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.
1. This is the story of how irrational and paranoid anti-nuclear leaders have, for decades, used fear-mongering, bombings, & even murder to terrify & terrorize the European people into replacing the cleanest & safest form of energy with the dirtiest & most dangerous one.
2. Over the last two years, Germany has worked overtime to destroy whatever reputation it once had as an environmental leader. Its emissions have flatlined, thanks to its replacement of nuclear power with fossil fuels.
3. Germany recently bulldozed an ancient forest, village, and church in order to mine for the coal underneath.
And, as one of the most coal-dependent nations in Europe, Germany exports deadly air pollution to its neighbors.
1. This is the story of how the entire human race was brainwashed into believing that a few cans of old nuclear fuel rods were such a threat to public safety that they had to be moved across the country & buried deep underground — at great human, financial, & environmental cost.
2. Everybody wants to do something about nuclear waste. Nuclear plant operators & House Republicans want to bury it in Nevada. A bipartisan group of senators wants states to compete for it. And Bill Gates & other entrepreneurs want to reuse it as fuel in next generation reactors.
3. Almost everybody is wrong to do so. Nuclear waste has never been a real problem. In fact, it’s the best solution to the environmental impacts from energy production.
1. This is the story of how a small group of misanthropic scientists and activists has for 70 years promoted a scientific fraud, popular panics, and irrational fears of our safest source of energy, nuclear power — at great human, economic, and environmental cost.
2. Study after study in top scientific journals find that nuclear power plants are far and away the safest way to make reliable electricity. Why then are we so afraid of them?
3. Many believe it’s because of the historic association of nuclear plants with nuclear weapons. But during the first two decades of nuclear power, people were more excited about nuclear power than afraid of it.
1. This is the story about a politician who attacks his opponents as racists & climate deniers while deriving his financial fortune & political career from fossil fuels & the exploitation of Latin American immigrants and other low-wage workers.
1. This is the story about a real-world "Elysium" — a state which has the highest levels of poverty & inequality in the country but whose residents have convinced themselves that they are behaving ethically, protecting the environment, and fighting racism.
2. Everyone believes California is our most progressive state. And why not? It imposes the highest tax on the richest one percent. It is aggressively implementing Obamacare. And it is standing up to President Donald Trump on everything from immigration to the environment.
3. And yet the Golden State is also number one in poverty & inequality. How can this be? Around the world, progressive nations like Sweden and France, which redistribute wealth through high taxes and generous social welfare policies, boast of less inequality than other nations.
— New offshore wind turbines in Germany could "lead to the extinction of individual species” including the rare, intelligent, and highly-threatened harbor porpoise, according to Friends of the Earth-Germany (BUND).