Australian news, and some related international items

Australia gambles on the dodgy uranium industry

You do wonder where Australian politics is heading. Clearly the big uranium miners BHP, Rio Tinto, ExStrata, are now dictating Labor policy on mining tax. (They have always dictated Liberal policy).  Some ambitious union leaders are also hand in glove with those big miners, as are the South Australian and Western Australian governments.

Those States, and the Northern Territory are crawling with uranium explorers, and  uranium mining is being hyped in the media.  Yet  uranium prices fall, and the nuclear industry stalls in USA, Europe, Britain.

Australia pitches its glowing uranium prospects on China.  China is  notorious for corruption, including in the nuclear industry, it has  dubious safety and nuclear waste management,  and a keen nuclear weapons program. But apart from all that –  China might wake up to the financial and environmental negatives of nuclear power.

While China itself, and Europe, and soon, even USA,  show the way on 21st Century renewable energy technologies, Australia is gambling on a very dodgy future of uranium sales.

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Uranium miners stack Australia’s group for mines tax policy

the policy-transition group will be headed by former BHP chairman Don Argus and Resources and Energy Minister Martin Ferguson.

Toro Energy CEO joins big miners in Labor’s mines tax policy team, The Australian * Rachel Pannett * From: Dow Jones Newswires * August 03, 2010

WAYNE Swan today named former and serving resource executives ……. to the government’s mines tax policy team. The policy-transition group now includes…..  former Rio Tinto executive David Klingner, Erica Smyth, chairman of uranium explorer Toro Energy….. and BHP Billiton),….. Continue reading

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France leads in nuclear financial disaster

Last week, AREVA posted a massive operating loss of 485 million euros for the first half of 2010…..Electricite de France (EDF) finds itself in a similar predicament. In the first half of 2010, the company saw its profits slashed by almost half.

France leads the way in the nuclear debacle Greenpeace International, by jmckeati – August 2, 2010 If you want to know why the so-called nuclear ‘renaissance’ is never going to happen, you need only look at the news that’s been coming out of France in the last few days. Continue reading

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Bob Brown scathing about the resources tax gift to the big miners

A tax on minerals like uranium should be implemented once the industry was in “boom times” he [Bob Brown, Greens leader] said.

Major parties ‘missing backbone’ on mining tax, Sydney Morning Herald, KATHERINE FENECH, August 2, “…..The CFMEU has launched the satirical ad campaign, which praises Opposition leader Tony Abbott for understanding the pressures facing “ordinary, everyday billionaires”, in response to the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies’ own advertising onslaught against the Mineral Resources Rent Tax. Continue reading

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Utah lawsuit aims to stop uranium drilling

The two new vent holes are part of an expansion of the Pandora Mine and will release “hazardous radon gas” into the atmosphere, the groups say.

(USA) Groups Sue to Block Uranium Drilling in Utah, Courthouse News Service,By SUZANNE ASHE  2 Aug 2010,  SALT LAKE CITY (CN) – Three conservation groups want to stop the U.S. Forest Service from allowing a private mining company to drill 16 uranium exploration holes and two 6-foot-diameter vent holes on national forest land in southeast Utah. Continue reading

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Australia’s Labor and Liberal discouraging solar power

“Australian governments have repeatedly made millions available to coal companies and car companies. Why are they so reluctant to actually properly fund world-leading renewable energy innovation, even though they are happy to claim credit for doing so? – Christine Milne

Australian Government Has Record Rate of Pulling Out Money from Solar Power, 1 Aug 2010, Canberra (mathaba) Far from their advertising slogan of ‘record investments in solar and other renewables’, the Labor government is pulling money out of solar power at a record rate, the Australian Greens said Thursday. Continue reading

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Radioactive boars – Europe’s legacy from Chernobyl

Last year, US$555,000 was paid out to hunters as compensation, four times higher than in 2007. One hunter says the numbers of radioactive boars aren’t going to decrease anytime soon.

Chernobyl fallout making some German boars radioactive  National Post, Jodi lai, August 2, 2010 “Nearly 25 years after the Chernobyl explosion, Europe still sees signs of radiation. Now it’s even in their wild boars…………Wild boars are particularly susceptible to radiation because they eat mushrooms and truffles, which are very efficient at absorbing radioactivity. Continue reading

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