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November 14 Energy News

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Opinion:

¶ “Repair or Renovate? Puerto Rico Faces Stark Power Grid Options” • It has been 68 days since Hurricane Irma took down much of Puerto Rico’s aging power grid and 54 days since Maria took the rest, leaving nearly all 3.4 million residents without electricity. Experts say the island is in desperate need of a power grid makeover. [Scientific American]

Destroyed power lines (Credit: Hector Retamal | Getty Images)

Joseph Mangum, of Sunnyside Solar, is on the ground in
Puerto Rico, helping people. How to help him help them?
One way is at [
Sunnyside Solar’s crowdfunding website].

¶ “Even IEA says coal boom is dead, hails the solar age” • Here is bad news for the coal industry, its advocates, and acolytes: Even the highly conservative International Energy Agency is calling the end of the coal boom and hailing the age of solar. Its annual World…

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EU Parliamentarians Still Awaiting Answers From EU About Radioactive Ruthenium Cloud That Spread Across Europe

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A Polish and an Italian Member of the European Parliament asked for written responses, weeks ago, from the EU regarding the Radioactive ruthenium which spread across Europe at the end of September-beginning of October, but have yet to get answers.
Parliamentary questions
26 October 2017
E-006687-17
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 130
Michał Marusik (ENF)
Subject:  Radioactive ruthenium-106 over Europe

According to information published by the media in recent weeks, radiation has been detected over Central and Eastern Europe.

Elevated levels of ruthenium-106 have been detected in the atmosphere.
In this connection, I would like to put the following questions to the Commission:

1. Is the Commission aware of the presence of radioactive ruthenium in the air over Europe? If so, since when?

2. What action does the Commission intend to take to uncover the source and cause of the emissions detected?

3. Is the presence of…

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“We are Still In”: US Sen. Markey & U.S. Lawmakers Stage Anti-Trump Revolt at UN Climate Talks in Bonn

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By DemocracyNow.org:
“We are Still In”: Sen. Markey & U.S. Lawmakers Stage Anti-Trump Revolt at UN Climate Talks in Bonn, NOVEMBER 13, 2017

link: http://youtu.be/qz-rcBdZrbg
Despite President Trump’s vows to pull the United States out of the landmark 2015 Paris accord, there are a number of U.S. senators, mayors and governors who are staging an anti-Trump revolt at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany. We speak with Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts, who is part of a coalition that rejects Trump’s vow to pull the U.S. out of the Paris deal. Markey also addresses need for more resources in Puerto Rico as some 3.5 million U.S. citizens there still lack electricity as they recover from Hurricane Maria, and discusses the Trump’s threats of nuclear war against North Korea.

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US Senate Hearing on Restricting US President’s Ability to Launch a Nuclear First Strike (Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017)

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Like Markey, an Irish-American US Senator from Massachusetts, but who then became US President: John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

Massachusetts “Senator Markey Welcomes Senate Hearing on Presidential Authority to Order the Use of Nuclear Weapons Thursday, November 9, 2017. Has introduced legislation to limit U.S. president’s ability to conduct a nuclear first strike without prior authorization from Congress

Washington (November 9, 2017) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the announcement of a hearing on Tuesday, November 14 before the full Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the Authority to Order the Use of Nuclear Weapons. Senator Markey has introduced the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act with Congressman Ted Lieu (CA-33) to limit any American president’s ability to conduct a nuclear first strike without prior authorization from Congress.
 
“I want to thank Chairman Corker and Ranking Member Cardin for…

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“People Have Become A Sort of Radioactive Waste”: “Mayak Is Everywhere”

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Mayak is everywhere. Rosatom may be polluting a Mayak near you: by reprocessing spent nuclear fuel from your nearby nuclear power station, by building a nuclear power station that will later send its spent fuel to Russia for reprocessing, or by loading your neighbouring nuclear plant with reprocessed uranium fuel from Mayak.
 Rosatom’s operation in Mayak illustrates that the nuclear industry is not interested in people. After all, 60 years since the disaster the people around Mayak are “a sort of radioactive waste”. http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/news/Blogs/nuclear-reaction/Mayak-anniversary-radioactive-waste-rosatom/blog/60344 Not just in Russia, but Russia’s loves to broadcast the problems in the US and elsewhere, whereas Greenpeace and Bellona are among the few who raise the alarm about Russia. Rosatom is owned by the Russian government and answers to President Putin.

From Greenpeace: ““…People have become a sort of radioactive waste.”
Blogpost by Jan Haverkamp – 29 September, 2017 at 14:30
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Global CO2 Emissions Are Rising in 2017 After Three-Year ‘Plateau’

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GR:  Cinch up your seat belts; CO2 emissions are still rising.

“Over the past three years, global CO2 emissions from fossil fuels have remained relatively flat. However, early estimates from the Global Carbon Project (GCP) using preliminary data suggest that this is likely to change in 2017 with global emissions set to grow by around two percent, albeit with some uncertainties.

“Hopes that global emissions had peaked during the past three years were likely premature. However, GCP researchers say that global emissions are unlikely to return to the high growth rates seen during the 2000s. They argue that it is more likely that emissions over the next few years will plateau or only grow slightly, as countries implement their commitments under the Paris agreement.

2017 emissions likely to increase

“The GCP is a group of international researchers who assess both sources and sinks of carbon. It has published an…

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Denial’s Grim Fruits — Actual Puerto Rico Death Toll Probably Near 500; May Climb to Over a Thousand

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Massive disruption which results in cascading failure of basic services such as food, water transport and power. That’s the primary catastrophic risk coming from human forced climate change. And we are now in the process of multiplying the potential for such extreme events by continuing to burn fossil fuels and to dump carbon into the atmosphere.

Maria’s recent landfall in Puerto Rico and resulting unprecedented disruption can be seen as a microcosm of the kind of damage that might ultimately be inflicted upon a whole region or nation. And the various failed responses by the Trump Administration and related denial-based attitudes within the Republican Party do little to inspire confidence in the ability of at least one major party to effectively respond to a rising danger it pretends does not exist at all.

Excess Death Toll

Weather forecasters are often quick to point out that the most dangerous direct impact…

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Where is TEPCOs billions? what about the victims compensation?

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People who evacuated from Fukushima Prefecture have not only been exposed to radiation, but to prejudice and misunderstanding regarding compensation that they may or may not have received. The truth about Fukushima nuclear disaster compensation March 2017 https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20170326/p2a/00m/0na/003000c
Posted to nuclear-news.net
posted by Shaun McGee
14 November 2017

During the COP23 meetings I noticed some strong emotive arguments being used against the anti nuclear groups campaigning for renewable energy solutions in Europe. The nuclear lobby strategy is to equate anti nuclear with pro fossil fuel is a regular feature in the argument for nuclear power.

However activists have long since realised there is a swing door policy between the management positions of these energy giants. A good example is TEPCO whose business crashed in 2011, soon after the nuclear disaster in the Fukushima prefecture.

TEPCO and other utilities have holdings in both nuclear AND gas, so no rush for renewables for this state owned monopoly;

…..JERA Co., Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in fuel, and power generation and energy infrastructure businesses. Its fuel business includes identifying and investing in upstream fuel projects, as well as fuel procurement, transportation, and trading. ……… The company was founded in 2015 and is based in Tokyo, Japan. JERA Co., Inc. operates as a joint venture between Tokyo Electric Power Company, Incorporated and Chubu Electric Power Company ……. https://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/private/snapshot.asp?privcapid=306450378

Meanwhile in an off shore tax dodging account owned by TEPCO we find hardly any information about this except for a brief sentence in the off shore tax dodge report from the paradise papers in recent weeks. Why do I mention this you may ask? Because of the minuscule compensation payouts to the victims of the nuclear disaster, but I digress.

And what little renewable energy is produced in Fukushima will be sold cheap to TEPCO anyway and funded by;

…..All the electricity generated at the plant will be sold to Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc (TEPCO) at a price of 32 yen/kWh by using the power line of the Fukushima Daini plant for 20 years. The total project cost is about 4.5 billion yen, which is subsidized by the national government and Fukushima Prefecture. Also, a project finance loan was structured by a local bank…..  https://japantoday.com/category/tech/solar-plant-begins-operation-in-fukushima

Still no mention of what happened to the off shore millions… billions…. or trillions?

Meanwhile in Australia the Wheatstone Project is digging deep for fossil fuels for Japan;

Australian Wheatstone Project, loaded onto the vessel Asia Venture, has arrived at TEPCO Fuel & Power Futtsu LNG Terminal, in Chiba Prefecture, on 12 November.

The company will be the largest buyer of LNG from the Wheatstone Project, after concluding a long-term sales and purchase agreements for 5.2 MTPA of LNG.

JERA has also contributed to the launch of the Wheatstone Project as a participant in the project through PE Wheatstone Pty. Ltd., an Australian subsidiary of Pan Pacific Energy K.K., which is jointly owned by Mitsubishi Corporation (MC), Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) and Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC).

The Wheatstone Project is one of Australia’s largest resource developments. The Wheatstone platform is the largest offshore gas-processing platform ever installed in Australia, with a topside weight of about 37,000 metric tons, and the largest float-over installation Chevron has ever delivered globally.  https://www.green4sea.com/jera-receives-first-lng-cargo-from-wheatstone-project/

Seems TEPCO preferred the tax payers to pay the victims compensation even though they have other holdings;

…….In fact, an OECD report from 1999 said that conflicts between the private sector (TEPCO and the Oze Forest Management Co. owned by Tepco and runs 5 lodges in Oze, four of which are in the Special Protection Zone against other park organisers’ wishes) and the environment agency and conservation NGOs caused difficulties that would be easier to deal with if the environment agency had overall say in the running of Oze National park…… https://www.opednews.com/articles/Does-Tepco-own-a-radioacti-by-Shaun-McGee-Corporations-Nuclear-Commercial_Fukushima-Meltdown_Nuclear-Arms-Race_Nuclear-Meltdown-140711-884.html

So much for Climate change and environmental concerns. But I wonder about the off shore tax money and the compensation for the victims of the nuclear disaster? Dont you?

In addition to top-flight international banks such as Barclays, Goldman Sachs and BNP Paribas, other elite Appleby clients have included the founder of one of the Middle East’s largest construction conglomerates, the Saad Group, and the Japanese company operating the crippled nuclear power plant in Fukushima.” http://www.fukuleaks.org/web/?p=16491

More information here; http://press-files.anu.edu.au/downloads/press/n2335/html/ch06.xhtml?referer=2335&page=11

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Is Weather Warfare a Conspiracy Theory?

By: Timothy Alexander Guzman Published 21-10-2017 The technology to control or modify the weather has been in existence for quite some time. Remember when the former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claimed in a 2012 speech that Iran’s enemies were creating droughts by destroying its rain clouds. Ahmadinijad’s accusations landed him in the mainstream media’s hot seat and labeled […]

via Is Weather Warfare a Conspiracy Theory? — Apokalyps Nu!

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November 13 Energy News

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Opinion:

¶ “Are villages embracing the Fourth Industrial Revolution faster than cities?” • Villages in rural India, Bangladesh and Africa may be racing ahead of cities when it comes to embracing the Fourth Industrial Revolution and cutting-edge technology for their energy needs, Global Himalayan Expedition’s Energy Access Leader says. [eco-business.com]

House in the Himalayas running on solar power
(Image: Global Himalaya Expedition)

Science and Technology:

¶ Global emissions of CO2 in 2017 are projected to rise for the first time in four years, dashing hopes that a peak might soon be reached. The main cause of the expected growth is greater use of coal in China as its economy expanded. Researchers are unsure of whether the rise in emissions is a one-off or the start of a new period of CO2 build-up. [BBC News]

World:

¶ Elgin Energy is seeking permission for a major 100-acre solar PV…

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Japan Prime Minister Requests ASEAN Nations to Lift Food Import Ban

 The way Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing with arrogance Fukushima contaminated produce to Japan’s neighbor nations is no surprise, we can see the influence of his grandfather in the Prime Minister’s own outlook.
The grandfather of current Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was as a Class-A war criminal. Nobusuke Kishi, who served for three years as a senior official in the Manchukuo puppet government installed in Shenyang following the invasion. Kishi was initially charged with war crimes but was subsequently cleared of the charges by a Tokyo tribunal. He later rejoined politics and went on to become Prime Minister in 1957.
Mr. Abe is a “revisionist” bent upon denying wartime history, and also rewriting Japan’s pacifist Constitution and reviving militarism.
Mr. Abe, a Conservative politician who took office in December 2012, is attempting to rewrite history and downplay atrocities. Mr. Abe recently angered both China and South Korea – which also faced Japanese occupation – by becoming the first Japanese leader in seven years to visit the Yasukuni Shrine, which honours Japan’s civilian war-dead but also enshrines 14 Class-A war criminals, including officials behind the Nanking massacre.
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Japan has requested ASEAN nations to lift the ban on food import from the country, which was introduced after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident.
MANILA (Sputnik) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in his opening remarks at the ASEAN Plus Three (APT) Commemorative Summit in Manila on Tuesday requested ASEAN nations to lift the ban on food import from the country.
“Incidentally, it has been six years since the Great East Japan Earthquake. I strongly request that import controls on Japanese food to be lifted, based on scientific grounds,” Abe said.
The Japanese prime minister added that Japan would start rice deliveries to Laos and Myanmar again through the APT Emergency Rice Reserve Agreement.
Following the devastating Fukushima nuclear accident caused by a massive earthquake in 2011, many countries around the world, including ASEAN nations, introduced various import restrictions on food produced in certain Japanese prefectures. Some countries have eased such restrictions in recent years.
During his previous remarks at APT summits in recent years, Abe brought up the issue of easing import restrictions on food produced in Japan consistently.

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Chasing Radioactive Cloud – Full Report Arctur-AISense

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Published on 10 Nov 2017

Increased levels of radioactive Ruthenium were detected in air over central Europe in October 2017. Arctur-AISense team set out to check the radioactive pollution over the Alpine region. Dedicated AISense Gamma IV hot spot locator was mounted beneath an ultralight aircraft to chase possible aerial hot-spots at different atmospheric layers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nV7uNMQ9AgI&lc=z231ijyzpvuqf5gh104t1aokgpwbbwqm2eqqzs5spcqgbk0h00410.1510654902749498

Check the instrument details here: http://www.arctur.si/aisense/

Explanation of the methodology of this report from Slovenia from the You Tube comments;

R106 is a beta bearing particle.. that cool gamma sensitive tool would be good in the forests of Fukushima and Myagi. Also the Oze National Park in Chiba/Fukushima might get some results..
Hi, Ru-106 decays by beta to Rh-106 which decays to Pd-106. Gamma rays are emitted along this decay chain and it was gamma rays that gave it away in labs around Europe. Thx!
It did not budge the EURDEP mapping system anywhere! I thought it was the atmospheric filters they use in France that caught it.. Thanks for the response
You’re right. Atmospheric filters that get replaced every so days and are then squished into a small container and placed under a HPGe detector. Even then, it was barely detectable. We also detected it in Slovenia by air filter gamma analysis, but just barely. (Beta analysis alone would not be selective enough due to its continuous energy spectrum along other beta background so we need gammas at high resolution to ID it.)
Thanks for the clarification. Good to see Europeans not relying on Eurdep 🙂 Namaste

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Earthlife South Africa to march against nuclear at Eskom’s Braamfontein offices

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The march will also to highlight the unaffordable electricity hike proposal of more than 19% which could result in consumers paying 27% more for power.
http://ewn.co.za/2017/11/11/earthlife-africa-to-march-against-nuclear-at-eskom-s-braamfontein-offices

JOHANNESBURG – NGO Earthlife Africa is expected to march to Eskom’s Braamfontein offices today to highlight the dangers of nuclear and appeal to the government not to go ahead with any plans.

The march is also to highlight the unaffordable electricity hike proposal of more than 19% which could result in consumers paying 27% more for power next year.

The NGO says marchers will hold a picket outside the Eksom office expressing their views that nuclear is not safe for the country and will only create more debt.

Earthlife Africa’s Thabo Sibeko said, “It’s dangerous for people’s health and for the environment. It will cripple our budget.”

It’s being reported that President Jacob Zuma appointed David Mahlobo to energy minister during his latest cabinet reshuffle in hope to fast-track the nuclear plan before he leaves office in December.

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)

 

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India Should Halt Further Expansion of its Nuclear Power Program

To summarise the state of nuclear safety in India and suggest possible corrective actions, an article in a journal will not suffice, it will require one whole book to be devoted to it. But, the sad commentary of that approach is that such a book will have very limited readership, and therefore may not have the desired effect in changing public opinion.

Concluding Remarks: I wish to close this article merely with the citing of two important references. The first is an article I wrote in March 1999 in the Frontline magazine, which brings out several safety issues which existed at that time. Though 18 years have lapsed since that date, problems have only further accumulated and safety concerns have only increased.

A. GOPALAKRISHNAN | 13 NOVEMBER, 2017

http://www.thecitizen.in/index.php/en/NewsDetail/index/4/12239/India-Should-Halt-Further-Expansion-of-its-Nuclear-Power-Program

Nuclear safety is in jeopardy


 An overall evaluation of the status of the Indian civilian nuclear power sector, and the government’s uncertain future plans, do cause a great deal of concern for the welfare of the country and the safety of our people. Therefore, it is best to freeze all plans for the further expansion of this sector until Parliament and the public are provided full details of the government’s intentions and rationale and a national consensus is reached.

Background: The Indian civilian nuclear power program is ultimately administered by the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) which reports to the Prime Minister.

The detailed policies, programs, and projects of both the civilian and military aspects of atomic energy are overseen and approved by a supra-powerful body called the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC). The AEC currently has fourteen members, including its Chairman and a non-Member as Secretary. Members include the Principal Secretary to the PM, National Security Adviser, Cabinet Secretary, Foreign Secretary and Secretary (Finance & Dept. of Expenditure). Few of the past AEC Chairman and a couple of other former government scientists are also Members.

Once this group approves a program or gives a decision, no other entity like the Comptroller & Auditor General (CAG), who should be overseeing financial propriety in the Central Government expenditure or the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) which is responsible for project & public safety, will usually dare to question the AEC decision. This top-heavy administration of the nuclear program and the fear that it exudes is at the heart of most of the ailments of the nuclear sector.
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Jordan agrees to buy little nuclear reactors from Rolls-Royce

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British engineer Rolls-Royce is to begin a feasibility study for the production of small modular reactors (SMRs) for the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC). The two sides signed a memorandum of understanding at the British embassy in Paris on Thursday.

Harry Holt, the president of Rolls-Royce’s nuclear division, said: “With demand for global energy set to rise due to new technologies such as electric cars and increasing requirements for water desalination and district cooling, international interest in Rolls-Royce’s SMR technology is growing. It represents an important British export opportunity.”

Rolls-Royce estimates that the global SMR market will be worth between £250bn and £400bn by 2035.

Khaled Toukan, the chairman of the JAEC, said: “SMRs offer unique opportunities to address many of the challenges confronting Jordan, in particular water scarcity and small grid size, through the introduction of nuclear in the country as part of the energy mix.”

Jordan depends on foreign oil and gas for 96% of its energy. This dependence, which consumes a significant amount of its national income, has led it to plan investments of $15bn in renewable and nuclear energy.

The two sides will now work together to define the technical, safety, economic and financial requirements for constructing a Rolls-Royce SMR power station in Jordan for generation and desalination, after which the JAEC will decide if and when it will move to the project delivery phase…. more PR drivel on link; http://www.globalconstructionreview.com/trends/jordan-agrees-buy-little-nuclear-reactors-rolls-ro/

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