Antinuclear

Australian news, and some related international items

Nuclear Lobby active in Australia pre election, and opposing renewables

While Climate Change is acknowledged as an issue for the  coming Australian election, the nuclear issue still goes on, pretty much under the radar, because it is not popular with the public.

Despite Tony Abbott’s protestations, the Liberal Party still is a pro-nuclear party. Meanwhile the nuclear industry’s corporate lobby is working hard on Labor, too.

The Australian: 20 July 2010 quotes  Business Council of Australia president Graham Bradley – “We would consider that white paper to be deficient if it does not canvass the merits of nuclear power as one of the longer-term options for Australia for the future economic generation of electricity and reduction of carbon emissions.” He also warned that the renewable energy target, coupled with other rising input costs, could lead to the need for higher power prices.

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Australia: the electoral power of Climate Change activism

on July 12 Tony Abbott said the Opposition had “no plans to promote nuclear power”. This is a watershed.Politicians now fear the electorate’s environmental commitment, and its preparedness to punish lax environmentalism.So let’s use our electoral power.

Watershed for voting power – inMyCommunity – Perth, Western Australia, David Freeman , 20 July 2010, Continue reading

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Climate and Energy Policy IS Water Policy

energy efficiency and many forms of renewable energy–such as wind power and solar photovoltaics–use little or no water.

These key messages delivered and explained in new report, Protecting the Lifeline of the West: How Climate and Clean Energy Policies Can Safeguard Water,

(USA) In the West, Climate and Energy Policy Is Water Policy, Dan Grossm and Bart Miller, 19 July 2010, “………………scientists are concluding that the extended droughts of the past may become the norm of the future. So what should we do about this bleak situation? If we are serious about avoiding the biggest looming crisis of meeting the water needs of the West, we have to understand the energy-water connection and advance clean energy solutions. Continue reading

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Still time to stop Muckaty nuclear waste dump

Country Liberals Senator Nigel Scullion says it is not too late to reconsider the most appropriate location for the waste dump.

Crossin rules out change to nuke dump stance – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), By Eleni Roussos  Jul 19, 2010 Northern Territory Labor Senator Trish Crossin says her party’s decision to build a nuclear waste dump in the Northern Territory will not change if it is returned to government. Continue reading

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In-situ leaching uranium mining contaminates groundwater

“It takes hundreds, perhaps thousands of years, to transform aquifer water back into a drinkable condition.

Scientists Back Navajos’ Uranium Mining Fight: Tribe fears contamination of drinking water BRENDA NORRELL Indian Country 19 July 2010Continue reading

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Navajo’s fight to save water from uranium mining

They think in-situ mining will be done easily without contamination or accidents, but that is not the case.’

These wells are the sole source of drinking water for thousands of people that live in the area.”

Scientists Back Navajos’ Uranium Mining Fight: Tribe fears contamination of drinking water BRENDA NORRELL Indian Country 19 July 2010, RED ROCK, N.M. Continue reading

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The nuclear fuel cycle and Climate Change

“When the Dust Settles” can now be viewed on You Tube

A final word on climate change | Coober Pedy Regional Times July 17, 2010 The ETU does not accept the argument that nuclear energy is an answer to the harmful impact on the world’s climate of burning fossil fuels.

Mr Simpson said you do not solve one problem by creating another, more dangerous one.

“How can anyone credibly argue that the answer to global warming or atmospheric pollution is to significantly increase the risk of people getting cancer or them giving birth to deformed babies? Continue reading

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$953 million spent to promote nuclear power as “climate solution”

there is real danger that the nuclear industry will continue to promote itself as a ‘silver-bullet’ solution to climate change

Nuclear Energy Steals Billions from Other Technologies « Stephen Leahy, International Environmental Journalist, 20 July 2010, “……..This lavish lobbying effort by the energy and nuclear power sector has been ongoing since the mid-1990s, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a U.S. NGO and now totals at least 953 million dollars. Continue reading

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