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Japan Diary 2016, Fukushima+5, Part 5. “Dose” does not exist, only exposure


The onset of the Fukushima nuclear disaster on March 11, 2011 set off a new round of anti-nuclear protest across the world so large even the U.S. NRC was forced to take notice. The onset of the Fukushima nuclear disaster on March 11, 2011 set off a new round of anti-nuclear protest across the world so large even the U.S. NRC was forced to take notice.

About 300 people gathered in the Diet Offices to commemorate the Tohoku earthquake, tsunami and Tepco’s meltdowns. Hosted by Friends of the Earth Japan and a large network of NGOs in Japan working on every nuclear concern, including continued aid and support to Chernobyl victims, this was a national-scale event. At 2:46 we paused to silently mark the time of the quake.

A number of people I have met previously on this tour are here. It feels good to have new friends here.

What follows is a piece I wrote in anticipation for this day. I know it is long. I hope some will read it through. It is Mary’s Manifesto on radiation, but I feel with…

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March 11 Energy News


Science and Technology:

¶ Scientists have discovered a novel way to make plastic from carbon dioxide and inedible plant material, such as agricultural waste and grass. The new technology could provide a low-carbon alternative to plastic bottles and other items currently made from petroleum. [Futurity: Research News]

"Our goal is to replace petroleum-derived products with plastic made from CO2." (Credit: iStockphoto) “Our goal is to replace petroleum-derived products
with plastic made from CO2.” (Credit: iStockphoto)

¶ Japanese scientists discovered a type of bacteria that can eat plastic, a finding that might help solve the world’s fast-growing plastic pollution problem. The species fully breaks down one of the most common kinds of plastic, Polyethylene terephthalate (PET), often used to make beverage bottles. [CNN]

¶ According to a new study published by researchers from the University of Queensland and Griffith University in Australia, global warming could occur much more quickly than previously thought. The model forecasts an increase in the global average…

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Interview with Gordon Smith the Clairvoyant

On this podcast we interview Gordon Smith, the world renowned Clairvoyant.

Dedicated to the victims of the Japan Tsunami, Earthquake and nuclear disaster on the 5th anniversary of the tragedy in 2011

Podcast link here;

“but the more human we get the less spiritual we get and the less connectivity we have to the planet; and the more we start to think we depend more on nuclear energy and oil then we don’t actually realise we serve the planet, we have no where to use these things and we wont have an existence, so we need to start being aware that the actual planet is a living being that produces life, constantly every year she gives us more ” – G. Smith 2016

First we decided to talk about the issue of the surveillance state and possible impacts to confidentiality issues with clairvoyants, counsellors and healers in the spiritualist community


He began by saying that he would not do a reading on the phone due to possible surveillance on such devices. He also said that even in his work he would not hold on to any information in his mind as he feels that honour requires that the messages he gives are to the individual concerned and not his business. He is only giving a message to the bereaved from the spirit world and his role in this is only temporary.

He also mentioned mediums who are trying to find Maddie McCann and he thought that such a reading would be only justified if the parents themselves asked for such a reading. Underpinning the personal nature of communication with Spirit and loved ones who are trying to contact them. He also said that using such gifts without such a personal connection was not correct.

“people doing it for their own end , which is non spiritual, when people are using that information to further their own career or gain money or in this day and age with the technical side where they are grabbing everyone’s information, how spirit would have a say on that, I don’t know, but I think it would be down to the individual and your conscience as how it would be , is it right or is it not? Part of my practice as a medium is to be self aware, so being self aware tells you , that doesn’t feel right to share that stuff or to nick somebodies information”

“In such a sensitive case I would never want to go near that case (Maddie McCann) unless the parents themselves asked , once again it comes back down to their willingness or their need if they felt that was an option then i would have a go to try and help the family.”

He then said that other people who contact the police are wrong and the information is a load of rubbish. And they mislead the police .

“Its a wrong thing to try and tune into to somebodies life because thats intrusive, if someone doesn’t ask for a reading then no one should be volunteering information to them”

I mentioned that the fact that there was no success from mediums who have tried that might point to the fact that the spirit world would not allow such a thing. Gordon then went on to say that;

“They absolutely wouldn’t and one of the reasons I say that, is I have worked on many cases like the the Maddie McCann case and some I have got absolutely nothing Shaun and that tells me spirit are not willing to give up information .” … “ sometimes I would get very accurate information to help the situation and other times you get absolutely nothing” … “ sadly for the Maddie case I was asked by people to do it and not by the family, and to me, as long as they have nothing from a medium that their kid is not any longer living in this world, then they still have hope, and who is anybody to take that away without being asked? I think that is quite a horrible thing”

Gordons new book is on the bereavement of siblings and was sourced from childrens hospices. The book is aimed at children but has been well received by adults who have had previews. It is an emotional roller coaster of a read.

Jimmy then brought the issue that Gordon was talking about everyone having a six sense. He mentions the psychological longing people have for a lost one but says there is a difference when a person has an other worldly experience. Such as vivid dreams where a hand is touched and felt or similar strong associations. Gordon believes that this type of dream is likely to be a spiritual connection and synchronicity incidents in waking life could also be from spirit also. He does say that the sixth sense is very misunderstood because people try to use this sense constantly and think spirit can solve all their problems which would be against natural law. He also points out that man has always tried to contact his ancestors since man has been on this planet.

Jimmy points out that some people seem to go mad and immerse themselves in the occult. Gordon replied that the first thing he does when teaching the subject is to take the mysticism out of mediumship and points out to his students that the mind can draw them into an unreal world and he encourages them to stay grounded and to stay in the real world. He points out that if you stay in the lower thinking mind that that is where you would find hauntings and things like that.

“ There is no such thing as a haunted house guys, there are only haunted people” he said.

Gordon said that formal spiritualists churches grade and vet the prospective mediums and healers and that they are in safe grounded environments.

“there is nothing to fear but fear its self”

Gordon and the Scientists

We then discuss Gordons interaction with scientists, specifically Prof. Archie Roy from Glasgow University who wrote some papers on Gordons unique abilities and the renowned sceptic Prof Chris French from Goldsmiths University London. Gordon then goes on to say that he has been around scientists from a young age and Archie Roy was his sons lecturer and this has helped his perception on how the spirit world connects with ours. He goes on to say that the spirit world will be proven through science in the same way that radiation can be seen with “a Geiger counter”.

From his experience he feels different atmospheres or energies and he thinks that these will be able to be analysed and then goes on to recount a recent experiment with technology that is used for prosthetic limbs where a researcher hooked himself up to a computer and was able to project into the computer his thoughts. On the issue of religion he said that;

“Romanticism or feelings can kill fact” and therefore the scientific method is how the physical evidence will be generated.

“I would in my lifetime love to see something factual that is recorded through science.”

On healing Gordon mentions that healing is very regulated. He mentions healers in the past who could literally see into the body, but today he said that there are so many healers that it is heavily regulated and monitored and he said that where there are natural healers born to it, that he hoped that these healers would be tested and real data gathered as to the abilities they have such a diagnosis. Some blind tests on natural healers that have been done have shown some promise.

We then go onto restrictions with psychics in Europe and Gordon thinks that these are really aimed at unregulated phone line psychics, magazine psychics and didn’t effect professional organisations in Europe.

“I was offered 8 million dollars to do phone lines in America, 8 million dollars! To take phone calls, use my name and my face as the clairvoyant you can phone .. but its not ethical”

He goes on to say that only a few of the mediums that take part in that business are actually genuine. He then said that in the UK the witchcraft act was changed to the fraudulent mediums act and by inference that met there was genuine mediums. A new law (the consumer protection act) that was brought in dampened that inference down though. He said that it doesn’t matter if you are a genuine medium . He also says that many of his colleagues work for the churches for free allowing donations or charges to go to the churches and organisations to keep them going.

Darren Brown debunking fraudulent mediums

On Darren brown setting up readings using body language, pre researching sitters and other psychological techniques Gordon said that he was happy that Darren was showing how fraudulent mediums might work but real mediums can give information not readily available on the internet or by other techniques. Gordon said that to find a good reliable medium that they can be sourced in spiritualists churches or by using the internet with reliable sources.


Jimmy brings up issues around the Fukushima disaster and the BP oil spill as well as general damage that man is doing to the planet. Gordon mentions that humans have become more technical and have moved away from their spiritual values ..

“We are bleeding the planet of its oil, its blood if you like”

He said that man will live with the effects that he has caused himself and the rights and wrongs of it will come out.

“but the more human we get the less spiritual we get and the less connectivity we have to the planet; and the more we start to think we depend more on nuclear energy and oil then we don’t actually realise we serve the planet, we have no where to use these things and we wont have an existence, so we need to start being aware that the actual planet is a living being that produces life, constantly every year she gives us more ”

He goes on to say that the fear of losing things we are comfortable with (especially with the younger generation) and general fear of our situation may be the trigger that helps us to change because that fear the planet feels for the damage caused is feeding back to us all.. He talks about Karma for those that are responsible also.

Gordon on activism

Gordon says that we “should wake up and smell the karma” and thinks that activists are doing a good thing and are compassionate but they are at risk because

“The powers that be are not ready to tell the public what is really going on”

On Gay rights .

Gordon thinks that in the UK and Scotland the battle is largely won and in 10 years this will be a non issue and that the real battles were fought and won in the 1950`s 60`s and 70`s . Some work needs to be though in terms of civil partnership and law.

London Spiritualism Mission

On the changing face of UK spiritualism. He sees that the Christian church model format is a bit old fashioned for modern people. And he rates the teaching classes as a good way forward teaching the helping with others and learning counselling to support damaged people better. There is a cry for change and Gordon said that this would happening naturally. His church in Pembridge has an eclectic mix with a wide range of cultures and is popular.

Gordon and the media

Alot of journalists have interviewed Gordon and they initially approach him with some scepticism but as they see how he works (the quality of his readings) and his natural pleasant personality they all seemed to leave with a better view on his work.

Link to Gordons website and book links here;

Link to the London Spirtualist Mission

Youtube link version of podcast here;

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5 years on, and Fukushima nuclear station still very dangerous

Fukushima Units 3 and 4, April 2011highly-recommendedCrippled Fukushima Reactors Are Still a Danger, 5 Years after the Accident Japan’s citizens, and scientists worldwide, do not have answers to basic health and environment questions, Scientific American  By Madhusree Mukerjee on March 8, 2016 “…….. major questions still loom today, in part because the damaged reactors are too dangerous to enter, and in part because the plant’s operator, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), is reluctant to share information.

In the midst of this maelstrom, Japan in February started up a third reactor among those that had been shut down. But even as the government seeks to leave the disaster behind, Fukushima remains a wound that will not heal—for former residents, the local landscape and for the Japanese psyche. Two-thirds of the populace dreads another accident enough to oppose the restarts. More than 1,100 square kilometers of villages, mountains and forests remain uninhabitable, and future generations will still be cleaning up the plant site, according to Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). Echoing citizens’ groups, some scientists are complaining that important questions about the disaster’s impact are not being addressed. Authorities, they suspect, are subtly discouraging certain kinds of scientific research, possibly because they fear findings that could further alarm the public. In some ways they want this to go away and say things are back to normal, observes marine radiochemist Ken Buesseler of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Woods Hole, Mass.

Exacerbating widespread suspicions of a cover-up, this February Tepco admitted it had waited for two months after the accident before announcing the meltdowns—which possibly delayed evacuations and endangered lives. The uranium fuel in three of the six reactors eventually melted, and explosions blew holes in the roofs of three reactor buildings, releasing radioactive iodine, cesium and other fission products over land and sea. Emergency managers on site, desperately trying to cool the molten cores, poured water into the damaged reactor buildings using fire-hoses. As a result, highly contaminated water flowed directly into the Pacific Ocean.

Since then, Tepco has substantially cleaned up the site. It has capped shredded roofs, removed spent fuel from a damaged reactor and constructed ice walls to stanch the flow of groundwater that was washing contaminants from the site into the ocean. Because the molten fuel still generates heat by radioactive decay, however, Tepco has to keep pumping water through the reactor buildings and collecting as much as possible—some 400 cubic meters a day, stored in on-site tanks. Around 8,000 workers are now assisting in the cleanup.

Not all is going well, however. Engineers still have to locate the molten fuel, which seems to have melted through steel vessels. It remains so radioactive that no humans can enter the reactor buildings. Tepco has “no idea where and how much fuel debris is in the reactor now,” says nuclear engineer Tadahiro Katsuta of Meiji University. Last April, Tepco sent a robot into one of the buildings to photograph the damage, with mixed results, and it also intends to use robots to find and remove the globs of molten uranium, steel and other substances by 2021. According to METI, fully cleaning the site will require half a century, when most of the dangerous radionuclides will have decayed. Where the lethal debris will end up is unclear, however, because Japan has no permanent repository for nuclear waste.

The 1,000 or so tanks of contaminated water, which leak from time to time, pose another headache. Tepco is removing the most abundant contaminant, cesium, from the cooling water before it is sent to the storage tanks, but the water retains high concentrations of radioactive strontium and tritium. This February, the company reported a spike in strontium levels at the plant site—likely indicating a tank leak. So the company is painstakingly cleaning the stored water of all radionuclides except tritium, which is difficult to separate out. Because tritium concentrations remain many times higher than the drinking water level prescribed by the World Health Organization, however, fishery cooperatives are not allowing its release into the ocean. (Tepco did not respond to Scientific American’s questions about the tank contents, or anything else.)

Solid waste is piling up as well. Cleaning streets, houses and playgrounds within the evacuated zone, which stretches some 50 kilometers northwest of the plant site, has generated millions of bags of contaminated topsoil and debris, which also await a final resting place. Almost 800 bags got carried off by typhoon Etau last year, however, and were deposited miles away, says Hajime Matsukubo of the Citizen’s Nuclear Information Center in Tokyo. Hundreds were never found……….

unanswered questions abound. “You want to know why some fish have higher contamination than others, how quickly they will recover, what’s coming down the rivers, how much is on the seafloor, how quickly that is buried—those are the type of oceanography and radioecology questions that are really not being well addressed,” Buesseler says. One reason is the scarcity of funds for such research, argues Mousseau. The Japanese government seems to be cutting off funds for monitoring radionuclides in water alongside Fukushima, Buesseler says. Shibata finds such concerns “biased,” pointing out that several ministries offer funds for environmental research. But another Japanese scientist, who asked not to be named, claimed that whereas grants are readily available for researchers whose projects are unlikely to discover significant impacts from the disaster, they are exceedingly scarce for others.

Other muddiness remains. Several Japanese researchers who aided Mousseau’s team asked not to be credited in its published papers, fearing adverse impacts on their careers. Buesseler reports a similar experience. “There’s this kind of self-censorship going on,” Mousseau says.

With more than 400 nuclear power plants operating around the world, many of them on coastlines and in countries with far weaker safety standards than Japan’s, another such calamity is not inconceivable. Knowing more about its impacts could help save lives and livelihoods. Unfortunately, Buesseler notes, “We’re missing opportunities to learn from this accident.”

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Widespread effects of Fukushima nuclear radiation: some facts and figures


Fukushima nuclear disaster left 10.7 million 1-ton container bags with radioactive debris   Five years after a powerful earthquake and tsunami sent the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Japan into multiple meltdowns, cleaning up the mess both onsite and in surrounding towns remains a work in progress. Here’s a look, by the numbers, at the widespread effects of radiation from the March 11, 2011, disaster:

164,865: Fukushima residents who fled their homes after the disaster.

97,320: Number who still haven’t returned.

49: Municipalities in Fukushima that have completed decontamination work.

45: Number that have not.

30: Percent of electricity generated by nuclear power before the disaster.

1.7: Percent of electricity generated by nuclear power after the disaster.

3: Reactors currently online, out of 43 now workable.

54: Reactors with safety permits before the disaster.

53: Percent of the 1,017 Japanese in a March 5-6 Mainichi Shimbun newspaper survey who opposed restarting nuclear power plants.

30: Percent who supported restarts. The remaining 17 percent were undecided.

760,000: Metric tons of contaminated water currently stored at the Fukushima nuclear plant.

1,000: Tanks at the plant storing radioactive water after treatment.

10.7 million: Number of 1-ton container bags containing radioactive debris and other waste collected in decontamination outside the plant.

7,000: Workers decommissioning the Fukushima plant.

26,000: Laborers on decontamination work offsite.

200: Becquerels of radioactive cesium per cubic meter (264 gallons) in seawater immediately off the plant in 2015.

50 million: Becquerels of cesium per cubic meter in the same water in 2011.

7,400: Maximum number of becquerels of cesium per cubic meter allowed in drinking water by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Sources: Fukushima prefectural government, Japan Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Tokyo Electric Power Co., the Nuclear Regulation Authority, the Federation of Electric Power Companies and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.—AP

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The very rapid pace of solar energy growth in USA

text-relevantThe US Solar Market Is Growing Ridiculously Fast By  Mar. 9,At the end of 2015, the solar industry experienced something of a Christmas miraclewhen Congress unexpectedly extended a package of vital tax credits for renewable energy that were set to expire. Overnight, 2016 went from looking like it was certain to be a bust to looking like one of the biggest growth years on record.

New analysis from the energy market research firm GTM paints a picture of the awesome year solar installers in the United States have ahead of them. GTM predicts solar installations to jump 119 percent in 2016, adding 16 gigawatts of new solar by year’s end. (For reference, in 2011 there were only 10 gigawatts of solar installed total across the country.) Most of that is utility-scale solar farms, with the remainder coming from rooftop panels on homes and businesses.

This clean energy boost isn’t just a boon for the industry; as a result of the tax credit extension, greenhouse gas savings from solar and wind installations could add up by 2030 to the equivalent of taking every car in the country off the road for two years, a recent study found.

Here’s the chart [on original] from the report. Show this to anyone who still thinks solar is some kind of fringe, hippie pipe dream

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Wind power prices dropping below nuke re-build costs in Ontario

 solar,-wind-aghastOntario Clean air Alliance 10 Mar Angela Bischoff, 11 Mar 16 Today Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) announced that it has signed five contracts with private sector companies for wind power at costs ranging from 6.45 to 10.55 cents per kWh.

According to Ontario Power Generation (OPG), the cost of electricity from a re-built Darlington Nuclear Station will be 7 to 8 cents per kWh. However, every nuclear project in Ontario’s history has gone massively over budget – on average by 2.5 times. If history repeats itself, the cost of electricity from re-built Darlington reactors will be 15 cents per kWh That would make even solar power acquired through the new Large Renewable Procurement (LRP) process competitive with nuclear.

And, of course, solar and wind companies are on the hook for any cost overruns on their projects, unlike OPG which expects provincial electricity ratepayers and taxpayers to still pick up the tab for its inevitable cost overruns.

Also, renewable energy costs are projected to continue to fall rapidly so by the time the IESO undertakes its next LRP round a year from now, we will likely see even greater savings over costly and slow nuclear re-build projects. In fact, what the current LRP round has told us is that the Ontario government should be steering toward the off ramps for nuclear re-build projects as quickly as possible given the astonishing – and continuing — decline in green energy prices.

If we are smart, we will combine energy efficiency and water power imports from Quebec with made-in-Ontario renewable energy to build a much more cost effective, responsive and responsible electricity system for Ontario.

March 11, 2016 Posted by | Canada, renewable | Leave a comment

Wind industry a good investment. Solar roads could be coming

text-relevantIs the wind industry still a safe bet for investors?
For investors who seek long-term low-risk investments, the 20 year lifespan of an onshore wind farm is an attractive prospect.

Will we soon be riding on solar roads? The idea gains traction.
Several countries—the Netherlands, France, the United States—are testing ways to pave roads with solar panels. Their efforts have plenty of skeptics

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How EDF taught Britons to love nuclear power, especially targeting women

Targeting women In 2012 EDF began a publicity campaign in the UK to soften up the public, which was predominantly anti-nuclear, including paying for editorial in women’s magazines because its market research found that women were more like to oppose nuclear power than men.

A complaint I made to the Advertising Standards Authority was upheld, regarding the use of advertising from EDF that was not labelled as advertising and looked like editorial, in Marie Claire – the “magazine for women who want to think smart and look amazing”. The articles were provided by EDF, under the headline “Nuclear power: the facts”, but contained inaccuracies.

Even after the ASA ruled in my favour, EDF still continued making dubious claims in the pages of the magazine, such as that in the 2030s “nuclear reactors in Somerset and Suffolk could supply around 40 per cent of the country’s energy needs”.

In its dreams, maybe. because even while this was going on the French National Audit Office had recommended abandonment of the EPR as too complex and expensive.

“The problem is, politicians like big projects. By contrast, energy efficiency, although much more beneficial, is almost invisible, and is certainly lots of small projects.”

And energy projects don’t come much bigger than nuclear power. As Jimmy Cliff might have put it: “the bigger they come, the harder they fall.”

news-nukeThe mystery of Britain’s love affair with new nuclear, The Fifth Estate, David Thorpe | 8 March 2016

Electricite de France’s chief financial officer Thomas Piquemal has resigned after opposing the announcement next month of a final investment decision on building a new nuclear reactor at Hinkley Point C in the UK.

EDF shares immediately dropped in value and further questions are being asked over the wisdom of proceeding with the plant, which would be the first new nuclear power station to be built in the UK in two decades. It was originally planned for completion in 2017 and is now unlikely to be built until at least 2025 – if ever. Continue reading

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Fukushima radiation beats the robots – they “died” in the search for nuclear fuel

Inside the Fukushima nuclear power plant, five years after the disaster was triggered by an earthquake and tsunami,, MARCH 10, 2016 [EXCELLENT PHOTOS] “………Today, the radiation at the Fukushima plant is still so powerful it is impossible to extract and remove deadly melted fuel rods.

And authorities still don’t how to dispose of highly radioactive water stored in tanks around the site.

  While the plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco), has made some progress, they are grappling with the fact that they don’t have the technology to find missing melted fuel rods in three reactors at the plant. The rods melted through containment vessels in the reactors.

Humans shouldn’t even be near these reactors. They are the most dangerous part of the plant.

Tepco has developed robots that have been sent in to search for radioactive fuel. But so far, none have been successful. They have all “died”.

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“It is extremely difficult to access the inside of the nuclear plant,” Naohiro Masuda, Tepco’s head of decommissioning said in an interview.

“The biggest obstacle is the radiation.”

Mr Masada said the robots were built to swim under water and search for the melted fuel rods.

But as soon as they get close to the reactors, the radiation destroys their wiring and renders them useless, causing long delays, Mr Masuda said.

Each robot has to be custom-built for each building.

“It takes two years to develop a single-function robot,” Mr Masuda said.

Workers on the site are regularly working outside in the exclusion zone to remove contaminated debris, but they can’t keep up with the mounds of mess they’re cleaning up.

They are routinely being scanned for radiation exposure, as more reports emerge of locals being at greater risk of cancer and thyroid disorders……….

More than 8,000 workers are at the plant at any one time.

They are constantly removing debris, building storage tanks, laying piping and preparing to dismantle parts of the plant.

Much of the work involves pumping water into the wrecked and highly radiated reactors to cool them down.

The radiated water is then pumped out of the plant and stored in tanks around the site.  Tepco has completed around 10 per cent of the work to clear the site up — the decommissioning process could take 30 to 40 years.

A subterranean “ice wall” is also under construction. Dubbed the world’s biggest ice wall, it will stop groundwater from becoming contaminated, using coolants to create a 30-metre deep wall of ice……

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Even South Australia’s pro nuclear Royal Commission admits the diseconomic s of the nuclear industry

nuclear-costsflag-AustraliaThe Nuclear Industry Prices Itself Out Of Market For New Power Plants, Climate Progress, BY JOE ROMM MAR 8, 2016 “….. in newly-released findings, South Australia’s nuclear royal commission found that the price of electricity from new nukes greatly exceeded not only business-as-usual projections for electricity prices but also prices in a “strong climate action” case. The Commission concluded “it would not be commercially viable to generate electricity from a nuclear power plant in South Australia in the foreseeable future.”

The Commission explicitly looked at plausible electricity prices for a new reactor in 2030 based on both current designs and possible fourth-generation ones, such as small modular reactors (SMRs). The Commission estimated the cost for the most viable nukes at US$7 billion for a typical large 1125-megawatt reactor and $2.8 billion for two 180-megawatt SMRs. The smaller SMRs would be providing electricity for a whopping US$0.17 a kilowatt-hour!

A study done for the Commission found that both large nukes and SMRs “consistently deliver strongly negative NPVs” (net present values) for both 2030 and 2050 — even for the strong climate action scenario. The Commission Chair noted that given how Australia’s National Electricity Market works, renewables are “the first energy that goes into the market” because they have the lowest costs.

The Commission’s findings are consistent with a 2014 Energy Policy study, “The cost of nuclear electricity: France after Fukushima.” Using cost data released by the French government after the Fukushima disaster, the study found the cost of French nuclear plants steadily escalated over the past four decades. Further, it projects “the future cost of nuclear power in France to be at least 76€/MWh (US$0.084/KWh) and possibly 117€/MWh (US$0.129/KWh),” which “compares unfavorably against alternative fuels,”……. such as wind.

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The decline of a nuclear city – haunting photos of abandonment – (the nuclear future?)

Atomic City Idaho 2016

Haunting photos of Idaho’s Atomic City, 30 years after nuclear disaster drove everyone away Tech Insider  11 Mar 16 When photographer David Hanson arrived in Atomic City, Idaho in 1986, he knew he was capturing a still-cooling piece of American history.


While the Mountain West boomtown spent the early 1950s thriving on the power generated at the nearby nuclear complex, within a few years a string of nuclear meltdowns had sent the town’s residents searching for safer dwellings. Atomic City — current population: 29 — was left to become a shell of its former self.

Thirty years later, Hanson has finally released his haunting photographs in a book called“Wilderness to Wasteland.”

Here, he walks us through what he saw………

“It seems frightening yet somehow appropriate that the most enduring monuments America will leave for future generations will be the hazardous remains of our industry and technology,” he said.

He envisions an America that, in 150 years, will look upon Atomic City as a failed part of the human experiment to revolutionize the way people live.

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Inside the Fukushima nuclear power plant, five years after the disaster was triggered by an earthquake and tsunami, news.c,  MARCH 10, 2016 [EXCELLENT PHOTOS]

“…… officials vow to prevent a repeat the disaster, some critics say Tokyo’s push to restart switched-off nuclear reactors is proof that the lessons of the tragedy have not been learned.

And many question whether Japan has done enough to tackle some of the key causes of the accident that unfolded on March 11, 2011 — an ill-fated belief in the nation’s disaster management and clubby ties between politicians, bureaucrats and the nuclear industry.


“These kind of relationships can be seen in other countries but Japan is a standout,” said Muneyuki Shindo, an honorary politics professor at Chiba University.

“Ties between the bureaucracy and industry are still very strong — it’s a legacy of government-led development when the country was underdeveloped” after World War II.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has made bringing nuclear power back online a priority for the resource-poor country — a move backed by the business community but strongly opposed by a wary public.

Among those warning over the restarts is Katsunobu Sakurai, the mayor of Minamisoma, a town that lies in the shadow of the crippled plant. He named one of the world’s 100 most influential people in 2011 by TIME magazine.

Mr Sakurai drew global attention with a YouTube video in which he pleaded for help — and slammed Tokyo’s response — as radiation wafted toward his community…………

March 11, 2016 Posted by | Japan, politics | Leave a comment

It’s time to rethink what constitutes “clean energy – it’s NOT nuclear

By exploiting large amounts of untapped energy efficiencies, maximizing surpluses and reserves, expanding renewables and improving generation and transmission, we know we can retire the nuclear plant hovering above Manhattan on the Hudson River. And we should do everything in our power to transition the bright minds at Indian Point into the clean renewable energy sector in New York, which is growing daily. Let’s keep them employed – and then some. But most importantly, let’s keep this country safe. 

Flag-USAProof Nuclear Energy Is a Huge Security Risk  by 

Michael Shank

@Michael_Shank  MARCH 8, 2016 It’s time to rethink what constitutes “clean energy”

Nuclear energy is not the answer to America’s necessary clean energy transition. It’s an expensive, dirty, and dangerous fuel, which is why seven electrical engineers at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) noted, last week, significant safety concerns with all but one of the nation’s 100 nuclear power plants. Signaling the NRC engineers’ concerns, last month one of America’s oldest nuclear power plants leaked radioactive tritium into its groundwater below – at radioactivity levels 65,000% higher than normal.

It’s time to rethink what constitutes “clean energy,” as nuclear power is often grouped into the clean energy category since its greenhouse gas emissions are less than heavier emitting oil, coal, and gas. On the heels of the international climate talks in Paris, as the United States struggles to meet its carbon-related commitments in light of the Supreme Court’s stay of the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan, the ramp up of “clean energy” solutions is now paramount.

But just what defines “clean” is the question, especially when radioactive leaks abound? The plant responsible for the latest radioactive leak – Indian Point Energy Center, owned by Entergy, just 25 miles north of New York City – is just one of the many aging nuclear power plants in America that is getting narratively re-positioned as clean energy. This is happening along with hydropower and even natural gas – diluting, in the public’s mind at least, what clean energy really is (a term that should be reserved primarily for renewable energy).

In fact, Indian Point is anything but clean, which is why it has moved quickly to the front of New York State’s political burner lately as the company’s operating licenses, which expired a while ago, are getting a strong rebuke from New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, who doesn’t want a Fukushima-style nuclear disaster happening to New Yorkers. Continue reading

March 11, 2016 Posted by | general | Leave a comment