Australian news, and some related international items

Election result – what it means for climate change, nuclear power, and AUSTRALIA

Well, already we can see that the uranium industry will get a boost from the Abbott government’s planned  Exploration Development Incentive scheme – which will allow mining companies to use exploration  costs. as a tax deduction.

But let’s not focus just on the little stuff.    It will be a pity if we have to wait for history for the big stuff.  What about the influences from outside Australia?

In 1975,    the USA – with it’s militaristic plans for Pine Gap – played a critical part in the removal of Australia’s Prime Minister Gough Whitlam

In 2010 multinational mining companies were behind the push to remove Kevin Rudd, and his Mining Super profits tax.  I don’t buy the argument that Kevin Rudd was such a difficult personality that Labor had to kick him out.   Anyway, Julia Gillard replaced Rudd’s mining tax with a weak as water mining tax.  But the corporate powers still weren’t happy.

How were these foreign owned companies, like BHP, able to prevail?   Predominantly by promoting the message of climate change denial. And how did this message prevail in Australia, where in 2007, Kevin Rudd was swept to power on  a wave of public enthusiasm for action on climate change?

Despite some well informed coverage on climate change, by the Fairfax media, the ABC and SBS, the denialist message, taken up by the right wing politicians and friends of polluting industries, was steadfastly pushed to the public by the Murdoch media, with its 70% ownership of Australian media.


There was an easy puppet waiting there for them.  Tony Abbott has but one over-riding value – and that is To Be Topp.  There might be  a few very right-wing Catholic religious  themes  in there – (ones which many Catholics would be ashamed of)   But as for other trifling subjects like climate change, – well they don’t bother Tony Abbott, as he doesn’t understand them.

Nobody seems to notice the fact that Australia is now President of the United nations Security Council. And the UN has not sanctioned an attack on Syria.  But the USA might very well attack Syris unilaterally, with out waiting fir the UN.  And what will Australia do?

And how confident do you feel about all this, with the vacuous Tony Abbott at the helm of our ship?

September 7, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Australia’s Liberal Coalition will govern in the interests of fossil fuel lobby

The document says the Coalition would look into formalising the sale of uranium to India, and would also examine the potential use of thorium as an Thorium-pie-in-skyenergy source, noting that Australia possesses an estimated 18.7% (489,000t) of the world’s identified resources.

Liberal-policy-1Coalition energy document focuses almost entirely on fossil fuels, Thursday 5 September 2013  Only reference to Australia’s $20bn renewable industry is repeat of promise to hold another investigation into the health impacts of wind farms.

The Coalition on Thursday unveiled its new energy and resources document, which focuses almost entirely on fossil fuel developments, promising to restore coal-fired power stations to profitability, boost exploration for oil and gas, and to produce another “white paper” on energy.

Other proposals in the document prepared by opposition energy spokesman Ian Macfarlane include an investigation into the use of thorium as a potential energy source of the future, and support mechanisms for the use of LNG as a transport fuel……..

the repeat of a promise made last December to hold yet another investigation into the health impacts of wind farms, and confirmation of a previously leaked commitment to require “real time” monitoring of wind turbine noise – a move that wind energy groups say would involve “crippling” costs.

There is no mention of renewables – least of all the “solar revolution” that state energy ministers admit is sweeping the country.

However, separate costing documents reveal sharp cuts to renewable support measures. This includes stripping the Australian Renewables Energy Agency of $150m over three years to fund the Coalition’s million solar roofs program, cutting a planned $40m program to support geothermal and ocean energy developments in regional towns, and cutting $185m from a “connecting renewables” program designed to support transmission infrastructure for renewables. The million solar roofs program – targeted for low income earners – will now feature a $500 rebate instead of a $1,000 rebate because of the fall in the cost of solar PV modules.

wind-farm-evil-1On wind, the energy document – in an apparent gesture towards the anti-wind members of its constituency – says: “Some members of public have serious concerns over the potential impacts of wind farms on the health of people living in their vicinity…….

The renewables industry has previously said that real-time monitoring would impose unbearable costs on the wind industry, and would be almost useless because of the inability to separate other noise in real-time.

Despite the fact that there have been 19 separate studies into wind farm health, including one by the National Health and Medical Research Council, the Coalition said it would establish either an independent NHMRC research program or an independent expert panel to examine and determine any actual or potential health effects of wind farms.

A previous study by the NHMRC in 2010 found that “there are no direct pathological effects from wind farms and that any potential impact on humans can be minimised by following existing planning guidelines”. A Senate inquiry into wind farm health fell largely along party lines, although it said it was unable to establish a direct link between ill health and the noise generated by wind farms.

The Coalition has said that the inquiry would be made in response to demands from anti-wind senators John Madigan and Nick Xenophon, who may hold the balance of power in a new Senate………

The document says the Coalition would look into formalising the sale of uranium to India, and would also examine the potential use of thorium as an energy source, noting that Australia possesses an estimated 18.7% (489,000t) of the world’s identified resources.

“The primary source of thorium in Australia and globally is the mineral monazite. Thorium can be used as an alternative source of fuel for energy generation and possesses an energy content that can be utilised almost in its entirety,” it says. Thorium is often touted as a future energy source, although most experts say it is decades away from deployment…….

Leigh Ewbank from Friends of the Earth’s Yes 2 Renewables initiative says the anti-wind farm stance of some Coalition members is out of touch with mainstream views.

“All available public polling shows strong public support for wind farms,” says Ewbank. “The Coalition desperately needs to make a wind energy friendly policy announcement to reaffirm its commitment to Australia’s most affordable renewable energy source.”

September 7, 2013 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, election 2013, politics | 2 Comments

USA’s secret nuclear missile preparations for war with Russia

WORLD WAR 3 IS STARTING I have spoken to my connections in the Russian media and they are all confirming that World War 3 is the hottest topic right now amid the populace, and the fact of the matter is that all of the top level military officials over there are looking at this Syrian incident as the catalyst — as the spark. 

What we’re looking at right now is the beginning of World War 3 unless we manage to stop it. 

We encourage you to continue checking out Infowars and Storyleak for more updates on this and the latest news and information we find out on this developing situation.

Flag-USAHIGH LEVEL SOURCE CONFIRMS Secret US Nuclear Warhead Transfer to East Coast Anthony Gucciardi & Alex Jones  3 Sept 13, 

A high level source inside the military has now confirmed to us that Dyess Air Force base is actively moving nuclear warheads to the East Coast of the United States in a secret transfer that has no paper trail. According to the high level military source, who has a strong record of continually being proven correct in deep military activity, the Dyess Air Force Commander authorized unknown parties to transfer the nuclear warheads to an unknown location that has been reported to be South Carolina, where the warheads will then be picked up and potentially utilized.

This is of particular interest not only due to the fact that the Syrian situation has escalated to the point of a very realistic hot war scenario, but due to the fact that Dyess has repeatedly denied the existence of nuclear warheads inside the base. (Below, a pilotless nuclear missile)


The brief report from the top level military source, which was written in a rush to get the information out, reads:

“Dyess is beginning to move out nuclear war heads today. I got a tap from DERMO earlier. He said it was the first time they have been even acknowledged since being put there in the 80′s. No signature was required for transfer… There was no directive. He said that Dyess Commander was on site to give authority to release. No one knew where they were going really, but the truck driver said to take them to South Carolina and another pick up will take them from there.”

The fact that this transfer was not signed for and there were no papers is key. It shows how the military is now secretly operating with the transfer of nuclear weapons, Continue reading

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South Australian uranium mine to be 100% Russian owned

Honeymoon Well uranium mine to go into Russian hands ABC Rural    By Babs McHugh 7 Sept 13, The Honeymoon Well uranium mine in SouthRussian-Bear Australia is set to be 100 per cent Russian owned by the September quarter.

Shareholders of Canadian company Uranium One have approved a buyout offer from the Russian State Corporation for Nuclear Energy, Rosatom.

A Rosatom subsidiary already owns 49 per cent of Uranium One and, once the deal is completed, the new entity will be private.

Honeymoon Well is is the smallest of Australia’s operating uranium mines. The others are Olympic Dam in South Australia, Ranger Mine in the Northern Territory and Beverley Mine in South Australia……

September 7, 2013 Posted by | business, South Australia, uranium | Leave a comment

Not economic for Australia to invest in unproven, high-risk, fossil fuel technologies

piggy-ban-renewablesUniversity of NSW Study Pushes for Renewable Energy Over Coa   By Vittorio Hernandez | September 6, 2013 4:07 PM EST

It would make more economic sense for Australia to pursue renewable energy rather than continue the use of coal, despite the possible availability of carbon capture and storage technology, according to a study by the University of New South Wales The basis of their study is a modeling, using a range of fossil fuel scenarios with carbon capture and storage compared with 100 per cent renewable electricity scenario based on commercially available wind, solar and biomass technologies.

The researchers then used 2010 hourly electricity demand and solar and wind data to determine the proper technology mixes for each scenario to balance demand and supply of electricity with the aim of having the same reliability as the current Australian National Electricity Market.

Prices were based on government estimates of different generation technologies and fuels in 2030, plus possible future carbon prices and carbon capture and storage prices.

“The research confirms that policies pursuing very high penetrations of renewable electricity, based on commercially available technologies, offer a reliable, affordable and low risk way to dramatically cut emissions in the electricity sector,” Business Spectator quoted University of NSW Associate Professor Mark Diesendorf of the Institute of Environmental Studies, one of the co-authors of the study.

The report concluded that it is not necessary to invest in new, expensive, unproven, high-risk, fossil fuel technologies. It added that reaching the rapid and deep cuts to greenhouse gas emissions necessary to avoid dangerous global warming is expected to be more difficult in the fields of transportation and agriculture than the electricity sector.

September 7, 2013 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, energy | Leave a comment

South Korea bans all fish imports from Fukushima area

see-this.wayVideo: South Korea extends ban on Japanese fish imports . Korea has extended its ban on Japanese fisheries products over fears of contamination from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. Australia Network News, 7 Sept 13  Consumption of fish products in radiation-in-sea--food-chaiSouth Korea has dropped sharply in recent weeks as Japanese workers struggle to contain leaks at the tsunami-wrecked facility.

The plant’s operator Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) has admitted that highly toxic water may have made its way into the Pacific Ocean.

The company also says up to 300 tonnes of mildly radioactive groundwater is making its way into the sea every day.

South Korea had previously imposed an import ban on dozens of Japanese fisheries products produced in Fukushima and seven other prefectures following the meltdown at the nuclear plant, triggered by the 2011 tsunami.

The government has now widened the ban to take in all such products from Fukushima and the seven other prefectures – Ibaraki, Gunma, Miyagi, Iwate, Tochigi, Chiba and Aomori. The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries says it is taking action in response to rising fears in South Korea.

PHOTO: The Japanese Government has promised to play a greater role in the clean-up of the Fukushima nuclear plant.(AFP)


“The measure comes as our people’s concerns are growing over the fact that hundreds of tonnes of radiation-contaminated water leak every day from the site of Japan’s nuclear accident in Fukushima,” the ministry said in a statement.

“The government has concluded that the information provided by Japan so far has failed to make it clear how the incident will develop in the future.

“Under the new measure, all fisheries products from this region will be banned regardless of whether they are contaminated or not.”

The ministry has also urged Tokyo to immediately provide accurate information on the leaks of contaminated water…….

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Call at Pacific Forum for cleanup of radiation at Marshall Islands – legacy of US atomic bomb tests

Hear-This-wayAUDIO: Nuclear test survivors call for compensation 6 September 2013,  Survivors of the American nuclear tests in the 1950s on Rongelap Atoll in Marshall Islands still want to go home  They want the United States to clean up the radiation on their atoll and provide compensation too.

The group describes themselves as living in exile. They want the Forum Leaders and the Marshalls government to raise the issue with the US Secretary for Interior Affairs, Sally Jewell, who is in Majuro for the Forum.

The Marshalls’ senator for Ronelap Atoll, Kenneth Kedi, says that Rongelap wasn’t bombed directly but suffers from the nuclear fallout and there there have been several failed attemps to clean it up.  Presenter: Geraldine Coutts Speaker: Senator for Ronelap Atoll on Marshall Islands, Kenneth Kedi

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