Nuclear energy might see increased opposition after Japan crisis

Green Blog

The ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan has sparked new life in the nuclear energy debate in many countries. And the fear for possible nuclear accidents in other countries forces politicians to reconsider and review their current energy policy stance. The continued protests against nuclear energy in Germany has seen an upswing during these past days. The photo shows the second hydrogen explosion at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi No. 3 reactor in Japan.

Nuclear Plant Closures in Germany Could Signal a Nuclear Energy Exit

Eco Friendly Daily

On all environmental channels and even others, the topic of the day remains the nuclear disaster that’s seems to be growing worse each day in Japan. Other countries around the world have taken the disaster as a warning signal and have either ordered fresh audits on their nuclear plants or ramped back future plans. It has also been the target of anti-nuclear protests, so the move could draw a few votes her way.

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Jordan Jumps Forward on Energy Development

Green Prophet

Jordan hits a fork in the energy development road: each route inciting ardent support and dissidence. Environmental activists united in protest for a second time in six months urging public debate over Jordan’s emerging atomic energy program. Over two dozen anti-nuclear activists protested near Prime Minister Awn Khasawneh’s Amman offices last Saturday, in vocal reaction to a government policy statement reaffirming Jordan’s commitment to nuclear development.

Nuclear energy: Is it good or bad?

The Green Changemakers

A primer to atomic power’s hottest topics By Victoria Schlesinger Like a neutron colliding with an atom, two factors are igniting Americans, and particularly environmentalists, into reconciling a messy question: Do we or don’t we want to develop nuclear power? Eight years of the Bush Administration’s heavily pro-nuclear policies with billions in government subsidies have roused the ailing nuclear industry. Accept for maybe nuclear power. Tags: Energy

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‘Our Jordan is Not Nuclear’ Say Greenpeace Activists

Green Prophet

Campaigners step up their lobbying for a nuclear-free Jordan as the final decision with regards to the chosen firm approaches. The Jordanian government will pick the firm which will build Jordan’s first nuclear station in May. Greenpeace campaigners in Jordan have urged the government to consider “the dire risks” the proposed nuclear project will have on current and future generations. Nuclear reactors can never be safe.

Experts at US-Arab Policy Conference debate Mideast’s future as global energy supplier

Green Prophet

Does the rapid expansion of new technologies like fracking threaten the future of eco-friendly energy alternatives such as wind and solar energy? An energy panel held on the first day of the Oct. Shihab Kuran, president of Sun Edison Advanced Solutions, and Kevin Book, co-founder of ClearView Energy Partners LLC. The panel was moderated by Randa Fahmy Hudome, general counsel for the American-Egyptian Strategic Alliance and former associate deputy secretary of energy.

Turkish Government Renews Efforts to Reduce Dependence on Foreign Energy

Green Prophet

Turkey imports more than three-quarters of its primary energy supply, primarily from Russia and Iran. The country’s energy ministry says it wants to become less dependent on foreign sources — but how sensible are its methods? As Turkey faces a 10 percent growth rate in energy demand and unrest in the Middle East pushes oil and gas prices up , Turkey’s government has unveiled a new strategic plan to wean itself from foreign energy sources.

U.S. Nuclear Power in Decline

Green Blog

Nuclear power generation in the United States is falling. nuclear plants began to grow more slowly in the early 2000s. nuclear power’s days are numbered. The nuclear industry’s troubles began well before the 1979 accident at Pennsylvania’s Three Mile Island nuclear plant sowed public mistrust of atomic power. In 1957, the country’s first commercial nuclear reactor was completed in Pennsylvania.

Jordanian Activist Take To The Streets For A Sustainable Future

Green Prophet

Activist gathered on the streets of Amman today to say ‘No’ to nuclear energy and ‘Yes’ to renewables. Following years of anti-nuclear campaigning and (more recent) c ontroversy surrounding Jordan’s nuclear programme , Greenpeace activists in Jordan are stepping up their protests. We are here to remind the government of the pressing need to reassess the country’s energy policy bearing in mind the threats emanating from a nuclear agenda.”

Japanese Prime Minister calls for nuclear-free future

Green (Living) Review

Naoto Kan says Fukushima crisis has convinced him to aim for a society not dependent on nuclear power By Michael Smith (Veshengro) Prime Minister Naoto Kan of Japan said on Wednesday, July 13, 2011, that the Fukushima nuclear crisis had convinced him that Japan should aim at a society that does not depend on nuclear energy and eventually has no atomic plants. I believe”, he said, “we should aim for a society that is not dependent on nuclear power generation."

Jordan’s Nuclear Ambitions are Doomed, Claims Industry Expert

Green Prophet

There has been a lot of fuss about Jordan’s nuclear ambitions and activists in the kingdom have been vocal about their opposition , but all this hullabaloo might be for nought according to an industry expert. “If you look globally, reactor projects are coming in past deadline and over budget across the board,” Thomas, an energy policy researcher, told The Jordan Times. Adding water-costly nuclear to the mix would stress an already broken water supply.

Dubai’s Greener Future Begins Now At the Dubai Global Energy Forum

Green Prophet

HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum are both involved with the first ever Global Energy Forum in Dubai and hopefully a cleaner future. Yesterday HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashhid Al Maktoum – Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai – inaugurated Dubai’s very first Global Energy Forum. Nuclear-Powered Water for the UAE? Abu Dhabi Sees Renewable Energy as Profitable Energy.

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Renewable energy overtakes nuclear and becomes Scotland's top power source

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According to newly released statistics from the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change, renewable energy sources produced 32 percent of Scotland''s electricity in the first half of 2014 – beating both nuclear power, which used to be Scotland''s main source of electricity, and fossil fuels. terawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity from renewable energy sources in the first half of 2013. The majority of renewable energy in Scotland comes from wind and hydro.

Why The Climate Movement Cannot Ignore Trade

Sierra Club Compass

Corporate challenges to climate and clean energy policies: In order to combat the climate crisis, we must move beyond fossil fuels and embrace clean energy. The rules actually empower corporations to sue governments, in the secrecy of private trade tribunals, over laws and policies that corporations allege reduce their profits, including protections from dirty fossil fuels. Photo courtesy of Jim Wylie.

Women Are the Energy Decision Makers and Want the U.S. to Move Toward Clean Energy, a New National Survey Shows

Green (Living) Review

But Awareness Gaps Cloud their Understanding of the Connection between Electricity Sources and Clean Air Women want clean energy Women need more information on electricity and clean energy Air pollution’s effect on family health is a major concern Women business owners lead the way by Michael Smith (Veshengro) WASHINGTON D.C., With so much resting on the energy and environment policy decisions we make today, every woman’s voice counts now more than ever.”

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Trade in Environmental Goods May Not Actually Be So Good

Sierra Club Compass

Nuclear steam generator ( Wikimedia Commons ). Secondly, steam generators are found in equipment used in dirty fuel-production processes such as nuclear and coal-fired power plants that pour harmful toxic chemicals into the air we breathe and emit climate-disrupting carbon pollution. As we transition to a clean energy economy, we should increase the use of and trade in environmentally friendly technologies.

Top 10 Green Blog articles from 2011

Green Blog

The nuclear crisis in Japan. In the aftermaths of the earthquake and tsunami, Japan officials declared a state of emergency at two nuclear power plants in the Fukushima Prefecture. While rescue workers tried their best to find and save people in the debris left by the tsunami we saw a nuclear crisis unfold in Japan. So there is no wonder that our number one post on Green Blog was about the Fukushima nuclear accident. The Nuclear Meltdown of George Monbiot.

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Jill Stein, Presidential nominee of the Green Party, answered questions on Reddit

Green Blog

The questions asked ranged from space exploration to energy policies and alternative medicine. Obama has not only embraced the policies of Bush, he’s gone way beyond. It’s a vote for the policies that are destroying our economy, our planet, shipping our jobs overseas, etc. There were also many questions from armchair experts about nuclear energy. A user named npage148 asked : What is the rationale for the party’s opposition to nuclear energy?

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Nuclear power loses its luster in a sustainable energy future

Green (Living) Review

Fukushima incident has sustainability experts rethink place nuclear in the low-carbon energy future By Michael Smith (Veshengro) In the wake and aftermath of the Fukushima incident and fallout, in more than one sense of the word, a majority of sustainability experts around the world now say that nuclear power is not at all essential to a low-carbon energy future. At the other end of the spectrum: * 10 percent of NGO respondents feel nuclear power is essential. *

Nuclear power threat to the UK

Green (Living) Review

Nuclear power threat to the UK – as energy security handed over to the French while British taxpayers pick up the bill On March 13, 2012, four of the UK’s leading environmentalists [1] have been warning that the government is about to hand over control of Britain’s future energy and climate security to the French government. Should the French subsequently decide not to proceed, the UK would be faced with a humiliating policy melt-down. Energy industry issues 4.

Fukushima Meltdown Hastens Decline of Nuclear Power

Green Blog

On May 5, 2012, Japan shut down its Tomari 3 nuclear reactor on the northern island of Hokkaido for inspection, marking the first time in over 40 years that the country had not a single nuclear power plant generating electricity. The March 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and subsequent Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown shattered public confidence in atomic energy, thus far making it politically impossible to restart any of the reactors taken offline.

Sweden Prepares to Lead EU on Climate

The Green Changemakers

The European Union agreed on its latest climate policy in December. By 2020, member states must cut greenhouse gases at least 20 percent below 1990 levels (or 30 percent if other industrialized countries make comparable commitments), increase renewable energy to 20 percent of total energy production, and reduce energy consumption 20 percent by embracing greater energy efficiency. Sweden has long implemented one of the most progressive energy policies in Europe.

Towards a Sustainable Energy Future

The Green Changemakers

Sustainable energy future My presentation for the ERM Alumni Conference on Energy and Natural Resources Policy, Brandenburg Technical University of Cottbus, Germany, 6-10.10.2008 Abstract: The world of fossil fuel – based economy is eventually coming into crisis as these fuels go exhausted. Introduction Every living-thing needs energy to maintain their lives on Earth. Everything needs energy to do their works. But ‘Is nuclear the answer?’ [6],