Antinuclear

Australian news, and some related international items

(Reposting this important one) Nuclear lobby launches its “grassroots” push for nuclear power in Australia

Before the nuclear lobby has even got the Australian Parliament to overturn Australia’s legislation prohibiting nuclear power, they are launching their “win hearts and minds”action.

With this catchy title  “Stand Up For Nuclear”- they are holding a rally on Sunday October 20, 2019 at 3 PM – 6 PM at an undisclosed location in Collins St Melbourne.

Their lying propaganda claims that:

“”Only nuclear can lift all humans out of poverty while protecting the natural environment.

anti-nuclear activists are funded by natural gas and renewable energy interests.” – (that’s news to me – 12 years of running this site I have received zero funding)

 

September 1, 2019 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, spinbuster | Leave a comment

(Reposting this important one)Ziggy Switkowski’s doublespeak pushes the nuclear lobby’s barrow

Noel Wauchope  31 Aug 19

He’s an expert at it.

What the nuclear industry wants is the removal of Australia’s Federal and State legislation that prohibits the nuclear industry in Australia.

Ziggy delivers.

Sure, he makes motherhood statements about nuclear dangers, about costs etc.  He even gives a subtle little tick to that distracting fantasy – small modular nuclear reactors.

But Ziggy faithfully conveys the central message of the global nuclear lobby to Australia:

Should we change the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act? Absolutely. All obstacles to the consideration of nuclear power should be removed as part of a nuclear energy strategy debate.  https://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/summary/summary.w3p;adv%3Dyes;orderBy%3Dpriority,doc_date-rev;query%3DDataset%3AcomRep;resCount%3DDefault

September 1, 2019 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

Climate change to stop nuclear power? Hurricane risk to Florida’s nukes

Florida Nuclear Plants Ready to Shut Down as Dorian Threat Looms   https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-08-31/florida-nuclear-plants-ready-to-shut-down-as-dorian-threat-looms

  •  Closure to begin if hurricane-force winds predicted at sites
  •  State has two plants, St. Lucie and Turkey Point, owned by FPL

Florida’s two nuclear plants are ready to shut down if forecasts show hurricane-force winds hitting the facilities when Dorian finally moves on shore.

Both plants — St. Lucie, north of Palm Beach, and Turkey Point, south of Miami — sit on Florida’s Atlantic coast, and both lie within the possible path of the storm.

Their owner, NextEra Energy Inc.’s Florida Power & Light, has been preparing since Monday for the possibility of shutting down the plants, said spokesman Peter Robbins. It’s poised to do so once forecasts predict hurricane-force wind speeds at the sites, he said.

“We do it in advance,” Robbins said. “We don’t wait.”

Dorian’s path, however, remained uncertain enough Friday that FPL hadn’t yet made the decision to power down. “We’ve seen the path and intensity of the storm change a lot,” Robbins said. “Like most hurricanes, it’s got some tricks up its sleeve.”

The company, Florida’s largest utility, temporarily closed both facilities in 2017 as Hurricane Irma bore down on the state. Should FPL shut down the plants for Dorian, they would remain offline until the storm had passed and the facilities had been inspected, Robbins said. The company also would consult with local and federal officials before restarting operations.

“It’s a coordinated thing,” Robbins said. “We don’t make the decision by ourselves.”

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Queensland extinguishes native title over Indigenous land to make way for Adani coalmine

Queensland extinguishes native title over Indigenous land to make way for Adani coalmine

Palaszczuk government did not announce decision Wangan and Jagalingou people say makes them trespassers on their own land,  Guardian,  Ben Doherty @bendohertycorro, Sat 31 Aug 2019  The Queensland government has extinguished native title over 1,385 hectares of Wangan and Jagalingou country for the proposed Adani coalmine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin – without any public announcement of the decision.

The decision could see Wangan and Jagalingou protesters forcibly removed by police from their traditional lands, including lands used for ceremonies.

W&J Council leader Adrian Burragubba, and a group of Wangan and Jagalingou representatives, had been calling on the government to rule out transferring their land, arguing they had never given their consent for Adani to occupy their country.

In a meeting with government officials Friday, seeking a halt on leases being issued for mine infrastructure, they learned the state government had instead granted Adani exclusive possession freehold title over large swathes of their lands on Thursday, including the area currently occupied for ceremonial purposes.

“We have been made trespassers on our own country,” Burragubba said. “Our ceremonial grounds, in place for a time of mourning for our lands as Adani begins its destructive processes, are now controlled by billionaire miner Adani.

“With insider knowledge that the deal was already done, Adani had engaged Queensland police and threatened us with trespass.”

To mine any land under a native title claim, a miner needs an Indigenous land use agreement, essentially a contract that allows the state to extinguish native title.

Adani has a ILUA over the land: five of the 12 native claimants have opposed it, but have lost successive legal challenges in court to prevent it. Seven, a majority, of the native title claimants support the Adani mine.

Burragubba and a group of supporters set up camp on the land ahead of its legal transfer to Adani. He said they will refuse to leave.

He said a notice received by the council said their country “is to be handed over to Adani on 3 August 2019”. The notice also says “Adani will request the assistance of police to remove Mr Burragubba and his supporters from the camp”.

Burragubba, whom Adani has bankrupted over costs from legal challenges, said his group would not abandon their protest nor quit their lands.

“We will never consent to these decisions and will maintain our defence of country,” he said. “We will be on our homelands to care for our lands and waters, hold ceremonies and uphold the ancient, abiding law of the land.” ……..

Australian governments will give $4.4bn in effective subsidies to Adani’s Carmichael coal project, which would otherwise be “unbankable and unviable”, new analysis reported this week has found.

The Institute of Energy Economics and Financial Analysis concluded that the project would benefit from several Australian taxpayer-funded arrangements – including subsidies, favourable deals and tax concessions – over its 30-year project life.

It said the project would be further supported by public handouts, tax breaks and special treatment provided to Adani Power, the proposed end-user of the thermal coal in India.

“If these subsidies were not being provided, Adani’s Carmichael thermal coalmine would be unbankable and unviable,” the IEEFA report said……..https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/aug/31/queensland-extinguishes-native-title-over-indigenous-land-to-make-way-for-adani-coalmine

September 1, 2019 Posted by | aboriginal issues, Queensland | 1 Comment

Is the push for nuclear power a covert push for nuclear weapons? — Beyond Nuclear International

Wind and solar are far cheaper but nuclear power provides the pathway to nuclear weapons

via Is the push for nuclear power a covert push for nuclear weapons? — Beyond Nuclear International

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Nearly 17 Tons of Radioactive Materials Detected in Japanese Food Imports — Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

August 30, 2019 Anchor: Amid a renewed radiation scare sparked by news Tokyo could be considering dumping radioactive water from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster into the Pacific Ocean, KBS has obtained a list of Japanese food imports from which radioactive materials were detected over the past five years. The list includes household food items […]

via Nearly 17 Tons of Radioactive Materials Detected in Japanese Food Imports — Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

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The danger of sourcing food and material from the Fukushima region — Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

Ground-level nuclear disasters leave much more radioactive fallout than Tokyo is willing to admit A storage tank for contaminated water near the site of the Fukushima nuclear disaster August 25, 2019 International concerns are growing over the Japanese government’s plans to provide meals from the Fukushima area to squads participating in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. […]

via The danger of sourcing food and material from the Fukushima region — Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

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South Korea concerned over food safety at Olympics with events slated for Fukushima — Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

Talks to take place over food provision at Tokyo Games Fukushima to host baseball and softball games next year The Fukushima Azuma baseball stadium will used during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. August 22, 2019 South Korea is considering making its own arrangements to feed its athletes at next year’s Tokyo Olympics, citing concerns over […]

via South Korea concerned over food safety at Olympics with events slated for Fukushima — Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

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September 1 Energy News — geoharvey

Opinion: ¶ “Uncertainty Of Climate Change Underscores The Need To Act” • Feedback loops, such as the release of CO₂ and methane from melting Arctic permafrost, mean that even if we achieve the very stringent greenhouse gas cuts required, there is a significant chance that warming from that amount of emissions could be much higher […]

via September 1 Energy News — geoharvey

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Solar and giant “water battery” to slash university’s grid consumption by 40% — RenewEconomy

University of the Sunshine Coast combines 2.1MW of rooftop solar with massive water tank “battery,” to power campus air-conditioning using complex thermal energy system. The post Solar and giant “water battery” to slash university’s grid consumption by 40% appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via Solar and giant “water battery” to slash university’s grid consumption by 40% — RenewEconomy

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