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Nuclear power as panacea for climate change? Experts divided

GarryRogers Nature Conservation

“As delegates at a Paris summit haggle over how to curb global warming, the role of nuclear energy in limiting climate-changing emissions is the subject of fierce debate between champions and critics of atomic power.”  phys.org

GR:  Nuclear energy is not the answer.  It’s support is merely an attempt by large investors to retain control over our energy sources.

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December 5 Energy News

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COP21:

¶ If coal is good for humanity, then someone has forgotten to tell the world’s poorest countries. In a strongly worded statement that came out on the first day of talks at COP21, the leaders of 30 of the world’s poorest countries said they wanted the world to be 100% renewable by 2050. [CleanTechnica]

Shanghai boom and gloom. Author Peter Dowley. CC BY-SA 2.0. Wikimedia Commons. Shanghai boom and gloom. Author Peter Dowley. CC BY-SA 2.0. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ One event in Paris, a Climate Summit for Local Leaders will commit 1000 mayors and local leaders to “support ambitious long-term climate goals such as a transition to 100% renewable energy in our communities, or a 80% greenhouse gas emissions reduction by 2050”. [Blue & Green Tomorrow]

¶ As governments continue negotiations to hammer out a global climate deal at COP21, institutional investors assemble to highlight their contributions, reinforcing calls for robust Paris climate agreement to enable rapid scale up…

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General Electric to Pay $2.25 Million for Violating Federal and State Environmental Laws in Waterford, New York

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From the USDOJ:
“Department of Justice
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 3, 2015
General Electric to Pay $2.25 Million for Violating Federal and State Environmental Laws in Waterford, New York

The General Electric Company (GE) has agreed to pay a $2.25 million civil penalty to resolve a complaint alleging violations of federal and state environmental laws in connection with GE’s use of an incinerator at a manufacturing facility that it once owned and operated in Waterford, New York, announced the Department of Justice, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York and , the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the New York State Attorney General’s Office and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Both the complaint and the settlement agreement were filed today in U.S. District Court in Albany.

According to allegations in the complaint, GE owned the Waterford facility from…

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A Generation of Delay: Climate Policy Is 20 Years Behind in CO2 Removal Policy

GarryRogers Nature Conservation

“The perceived debate on climate change has discredited traditional climate science communications to such an extent that we are just now implementing policies developed during the Kyoto Protocol era that began in 1992. New climate science knowledge is simply not making it out of academia and into public policy. One of the biggest examples is the 2013 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report telling us strong negative emissions (removing more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than we emit every year) are now required.”  From: www.truth-out.org

GR:  We have the technology to remove CO2 from the atmosphere.  We need to get started.  Considering the “suicidal” nature of the build-up of CO2, the costs of removal are really not a problem. However, we must also cut emissions, and we must not relent on our efforts to do so.

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Paris Commitments Will Not Miss 2 C

GarryRogers Nature Conservation

“UNEP [this graph] provides a slightly more optimistic assessment of the situation. The authors of this report note that peaking global greenhouse gas emissions near current levels globally by 2020 and then reducing them to less than half of current levels through 2050 has about a 66 percent chance of limiting warming this Century to below 2 C (hitting around 1.8 C by 2100). But this assessment may be rather optimistic considering that we will still hit in the range of 450 ppm CO2 and 550 ppm CO2e by mid Century which would be enough, according to our understanding of paleoclimate sensitivities, to hit between 1.9 and 2.2 C from CO2 warming alone and between 2.5 and 3 C from the total warming effect of all CO2 equivalent gasses.”  robertscribbler.com

GR:  I am drawing attention to this story again because everyone needs to look very closely at its discussion of…

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ALEC Works to Scuttle Global Climate Agreement

GarryRogers Nature Conservation

In Paris, 120 world leaders are meeting under the auspices of the United Nations in an urgent effort to prevent catastrophic climate change, which threatens the lives and livelihoods of millions around the globe.

In Arizona, global fossil fuel companies and giant utility firms will go behind closed doors with American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) politicians in a continued effort to derail any global agreement with state lawsuits designed to sink President Obama’s Clean Power Plan with cement boots.”  www.truth-out.org

GR:  Serving special interests focused on profits for a few and the rest be damned, ALEC can no longer be trusted to serve as a government resource. Administrators and managers should all be aware of the biases that control this once valuable organization.

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December 4 Energy News

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COP21:

¶ Following three days of hectic parleys over a complex 54-page draft pact, negotiators released a draft document, though there was reportedly no agreement on about 250 undecided options across the text. India has expressed satisfaction with the first draft, saying progress had been made. [Daily News & Analysis]

Photo by Presidencia de la República Mexicana. CC BY-SA 2.0. Wikimedia Commons. Photo by Presidencia de la República Mexicana. CC BY-SA 2.0. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ A new report, Transformational INDCs: how new renewables pledges could transform the economics of wind and solar, says national climate change plans submitted prior to COP21 have placed the world on the brink of a renewable energy revolution. INDCs are Intended Nationally Determined Contributions. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The once black-and-white world of climate negotiations for poorer countries has shifted at talks this week in Paris. For years, many have said richer countries created the global warming, so it is up to them to…

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Post Nuclear World

The sinister side of the push for “New Nuclear” is that it is a justification for doing nothing about the accumulating toxic wastes and the toxic nuclear weapons and reactors.  Such a comfortable temptation – leave this nastiness for our grand and great granchildren to fix.

The present entire reptilean assembly of nuclear industry chiefs and wannabe chiefs, and executives and lobbyists, and the bought politicians and media, will be dead then, having enjoyed their comfortable well-paid lives.

It is up to the ‘alternative’ and ‘social’ media to expose their lies and to highlight the compelling three present day challenges:

– to close down the global nuclear industry, and especially to expose and prevent the ‘New ‘Nuclear’ deception.

– to deal with the existing masses of radioactive trash – interim above ground storage, then burial near to the site of production – the  ‘least worst’ option.

-to dismantle the useless nuclear weapons empire, including the poisonous depleted uranium weapons. (Today’s enemies effectively use much simpler and cheaper weapons)

 

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