Antinuclear

Australian news, and some related international items

Australia dodged a bullet in not getting nuclear power – Ian Lowe

An obvious conclusion flows from the Fox Report’s 1976 comment about a lack of objectivity. We are not objective observers of the world: we all see reality through the lenses of our values and our experience. We all have a tendency to see what we would like to see…….

The probability that any person will be favourably disposed to the idea of nuclear power can be predicted from their values and from their view of the sort of future they would like to see. Fellows of the Academy of Technology and Engineering tend to favour a high-tech future, while conservationists are much more likely to favour small-­scale local supply systems.

This is a reminder that the future is not somewhere we are going, but something we are creating. From my perspective, nuclear power now looks like an intractable problem we were just lucky to avoid. Most developed nations have nuclear power stations with mountains of accumulated waste, for which there is no effective permanent solution. The urgent task of moving to clean energy supply, mostly from solar and wind, is made more difficult when resources have been sunk into the nuclear power industry. I believe we dodged a bullet.

A long half-­life,  Nuclear energy in Australia,   https://www.griffithreview.com/articles/a-long-half-life/
Griffith Review,by Ian Lowe, March 21, ON MY DESK there sits a well-­thumbed copy of the 1976 Fox Report, the first report of the Ranger Uranium Environmental Inquiry. I grew up in New South Wales, where most electricity came from coal-­fired power stations, but miners were often killed or injured and the air pollution from burning coal was obvious. So as a young scientist I was attracted to the idea of replacing our dirty and dangerous coal-­fired electricity with nuclear power.
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That report changed my thinking. And the sight of it is a reminder that while Australia has a very long history of involvement in nuclear issues, it’s one of the few advanced countries that does not have nuclear power stations. It would now be very difficult to make a rational case for taking that step, but a small group of pro-­nuclear enthusiasts continues to urge greater Australian involvement in the so-­called nuclear fuel cycle.
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I want to summarise the history of this enthusiasm and use it to explore the continuing interest in that deeper involvement – because nuclear issues have always been intensely political. In practice, debates about nuclear energy are essentially arguments about what sort of future we want.

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March 4, 2021 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, history, reference | Leave a comment

Transnational Memory and the Fukushima Disaster: Memories of Japan in Australian Anti-nuclear Activism

Transnational Memory and the Fukushima Disaster: Memories of Japan in Australian Anti-nuclear Activism  https://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/index.php/portal/article/view/7094

Alexander Brown https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3582-9658, Jan 28, 2021

Abstract

This paper argues for the importance of transnational memories in framing Australian anti-nuclear activism after the Fukushima disaster. Japan looms large in the transnational nuclear imaginary.

Commemorating Hiroshima as the site of the first wartime use of nuclear weapons has been a long-standing practice in the Australian anti-nuclear movement and the day has been linked to a variety of issues including weapons and uranium mining.

As Australia began exporting uranium to Japan in the 1970s, Australia-Japan relations took on a new meaning for the Indigenous Traditional Owners from whose land uranium was extracted.

After Fukushima, these complex transnational memories formed the basis for an orientation towards Japan by Indigenous land rights activists and for the anti-nuclear movement as a whole.

This paper argues that despite tenuous organizational links between the two countries, transnational memories drove Australian anti-nuclear activists to seek connections with Japan after the Fukushima disaster. The mobilisation of these collective memories helps us to understand how transnational social movements evolve and how they construct globalisation from below in the Asia-Pacific region.fic region.

March 4, 2021 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics international | Leave a comment

Nuclear Power’s Prospects Cool a Decade After Fukushima Meltdowns

Nuclear Power’s Prospects Cool a Decade After Fukushima Meltdowns

Disaster at the Japanese reactors marked a turning point for an industry that once promised to give the world a nearly unlimited source of energy  WSJ, By Peter Landers, March 3, 2021 

OMAEZAKI, Japan—At a seaside nuclear-power plant here, a concrete wall stretching a mile along the coast and towering 73 feet above sea level offers protection against almost any conceivable tsunami. Two reactors are ready to start splitting atoms again to heat water into steam and generate power, the operator has told regulators.

Yet despite safety measures set to cost nearly $4 billion, the Hamaoka plant hasn’t produced a single kilowatt since May 2011, and it has no target date to restart. The paint on billboards is fading and an old “no trespassing” sign outside the barbed wire lies on the ground—signs of creeping neglect.

Even a local antinuclear leader, Katsushi Hayashi, said he spent more time these days fighting an unrelated rail line in the mountains, confident that regulators and public opinion wouldn’t let the plant open any time soon. “Fukushima gave us all the proof we need. It’s dangerous,” Mr. Hayashi said.

The triple meltdowns at Japanese nuclear reactors in Fukushima after the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami marked a turning point in an industry that once dreamed of providing the world with nearly unlimited power.

A decade after Fukushima, just nine reactors in Japan are authorized to operate, down from 54 a decade ago, and five of those are currently offline owing to legal and other issues. All of Fukushima prefecture’s reactors are closed permanently or set to do so. Chubu Electric Power Co. , owner of the Hamaoka plant, declined to make an executive available for comment. It has formally applied to reopen two reactors at the plant and told regulators that new measures such as the wall, mainly completed in 2015, make them safe to operate…… (subscribers only)  https://www.wsj.com/articles/nuclear-powers-prospects-cool-a-decade-after-fukushima-meltdowns-11614767406

March 4, 2021 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Fukushima’s Olympic makeover: Will the ‘cursed’ area be safe from radioactivity in time for Games? 

March 4, 2021 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Switch to 100 pct renewables will drive economic growth, but watch for green bubbles: AXA — RenewEconomy

Australia must transition to net zero as fast as possible to ensure economic growth. But investment giant AXA says there is a risk of green bubbles forming. The post Switch to 100 pct renewables will drive economic growth, but watch for green bubbles: AXA appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Switch to 100 pct renewables will drive economic growth, but watch for green bubbles: AXA — RenewEconomy

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Software billionaire urges Australia to follow Norway’s lead and switch to electric ferries — RenewEconomy

Software billionaire urges Australia – and Sydney Harbour – to follow Norway after the launch of one of the world’s largest all-electric ferries. The post Software billionaire urges Australia to follow Norway’s lead and switch to electric ferries appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Software billionaire urges Australia to follow Norway’s lead and switch to electric ferries — RenewEconomy

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Origin to offer electric car fleets to business as it seeks a ride on energy transition — RenewEconomy

Origin will start offering business customers a fully-electric vehicle fleet service complete with charging infrastructure and carbon offsets. The post Origin to offer electric car fleets to business as it seeks a ride on energy transition appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Origin to offer electric car fleets to business as it seeks a ride on energy transition — RenewEconomy

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“Get on with it:” Regulator urged to approve SA-NSW interconnector, as coal lobby objects — RenewEconomy

South Australia urges regulator to get on with approving new NSW-SA interconnector, after AEMO finds it will deliver net benefits in an accelerating energy transition. The post “Get on with it:” Regulator urged to approve SA-NSW interconnector, as coal lobby objects appeared first on RenewEconomy.

“Get on with it:” Regulator urged to approve SA-NSW interconnector, as coal lobby objects — RenewEconomy

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UN chief demands Australia ends “deadly addiction” to coal by 2030 — RenewEconomy

Pressure on coal heavy countries like Australia and the US to commit to a coal phase out, as UN chief calls for an accelerated end to coal. The post UN chief demands Australia ends “deadly addiction” to coal by 2030 appeared first on RenewEconomy.

UN chief demands Australia ends “deadly addiction” to coal by 2030 — RenewEconomy

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March 3 Energy News — geoharvey

Opinion: ¶ “House Democrats’ Climate Bill Fails to Meet Urgent Crisis” • House Energy and Commerce Democrats introduced revamped legislation today that aims for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. But it fails to set adequate measures to meet those goals, as it does not include any binding mechanisms to achieve its targets. [Center for […]

March 3 Energy News — geoharvey

March 4, 2021 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Nuclear Games

IPPNW Germany 27th Feb 2021On Saturday 27th Feb 2021, the German IPPNW, worked with internationalNGO’s from Japan, and America and Europe, to explain what 10 years of  living with the Fukushima disaster really has meant for Japanese people. The 11 talks were recorded on you tube and can be found on the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/user/IPPNWgermany/videos?app=desktop

March 2, 2021 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Nuclear Free And Independent Pacific Day 2021

March 2, 2021 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Ordinary people do not get truthful information from the government on the Kimba nuclear waste plan

In today’s InDaily 01/03/2021 comment section from Barry Wakelin…..
“Fear is most likely true for many politicians and certainly intimidated.”
As a federal politician of 15 years 1993 to 2007 I expressed my views without fear – but as a humble civilian and departed Federal MP with my boots on, I observe manipulation and refusal to print factual questions which can never see the light of day because the political usage of organisations refuses to bring the light of clear explanations to issues like nuclear matters, for example.
No explanation on NHMRC / ARPANSA guidelines on no nuclear waste on “agricultural land”
No nuclear waste on government land ( the ultimate NIMBY proponents) and only on agricultural land and never on mining land is the new Australia. Out of Lucas Heights ASAP, even though as long as there is a nuclear reactor there producing nuclear medicine there will always be intermediate level waste there.
No emphasis or explanation of cyclotrons and their improving capacities.
The appalling record at Maralinga and particularly Radium Hill and many other locations is enough in itself to show the contempt for working Australians which confirms for me corporate Australia’s arrogance for ordinary people who ultimately carry Australia’s economic burden.
Well done to all those who fight the good fight against the irresponsible amongst us who will not look at the health consequences of their actions and worst of all, deliberately will not seek the truth to enable all of us to have “a fair go”.” – Barry Wakelin, Kimba

March 2, 2021 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Australia’s purchase of vastly expensive French nuclear-powered submarine design, adapted to diesel, now to be scrapped?

These submarine designs were adapted from the French nuclear submarines. I thought, at the time, that they were chosen in preference to the more suitable, and more affordable German design, under the pressure of the nuclear lobby. Presumably, it would be practical to later adapt these submarines to be nuclear-powered.

March 2, 2021 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics, weapons and war | Leave a comment

Ex-PMs Kan, Koizumi urge Japan to quit nuclear power generation 

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