Antinuclear

Australian news, and some related international items

“Mutual admiration society” -between civilian and military nuclear experts

Civilian nuclear and military nuclear members of a “mutual admiration society” ~ Dr. Gordon Edwards,  https://concernedcitizens.net/2020/12/19/civilian-nuclear-and-military-nuclear-members-of-a-mutual-admiration-society/by Dr. Gordon Edwards, President of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility

December 19, 2020

Civilian nuclear and military nuclear have always been friendly room-mates, members of a “mutual admiration” society. In today’s announcement of an SMR Action Plan, Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan said that nuclear power in Canada is a “home-grown” technology and referred to C. D. Howe’s role in this connection.  In fact C.D. Howe arranged for all Canadian uranium extracted from Canadian mines to be sold to the US military for use in tens of thousands of nuclear weapons from 1945 to 1965. C D Howe was also on the Committee that met in Washington DC in 1944 to approve the first nuclear reactors to be built in Canada (at Chalk River) as part of the ongoing effort to produce plutonium for use as a nuclear explosive. Mr. Howe approved of the policy of selling plutonium produced at Chalk River to the US military for weapons use, a practice that continued until 1975 and beyond. Plutonium from Chalk River was sent to Britain (it was the first sample of plutonium that Britain had ever obtained) just a few months before Britain detonated its first A-Bomb in the Monte Bello Islands off Australia.

To the best of my knowledge, no civilian nuclear power agency – not the Canadian Nuclear Association, nor the Canadian Nuclear Society, nor the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, nor Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, nor Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, NOBODY – has ever issued a clear statement denouncing nuclear weapons or even calling for a nuclear weapons free world. Most nuclear scientists and engineers feel a strong kinship and camaraderie with those who are in the nuclear weapons business. The same goes for those in the nuclear division of Natural Resources Canada. I remember on one occasion (prior to the exchange of nuclear tests between India and Pakistan) I expressed alarm at the fact that both neighbours are developing a nuclear war-fighting capability and a couple of senior civil servants said “Would that be so bad? Maybe that’s just what the world needs. More deterrence. Creates stability”

Despite regular denials from our puppet masters that civilian nuclear has nothing to do with military nuclear, it is clear that civilian nuclear (including the frankly discriminatory provisions of the NPT) has adopted an appeasement policy that will never succeed in bringing about a nuclear weapons free world. Why does Canada continue to sell uranium to countries that are in the process of investing hundreds of billions to improve and modernize the nuclear arsenals in utter defiance of the NPT, knowing that the vast bulk of Canadian uranium that is rejected from enrichment plants as DU end up as the raw material for producing plutonium for Bombs, and that the lion’s share of the explosive power – and the overwhelming share of the radioactive fallout – of every H-bomb comes from the fissioning of DU atoms that are freely accessed by the military even if they are the leftovers of “peaceful” fuel production for nuclear power plants?

“See ‘The Nuclear Fudge’ at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lK65S5eHRQ&feature=youtu.be“. This 16-minute W5 segment from the Regan era is very informative.

December 21, 2020 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Unveiling New Billboards: “Nukes Are Now Illegal!” — limitless life

Unveiling New Peace Billboards We’re thrilled to announce a new series of billboards to be unveiled across multiple cities. Launched on or around January 22, 2021, the billboards based on the images below will celebrate and amplify the historic importance of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons entering into force. Here’s one going […]

Unveiling New Billboards: “Nukes Are Now Illegal!” — limitless life

December 21, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

December 21 Energy News — geoharvey

Opinion: ¶ “Are Post-Covid Recovery Plans Green? Not So Much” • The opportunity to turn a Covid-19 recover stimulus into a strong move away from fossil fuels is widely acknowledged. But in at least 18 of the world’s biggest economies, the recovery plan fiscal packages are directed toward bailouts for oil or new high-carbon infrastructure. […]

December 21 Energy News — geoharvey

December 21, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Senator Rex Patrick calls on South Australian govt to come clean about nuclear waste dumping

Patrick has Kimba nuclear question,  https://www.whyallanewsonline.com.au/story/7058277/patrick-has-kimba-nuclear-question/?fbclid=IwAR3o2cKC_SU9yV-Q-d_xa470gmY0xG5CXkYRiA-LOJuXRDV76e8ls0v1n04, Luca Cetta,  17 Dec 20, The state government has remained silent on its stance relating to the planned Kimba nuclear waste site and South Australian Independent Senator Rex Patrick has called on the government to make known its position on the proposal.

The federal government has talked with the Kimba community about creating the site near the town with a majority of residents favouring the facility.

Senator Patrick said he had lodged a freedom-of-information (FOI) request seeking access to correspondence from the time of the last state election in 2018 to today and was “surprised” there had been only a few pieces of correspondence between Minister for Energy and Mining Dan van Holst Pellekaan and the federal government.

“I was very interested as there was a lot taking place between the federal government and the community in Kimba, and I was interested in what the state government has been doing through the process,” he said.

“The Liberal Party had a position before going into government and I wanted to see what they had to say. I found there has been almost no traffic.

“The state has a role to play … and I was surprised there was only one letter to the Premier and a letter from former federal Resources Minister Matt Canavan and response. That is all we have seen. That is the only part the state government has had to play.”

While acknowledging it was a federal facility and issue, Senator Patrick said the state government should be involved by way of communication with federal leaders and community engagement.

“While I respect it is a national facility, there is no question the state government has skin in the game and I question why there is silence publicly,” he said.

“They should come out and support or oppose it so their position is known.

“They do need to be engaging the community as well to make sure all state-related issues that will flow from the facility are addressed.”

He said parts of the correspondence included redactions relating to the proposed site.

In a letter from Mr van Holst Pellekaan to Senator Patrick, which has been obtained by the Whyalla News, Mr van Holst Pellekaan said “the FOI Act provides that an agency may refuse access to a document if it is an exempt document” and that there was cause to provide “partial access” to three documents.

The letter outlines why parts should be redacted, including that a document can be exempt if “it contains information from an intergovernmental communication to the Government of South Australia”, while he also pointed to how the Act notes a document could be exempt if it “would, or could reasonably be expected to, cause damage to relations between the Commonwealth and a State”.

Senator Patrick said Mr van Holst Pellekaan made a “fundamental error” in thinking the correspondence was exempt under federal law as he was “not entitled to make that decision”.

He said he would take the matter to the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (SACAT) to “uncover what is underneath this”.

“There should be transparency about what has been communicated between the government of South Australia and the federal government,” he said.

“The Minister has made a decision. He relies on the fact he thinks it would be exempt under federal law and he is not entitled to make that decision. You can’t say ‘I think it is exempt’, you have to say ‘I think it is exempt because it would harm release in a particular way…’.”

Mr Patrick said the state FOI Act granted people and parliamentarians a positive right to documents and was only subject to restrictions consistent with the public interest and preservation of personal privacy.

He said the Act burdened the agency with establishing their case if they wanted to restrict access.

Both Commonwealth and state constitutions establish a democracy underpinned by a responsible system of government. Democracy and responsible government both require participation by people and, just because this is communication between the state and federal government, it doesn’t mean it automatically gets to be confidential. The Minister does not meet his burden by simply stating that the communications are confidential,” he said.

“This is now a fight between myself and Mr van Holst Pellekaan. This is Senator against Minister in SACAT. The Minister needs to be transparent with me, but more important with the people of SA.

“Governments work for the people, everything they do is paid for by the people. The people have a right to know what it is they are up to and how they are going about what they are up to.”

Mr van Holst Pellekaan did not respond to questions for this article.

December 21, 2020 Posted by | Federal nuclear waste dump, politics, South Australia | Leave a comment

Tasmania weighs ocean energy potential in 200 per cent renewables plan — RenewEconomy

Tasmanian government unveils final “action plan” for 200% renewables by 2040, including new push to promote and develop its ocean and tidal energy resources. The post Tasmania weighs ocean energy potential in 200 per cent renewables plan appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Tasmania weighs ocean energy potential in 200 per cent renewables plan — RenewEconomy

December 21, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Renewables will push power prices lower even after Liddell closure, says AEMC — RenewEconomy

Renewable energy is set to decrease power prices around the country – and that’s before you even count recent new policies. The post Renewables will push power prices lower even after Liddell closure, says AEMC appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Renewables will push power prices lower even after Liddell closure, says AEMC — RenewEconomy

December 21, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

December 20 Energy News — geoharvey

Opinion: ¶ “A Clean Energy Future For Alaska Requires Action By Congress” • Rural communities in Alaska that often face high electricity costs are increasingly turning to renewable energy sources such as wind and solar. Solar PVs save money even in the Arctic. But to continue installations, it will be necessary for the US Congress […]

December 20 Energy News — geoharvey

December 21, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Coal will blow past world’s climate targets, driven by Australia’s mining frenzy — RenewEconomy

If the world blows past its climate targets in 2025, Australia will have played a key role in supplying the fuel that does the damage. The post Coal will blow past world’s climate targets, driven by Australia’s mining frenzy appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Coal will blow past world’s climate targets, driven by Australia’s mining frenzy — RenewEconomy

December 21, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment