This week – renewable energy is where it’s all happening, not nuclear

Journalism highlights of the week :

*Australia’s revolving doorfrom politician to mining executive and back again: how miners control Australian government policy.

*The horrendous truth about just how big a mess nuclear corporation EDF is in.

a-cat-CANYes, I do get tired of all the doom and gloom – about the nuclear industry – both in its harmful effects, and in its dismal future prospects.

Meanwhile – when I start looking at renewable energy news – well, there’s miles of it! And, not to be discounted, even where I live, I see new solar panels popping up in the neighbourhood every week!

So AUSTRALIA

POLITICS.  From politician to mining executive and back again: how miners control Australian government policy. Greens senator Larissa Waters attacks ‘corrupting influence’ of mining industry – video. Australian govt now admitting no true threat from ‘vigilante’ green groups? New climate brings hope to Clean Energy Finance Corporation.

NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP – FOR LUCAS HEIGHTS TRASH  Submissions [due by 11 March]on proposed  National Radioactive Waste Management Facility. Will the Australian govt impose a Lucas Heights nuclear waste dump on a South Australian community?  Communities fight Turnbull government nuclear waste dump plan. Oman Ama community group to Canberra to reject nuclear waste dump plan. Resources Minister Josh Frydenberg would not meet Communities from outback sites designated for nuclear waste dump.  Australia’s Labor and Liberal Parties unite in dismissing community concerns on nuclear waste dumping.

INTERNATIONAL

RENEWABLE ENERGY & ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Climate Change Champion – Leonardo Di Caprio.

USA  Design flaws in America’s nuclear reactors: NRC engineers call for shutdown, if not fixed.  ‘uncontrollable radioactive flow’ from Indian Point nuclear station into the Hudson River.  Radioactive leak just one of many nuclear problems at Indian Point, USA. The end of the nuclear age – foreshadowed as Indian Point nuclear station leaks radioactivity. The danger of flying nuclear materials between UK and USA. Russia & USA Pointing Nuclear Missiles at Asteroids – bonanza for Lockheed Martin etc. High costs and construction delays cast gloom over nuclear industry. The Price of Nuclear Weapons and Nuclear Power

JAPAN – Fukushima.  TEPCO Lied To The World About Fukushima Meltdowns. Court case will unveil ‘the hidden truths’ of the Fukushima nuclear meltdown. ‘Keep pro nuclear signs’ as reminder of Fukushima nuclear catastrophe. How solar energy can turn lives around in nuclear-devastatedFukushima. ‘deep freeze’ of soil wall at Fukushima plant. TEPCO now burning thousands of radioactive work clothes. As far away as Tokyo, highly radioactive black sand from Fukushima meltdowns is found. Radioactive contamination still a very real crisis for Fukushima fishermen. Very few return to “re-opened” town in Fukushima.

Strontium 90 – Japanese Preserving Deciduous Teeth Network.

WEAPONS & WAR Huge rally in Britain against Trident nuclear missile system. UK govt to spend £642 million developing new submarines for Trident nuclear missiles. Russia to test launch ballistic missiles from nuclear-powered submarines. Kim Jong-un orders nuclear weapons readied for use ‘at any time’ India about to get a nuclear-armed submarine. New USA nuclear missile test.

FRANCE.  The horrendous truth about just how big a mess nuclear corporation EDF is in. Francepromises more compensation to Pacific nuclear test victims. France prepared to extend life of nuclear reactors: energy minister. France sued by Geneva over dangerous and polluting nuclear station. France’s nuclear giant AREVA in deep financial mess – again!

GERMANY‘s nuclear utilities will have to transfer nuclear clean-up cash by 2022.

IRAN Big win for Rouhani and Reform in Iran elections. International Atomic Energy Agency reports that Iran is abiding by nuclear agreement.

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One Response to “This week – renewable energy is where it’s all happening, not nuclear”

  1. damchodronma Says:

    “… presents a proposed solution to global warming and air pollution, namely, the conversion of the world’s energy infrastructure to a large-scale, clean, renewable one. Because air pollution and global warming, in particular, are so severe, a rapid and large-scale conversion is needed. The main barriers are not technical, resource based, or even economic. Instead, they are social and political. “

    ~~ Mark Z. Jacobson, “Air Pollution and Global Warming: History, Science, and Solutions,” Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2012. [2nd Ed]

    we have the technology, resources – we have the ability and knowledge – >

    Powering the World With Wind, Water, and Sunlight: Mark Jacobson at TEDxPaloAltoHighSchool
    less than 17 minutes

    Plans for 50 US States completed; plans for 139 additional countries being completed:
    Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQs) About 100% Wind, Water, and Sunlight (WWS) All-Sector Energy Plans for the 50 United States
    By Mark Z. Jacobson
    Atmosphere/Energy Program
    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Stanford University
    http://web.stanford.edu/group/efmh/jacobson/Articles/I/FAQsUSStates.pdf

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