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Australian news, and some related international items

This week’s nuclear news – Australia

Well. it’s all about climate this week.  Not much mention of reducing energy use, energy conservation etc – even though this would be the cheapest, quickest and most effective measure to slow down global heating.

My pick: top stories of the week Too expensive, too slow: Even the baseload argument doesn’t work for nuclear. The push for nuclear power in space.      Hidden agenda: Will COP26 let nuclear power in the door and, if so, why?

Another example of climate change damaging the nuclear industry –jellyfish increase clogging up cooling systems of reactors

AUSTRALIA.

CLIMATE.     Farmers fear that Australian climate inaction could jeopardise future export potential    Australia has a ‘suicidal’ climate policy, says former UN climate chief      UK says Australia must do more to tackle climate change as G20 leaders gatherUK’s top climate adviser launches scathing attack on Australia on eve of Cop26         Angus Taylor refuses to detail cost to taxpayers of 2050 climate plan   Honest Government Ad | COP26 Climate Summit. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIyKmqEdgR4

NUCLEAR.   Scott Morrison’s ‘net zero plan’ includes small nuclear reactorsScott Morrison is impressed by Bill Gates – of course – it’s about small nuclear reactors solving climate change. Tony Abbott, (highly unpopular former PM) on the pro nuclear bandwagon.

Too expensive, too slow: Even the baseload argument doesn’t work for nuclear.

Submarines. $6000 a day to one US advisor to Australia on getting nuclear submarines. How much to the 3 new ones? Half-baked plan to build half of each nuclear submarine in Australia, and conflicts of interest in the planners. Australia looking at existing design to ‘accelerate’ delivery of nuclear-powered submarines. No likelihood of Australian jobs in nuclear submarine construction, nor in big Pacific vessel,  Indonesia wants non-peaceful nuclear submarines to be subject to nuclear non-proliferation treaty (surprise, surprise, Australia doesn’t agree). France’s President Macron quite clear that Scott Morrison lied to him.

There must be a Conservation Plan before uranium mining operations are permitted at the fragile ecosystem of Mulga Rock, Western Australia. Australians should remember our past and continuing uranium/nuclear environmental disasters.

INTERNATIONAL

CLIMATE.    World is failing to make changes needed to avoid climate breakdown, report finds. The myth of “newer, safer, less expensive” nuclear power to fix the climate. Hidden agenda: Will COP26 let nuclear power in the door and, if so, why?

‘We have left it too late’: COP26 unlikely to limit warming to 1.5C, scientists warn . UN warns world ‘way off track’ as greenhouse gases grow . The world is nowhere near to kicking its dirtiest habit. World heading for catastrophe without bolder climate plans, UN warns. 35 official events at Cop26 put on by polluting companies. If COP26 fails, it could mean mass migrations and food shortages – Boris Johnson. From the climate crisis to nuclear war and technological disruption: The future of security reassessed.‘Illusion’ of climate action by big emitters clouds outlook for COP26 talks      Cop26 will be whitest and most privileged ever, warn campaigners               ‘It’s the protests which are giving me hope’: activists descend on Glasgow

NUCLEAR WEAPONS.  Even the mind of Dante could not imagine the inferno a nuclear war will plunge us in. Fear of ‘devastating’ nuclear war as world’s major powers enter a new arms race. A nuclear arms race is unavoidable without serious intervention.

IPPNW statement on how WHO could advance the planetary health imperative to eradicate nuclear weaponsReinforcing security through prohibition of nuclear weapons. The untold story of the world’s biggest nuclear bomb.

Another example of climate change damaging the nuclear industry –jellyfish increase clogging up cooling systems of reactors

Correcting Alan Finkel’s nuclear fallacies.

Happy Birthday King Rupert https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ct2F6uvWhRw

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Honest Government Ad | COP26 Climate Summit

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Hidden agenda: Will COP26 let nuclear power in the door and, if so, why?

Hidden agenda — Beyond Nuclear International  October 31, 2021 by beyondnuclearinternationa   The unspoken argument for more nuclear power, By Linda Pentz Gunter

Not that the two things are unconnected. The civilian nuclear power industry is desperately scrambling to find a way into the COP climate solutions. It has rebranded itself as “zero-carbon”, which is a lie. And this lie goes unchallenged by our willing politicians who blithely repeat it. Are they really that lazy and stupid? Possibly not. Read on.

Nuclear power isn’t a climate solution of course. It can make no plausible financial case, compared with renewables and energy efficiency, nor can it deliver nearly enough electricity in time to stay the inexorable onrush of climate catastrophe. It is too slow, too expensive, too dangerous, hasn’t solved its lethal waste problem and presents a potentially disastrous security and proliferation risk. 

New, small, fast reactors will make plutonium, essential to the nuclear weapons industry as Henry Sokolski and Victor Gilinsky of the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center continue to point out. Some of these so-called micro-reactors would be used to power the military battlefield. The Tennessee Valley Authority is already using two of its civilian nuclear reactors to produce tritium, another key “ingredient” for nuclear weapons and a dangerous blurring of the military and civil nuclear lines.

So here we are again at another COP (Conference of the Parties). Well, some of us are in Glasgow, Scotland at the COP itself, and some of us, this writer included, are sitting at a distance, trying to feel hopeful.

But this is COP 26. That means there have already been 25 tries at dealing with the once impending and now upon us climate crisis. Twenty five rounds of “blah, blah, blah” as youth climate activist, Greta Thunberg, so aptly put it. 

So if some of us do not feel the blush of optimism on our cheeks, we can be forgiven. I mean, even the Queen of England has had enough of the all-talk-and-no-action of our world leaders, who have been, by and large, thoroughly useless. Even, this time, absent. Some of them have been worse than that.  

Not doing anything radical on climate at this stage is fundamentally a crime against humanity. And everything else living on Earth. It should be grounds for an appearance at the International Criminal Court. In the dock.

But what are the world’s greatest greenhouse gas emitters consumed with right now? Upgrading and expanding their nuclear weapons arsenals. Another crime against humanity. It’s as if they haven’t even noticed that our planet is already going quite rapidly to hell in a handbasket. They’d just like to hasten things along a bit by inflicting a nuclear armageddon on us as well.

Not that the two things are unconnected. The civilian nuclear power industry is desperately scrambling to find a way into the COP climate solutions. It has rebranded itself as “zero-carbon”, which is a lie. And this lie goes unchallenged by our willing politicians who blithely repeat it. Are they really that lazy and stupid? Possibly not. Read on.

Nuclear power isn’t a climate solution of course. It can make no plausible financial case, compared with renewables and energy efficiency, nor can it deliver nearly enough electricity in time to stay the inexorable onrush of climate catastrophe. It is too slow, too expensive, too dangerous, hasn’t solved its lethal waste problem and presents a potentially disastrous security and proliferation risk. 

Nuclear power is so slow and expensive that it doesn’t even matter whether or not it is ‘low-carbon’ (let alone ‘zero-carbon’). As the economist, Amory Lovins, says, “ Being carbon-free does not establish climate-effectiveness.” If an energy source is too slow and too costly, it will “reduce and retard achievable climate protection,” no matter how ‘low-carbon’ it is.

New, small, fast reactors will make plutonium, essential to the nuclear weapons industry as Henry Sokolski and Victor Gilinsky of the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center continue to point out. Some of these so-called micro-reactors would be used to power the military battlefield. The Tennessee Valley Authority is already using two of its civilian nuclear reactors to produce tritium, another key “ingredient” for nuclear weapons and a dangerous blurring of the military and civil nuclear lines.

Keeping existing reactors going, and building new ones, maintains the lifeline of personnel and know-how needed by the nuclear weapons sector. Dire warnings are being sounded in the halls of power about the threat to national security should the civil nuclear sector fade away.

This is more than a hypothesis. It is all spelled out in numerous documents from bodies such as The Atlantic Council to The Energy Futures Initiative. It has been well researched by two stellar academics at the University of Sussex in the UK — Andy Stirling and Phil Johnstone. It’s just almost never talked about. Including by those of us in the anti-nuclear power movement, much to Stirling and Johnstone’s consternation.

But in a way it’s just glaringly obvious. As we in the anti-nuclear movement wrack our brains to understand why our perfectly empirical and compelling arguments against using nuclear power for climate fall perpetually on deaf ears, we are maybe missing the fact that the nuclear-is-essential-for-climate arguments we hear are just one big smokescreen.

At least, let’s hope so. Because the alternative means that our politicians really are that lazy and stupid, and also gullible, or in the pockets of the big polluters, whether nuclear or fossil fuel, or possibly all of the above. And if that’s the case, we must brace ourselves for more “blah, blah, blah” at COP 26 and a truly horrible outlook for present and future generations.

We are grateful, therefore, to our colleagues attending COP 26, who will be promoting— rather than tilting at —windmills as they make their case, one more time, that nuclear power has no place in, and in fact hinders, climate solutions. 

And I hope they will also point out that expensive and obsolete nuclear power should never be promoted — under the false guise of a climate solution — as an excuse to perpetuate the nuclear weapons industry.

Linda Pentz Gunter is the International specialist at Beyond Nuclear and writes for and edits Beyond Nuclear International.

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Australia has a ‘suicidal’ climate policy, says former UN climate chief


Australia has a ‘suicidal’ climate policy, says former UN climate chief
Christina Figueres, an architect of the 2015 Paris Agreement, has hit out at Australia’s net zero commitment, labelling it “irresponsible” and “suicidal”.

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Angus Taylor refuses to detail cost to taxpayers of 2050 climate plan

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Angus Taylor refuses to detail cost to taxpayers of 2050 climate plan

The federal Energy Minister says funding for the government’s plan for net zero emissions by 2050 only stretches as far as 2030, saying what future governments do in the 2040s “is a matter for them”.

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UK’s top climate adviser launches scathing attack on Australia on eve of Cop26


UK’s top climate adviser launches scathing attack on Australia on eve of Cop26

Lord Deben says there is ‘no indication’ Scott Morrison has a plan to deliver the net zero commitment ‘we’ve squeezed out of him

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UK says Australia must do more to tackle climate change as G20 leaders gather

UK says Australia must do more to tackle climate change as G20 leaders gather

Britain wants Australia to commit more on tackling climate change, a spokesman for UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson says, stepping up the pressure before the United Nations COP26 climate summit next week.

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Minister confirms taxpayer will foot bill for UK nuclear power strategy

Minister confirms taxpayer will foot bill for UK nuclear power strategy LBC,  TOM SWARBRICK, 31 October 2021  On the fourth time of asking, the Energy minister admitted energy bills will rise to fund the construction of nuclear plants in the UK.

As COP26 gets underway in Glasgow, Tom Swarbrick was joined by Minister for Business, Energy and Clean Growth Greg Hands to discuss the UK’s strategy to achieve net zero.

Tom asked Mr Hands about the Regulated Asset Base model for nuclear, which is the government’s plan to build “at least one large-scale nuclear project” by the end of parliament.

How much are bills going to go up to pay for that?” Tom asked for the first time. The Tory MP dodged the question and insisted that the RAB model “increases our level of choices” for energy production in future.

He repeated that the construction of nuclear plants “creates more options for us.”………..

Before it has been built, how much are prices going to go up as a result of this model?” Tom asked for the third time.

The Energy Minister insisted that “depends on the deals that are being done”, adding that energy bills will “be reduced by around £10.”

Can I just try one more time, and it can be a nod or a shake of the head for an answer,” a dejected Tom said.

“Can you guarantee that through this new way of funding nuclear, that bills will not go up prior to it being built?”

“No, we’re expecting that bill-payers will make a contribution based on the Regular Asset Base model” the Minister confirmed on the fourth time of asking.

“It will end up being cheaper overall for bill-payers by in the region of £10” he repeated, clarifying that the saving is “over the lifetime of that power station.” https://www.lbc.co.uk/radio/presenters/tom-swarbrick/british-taxpayer-will-pay-for-nuclear-energy-program-minister-confirms/

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A damning new confidential report on France’s future nuclear reactor plans.

 Nuclear. A damning confidential report on future EPRs. It is a real bomb that has just published the information site “Context” about the new generation of nuclear power plants EDF. These EPR2 that Emmanuel Macron is about to order.

“Context” has obtained a confidential report from the government which expresses serious doubts about the design, feasibility, cost and timeframe of what should constitute the new wave of French nuclear
power plants. Bercy and EDF make no comment.

 Ouest France 29th Oct 2021

 https://www.ouest-france.fr/environnement/nucleaire/nucleaire-un-rapport-confidentiel-accablant-sur-les-futurs-epr-b54a63b8-37d7-11ec-9832-1d0e4716a307

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Forrest strikes deal with UK billionaires for biggest renewable hydrogen play in UK — RenewEconomy

Andrew Forrest strikes deal with billionaire Bamford family to become biggest supplier of renewable hydrogen in UK, with focus on heavy transport. The post Forrest strikes deal with UK billionaires for biggest renewable hydrogen play in UK appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Forrest strikes deal with UK billionaires for biggest renewable hydrogen play in UK — RenewEconomy

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New $1 billion-plus Project In Queensland To Double World’s Green Hydrogen Production Capacity — The Anonymous Widower

The title of this post is the same as that of this article on ABC News.

New $1 billion-plus Project In Queensland To Double World’s Green Hydrogen Production Capacity — The Anonymous Widower

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France’s President Macron quite clear that Scott Morrison lied to him

I don’t think, I know’: French President Macron says Scott Morrison lied to him. SMH, By Bevan Shields, November 1, 2021 Rome: French President Emmanuel Macron says Scott Morrison lied to him over the cancellation of a mammoth submarine contract, in a dramatic escalation of tensions between the two leaders.

Asked by The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age at the G20 summit in Rome whether he could trust Morrison again, Macron replied: “We will see what he will deliver……..

When also asked whether Morrison lied, Macron said: “I don’t think, I know.”………

In Rome, Macron noted Australia had ditched a signed contract for a known submarine program in exchange for an 18-month review into how it can acquire nuclear-powered submarines from the US and UK……….

US President Joe Biden used a meeting with Macron on the eve of the G20 to claim he was unaware that France had not been given advance notice that Australia had resolved to tear up a $90 billion submarine contract……I was under the impression that France had been informed long before that the deal was not going through…..https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/i-don-t-think-i-know-french-president-macron-says-scott-morrison-lied-to-him-20211101-p594sx.html

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The myth of “newer, safer, less expensive” nuclear power to fix the climate

Denise Duffield, – associate director of Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles 30 Oct 21.

The myth of “newer, safer, less expensive” nuclear power has promised for decades to deliver a magical climate solution.

Unfortunately, despite billions of dollars in research and development, subsidies, loan guarantees and liability waivers, and countless promises that next-generation technology was “just around the corner,” nuclear power is not and will never be that solution. It is far too slow and costly to impact the climate crisis, and it presents insurmountable threats to public health that will worsen as the climate crisis grows.

 

Radioactive waste generated by nuclear power will remain dangerous for thousands of years, burdening future generations for our short-sighted gain. We need to stop wasting precious resources on false solutions that prop up uneconomical and polluting industries and invest instead in truly sustainable, community-driven solutions.

 LA Times 30th Oct 2021

https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2021-10-30/nuclear-power-climate-change

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South Australia shortlists seven renewable hydrogen projects for massive export hub — RenewEconomy

South Australia shortlists seven projects that could deliver 1.5 million tonnes of renewable hydrogen to its proposed new hub. The post South Australia shortlists seven renewable hydrogen projects for massive export hub appeared first on RenewEconomy.

South Australia shortlists seven renewable hydrogen projects for massive export hub — RenewEconomy

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Japan looks to renewables, role of nuclear elusive ahead of election — Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

Oct 29, 2021 Japan aims to increase its reliance on renewable energy in achieving net-zero emissions, but the role of nuclear power to be played toward that end appears to be elusive even in the government’s energy plan approved by the Cabinet about a week ahead of Sunday’s general election. The plan outlines ways to […]

Japan looks to renewables, role of nuclear elusive ahead of election — Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

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