Antinuclear

Australian news, and some related international items

Protestors rally at South Australian Parliament against nuclear waste dump plan

Nuclear protesters converge at Parliament House https://www.transcontinental.com.au/story/5745040/nuclear-protesters-converge-at-parliament-house/, Marco Balsamo

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November 8, 2018 Posted by | Federal nuclear waste dump, Opposition to nuclear, South Australia | Leave a comment

Aboriginal landowners say delay in nuclear waste dump vote may bring more opposition to the plan

Any election delay to nuclear waste dump vote ‘more time to lobby’  https://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/article/2018/11/05/any-election-delay-nuclear-waste-dump-vote-more-time-lobby?fbclid=IwAR1cdI5kIpL_S-ItnTa7TRpEPZBNPgJEBOxT6qN4YrCp0Scgsd9nhUTNGG8

Traditional Owners hope any extra time over a community ballot will allow opposition to grow.

A site for Australia’s first nuclear waste dump will not be decided until after the next federal election, Centre Alliance Senator Rex Patrick says.

Two sites near Kimba, 460 kilometres northwest of Adelaide, and one site near Hawker in the Flinders Ranges have been shortlisted.

Community ballots were scheduled for August 20 and stalled by a legal challenge from the Barngarla people.

They argued all Traditional Owners should be eligible to vote, including those not living within the shire’s boundaries.

The next court hearing has been scheduled for January 30.

Mr Patrick said that Resources Minister Matt Canavan does not want the issue to overlap with the federal election.

“He doesn’t want a ballot in Kimba and Hawker happening at around about the same time as the election, he said it sort of confuses the issues,” the Centre Alliance senator told NITV News.

“In my view they simply won’t want to agitate this issue as there is huge division in both communities. They won’t want to agitate this issue this side of the election.”

Regina McKenzie, an Adnyamathanha Elder who opposes the waste dump, hopes to preserve her people’s songlines.

“I would love to see the Traditional Owners be respected and consulted the appropriate way,” she said.

Vince Coulthard, CEO of the Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Association, has welcomed the ballot being postponed.

“The current government isn’t listening to us as Traditional Owners,” he said.

“This is in some ways good for us. It gives us more time to lobby.”

November 8, 2018 Posted by | aboriginal issues, AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump, politics | Leave a comment

Australian govt’s nuclear waste dump plan has put Flinders Ranges/ Kimba residents through 3 years of hell

Barb Walker Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste In The Flinders Ranges, November 6
Oh phew!
As I said the Senator Patrick earlier in the week, it’s been 3 long years of stress, worry, bullying and division in our home lands.
The Federal Government needs to come clean on this and stop keeping our communities in the Flinders Ranges and Kimba dangling as part of their political game. Ever since they made plans for a federal nuclear waste dump for the Flinders Ranges/or Kimba, many people in our communities have become very unwell, some suicidal, which can be directly linked to the stress, bullying and division that this dump business has put upon us all. The government is culpable, and they should be held accountable for our past three years of hell. more https://www.facebook.com/groups/344452605899556/

November 8, 2018 Posted by | Federal nuclear waste dump, South Australia | Leave a comment

Friday deadline for nuclear waste dump vote in Flinders Ranges Council area

Ellenor Day Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste In The Flinders Ranges, November 6 

Just a reminder for people living in The Flinders Ranges Council area – if you haven’t voted yet, remember 5pm Friday 9 November is the deadline.

Probably best to lodge your voting slips at the Council office in Quorn if you still want to vote (or the election box at Hawker Motors in Hawker), as if you mail it now, it may not make it in time for the 5pm Friday deadline!

Make your vote count!  https://www.facebook.com/groups/344452605899556/

November 8, 2018 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Call to Melissa Price, Minister For Coal, (sorry, I meant Environment) to explain why Adani project is OK about water

November 8, 2018 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, environment | Leave a comment

Victorian Labor dials up its renewable energy target to 50 per cent by 2030

 By Benjamin Preiss, Adam Carey & Noel Towell, Canberra Times, 8 November 2018 Half of Victoria’s energy could come from renewable sources such as wind, solar and hydro power within 12 years, if the Andrews government is re-elected.

The Age can reveal that Labor will promise to raise Victoria’s renewable energy target from 40 per cent to 50 per cent by 2030 if it wins this month’s election.

The move would enhance Labor’s green credentials and cement the state’s transition away from coal as its primary power source.

Victoria has already legislated renewable energy targets of 25 per cent by 2020 and 40 per cent by 2025, although the Coalition has promised to scrap the targets if it wins the November 24 election. ………https://www.canberratimes.com.au/politics/victoria/labor-dials-up-its-renewable-energy-target-to-50-per-cent-by-2030-20181107-p50emw.html

November 8, 2018 Posted by | energy, politics, Victoria | Leave a comment

Rio Tinto offloads Northern Territory uranium resources to Canadian company

Rio Tinto offloads NT uranium asset to Laramide, Australian Mining   Ewen Hosie

November 7, 2018 Rio Tinto has finalised its sale of the Murphy uranium tenements in the Northern Territory to Canadian company Laramide Resources.

The Murphy uranium tenements, located near the Queensland-NT border, were responsible for the production of high-grade uranium in the 1950s but have not seen much exploration since the 1970s. The tenements are contiguous to Laramide’s Westmoreland project in northwest Queensland.

The acquisition comprises the EL 9319 and EL 9414 exploration licences and several other applications across 683 square kilometres.

Laramide has paid Rio the first of three $150,000 cash payments to Rio Tinto as laid out in the terms of the agreement announced in July this year…….https://www.australianmining.com.au/news/laramide-completes-acquisition-rio-tinto-uranium-tenements-nt/

November 8, 2018 Posted by | business, Northern Territory, uranium | Leave a comment

Canada’s government to embrace small nuclear reactors that do not make economic sense.

there is no market for the expensive electricity that SMRs will generate. Many companies presumably enter this business because of the promise of government funding. No company has invested large sums of its own money to commercialize SMRs.
NRCan and other such institutions are regurgitating industry propaganda and wasting money on technologies that will never be economical or contribute to any meaningful mitigation of climate change. There is no justification for such expensive distractions, especially as the climate problem becomes more urgent. 
Are Thousands of New Nuclear Generators in Canada’s Future? https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2018/11/07/Nuclear-Generators-Canada-Future/

Ottawa is pushing a new smaller, modular nuclear plant that could only pay off if mass produced. By M.V. RamanaToday | TheTyee.ca, 7 Nov 18  M. V. Ramana is the Simons Chair in Disarmament, Global and Human Security at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs at UBC, and the author of The Power of Promise: Examining Nuclear Energy in India, Penguin Books, New Delhi (2012)

Canada’s government is about to embrace a new generation of small nuclear reactors that do not make economic sense.

Amidst real fears that climate change will wreak devastating effects if we don’t shift away from fossil fuels, the idea that Canada should get deeper into nuclear energy might seem freshly attractive to former skeptics.

For a number of reasons, however, skepticism is still very much warranted.

On Nov. 7, Natural Resources Canada will officially launch something called the Small Modular Reactor Roadmap. The roadmap was previewed in February of this year and is the next step in the process set off by the June 2017 “call for a discussion around Small Modular Reactors in Canada” issued by Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, which is interested in figuring out the role the organization “can play in bringing this technology to market.”

Environmental groups and some politicians have spoken out against this process. A petition signed by nearly two dozen civil society groups has opposed the “development and deployment of SMRs when renewable, safer and less financially, socially and environmentally costly alternatives exist.”

SMRs, as the name suggests, produce relatively small amounts of electricity in comparison with currently common nuclear power reactors. Continue reading

November 8, 2018 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Mike Cannon-Brookes, Atlassian billionaire, calls on Government to reinstate carbon price

 ABC News 7.30 By Nadia Daly  7 Nov 18, Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes has called for Australia to reinstate the controversial carbon price, as he pushes to influence government policy with his new green energy campaign.

Mr Cannon-Brookes said the “movement”, dubbed Fair Dinkum Power, would put forward policy suggestions around renewable energy ahead of the upcoming election, with the aim to move Australia to “200 per cent renewable energy”.

“I think it will clearly be the number one or number two issue in the election,” he told 7.30.

“Australia could be a renewable energy super power. “We could be exporting massive amounts of power, we could have huge numbers of jobs here in this space.

“We’ve just got to have vision and insight to go after that.”…….https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-07/mike-cannon-brookes-calls-government-to-reinstate-carbon-price/10474702

November 8, 2018 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, energy | Leave a comment

Huge solar farm planned for Murray Bridge 

A jobs boom may soon be coming for Murray Bridge as developers aim to begin work on a $350 million solar farm next year — if it gets the go-ahead from the state’s peak planning body…. (subscribers only) 

https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/business/sa-business-journal/work-for-200-on-res-australias-planned-350m-solar-farm-near-murray-bridge/news-story/d8374245817cfafb763771a4f3f658d4

 

November 8, 2018 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Greenland’s Melting Ice Sheets: The Beautiful but Harrowing Changes Seen from Above

The Weather Channel, By Drew MacFarlane, 7 Nov 18 

Greenland’s ice sheet lost up to 270 billion tons of ice every year between 2012 and 2014, according to a study in Geophysical Research Letters. Currently, it’s losing ice at a rate faster than any time in the last 400 years, and the melt is accelerating, a separate study stated.

This is what Tom Hegen, a photographer from Munich, Germany, takes to the skies to document.

Hegen buzzes some 3,000 feet above Greenland’s seemingly endless sheet of ice before having the pilot tip the plane on its side so he can snap a photo. If the light or angle isn’t to his liking, he asks to circle around to do it again………https://weather.com/science/environment/news/2018-11-06-greenland-melting-ice-sheet-photos-tom-hegen/

November 8, 2018 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Victoria Labor boosts renewable energy target to 50% by 2030 — RenewEconomy

Victoria Labor promise to boost its target for renewables generation to 50 per cent by 2030 if re-elected. It will probably get there anyway. The post Victoria Labor boosts renewable energy target to 50% by 2030 appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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AusNet canvasses hefty connection fees for rooftop solar in Victoria — RenewEconomy

Ausnet canvasses idea of charging connection fees of “several hundreds of dollars” to new solar households that refuse network limitations. The post AusNet canvasses hefty connection fees for rooftop solar in Victoria appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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November 7 Energy News — geoharvey

Science and Technology: ¶ “Scientists Reveal Strange Molecule that Can Store Sun’s Energy for 18 Years” • A Swedish research team believes it found a breakthrough for energy storage. A specialized solar thermal fluid can hold the sun’s energy for long periods of time and expel that energy on demand when activated by putting it […]

via November 7 Energy News — geoharvey

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Taylor confirms race is on to get new coal or gas finalised before federal election — RenewEconomy

Energy minister Angus Taylor wants to get new investment in coal and gas locked away before the next election. The post Taylor confirms race is on to get new coal or gas finalised before federal election appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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