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Anniversary of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown – 11 March

There’s not a lot in the mainstream media, about this important anniversary. But much of what there is – concerns the “recovery” of the area, the Olympic Games,  the robots, the ice wall, the (forced) return of evacuees, the story that tritium contamination doesn’t really matter, does it? ……    etc etc – whitewashing the real situation. And, perhaps more importantly, encouraging the world to forget about the nuclear catastrophe.  And above all, let’s pretend that it does not have global significance.

All sorts of experts, scientists etc propound ways to fix Fukushima’s nuclear problem, get rid of the molten nuclear fuel debris, and the nearly 2 million tons and counting, of radioactive water.

I could believe in their sincerity – IF all this  concern were not linked to the promotion of the global industry. Indeed, if their concern were linked to a plan to stop producing toxic radioactive trash.

The people of Fukushima need help from the world –   but not the kind of help that teaches them, and the global community, that everything is OK really, and the nuclear industry can charge ahead.

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March 9, 2019 Posted by | Christina's themes | 2 Comments

Exploding the lies about nuclear waste – theme for March 19

There’s no limit to nuclear lobby lies about nuclear waste. Here are a few:

1 They say that radioactive trash is not waste – it’s a “resource”.   This lie is tied to the fantasy that nuclear reprocessing will work – using radioactive trash to produce boundless energy.  Bunkum! Apart from all its economic and safety hazards, reprocessing itself produces highly toxic long-lasting radioactive trash.

2. They say that nuclear waste is being “safely managed”.   The Fukushima nuclear wreck continues to release radioactive pollution, with its accumulating tanks of radioactive water and mountains of bags of poisoned soil.  Chernobyl is still a toxic wreck.  USA, Russia, France, UK, and every nuclear country are continually threatened by the pools of spent nuclear fuel, forever awaiting accident, terrorism, or war to release their poison to masses of people.

3. They say “We have the solution”.   They don’t.   The nuclear lobby now turns to a new lucrative industry – “interim” (i.e stranded) nuclear waste canister arrays,  underground waste dumps, both involving bribery campaigns to communities to host them, and all at tax-payers’ expense.

4 They say – “Don’t worry about it “ – we can just pollute the Earth, because the answer is to colonise space.  That too, will rely on the nuclear industry, with nuclear powered space travel and infrastructure, and of course – radioactive trash.

We must not swallow their lies. Those lies come from greed, and extraordinary arrogance.  They are part of the attitude of conquering nature –  having conquered it on Planet Earth (i.e nearly destroyed it) , humans must move on to conquer the universe.  Their ignorance is shocking. They simply do not know that humans are just one quite fragile part of nature, on an extraordinary planet which used to have the right conditions for nature. There is no Planet B.

March 7, 2019 Posted by | Christina's themes | 4 Comments

The global deception that nuclear waste is ‘manageable’ – theme for March 19

We are being fed a pack of lies about the “OK” management of nuclear wastes.  They don’t really know how long the waste canisters will last, or what’s really going on inside them.

Any sensible  person would not have embarked on the nuclear reactor folly, knowing that it would produce radioactive trash toxic virtually for eternity.  That folly began with developing the atomic bomb, then moved mindlessly into commercial nuclear power.

The worthy authorities treat nuclear waste as a religious faith. Heck the USA even passed laws expressing this belief – The Nuclear Waste Confidence Rule

It is absurd for countries to keep on producing this toxic stuff, permanently poisoning the environment, with no way of getting rid of the poison.

Meanwhile, they continue to reassure us with absurdities on the “safety”of this trash, keep bribing communities to host it, keep promoting new geewhiz reactors that claim (falsely) to solve the problem.

This toxic industry, and its diabolical weapons keep going, because they make money for corporations, for investors,  provide jobs, keep political leaders in power.

But is it worth it?

 

 

 

February 16, 2019 Posted by | Christina's themes, wastes | Leave a comment

Don’t let the nuclear industry do the ‘education’ on nuclear matters: theme for February 19

Would you go to British Tobacco for education on how to have healthy lungs?

Would you trust the Sugar Industry for education on healthy teeth?

So why on earth are we letting the nuclear industry run the education on the most important aspects of nuclear power – the ones that affect humans, all species, and the environment?

The nuclear experts are big on their technical stuff, how to build a new reactor etc, (but very quiet on how to get rid of its radioactive trash)

But don’t let them be the education authorities on ionising radiation – a cause of cancer, birth defects, genetic effects, environmental effects.

Don’t let them be the education authorities on dealing with climate change.

Don’t let them be the education authorities on prevention of war.

Don’t let them be the education authorities on the supposed economic benefits of nuclear power.

Above all, don’t let the nuclear industry control education about HISTORY –  about the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, atomic testing, about Urals disaster 1957, Mayak, Three Mile Island, Church Rock, Chernobyl, Fukushima…….

And don’t let them get at our kids with their propaganda.

 

February 9, 2019 Posted by | Christina's themes | 8 Comments

Nuclear “education” – theme for February 2019

We’re now in the era of “STEM education” – Science Technology, Engineering, Mathematics” – and how the nuclear industry loves this!  Don’t get me wrong. I think that everyone should have a good knowledge especially of maths and science.

BUT – alongside the current fervour for STEM, is a very wrong downgrading of the humanities –   the so-called “soft subjects”.  At this critical time of climate change and nuclear danger, we really need the insights from art, history, culture, sociology – the human studies – to  help us to know what to do.

The nuclear industry thrives on this almost religious belief that technology is the answer. And of course, who is to educate us about nuclear technology, and how much we need it etc?  That’s a no-brainer. On the whole, education about nuclear power relies on information from the nuclear industry. That is either not forthcoming or is a comfortable ‘we know best’ assurance, allied with technical information –  designed to reiterate that only the nuclear experts can really understand it – so don’t bother your pretty little heads about it.

Much of the  media mindlessly regurgitates information from the industry, but fortunately, not all of it.

It’s in academia that the nuclear industry increasingly gets a foothold, and of course, universities like to get the funding grants. Just a few examples:   University of Birmingham (UK) University of Bristol; University of Oxford; Kyoto UniversityUniversity of California. University of Tasmania.

But, of course, the nuclear lobby ‘s “education” is all over the place, with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) running courses in the Asia Pacific and elsewhere. And Russia, expanding its nuclear propaganda to Asia, Africa, the Middle East.

Community education is a nuclear lobby speciality – to Boy Scouts, many other organisations, and especially to where the industry wants to dump radioactive trash.

Would we trust tobacco companies to control education about healthy lungs, and lung disease? So why rely on the IAEA etc for education about nuclear power? 

January 25, 2019 Posted by | Christina's themes | 10 Comments

2019 For a clean nuclear-free climate – theme for January

It would be nice to just wish everyone a happy New Year. We can do that. And for the Earth, we can wish that the human species would stop polluting it.  We can say, along with Dr Pangloss  – “Everything for the best, in the best of all possible worlds”.

But, I’m afraid that we’re kidding ourselves, if we think that we can do any more than to slow the onset of climate change. “Disruptive impacts from climate change are now inevitable”. Jem Bendell, A British Professor of Sustainability now says that nothing in our civilization is sustainable.  The emphasis must now also be on adaptation to climate change. Elizabeth May, Leader of Canada’s Green Party, has recently stressed, on Radio Ecoshock,   that not only grandchildren, and later generations will be affected, but today’s children will experience the social, and health disruptions of climate change.

The Power of One Green – Elizabeth May in 2018

As for the nuclear threat – it’s no wonder that the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ Doomsday Clock stays now at 2 minutes to midnight, with aggressive leaders like Trump and Putin, with weapons’ companies and military brass salivating about new, advanced weapons, even space warfare.

Still, nations continue to sign up to the U.N. Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty. It’s a start.

For the “peaceful” nuclear industry – the good news is that it’s becoming  a failing economic disaster. It would die a faster death, if it were not so valuable to the nuclear weapons industry.   Colossal waste problems in USA, Japan, UK, are stalling plans for new reactors . Russia and China are not publicly divulging information on their wastes, but both are keen to export nuclear technology, rather than develop it at home.

The nuclear industry continues its lies about nuclear solving climate change -lies that are mindlessly regurgitated by the mainstream media. Media also faithfully parrot the promises of “new nukes” – the “Generation IV” nuclear designs that do not yet exist, and would be prohibitively expensive, requiring huge tax-payer subsidies..

Anyway, I promise to include some good news, some positive stories, in 2019, because, after all, good people continue to do good things. And, we just can’t afford to give up hope – as Greta Thunberg tells us “Look for action – then the hope will come”

December 31, 2018 Posted by | Christina's themes | 17 Comments

Climate change, global heating, is the greatest threat, and NUCLEAR IS A VERY DANGEROUS DISTRACTION – theme for Jan 19

William Perry, renowned for warning the world of the great threat of nuclear war,– has now convinced me that, in some ways, climate change is an even greater existential threat to the world. He points out that nuclear catastrophe can happen quickly, but that it’s possible to prevent it. But climate change is happening slowly, inexorably, and could be irreversible.

That doesn’t mean that nuclear-news is dropping its focus on working towards a nuclear-free world. It does mean that we will try to follow and publicise current news about global heating, its effects, and action to mitigate it. At the very least, a prominent post each day about climate change.

The nuclear industry is lobbying governments to subsidise nuclear power as “clean” “low carbon” – the solution to climate change. Either the nuclear industry has bribed journalists in the mainstream media, to spout this lie to the public. or journalists are simply too ignorant and lazy to check their facts.

Nuclear power is no use whatsoever against global warming, being in reality, highly carbon emissions intensive, and prohibitively expensive, even if it were any use.  It is also intrinsically connected to nuclear weapons, and produces unfixable radioactive trash.

But, from the climate point of view, what is arguably worse, is that the nuclear industry takes money, human energy, and attention, away from the real solutions –  energy efficiency and renewable energy.  It is, therefore, not only dangerous to life on this planet, but a very dangerous distraction away from what really needs to be done.

December 15, 2018 Posted by | Christina's themes | 8 Comments

The nuclear industry, climate change, and the concept of ENOUGH – theme for December 2018

To the nuclear industry the concept of ENOUGH is anathema. If you saw their slick advertising film “Pandora’s Promise” you would note that their major theme is endless GROWTH that will perpetually require ENDLESS ENERGY.

The nuclear industry’s shills, and there are many of them, love to portray the anti-nuclear movement as wanting to send people back to living in a “dark ages” style.  Nothing could be further from the truth. Genuine environmentalists want all people to have a life of more light, of reasonable comfort and leisure time, of enough of the good things of this world, rather than of too much.

It’s time that governments, bankers, industry leaders woke up to the reality that the world economy is threatened by growth, by climate change, threatened by the accelerating destruction of this planet’s  air, water, land, and biodiversity. The destroyer is the growing human population and its growing consumption of ever more unnecessary products and unnecessary energy use.

It’s time that people stepped away from endless individualistic  consumption, and towards a reasonable life of more cooperation, of working less hours. It’s time to move from our suicidal consumer culture, to a conserver culture.

 

 

November 30, 2018 Posted by | Christina's themes | 10 Comments

The ‘Consumer Society’ , Climate Change and the Nuclear Industry’s Role in Endless Consumption – theme for December 18

 

The nuclear industry is absolutely involved in the goal of promoting endless consumption of energy.

 

No problem that we are on a finite planet – because nuclear power is going to get us to a lovely life on Mars! (Never mind that a few poor saps will head off to their plutonium powered flight to death there) 

The point is – the human species can keep on its unbridled splurge of material expansion and energy use – because  – as the industry’s advertising film “Pandora’s promise” told us, – nuclear power will fuel the whole thing forever.

In some countries Christmas has been magically transformed from a religious remembrance to a pretty disgusting splurge on over-feasting and over-buying of stuff.

This year, we have an added reason to resist this nuclear-lobby-encouraged doctrine of endless consumption, endless energy use.

It’s climate change. The human race needs a simpler, smarter way of life, as we transition to a cleaner, energy efficient economy. That’s an imperative now, if the planet is to remain habitable.

We need also to resist the distraction of the nuclear lobby calling for tax-payer funding for pointless and irrelevant “new nukes”  – (that take funding away from really valuable initiatives in energy efficiency and truly clean fuels.)

Recent nuclear lobby advertising films – “Pandora’s Promise” and “The New Fire”:  – There’s lots of rhetoric in these films about small reactors that “you can roll … off the assembly line like Boeings”, factory-fabricated reactors that “can look a lot like Ikea furniture”, economies of scale once there is a mass market for small reactors, and mass-produced reactors leading to “a big transition to clean energy globally”. But first you would need to invest billions to set up the infrastructure to mass produce reactors ‒ and no-one has any intention of making that investment. And there’s no mass market for small reactors ‒ there is scarcely any market at all. -(Jim Green)

November 29, 2018 Posted by | Christina's themes | 11 Comments

Solar and wind fuels emit no carbon, but “low carbon” nuclear fuel- it’s a lie! theme for November 18

Solar and wind energy both flow directly to the generating system.

Not only are these fuels carbon-free, but, unlike nuclear, they leave no wastes

Only one step in that uranium-nuclear chain is low emission – though all nuclear lobbyists claim that this step is “no emission” – the reactor’s operation.  BUT – Carbon-14 is produced in coolant at boiling water reactors (BWRs) and pressurized water reactors (PWRs). It is typically released to the atmosphere in the form of carbon dioxide at BWRs, and methane at PWRs.

November 24, 2018 Posted by | Christina's themes, renewable | Leave a comment

Normalising nuclear – beware of this public opinion campaign – theme for October 2018

We need to explain and to start [nuclear] education at all levels, from kindergarten, school and university, to parliament and ministers. ”  said Mikhail Chudakov , deputy director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA  “our efforts can shift the paradigm from gaining public acceptance of nuclear power to generating well-informed public demand for nuclear power. We must reinforce the benefits of nuclear power……..it will require enhanced international cooperation.”

A global campaign aims at normalising nuclear – getting people’s global acceptance that exposure to increased ionising radiation is OK, that nuclear is essential to save the climate

It beggars belief that the world can ignore Fukushima, Chernobyl, and other nuclear disasters and the growing toll of radiation-caused cancers and birth defects.  And can ignore the link with nuclear weapons and the radioactive wastes piling up. And can ignore the astronomic nuclear costs, and the economic success of renewable energy and energy.

But that is exactly what the nuclear lobby intends.  Starting with our little children at kindergarten, and moving up through the age groups, the nuclear industry will be handing out huge sums of money to the charlatans of propaganda, to spread their lying message.

We know the lies –   the major one for the public is the pretense that nuclear power combats climate change (when in reality, the entire nuclear fuel chain emits huge amounts of carbon.)

We need to think clearly – to not be impressed by the prestigious journals, the lofty scientific academics, the bought politicians, who have found it more comfortable to go along with nuclear lobby spin, than to really think about nuclear issues.

When you find the pro nuclear message in your schools, local councils, universities, libraries, hospitals – with cheerful, colourful, attractive stories –   ask yourself “Who paid for this?  Who gave my university the money for all this?

And don’t be too quick to rubbish us – the unpaid anti-nuclear bloggers and activists.  We are going to need all clear thinking people who are not dependent on corporate funding –  to also co-operate in a global campaign  – to get the truth out about the toxic nuclear industry

 

October 20, 2018 Posted by | Christina's themes, spinbuster | 1 Comment

The Nuclear Fuel “Low Carbon” Deception – theme for November 2018

Time to just blow this “zero carbon” “low carbon” nonsense out of the water.

The nuclear fuel chain emits carbon all the way through, and I find it extraordinary that journalists mindlessly parrot these lies from the nuclear lobby. Makes you wonder – do the mainstream journalists actually compose the stuff that they write, about nuclear power, or do they just copy the handouts from the industry?

 

Quite simply, nuclear industry leaders want to get financial help – subsidies, tax credits, from governments that have been duped into believing that nuclear power is “low” or even “zero” carbon.

The also want the “respectability”, public approval,  that comes from being seen as combatting climate change. (even though most were previously in the denying climate change camp).

Anyway – it’s common sense to see that nuclear power is quite a strong emitter of greenhouse gases.  Any thinking non-expert can see that. However, experts see it too. Only one step in that uranium-nuclear chain is low emission – though all nuclear lobbyists claim that this step is “no emission” – the reactor’s operation.

NUCLEAR POWER’S CARBON FOOTPRINT.  – an incomplete list  –  By Lisa Kasenow, quoted in Sayonara Nukes, by Dennis Riches
  1.  MINING – Uranium (or thorium )
  2. MILLING – Transportation to millworks, converting ore to “yellowcake” uranium
  3. CONVERSION – Construction of the uranium (U) conversion facility, transportation of yellowcake, conversion to UF6
  4. ENRICHMENT – Construction of the U enrichment facility, and the cylinders used to transportUF^, transportation of UF6 to the enrichment facility,enrichment. The Paducah, KY, plant uses 3040 megawatts of coal energy at peak power.
  5. FUEL PELLETS – Formation and transportation of uranium fuel pellets
  6. NUCLEAR POWER PLANT CONSTRUCTION (NPP) – Takes years and uses heavy construction equipment. Steel and concrete construction are carbon intensive.
  7. SUPPORTING INFRASTRUCTURE NPPs – Construction of roads, transmission lines, barge canals.
  8. GENERATORS – Heavy-duty diesel generators run the cooling system during routine maintenance, refuelling, other normal shutdowns, SCRAMs and power outages.
  9. WASTE STORAGE – Building Radioactive Waste (radwaste) storage facilities and storage containers. Transportation of radwaste, sometimes across the country or the ocean.
  10. WASTE PROCESSING – Building reprocessing plant, transportation of radwaste, reprocessing, building storage for then remaining radwaste.
  11. WASTE INCINERATION. – Building radwaste incineration facilities, transporting the waste to the incineration facility, incineration.
  12. WASTE VITRIFICATION – Building vitrification plants, transporting waste to theplant, vitrifyimng the waste (involves heating the materials to very high temperatures).
  13. MONITORING OF RADIOACTIVE WASTE -Carbon pollution generated by monitoring and guarding the waste for eternity.
  14. DECOMMISSIONING AND DECONTAMINATION – of NPPs, other reactors, enrichment facilities, and other support infrastructure.
  15. ACCIDENTS – Mitigation and clean-up efforts have a huge carbon footprint.
  16. DAMAGED REACTORS AND ACCIDENTS – Building sarcophagus structures, monitoring, securing and periodically re-entombing failed NPPs for eternity.

 

October 18, 2018 Posted by | Christina's themes, climate change | 3 Comments

Nuclear Power and PUBLIC OPINION – theme for October 2018

You will note that this opinion poll graph  is from 2011.  Out of date? Yes.

The nuclear lobby is not keen on public opinion polling. And for good reason. This is the  most recent global polling, coming up with 62% of people worldwide. opposed to nuclear power.

BUT, if you search for graphs on public opinion and nuclear power – you will find many recent ones that appear to show that the nuclear industry is now popular.

The global nuclear lobby has been very careful, since 2011 to conduct polls with “loaded” wording – hence those many “favourable” graphs to be found on the internet.

Opinion polls depend on the wording, as well as on the sample size and constituency of the respondents. There are polls that focus on nuclear weapons as being distinct from “peaceful” nuclear power, polls that suggest that nuclear is essential for medicine. for climate change action, and so on.

Yes, there are communities that support nuclear power. That includes many communities where many depend on the industry for their livelihood.

The nuclear industry is in top gear, trying to win the hearts and minds of people.  But, it’s not succeeding.  Sadly, it is winning (through expensive lobbying and funding) the hearts and minds of politicians  – and of course, all those whose career depends on nuclear power.

Of course, even this poll was not totally accurate, in every detail.  There are gaps –   what do the people think, in totalitarian China, or Russia?

But, it must be a worry to the nuclear industry, that so many scientists, from so many disciplines –   medical, climate, environmental, radiological, now oppose nuclear power.  Not to mention the economists, who point out the costs of the total nuclear fuel chain.

In the coming months, the nuclear lobby will go all out to change public opinion. Their biggest push will be to downplay the health effects of ionising radiation, and to portray Fukushima nuclear meltdown as now solved – a healthy place to stage the 2020 Olympics.

The nuclear lobby will even push the idea that nuclear radiation is beneficial – even is a prevention and a treatment for various illnesses.

But it will be an uphill fight, for the global  trend is now to distrust the nuclear industry, and for good reason.

October 6, 2018 Posted by | Christina's themes | 6 Comments

The World Must Stop Making Radioactive Trash

It’s such a simple idea  – so simple that our clever experts, politicians, academics, media can’t grasp it.

With religious fervour, the nuclear lobby tells us there’s nothing to worry about, as with the help of God, our descendants will cope with the toxic radioactive mess that nuclear activities are building up around the world.

Simple people think – “It would be best to bury deeply the toxic wastes that now exist, and to stop making any more”.

And they are right.


It’s like climate change –   do all the smart people think that their own children and grandchildren will thank them for making money, while pretending that they have no responsibility about this?

August 29, 2018 Posted by | Christina's themes | 6 Comments

The Global Nuclear Waste Crisis – theme for September 18

It’s a crisis NOW. Already there are many hundreds of thousands of metric tones of radioactive trash piled up in the nuclear countries.  A crisis that rivals climate change. A crisis that means more sickness, more danger, more terrorism risks, more secrecy and security – heading to police states.

It’s time that the world faced up to it

It’s a massive and pressing problem in USA – because America was the first to develop nuclear power and nuclear weapons in a big way, – and because there is freedom of speech in USA so people know about the problem.

Anxiety about the nuclear waste problem is growing in Britain and France, and some European countries.

Russia undoubtedly has a massive radioactive waste problem, but you don’t get to hear about it in a totalitarian state.

And China? China has huge pollution problems from industry – but little public acknowledgment of its nuclear waste. Still there are protests –  nobody wants the waste in their backyard.

And smaller “non-nuclear” countries like Australia still face the radioactive horrors from uranium mining, and the threat of nuclear waste dumping.

August 29, 2018 Posted by | Christina's themes | 5 Comments