Furious greens demand answer from Almunia over state aid examination of Hinkley C

Molly takes Almunia to task!

Molly takes Almunia to task!

Molly Scot-Cato handed a letter today to the European Commissioner Joaquim Almunia holding him to account & asking him some probing quesitnsa bout the apparent EU you-turn on state aid. Molly is furious that the DG competition commission are willing to break their own rules on state aid.

http://mollymep.org.uk/2014/09/23/green-fury-as-eu-indicates-hinkley-c-will-be-given-go-ahead/

Molly is calling on us to write to Almunia to tell him what we think of the commission backslide amd to ask him to think again…

http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/almunia/contact/commissioner/form_en.htm

Meanwhile a range of people in Europe from Academics to renewables officials have threated legal action against the commission for hurrying their examination of the Hinkley deal.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/22/eu-britain-edf-nuclear-idUSL6N0RN4AY20140922

There is nothing democratic about Nuclear!

Trident Nuclear Weapons Base Blockaded in Post Referendum Protest

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This morning, four days after the historic referendum Trident Ploughshares [1] and Faslane Peace Camp [2] have partially blocked the north gate to Faslane Naval Base, homeport of the UK Trident nuclear weapons system, sending a strong message that the overwhelming desire of Scotland to be rid of nuclear weapons must be honoured.

 

Five activists have locked on to each other while displaying banners that read Scrap Trident and Scotland YES Trident NO. Traffic waiting to enter the base is backing up causing gridlock at the roundabout close to the gate.The action followed a hundred strong protest at the base on Saturday after the referendum delivering the message: YES or NO Trident Has Got to Go.

 

Brian Quail, a member of SCANA and Trident Ploughshares and one of the blockaders said “We campaigned for a YES vote because an independent Scotland would have thrown out nuclear weapons. But the result of the referendum does not mean that we have to accept the continuing UK policy of relying on these weapons of indiscriminate slaughter.  On the contrary we know that the vast majority of Scots, including those who voted No, reject Westminster ‘s plans to replace Trident, as do a simple majority of people UK wide. And just as the independence referendum has opened up a national debate on constitutional issues it also calls into question the replacement of Trident, a decision that will take place in early 2016, following the next general election.”

 

Janet Fenton from Trident Ploughshares and Scottish WILPF said “We must now channel the energy of the YES campaign and the clear rejection by 1.6million people of Westminster politics as usual into policy changes. If the parties continue to disregard the will of the people for disarmament of these horrific, useless and expensive weapons there is bound to be a resurgence of vigorous opposition to them, including renewed nonviolent action like ours today. We are here today to send a strong message that we will not rest until we see the end of Trident and the abolition of nuclear weapons.”

The blockaders are Jane Tallents (07778276833), Brian Larkin, Mary Millington, Jean Oliver and Brian Quail.

 

 

ENDS

Contact: Leonna O’Neill   07596902461

Contact for Photos: Douglas David Shaw: 07713 918940


Notes to Editors

 

[1] Trident Ploughshares campaigns for the disarmament of the UKs nuclear weapons. For further information see:www.tridentploughshares.org.uk

 

[2] Faslane Peace Camp has maintained a continuous protest against Trident nuclear weapons outside the Faslane Naval Base since 1982. For further information see: www.faslanepeacecamp.worpress.org

Rethink Trident…

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With just two days to go until the Scottish Referendum  http://www.rethinktrident.org.uk/ Please sign & share this statement about Trident to assist in putting pressure on the government to fulfil it’s international obligations…

NO TO NATO-NO MINING- NO WEAPONS- NO WASTE

The No to Nato peace camp will be held at Tredegar Park Newport

keep updated

http://www.anarchistaction.net

https://network23.org/stopnatocymru/

Heysham’s Graphite Core Clapped Out? No Probs..Just Change the Rules!

SWAN Admin:

Great piece Marianne … what will it take for people to grasp the enormity of what is going on we wonder?

Originally posted on Radiation Free Lakeland:

Heysham 1 ?

Heysham 1 ?

Last week the Station Manager of Heysham 1 Ian Stewart, had a Podium piece in the Westmorland Gazette.  The piece was the usual puffed up nonsense we have come to expect of the nuclear industry extolling the “low carbon” credentials and “safety” of the industry and Heysham 1 in particular.   Far from being low carbon, nuclear entrenches fossil fuel dependence.   Independent scientist  Dr Ian Fairlie has pointed out in this weeks Ecologist:

“The most thorough UK examination of nuclear’s potential carbon savings was by the former Sustainable Development Commission in 2006. It concluded  “Nuclear power is not the answer to tackling climate change … “. Surprise: one of the first things the Tory-led coalition Government did when it assumed power in 2010 was to abolish the Sustainable Development Commission”.

Ian Stewart the Heysham Manager is absolutely right when he says that “Low carbon energy is vital…

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anti nuke bloc NATO SUMMIT 30Aug -5th Sept

anti nuke bloc NATO SUMMIT 30Aug -5th Sept

STOP NATO WEEK OF ACTION 30 AUG -5TH SEpt

On the 4th and 5th of September, thousands of politicians and business men, including 60
world “leaders”responsible for countless deaths in wars of aggression, will descend on Newport , South Wales, for a summit of NATO, with a media circus and police operation to match….

A variety of groups are calling for action against the summit , which is taking place at the Celtic Manor Hotel.

NATO has more than 5000 nuclear weapons.
This figure includes Britain’s Trident system which alone could incinerate some 45 million people. The planned replacement program will cost the tax payer some £100 billion!

NATO’s conventional weapons increasingly use radioactive materials , manipulated in nuclear power stations… these weapons leave a toxic legacy which will affect the environment for generations and have already caused serious birth defects in Iraq, Former Yugoslavia , Afghanistan.

Join us on the
ANTI NUCLEAR BLOC…NO TO TRIDENT ….
NO TO NUCLEAR POWER…NO TO WAR…..

peace camp to be announced keep informed

https://network23.org/stopnatocymru

stopnatobristol@riseup.net

Chris Busby: The Cause of Congenital Anomaly and Cancer in Iraq

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Survey says…not what the nuclear industry would like.

SWAN Admin:

and when they don’t like the results of the survey – they just create their own!

Originally posted on GreenWorld:

Americans' thoughts on energy issues are not what the nuclear industry wants to hear. Gallup poll, April 2, 2014

Americans’ thoughts on energy issues are not what the nuclear industry wants to hear. Gallup poll, April 2, 2014

A couple of recent independent polls–from household names like Gallup and Harris–show clearly that nuclear power is at the bottom of the public’s preference for electricity generation; right down there with coal. At the top? Solar and wind power, of course.

The numbers are strong: the Harris poll, released March 20, 2014, finds that Americans believe solar (68%) and wind (57%) are the best energy sources for the environment. At the bottom was nuclear power, at 8%. Asked a different way, the public said coal was the worst source for the environment (53%) with nuclear coming in second-worst at 40%.

The Gallup poll,  released April 2, 2014, though asking different questions, came up with similar preferences. By a margin of 67-32%, Americans support spending more money on developing solar…

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REMEMBER FUKUSHIMA NO TO NUCLEAR POWER

REMEMBER FUKUSHIMA NO TO NUCLEAR POWER

Fukushima Anniversary London 15th March

Is anyone planning to join the Japanese Against Nuclear March in London? We are just sorting out who and how a bit late we realise but we are going to take up the radioactive barrel costumes and join the London event, and are currently discussing transport. If you are planning to take part and want to join us let us know by this weekend 8th/9th and if we have lots of people we will book a coach. Details of the March: http://januk.org/event.html
Look forward to seeing you there,
http://www.stophinkley.org

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THE RADIATION RISKS OF NUCLEAR AND FRACKING

THE RADIATION RISKS OF NUCLEAR AND FRACKING

THE RADIATION RISKS OF NUCLEAR AND FRACKING and How We can Change the Energy System

Stop Hinkley and South West Against Nuclear
in SOLIDARITY WITH FRACK FREE FEBRUARY….
2 Public meetings (POSTER ATTACHED) Bristol and Bridgwater

DR IAN FAIRLIE – THE SCIENTIST …. NIKKI CLARK – THE ACTIVIST

19:00 – 21:00 Tues.25th February in Bridgwater Victoria Park Community Centre, Victoria Park Drive TA6 7AS
19:00 – 21:00 Wed. 26th February in Bristol Hamilton House, Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1 3QY

Dr Ian Fairlie is an independent consultant on radioactivity in the environment. Ian holds a degree in Radiation Biology from Barts in London and his doctoral studies concerned the radiological hazards of spent fuel, he has worked as a civil servant on regulating radiation risks from nuclear power stations and was the secretariat of the CERRIE committee on internal radiation emitters.
Nikki Clark of Stop Hinkley holds a degree in Environmental Studies, she is a spokesperson for Stop Hinkley and representsthe group at forums on nuclear issues. She will be talking about energy transitition and energy democratisation. Nikki is also a founding member of South West Against Nuclear.

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No more EDF Bulls**t!

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EDF “nuclear bullshit” protest

People protesting about public subsidies for a new Hinkley Point nuclear power station today dumped a pile of animal manure at an EDF shop in Bridgwater in Somerset. A banner was hung above the shop which read “No More Bullsxxt – EDF take our £££ and dump waste on us!”

The protest action, by South West Against Nuclear (SWAN), came on the day that David Cameron and Ed Davey announced a deal with EDF and Chinese Nuclear which would fix the price paid by UK consumers for new nuclear electricity – at double the current rate.

A man in a cow costume addressed shoppers as passers-by emptied shopping bags of manure onto a plastic sheet, blocking the entrance. A placard written in Chinese was stuck into the pile. Protestors cleaned the floor around the pile and then removed the manure pile for organic recycling.

Police later confiscated the manure and placed it in their van, saying that they believed it might be used to commit criminal damage.

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