1. This is the story of how voters around the world are embracing nuclear power in response to the high cost of renewables, the inadequacy of solar & wind for solving climate change, and a growing grassroots pro-nuclear movement.
2. By a more than two-to-one margin (70% to 30%), voters in Arizona on Tuesday rejected a ballot initiative (proposition 127) that would have resulted in the closure of that state’s nuclear power plant and in the massive deployment of solar and wind.
3. In Taiwan, momentum is building for a repeal of that nation’s nuclear energy phase-out. Grassroots pro-nuclear advocacy inspired a former president to help activists gather over 300,000 signatures so voters could vote directly on the issue on November 24.
1. This is the story of how many of the world's most-cited climate scientists, along with radiation, proliferation, & energy experts, are speaking out against pervasive anti-nuclear bias in the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report.
2. The scientists have taken the unusual step of warning leaders of G-20 nations that a recent IPCC report uses a double standard when it comes to its treatment of nuclear energy as compared to renewables.
3. “The anti-nuclear bias of the IPCC is blatant,” said Kerry Emanuel of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, “and reflects the ideology of the environmental movement. History may record that this was more of an impediment to decarbonization than climate denial”
1. This is the story of how — with a major pro-nuclear victory in Taiwan, and the launching of a campaign in Munich, Germany to save Europe's nuclear plants — momentum continues to grow for atomic humanists around the world, nearly three years into our efforts.
2. Hours after pro-nuclear activists from Europe and the United States rallied in Germany to protest that nation’s replacement of nuclear plants with fossil fuels, Taiwan’s electoral commission gave the green light to a November referendum on the future of nuclear power
3. “We are overjoyed,” said Taiwanese pro-nuclear leader, Shih-hsiu Huang. “If we win, we will immediately ask the government to finish construction of Lungmen [power plant], and allow the other three plants to resume normal operations.”
1. This is the story of how environmentalists from across Europe will — in a wild twist — rally in Munich, Germany this Sunday in support of the continued operation of nuclear plants & against the stigmatization of Europe's largest source of clean energy.
2. Their protest comes in the wake of a “terrifying” new report on climate change. The "atomic humanists" will demand a halt to the nuclear plant closures which they say are increasing air pollution and locking-in fossil fuels — particularly in Germany.
3. Over the last year, environmentalists have faulted Germany for abandoning its 2020 climate goals, bulldozing an ancient forest to mine for coal, and exporting deadly air pollution to its neighbors.
1. This is the story of how rich-world scientists in the grip of a dystopian Malthusian vision have, for 40 years, manipulated public fears of the bomb & "overpopulation" to promote low-energy, anti-nuclear policies in the name of peace, prosperity, & the environment.
1. A new IPCC report attacks nuclear power as a key climate solution by promoting the notion that it risks nuclear weapons proliferation, may cause childhood leukemia, and destroys the natural environment.
2. “Nuclear energy,” write IPCC authors, “can increase the risks of proliferation, have negative environmental effects (e.g., for water use), and have mixed effects for human health when replacing fossil fuels.”
3. In fact, study after study over the last 40 years finds that nuclear is the safest way to make reliable electricity, and climate scientists found that nuclear energy has saved 1.8 million lives by preventing premature deaths from air pollution.
1. This is the story of the fall and coming rise of nuclear power — humankind's greatest hope for achieving the intertwined goals of lifting all humans out of poverty & protecting the natural environment — and the central role women can play in achieving them.
2. In fact, it was @peerderijk@beWISEnoNuclear who agreed to find someone to debate me, since he is apparently unwilling or unable to debate me himself. Now he has announced that they will not provide anyone to debate me — not even Peter Bradford who they'd proposed earlier.
1. After going 140 hours without food, a Taiwanese hunger striker protesting alleged electoral "malfeasance" was rushed to the hospital at 10:35 am (CST) on September 19 after suffering a spike in his blood pressure and heart rate.
2. In a video posted by Taiwanese newspaper United Daily News (UDN), Shih-Hsiu Huang's rapidly-beating heart can be heard over a monitor. UDN reported that Huang's heart rate had risen rapidly, from 78 to 98 to 110 beats per minute.
3. Two other pro-democracy activists immediately picked up where Huang left off. “We will honor Huang's sacrifice of by carrying on the hunger strike for as long as it takes,” said Yen-Peng Liao, 37, a radiation expert and co-founder of the nuclear referendum campaign.
1. The Taiwanese government is being accused of violating election law after rejecting more than 24,000 signatures gathered by the former president and environmentalists seeking a popular vote on nuclear energy this November.
2. “I am not asking people to support nuclear power” said Shih-Hsiu Huang, 31, founder of Nuclear Myth-Busters, who began a hunger strike in front of the election commission (CEC) last Thurs. after it rejected the signatures. “I am asking the government to let the people choose”
3. In August, Taiwan’s former president, Ma Ying-jeou, endorsed the referendum and joined pro-nuclear environmentalists in the streets of Taipei to gather signatures, drawing new support for the initiative and triggering widespread media coverage.
2. “California politicians are using anti-racist & environmentalist words to hide the regressive impact of climate policies on the poor and people of color,” said John Gamboa, co-founder of The Two Hundred, a coalition of prominent civil rights leaders.
3. The lawsuit alleges that “the most staggering, unlawful, and racist components of the [state’s climate policies] target new housing” and are contributing to “resegregation.”
1. Had California & Germany invested $680 billion into nuclear plants instead of renewables like solar & wind, the two would already be generating 100% or more of their electricity from clean (low-emissions) energy sources, according to a new analysis by Environmental Progress.
2. The analysis comes the day before California plays host to a “Global Climate Action Summit,” which makes no mention of nuclear, despite it being the largest source of clean energy in the U.S. and Europe.
3. Had Germany spent $580 billion on nuclear instead of renewables, it would have had enough energy to both replace all fossil fuels and biomass in its electricity sector and replace all of the petroleum it uses for cars and light trucks.
1. A leading British radiation scientist says the Japanese government’s decision to pay workers compensation to the family of a Fukushima nuclear plant worker who died of lung cancer is unsupported by the best available science.
2. “There is a vanishingly small chance that this man’s lung cancer was as a result of the radiation he was exposed to,” said Dr. Geraldine Thomas, Chair of the Department of Molecular Pathology at Imperial College, London.
3. “By contrast,” Thomas said, “there is a much greater chance that it came from exposure from carcinogens in a colleague’s cigarette plume — assuming the worker did not smoke himself — or from another of the plethora of chemical factors that are associated with lung cancer.”
2. “Saudi Arabia’s crown prince has confirmed what many have long suspected,” said Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey, “nuclear energy in Saudi Arabia is about more than just electrical power.”
3. The controversy was viewed as a potential blow to U.S. efforts to win the contract to build that nation’s first nuclear plant. “Saudi Prince’s Nuclear Bomb Comment May Scuttle Reactor Deal,” noted Bloomberg.
“California’s energy regulators cooked the books to justify their recent command that all homes built after 2020 be equipped with solar panels. Far from a boon to home-owners, the costs will likely far exceed the benefits to the state.” wsj.com/articles/the-p…
Regulator “assumes cost was $2.93/watt in 2016 and will decline 17% by 2020. Yet... the ave. cost of panels is $4.50/watt... $4,000 more than regulators claim... costs fell a mere 1% between 2015 and 2016, far short of the 4% annual decline the regulators predict”
“The California Energy Commis-sion didn’t conduct an independent investigation. Instead it relied on analysis from the consultancy that proposed the policy, Energy and Environmental Economics Inc.“
1. This is the story of how the U.S. & other nuclear-armed nations try and fail to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of weak nations that need them — including ones vulnerable to attack by the U.S.
2. In Quentin Tarantino’s film, “Inglourious Basterds,” a German SS officer arrives without warning at a French family’s modest dairy farm. The year is 1940, the first year of the Nazi occupation.
2. The officer is accompanied by several heavily-armed men and is exceedingly polite. He asks the French farmer if he can come inside. The farmer, with his young daughters hovering nearby, allows him to enter.
2. To meet rising electricity demand, South Korea’s anti-nuclear government announced last week that it would increase the number of operating nuclear reactors from 14 to 19, even re-starting two reactors that were scheduled to be closed.
3. Anti-nuclear Germany has had to rely heavily on its remaining nuclear plants and its coal plants even during daylight hours, when Germany’s solar panels are at maximum production. The reason? Very little wind.
1. This is the story of how lack of terrorist interest in nuclear plants — as well as the few past acts of terrorism against nuclear plants — demonstrate the relative *invulnerability,* not vulnerability, of nuclear plants to attack.
2. Greenpeace earlier this week announced its employees had crashed a drone into a nuclear power plant in France in order to show the world just how vulnerable nuclear plants are to terrorist attacks.
3. "This is a highly symbolic action,” said a Greenpeace spokesperson. “It shows that spent fuel pools are very accessible, this time from the air, & therefore extremely vulnerable to attack," he added, referring to how fuel rods are cooled in pools before being recycled.
1. Nearly two-thirds of new nuclear power by 2025 is likely to come from just three reactor designs built by two different countries, Russia and China, a new Environmental Progress (EP) analysis finds.
2. As such, the long-term nuclear building trend appears to be toward greater consolidation by a few, nationally-standardized pressurized-water reactors (PWRs). The designs are Russia's VVER1200 and China’s CAP1000 and Hualong-1.
3. In the category of exported reactors, Russia's VVER1200 dominates all others.
It will have nearly three times the expected capacity now, or soon under construction, as the next most sought-after design.