Antinuclear

Australian news, and some related international items

Australian and overseas nuclear news this week

Growing number of Asian countries ravaged by fresh coronavirus waves.   World Health Organisation updates its coronavirus advice, acknowledging aerosol transmission as the major source of infection.  Covid-19: hopes for ‘Herd Immunity’ fade as virus hurtles toward becoming endemic.   Biden’s proposal to waive patent rights for vaccine production has raised quite a storm.


Climate change:  how bad could the future be, if we do nothing?

And now – to nuclear issues.  There have been a number of important articles this week, on nuclear weapons in space – the militarisation of space.  It’s ironic that a big news discussion has also gone on, about an ”out-of-control” Chinese rocket, that could have hit land and caused havoc.  Ever ready to put a comforting Western spin on the news, this incident was used by the media to show how very safe U.S. rockets are, in comparison with those reckless Chinese efforts.


Many space rockets planned, thousands of satellites, thousands of space debris –what could possibly go wrong?

AUSTRALIA.

Australia risks bringing on a nuclear war with China : Urgent need to change foreign policy. Nobel prize winner Beatrice Fihn urges Australia to join the Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty, as public support for it grows. Boris Johnson tells Morrison – ”Ditch coal and go nuclear”.  Gun totin’ gay-marriage opposing, sports-rorting Senator Bridget McKenzie leads the National Party’s push on behalf of the nuclear lobby. 

 Minister Keith Pitt – desperate times, desperate measures – to get Kimba nuclear waste dump.  Angus Taylor, Energy Minister – incompetent and ignorant – SO – VOTE HIM OUT.

INTERNATIONAL

Nuclear weapons have triggered a new geological era. The Fateful Choice: Nuclear Arms Race or Nuclear Weapons-Free World . Amidst Pandemic and Economic Sufferings, 2020’S Global Military Spending Reached Highest Level in Decades.      Amid Widespread Disease, Death, and Poverty, the Major Powers Increased Their Military Spending in 2020.

Faster glacier melting raises hunger threat.

Hypocrisy, climate bullshit, and the push for hydrogen+fossil fuels.

Bitcoin’s dirty little secret – its danger to the environment and the climate.

May 10, 2021 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

Nuclear news this week – Australia and more

Nuclear issues seem to be on the back burner, in Australia, and pretty much everywhere else. South East Asia is the exception, with countries worrying about Japan’s plan to release the Fukushima nuclear waste water into the Pacific Ocean.    Still, I’ve found far too much nuclear news this week, for what is supposed to be a short newsletter.  Perhaps that’s an indication that anxieties about the nuclear industry are simmering away,below the surface, and behind the media trivia.

At least the pandemic is getting the media attention that is so desperately required.    The world is in the midst of its worst coronavirus crisis so far.
The one great lesson of the pandemic is surely that global issues should trump national greediness, and call for global cooperation..   Tackling climate change too requires global policies.

A bit of good news –  Countries step up to supply oxygen and medicine to India. Pakistanis express solidarity with India over its COVID crisis, pledges supplies and medical aid. 

AUSTRALIA

Australian government plan for a nuclear waste dump tears apart the small rural community of Kimba. ‘‘Low Level” radioactive trash to be removed to USA from posh Sydney suburb, while govt plans to send Higher Level nuclear waste to Kimba, rural South Australia. 

ICAN addresses Mount Isa City Council after nuclear appeal pledge .

UK in secret talks with Australia and others, about mining rare earths.  

INTERNATIONAL

We must continue to expose and refute the lies of nuclear industry.

Paul Beckwith on the failure of universities to address real world problems https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-orLuh7lj0

The huge carbon footprint and massive energy use of online activities and of Bitcoin.

For climate action, renewables clearly beat nuclear power.

Chernobyl disaster and the U.N. response – a global matter.

Nuclear fallout from the Cold War might be killing our bees.

Growing aggressive behaviour by nuclear proponents – is nuclear facing obsolescence?

May 3, 2021 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

This week’s nuclear news, Australia and more

Forgive me for being so remiss – I’ve neglected to cover Prince Philip’s funeral. He deserves remembering for some good work that he did for the environment.

NUCLEAR.  Heightened anxiety about keeping, repairing the Iran nuclear agreement, and a suspicious accident at Iran’s nuclear enrichment site.   Continued pressure from the nuclear lobby to get Europe to decide that nuclear power is “clean and green”.

CORONAVIRUS .  The news is not good. A”shocking imbalance” in the distribution of coronavirus vaccines between rich and poor countries. Covid cases, deaths surging around the world as variants spread, vaccination lags.

CLIMATE. Radio Ecoshock covers the issue of Future Cities: Hot and Flooded.

A bit of good news COVID-19 success story for Rwanda is a wake-up call for wealthy West.

AUSTRALIA.

There’s a long and devastating history behind the proposal for a nuclear waste dump in South Australia. Who Says There Is No Kimba Dump Opposition?

Australia’s part in continuing nuclear havoc in Pacific islands – legacy of atomic bomb tests.

With uranium mining closed, Kakadu ‘stagnates” during long wait for proposed federal funding.

IINTERNATIONAL.

Investigative journalism – “Fair” exposes in detail how corporate media uses “Tropes” to win intelligent people over to USA militarism. Two years since Julian Assange was seized from the Ecuadorian Embassy.

Let’s get rid of nuclear weapons before they ruin us.

U.S. – China co-operation on cyber security.

Artificial Intelligence and the risk of catalytic nuclear war.

Nuclear power – a way to stop other, faster, and cheaper, climate solutions. Despite the influence of Bill Gates, experts find that nuclear power is the wrong climate solution.

Japanese engineering firm EPC joins with NuScale in small modular reactor investment.

April 12, 2021 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

The week in nuclear news

Not a lot of remarkable news on nuclear this week . The nuclear lobby is doubling down on its media propaganda, touting nuclear as the solution to climatev change. Also it is determinedly promoting the Tokyo Olympics – the so-called ‘recovery Olympics’, despite the fact that international visitors are banned.

CoronavirusIncidence of new cases globally continues to rise, but death numbers are falling. Problems in distribution of vaccines.

Climate.   Developments in global heating are covered each week in Radio Ecoshock, which is a jump ahead of most news media. This week, it’s been about the predicted high temperatures in the world’s cities. Also, it’s a warm\ning that climate tipping points are coming sooner than expected.

A bit of good news March 20 was the U.N.’s International Day of Happiness.  For the fourth year in a row, Finland has been named the happiest country in the world, with Iceland coming in second, followed by Denmark, Switzerland, and the Netherlands.

AUSTRALIA.

BHP, Rio Tintom  given carte blanche to export uranium to global hotspots .

 Australian Senate vote on Kimba nuclear dump delayed till mid-May, but dump opponents will be fighting on.    Resources Minister Keith Pitt on radio  – same old same old Bluff and Bribery about Kimba nuclear dump plan.

Minerals Council of Australia trying to influence European Commission, to push for fossil fuels and nuclear.

Need for ‘consent laws’, as Australian mining companies trample on Aboriginal rights.

INTERNATIONAL.

Investigative journalism –  Advanced nuclear reactors : Assessing the Safety, Security, and Environmental Impacts of Non-Light-Water Nuclear Reactors.  New science report: advanced nuclear reactors no safer than conventional nuclear plants.  The economics of nuclear power plants are not favorable to future investments.

Nuclear power has become irrelevant — like it or not.   Why the Fukushima disaster signalled the end of Big Nuclear.

New research to determine plutonium pollution and its sources.

Don’t believe hydrogen and nuclear hype – they can’t get us to net zero carbon by 2050

Review of Michael Shellenberger’s book on ”Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All”.

March 22, 2021 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

The nuclear lobby’s lying propaganda on the run up to COP Climate Conference

Ya gotta admire the global spread and relentless persistence of the nuclear industry at every level. Whether it be aimed ast schoolkids or heads of state,  – the message is just such a lie – that nuclear power is ”essential to fight climate change’

Never mind that nuclear power is itself very vulnerable to climate change (over-heating, rising sea leveles, storm surges, water shortages……)

Anyway, today I was captivated by a charming, pretty, graphic, touted by the Public Service Enterprise Group, (PSE&G’) in an article extolling nuclear power, published by INSIDER NJ.

I just felt the need to make PSE&G’s picture honest.

 

March 22, 2021 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

Nuclear  news to 15th March – Australia and international

The Fukushima anniversary is over. A sigh of relief?  We can now all forget about it? Not really. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8njLkMigH4&t=10s

Numerous well-researched articles on the event conclude that Japan’s struggle with the aftermath has no end in sight. A hastily released ”comforting ” health report from The United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation has been criticised as unconvincing and inconsistent. The Japanese government, and the  global nuclear lobby doggedly persist in planning for the ”Recovery Olympics” in Tokyo in July.  But in view of the pandemic and the lingering radiation, that may not be a done deal

Meanwhile – global heating plugs along – without much publicity – Siberia’s warming shows climate change has no winners.   Without changes to mitigate global warming, summer could last nearly six months, study finds.
Global coronavirus cases are beginning to rise again, and there are a number of nations where the situation is worsening by the day.
 
A bit of good news – USA – Fauci Agrees We Can Reach Normalcy by Fourth of July.

AUSTRALIA

Australian uranium fuelled Fukushima .  Australia must learn the lessons of Fukushima.– Time that Australia looks beyond uranium mining, and towards rehabilitation of the environment.  Time for Australia to clean up uranium mining damage, and end this toxic industry – Western Australia could lead the way.

Refuting Senator Matt Canavan’s inaccurate hype about small nuclear reactors.  New South Wales Energy Minister ”excited about the opportunities” for nuclear power. – Energy minister backs nuclear option. MP Josh Wilson’s excellent submission Senate, about nuclear wastes.

INTERNATIONAL

Fukushima: “How Japan was blinded to the predicted certainty of disaster“.     10 years after Fukushima – still nuclear regulatory capture, and poor safety culture.  Whitewashing of Fukushima meltdown by United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation.

Nuclear power faces a wobbly future.  Ten years on from Fukushima, nuclear power continues to struggle with deeper problemsNuclear power is unpopular: promoted only by those with vested interests.

Billionaire Bill Gates’ nuclear ambitions would make climate disaster worse.

Global nuclear industry in decline since 1996, even without Fukushima disaster.

The long-term problem of ”peaceful” plutonium.

The radiation danger to astronauts– cancer, heart disease -an ethical problem.  Space radiation – harmful to astronauts, not only with cancers, but also with heart and blood vessel effects.  Low doses of radiation used in medical imaging lead to mutations in cell cultures.

The growing threat of space debris.

How the world came close to nuclear war catastrophe.

‘Every euro invested in nuclear power makes the climate crisis worse‘.  Small modular reactors not the solution, says German nuclear authority .

Need to establish compensation schemes for future nuclear accidents.

So-called ”cloud” computing means huge electricity use in data so-called ”farms”.

March 15, 2021 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

March – Fukushima nuclear anniversary, news this week.

The global nuclear lobby will be glad when March is over. They were glad to see the end of January – too much public interest then in the U.N. Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

March is worse, especially because of the 10 year anniversary (11th March) of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown, with clean-up nowhere in sight. The half-hearted hype is now on for the Olympic Games in July. The whole plan was for the Games to demonstrate that the nuclear catastrophe was actually nothing much to worry about, and yet again, to promise a ‘nuclear renaissance’.

International Women’s Day – today 8th March, is a bit of a worry for the nuclear industry.  Ionising radiation is more damaging to women than to men, and polls consistently show that women oppose nuclear power.  Women are rarely part of decision-making, and when they are –  shock horror!  With nearly equal female representation in Switzerland’s parliament – it decided to shut down the nuclear industry.   In Germany, that very strong Chancellor Angela Merkel, was a supporter of nuclear power – but after the Fukushima catastrophe, she changed her mind.  It’s all a dilemma for the nuke lobby –   trying to get some (preferably  young and glam) women into the nuclear career,  – but oh dear, they might put too much emphasis on health, children’s future, etc – and hysterically change their mind, as Merkel did.

1st March – Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific Day.  This day commemorates for Pacific islanders, the nuclear colonialism, that brought atomic bomb testing, radiatio-induced cancers, and continuing environmental pollution to their previously pristine lands and waters.  Today, militaristic colonialism is still in full swing across the region, and is still resisted.

CLIMATE.  I cannot resist referring you to the wonderful Katherine Hayhoe, interviewed on Radio Ecoshock. This woman, who is also a religious communicator, has the gift of explaining climate change entertainingly and with clarity.

Some bits of good news The first real-world data for COVID vaccines is in – and it’s really good news.   

In a Japanese village ravaged by tsunami and nuclear disaster, two farmers grow indigo to rebuild community and heal

 

AUSTRALIA

Australia dodged a bullet in not getting nuclear power – Ian Lowe.   Australian Strategic Policy Institute – a stooge for weapons industries and China-haters. Australia’s purchase of vastly expensive French nuclear-powered submarine design, adapted to diesel, now to be scrapped?

Many people, both inside and outside Kimba, want a judicial review of the government’s nuclear waste dump decision.

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

INTERNATIONAL

Nuclear Games.

Elon Musk and Bill Gates: beware of gurus toting solutions to climate change.

Nuclear energy proponents downplay its unresolved moral and ethical concerns.  Despite the problems, small nuclear reactor salesmen aggressively marketing: it’s make or break time for the nuclear industry.

Some bits of good news The first real-world data for COVID vaccines is in – and it’s really good news.   

In a Japanese village ravaged by tsunami and nuclear disaster, two farmers grow indigo to rebuild community and heal

ANTARCTICA.  Ominous news; Antarctic ice is melting at an accelerating rate.

JAPAN.

Ex-PMs Kan, Koizumi urge Japan to quit nuclear power generation .    10 years after Fukushima nuclear disaster, – poor prospects for nuclear revival in Japan.

March 8, 2021 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

to March 1st – nuclear news Australia

Like most people, I have not been able to keep up with the pandemic news. Figures on the incidence of Covid-19, and on deaths, seem to fluctuate.  Amidst the uncertainties about types of vaccines, new virus strains, and the anti-vaxxer movement, still there is an atmosphere of optimism.  Vaccine acceptance is rising in many countries, and health workers and many volunteers are putting in the efforts to administer vaccines , and care for those who are ill.

David Attenborough warns the U.N. Security Council –  the world risks ‘collapse of everything’ without strong climate action.

A bit of good news – Pollution in the Mississippi River Has Plummeted Since The 1980s

AUSTRALIA.

Australian scientists warn urgent action needed to save 19 ‘collapsing’ ecosystems.

Australian federal and state governments keeping laws banning nuclear power, despite Murdoch pro nuclear propaganda.   Kimba radioactive trash Bill stagnates in the Senate, as Right-wing media extols nuclear power. Legislation banning nuclear power in Australia should be retained.  A new motley crew of Australian politicians form “Friends of Nuclear”

Australian government’s nuclear waste plans unacceptable – Dr Margaret Beavis.  Australian government obsessed with preventing legal appeals against its nuclear waste dump plan.

National Farmers Federation want govt to support renewable energy (not coal or nuclear).

Murder, corruption, bombings – the company at centre of Australia’s submarine deal.

The remediation of Ranger uranium mine: will it really restore the environment?

INTERNATIONAL

The role of the Churches in promoting the U.N. Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty.  Nuclear-weapons treaty the right way forward.

The media revels in rockets to Mars, ignores the horrible risk of plutonium pollution.

Why is the media fawning over nuclear businessman Bill Gates?  Nuclear power-not clean, not renewable – Bill Gates is wrong.

Dr Helen Caldicott on Independent Australia tells The Truth About Nuclear Power.ant.

March 1, 2021 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

To 22 February, Covid-19, climate, and nuclear news

Coronavrus update:

Climate;  disinformation is rampant.   –we have allowed governments around the world to throw away the time when we could have stopped the endless killer heat waves, fires, rising seas, superstorms, dying coral, dying everything. We let governments from Monarchies to Oligarchies to alleged Democracies endanger life on this planet, including our kids future.

If we can’t change that, we really are doomed.” – Alex Smith, Radio Ecoshock.

Nuclear – it is disappointing to me to listen to interviews with Bill Gates-  he is not questioned on his statements pushing nuclear power for climate. It seems that being a billionaire entrepreneur qualifies him for a kind of reverent belief and trust . Meanwhile, a real climate expert , Michael Mann, has just published an authoritative book on the subject.

Hunting for good news – but it’s tricky. Lots of good news on things like individuals being kind to homeless people. But there’s a dearth of news about public, government, action to provide homes for the homeless.

AUSTRALIA.

Wise warning to Australian government to withdraw embarrassing Nuclear Waste Dump Bill.

Nothing clean about nuclear, coal or gas – Australian Conservation Foundation.  Australian Liberal National Coalition enthusiastic for nuclear power.  Nationals add nuclear enthusiasm to the government’s energy bill.   Australia a renewables leader – or the ‘‘Saudi Arabia of nuclear energy”– Queensland neeeds job-supplying, clean, renewable energy, NOT antiquated nuclear powerNews Corpse fervently promoting nuclear power to Australia.

 Solar, storage to take over from Ranger uranium mine.  Mediation continuing over rehabilitation of Range uranium mine.

‘Clean coal’ is nothing but a marketing scam: Energy experts.

Federal energy and emissions reduction minister Angus Taylor wants to include dirty energy in Clean Energy Finance Corporation.

INTERNATIONAL

Nuclear lobby planning to take over the U.N Climate Change Conference.

Living longterm in radioactively contaminated areas damages our health.

On nuclear power as climate solution, Bill Gates shows alarming ignoranceBill Gates’undemocratic approach to climate crisis.  New books on climate change; Michael Mann versus (nuclear promoter) Bill Gates.

The “negaWatt” – the best energy is the energy you don’t use.

February 22, 2021 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

This Week – nuclear news in Australia and more

The Julian Assange extradition case is back in the news, As Joe Biden pushes for extradition,   What did we really expect from a Biden win?   I am reminded of an old English comedian, who explained America’s political parties:

Well the Republican Party is the same as our Conservatives, whereas the Democratic Party is the same as our Conservatives

In nuclear news,  Japan is alerted by a 7.3m  earthquake all too close to Fukushima nuclear plant wreck.   The systemic corruption in the industry is highlighted this week,, with the continuing saga of political crookedness in Ohio.

CLIMATE  –   the role of methane in global heating, – the Arctic, and USA’s leaking natural gas.

Some bits of good news  – 10 Positive COVID Updates From Around the World – 2021 is Looking Brighter.

AUSTRALIA.

Australian Government could face an unwinnable legal case if Senate passes the Kimba Nuclear Waste Dump Bill,      Legal aspects of KIMBA  COMMUNITY OPPOSITION TO National Radioactive Waste Management Facility.  In its rush for Kimba nuclear dump. Refuting claims about the ”medical necessity” for Kimba Nuclear Waste Dump.   Australian government tries to remove rights to legal recourse.

Retain Gosford’s nuclear free zone status..  Central Coast Council will maintain the Nuclear Free Policy.

Developments at Kakadu National Park  (following shutdown of uranium mining. – Chief announces power plant for Jabiru, digi portal for businessLet the work begin: Kakadu Master Plan sign-off to breathe new life into our World Heritage Park

Australian government’s brazen duplicity concerning Julian Assange.

INTERNATIONAL

‘Ecocide’ proposal aiming to make environmental destruction an international crime.

The real value of the nuclear ban treaty.

Drone swarms: coming (sometime) to a war near you. Just not today.

 

February 15, 2021 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

Not a lot happening in nuclear news, while coronavirus and climate change rage on.

It is getting harder to keep up with the coronavirus news – the fluctuating numbers regarding new cases, the comparisons between various vaccines, the good news  (Israel’s success), the bad news (new more infectious strains).

Then there’s the new preoccupation in the media about big sporting events.  In USA the Superbowl could turn into a super-spreader. The Australian Open Grand Slam tennis is watched anxiously, as an indication of whether the July Tokyo Olympics could safely go ahead.

Meanwhile it’s becoming clear that this pandemic is not going to be over quickly, that the vaccines are not a ”silver bullet’‘, and it is truly a global problem, needing global treatment.

CLIMATE. We are all too often focussing on USA, Canada, Australia, in news coverage. This week, a horror event in India brings home the impacts of global heating elsewhere in the world. Indian Glacier in Himalayan Valley Crumbles, Causing Flash Flooding. Himalayan glaciers melting at alarming speed.

RENEWABLE ENERGY.  I muse that these industries are also becoming corporate giants, encouraging endless energy use, and overconsumption of new technologies, with little care about their toxic wastes. Whatever happened to energy conservation?

Largely due to the pandemic, nuclear developments have gone very quiet –  I guess that’s one compensation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gWXFcFfN7E&t=55s       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XIW9hHTHnU

A bit of good news – Good news on ozone: world scientists make global assessment 5 February 2021.

AUSTRALIA.   

Kimba Nuclear Waste Dump Bill yet again postponed in the Australian Senate.  High Court ruling a helpful precedent for opponents of Kimba nuclear dump.

Australian government will probably ignore most recommendations in the environmental report.  ”Nuclear Actions” in the final report on environment laws in Australia,

South Australia achieved world-leading 60pct wind and solar share over last year.

 

INTERNATIONAL.

Economics’ failure over destruction of nature presents ‘extreme risks’,

Nuclear power unaffordable in USA, Russia, India, France, even China, but NO SOLUTION TO WASTES.

USA and Russia extend The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START Treaty) to 2026.

Bees may be more susceptible to ionising radiation than previously estimated.

As outdated nuclear power closes down, pro nuclear shills viciously attack critics.

February 8, 2021 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

Nuclear news to 1st February Australia

Crisis within a crisis: Responding to COVID-19 around the world.

Climate crisis: world is at its hottest for at least 12,000 years – study.  Scientists say temperatures globally at highest level since start of human civilisation.

On nuclear news –  there’s a kind of hush, all over the world.…..     Well, I suppose that this could be seen, in one twisted way – as good news. This is the fact that the coronavirus pandemic is putting the brakes on nuclear development, in UK, and the USA.   As always, we don’t know much about its impact on Russia and China.

Still, the global nuclear lobby keeps up its unrelenting propaganda on nuclear power  as the (false) cure for climate change. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0poNgL57kc&feature=emb_title         Also distressing is the move for nuclear reactors to be permitted to operat  for 100 years, a cunning, but dangerous, way to avoid costs of decommissioning them,

A bit of good news –.  Oh dear, I had trouble finding it this week – had to revert to one a few weeks back – What went right this week: hope for stabilising the climate.

AUSTRALIA

Kimba nuclear waste dump issue is in limbo in the Australian Senate.  The Australian government’s Radioactive Waste Bill does not meet required IAEA standards.    Resource Minister Pitt should withdraw the Bill as the process for a Kimba nuclear waste dump has failed.

Australian Labor Party’s removal of Mark Butler as Shadow Minister for Climate Change & Energy. – an ominous sign for the nuclear-free movement   Labor’s climate spokesman, Mark Butler,  dumped as Labor’s climate action push collapses at a truly pivotal moment. Joel Fitzgibbon Demands Labor’s Climate Change Policy Be Solely Based On Keeping Him In A Job.

Rupert Murdoch gets a very dodgy ”Australia Day Award’‘, the honour coming from miners and bankers!

INTERNATIONAL

Avoiding a ‘Ghastly Future’: Hard Truths on the State of the Planet.

The most dangerous situation humanity has ever faced – Doomsday Clock stays at 100 seconds to midnight Who’s next? Experts worry about East Asia and the Middle East getting nuclear weapons.  Nuclear weapons proliferation can be contagious.

Nuclear wastes – deliberately left to our grandchildren.

Why nuclear power is a bad way to balance renewable energy .

French parliamentarians nominate Julian Assange for Nobel Peace Prize.

February 1, 2021 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

Australian Labor Party’s removal of Mark Butler as Shadow Environment Minister – an ominous sign for the nuclear-free movement

Noel Wauchope 30 Jan 21, Anthony Albanese’s removal of Mark Butler as Shadow Environment Minister is an ominous sign – for the environment, the climate, and for a nuclear-free Australia. Having followed the Labor Party’s efforts (or lack thereof) on nuclear issues, over several years, I am not optimistic. When I wrote individually to each ALP politician, a few years back, I got standard answers from all, just quoting Labor policy, but not answering my question. Only Mark Butler and Sam Dastyari gave me straight answers, affirming their personal anti nuclear opinion. Labor has a sad history of caving in on uranium/nuclear issues.

As new climate spokesman, Chris Bowen has good climate change and environment credentials, and good ideas on connecting clean energy technologies with employment opportunities. BUT, this appointment looks like a Labor swing to the Right, and appeasing the fossil fuel fans (and ? the nuclear fans)

Labor leader Anthony Albanese used to be a strong anti-nuclear force in Labor. The former leader, Bill Shorten, was ever ready to make a deal with the nuclear lobby, if he thought that would help him win.  But – what has happened to Albo lately ?

January 29, 2021 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Christina reviews, politics | Leave a comment

Nuclear news to 27th January

Of course, the big world news is the coronavirus. Climate is as always, the vital second issue.

There was much favourable reaction to the nuclear ban treaty coming into force last week. The critics and sabotage from the nuclear weapons nations will no doubt come later.

Apart from the ban treaty, nuclear news has been very much in the background.  The global nuclear industry is not wasting this ”quiet” time, but instead is ramping up and reorganising for a 2021 propaganda blitz.

Some bits of good news –   Arctic Oil Drilling Plans Suffer ‘Stunning Setback’ as Almost ‘No One Shows Up’ For the Sale. UK Prioritizes Climate Crisis By Supporting Sustainability in Developing Countries With $4 Billion Plan.  Startup Builds 3 Huge Indoor Farms in Appalachia Turning Coal Country into Agricultural Hub

AUSTRALIA.

Morrison government gets in early to disparage nuclear ban treaty, but Labor supports it.   Australia could sign the Nuclear Ban Treaty and still keep its military co=operation with America. Australian Capital Territory politicians join calls for Australia to sign nuclear ban treaty.  Get nukes out of our Super funds!

Nuclear weapons ban treaty: more than a symbolic victory.  Australian government complicit in nuclear weapons, silent on Nuclear Weapons Ban TreatyRed Cross celebrates Nuclear Ban Treaty- an incremental process towards elimination of nuclear weapons.

Kimba’s cosy nuclear corruption.  The nuclear dump for Kimba propaganda continues in 2021.

INTERNATIONAL.

International Physicians for the Preve.ntion of Nuclear War comment on “The great evasion “.    Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons – a major step towards a safe world. Praise from United Nations, Pope Francis, for nuclear ban treaty coming into force.  5 nuclear activities that are now Illegal under international law.  Nuclear Ban Treaty obligates countries to assist nuclear victims and remediate environments.

Russia and USA exchange documents to extend the NEW START nuclear weapons agreement.

Quietly, under the brouhaha of the pandemic, the global nuclear lobby prepares a propaganda onslaught.

Pro nuclear publicist James Conca made a very big gaffe about Fukushima disaster.

January 27, 2021 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

Will Australia join the global nuclear lobby’s propaganda onslaught?

‘If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. A lie told once remains a lie but a lie told a thousand times becomes the truth ” – Joseph Goebbels 

With the sudden mysterious departure of Australia’s high priest of nuclear spin, Dr Adi Paterson, and the flummoxed and failing government push for a Kimba nuclear waste dump, – the nuclear lobby in Australia seems paralysed at present.

But the world-wide nuclear industry is anything but paralysed, and, while everyone is agonising, (justifiably), over the pandemic, it is gearing up for a big publicity spin. So I’m guress that it won’t be long before a new nuclear champion takes up the nuclearv religion role in Australia..

This month, I’ve concentrated my efforts on the ground-breaking and historic UN Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons coming into force. Of course, the nuclear weapons states will try to destroy that Treaty.   Failing destruction, they will aim for pooh poohing and rubbishing that Treaty. Finally they’ll go for a favourite strategy – ignoring it, and hoping that the world will just forget about it.

I don’t think that the world will forget about it. The challenge will be to help those workers and communities that depend on nuclear-weapons-making to be helped out of that toxic situation, and into life-sustaining work and activities.

MEANWHILE, as media and science correctly focus on the global coronavirus pandemic, the issue of nuclear power has pretty much disappeared from view.  Nothing is happening?

Today, the nuclear weapons industry is pretty much the only reason for”peaceful” nuclear power.  ”Peaceful nukes” provide the trained experts, the technology development necessary for the weapons industry.  If governments and universities can be persuaded to back commercial nuclear energy, this solves a lot of probems. Especially, it helps the blur the picture onthe astronomic costs of nuclear weapons, as quite a lot of costs are covered by ”peaceful” nuclear development.

There’s another pressing reason to keep nuclear power going. It’s the horrible and never-ending cost of shutting down reactors and dealing with their toxic wastes.  How much cheaper to just relicense the for 100 years?    That way, the present responsible officials will all be gone, and they don’t have to worry about that problem. Heck – they’ve handed it over to our great-grandchildre,  What a fine idea!  NOT!!

Against this background, the nuclear lobby is girding its loins for the public perception battle.

Armed with lies –  that nuclear fixes climate –  that it’s cheap, is clean, works great with renewables, essential for society –  blah blah,  the nuclear lobby is preparing its onslaught. They generally try pretty hard to ignore matters like comparative costs, and wastes problems.  But they can just lie again, if put on the spot about such problems.

Just a few quotatios from World Nuclear News :-

The barrier to nuclear is perception

”addressing perceptions of its alleged drawbacks”

Bilbao y León –  “the nuclear industry has responsibly managed all its used nuclear fuel and waste “from day one”.

“We know where every ounce of used nuclear fuel and nuclear waste is because we have been managing it throughout the history of the nuclear industry. “We know where every ounce of used nuclear fuel and nuclear waste is because we have been managing it throughout the history of the nuclear industry“.  …….   https://www.world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/The-barrier-to-nuclear-is-perception,-says-

The real challenges to nuclear are external”  –small modular reactors ..cheaper, safer, better, and going to provide more discreet financial solutions”

The government nuclear regulatory authorities are, unfortunately, usually well onside with the industry –  in what is known as “regulatory capture”.   Again, from World Nuclear News –

The hurdles advanced nuclear developers face‘ – ””We, as the regulator, are working on building public trust, confidence and social acceptance in these new technologies.’‘ 

Joseph Goebbels would be proud of the skills of Sama Bilbao y Leon, Director General of the World Nuclear Association. She’s great with language (as the global nuclear lobby has realised, in appointing her, and several other women to top promotional positions”

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