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Rex Tillerson Named as Secretary of State Amidst CIA Report of Russian Attack on U.S. Election

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For those saying that this is the first time they’ve heard of Russia’s attack on the US election or of the serious and harmful conflict of interest that occurs when a billionaire demagogue who’s aligned with fossil fuel special interests, couldn’t care less about the integrity of American democracy, and denies human-caused climate change takes office, then I have ‘news’ for you. We were writing about this back in July.

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Some have said that President-Elect Donald Trump’s stated support of Russian hacking and conduct of espionage operations against the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election while subsequently attacking the CIA is ‘on the verge of treason.’ Mind you, these charges come from a member the Tea Party — the musket-toting Joe Walsh — and not from the democrats or journalists who’ve been warning the U.S. electorate about Russian interference apparently aimed at placing Trump as President since the summer

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December 13 Energy News

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Science and Technology:

¶ In early 2015, scientists announced the discovery of an almost circular structure in the Antarctic ice surface, about 2 km (1.2 miles) wide. Now, a team of climate researchers has found that the mysterious crater on the King Baudouin ice shelf shows that the East Antarctic ice sheet may be more vulnerable to climate change than expected. [Raw Story]

Antarctica's Larsen C Ice Shelf (Youtube) Antarctica’s Larsen C Ice Shelf (Youtube)

World:

¶ Five countries in Africa – Ghana, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Benin, and Togo – have jointly announced they will begin rejecting shipments of high-sulfur diesel fuel refined in Europe in a bid to reduce harmful emissions. Nigeria will reportedly accepting only diesel fuels with under 50 ppm of sulfur – down from the 3,000 ppm currently allowed. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The largest PV plant in East Africa is being commissioned in Soroti, Uganda. Made up of 32,680…

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Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA)’s inadequate draft “Information for Stakeholders” on nuclear waste.

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Effectively this is the same draconian situation that existed under the earlier Commonwealth Noonan, David

Radioactive Waste Management Act 2005 introduced by the Howard government to override State and Territory interests to protect community health, safety and welfare from the risks and impacts of nuclear wastes and to nullify Federal laws that protect against imposition of nuclear wastes.


highly-recommendedPublic submission to the draft ARPANSA Information for Stakeholders & associated Regulatory Guide to Licensing a Radioactive Waste Storage or Disposal Facility

Summary

Revised ARPANSA “Information for Stakeholders” should address the following:

The nuclear fuel waste Store in the Flinders Ranges is intended to operate for approx. 100 years.

The ARPANSA “Information for Stakeholders” fails to be transparent and is not fit for purpose.

ARPANSA must inform the public on the proposed licence period for this nuclear fuel waste Store.

ARPANSA should also publicly acknowledge the Contingency that the proposed nuclear…

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Methane Emissions Soar. #auspol 

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Methane Emissions Soar, Agriculture Likely to Blame
By Alex Kirby
One year ago today, with huge relief, scarcely able to believe their achievement, world leaders finally agreed to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide.
But a bare 12 months later comes sobering news: Atmospheric concentrations of another gas, methane, are growing faster than at any time in the last 20 years, putting further pressure on the historic Paris agreement to deliver substantial cuts in emissions very soon.

Methane is the second major greenhouse gas, with agriculture accounting for 40 percent of emissions.Neil H / Flickr
Some scientists say the world now needs to change course and do more about methane to have a chance of keeping average global temperatures from rising by more than 2 C.
And one seasoned Arctic watcher said the changes there in the last decade are altering a system which has remained intact since the Ice Age.

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Russia’s Nuclear Shakedown of Bulgaria and Its Nuclear Shakedown Colleagues: RWE, Areva, Toshiba-Westinghouse)

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Reuters news from Friday had three titles about nuclear shakedowns, without calling them that, of course. Through international litigation, Russia managed to fleece Bulgaria of 620 million euros ($660 million)- forcing it to purchase unwanted nuclear reactor parts for the Belene nuclear power station project, which dates from the late 1980s when Bulgaria was a Russian-Soviet satellite-client state. Bulgaria decided that it did not want the nuclear power station, but is being forced to purchase the parts.

Interesting that a 2009 Wikileaks cable states that NEC (Bulgaria) “has sunk approximately 700 million euros into the project, while the Russians are not out of pocket and could walk away losing nothing. Meanwhile, cost estimates for Belene continue to creep up, running as high as eight billion euros,double the original price.” (See entire cable further down.)

Rarely reported is that Russian state owned Rosatom (including its many subsidiaries under other…

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Microgrids and the Future of Decentralized Power #auspol

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By Ken Boyce

In October 2012, as Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast of the United States, millions of homes went dark. Falling trees pulled electrical wires to the ground and power substations filled with water. In New York City more than 700,000 citizens had no electricity, while in New Jersey and Pennsylvania more than three million people lost power.
But despite the cloak of darkness all around it, Princeton University was a beacon of light ─ its microgrid was busy churning out more than 11 megawatts of electricity in the days and weeks after the storm, lighting up the campus and attracting thousands of area residents eager to recharge their smartphones and laptops.
This tragedy showcased the benefits of a microgrid, which is a small-scale power grid that operates independently or in conjunction with a municipal or local power grid. College campuses, hospitals, military bases and even forward-thinking companies…

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Climate Change Denial And The Rise Of Authoritarianism #auspol 

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Climate Change Denial And The Rise Of Authoritarianism.

One of the strangest stories about totalitarian regimes comes from Romania. Under the dictatorship of Nicolae Ceaușescu, the official temperature in Romania was never below 10 degree Celsius. No matter the snow and ice, the weather reports would always have temperatures above 10 degrees. The reason? Below that, the law required the heating to be turned on in public places, and Romania could not afford this.
It is hard to say what is stranger about the story. A dictator who feels so omnipotent that he pretends he could change the reality of the weather? Or a population so misled, misinformed, or disillusioned that it will put up with the weather reports over what it knows to be true?
Today, the story is not so strange anymore, nor do we need to look to countries far away. Today, the story is happening right…

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Clean energy breakthrough buoys hopes in Australia #auspol 

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Clean energy breakthrough buoys hopes in Australia

The buoys submerged last year as part of the wave energy system off the coast of Western Australia. The three buoys provided power to a nearby naval base and were the first wave energy system to operate through all four seasons for over 14,000 hours

Off the west coast of Australia, three large spaceship-style machines were placed underwater in a ground-breaking project that left the ocean floor resembling an alien landing site.
The three buoys were submerged last year and eventually spent more than 12 months underwater as part of an A$30 million (S$32 million) project described as the world’s first fully functioning wave energy plant.
The buoys, operated near Perth by Australian company Carnegie Wave Energy, provided power to a nearby naval base on Garden Island and were the first wave energy system to operate through all four seasons for over 14,000…

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New Fukushima evacuee bullying case emerges at Tokyo school

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Garbage taken home by a bullied student in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward (Provided by the student’s mother)

After school bullying cases emerged recently in cities including Yokohama and Niigata, another student who was evacuated from Fukushima Prefecture after the 2011 nuclear disaster has come forward.

The latest case, at a junior high school in the capital’s Chiyoda Ward, involved the victimized student being intimidated into paying for three other students’ sweets, juices and other goods, worth about 10,000 yen ($87).

The case came to light after the student and the student’s mother reported the bullying to the school.

It is regrettable that bullying existed at this school. I will do my utmost to prevent it from happening again,” said the principal of the Chiyoda Ward government-run school.

The victim told The Asahi Shimbun that some students had begun to utter the taunt “hinansha” (evacuee) around summer 2015.

This year, the name-calling escalated, and the bullies started making insulting and threatening remarks such as, “You don’t have money as you came from Fukushima,” “Can’t you pay the bills for us as you are poor?” and “I will reveal that you are an evacuee.”

The bullies then manipulated the victim into paying for their doughnuts, juices and other goods.

The picked-on student was also pressured by the student’s tormenters to take home their trash, which they did by putting it into the student’s school bag.

At school, the student’s textbooks and notebooks went missing. Some of them were found in a corner of the classroom with ripped pages.

Since my elementary school days, I have been bullied on the grounds that I am an evacuee. I was not able to tell that to anybody. It was painful. I thought that if I can silence other students with money, I will do it,” the student said.

In late November, the student’s mother noticed all the garbage in her child’s school bag. Finally the student told the mother what had been happening, and then reported the case to the school, along with the mother.

The school investigated 15 pupils but was not able to confirm that the victim has been bullied on the grounds that the student was an evacuee from Fukushima Prefecture.

However, three of those investigated admitted that the student had paid their bills. The school confirmed that the bills totaled about 10,000 yen.

The school said that it did not investigate the missing books, as it was not clear when they had disappeared.

I had thought that the school would investigate who dumped them,” the mother said of the missing books, adding, “I want the school to deal with the case by paying more consideration to the bullied student.”

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201612130064.html

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Nuke crisis compensation costs tacked onto power bills to face 4 tril. yen cap

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The Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry is set to limit the amount of additional costs of compensating those affected by the Fukushima nuclear crisis, tacked onto “wheeling charges” that power companies pay to use power lines, to 2.4 trillion yen, sources close to the ministry said.

The amount would eventually be added to power charges that consumers pay. Moreover, the ministry admitted that the total amount to deal with the aftermath of the nuclear disaster, which it estimates at 21.5 trillion yen, will certainly increase further.

The ministry made the disclosure at a meeting of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) panel on the issue on Dec. 12 in response to concerns expressed by LDP legislators that the cost of dealing with the crisis could rise.

The estimated total amount of compensation for the Fukushima crisis, which had been estimated at approximately 5.4 trillion yen in 2013, has grown to about 7.9 trillion yen.

Following the outbreak of the nuclear crisis, a system has been established under which Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), operator of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant, and other major power companies contribute funds for compensation payments in proportion to the outputs of their nuclear plants.

In order to secure funds to cover an increase in the total compensation cost from 5.4 trillion yen, the ministry has proposed to a panel of experts on decommissioning of the Fukushima plant and compensation payments that the additional cost be added to wheeling charges. Not only major power companies but new market entrants would be required to foot the bill, which would eventually be added to power charges paid by consumers.

The ministry explains that it aims to require market newcomers to foot part of the compensation cost in order to “prevent consumers who have benefited from nuclear power by major power companies from switching to new power companies to avoid footing the compensation cost.”

However, some experts have pointed out that such a move would run counter to the liberalization of the power market designed to spur new market entries.

Moreover, since the industry ministry is authorized to set the amount of wheeling charges at its own discretion without going through Diet deliberations, some members of the experts’ panel and the LDP have voiced concerns that the amount of compensation costs passed onto consumers could unlimitedly snowball.

In response to such concerns, the ministry is considering obligating power companies to clearly show the amount of compensation cost each consumer is required to shoulder in detailed statements on power charges. Moreover, if the amount of compensation were to increase further, the ministry would consider other measures to cover the additional cost, which could also increase the burden on consumers.

The industry ministry has also disclosed that the estimated cost of dealing with the accident, which it released on Dec. 9, does not include the expense of creating hubs for reconstructing affected areas where residents are unlikely to be able to return in the foreseeable future and that of disposing waste to be generated when fuel debris is removed from the crippled reactors.

Therefore, the estimated total cost of dealing with the aftermath of the disaster, which has almost doubled from 11 trillion yen as of 2013 to 21.5 trillion yen, will certainly increase further.

http://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20161213/p2a/00m/0na/012000c

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More Evacuees Sue Govt, TEPCO over Fukushima N-Accident

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Fukushima, Dec. 12 (Jiji Press)–A group of 295 people, mainly nuclear disaster evacuees, on Monday joined lawsuits against the Japanese government and Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. over the Mach 2011 meltdowns at TEPCO’s Fukushima No. 1 power plant.
Filing their suit with Fukushima District Court, the plaintiffs, many of whom were evacuees in and outside Fukushima Prefecture, demanded that the government and TEPCO pay compensation and restore conditions before the nuclear accident.
The group, made up of men and women from minors to 89 years old, said they were forced to evacuate and deprived of their peaceful lives because of the accident at the power plant in the northeastern Japan prefecture.
The team joined those who filed similar suits against the government and TEPCO in March 2013, raising the total number of plaintiffs to some 4,200.
At a news conference after the latest suit was filed, plaintiff Akemi Eda, who evacuated from the Fukushima Prefecture town of Namie, noted recent incidents in which children evacuated from the prefecture due to the accident have been bullied at schools.

http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2016121200599

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Death of the nuclear industry? Euratom campaigners fight the system!

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Because of new information on the effects of low dose radiation concerning the genetic damage that has now come to light, a new campaign application has been made to the Radiological Depts. of the Environmental Protection Agency in Ireland, the UK  and soon elsewhere in Europe.

If you wish to submit your own application for your organisation or for yourself personally,  please check out the details of the applications that have been submitted already then please click on the template for the EU  link at the bottom of the page pn the justification Campaign link below. the resources are free to use and distribute for this purpose.

HISTORY and ISSUES

“…Since the adoption of the Rome Treaty, the treaties have been regularly updated to meet the challenges of the day. EURATOM is unchanged since 1957. The situation could be somewhat improved if there was a coherent and up to date secondary legislation in the field of nuclear on the internal market. But there isn’t. In fact the situation is comparable to a city court basing its legal arguments on a day to day direct interpretation of the Constitution Indeed, here the interpretation depends on the Commission….”

Link to the Euratom Re-Justification Directive page with resources and explanation (Templates with instructions) for all European countries can be found here;

https://rejustificationofeuratomireland.wordpress.com/

Posted by Shaun McGee aka arclight

Date posted 13th December 2016

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