Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Steve Jones Explains the Outcome of "...the Most Cynical Experiment ever carried out in Biology..."

Radioactivity - radiation - nuclear accidents - mutation - atom bombs - 1 million years of storage!

Powerful sound-bites, lacking in detail and comparative dangers can so easily distort the thinking of the reading, listening and viewing public. They just don't have the time or interest to research reality: Radiophobia 

The Japanese people were participants in this 'cynical experiment'. 

Mutational meltdown was anticipated. For 50 years, biologists and later, geneticists, watched the outcome unravel.

Let Steve Jones educate you in the outcome. 

Steve Jones is an impartial geneticist who, as far as I am aware, has never expressed an opinion or preference for nuclear or any other form of power generation. 

He tells us about the genetics of radiation - and then tells us a bit about mutations wrought by other than radiation. Chemical poisons and pollution are pervasive and widespread, causing mutational damage, in particular to the peoples of the less developed countries.

Just like anybody with a phobia, radiophobes need to worry. Listen and learn from Steve Jones - cease worrying about radiation and start to worry about prolonging the years of carcinogen output from every other form of power generation - including the manufacture of renewables.

Melvyn Bragg introduces the topic at 14:40 - Take it on board for goodness sake: GENETIC MUTATION

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Stop Buying Birthday and Christmas Presents for your Grandchildren

Ken Caldeira experiences "Macabre Indifference" when doing the rounds, lecturing to those interested in environmental issues.

We're prepared to continue sending 2 million people a year to early graves, alter atmospheric chemistry and acidify oceans, because it would reduce our standard of living by a tiny amount

Stop buying birthday and Christmas presents for your grandchildren and give them a better planet to live on instead ! 

Caldeira on Climate Science and Choices
To paraphrase: 
If you asked a room-full of people - If your present energy system did not dump waste into the atmosphere and the oceans and a cheaper energy system was available that did do that, would you choose to save a tiny amount of your income to adopt the new system? The result would be - "...almost nobody has ever come up and been willing to take that trade..."

Ask the question in reverse - meaning would most people give up a tiny amount of their income for an emissions-free, less polluting system? The result would be - "...they're reluctant to do that..." 

Caldeira on Climate Science and Choices (Pt. 2)
"...we can act ethically, when acting ethically is cheap, but when acting ethically is expensive, we tend to cut corners.

And so, having cheap, feasible, alternative energy technologies, that are environmentally benign, seems central..."

And this is what Ken Caldeira and James Hansen are prepared to go public about:
'To those Influencing Environmental Policy But Opposed to Nuclear Power'

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Four Seasoned Nuclear Scientists Endorse Nuclear Energy Push by Four Climate Scientists.

What do they know? - Well, there's maybe 200 year's worth of experience and in-depth knowledge of nuclear power generation.

Maybe, just maybe - we, the general public, who don't give a you-know-what to where our energy comes from, as long as it's there 24/7, on demand, should pay due consideration to what they have to say and the energy security nuclear power gives us !

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

GE Hitachi PRISM - The Future of Nuclear Energy.

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority deems GE Hitachi’s PRISM Reactor a Credible Option for Managing Plutonium Stockpile

LONDON – January 20, 2014 - GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) has welcomed today’s announcement by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) that its PRISM reactor technology is a “credible option” for managing the UK’s plutonium stockpile.
After an investigation into the potential of the various alternative options for plutonium reuse, the NDA has affirmed GEH’s view that PRISM could reuse plutonium faster than competing technologies; providing significant value for money to the UK taxpayer.
NDA’s announcement follows a two-year review process which now gives the green light for PRISM - a high energy, sodium-cooled reactor that uses proven, safe, and advanced technologies - to be considered  as a credible option to manage the Sellafield plutonium stockpile. 
“For more than 50 years GE has been at the forefront of energy innovation and nuclear technology and GE Hitachi’s PRISM reactor offers an attractive solution to tackling the UK’s plutonium management challenges while generating clean electricity,” said Mark Elborne, President and CEO of GE UK & Ireland.
“The UK has the largest storage of civil plutonium anywhere in the world and its Government is committed to re-using that material as an asset rather than a liability, maximizing taxpayer benefits. We believe PRISM offers the most effective solution for accomplishing this goal and look forward to the next stage of this process.”
The Government previously stated a preferred option to build a new MOX plant at Sellafield but, in an effort to gather data on technologies that offer better value or less risk to the taxpayer, responded to GEH’s interest in providing a credible alternative option for the management of plutonium, the PRISM advanced reactor.
Elborne went on: “PRISM can not only re-use the UK plutonium stockpile safely and responsibly whilst generating a step-change in industrial opportunity, but can also provide significant revenue for UK taxpayers. This is a socially and financially responsible solution”.