A campaign for India?

One person died in India over a struggle against a 20 billion Euro deal

AREVA/India Elite  against the poor.

Who do you want to support?

The 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl accident will be “celebrated”  next week.
Time to have some thoughts about what is called progress and organize a meeting (more soon).
Any way, my question of today:
Who do you want to support? AREVA and the rich Elite in India (calling it development!)
or the poor peasants in India, trying to preserve their way of life
and the “garden of eden” for future generations?  Sometimes one has to make a choice (and it might also be emotional).
And yes, India has not signed the NPT treaty so all nuclear deals are in principle illegal, wouldn’t there be
the exception deals made by Bush et al some years ago (which should bring all these leaders to prison in any case).
What is your choice?
here is some background from BBC (
today and background  from march 2010
and
a 20 billion euro deal ..)
perhaps you have heard it in the news:
“We tried to disperse them by using tear-gas and cane-charge. We used plastic bullets as well, but nothing worked. Finally, we used live ammunition in which one person was injured who died”.

Protests have been mounting over the proposed 9,900 megawatt, six-reactor facility, which is being built with technical help from the French energy giant Areva.

Environmental experts say that Konkan, the region in which Jaitapur lies, is one of the most biodiverse regions on earth – and claim it will be destroyed by the plant.

Last December, the Indian magazine Outlook titled an article about the Jaitapur plant “The rape of Eden”.

Others have expressed concern that the facility is being built in a seismically-active area.

Make your choice!

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Another post on the after nuclear disaster

Hi, the more and more unfolding nuclear disaster tell something.

1) the well understood lies from yesterday tell us “do not believe the lies from today and tomorrow”

2) and who should do the clean up work

Some clear words are here:

http://www.thiscantbehappening.net/node/534

Who Are the Liquidators?

Mon, 03/28/2011 – 20:36 — Anonymous
by:
Charles M. Young

 

The prime minister of Japan has said that his government is “not in a position where we can be optimistic” about the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Is there any logical conclusion to draw from that statement other than that a large chunk of Japan is going to be uninhabitable?

They’ve got four nuclear reactors right next to each other in various states of disaster and probably meltdown. Two more are damaged. The workers on site are exhausted, sick and dying. The ocean and air around the plant are highly radioactive. The surrounding farms are producing radioactive vegetables. The drinking water in Tokyo is radioactive. If the Fukushima reactors keep exploding and burning and blowing radiation into the reservoirs, how long before Tokyo becomes Jonestown with a population of 13,000,000?

Michio Kaku, the physicist and author, has suggested on CNN that the best option right now is entombment. There’s nothing to salvage, he said, so the Japanese government should get some shielded helicopters and dump sand, boric acid, dolomite and concrete on the reactors and bury them for eternity. This could be done in ten days, he said, if they just got the materials together, which they aren’t doing because the government is not facing the implications of its own declared lack of optimism.

I’m not a physicist, but entombment at Chernobyl was vastly more complicated than Kaku was able to discuss in the time limits of American television. The Chernobyl reactor had to be mostly neutralized before being permanently buried, which meant that 800,000 or so “liquidators” had to run into the plant, perform some menial task in the presence of boiling nuclear waste for a minute or two, and then run out. Most of them are now sick, dying or dead from radiation poisoning.

Perhaps burying Fukushima will be a more complicated process…

read more at

http://www.thiscantbehappening.net/node/534

 

 

 

 

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A life report from Japan (in french)

If you know french, here is a life report uncensored
from the Swiss reported in Japan
George Baumgartner. An extraordinary report
not in the official swiss radio news but in a satirical
emission.

But this time the real man (he is usually allowed to give short news only)

it starts at around 1h:09 min

for 8min…

forward it to french speaking people. michael

http://medias.rsr.ch/la-1ere/programmes/la-soupe/2011/la-soupe_20110327_full_la-\
soupe_20110327-1100_fc698111-0534-4226-906c-2d530fd55f94-128k.mp3

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If we give up on nuclear energy, what will replace it?

I can’t say it better!

read the entire article here:

http://cluborlov.blogspot.com/2011/03/nuclear-meltdowns-101.html

If we give up on nuclear energy, what will replace it? Nothing, probably. Let me try an example: if your lucrative murder-for-hire business suddenly runs afoul of a few silly laws (even though it has so far killed many fewer people than planes, trains or automobiles) that doesn’t mean that you should keep killing people until you find another source of income. Same thing with electricity: if it turns out that the way you’ve been generating it happens to be criminally negligent, then you shut it all down. If you have less electricity, you will use less electricity. If this implies that economic growth is over and that all of your financial institutions are insolvent and your country bankrupt, then—I am sorry, but at this point in time that’s not even newsworthy. Don’t worry about that; just keep the nuclear accidents to a bare minimum, or you won’t have anything else left to worry about.

 

any thoughts about that?

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“Stop nuclear power before it stops you?”

I had an interesting discussion yesterday following the thought provoking slogan  (or similar)

“Stop nuclear power before it stops you?”
The following gives some assumptions to the problem:
1) Used fuel rods and the reactors need to be cooled for 10-20 years (or similar), thus a functioning electric grid is required beyond the lifetimes of hours and days of batteries and diesel generators.
2) a stable electric grid can be expected to stop any time and certainly not too far away in the future. Thus, in times of electricity shortages larger and larger fractions of the produced electric energy need to be reserved for keeping the fuel rods cool.It follows that more and more electric energy intense applications need to be phased out.
3) the longer one waits for the start of the stopping the more impossible the task will be.
4) there is no alternative now and decisions need to be made now. (but they will not be done before a general wakeup call comes before an accident).
I am curious on your views let me know please.

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BBC 12.3.11: Huge blast at Japan nuclear power plant

This time it is a bbc article from today:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-12723092

it is well written, please read it yourself

(for the ones with little time you can jump directly to the end)

“The amount that you measure would tell you to what degree the fuel rods have been compromised.”

It is an important question – but as yet, unanswered.

Cover-ups and questionsIn fact, the whole incident so far contains more questions than answers.

Parallels with Three Mile Island and Chernobyl suggest that while some answers will materialise soon, it may takes months, even years, for the full picture to emerge.

How that happens depends in large part on the approach taken by Tepco and Japan’s nuclear authorities.

As with its counterparts in many other countries, Japan’s nuclear industry has not exactly been renowned for openness and transparency.

Tepco itself has been implicated in a series of cover-ups down the years.

In 2002, the chairman and four other executives resigned, suspected of having falsified safety records at Tepco power stations.

Further examples of falsification were identified in 2006 and 2007.

In the longer term, Fukushima Daiichi raises several more very big questions, inside and outside Japan.

Given that this is not the first time a Japanese nuclear station has been hit by earthquake damage, is it wise to build such stations along the east coast, given that such a seismically active zone lies just offshore?

And given that Three Mile Island effectively shut down the construction of civilian nuclear reactors in the US for 30 years, what impact is Fukushima Daiichi likely to have in an era when many countries, not least the UK, are looking to re-enter the nuclear industry?

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Nuclear Power is the future, or may be not!

Hello all, while following with shock
the news, following official declarations
all around are telling us that the nuclear power.
Here is an exception (ok not a nuclear power plant)


that is what the IAEA tells us now:

The Agency is liaising with the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) to confirm further details of the situation. Japanese authorities reported that the four nuclear power plants closest to the quake have been safely shut down.

may be one should stop blindly believing so called democratic governments
good luck  (and please post your views on our blog)
“Japan is facing an unprecedented nuclear emergency after a major uranium leak.Radiation levels at the Tokaimura nuclear fuel-processing plant in north-east Japan are 15,000 times higher than normal.” 

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/461446.stm

sorry this link (10 years old) was forwarded to me (on the pugwash  mailing list)

However, here is an update about the real situation (from a japanese

colleague on thepugwash list)

“This is the biggest earthquake ever recorded in Japan, and we are
facing unprecedented situation, while I am safe back home now. I hope
all our Japanese colleagues are also safe.

Regarding the situation at Fukushima nuclear power plant, it doesn’t
look good. It seems that one of the reactors may have lost cooling
capability. It is still not certain what happened, but the fact that
Fukushima government issued an evacuation notice to local residents
within 3km of nuclear power plant itself is an unprecedented
situation. I am really concerned. Will let you know as soon as more
information arrived.”

 

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