Antinuclear

Australian news, and some related international items

The declining status of nuclear energy

Ockham’s Razor – 30 May 2010 – Nuclear energy: a panacea for climate change?

Nuclear energy: a panacea for climate change?. ABC Radio National, Ockham’s Razor, Dr Adam Lucas – 30 May 2010 “………..What is the status of nuclear energy in the world at the moment? And do the arguments of its proponents stand up to scrutiny?Nuclear energy is currently responsible for generating around 14% of the world’s electricity. And although nuclear contributes anything from 2% to 6% of the world’s total energy needs, it has been steadily losing out to renewables over the last decade or so, which now contribute between 7% and 20% of total global energy. Continue reading

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Obama to visit Australia, nuclear issues to be discussed

Australia, U.S. to discuss nuclear, economy issues next month   English News, CANBERRA, May 28 (Xinhua) — Nuclear weapons and economic recovery will top the agenda when U.S. President Barack Obama visits Australia in mid-June, U.S. ambassador to Australia Jeffrey Bleich said on Friday.Bleich said there would be “a lot to talk about” when Obama meets Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in Canberra……  Australia, U.S. to discuss nuclear, economy issues next month

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Australian union (AMWU)’s call for 100% renewable energy

WA metal workers call for 100% renewable energy by 2020 Green Left Weekly May 29, 2010 – from a motion passed at the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union state conference in Western Australia on May 27. “……The delay in the uptake of renewable energy is historically due to the fact that the fossil fuel lobby has been able to dominate energy. A “business as usual” model will not address the urgency of climate change.100% renewable energy by 2020 is achievable. It is also necessary to combat climate change in such a manner as to negate the pro-uranium lobby. The demand for 100% renewable energy by 2020 is an international campaign that we need to not only support but be prepared to take action in support of, thereby attaining a nuclear-free future…” WA metal workers call for 100% renewable energy by 2020 | Green Left Weekly

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Escalating and long term costs of nuclear wastes

The equipment and reactors cannot easily or cheaply be dismantled and will remain radioactive for hundreds of years

Nuclear and radioactive waste disposal – by Patrick Boniface -Helium, 30 May 2010, Nuclear waste is dangerously toxic, its environmental impact if released would be devastating, as was witnessed during both the Chernobyl explosion, the American Three Mile Island scare and the Windscale fire of 1957.In these cases radioactive material was released into the atmosphere. With the Windscale fire some 15,000 terabequerels (TBq) of radioactive material (notably Iodine-131) were released (3). Continue reading

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Garrett’s chance to support environment rather than AREVA

“The Federal Government needs to chose which is more important – the long-term national interest of Australia or the corporate interest of a French nuclear company.”

Garrett keen to see Kakadu expansion ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) 30 May 2010 Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett says he would like to seize the opportunity to expand Kakadu National Park, following a request from traditional owners. Continue reading

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They can’t control OIL – how will they control NUCLEAR?

BP oil spill live feed & oil spill update: people express frustration as Top kill fails , Chronicle.com, 30 May, 2010 “…Top Kill has failed to work and BP bosses have no idea as to why it failed. ….. Meanwhile people have started shooting off tough question in the eye of increasing oil leak problem. A disgruntled reader says, “They can’t control OIL. How will they control NUCLEAR ? These are the same energy billionaires that own nuclear power plants / giant CANCER machines. How will they control invisible highly radioactive cancer causing nuclear radiation when a nuclear power plant melts down ? AND DONT !! try to tell us accidents “never happen” You make your billions from us while you destroy us. And Obama just approved 54 billion in loan guarantee’s to build more nuclear power plants ! Why should we pay for the billionaires to build more cancer machines ? And we pay their insurance. Because they are uninsurable the government (with our money)” BP oil spill live feed & oil spill update: people express frustration as Top kill fails : ndChronicle.com

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