Monday, November 23, 2015

Nuclear Energy and Renewable Energy Fight | The Energy Collective

Nuking Clean Energy: How Nuclear Power Makes Wind and Solar Harder

Dominion Resources CEO Tom Farrell is famously bullish on nuclear energy as a clean solution in a carbon-constrained economy, but he’s got it wrong. Nuclear is a barrier to a clean-energy future, not a piece of it. That’s only partly because new nuclear is so expensive that there’s little room left in a utility budget to build wind and solar. A more fundamental problem is that when nuclear is part of the energy mix, high levels of wind and solar become harder to achieve.
To understand why, consider the typical demand curve for electricity in the Mid-Atlantic, including Virginia. Demand can be almost twice as high at 5 p.m. as it is at 5 a.m., especially on a hot summer day with air conditioners running...

more: Nuclear Energy and Renewable Energy Fight | The Energy Collective

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Don't Nuke the Climate!

Published on Oct 30, 2015 by nirsnet
NIRS' executive director Tim Judson talks about the importance of the international Don't Nuke the Climate campaign, which is educating, organizing and mobilizing for adoption of a nuclear-free, carbon-free energy strategy at the COP 21 climate negotiations in Paris in December 2015.

Don't Nuke the Climate!

This December, leaders from nearly every nation in the world will converge on Paris, France, for the COP 21 climate talks. These negotiations are critical for the world's future: the strongest and most effective possible response to our climate crisis is a necessity. We have no time, nor resources, to waste on expensive, dangerous and counterproductive "solutions"--like nuclear power. Instead, we need to build, as quickly as possible, the nuclear-free, carbon-free energy system our planet needs and deserves.

Despite the claims of its proponents--who stand to make billions of dollars if a nuclear non-solution is chosen--for a myriad of reasons nuclear power is not only ineffective at addressing climate and achieving meaningful carbon reductions, it is actually counterproductive. Its widespread use would prevent the necessary deployment of clean, safe and affordable renewable energy, coupled with energy storage and a modern 21st century grid, that can and will power our future.

In 2000, the nuclear power industry attempted at the COP 6 conference to obtain recognition under the Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism. We defeated them.

We plan to do the same in 2015, as the nuclear industry revs up to try again. In June, seven international organizations: Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS, US), World Information Service on Energy--Amsterdam (WISE), Ecodefense (Russia), Reseau Sortir du Nucleaire (France),  Global 2000 (Austria), WECF (Germany), and Germany’s Burgerinitiative Umweltschutz, joined together to form the Don't Nuke the Climate Campaign to achieve these goals.

We are educating, organizing and mobilizing across the globe. We will be inside the halls of the COP 21 building, we will be outside in the streets. 

Your support now will help us bring the largest and most visible Nuclear-Free Carbon-Free message to Paris possible. We are printing thousands of flags, giant banners, and more to make that message clear to the world's leaders. Our petition, already signed by more than 400 organizations across the globe, will be handed directly to world leaders. And, most importantly, your support will help ensure that thousands of activists are able to attend.

For more information about the issues and how you can get involved, visit these sites:

Main international campaign page and place to sign organizational petition:

U.S. campaign page:

Petition page for individual signers (please sign!):

Facebook page for campaign:

you can't nuke global warming!

The crime of Chernobyl – a model for Fukushima - IndependentWHO

(February 2014) :: For a quarter of a century a systematic crime against humanity has been perpetrated by people in senior positions at the heart of Europe. The people living in Western Europe, so advanced technologically, remain indifferent and largely disinformed. In order to preserve the consensus around the military and civilian nuclear industry, the nuclear lobby and the official medical establishment have, for the past 26 years, knowingly condemned millions of human guinea pigs to an experiment on their bodies with new diseases in the vast laboratory provided by the territories contaminated by Chernobyl. Children are being treated like laboratory animals, under observation from French and German scientists, and French NGO’s like the CEPN, Mutadis Consultants, ETHOS and CORE, who must take their share of the responsibility. (Translator’s note: CEPN is the Centre d’étude sur l’Evaluation de la Protection dans le domaine Nucléaire ; Mutadis, ETHOS and CORE are all offshoots of the French nuclear industry, financed either through Electricité de France or the Autorité de Sureté Nucléaire.)

The same fate awaits the Japanese people and their children living in areas contaminated by the Fukushima disaster because the same strategy is being put in place in Japan with the same players, the same pseudo-scientific justifications and under the aegis of the same authorities...

more: The crime of Chernobyl – a model for Fukushima - IndependentWHO

Friday, November 20, 2015

Nuclear-industry critics Arnie and Maggie Gundersen – Radio | Project Censored

Nuclear-industry critics Arnie and Maggie Gundersen warn that, four-and-a-half years after the meltdown, Fukushima still poses a danger to Japan and the Pacific region, and that the Japanese government is trying to prevent journalists and physicians from disclosing the ongoing problems. The program closes with an excerpt from a speech by Arnie Gundersen rebutting the idea of nuclear power as a solution to global warming

Arnie and Maggie Gundersen both worked in the nuclear-power industry, then became whistleblowers about problems in the industry. They now operate the Fairewinds foundation (

Can Nuclear Power slow down Climate Change? | Studies & reports | Wise International

Nuclear power is claimed to be nearly carbon-free and indispensable for mitigating climate change as a result of anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases. Assuming that nuclear power really does not emit carbon dioxide CO2 nor other greenhouse gases (GHGs), how large is the present nuclear mitigation share and how large could it become in the future? In this new report (70 pages) Professor Storm van Leeuwen, commisisoned by WISE, makes an thorough analysis of nuclear greenhouse gas emissions.

Studies & reports | Wise International

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Nuclear liabilities could hurt utilities' credit ratings-S&P | Agricultural Commodities | Reuters

PARIS Nov 16 (Reuters) - Provisions for decommissioning nuclear power plants and disposing of nuclear fuel waste over the next two decades could weigh on European utilities' credit ratings, Standard & Poor's said in a report published on Monday.
S&P said that at the end of 2014, nuclear liabilities of the largest eight nuclear plant operators in Europe totaled 100 billion euros ($107 billion), representing 22 percent of their aggregate debt as adjusted by the rating agency.
The eight utilities are France's EDF and Engie , Germany's E.ON, RWE and EnBw , Sweden's Vattenfall, Finland's Fortum and the Czech Republic's CEZ.
"Given the tight headroom in the credit ratings of European utilities with heavy nuclear exposures, and that they generally operate with a high adjusted financial leverage, any changes in the valuation of their provisions could drag on their credit metrics and liquidity, and ultimately their credit ratings," said S&P credit analyst Pierre Georges.
He added that the value of nuclear provisions is more difficult to calculate than other debt-like obligations, such as pensions, and are also harder to compare between peer companies, because accounting methods are not standardised.
S&P said actuarial assumptions pose a potential risk that provisions may rise, notably the real discount rate used to compute the present value of the liability.
Beyond the financial risks stemming from nuclear liabilities, the agency sees potential for operational difficulties, which are still difficult to assess, and added it is uncertain whether companies' dedicated assets will perform as planned to cover decommissioning costs, given the uncertain returns on these investments.

Consultancy Capgemini said this month Europe needs to bring more transparency to utilities' nuclear liabilities as gross provisions for decommissioning and long-term spent fuel management range from 4.7 billion euros per reactor in Germany to just 1.2 billion in France. ($1 = 0.9331 euros) (Reporting by Geert De Clercq; Editing by David Holmes)

Nuclear liabilities could hurt utilities' credit ratings-S&P | Agricultural Commodities | Reuters

Thursday, November 12, 2015

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    Wednesday, November 11, 2015

    Cancer on the Rise in Post-Fukushima Japan — Fairewinds Energy Education

    Cancer on the Rise in Post-Fukushima Japan from Fairewinds Energy Education on Vimeo.

    In Fairewinds’ latest update of the ongoing nuclear catastrophe at Fukushima Daiichi, Chief Engineer Arnie Gundersen presents two reports that confirm the direct link of numerous cancers in Japan to the triple meltdown. Based upon data from Japanese medical professionals and utility owner of the meltdown site, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), Arnie concludes that heavy radioactive discharges will be the cause of enormous spikes in cancer in Japan...

    more: Cancer on the Rise in Post-Fukushima Japan — Fairewinds Energy Education