Posts in Nuclear energy
- Chinese companies are changing their investment strategies, with implications for the global energy market
- In the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan many commentators, including some leading environmentalists argued that despite the inherent risks of nuclear power, it was still a necessary evil in the battle about climate change. They joined other pro-nuclear voices that have been growing steadily over the last few years in arguing that...
Continue reading 'Who Needs Oil or Nukes Anyway?'.
- For the last two decades the nuclear industry has undertaken one of the most sophisticated public relations exercises in order to try and show the world that the technology is safe, secure, clean and green. They have very nearly succeeded. We are on the cusp of a nuclear revival, driven largely because of climate change....
Continue reading 'Over 20% of Nuke Reactors on Fault Lines'.
- The unfolding nuclear emergency in Japan once again highlights the vulnerability of our centralised energy infrastructure to major disasters or even a potential terrorist attack. At the moment all efforts must go to containing and controlling the nuclear disaster at Japan’s Fukushima plant. When this is done, at some time serious questions need to be...
Continue reading '“The chain is as strong as the weakest link”'.
- The United States Joint Forces Command goes by the slogan “Ready for today. Preparing for tomorrow”. But the military planners are certainly getting worried about tomorrow. They argue that “Fossil fuels will very likely remain the predominant energy source going forward,” but then warn that “a severe energy crunch is inevitable without a massive expansion...
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- At the end of the day energy comes down to economics. Drilling oil out of the deserts of the Middle East is inherently more profitable than boiling them out of Canadian boreal forest. Any deal at Copenhagen will hinge on how much the rich are prepared to pay the poor. There will be no clean...
Continue reading 'The “Corporate Killer” that is Nuclear Power'.
- A radical shake-up of Britain’s planning laws is going to be announced today which will make it easier for the government to fast-track or steam-roll large energy projects such as nuclear, gas or power stations or even wind turbines. In all the government will publish six “National Policy Statements” on energy this afternoon, including –...
Continue reading '“No Democratic Legitimacy” for New Nukes and Coal'.
- After twelve years in power the British Labour government yesterday outlined what it has deemed a “low carbon transition plan”. Coopting language from the growing Transition Town movement is a crafty tactic by the British government that is promising to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 34% by 2020 with 80% cut by 2050. Let’s get...
Continue reading 'UK Outlines Flawed “Low Carbon Transition Plan”'.
- Earlier this month, the crème of the nuclear industry spin doctors gathered in Edinburgh in Scotland at the posh Sheraton Hotel. The event, known as PIME 2009, is where they outline their public relations techniques as to how to try and sell a dangerous, expensive and dirty fuel as green, clean and climate friendly.
- Out of the frying pan into the fire. In a bid to end the global “addiction to oil”, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has signalled he wants the UK to play a major role in the race to build an extra 1,000 nuclear power stations across the world. Brown, who is flying to Saudia Arabia...
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