with this bacteria and it is being described as a flesh eating virus. 47 people have been diagnosed with this disease and there have been 13 deaths as a result. There was a small problem with this but it has increased in recent years. It is suspected that the Gulf disaster may have contributed in some ways to the increase in uptake and deaths of vibrio we have seen since 2010 Trisha claims. We discussed various issues that might also have contributed and clarify that these studies should be have been done but were not funded. In fact the funding has gone to many BP biased research projects instead of more in depth studies to try to trace the polution source.

Sources for other stories mentioned in the interview;

http://www.nytimes.com/gwire/2010/06/17/17greenwire-will-bacterial-plague-follow-crude-oil-spill-a-81599.html?pagewanted=all

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