Antinuclear

Australian news, and some related international items

David Suzuki on nuclear power as a climate change solution ”I want to puke.”

I want to puke. Because politicians love to say, “Oh, yeah, we care about this and boy, there’s [nuclear] technology just around the corner.”

Yeah, it’s taken a child [environmental activist Greta Thunberg] to finally have an impact that is more than all of us environmentalists put together over the past years. 

The power of that child is that she’s got no vested interest in anything. She’s just saying: “Listen to the science because the scientists are telling us I have no future if we don’t take some drastic action.”

I want to puke’: David Suzuki reacts to O’Regan’s nuclear power endorsement

The Nature of Things host also addressed the climate crisis and youth’s role in climate change   https://www.cbc.ca/radio/checkup/is-it-time-to-call-an-election-1.5728483/i-want-to-puke-david-suzuki-reacts-to-o-regan-s-nuclear-power-endorsement-1.5731819

CBC Radio Sep 21, 2020   David Suzuki spoke to Checkup host Ian Hanomansing about how to tackle climate change while in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, and took questions from callers, in Sunday’s Ask Me Anything segment.

With the COVID-19 pandemic at the forefront of the news cycle, it might be easy to forget about the ongoing climate change crisis.

While managing the pandemic has become the first priority of the Canadian government and other governments around the world, climate change was a major talking point in the 2019 federal election campaign.

This summer, the last intact ice shelf in the Canadian Arctic collapsed. South of the border, dry, hot weather conditions in states such as Oregon and Washington have led to historic wildfires.

David Suzuki is a scientist and environmental activist. He’s also the host of The Nature of Things on CBC television. Continue reading

September 22, 2020 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Small Nuclear Reactors look good – on paper!

Lockdown alternatives look good on paper: So do nuclear reactors, Independent Australia, By John Quiggin | 22 September 2020,  Amid mounting pressure for a “hands-off” approach to pandemic controls, Professor John Quiggin explains the real costs of the “let her rip” strategy.

BACK IN 1953, the founder of the U.S. naval nuclear program, Admiral Hyman Rickover, drew a striking contrast between “paper reactors” and “real reactors”:

An academic [paper] reactor or reactor plant almost always has the following basic characteristics: (1) It is simple. (2) It is small. (3) It is cheap. (4) It is light. (5) It can be built very quickly. (6) It is very flexible in purpose (“omnibus reactor”). (7) Very little development is required. It will use mostly “off-the-shelf” components. (8) The reactor is in the study phases. It is not being built now.

On the other hand, a practical [real] reactor plant can be distinguished by the following characteristics: (1) It is being built now. (2) It is behind schedule. (3) It is requiring an immense amount of development on apparently trivial items. Corrosion, in particular, is a problem. (4) It is very expensive. (5) It takes a long time to build because of the engineering development problems. (6) It is large. (7) It is heavy. (8) It is complicated.

The tools of the academic-reactor designer are a piece of paper and a pencil with an eraser. If a mistake is made, it can always be erased and changed. If the practical-reactor designer errs, he wears the mistake around his neck; it cannot be erased. Everyone can see it.

Rickover’s insight has been borne out many times, as a long series of new reactor designs, promising power “too cheap to meter”, have come in over time and over budget. The latest such paper reactor, the Small Modular Reactor being developed by NuScale Power recently received design approval from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Quietly tucked away in the announcement was the prediction that the first 12-module plant being developed for Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems would be operational by 2030. Until last week, the announced target was 2027. And when the project was first funded, commercial operation was projected for 2023

The contrast drawn by Rickover applies equally well to the policies proposed by critics of the elimination and suppression policies adopted around the world in response to the COVID-19 pandemic………..

Unlike Rickover’s paper reactors, these theoretical policies are typically not spelt out in much detail. Rather, the adverse effects of real policies, such as the hardship associated with travel restrictions and the economic cost of lockdowns are pointed out, and it is claimed that it would have been far better to accept a few deaths, mostly of old people who were going to die soon anyway.  ….

Broadly speaking, the earlier and more comprehensive the control policy, the better the outcomes in terms of both (market) economic activity and health outcomes. (With a proper understanding of economics, health outcomes are economic outcomes, whether or not they affect market activity). ……..

…. https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/lockdown-alternatives-look-good-on-paper-so-do-nuclear-reactors,14333

September 22, 2020 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Nuke Ban: Former Statesmen, et al Promoting — limitless life

Open Letter in Support of the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons Under embargo until 21 September 2020, 00:00 UTC This open letter in support of the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons has been signed by 56 former presidents, prime ministers, foreign ministers and defence ministers from 20 NATO member […]

Nuke Ban: Former Statesmen, et al Promoting — limitless life

September 22, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Anything but wind or solar: Taylor’s technology plan is “roadmap to nowhere” — RenewEconomy

The Coalition’s latest energy policy labelled a ‘roadmap to nowhere’, after sidelining wind and solar and failing to set a post-2030 emissions target. The post Anything but wind or solar: Taylor’s technology plan is “roadmap to nowhere” appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Anything but wind or solar: Taylor’s technology plan is “roadmap to nowhere” — RenewEconomy

September 22, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Money talks, BS walks: It’s global comedy hour, with a special Australian segment — RenewEconomy

The federal government energy and climate policy has turned into complete farce. The post Money talks, BS walks: It’s global comedy hour, with a special Australian segment appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Money talks, BS walks: It’s global comedy hour, with a special Australian segment — RenewEconomy

September 22, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Technology roadmap delays climate action by denying rapid deployment — RenewEconomy

To hit climate goals we need to accelerate deployment of mature technologies beyond the ‘natural’ rate of build. The technology roadmap doesn’t do that. The post Technology roadmap delays climate action by denying rapid deployment appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Technology roadmap delays climate action by denying rapid deployment — RenewEconomy

September 22, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Australians suffer $2 billion health bill from summer bushfire smoke, researchers say — RenewEconomy

Researchers estimate smoke related health costs from summer bushfires at almost $2 billion, warning climate change will make the future worse. The post Australians suffer $2 billion health bill from summer bushfire smoke, researchers say appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Australians suffer $2 billion health bill from summer bushfire smoke, researchers say — RenewEconomy

September 22, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

September 21 Energy News — geoharvey

Opinion: ¶ “Climate Intelligence Is Business Intelligence” • Politicization of climate change is clouding public perspective on the subject. Nevertheless, some leaders in the “real economy” are aligning with policymakers and civil society on the urgency of quickly slowing humanity’s contribution to accelerating climate change. We have a tool to support that. [CleanTechnica] ¶ “Trump […]

September 21 Energy News — geoharvey

September 22, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Richest 10% Emit Double The Carbon Of The World’s Poorest — Stanisland

A new report by Oxfam has revealed the world’s richest account for 52% of global emissions

Richest 10% Emit Double The Carbon Of The World’s Poorest — Stanisland

September 22, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Richest 10% Emit Double The Carbon Of The World’s Poorest — Stanisland

A new report by Oxfam has revealed the world’s richest account for 52% of global emissions

Richest 10% Emit Double The Carbon Of The World’s Poorest — Stanisland

September 22, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Pandemic, climate, nuclear – very bad news, and some good news

Well, all news, by its very nature is likely to be bad. (Good behaviour is pretty ordinary, not news.) But there’s  bad news, and there’s very bad news.  And this has been a week for the very bads.

Start with the pandemic. The global death toll exceeds 957,000. cases nearly 31 million.  India’s coronavirus cases pass 5 million as hospitals scramble for oxygen. A second wave grips EuropeUK cases could grow exponentially, if no action taken. Most of the US is headed in the wrong direction again with COVID-19 cases as deaths near 200,000.

Climate. Weather extremes are more frequently with us now, and as with the pandemic, the longer term future is unceetain:  abrupt changes could bring interconnected tipping points.

Economics. The FinCEN files: Dirty little secrets of the world’s banks revealed in mass US government leak.

BUT – some good news. East Asian countries – China, Taiwan, Vietnam, South Korea, Singapore Malaysia -have learned, through their previous SARS epidemic, how to structure their health systems to plan for and manage pandemics,  mount particularly effective responses to COVID-19, and reduce the death rate.

Why harsh COVID-19 lockdowns are good for the economy. 

World’s Biggest Rooftop Greenhouse in Montreal is as Big as 3 Football Fields – Now Can Feed 2% of the City.

 

AUSTRALIA

CORONAVIRUS. The State of Victoria has achieved remarkable success in bringing down the infection rate to 11 in one day, death toll 2.  This is the result of the strict lockdown regime imposed by Prmier Daniel Andrews, despite vicious attacks on him by the opposition party. You know the good result is true, when even the Murdoch Press has to admit it, and its opinion poll  backs the Premier.

NUCLEAR

CLIMATE.  Young Australians call for COVID-19 recovery plan with climate jobs.    See this graphic exposure of the coal, oil, gas, corruption in Australian government.  Scott Morrison turns to socialism, with his new religion, not coal, but “gas-led recovery”.  Morrison thinks gas is the new coal, and it’s just as big a climate threat.  ‘Gas-led recovery’ may actually deter energy investment: Experts.  Australia’s mainstream media dutifully parrots out Government spin about gas.

Australian government never intended to follow the advice of the review on environmental law.

Killing the virus comes at enormous cost — doing nothing will cost moreNews Corp, Facebook and disinformation about climate and pandemic.

Coalition to divert renewable energy funding away from wind and solar.

INTERNATIONAL

Julian Assange was offered a pardon, if he would name a source.  Julian Assange exposed “a very serious pattern of actual war crimes”.  Assange insisted on not revealing names of informants.  Julian Assange case: Witnesses recall Collateral Murder attack: “Look at those dead bastards,” shooters said. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNFEXvyZdyU  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYaxBVzHJHs

David Attenborough now wants us to face up to the state of the planet.  In tropical areas, increasing heat and humidity will make life almost unbearable.  Importance of the ocean’s biological carbon pumphttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4aQkyJrlWs

What Frogs Can Teach Us about the State of the World.

53 million tons of plastic could end up in rivers, lakes and oceans every year by 2030.  The persistence of plastic.

The coronavirus pandemic and the increased safety risks for nuclear reactors.

Nuclear exposure standards discriminate on the basis of sex .

Why NuScam and other ”small” nuclear proposals just don’t make any sense.

The hidden stumbling block to progress on nuclear weapons.

BHP betrays international safety efforts.

September 21, 2020 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

Australian Nuclear and Science Organisation distancing itself from the Napandee nuclear waste dump?

September 21, 2020 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump | Leave a comment

A mixed blessing – the sudden departure of Australia’s nuclear high priest, Dr Adi Paterson

I am reminded of Hilaire Belloc’s advice to the young – ”Always keep a hold of Nurse, for fear of finding something worse”.

Among other sycophantic tributes, Dr Adi Paterson is lauded for encouraging women into the nuclear industry.

Adi Paterson spent several years in South Africa, trying to establish Small Nuclear Reactors. It turned out to be Tan expensive and useless exercise. Then he came to Australia, with the same dream. He quietly signed Australia up to the Framework Agreement for International Collaboration on Research and Development of Generation IV Nuclear Energy Systems, without any consultation, discussion in Parliament (which rubber-stamped this later).

He quietly organised Australia’s participation with China in developing small nuclear reactors.

He rubbished renewable energy at a solar conference.

He went to Kimba to do propaganda for the nuclear waste dump plan, but admitted that there was no economic benefit in  the low level waste dump, so the intermediate level waste was the real intention.

Leadership changes at ANSTO,   Statement from the ANSTO Chair: Dr Annabelle Bennett  9 Sep 20,  Dr Adi Paterson has resigned as CEO of ANSTO slightly ahead of time of his term. He has decided to take a period of leave before formally finishing. ……..

Mr Shaun Jenkinson will continue as acting CEO, while the Board undertakes a global search for a permanent CEO. https://www.ansto.gov.au/news/leadership-changes-at-ansto?fbclid=IwAR0cLOwne84D7XJP9UGwrf1aVAxyXgStAB6502zPYUgsqxdbjUuyUR3MYjo

Adrian “Adi” Paterson is a South African scientist and engineer best known for his work on Pebble Bed modular reactor research and development. He was appointed CEO of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) in 2009

In 2006, he became General Manager of Business Development Operations at the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor Company in South Africa, and held the position until December 2008. The Company downsized significantly following his departure. In 2010, Public Enterprises Minister Barbara Hogan described the project in Parliament saying that “between 2005 and 2009, it became increasingly clear that, based on the direct-cycle electricity design, PBMR’s potential investor and customer market was severely restricted, and it was unable to acquire either [investors or customers].”

He emigrated to Australia in 2008 and was appointed Chief Executive Officer at ANSTO in March 2009.

September 21, 2020 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, personal stories, politics | Leave a comment

Australia is to build new nuclear reactors, in partnership with China (does Parliament know?)

 

Republishing again, in view of Dr Adi Paterson’s departure from Ansto.

Republishing this one, in view of news from the UK, that a British-China nuclear research programme may be siphoning UK tax-payers’ funds off into China’s military projects. 

Australia is back in the nuclear game, Independent Australia,  By Noel Wauchope | 24 March 2019, One of Australia’s chief advocates for nuclear power Dr Adi Paterson, CEO of Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, (ANSTO), has done it again.

This time, he quietly signed Australia up to spend taxpayers’ money on developing a new nuclear gimmick — the Thorium Molten Salt Reactor (TMSR).

This new nuclear reactor does not physically exist and there is no market for it. So its development depends on government funding.

Proponents claim that this nuclear reactor would be better and cheaper than the existing (very expensive) pressurised water reactors, but this claim has been refuted. The TMSR has been described by analyst Oliver Tickell as not “green”, not “viable” and not likely. More recently, the plan has been criticised as, among other things, just too expensive — not feasible as a profitable commercial energy source.

Paterson’s signing up to this agreement received no Parliamentary discussion and no public information. The news just appeared in a relatively obscure engineering journal.

The public remains unaware of this.

In 2017, we learned through the Senate Committee process that Dr Paterson had, in June 2016, signed Australia up to the Framework Agreement for International Collaboration on Research and Development of Generation IV Nuclear Energy Systems (also accessible by Parliament Hansard Economics Legislation Committee 30/05/2017).

This was in advance of any Parliamentary discussion and despite Australia’s law prohibiting nuclear power development. Paterson’s decision was later rubber-stamped by a Senate Committee……..

Dr Paterson was then obviously supremely confident in his ability to make pro-nuclear decisions for Australia.

Nothing seems to have changed in Paterson’s confidence levels about making decisions on behalf of Australia.

Interestingly, Bill Gates has abandoned his nuclear co-operation with China. His company TerraPower was to develop Generation IV nuclear reactors. Gates decided to pull out of this because the Trump Administration, led by the Energy Department, announced in October that it was implementing measures to prevent China’s illegal diversion of U.S. civil nuclear technology for military or other unauthorised purposes.

Apparently, these considerations have not weighed heavily on the Australian Parliament.

Is this because the Parliament doesn’t know anything about Dr Paterson’s agreement for Australia to partner with the Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics (SINAP) in developing Thorium Molten Salt Reactors?   https://independentaustralia.net/environment/environment-display/australia-is-back-in-the-nuclear-game,12488#.XJWdhxDqitc.twitter

September 21, 2020 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics, politics international, secrets and lies, technology | Leave a comment

The process for selecting Napandee nuclear waste site – flawed and divisive

No Radioactive Waste Facility for Kimba District 19 Sep 20,The No Radioactive Waste on Agricultural Land in Kimba or SA group has always maintained that the current process the Federal Government have devised to site the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility is both fundamentally flawed and inherently divisive.It is clear that the Senate Economics Committee also find themselves divided on this issue, as can be witnessed in the three dissenting statements handed down within the report.
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Over 5 years, one constant in a revolving line up of Ministers and Department staff has been their continual trivialisation of our concerns and opinions. That the federal government and their new Minister now consciously attempt to eliminate the fundamental right of Australians to judicial review and procedural fairness epitomises the lack of integrity and transparency with which this process had been conducted. It is exceedingly clear that if this proposal was openly and broadly supported, the current legislation to select a site by Ministerial decree would suffice.
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We have always upheld that this issue is, and should be, bigger than just Kimba and that our community is much wider than just our geographical local government area. Meaningful engagement with others within proximity to the sites, regardless of council boundaries is the responsibility of the Minister, and has not occurred. Controlling boundaries and continually sampling the same people is manipulative, provides no assurance of broad community support and remains contested.
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The proposed double handling and temporary storing of intermediate level waste above ground for decades and on agricultural land makes no sense for our nation’s long term responsibility to safely manage our most dangerous waste. The fact that the Senate Committee is as divided over this as ourcommunity proves that this proposed amendment, and in fact this whole process is fundamentally wrong.

September 21, 2020 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump | Leave a comment