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Radio Ecoshock explodes the propaganda for Nuclear Power




 SUMMARY: Lead author of “World Nuclear Industry Status Reports” Mycle Schneider on new Nuclear Leap Forward in China. Famous activist Helen Caldicott on plan to make S. Australia a world nuclear dump; and dangerous nuke waste in St. Louis, Missouri. Radio Ecoshock 160127

A tiny but powerful number of scientists, applauded by a few famous greens, urge us to accept nuclear power. They see it as the salvation of our civilization, our climate, our future.

It isn’t happening. As you’ll hear, nuclear power is shrinking, not expanding. World-wide, major nuclear companies are going bankrupt, or soaking up billions more of your taxes, or both.

Expert Mycle Schneider looks into secrets of the Great Nuclear Leap Forward in China. Remember, after Chernobyl and Fukushima, an accident anywhere in the world can irradiate the Northern Hemisphere. China’s new untested reactors are your reactors. Their radiation can land in your backyard.

All our lives, we’ve been told the problem of storing nuclear waste for a million years will be solved by science and technology. Instead, you will hear how hot waste from 70 years ago continues to threaten and poison a suburb of St. Louis Missouri. Dr. Helen Caldicott also reports on the mad rush to turn beautiful South Australia into a nuclear waste dump for the world.

Boiling water with reactors has become a time-bomb, a failed technology, a path better not taken, a threat and a burden to all succeeding generations.

This is Radio Ecoshock. I’m Alex Smith.

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January 31, 2016 Posted by | Audiovisual | 1 Comment

Film “Containment” timely, as #NuclearCommissionSAust blocks environmental and Aboriginal voices

Madigan, Michele

It would certainly be beyond their comprehension that any community, any government, would actually volunteer to take other countries’ nuclear waste, which remains radioactive for thousands of years. Yet in Australia, this is what nuclear proponents, the SA premier, and now the prime minister are backing.

South Australia’s Royal Commission has refused Australian environmental movement experts ACF and Friends of the Earth permission to appear. On 8 December Rose Lester, a second-generation Yankunyjatjara nuclear survivor, found her own plea blocked by Commissioner Scarce.

Fears and fictions in SA’s nuclear waste tussle, Eureka Street,  Michele Madigan |  10 December 2015 The long anticipated arrival of reprocessed nuclear fuel rods in the first week of December has thrown the spotlight again on Australia’s nuclear industry. Greenpeace’s highlighting of the deficiencies of transport gives little hope that government plans will fit with the usual assurances of ‘world’s best practice’ in this, the world’s most dangerous industry…….

At a screening last month of his film Containment, Harvard Professor Robb Moss agreed with me regarding the ‘providence’ of its timely showing to Australian audiences. Five years in the making, Containment shows, among other sequences, how the US is attempting to tackle the massive problem of dealing with their own high level radioactive waste.

It includes interviews with government officials and regulator personnel amid their attempts to contain the radioactivity for the expected 10,000 years — a time frame that will embrace ‘people who will not share our language, our nation and even our civilisation’. It’s unsurprising that the oft repeated phrase from those from the nuclear industry was that ‘the hardest thing is to get the community onside’. Continue reading

December 11, 2015 Posted by | Audiovisual, Nuclear Royal Commission | Leave a comment

PODCAST No Nuclear Dump at Hill End

podcastSm This week we tune into the radioactive waste dump debate in Hill End, near Sally’s Flat, an area that is suddenly in the spotlight for being one of six potential sites for the national radioactive waste dump. We speak with Jodie Carter from the No Central West Nuclear Waste Dump Committee and Nat Wasley from the Beyond Nuclear Initiative. Further afield, we speak with Yankunytjatjara woman Karina Lester, in Japan for the World Nuclear Victims Forum. – See more at

November 30, 2015 Posted by | Audiovisual | Leave a comment

Podcast: ‘Renewables not Radioactive ‘ forum Port Augusta, South Australia

podcastSmTune in to powerful speeches from members of ANFA on Rad Show this week!

Podcast from, under ‘Radioactive Show’

Featuring recordings taken at the ‘Renewables not Radioactive ‘ forum held in the Port Augusta, South Australia, on 19th October 2015. Listen to an eloquent summary of Australia’s history of struggle against remote radioactive waste dumping, up to the present push, as outlined by Dave Sweeney from the Australian Conservation Foundation. Hear Gillian and Enice Marsh, both Adnyamathanha women, dissect misleading ‘community engagment’ approaches taken by corporations and government when consulting with Indigenous peoples. Plus passionate comments made from audience members at the forum.

November 13, 2015 Posted by | Audiovisual | Leave a comment

AUDIO: ABC Radio talks with Prince Charles about Paris UN Climate Conference

Hear-This-wayPrince Charles to attend Paris climate change summit, ……http://www.logo Paris ABC Radio The World Today Lisa Millar reported this story on Friday, October 30, 2015

 KIM LANDERS: Prince Charles has announced he’ll be attending the UN climate talks in Paris to urge leaders to send an unequivocal message to the world. With a month to go, organisers of the talks say there still some thorny issues to be thrashed out but they’re confident of an agreement. What they’re desperate to do is avoid the failures of Copenhagen where hopes were raised and negotiations then collapsed.

Europe correspondent Lisa Millar reports.

LISA MILLAR: More than 80 world leaders have confirmed they will be in Paris on November the 30th for the opening session.

The French President has asked them to arrive at the start of the 12 day summit, rather than the end, hoping that change of tactic will help avoid the shambles seen in Copenhagen.

Prince Charles has announced he’s accepting an invitation to speak on the first day.

PRINCE CHARLES: Paris will be an absolutely crucial milestone, as you all know better than I, in the long overdue international effort to keep to a two degree world.

Although I think that everyone realises that this cop will be the beginning of a new phase in the process, not, not the end in itself.

It must, however, send an unequivocal long-term signal to the international community and to global markets that the transition to a low carbon, sustainable climate-compatible economy is firmly and irreversibly underway.

LISA MILLAR: The Prince of Wales has been an environmental advocate for more than 40 years, and has long argued that profound changes are needed to save the planet from the risks of global warming.

Between now and Paris, he’ll be visiting New Zealand and Australia, and meeting Commonwealth heads of government in Malta.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will have plenty of opportunities to receive the climate warning firsthand from the heir to the throne.

PRINCE CHARLES: The two degree world is therefore still, just, if we stretch every sinew, by setting a proper price for carbon, within reach.

It seems to me that we must build on all that has been achieved to date by establishing a whole new set of strong partnerships for action between forest countries and regions, donor governments, civil society and the private sector.

The policy and governance drive to reduce deforestation can come only from forest countries, with the benefits being of almost incalculable value both locally and globally. ……

October 31, 2015 Posted by | Audiovisual | Leave a comment

Film CONTAINMENT – Melbourne November 11

see-this.wayCan we contain some of the deadliest, most long-lasting substances ever produced? Left over from the Cold War are a hundred million gallons of radioactive sludge, covering vast radioactive lands. Governments around the world, desperate to protect future generations, have begun imagining society 10,000 years from now in order to create monuments that will speak across the time. Part observational essay filmed in weapons plants, Fukushima and deep underground − and part graphic novel −Containment weaves between an uneasy present and an imaginative, troubled far future, exploring the idea that over millennia, nothing stays put.

Directors / Producers Peter Galison and Robb Moss will participate in an interactive discussion along with national nuclear-free campaigners following the film screening.

Wednesday, November 11, 7pm to 9pm
Loop: 23 Meyers Place, Melbourne (off Bourke St)
To book tickets:
$10 concession / $15 waged / $25 solidarity

See the trailer here.
Share the facebook event here.

October 29, 2015 Posted by | ACTION, Audiovisual | Leave a comment

Dave Sweeney explains concerns on nuclear waste transport

ACF nuclear campaigner Dave Sweeney talks to RT International

October 18, 2015 Posted by | Audiovisual | Leave a comment

AUDIO: South Australia’s nuclear future

18 October 2015. In 1995, South Australians were dazzled by the prospect of becoming the ‘Saudi Arabia of the South’ because of the state’s large uranium deposits and the prospect of a global nuclear power renaissance. Twenty years on, national anti-nuclear campaigner, Dr Jim Green looks at how the nuclear renaissance is going, how the number of power reactors has declined and how Australia’s uranium industry today accounts for just 0.2%  of national export revenue.

The talk coincides with the start of the royal commission into the nuclear fuel cycle in Adelaide.

October 18, 2015 Posted by | Audiovisual | Leave a comment

PODCAST: Into An Uncertain Future: Containment of Radioactivity

podcastSmradioactive-showjRadioactive Show, 26/9/15: Into An Uncertain Future: Containment of Radioactivity

… features Tauto Sansbury (2015 NAIDOC Lifetime Achievement Award) reporting back on a meeting between 16 Traditional Owner groups in South Australia and the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission. Followed up by some recordings from a panel discussion at the Environmental Film Festival’s Melbourne screening of the documentary on radiation and nuclear waste, ‘Containment’, featuring Dave Sweeney (Nuclear Free campaigner with ACF and Dr.Margaret Beavis (President of MAPW).

Download program (28 min) at

(The radioactive show airs on 3cr 855 am (Melbourne) at 10am Saturdays and repeated at 6am Tuesdays, broadcast nationally on Tuesdays at 12 noon on the Community Radio Network and podcast on the 3cr website Find the Radioactive Show on Facebook:

October 3, 2015 Posted by | Audiovisual | Leave a comment

Dennis Matthews on “Uranium – Twisting the Dragon’s Tail” final episode

Dennis Matthews, 24 Aug 15 Watched the final episode tonight. The Canadian-Australian physicist comes up with the inevitable physicists conclusion, we need nuclear energy. This program takes the cake for outright sneekiness. After looking at the aftermath of Chernobyl and Fukushima any normal person would have no alternative but to conclude that nuclear is a non-starter.

Along the way, the physicist-turned-journalist contradicts himself when he acknowledges that in cases of (ionising) radiation it is difficult to make a connection between cause and effect and that (like asbestos) the deaths may come many years after the event, yet a few minutes later he definitively claims that no one was killed by (ionising) radiation at Fukushima. This is straight out of the nuclear industry handbook.

He also interviewed a pro-nuclear medical researcher who was allowed to state unchallenged that low doses of (ionising) radiation MAY be good for you and that the human species has adapted to background ionising radiation. Given that we have, at the moment, no way of distinguishing many cancers and birth defects caused by ionising radiation from those caused by other agents (e.g., chemical) then these are outrageous statements and do no credit either to the medical researcher or to the scientific credentials of the journalist.

All-in-all a fairly crude attempt to sway public opinion. Given its timing I would have to conclude that this is another piece of pro-nuclear propaganda timed for the Scarce debacle.


August 25, 2015 Posted by | Audiovisual | Leave a comment

Climate expert Connie Hedegaard in Australia to discuss Paris talks

Map-Abbott-climateHear-This-wayEurope’s former Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard on Paris climate talks

In December this year, world leaders will gather in Paris in an attempt to nut out a global emissions pact.

Many countries, including Australia, have recently announced their pledges for reducing emissions post 2020.

But late last week, the EU warned that the technical talks were proceeding too slowly, and even lagging behind the political announcements.

Europe’s former and first ever Climate Commissioner, Connie Hedegaard, is in Australia for a series of speaking engagements.

Connie Hedegaard joins Fran Kelly on RN Breakfast.

August 24, 2015 Posted by | Audiovisual | Leave a comment

The devil in the Trans Pacific Partnership – ‘Investor State Dispute Swttlement’

Hear-This-wayInvestor State Dispute Swttlement : The devil in the trade deal

logo-anti-TPPISDS, a provision in trade agreements that allows foreign investors to sue host governments, has become a ticking time bomb inside trade agreements like the soon to be signed Trans Pacific Partnership. Jess Hill investigates.

The Trans Pacific Partnership is the biggest trade deal in history: 12 countries, including Australia and the United States, that account for 800 million people and 40 per cent of the world’s GDP. After languishing on the negotiating table for years, the TPP could now be signed within weeks. …

What is ISDS? Put bluntly, it’s a provision that allows foreign investors to sue governments for policy decisions that harm their investments.

ISDS shows up in thousands of international agreements, including dozens that Australia has already signed. In 2011, the Productivity Commission warned that ‘experience in other countries demonstrates that there are considerable policy and financial risks arising from ISDS provisions’. ISDS is widely expected to be included in the Trans Pacific Partnership.

What could be defined as ‘harming’ a company’s interests? It could be something patently unfair, like a government nationalising a privately owned factory. But it could also be something done in the public interest, like banning a chemical, imposing strict conditions on a coal mine, or putting a moratorium on coal seam gas exploration.

July 27, 2015 Posted by | Audiovisual | Leave a comment

South Australia’s agriculture in danger from nuclear developments

Hear-This-wayFormer agricultural scientist Phillipa Rowland shares her concerns about nuclear energy in South Australia   ABC Rural |Clint Jasper  Phillipa Rowland points out that even though nuclear accidents occur infrequently, the consequences are enormous, and this risk pattern must be factored into the debate about South Australia’s long term energy mix.


May 26, 2015 Posted by | Audiovisual | 1 Comment

AUDIO: Aboriginal concerns over South Australia’s plans to store nuclear wastes

Hear-This-wayKarina Lester from the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara lands explains her community’s concern about nuclear waste dumps. ABC Rural  Clint Jasper, 25 May 15 Karina Lester is concerned people living in remote communities like the APY lands won’t have the same voice in the debate about South Australia’s long term energy mix. She’s also concerned about the likelihood of nuclear waste storage facilities being built in remote outback locations.


May 26, 2015 Posted by | Audiovisual | 1 Comment

AUDIO: Paris climate deal faces hurdles

climate-changeHear-This-wayNew climate deal faces hurdles

Originally broadcast on Thursday 21 May 2015 7:30PM, repeated Sunday 24 May 2015 10:00AM

With six months to go until the next global climate treaty talks in Paris, environmentalist and former US vice president Al Gore has declared that “the future of the world depends” on their outcome. Lord Nigel Lawson, former energy secretary in Margaret Thatcher’s government, delivers his assessment of the prospects of the world reaching a new climate deal. (29min 20sec)

(Background information about Lord Nigel Lawson and the Global Warming Policy Foundation is available on the DeSmogBlog website at: and – and on the SourceWatch website at: and The program presenter, Tom Switzer, is an Adjunct Fellow of the Institute of Public Affairs –his profile is available at:

May 24, 2015 Posted by | Audiovisual | Leave a comment


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