Australian news, and some related international items

Gillard – same old delaying tactics on Climate Change

report after report has shown [that a carbon market]  is the most efficient and cheapest way to meet the targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

New policy, same old delay on carbon price scheme, The Age, LENORE TAYLOR, 23 July 2010, Julia Gillard has put the pretty wrapping paper of conviction and consensus around Kevin Rudd’s emissions trading backdown. But inside it’s the same poll-driven backdown. Continue reading

July 23, 2010 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming | , , , | 1 Comment

Greens call for ALP, Liberals to be honest about nuclear issue

“The Labor Party says they are against it but have let ANSTO head Dr Zigmunt Switkowski travel all over the country as atomic energy salesman-in-chief…..”An election campaign is when cards should go on the table. The Australian Greens oppose nuclear power in Australia. Where do the others stand?”

Greens call on major parties to declare their hand on nuclear energy , Scott Ludlam, 22nd July 2010, The Australian Greens are calling on Labor and the Coalition to be up-front with Australians about their position on nuclear power after a renewed push by the uranium lobby. Continue reading

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Protest at Olympic Dam against effects on Aborigines, water, pollution

Zane Alcorn said: “Not only is the expansion at Olympic Dam going ahead without the consent of traditional owners, but tens of thousands of gigalitres of water per day is being sucked out of the Artesian Basin on Arabunna land to service the mine.

Protesters block mine. Roxby Downs Sun, 22 Jul, 2010 Forty anti-nuclear activists staged a protest on Friday against the Olympic Dam expansion, blockading the entrance and stopping traffic from entering.

The protest aimed to highlight the “catastrophic effects” the mine and its expansion would have on traditional owners and their natural resources. Activists painted themselves blue and used their bodies to spell words such as water, with some people partly naked to help draw attention to their views. Continue reading

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Uranium marketers getting a bit desperate?

Mr Connor says with the current world oversupply of uranium, potential miners need to consider…..”You know, any customer they can find who gives them the money they need to be profitable and stable works,” he says

Think creatively on sales, says uranium marketer, ABC Rural News,  22/07/2010 A leading uranium marketer is encouraging emerging Australian producers to ‘think outside the box’ when selling yellowcake.

Mike Connor, from Nuclear Resources International, says…. Continue reading

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Uranium accident shuts U.S. highway

U.S. Highway 412 …has been shut down …They initially reported that the chemical spilled was uranium

(USA) Uranium Accident Prompts Road Closure , Evacuations Reported Near Fairview,  KOCO Oklahoma City,  July 22, 2010 An accident involving a vehicle carrying cesium has forced the closure of a road in Major County, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. According to a news release from the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety, U.S. Highway 412 at Bouse Junction east to State Highway 58 at Ringwood has been shut down for containment purposes. They initially reported that the chemical spilled was uranium.Fairview police said there have been evacuations about 1,000 feet around the area. It has not been determined whether anything is leaking.Authorities at the scene are waiting for officials from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to arrive from Tulsa.Chemical Accident Prompts Road Closure – Oklahoma City News Story – KOCO Oklahoma City

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Northern Territory Minister convinced by nuclear lobby

We can’t rely on emotions,” Mr Vatskalis said.

Vatskalis breaks ranks to back nuclear power,Northern Territory News,  NIGEL ADLAMJuly 23rd, 2010 TERRITORY Resources Minister Kon Vatskalis yesterday seemed to break ranks with the Labor Party and back an Australian nuclear power industry. He said at a mining conference in Perth that support for nuclear electricity-generating plants could grow when people had the “full facts and figures”. Continue reading

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No U.S. waste dump in sight, as Yucca stays sghut

Hanford’s high level radioactive waste has been expected to go to Yucca Mountain, but the Obama administration is shutting the project down…..

HANFORD: Yucca Mountain funding voted down,  Tri-City Herald, 22 July 2010, Annette Cary, An amendment to restore money to license the Yucca Mountain, Nev., nuclear repository failed in the Senate Appropriations Committee today. Continue reading

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