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The verdict is in: solar and win have won the technology race


SonnenschiffgermanyWe continue to hear the same old arguments over and over again–in comments in these pages, in blogs and newspaper op-eds, in press releases and out of the mouths of those utility execs trying to hold on to the 20th century model of electricity generation and distribution, and, most depressingly, in the U.S. Senate which passed by a resounding 87-4 vote legislation to encourage new nuclear power development.

The arguments go like this: Germany’s Energiewende energy transition is failing; renewables are fine, but they can’t provide baseload power and thus can’t reliably power a modern industrial society; renewables are still too expensive without subsidies; we need an all-of-the-above energy strategy to combat climate change; new generation reactors will be safer, cheaper and also effectively deal with radioactive waste, and so on.

Well, that last one is a whopper and has been promised since nuclear power first emerged–call us when one…

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February 2 Energy News



¶ Collaborating with Ecotricity, the Royal Society For Protection Of Birds installed a new wind turbine at RSPB Headquarters at the Lodge. A 100-meter wind turbine will deliver 1.85 million kWh per annum. The Director of Conservation says research shows the turbine is not in an area where birds will be endangered. [CleanTechnica]

For the Protection of Birds It’s windpower for the Royal Society For the Protection of Birds

¶ It was a good year for renewable energy in China, global research and consulting firm GlobalData said. China helped push global renewable installed capacity to an estimated 913.48 GW in 2015, leading the way in annual capacity additions for solar, biopower, small hydropower, and onshore wind. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Collapsing oil prices, Japan’s return to nuclear power, and market uncertainty in China are among the short-term challenges for liquefied natural gas. But longer-term competition from renewable energy in Europe and Asia…

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Perception is Everything


Twenty years ago the Lake District National Park declared that a famous stand of beech trees in the Rusland valley were “dead diseased and dying”  not to mention “ugly” and that in the interests of public safety the trees should be clearfelled. Video from 1997

Many people disagreed and thought the line of 200 year old trees a thing of beauty.

Scientists and tree experts also lent their weight to the long campaign in spite of the local great and good from Cumbria Wildlife Trust to Friends of the Lake District backing up the plan to clearfell.

The Lake District National park’s vision of what is safe and beautiful did not extend to the Rusland beeches 20 years ago. Beauty is of course in the eye of the beholder.

An example of beauty being in the eye of the beholder is news that the former head of the LDNPA is lending his…

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Hinkley delayed….again…best get used to hearing that!


FACADE DES IMMEUBLES DECATHLON ET EDF Figure 1: EDF HQ, where trouble is brewing!

The government’s policy regarding nuclear energy is at risk of unravelling. The final okay for Hinkley C has now been delayed by EDF energy. Despite the masses of money thrown at them by the government, EDF are hesitant because it represents a massive financial risk. Many of the company’s leading creditors, workers and shareholders have urged them to pull out of the deal, pointing to the similar train wreck in Finland. That project is now nine years late and at least three times over its original budget.

Hinkley C has already been delayed multiple times (a 2025 startup is now seen as optimistic, 2030 is more likely) and already the budget has ballooned to £24.5 billion. Indeed, the recent delay is largely because EDF simply doesn’t have the cash reserves to finance the project and is having to scramble…

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February 1 Energy News



3 homes that will give you green energy envy • Renewable energy reduces your environmental impact and dependency on conventional energy technology, while increasing self-sufficiency. Some architects created impressively stunning designs that are energy efficient. Here are three of our favorites. [Memeburn]

Ecocapsule. Image Credit: Nice Architects Ecocapsule. Image Credit: Nice Architects

Green electricity without batteries • A paper in the journal Research Policy suggests solar PV modules will continue to drop in cost at a roughly 10% rate. A paper in Nature indicates that extensive renewable electricity provision is possible without the need for storing large amounts of energy in batteries. [News24]

Science and Technology:

¶ Microsoft is planning to dive underwater in the future with its prototype data centre that it tested hundreds of feet below the surface of the ocean off California. Under Project Natick, data centres will live under the sea in order to…

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原子力村による殺人!もんじゅ西村成生さん事件の取材メモHomicide by JPN Nuclear Village!?

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Fukushima iodine 131 risk hidden from us! Same as Flint Michigan

Article posted by Shaun McGee

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Given the fact that Racheal Maddow who in a recent report mentioned that the Authorities in Flint Michigan, who let people know that the drinking water  of the city was full of chemicals and Lead Pb  in October 2015 (because of local activism and pressure), had actually warned the government staff in Flint of this and even delivered clean water sources to the offices a whole year before the public statement. (recent levels peaked at 4000 parts per million and the actionable limit is 15 parts per million)

 “does not meet treatment requirements” for state employees to drink, even as the Snyder administration was assuring Flint residents about the integrity of their water.


MOX fueled reactor 3 Explosion sends Iodine 131 to USA and Europe

I want to draw attention to a similar situation in the USA after the Fukushima nuclear disaster when high levels of Iodine 131 and other radionuclides were wafting their way to Europe. In Europe CRIIRAD had issued a warning on possible health effects in France and advised that children and Pregnant women should refrain from drinking milk and eating leafy vegetables. CRIIRAD also stated that the USA had ten times the level of radiation than France. The European Media did not run with the story nor did the US media, thus putting young children and Pregnant women at risk of increaing the amounts of iodine 131 they might have ingested or inhaled.

There are similar issues with the BP Gulf Oil disaster also covered by Charles Williams Digges, Maureen Dauphinee, Scott Porter and Trisha Springstead


Case n°F-2014-20439 doc N° C05780602 date 01/29/2016 This is an email from Edelman Martin to Mills Cheryl, D

Below is a document sent internaly by authorities in the USA to friends warning them of the problem and offering some practical steps to minimise the health risks;

“Radiation leak from the Fukushima reactor____(redacted)___Stay indoors if at all possible.”“The stuff travels far, very far”

“There is nothing, no events, no parties, sports, movies, etc that are worth getting exposure to radiation.”

“Wear a mask, and a hat if possible. Take a shower immediately after you return home and wash your clothes. Radioactive steam was released yesterday and continues today. It will likely be in the area now.”

“I won’t be going outdoors for awhile.”


Case n°F-2014-20439 doc N° C05780602 date 01/29/2016 This is an email from Edelman Martin to Mills Cheryl, D

the source for these documents can be found here;


h/t D`un Renard for confirmation

h/t Rob Soltsik for link to FOIA website


Cheryl D. Mills (born 1965[4][5]) is an American lawyer, administrator, and corporate executive. She first came into public prominence while serving as deputy White House Counsel for President Bill Clinton, whom she defended during his 1999 impeachment trial. She has worked for New York University as Senior Vice President,[6] served as Senior Adviser and Counsel for Hillary Rodham Clinton‘s 2008 presidential campaign,[7] and is considered a member of “Hillaryland“.[7] She served as Counselor and Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.[8]

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Margaretta Darcy – Guantanomo Granny strikes again! Ireland will be free!

Article by Shaun McGee and Jimmy Hagan

This is an Interview with 82 yr young, Margaretta D`Arcy the well known Irish peace activist. On asking her about the 1916 Independence proclamation she said;


You want me to talk about 1916 and since then It`s been downhill all the way

Source: Margaretta Darcy – Guantanomo Granny strikes again! Ireland will be free!

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