Nuclear, climate, and corruption news 11 April

a-cat-CANThis week, I stray even further away from the narrow focus on things nuclear. It’s impossible not to notice the achievements of investigative reporters, collaborating across the globe, to reveal widespread corruption in the oil industry, and in the finance industry.  In both cases, hundreds of journalists worked for a year in bringing these facts together.  I’m glad I’ve been watching the BBC series John le Carre’s “The Night Manager” – helped me to understand how corruption works, including legalised corruption. But I digress  even worse.

There’s another massive global corruption going on, and this is the corruption of science. Our grandchildren and great grandchildren will have cause to blame us, as governments, industries, media, join in complacency, or even downright denial, of the reality of anthropogenic climate change. A major source of information on climate change is at http://www.ecoshock.org/ – where you will learn that that there really is no time to lose: climate change may be happening faster than we all thought.

Equally important, but “under the radar”, is corruption in the nuclear industry. That hasn’t been investigated yet, but are we to believe that the nuclear industry is squeaky clean?  At least two aspects of science corruption are lies promoted by the industry – the lie that nuclear power will save the climate, and the lie that low dose ionising radiation is harmless, even good for you.  I suspect that there is more to come.

AUSTRALIA

In the global oil corruption scandal, Australia is right up there in the thick of it.  In the Panama financial corruption ,we’re well represented there, too!  Mining corporation BHP Billiton gets special mention. But – be comforted – BHP Billiton is not an Australian company – it is about 70% London owned, despite its boast to be The Big Australian.

IN BRIEF. Australia will sign the Paris climate agreement (not sure we’ll actually DO ANYTHING about it). Queensland Premier approved Andani coal project. Aboriginal people vigourously oppose this. But heck!. Does it really matter? Adani well knows that the Carmichael coal mine expansion is not economically viable anyway.

THE WORST news about Australia is in the switch of purpose for  the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). Drastically cutting the climate research staff, CSIRO will no longer be devoted to research for the public good, but to research for money-making projects.  Minister Christopher Pyne has the power to intervene in this, but he won’t.

That speaks volumes about the lack of moral purpose of the Australian government.

INTERNATIONAL

CLIMATE CHANGE – happening faster than we expected.

Surprise surprise !  The UNAOIL and the Panama    corruption crises are interlocked. 

IN BRIEF.

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