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South African Anti-nuclear activist taking Energy Minister to court for firing him

Anti-nuclear activist taking Gwede Mantashe to court for firing him

Fin 24, Lameez Omarjee,  13 Apr 22

  • Anti-nuclear activist Peter Becker has launched a legal challenge against Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe.
  • The minister had axed Becker from the board of the National Nuclear Regulator over an alleged conflict of interest.

Becker is the spokesperson of Koeberg Alert Alliance, a civil society group concerned with the safety of nuclear activity……………….. https://www.news24.com/fin24/economy/anti-nuclear-activist-taking-gwede-mantashe-to-court-for-firing-him-20220413

April 14, 2022 Posted by | legal, South Africa | Leave a comment

Anti- Bradwell B campaigners slam Government’s boost for nuclear – ”never likely to see the light of day!”


Bradwell B campaigners slam Government’s boost for nuclear, 
 Maldon Standard BY JESSICA DAY-PARKERTRAINEE REPORTER, CAMPAIGNERS against a new nuclear power station in the Dengie say the Government’s big boost for new nuclear is “unachievable, delusionary and irrelevant”.

The Government launched its British Energy Security Strategy which signifies a significant acceleration of nuclear energy, as well as renewables.

It sets out plans to boost nuclear power to three times its present capacity to produce 25 per cent of the UK’s electricity by the middle of the century.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the strategy will reduce dependence on power sources “exposed to volatile international prices” and increase energy self-sufficiency with cheaper bills.

However, Prof Andy Blowers, Blackwater Against New Nuclear Group’s (BANNG) chair, said: “This policy of nuclear expansion should be dismissed as unachievable, delusionary and irrelevant.

“And there is little prospect of Bradwell being among the sites where new nuclear power stations are likely to be built.”

BANNG argues nuclear power does not provide the answer to energy security for a number of reasons…………………

Prof Blowers added: “Despite the hype, the new nuclear boost is unlikely to get off the ground.

“And, Bradwell B or any other nuclear project is never likely to see the light of day on a wholly unsuitable site. The local communities have made their voices heard and helped to see off the Chinese developer. They are hardly likely to welcome a successor.” https://www.maldonandburnhamstandard.co.uk/news/20064213.bradwell-b-campaigners-slam-governments-boost-nuclear/

April 14, 2022 Posted by | opposition to nuclear, UK | Leave a comment

France working out how to save debt-laden nuclear company EDF

 France is considering restructuring plans for debt-laden power firm EDF
(EDF.PA) that include full nationalisation followed by the sale of its
renewables business to focus on nuclear energy, BFM Business reported,
citing unidentified sources.

The website said the government was working
with investment bank Goldman Sachs on several restructuring scenarios. The
sale of the renewables business could fetch 15 billion euros ($16 billion),
it cited unidentified bankers as saying, adding that could help finance the
building of six next-generation EPR nuclear reactors.

 Reuters 13th April 2022

https://www.reuters.com/business/energy/frances-edf-could-sell-renewables-focus-nuclear-bfm-2022-04-13/

April 14, 2022 Posted by | business and costs, France, politics | Leave a comment

Nuclear Free Local Authorities deplore UK govt’s super-costly new nuclear energy strategy, and its rejection of energy conservation measures

THE NUCLEAR FREE LOCAL AUTHORITIES organisation (NFLA) says it is
“incredulous” that Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the UK Government
remains wedded to a new Energy Security Strategy that will rely in large
part upon the development of 24 GW of new nuclear generation capacity to
power Britain.

A plan involving mass investment in renewables and a
reduction in electricity demand through retrofitting the nation’s homes
with insulation would have been far cheaper and quicker to deliver, it
says.

In response to the government’s commitment to build the equivalent
of eight new large nuclear power stations by 2050, NFLA National Chair,
Councillor David Blackburn, said: “It defies common sense that the
current government is turning to a technology that is too slow to install,
too costly to build, remains risky to operate and vulnerable to military
and terrorist attack, and leaves a toxic legacy of radioactive waste that
has to be safely stored for 100,000 years.”

 Ekklesia 13th April 2022

April 14, 2022 Posted by | politics, UK | Leave a comment

April 13 Energy News — geoharvey

Opinion:  ¶ “Nuclear Energy Should Not Be Part Of The Global Solution To Climate Change” • Nuclear culture, skills, vendors, and prospects are shriveling, mostly due to bad economics. Sun and wind are now the cheapest bulk source for at least 91% of world electricity, says Bloomberg New Energy Finance, so they’re winning about 10–20 […]

April 13 Energy News — geoharvey

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NATO’s shift to Asia-Pacific: Biden trip to Japan designed to rally Asia against Russia, China — Anti-bellum

Global TimesApril 12, 2022 Biden plans Japan visit to coordinate Indo-Pacific, but ‘India’s reluctance to sway on Ukraine weakens QUAD’By Zhang Han and Xu Keyue US President Joe Biden is expected to visit Japan for the QUAD summit in late May, a move which experts see as a further attempt to showcase US leadership in […]

NATO’s shift to Asia-Pacific: Biden trip to Japan designed to rally Asia against Russia, China — Anti-bellum

April 14, 2022 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Zelensky adviser: Ukraine war can last till 2035, best option is for Russia to be broken — Anti-bellum

Ukrainian News AgencyApril 12, 2022 Arestovych Explains Why Putin’s Death Not Beneficial For Ukraine See: NATO gloats over second, bloodier phase of Ukraine war Oleksii Arestovych, an adviser to the head of the Presidential Office, believes that the death of Russian President Putin is not beneficial for Ukraine, it is necessary to “break Russia with […]

Zelensky adviser: Ukraine war can last till 2035, best option is for Russia to be broken — Anti-bellum

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NATO gloats over second, bloodier phase of Ukraine war — Anti-bellum

Ukrainian News AgencyApril 12, 2022 Second Stage Of War In Ukraine Will Be More Bloody And Widespread – NATO NATO estimates that a second phase of war in Ukraine is inevitable. It will be much more complex and bloody. This was stated by Deputy Secretary General of the Alliance Mircea Geoana in a commentary for […]

NATO gloats over second, bloodier phase of Ukraine war — Anti-bellum

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