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…
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:
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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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
Chris Busby: The Cause of Congenital Anomaly and Cancer in Iraq
and when they don’t like the results of the survey – they just create their own!
Originally posted on GreenWorld:
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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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,
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.
For immediate release:
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.
17 July 2013
A £128 million deal to “compensate” Somerset for hosting the proposed new Hinkley C power station is “a drop in the ocean” according to local campaigners.
Stop Hinkley spokesperson Theo Simon said, “This deal, which breaks down to only £3 million a year going to local councils for the next 40 years, is no compensation at all. If EDF get their way in the current price negotiations with the government, we will all be paying a massive extra nuclear tariff on our electricity bills over the same period, and our taxes will be underwriting the whole project by literally billions.
“No one can criticise our councillors for squeezing more money out of central government, but the amounts need to be put in the wider context. Somerset County council has seen budget cuts of £20 million this year under the Tories “austerity” programme and this is hitting the vulnerable and low paid across the whole of the county. 3 million is really not very much in the overall budget – the County’s capital investment programme alone is £38 million for 2013/2014.”
“The truth is, this is another example of the kind of paltry social bribes we are being offered to make the nuclear project more palatable. Even then, I see that much of the money will be spent on creating EDF’s future workforce through nuclear training programmes. At the end of the day, EDF will walk away with billions in profits and our descendants in Somerset will be left to pick up the bill for managing the toxic waste they leave behind. “
“There are now clear indications from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority that West Somerset is being earmarked for a ‘second Sellafield’, and the government hope that so-called ‘compensation’ announcements like this will soften local resistance. But what possible compensation could there be for a nuclear accident which would destroy our rural economy, or a toxic waste legacy lasting for many thousands of years. No amount of money can compensate for a broken environment or broken lives – and £3 million a year doesn’t even come close.”
On August 6th and 9th 1945, the US dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The suffering and horror caused by these explosions should have brought an end to this terrible experiment. Instead, 68 years on, the earth is increasingly threatened by stockpiles of nuclear warheads, a renaissance of the civil/military nuclear programme, and the unbridled use of uranium as a component of US and UK weapon systems.
The UK Government is currently planning to replace its Trident warheads and submarine bases. This will cost the taxpayer around £100 billion, money many believe would be better spent on housing, health or education.
Join us at the ARC Bar on 6th August for an evening of talks, film clips and discussion on security in the nuclear age, with topics ranging from the impact of Trident on the economy and climate change to radioactive warfare in countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan.
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