Antinuclear

Australian news, and some related international items

Senate again postpones discussion on contentious nuclear waste Bill.

 Discussion of the contentious Bill to impose nuclear waste dump at Napandee, South Australia,  has once again been postponed in the Australian Senate.

it might re-emerge next week (last Senate sitting for the year) or next year (Senate sits early February), or perhaps the government will reassess it’s approach … which would probably mean nominating the Kimba site using existing legislation

December 3, 2020 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump | Leave a comment

Australian government struggles to impose nuclear waste dump in small South Australian agricultural area

‘Need a resolution’: Government fights opposition to toxic waste dump plans, Brisbane Times, By Rob Harris, December 1, 2020 A likely Senate roadblock to establish a radioactive waste dump in regional South Australia could be used by the Morrison government as a trigger to go to an early election as it prepares to bring the issue to a vote in the coming days.

The contentious proposal would finally establish a low- and medium-level nuclear waste facility at Napandee, a farm on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula, after 40 years of public debate about the disposal of such materials………..

Kimba mayor Dean Johnson and community members met with Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese and Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday to stress the town wanted everything that came with the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility……..

The plan has been criticised by the traditional owners of the region, the Barngarla, who were not included in the vote because it was limited to those living in the Kimba Council area.

The group later challenged the ballot under the Racial Discrimination Act in the Federal Court but it was dismissed.

The Australian Conservation Foundation has also criticised the process, claiming it would lead to potentially dangerous waste management, including trucking radioactive waste from Lucas Heights in Sydney through regional communities and dumping it on South Australian farmland.

“This is actively opposed by many in the wider region, including the Barngarla Traditional Owners who have been consistently excluded from the consultation process,” veteran anti-nuclear campaigner Dave Sweeney said.

Labor will seek to amend the laws so that the minister responsible, Resources Minister Keith Pitt, can use existing powers to nominate any site under the current legislation. Labor says the changes would still give the local community access to a significant community fund on offer and would ensure the decision be subject to a judicial review………

A bill which is rejected twice by the Senate – with a period of at least three months between each attempt – hands the government the opportunity to dissolve both houses of parliament and head to an election ahead of schedule.https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/politics/federal/need-a-resolution-government-fights-opposition-to-toxic-waste-dump-plans-20201201-p56jhs.html

December 3, 2020 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump | Leave a comment

Australia joins with USA to get hypersonic missiles

December 3, 2020 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics international, weapons and war | Leave a comment

Nuclear cleanup – a $billion here, a $billion there – pretty soon you’re talking real money

December 3, 2020 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Trump’s Support for Israel’s Killing of Iranian Nuclear Scientist Could Lead to War

December 3, 2020 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Angus Taylor’s EV and transport plan will present false narrative on “choice” — RenewEconomy

The Australian government’s upcoming EV transport strategy will probably be more of the same: vague tech investments instead of real, consumer-focused change The post Angus Taylor’s EV and transport plan will present false narrative on “choice” appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Angus Taylor’s EV and transport plan will present false narrative on “choice” — RenewEconomy

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Green hydrogen or green-wash? Industry-led scheme to guarantee origin of supply — RenewEconomy

Industry bodies seek scheme to guarantee provenance of green hydrogen produced in Australia and prevent “green-washing” in the booming new industry. The post Green hydrogen or green-wash? Industry-led scheme to guarantee origin of supply appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Green hydrogen or green-wash? Industry-led scheme to guarantee origin of supply — RenewEconomy

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December 2 Energy News — geoharvey

Opinion: ¶ “When Climate Disaster Strikes, It’s Renewable Energy That Keeps The Lights On” • The lesson of the Fukushima Disaster is painfully obvious: Energy systems need to be resilient to disaster. And this is not just a lesson for Japan; it’s one the rest of the world is starting to learn as we face […]

December 2 Energy News — geoharvey

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Victoria to trial “sophisticated” two-way market for home solar and storage — RenewEconomy

AusNet Services-led trial will see customer owned assets like rooftop solar compete in the same market as traditional power plants in north-eastern Victoria. The post Victoria to trial “sophisticated” two-way market for home solar and storage appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Victoria to trial “sophisticated” two-way market for home solar and storage — RenewEconomy

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UK’s COP26 president piles new pressure on Morrison on zero carbon target — RenewEconomy

Incoming COP26 chief piles pressure on Morrison government to set zero carbon target, while praising Australian States and Territories for leading the way. The post UK’s COP26 president piles new pressure on Morrison on zero carbon target appeared first on RenewEconomy.

UK’s COP26 president piles new pressure on Morrison on zero carbon target — RenewEconomy

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Aussie State Tasmania Declares itself 100% Renewable Energy —

Aussie State Tasmania Declares itself 100% Renewable Energy https://ift.tt/39zlxLA That time when greens once opposed wilderness destruction and dams. The Anti Frankin Dam protests in Tasmania led to the formation of the Tasmanian Green Party Guest essay by Eric Worrall 100% renewable, except when Tasmania’s politicians run down their hydro dams to critical low levels […]

Aussie State Tasmania Declares itself 100% Renewable Energy —

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Hidden secrets that Angus Taylor tried to bury in Australia’s latest emissions data — RenewEconomy

A sugar hit of COVID-hit transport, growing renewables and suspicious revisions – all the hidden bits in Australia’s new emissions data The post Hidden secrets that Angus Taylor tried to bury in Australia’s latest emissions data appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Hidden secrets that Angus Taylor tried to bury in Australia’s latest emissions data — RenewEconomy

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