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Nuclear Waste Recycling: A Nightmare Scenario

Posted by feww on August 20, 2010

Thought for the Day:

Can we trust GE Hitachi, Duke Energy, Areva … like we did BP?

ABOUT  100,000 tons of nuclear waste (aka High Level Waste, HLW) sit in radioactive dumps across the U.S.

Additionally, The U.S. nuclear energy industry is producing more than a third of the 12,000 metric tons of HLW piling up globally every year.

[A 1000-MWe nuclear power plant produces about 30 metric tons  of spent nuclear fuel.]

There are also “millions of gallons of radioactive waste, thousands of tons of spent nuclear fuel and material [as well as] huge quantities of contaminated soil and water,” the Department of Energy (DOE) has reported.

Nuke energy companies say they can recycle the waste squeezing more energy from the spent nuclear fuel thus reducing the waste behind [sic.]

“When it comes to energy, America is strong on technology but weak on policy,” says the high-rolling GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy Chairman John Fuller. “And it’s a critical handicap.” [Remember BP CEO?]

Incidentally, since its inception in 1878, GE hasn’t produced a single environment-friendly product.

As for Hitachi, they can’t even produce a household appliance that stands upright [a colleague who lives in Japan is about to receive a third fridge-freezer unit in just over a week because the first two were defective lemons.

GE Hitachi says they could build a new generation of fast reactors that can extract up to 99 percent of energy contained in the uranium fuel rods. The question is can the nation trust GE Hitachi, like they did BP?

Defective Hitachi fridges don’t kill many people, but a GE Hitachi reactor could.

At the end of the day, of course, all of these concerns are academic …

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Posted in Entergy, Exelon, GE Hitachi, GE Hitachi fast reactor, GE Hitachi PRISM Reactor | Tagged: , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Want a Mandate to Kill Life on the Planet?

Posted by feww on April 7, 2010

Serial No  1,546. Starting April 2010, each entry on this blog has a serial number. If any of the numbers are missing, it may mean that the corresponding entry has been blocked by the authorities/Google in your country. Please drop us a line if you detect any anomaly/missing number(s).

Gallup Ghosts, or U-S Pollsters Gone Bonkers!

507 “US Adults” Said More Energy, F**k the Environment: Gallup Poll

Gallup says in a poll of “1,014 US adults” conducted a few weeks before President Obama declared it was free offshore oil drilling season, half of those surveyed (507 pollsters) in  March 4-7 said the U.S. should give more priority to developing and producing its oil and gas reserves. Only 43 percent (436 respondents) said protection of the environment was more important than having limited energy supplies.

To make it stick, Gallup says it has been asking the same question concerning the priority of energy production over environmental protection for 10 years, and this was the first time the majority voted that way.

“The poll was released a few weeks before Senators John Kerry, a Democrat, Lindsey Graham, a Republican and Joe Lieberman, an independent, hope to unveil a compromise climate bill that would effectively put fees on fuels such as gasoline and coal to reduce emissions of gases blamed for warming the planet. The bill would also seek to increase incentives for offshore drilling and nuclear power.” Reuters reported.

The Magic of Gallup Polls: U.S. Support for Nuclear Power Climbs to New High of 62%

Another Gallup poll, which Fire-Earth wrote about earlier, and which was completely blocked by Google, said the U.S. Support for Nuclear Power had Climbed to New High of 62%. That Gallup Poll coincided with Bill Gates negotiations with Japan’s Toshiba about a potential partnership into nuclear-power start-ups using the so-called traveling-wave reactor.

“We need energy miracles,” Gates said, as his start-up nuclear company TerraPower, and Japan’s transistor-radios-come-washing-machines-maker Toshiba enter a new phase of negotiation on the so-called traveling-wave reactor.

Want a Mandate to Kill Life on the Planet? Call Up Gallup!

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Buffet the Climate!

Posted by feww on August 22, 2008

More Serious Pollution Anyone?

Warren Buffet and Bill Gates reportedly visited the $9 billion Canadian Natural Resources Horizon oil sands project near Fort McMurray, Alberta, Monday. Horizon Oil is scheduled to start operations October 2008.

The visit by two of the world’s richest persons [and biggest producers of CO2] pushed up Toronto stock market by almost 300 points as speculators snapped up energy stocks.

Horizon Oil Sands Project, Alberta, Canada


Construction site being cleared for the Horizon Oil Sands Project. (Source: hydrocarbons-technology). Image may be subject to copyright. See FEWW Fair Use Notice!


Horizon Oil Sands will begin operations October 2008. (Source: hydrocarbons-technology). Image may be subject to copyright. See FEWW Fair Use Notice!

“IF”

In a news conference held in Madrid, Spain ( May 21, 2008), Warren Buffet declared:

“If the world were falling apart I’d still invest in companies.”

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Posted in Climate Change, energy, environment, food, Global Warming, health, politics, Tourism, Travel | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Biodiversity ‘Doomsday Vault’ Secured for Business

Posted by feww on February 26, 2008

This year’s (and the next) Nobel Prize for ingenuity must surely go to … drum roll … Bill Gates and Norway!

Bill Gates “donated” $30m (Norway forked out $9m) for the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, aka the ‘Doomsday Vault,’ a seed bank carved into the permafrost layer of a remote Arctic mountain in Longyearbyen.

Situated on the Norwegian archipelago Svalbard, The vault is less than 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) from the North Pole. The vault would be inaugurated today by European Commission President Barroso and the environmentalist Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Mata among other celebrities.

Protected by towering walls of reinforced concrete and armored doors equipped with electronic motion sensor security alarm, the vault’s three airtight chambers have enough room to hold duplicate samples from world’s 1,400 plus existing seed banks.

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Doomsday Vault (Image Credit: AFP)

The “concrete cocoon” can withstand nuclear missile attacks or diving passenger jets!

In Case of Armageddon, or Postdiluvian Catastrophes, Don’t Panic!

So you have nothing to worry about. In case of Armageddon, total ecosystems collapse, or global deluge, if you happen to be one of the very few ‘lucky’ survivors, here’s what you should do:

1. Fly to Norway.
2. Find a boat heading to Svalbard archipelago.
3. Take a bus to the city of Longyearbyen.
4. Ask Direction to the Arctic mountain where Svalbard Global Seed Vault is situated.
5. Call Agnar, Niklas, Vidor, or his brother Ragnar on their cell phone and ask them to meet you at the vault’s entrance. [They are the only ones who know the combination to the vault. If they are deceased, ask local phone directory for details of their next of kin. Don't hang up until you get an answer!]
6. Take the good seed samples out of the vault [good seeds = the ones that would germinate!]
7. Leave Svalbard archipelago [it's too cold to grow anything there.] Make sure the seed samples are kept dry and cool throughout your journey.
8. Do not eat the seeds, even if you are starved!
9. Find a suitable plot of land somewhere in the world with enough topsoil and water.
10. Plant the seeds and watch mother nature doing her miracle!

Before you do all of that, be sure to learn fluent Norwegian!

It’s really that easy!

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Photo Credit: Mari Tefre/Global Crop Diversity Trust

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Svalbard Global Seed Vault
Bill Gates, Rockefeller and the GMO giants know something we don’t

Posted in Armageddon, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Doomsday Vault, energy, environment, food, global deluge, Global Warming, health, Nobel Prize, Norway, politics, seeds, Svalbard, Travel, Wangari Mata | Tagged: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

 
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