Australian nuclear news this week – Royal Commission on Nuclear Power

a-cat-CANNUCLEAR LOBBY ATTEMPTS TO PUT IT OVER THE AUSTRALIAN PUBLIC  – aided by government, media, and business. Royal Commission on Nuclear Power Special

8th  February.  South Australian Labor Premier Jay Weatherill announced a Royal Commission   into our role in nuclear energy . Call for public comments  on Terms of reference. Pro nuclear former governor Kevin Scarce appointed as “independent”  head of the inquiry. No mention of what scientists etc might be on the panel.

9th February . Consultations began on the Terms of reference for the Royal Commission. Weatherill touted nuclear power for climate change action, though he said it was not economically viable. The better options, he said were importing and storing radioactive wastes, and uranium enrichment.

16 February.  Public comments on the Terms of reference close.

POLITICS. Premier Weatherill’s pro nuclear conversion sides him with Liberals, and against Labor’s national platform. National Labor leader Bill Shorten opposes the Royal commission proposal. But South Australian Labor Senators defy Labor policy. Former Labor P.M. Bob Hawke enthusiastically supports importing nuclear waste into Australia.

MEDIA.  Adelaide media, and especially the Adelaide Advertiser are all for South Australia becoming the world’s nuclear waste dump, with uranium enrichment, and fast breeder nuclear reactors.The ABC – a conundrum. Reliable sources tell me that the 7.30 reporters interviewed Conservation Council members, but yet no item appeared on 7.30 report.    Othet nAtional media silent about the Royal Commission. Is it being treated as just a South Australian State issue – not a national one?

BUSINESS. I could go on at length here. There’s for decades been a solid push of greedy businessmen in South Australia, wanting to turn that state into the world’ nuclear waste hub – the whole nuclear chain. I’ll just mention the latestdelighted cry  from Business S.A.

Lots more about all this on my website http://www.antinuclear.net. Scroll way down the right sidebar to Categories and click  on South Australia

INTERNATIONAL

Climate change and war: twin threats that exacerbate each other.  Jet stream affected by global warming? Danger for aircraft (esp transporting nuclear wastes)

JAPAN unable to stop highly radioactive waste from flowing out of Fukushima reactors. More approvals still needed forrestart of two Japanese nuclear reactors

USA. Marshall Islands loses nuclear lawsuit against USA.  Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel joins coalition for renewable energy, and against nuclear.  India nuclear deal protects USA nuclear companies from legal action after accidents. Feb 28 – March 1 New York Symposium  The Dynamics of  Possible Nuclear Extinction.

UK. EDF’s financial problems delay decision on proposed new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point. UK government bullying Austria over UK subsidies to the nuclear industry? Continuing trial of 2 Russians accused of the 2006 radiation murder of Alexander Litvinenko.

UKRAINE. USA Sending more nuclear weapons to Europe is the wrong move

SOUTH AFRICARussia- South Africa secret nuclear deal exposed: details are fearful ones for South Africa.  Political factors and funding problems delay South Africa’s new nuclear reactor.

CANADA Indigenous Canadians Are Fighting the Uranium Mining Industry,

NAMIBIA. Radiation leakage fear from fire in Rossing uranium mine

INDIA. USA – India agreement raises danger of nuclear weapons proliferation and nuclear war. India’s Nuclear Liability Law is a major deterrent to USA Nuclear companies

EGYPT Russia to help Egypt build ‘a whole new nuclear power industry’ –

 

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