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“Clean Energy D.C. Act” – would lead Washington DC to 100% renewable energy by 2032

Green Matters 24th Oct 2018, Lawmakers in Washington D.C. are proposing one of the nation’s most
aggressive plans to cut carbon emissions. The “Clean Energy D.C. Act”
would roll out the strongest renewable electricity standard in the United
States, making the nation’s capital a world leader on climate change and
put them on an accelerated timeline to 100 percent renewable energy by
2032.

“This bill provides the bold action needed to match the urgency of
the climate crisis. It builds on the Clean Energy D.C. plan and the
District’s 12-year legacy of clean energy and green building policy
achievement, again blazing a path for other cities to follow,” said Cliff
Majersik, Executive Director of the Institute for Market Transformation in
a statement.  https://www.greenmatters.com/renewables/2018/10/24/19LG2w/dc-climate-bill-2030

October 29, 2018 Posted by | renewable | 1 Comment

Egypt’s renewable energy project – going for the green economy

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Middle East Monitor 27th Oct 2018 , Egypt is “entering the world of solar energy” after it inaugurated the
largest solar power plant in the world early this year, RT reported on Friday. Reporting the remarks of Egyptian official Hassan Abaza, RT said that the superpower plant was built in the city of Aswan, southern Egypt.
It began supplying the national grid last December. Abaza reiterated that this is the largest solar power plant in the world, noting that his country is heading towards more investment in this kind of power as part of its plans for sustainable development.
He also said that solar power energy is better than oil because it is renewable, stressing that the “green
economy” is a mechanism to achieve sustainable development.   https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20181027-egypt-builds-largest-solar-power-plant-in-the-world/

October 29, 2018 Posted by | Egypt, renewable | 1 Comment

UK Law changed so nuclear waste dumps can be forced on local communities

October 29, 2018 Posted by | politics, UK, wastes | Leave a comment

Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Donald Trump saying different things about Yucca nuclear waste dump plan

Energy Secretary Says White House Still Backs Nevada Nuke Dump, Financial Express, By: Bloomberg  October 27, 2018

Energy Secretary Rick Perry said the White House still supports construction of a planned repository for nuclear waste in Nevada, despite President Donald Trump’s suggestion over the weekend that he was reconsidering.

When asked if the Trump administration still supports Yucca Mountain, Perry swiftly said “Yes.”

“I’m making this presumption by looking at a budgeting process and there was money in the president’s budget to manage Yucca,” Perry said, after giving remarks at the department’s Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, New York. Trump requested $120 million in his budget proposal for the geologic repository 90 miles north of Las Vegas.

……….Trump told a Nevada television station he was reconsidering his support after campaigning last weekend with Senator Dean Heller, an embattled Republican senator who opposes the project and is in a tight re-election battle.

“I think you should do things where people want them to happen, so I would be very inclined to be against it,” Trump said in Oct. 20 interview with KRNV-News 4. “We will be looking at it very seriously over the next few weeks, and I agree with the people of Nevada.”…….. https://www.financialexpress.com/world-news/energy-secretary-says-white-house-still-backs-nevada-nuke-dump/1363704/

 

October 29, 2018 Posted by | politics, USA, wastes | Leave a comment

USA’s subsidy to coal and nuclear power stalled, but still a possibility

October 29, 2018 Posted by | politics, USA | Leave a comment

Despite health dangers, Japan is sending residents back to irradiated Fukushima areas

October 29, 2018 Posted by | general | 1 Comment

Taiwan’s phaseout of nuclear power

Taiwan on right rack to phase out nuclear power: German envoy, Focus Taiwan, 2018/10/28 Taipei, Oct. 28 (CNA) By Joseph Yeh Taiwan’s government is on the right track to install more capacity for renewable energy as it moves toward phasing out nuclear power by 2025, Germany’s new top envoy to Taiwan told CNA during a recent interview.

During an interview conducted on Wednesday, Thomas Prinz, the new director general of German Institute Taipei, told CNA that based on his understanding, the Taiwan government’s plan to substitute nuclear energy is “very realistic and can be achieved.”

The German government decided to close down all the country’s nuclear power stations in the wake of the Fukushima accident in Japan on March 11, 2011, when the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant was hit by a tsunami after a magnitude 9 earthquake knocked out power to its cooling systems sending its reactors into meltdown.

“However, it is not only the decommissioning which is interesting, when you shut down nuke plants you have to find other sources of energy. That is where your government is so far on the right track to install more capacity for renewable energy,” he added.

Saying that Germany was the first country in the world to embrace renewable energy and seek to shut down fossil fuel energy, Prinz said 36 percent of energy in Germany is now generated by renewable sources…..
“So we have certain experience and that opens up a lot of possibilities for cooperation with the Taiwanese government,” he added. ………

President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) administration has set itself the goal of phasing out nuclear energy in Taiwan by 2025. An amendment to the Electricity Act was approved by the Legislative Yuan on Jan. 11, 2017 requiring all nuclear power operations to end by 2025.

Meanwhile, Prinz said Germany has set a goal of reaching 65 percent of power generation by renewables in 2030…….. http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aeco/201810280009.aspx

October 29, 2018 Posted by | politics, Taiwan | Leave a comment

Russia preparing to discuss Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with USA

Lavrov Says Moscow Preparing Answers To U.S. Nuclear-Treaty Concerns, Radio Free Europe, 28 Oct 18 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said Moscow was drafting responses to a list of questions recently presented by the United States concerning a key Cold War-era arms control treaty.Lavrov made the comments on October 28, days after President Donald Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, repeating longstanding U.S. accusations that Moscow had violated the agreement.

The 1987 accord prohibits the United States and Russia from possessing, producing, or deploying ground-launched cruise and ballistic missiles with a range of between 500 and 5,000 kilometers.

“Just a week ago, a couple of days before they announced their intention to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, the Americans via their embassy in Moscow sent the Russian Foreign Ministry an extensive list of questions which are a concern to them,” Lavrov said in an interview aired on Russian television.

“It is better to come to terms with Russia on an equal basis and it is not necessary to be friends,” the Russian minister also said. “We are not forcing a friendship.”………

START Under Threat?

In the wake of U.S. threats to withdraw from the INF Treaty, Lavrov said that the “fate of the New START Treaty is unclear.”

The New START Treaty limits strategic nuclear weapons. It was signed in 2010 and is due to expire in 2021, although the two sides could agree to extend it for another five years.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that Washington’s withdrawal from the INF Treaty could lead to a new “arms race.”

Meanwhile, European members of NATO have urged Washington to try to bring Russia back into compliance with the nuclear arms control agreement rather than quitting it, diplomats say.

Speaking on October 28, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the United States was in consultation with its European allies on the INF Treaty.

When asked whether he could rule out placing intermediate-range missiles on the ground if Washington left the INF Treaty, Mattis told reporters travelling with him to Prague, “I never rule things out like that, I also don’t rule it in.” ………https://www.rferl.org/a/lavrov-says-moscow-preparing-answers-to-u-s-inf-concerns/29568360.html

October 29, 2018 Posted by | politics international, Russia, USA | Leave a comment

America’s decision to abandon arms control treaty would be a ‘dire threat to world peace’ – Gorbachev

Mikhail Gorbachev decries US nuclear stance as ‘a dire threat to peace’ https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/world/2018-10-28-mikhail-gorbachev-decries-us-nuclear-stance-as-a-dire-threat-to-peace/, Donald Trump withdrawing from a nuclear treaty signed in 1987 moves the former Soviet-era leader to say a nuclear war ‘cannot be ruled out’, 28 OCTOBER 2018 –  ANDREW OSBORN, Moscow — On Friday, Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Soviet leader, denounced a US decision to leave an arms control treaty that helped end the Cold War, saying it heralded a new arms race which increased the risk of nuclear conflict.

US President Donald Trump has said Washington plans to quit the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, which Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan signed in 1987. The pact eliminated all short- and intermediate-range land-based nuclear and conventional missiles held by both countries in Europe.

Gorbachev, in a column for the New York Times newspaper, said the US move was “a dire threat to peace” that he still hoped might be reversed through negotiations.

“I am being asked whether I feel bitter watching the demise of what I worked so hard to achieve. But this is not a personal matter. Much more is at stake,” he wrote. “A new arms race has been announced.”

Washington has cited Russia’s alleged violation of the treaty as its reason for leaving it, a charge Moscow denies. Russia, in turn. accuses Washington of breaking the pact.

Stationing of US land-based nuclear missiles in western Europe provoked mass protests in the 1980s. Some US allies now fear Washington might deploy a new generation of them in Europe, with Russia doing the same in its exclave of Kaliningrad, once again turning the continent into a potential nuclear battlefield.

If the US made good on its pledge to leave the treaty, Gorbachev said he hoped that US allies would refuse to be what he called launchpads for American missiles that Trump has spoken of developing.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Russia would be forced to target any European countries that agreed to host US missiles. Gorbachev, however, said that any disputes about compliance could be solved if there were sufficient political will.

It was clear, however, that Trump’s aim was to release the US from global constraints, he said, accusing Washington of destroying the “system of international treaties and accords” that underpinned peace and security after the Second World War.

“Yet I am convinced that those who hope to benefit from a global free-for-all are deeply mistaken. There will be no winner in a ‘war of all against all’ — particularly if it ends in a nuclear war. And that is a possibility that cannot be ruled out. An unrelenting arms race, international tensions, hostility and universal mistrust will only increase the risk.”

 

October 29, 2018 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Ikata nuclear reactor goes back online

 https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20181027_10/

A reactor at the Ikata nuclear power plant in Ehime Prefecture, western Japan, has gone back online after being suspended for about one year.

The No.3 reactor restarted on Saturday. Workers in the central control room removed the control rods that suppress nuclear fission at 30 minutes past midnight.

Shikoku Electric Power Company shut down the reactor last October for regular inspections. It was kept offline by an injunction issued 2 months later by the Hiroshima High Court.

The ruling was revoked last month by another judge at the High Court, paving the way for a restart.

Shikoku Electric says if the process goes smoothly, the Ikata reactor will likely reach criticality — a self-sustaining nuclear reaction — on Saturday night.

It is expected to begin power generation and transmission on Tuesday, and start commercial operations on November 28th.

Ikata Mayor Kiyohiko Takakado in a statement called on Shikoku Electric to continue pursuing safety and reliability at the plant, and provide highly transparent information disclosure.

Members of a civic group opposing the nuclear plant on Saturday staged a demonstration at the site. One participant said she has heard nuclear reactors are needed to ensure stable energy supplies, but she finds it problematic life-threatening radioactive materials are being used to generate power.

October 29, 2018 Posted by | Japan, politics | Leave a comment

Yet another nuclear front group pretending that nuclear is “clean”- Ohio Clean Energy Jobs Alliance

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