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One of the first policy victims of Japan's incoming Liberal Democratic Party is likely to be the commitment to phasing out nuclear power. The promise made after Fukushima does not sit well with the pro-business party. As the country nears the two-year anniversary of the second-worst nuclear accident in history, the protests continue every Friday night outside the official residence of the prime minister of Japan. The demonstrations are very Japanese in their nature; more colorful than confrontational and polite instead of provocative.
Redactie − 14/12/12, 15:51 − bron: IPS © reuters. De hal van de kerncentrale in het Engelse Bridgwater . De wereldwijde productie van elektriciteit op basis van kernenergie stagneert en is tussen 2006 en 2011 zelfs met enkele procenten gedaald. Dat blijkt uit cijfers van het Earth Policy Institute.
Redactie − 18/09/12, 16:00 − bron: IPS © AFP. De San Onofre centrale ligt vlak bij zee en is volgens het rapport één van de risicocentrales.
A worker at the Oldbury nuclear power station before it was closed. Chinese nuclear firms reportedly want to build a new plant there. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images China is poised to make a dramatic intervention in Britain's energy future by offering to invest billions of pounds in building a series of new nuclear power stations. Officials from China's nuclear industry have been in high-level talks with ministers and officials at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) this week about a plan that could eventually involve up to five different reactors being built at a total cost of £35bn. Greenpeace described the move as desperate, while others warned of security fears, but the government has been courting China as the UK atomic programme has been hit by rows over subsidies and worries that EDF – the French company with the most advanced plans to build new reactors in the UK – could be hampered by the change of government in Paris.
Ministers are planning to subsidise nuclear power through electricity bills – despite their promises not to , a secret document seen by the Guardian reveals. The leaked document clearly lays out plans to use "contracts for difference" for nuclear energy , which would allow nuclear operators to reap higher prices for their energy than fossil fuel power stations. The plans will further inflame rows over energy policy and cause a political furore for the Liberal Democrats , who fought the general election firmly opposing an expansion of nuclear power. Fiona Hall, leader of the Lib Dem group in the European parliament with a special interest in energy, said she now had no doubt that the contract for difference was a subsidy.
GDF Suez has complained that under the present system, its plans for a new nuclear facility at Sellafield, above, are not viable. Photograph: Brian Harris/Rex Features And then there was one.
'It is shocking that the nuclear industry continues to receive so much federal support at a time of record debt.' Photograph: Sean Dempsey/PA The US is facing a $15 trillion national debt, and there is no shortage of opinions about how to move toward deficit reduction in the federal budget. One topic you will not hear discussed very often on Capitol Hill is the idea of ending one of the oldest American welfare programmes – the extraordinary amount of corporate welfare going to the nuclear energy industry.
With one giant leap they are free! How extraordinarily convenient that, just after the nuclear power mega-disaster of Fukushima and just when it is becoming clear around the world that citizens do not want nuclear power and that no one knows how to get rid of the lethal waste , the nuclear industry and government discover we can "safely" have enough nuclear power for the next 500 years not only without creating any nuclear waste but also by consuming the nuclear waste we already have in the power creation process ( Nuclear waste could fuel new breed of reactors , 3 February). With this miraculous "new" process we will make the very embarrassing 35,000 tonnes of depleted uranium and 100 tonnes of plutonium disappear – "just like that" to quote another well-known comedian. And to help the story along George Monbiot adds his "analysis" (2 February), with the totally misleading statement that we are confronted with a choice between gas and coal, or nuclear power.
Dungeness nuclear power station. Both the current and previous governments are under criticism for allegedly 'politicising data' that has informed energy policy. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
Bij kinderen jonger dan vijf jaar die binnen een straal van 5 kilometer van een kerncentrale wonen kon twee keer zo vaak kinderleukemie worden vastgesteld, dan bij kinderen die verder dan 20 kilometer van een kerncentrale wonen. Dat is de conclusie van een artikel in het Internationale Journal on Cancer naar aanleiding van een franse studie. Het onderzoek bevestigt een eerdere Duitse studie uit 2007. De studie werd op nationale schaal uitgevoerd door de Franse instituten l'INSERM en l'IRSN in samenwerking met de nationale registratie voor kinderen met kanker van het ziekenhuis van Villejuif. De gegevens van 2753 kinderen die tussen 2002 en 2007 werden gediagnostiseerd met leukemie werden vergeleken met de gegevens van een controlegroep van 30.000 kinderen. De adressen zijn geselecteerd rond 19 kerncentrales.
By msnbc.com staff The Japanese government kept secret for months a worst-case scenario report predicting a massive release of radioactive materials for a year at the earthquake-crippled Fukushima Daiichi power plant, goverment sources told the Kyodo news agency. The report, shown first to just a small group of policy makers in late March, said a hydrogen explosion would tear through the No. 1 reactor's containment vessel and force all workers to flee lethal radiation levels. It said residents within 105 miles of the plant would be forced to evacuate.
Could Fukushima put an end to the French exception? Everybody in France is now talking about, and arguing for or against, a prospective nuclear phase-out. Political Candidates running for the next presidency defend their affirmative or negative position on this issue with figures published in several recent studies assessing the investment costs of an eventual a potential phase-out, as opposed to a continuation of the current power generation model. Unsurprisingly, the numbers differ. Why? Three studies published in 2011 have attempted to assess the cost of a nuclear exit.
A disturbing picture has emerged of bumbling workers and government officials scrambling to respond to the disaster. Photograph: Ken Shimizu/AFP/Getty Images Japan 's response to the nuclear crisis that followed the tsunami in March was confused and riddled with problems , a report has revealed. The disturbing picture of harried workers and government officials scrambling to respond to the problems at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was depicted in the report, detailing a government investigation. The 507-page interim report, compiled by interviewing more than 400 people, including utility workers and government officials, found that authorities had grossly underestimated tsunami risks, assuming the highest wave would be six metres (20ft). The tsunami hit at more than double that level.
Sellafield nuclear power station in Cumbria. The site's mixed-oxide reprocessing plant, which will shut after Japan decided to end its atomic programme, has cost upwards of £1.2bn so far. Photograph: Brian Harris/Rex Features The taxpayer will have to stump up almost £250m more to bail out the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority in the next financial year after falling asset sales and rising expenditure cut its income by 17.5%.
CEO Says the Energy Future is a Renewable One One of the world’s leading industrial energy giants, Siemens, is leaving the nuclear industry. Speaking to Germany’s Der Spiegel newspaper Sunday, Siemens CEO Peter Loscher explained that the company did not see a future in building new nuclear plants: The move is a response to the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan in March, chief executive Peter Loescher said. He told Spiegel magazine it was the firm’s answer to “the clear positioning of German society and politics for a pullout from nuclear energy”. “The chapter for us is closed,” he said, announcing that the firm will no longer build nuclear power stations.