THE NUCLEAR PR WAR intensifies. The South Australian Nuclear Fuel Chain Royal Commission is now publishing submissions. Rather selectively. Issues Paper 4 – Management, Storage and Disposal of Waste is the most important topic, because the whole aim of the nuclear lobby and its shonky Commission is to get South Australia to take in the world’s radioactive trash.
But they did manage to publish 29 pro nuclear ones. With one exception ( the Australian Workers Union), all of these come from industries, associations, and individuals who would benefit commercially or career-wise from the nuclear industry.
ABC Radio National came to the pro nuclear party, with Philip Adams hosting two nuclear propagandists. SBS TV is to an extent coming to the same party, hosting a confusing programme about uranium. For just one thing, that programme buys the nuke lobby’s false story about bananas being equal to nuclear fission in their effects on the human body.
No time just now to do credit to the fine submissions from Australian organisations and individuals. But I cannot resist mentioning a splendid little piece from Brett Bernard Stokes. Brett lightens things up – even though what he says is true, anyway.
CLIMATE CHANGE. Many Australians, and international observers are dismayed, and shocked, at the Abbott government’s deliberately pathetic greenhouse gas emissions target. A UN climate expert warns that Australia will have to improve on this. But Abbott has no intention of meeting even his emissions target.
Surprise surprise! Australian women are more concerned about climate change, and more anti nuclear, than Australian men are.
ABORIGINAL ISSUES: Winda-Mara – Aboriginal success stories that we just don’t hear about.
RENEWABLE ENERGY. Electricity companies offer solar, battery, technologies for lease.
WORLD. Ban nuclear weapons – call from Pope Francis on Nagasaki remembrance day.
EUROPE. Transatlantic trade and investment partnership (TTIP) provisions undermine democracy.
UKRAINE. More Wildfires Near Chernobyl .
JAPAN. Sendai nuclear station restarted because economics are ‘more important’ than human life. But a nuclear revival in Japan is by no means a sure thing. Volcano issues unaddressed in nuclear plant restart. Thousands hospitalised as Tokyo experiences record heat wave .
IRAN. The essence of the Iran nuclear deal. Iran would not be able to hide evidence of nuclear weapons work. 29top USA scientists back Obama’s ‘stringent’ deal with Iran. Iran nuclear deal is supported by Jews in Iran. Israel toonce again assassinate Iranian Nuclear Scientists?
USA. USA nuclear weapons numbers shrink, but nuclear weapons budget balloons out. $4.1-million settlement to Hanford nuclear weapons site whistle-blower. Total lifetime costs of Vogtle nuclear station estimated at $65 billion and rising. Seawater heating up causes partial shutdown for Pilgrim nuclear station. Confusing message in new documentary about #uranium – a ‘soft sell’ for the nuclear lobby? Northern California National Forests on Fire.
MIDDLE EAST. Extreme Heat Leads To Deaths, Protests.