Nuclear Nightmare

by craig on March 19, 2013 2:48 pm in Uncategorized

A “Lib Dem” minister just told Sky News he was approving new nuclear power stations to promote green jobs. If anybody ever votes for these lying bastards again I shall be disconsolate.

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  1. The nuclear industry is nothing more than an establishment cult, no good can come of it & it’s promoted by crooked politician plutonium addict front men who are past caring

  2. And Labour will abstain on a bill designed to ensure that “workfare” forced labour in Poundland stores do not get paid retroactively for their work.
    Meanwhile those on the “left” obsess over Galloway’s bluntly accurate language and lament that Julian Assange is not being tortured like Brad Manning.
    If Labour, the Liberals and the left were actually led and directed by salaried and uniformed agents of the ruling class would they behave any differently?

  3. In the recent cold spells the UK was struggling to maintain electricity supplies because of increased demand. The current plan is to phase out natural gas for heating by 2050. The idea before fracking came along was for us all to run our heating with electric heat pumps and the cheapest price of buying in a basic air to water heat pump is currently 1000 pounds.

    This statement means simply that this was the plan all along as developed by Chris Huhne. Germany has reacted swiftly to the catastrophic nuclear melt near meltdown in Japan and reversed its nuclear power station programme. The UK hasn’t even got its act together to start insulating all homes. I know, the only heat in my house this winter has been from a small air conditioning unit I put in because my boiler has gone wrong.

    Looks like we are all going to be installing log stoves very soon.

  4. Michael Stephenson

    19 Mar, 2013 - 3:13 pm

    Given the global catastrophe looming due to climate change Nuclear power shouldn’t be so casually dismissed.

  5. Chris, what do you mean, “if”?

    Craig, go back to your constituency and prepare for disconsolation.

  6. Ben Franklin -Machine Gun Preacher (unleaded version)

    19 Mar, 2013 - 3:25 pm

    Japan’s politics are trading one disaster for another. Nukes or methane hydrate? Imagine a BP type blowout with those effervescent bubbles rising to the surface.

  7. “If Labour, the Liberals and the left were actually led and directed by salaried and uniformed agents of the ruling class would they behave any differently?”

    I dont understand this statement at all. It seems purposefully blinkered to what is actually going on, as if the writer really prefers to babble some all-encompassing comfort-zone conspiracy. Let’s start with Labour – the Miliband group are essentially the fagend of Blairism, tempered by the realisation that the Great Charlatan cocked up spectacularly on several issues, not least of which was allowing himself (and Brown was just as to blame later) to be hoodwinked by advisors drawn from commerce and the City. That whole rancid crowd, the likes of McKinsey, PWC, and KPMG etc, were the ones behind much of the pro-business agenda relentlessy pushed by New Labour. And now that the Tories are in, guess who’s smugly whispering in Gideon’s ear and steering us all in the Coalition Handcart To Hell. But even now, Labour cannot shrug off that whole 3rd-wayist snakeoil, somehow convinced that any policy moves in a genuinely social democrat direction, along with real passion and anger, would attract the furies of the corporate-owned/cheerleading press. They are hamstrung by their doctrinal weakness, and by fear of the media.

  8. You can “approve” nuclear power stations all you bloody like – nobody’s going to pay to actually build the damn things without price guarantees for at least the next 20 years, and they’re probably not getting those. There’s a reason why the only people who build nuclear power stations are state-controlled utilities… The economics of new build nuclear power stations are not attractive in a competitive market.

  9. As for the ‘Liberals’, or Liberal Democrats (although going by the party’s dwindling cheerleaders they clearly see themselves as the Liberal Party redux in all but name), they are currently going through the same hollowing-out that afflicted Labour towards the end of Blair’s regime. The Clegg leadership has shown such a negligent, offhand attitude to the party’s previous expressions of principle (and a masked contempt towards conference motions) that a certain mixture of resolve and despair holds sway within the party in the country. Clegg is our Blair – he has nailed his old-school Liberal colours to the mast with such unwavering purpose that everyone now knows that nothing can be done or changed until he is gone. For him to start opposing things like the benefit changes, the economic policies or the NHS demolition would be to admit total defeat since he has so willingly and definitively committed himself to staying in the Coalition come what may.

    Truly, the matter of Clegg is a modern day political tragedy. If he and the negotiating team had decided to go for a limited coalition for limited aims over a limited period, say 2 years maximum, how different things would have turned out. But, coulda, woulda, shoulda. All that remains now is how much of a fight is still left in him when it comes to the tussle for the party leadership in the wake of the next GElection.

  10. We are all bombing around using up resources; think how much wood to burn would ne required next time you slap the kettle on for just one more cuppa.

    Sadly options for energy are limited and our need for energy is rising.
    The next time economic growth is mentioned we know equal energy will be required.

    Please remind me what is the problem with “new clear” energy.

    Oh the waste. Us Brits are the world leaders in waste disposal.

    The age old tradition ” dig a hole and bury it.”

    Spend now spent later!

    Do not worry folk the government is there to protect us and our interests. Democracy is working.

  11. Ben Franklin -Machine Gun Preacher (unleaded version)

    19 Mar, 2013 - 3:53 pm

    Out on this limb, as it were. If I had to choose between the unknowns of reckless exploration (fracking in the US creating a lot of issues, and it’s just natural gas) which seeks the cheapest means of extraction for MH, and nukes, I would have to choose nukes, within that limited context.

    Although nuclear is a high-tech means of controlling a low-tech mechanism (boiling water with fission), it is much better understood than undersea geology. Stress fractures extant, which cannot be seen or anticipated makes it a rather hairy gambit. Mistakes and deadlines make a deadly combo.

    As much as I dislike nukes for the complex network and pitfalls associated, I prefer it as a lesser weevil.

    , “For 150,000 years, a period known as the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum, that carbon [from methane hydrates released from the seafloor] blanketed the Earth and pushed global temperatures to radical highs. While extinction events caused by the PETM weren’t on the scale of the dinosaur extinctions from nine million years prior, it did result in an explosion of diversification that permanently altered the makeup of the planet’s species.”

    Apart from burning gas from methane hydrates releasing gigatons of carbon, another issue with methane, the seafloor, and climate change to keep on the radar is that methane hydrates can melt all on their own. Though the methane seeps that have made headlines over the past couple of summers—which were up to 1000 times background levels in spots—don’t yet appear to be occurring due to human-induced climate change, it remains a distinct possibility that this could happen. Not to mention, permafrost melting reaching a tipping point and releasing stored carbon.”

  12. A discussion about some problems with nuclear power generation.

    It’s a pity we are burning this amazing, unique type of fuel, born in the stars, to drive an aimless, consumerist society.

  13. Problems at Fukushima cooling pools today, but the MSM reassuring us that its nothing to worry about. Aye righty oh then! Thanks to Craig for coming to sleety Edinburgh on Saturday and making my weekend with his appearance and talk at Islamophobia.

  14. Error 808 Wrong Link

    This is the one I wanted to post first, the above audio is a follow-up counter argument.

  15. With respect to the ‘what will we replace nuclear with/ where will we get the energy from’ arguement. Firstly: We should be thinking about an economic system where expansion isn’t a basic pre-requisite for prosperity since, unless I’m mistaken, the planet is finite and so cannot accommodate eternal expansion.
    Secondly: It’s a little known fact that hemp has a higher calorific content than coal (that is, it releases more energy per weight than coal when burned) and the CO2 released when it is burned does not represent a net increase in atmospheric CO2 levels since the CO2 released represents (less than) the total CO2 sequestered during growing. Not to mention the myriad other uses of hemp.

  16. Thorium is the future… or may be. A safer nuclear cycle that could be the bridge between carbon fuels and fusion which might solve the world’s evergy needs essentially forever. Unfortunately the UK gave up on developing such things and its left to India and China.

    I don’t understand the ‘green’ objection to nuclear technology – particulary developments like fusion – when the other ‘green’ solutions like solar and wind, are a nonsense. Just a subsidy from the people who can’t afford winter heating to rich landowners (wind) or affluent homeowners (solar).

  17. So who do we vote for? There is no decent option. They’re all rubbish. Might go green but even then they’re not strong enough. My vote will be lost. And one vote every four years is all the say we seem to have.

  18. And just for good measure, Mr Ed Davey is a LD Friend of Israel so he is doubly damned!

    Huhne is in this link too but cannot spot him in the photo. Featherstone, Beith and Julia Neuberger are familiar names.

    Lib Dems Meet Cross Party Delegation from Israel

    In December 2009, Liberal Democrat Parliamentarians met five visiting Members of the Israeli Parliament (Knesset). The visiting politicians each represented a different political party in Israel.

    Liberal Democrat Parliamentarians: LDFI President, Sir Alan Beith MP together with MPs Ed Davey, Chris Huhne, Lynne Featherstone and Willie Rennie and Lib Dem Peers Lord Wallace, Lord Dholakia and Baroness Neuberger.

    Israeli Members of Knesset (Parliament): Yitzhak Vaknin MK – Shas, Tzipi Hotovely MK – Likud, Anastassia Michaeli MK – Yisrael Beiteinu, Majalli Whbee MK and Nachman Shai MK – Kadima.


    The link to Hinkley Point which I left on the previous thread and the info about radioactive discharges into the Severn Estuary is here.

    There was a tsunami in the Bristol Channel and Severn Estuary in 1607 which, if it was repeated, we would have another Fukushima type disaster.

  19. All this snow, slush, heavy rain is a good time to dump water-borne nuclear contaminated waste into our rivers, streams, ground and seas. By design or accidental overflows and run-offs, a mere taster of the inevitable result when marginal sea level rises seas engulf these coastal disasters-in-waiting entirely.

    The consequences of nuclear war itself it turns out were unnecessary to extinguish human life, most of North America is so heavily contaminated from their own weapons testing, power-generation, mining and processing of dangerous enough uranium into even more lethal products, that we can soon enough consider the US to be ‘spent’ as either as a miltary superpower thankfully, also as a significant economic actor, or regretably, mostly for the Native Americans particularly even a place that could healthily remain inhabitable. Nuclear power and weapons states the ultimate practioners of the own goal, self-exterminating their entire populations without in the end without a shot fired in anger at them.

    Much of the cancer deaths from tobacco too result not from the tobacco itself but from the heavy contamination of the crops themselves and perpetually of the ground they are grown in, the anti-tobacco craze and passive smoking hysteria the subterfuge by which excess radiation deaths are being superficially explained. The same goes for US food production and (un)potable water which are as contaminated and heavy killers in their own right, with every spoonful or drop. Not even the extensive contamination within what was the former Soviet Union comes close to the doses the whole of North America has received by their own had and will continue to accumulate and suffer from till eventual mass die off occurs. In terms of mere population the US, when weighted for its disproportianal consumption of planetary resources, consumes more than over-populous India or China, the US accounting despite its lesser population for the same resource usage of as many as 10 billion human beings, an impact which will decline in like proportion as they expire in ever greater numbers. Future extra mouths to feed may not be in the customary location on our faces. The US reaction to its fate might be to fire all its guns at once in spite at having their ghastly empire self-destruct whilst their sick dreams of world domination are unfulfilled and justly mocked.

    The same goes for us in the disintegrating UK, the elites have calculated that as we are all as good as dead, including themselves inescapably, they might as well feather their nests with well-stuffed brown envelopes and accelerate the process. With their orgy of capitalist gluttony at an end, the trickle-down deception and free-market globalist nightmare unsustainable by its own destructiveness, inconsistencies, contradictions and demonstrable instability, its immutable trajectory -crash and burn, self-evident, humanity’s continued existence itself no longer something which can be menaced to compel other’s fealty, as it’s already a foregone conclusion and lost, they reckon on having nothing more to lose.

    If never prepared to build nuclear power stations on the Thames, in central London where the power demands are largest, then they aren’t safe to have anywhere else either; existing plants should be more rapidly shutdown and decontamination started as new infinitely renewable sources of power, new means of power storage infrastructure, from hydro to wave and wind are raced on before further atomic disaster assails us. The French nuclear industry, predominant on the channel coast, should be as rapidly shutdown too, if necessary by force and compulsion for the sake of this islands inhabitants as the planet.

    It is the duty of the people of these islands to oppose any new nuclear power projects, to prevent by sheer number of their bodies as much as the first shovelful of earth disturbed for such death machines to be assembled and fired up again amidst our fragile green land.

  20. s/be…which, if it was repeated, would mean that we would have another Fukushima type disaster.

    This is Ed Davey today on video.

    New nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point C is approved
    Ed Davey said the new nuclear power station was a milestone on the road to decarbonisation

    The first of a planned new generation of nuclear power plants in the UK has been given approval.

    Energy Secretary Ed Davey told MPs in the Commons that he was granting planning consent for French energy giant EDF to construct Hinkley Point C in Somerset.

    The proposed £14bn power plant would be capable of powering five million homes.

    Mr Davey said the project was “of crucial national importance” but environmental groups reacted angrily.


    There are over 700 comments.

  21. I’d rather nuclear and being warm in winter than not. ‘Renewable’ energy sources are not viable for the near term.

    Unfortunately recent developments in nuclear power which leave less, and less dangerous waste probably won’t become commercially available until after decisions on what to build are made.

    Of course, in an ideal world we’d have a decentralised energy system with small self contained, low risk, low waste, reactors if they’re economically viable, but that world isn’t here now.

    As for safety – new designs will be learning from past failures, be they Chernobyl (no UK reactor is susceptable to that sequence of failures), Three Mile Island, Windscale or Fukushima (we’re unlikely to have an earthquake and tsunami of that scale in the UK anyway).

    Anti-nuclear power hysteria seems to be bound up with nuclear weapons (which we should be doing away with, and are an incredible evil) and early stations being used to make weapons grade materials (now the military have their own reactors for that I believe).

  22. Five of the UK’s existing coal fired power stations must close before 2015. Others already have. This is not because they’re necessarily worn out but because of an EU directive. Worldwide though another 1,000 are either planned or already under construction mainly in China and India where coal is often of poor quality.

    Nuclear power may have its problems and its critics (unless it’s in Iran) but if the lights start going out in a few years time you may change your mind about it.

  23. Presently what is preventing us from building and creating the Utopian society that we all dream of.

    For some they would spend their time in Boutiques and shopping malls.

    For others they would spend their time walking the paths of our beautiful countryside, peevaying the everchanging landscapes and its impressing beauty.

    We can have both we can fight multiple wars and reach the moon why can’t we enhance our living space and environment.

    I suggest it is simply hard work in the right areas.

    Our planet and all our subservient species should be put on a pedestal and we should admire their beauty and uniqueness.

    We should bow down to the whoever who jinxed us and pit humanity back where it belongs; and that is just “out there.”

    Science will and science won’t

  24. I am perpetually surprised by the wilful ignorance and scaremongering about nuclear power that goes on in most liberal and anti-establishment fora.

    Nuclear power is, in itself, fairly safe and very convenient. Unfortunately everything in this life is spoiled by those lying, cheating, exploiting bastards – human beings. However it’s important to understand that ANY means of supplying tens of millions of 21st century people with the amounts of energy the have come to expect is going to be potentially very dangerous. Gigawatts of power are scary and hazardous, regardless of how they are generated.

    If you have an open mind, check this out:

    I strongly recommend watching the video too, although you can safely skip over the elderly professor doing his measured introduction. It’s the two young postgards who crackle with creative energy and technical optimism. I’d almost forgotten what that feels like!

  25. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)

    19 Mar, 2013 - 5:50 pm

    MARY, taking her Main Obsessions for their daily outing :

    “And just for good measure, Mr Ed Davey is a LD Friend of Israel so he is doubly damned!”


    “Lib Dems Meet Cross Party Delegation from Israel”

    Naturrally on a blog which is supposed to be about the LinDems and nuclear power.



    La vita è bella, life is good! (help Mary un-obsess)

  26. Tristan.

    Technical and engineering breakdown and failure are intrinsic in all such highly risky ventures, there is no such thing as a safe design, they are all inherently dangerous. Even the ‘safe’ contaminate the environment and kill wholesale, starting from the mining of raw materials and ending with the waste, which we ultimately end up eating. Human-error can never be accounted for or anticopated, will always throw up the unpredictable, “could never happen” chain of events with alarming regularity and in truth after-the-fact, the catastrophic extinction event, were so obvious and entirely predictable. The more that excruciating term fail-safe is bandied about, the more automation, computerisation, instrumentation, the less comprehension and control, ‘controllers’ have and even imperfect understanding of the processes involved is taken out of self-adjudged expert hands – for no experts exist who for 24-hour 7 days a week, and so on till eternity – can second guess the forces unleashed. Humanity’s dabbling and blind irrational wishful-thinking, will – though it seems it may already – have destro the viability of the entire planet for future human life. You’d think to avoid that you might consider putting on a vest or cardy, than saunter round your ill-designed house half-naked as it suits you, with your fingers in your ears, not listening, and shrug at the certain risk of extinguishing all of life, for your selfish and brief ‘comfort’.

    Nuclear fission, controlled or in uncontrolled explosions, will rather obviously kill and will forever keep killing, until till we’re all dead, it is an inevitabilty, doubtfully now preventable. Your whinge is a sad marker of your immaturity or indictment of your education, that no-one has taken the trouble to put aside your toys, sit you down and explain this simple matter to you that you never forget it.

  27. Habba must be having a bad day. The spelling is up the creek here and on the previous thread.

    Q When is the Vita e bella thing going to be taken off? Repetition is very boring.


    Tonight British Live webcast starting 18:30 to 20:00 Tuesday 19th Noam Chomsky in conversation with Jonathan Freedland subject ‘Propaganda’.

  29. People who don’t believe wind power is useful, just dont understand it and perhaps never will. Also the people who put renewable in quotes — Also power generation technology will always be mysterious to those inclined to scare quote renewables.

    I would keep nuclear power limited as a research and emergency option.
    Import solar power from sunnier climes, fund and lead its developement now.

    Reduce production of disposable stuff. Decrease the glamour and necessity of car use, improve transport and housing.

    We have plenty of technology and resources for safe fulfilling life and value creation without resorting to dangerous and polluting industries, we are just misdirected.

  30. Davey is a stooge. He approves of the extra cruelty being proposed by Gideon.

    Budget 2013: Osborne to unveil extra £2.5bn in cuts

    George Osborne is coming under pressure to increase spending on infrastructure
    The government is to announce further spending cuts in Wednesday’s Budget, with the savings going to large-scale infrastructure projects designed to boost economic growth.

    Energy Secretary Ed Davey, whose department will have to find extra savings, denied ministers had been taken by surprise by the chancellor’s announcement, saying they had been given “more notice” of it than expected.

    “What was really noticeable around the cabinet table was people supporting the overall approach not only of the chancellor but the Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander,” he told the BBC.

    “We have to get to grips with this (the deficit). In countries where they don’t they’re paying a very heavy price.”

    Is he bidding to be the new LD leader and are his loyalties to this country or to Israel, or both, one asks?

    And what about the high tech hub that Gould has set up in Tel Aviv? For whose benefit? What’s is all about?

    EDF who are bidding to build Hinkley Point are building solar farms in Israel.

    1,000 more days, or sooner one hopes, for this coalition and then they’re out on their ears The massive damaging changes to the NHS will have become obvious by 2015 too.

  31. BrianFujisan

    19 Mar, 2013 - 6:34 pm

    Its a VERY Dangerous game, I wonder what kinds of creatures all the contamination will spawn – Long after humans are gone

    Japan’s long war to “shut down Fukushima” will never end in near human lifetimes. The damage it has done, the waste it has created, the radiation released and still releasing, will travel around the world, leak into the ground and water, contaminate Japan, in human terms, forever.The fact that some of this contamination will be called “low” or “slow” will not lessen the pain and extent of this damage one bit.

    The tanks from the cold war are leaking, the legacy of cancer from atomic testing is ongoing. Underneath its cracked sarcophagus Chernobyl is still happening. No nuclear accident ever really ends except, perhaps, in geological time frames. The waste and multigenerational mutagenic harm remain the legacy of the greed and hubris of the human race.
    Dr. Helen Caldicott

    We Need a new Tesla…They suppress everything (except HARP of course )

  32. Guano – yes wood burning stoves and I also recommend burning peat.

    Sadly my bid for a croft in Achnasheen was beaten by a venison vendor.

  33. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)

    19 Mar, 2013 - 6:56 pm

    Never mind the spelling/typos, Mary – just tell us why you’ve dragged Israeli into this thread. Obsessional?


    La vita è bella, life is good! (support freedom and justice)

  34. If there is a nuclear scientist on this blog, then could you please explain to the rest of us ( mere mortals):-
    1. The nature of nuclear reactors relative to radioactive dangers?
    2. The pros and cons of reliance on nuclear energy?
    3. And – your personal choice relative to your scientific knowledge and the
    options that are available?

    If we are to be serious about the serious issues being canvassed – I think that thesss the three foregoing questions are a sensible and reasonable starting point.

  35. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)

    19 Mar, 2013 - 7:08 pm

    Mary asks the following about Ed Davey :

    “Is he bidding to be the new LD leader and are his loyalties to this country or to Israel, or both, one asks?”

    What a curious second question. What (and what mindset) could be behind it, one asks?

  36. The Lib Dem 2010 manifesto on energy summarised:

    Key environmental policies include:

    Insulating all homes to a good standard within 10 years
    Setting a target for 40 per cent of electricity will come from renewable sources by 2020 rising to 100 per cent by 2050
    Investing up to £400 million in refurbishing shipyards so they can manufacture offshore wind turbines
    Transforming electricity networks
    Launching a one-year Eco Cash-Back scheme
    Setting aside money for schools that want to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings
    Investing £140 million in a bus scrappage scheme to replace old, polluting buses
    Blocking any new coal-fired power stations
    Rejecting a new generation of nuclear power stations

    Now I understand in a coalition they can’t get everything. Other than blocking new coal-fired power stations (an EU treaty obligation anyway) have they kept a single one of those?

  37. Why should there be any FoI in the cabinet when there is not a single Friend of Europe in it?

    Why this excruciating, overwhelming influence into British foreign policy by a country that is war mongering at the fringes of Europe?

    Are Israeli influences into our/British foreign policy the real reasons for the LibCons retraction from Europe?
    All portfolios will get their budgets cut, says Osborne.
    Well I bet if BAE or BA or Vickers went insolvent tomorrow, he would still bail them out, without asking us.

    Osborne has failed to tackle off shore havens, even if these are subject of the Crown and agreed to British jurisdiction. He failed to stop 1/3rd of the QE cash disappearing into these havens, mainly put there by banks, money that is useless because it does nothing but guarantee further fat bonuses and pay off.

    Our politicians are still in bed with Murdoch, Nigel Farrage has shown that nothing has changed at all in three years.

    If there was any other nation, even within the Commonwealth, with as much access to our politicians in power as the Zionist lobby has, perpetuating the traditional weak points of this so called democracy and exploiting them for the aims of Israels foreign policy goals, this country would go into lock down.

    If Russia’s GRU had this much influence in this country, or the Hanoverians, or any other clan of Oligarchs and establishment folks, talk of treason and betrayal would emerge instantly, opposition would form.

    But Israel can’t do no harm, not a whimper of alarm at their chequebook diplomacy and gerrymandering of consent, poor persecuted Jews have soooo much to cope with and they need our politicians to be their friends, because the public would not possibly agree with their massive influence.

    Thanks for the posts

  38. Of course, in an ideal world we’d have a decentralised energy system with small self contained, low risk, low waste, reactors if they’re economically viable, but that world isn’t here now.

    There exists already such a little reactor. Toshiba delivers installs it and then at the end of its life cycle decommissions it and takes it away.

  39. HaddockUK continues to obsess about Mary mentioning Israel.

    The title of this thread is ‘Nuclear Nightmare’. That seems to be a perfectly appropriate description of Israel. Where are it’s nukes? Is it time for it to be brought under the inspection regime of the IAEA?

  40. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)

    19 Mar, 2013 - 8:39 pm

    “The title of this thread is ‘Nuclear Nightmare’. That seems to be a perfectly appropriate description of Israel”

    Don’t be silly-clever, Yonatan. You know that this thread’s not about Israel’s nuclear capacity.

    Are you pitching to become an associate member of the Egregiousness of Excellences?


    La vita è bella, life is good!

  41. I wish we had a nuclear power plant here on the Isle of Wight, it would shoo off all the pinkos back to the mainland. Plus, I’d probably get a job: doubleplusgood!!!

    Oooh nooo! my prostates going critical…. BEEP BEEP BEEP…!!!

  42. “The Lib Dem 2010 manifesto on energy summarised”

    Have we or anybody else come to that ever had a government that fulfilled it’s promises? One of the first things the Blair government diid was to privatise ATC after Tony himself swore that “our airspace is not for sale” and Harold Wilson once elected on a promise to rid Britain of it’s nuclear weapons bought Polaris.

  43. Of things Nuclear, and things bliar –

    According to sources inside the administration, George W. Bush was planning to invade Iraq and remove its government well before the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Such an invasion violates the UN Charter, which the United States signed in 1945 after the bloodiest conflict in history. The Charter permits countries to use military force against another country only in self-defense or with Security Council permission. But the evidence indicates that the U.S.-led invasion satisfied neither condition and is therefore a war of aggression, which constitutes a Crime Against Peace – exactly the kind of war the Charter was meant to prevent.

    Shock and Awe—and the Consequences

    Despite the absence of Security Council authorization, a quarter million troops from the United States and the United Kingdom invaded Iraq in March 2003. Delivering on their promise to “shock and awe,” the “coalition forces” dropped several 2,000-pound bombs on Baghdad in rapid succession, in what the New York Times dubbed “almost biblical power.”

    Since then, the use of cluster bombs, depleted uranium, and white phosphorous gas by U.S. forces in Iraq has been documented. These are weapons of mass destruction. Cluster bomb cannisters contain tiny bomblets which can spread over a vast area. Unexploded cluster bombs are frequently picked up by children and explode, resulting in serious injury or death. Depleted uranium weapons spread high levels of radiation over vast areas of land. White phosphorous gas melts the skin and burns to the bone. The Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in time of War (Geneva IV) classifies “willfully causing great suffering or serious injury to body or health” as a grave breach. The US War Crimes Act punishes grave breaches of Geneva as war crimes. The Bush administration is committing war crimes with its use of these weapons.

    “Operation Iraqi Freedom” unleashed a tragedy of immense proportion. More than 3,000 American soldiers and tens of thousands of Iraqis have been killed. Close to 7,000 Iraqi civilians were killed in July and August 2006 alone. In October 2006, the British medical journal the Lancet published a study conducted by Iraqi physicians with oversight by epidemiologists at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health. The study estimated that 655,000 Iraqi civilians had died since Bush invaded Iraq in March 2003.

  44. Clegg and Cameron go back to nursery school. Hardly a good use of their time.

    On the meaninglessness of politicians and their photo ops.

    ‘What struck me about the Cameron and Clegg pictures was how extraordinary it is that the Prime Minister is taking his deputy anywhere, considering that he has just stitched him up on the question of press regulation in alliance with the leader of the opposition.

    As Chris Mullin memorably put it, Clegg is easily “the biggest charlatan of the lot”. Yet somehow this ridiculous figure, the poor man’s Colin Firth, is now the most powerful man in British politics. The Prime Minister has got himself into a position where he needs Clegg to stick around, must run everything past him and is not really in control of the Government. Yet he must also watch as Clegg and Miliband spend the next two years playing footsie and openly forming the next coalition. Who knows what the Labour and Lib Dem leaders will cooperate on next? They have Cameron by the balls.’

  45. Chinese solar power firm defaults on debts
    Suntech, once lauded by the Chinese government for its renewable energy leadership, runs short of cash following heavy losses over the past year

    Suntech, one of the world’s biggest solar panel manufacturers, has defaulted on a $541m (£358m) bond payment in the latest sign of the financial squeeze on the struggling global solar industry.

    Suntech Power Holdings’ announcement was a severe setback for a company lauded by China’s Communist government as a leader of efforts to make the country a centre of the renewable energy industry. Its founder, Shi Zhengrong, became one of the industry’s most prominent entrepreneurs and a billionaire, only to see most of his fortune evaporate as the company’s share price plummeted.
    China’s solar producers have been battered by a glut of supply in the market brought on by their own government’s efforts to promote the industry.

    Lured by tax breaks and subsidies, hundreds of small Chinese producers piled into the industry and new arrivals were springing up as late as 2011, when weak demand and a supply glut forced producers to slash prices.

    Other major Chinese producers including Yingli Green Energy, LDK Solar and Trina Solar have reported heavy losses. That has prompted expectations that the government will intervene and force companies to merge or shut down.


  46. And then there are
    plenty of wind farms operated by the establishment and related Norwegian royal hang abouts, good ol blighty does not know who they are subsidising
    Solar farms by the hectare, quick quick before the April deadline when Osborne halves the subsidies.
    Waveny MP Peter Aldous, for example, who is egging his parents on to develop hectares of good farmland into solar tax dole money.

    These dole recipients are not hard up usually but they are expedient as any good Tory is. Get as much as you can from the taxman, before the subsidies half.
    North Norfolk has got a spectacular new development, some 48 hectares of tax subsidised and inefficient solar madness.

    Roll up, roll up, anybody else from the hoity poloite who want to earn themselves a golden nose before the bargain basement offer is halved?

    Nuclear power is the cowards way out, the trick of over consumption is covered up with nuclear power, there’s plenty and it will make us bombs, that is why we do it, we would not except any other moral reasoning as we apply to Iran now would we, its just to make bombs, tiny teenie weenie one’s that fit into suitcases and look like cotton wool.

    If we wanted power and were desperate to watch a MI5/6 buggered BBC, we would be able to generate it from any of the rivers flowing and the estuaries ebbing and flooding and the currents scouring up and down the east coast, and the waves rolling, up and down and up and down, the British isles have kinetic energy coming out of just about every orifice, the largest capacity of all in the EU and…. we….. are….. building…. nuclear power stations…… with French expertise?
    Oh nutty madness, take me away and kill all my children…

    jobs for the boys, same as it ever was…..

  47. Ben Franklin -Machine Gun Preacher (unleaded version)

    19 Mar, 2013 - 11:29 pm

    Mary; Photovoltaics is only part of the equation. We are still in the Industrial age when it comes to storage. Battery tech needs a Manhattan project in order to bring the maintenance and cost of huge battery banks to an efficient level. The grid needs continuous feed except for off-peak hours when consumption is lower, but the slack can be picked up by traditional sources. It’s never easy for politicians to look down the road with a long-term strategy because they must go to the taxpayer for huge funds (infrastructure) at a time when there is no public perception of an emergency. And, when the emergency hits, of course it’s too late.

  48. Ben Franklin -Machine Gun Preacher (unleaded version)

    19 Mar, 2013 - 11:48 pm

    Another massive project is desalination. Water is the new oil. The time is coming when we will need to harness the vast oceans, and that is a HUGE energy expenditure. Just another chink in the energy armor.

  49. Ben Franklin -Machine Gun Preacher (unleaded version)

    19 Mar, 2013 - 11:51 pm

    The Saudis are way ahead of our curve…….

    “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which already produces 24 million cubic meters of water per day from desalination, about half the world’s total, is building the largest solar-powered water desalination plant in the world in the city of Al-Khafji on the shores of the Persian Gulf. The recent initiative in Saudi Arabia to enlarge its water desalination capacity using high-tech green technology is a smart move, multi-dimensionally strategic and future-oriented.”

  50. Ben Franklin -Machine Gun Preacher (unleaded version)

    19 Mar, 2013 - 11:57 pm

    I once participated in a panel of local politicos in San Luis Obispo, a true progressive community. Although it was long ago (1990) it still resonates in real time. All they could talk about was building more reservoirs , which capture rainfall.

    I asked “Does it make a lot of sense to spend resources on projects which depend upon rainfall, when we live in a Coastal desert?”

    After suggesting solar-powered desalination, the response was: “People don’t want our beautiful scenery marred by ugly solar panels”

    This relates to my comment to Mary @ 11:29

  51. Please look at the figures. Nuclear power isn’t “the last option”, it should be the first one. Overall, nuclear is the safest form of energy generation the world has ever seen (and the statistics since 1950 bear this out).

    Just to take one counter example, more deaths have occured in the UK due to Wind turbines than nuclear.

    I am not arguing for complacency, or lack of rigorous standards, but let’s be honest: if we don’t have nuclear, we’ll fall back on coal… and the number of Chinese coal miners that die every year because of our failure to get on with new nuclear build is shocking.

  52. Kempe,

    “Nuclear power may have its problems and its critics (unless it’s in Iran)”

    What a silly doctrinaire comment but i guess you had to try and get it in.

    Most people worry about nuclear power regardless of where its from.

  53. “If we are to be serious about the serious issues being canvassed – I think that thesss the three foregoing questions are a sensible and reasonable starting point.”

    I’m not a scientist but I lived a long time, I remember the dangers of coal, I remember the dangers of pit disasters, I remember Aberfvan. I remember the dangers of oil and gas, the pollution when oil tankers went aground, Piper Alfa, the helicopter crashes taking oil workers to work.

    I don’t remember reports of people being killed in Britain because of nuclear, there may have been some but if there were I don’t remember.

  54. Habbabkuk,

    Stop being a silly spoilt child.

    This thread is about nuclear power.

    Israel is one country where the issue of nuclear power is well worthy and valid of discussion herein.

    Honestly,you’re quite the desperate embarrassment here.

  55. “We are all bombing around using up resources; think how much wood to burn would ne required next time you slap the kettle on for just one more cuppa.”

    It takes very little wood to boil a kettle, a few ounces that’s all. I made a little stove burns wood chips produced by a chain saw. Forced secondary air fed from a little computer fan means it’s very efficient and it doesn’t smoke, the flame burns blue.

    Apart from that I have a stove I burn wood on, recycled when I can get it, burning old pallets at the moment. Hot plates, oven, back boiler to heat the water. The kettle is always hot.

    I use very little resources, very little indeed.

  56. Fred ^

    Nice dude,nice…:.)

  57. BrianFujisan

    20 Mar, 2013 - 1:07 am

    Mary @ 6:01 pm

    – Yes it’s Boring, But We / i Can put up with Boring. But it’s the Evil of it that hurts…it has said it’self it is a deliberate term to annoy certain Souls.

    Now, annoying people is not an act of evil of course, Even the ignoring of repeated Pleas to stop using L is G, is Down right nasty but not evil.

    But to keep using the offending term after Clark’s heartfelt plea to drop it
    ( Clark 17th mar @ 9 ;01, Habbabkuk, my life isn’t good, and I feel like you’re rubbing my face in the probable fact that your life is a lot better every time you post that. You stated that you put it there to annoy people. Well, it does more than just annoy me, it hurts me.

    Life is not a spectacle or a feast;
    it is a predicament

    Clark 17th mar @ 11 : 55pm. Clark thanks it for dropping L is G for a short time

    Clark 18th mar @ 12 :05. Habbabkuk, our comments crossed. I score quite low on your list of what makes life good. I expect that there are other readers here who score considerably lower. Life is not good for a large proportion of people, that proportion is increasing, and quality of life is falling for the majority. International events are inextricable from the future prospects of our species, and not caring about that seems incomprehensibly callous to me; it’s the fact that too few of the critical people care that is degrading so many lives and the world we live in. In conscience, I would rather die than stop caring.

    How could it go back to using L is G, after such heartfelt impassioned request to stop, uncaring fucking evil.

    My life is shit half the time, struggling against hearing Loss, often bad athsma, Despair at whats going on at the Global leval,
    it Trolls through the information provided by so many genuine commenter’s And still rubbs our faces in it… LisG It’s even Funny Eh…Woof Woof, Sickening

  58. Brian Fujisan ^

    Indeed Brian,indeed.

    Actually it’s beyond sickening.

    It’s pathetic really.

  59. BrianFujisan, 19 Mar, 10:48 pm

    Sorry Brian, but I feel that I should point out the following so you that you can avoid discrediting your own arguments in future.

    “Depleted uranium weapons spread high levels of radiation over vast areas of land.”

    Depleted uranium (DU) has very low radioactivity; that’s what’s depleted about it. It’s what’s inevitably left when they make enriched uranium. Calling DU “weapons of mass destruction” weakens the argument against real weapons of mass destruction.

    Uranium dust, vapour and compounds are produced when DU projectiles hit whatever is in their way, and they’re all very nasty stuff, but radiation is a very minor concern; uranium’s chemically toxicity is about one million times worse than its radiotoxicity. But modern weapons produce a whole host of toxic chemicals; focusing on DU will just let the warmongers get away with other stuff, and focusing on its radiation hazard is plays directly into their hands.

  60. Hello my name is Shams. I am eight years old and live in Iraq. I am blind. My family were victim of car bomb in Sadr City, Baghdad, Iraq
    Her mother was killed in the attack. My life is still sad because our families are both Sunni and Shia. They must hate each other and I have no Shia friends. I am told the Americans divided our society.
    Why can’t people just love each other? Please.

  61. Life might not be good (mine certainly doesn’t seem to be), but it is glorious. What were the chances of you being born and gifted with a mind that is self aware? It’s a terrible waste of that mind’s potential to dwell on how the world doesn’t conform with our preferred arrangement. If you are free from the horrors of war, crime and disease, life can be good .. if you try.

    Monty Python’s Universe Song

  62. Jemand,

    ” If you are free from the horrors of war, crime and disease,”

    And just how many on this delicate planet really are though?

    You also forgot poverty and loneliness-amongst other blights-in your list.

  63. I know that this will be unpopular with some people, but I think that activists should get their facts right. If we make erroneous claims, it leaves us open to being discredited, looking stupid and losing important arguments. Such error has already disadvantaged the campaign against nuclear power.

    Cryptonym, radioactive stuff is not going to wipe out all life on Earth. The whole planet, all the way to the core, is radioactive. Whenever fossil fuel is extracted, radioactive material is brought to the surface, where it is burnt and released into the atmosphere. Much soil contains radioactive thorium. Granite releases radioactive radon gas. Radioactivity is natural on this planet. Life has continually evolved and diversified in the presence of radioactivity, as shown by the fact that life has evolved cellular DNA repair which protects against radiation damage.

    Before you start thinking that I’m lobbying for the nuclear industry, Nevermind can confirm that I’m reading his copy of Chris Busby’s Wings of Death, the iconic anti-nuclear book. So far, I find Busby’s “Second Event Theory” reasonably convincing (though Busby’s style is disjointed and confusing). But even if Busby is 100% right, radioactivity from human sources has maybe doubled or tripled certain cancer rates that are way below 0.1% of the population in any case. Any increase in cancer is bad, but really, human-produced radioactivity was never anything like a mass-extinction event, even when H-bombs were being tested every few weeks.

    Cryptonym, I suggest that you learn a bit about nuclear physics, shine some light to banish irrational* fears. Then start criticising from a position of strength, and there’s plenty to criticise; stockpiles of “spent” nuclear fuel for a start.

    *”Irrational” is not an insult; its meaning is “not in proportion”, i.e. the fear is out of proportion to the threat.

  64. From what I can tell, there is so much misinformation written about nuclear its untrue. The word alone is enough to instil fear in much of the population. But such fear, it seems to me, is largely unfounded.

    The impacts of climate change represent arguably the greatest challenges faced by mankind since the emergence of industrial capitalism over a century and a half ago.

    So we need to add to the mix, in my view, radical alternatives in an attempt to counter this threat. The nuclear option ought to be a very big part of that radical alternative. George Monbiot has written some brilliant articles on this subject.

  65. Good to have you back in your inimitable groove Clark.


  66. Hey Jemand, I learned that song off by heart years ago. It’s good to sing it occasionally, but it’s also a brilliant memory aid, as all the figures are roughly correct. “We’re thirty thousand light years from galactic central point, we go round every two hundred million years…”

  67. OT,


    Saw this article, comments are also worth a read.

  68. Jives said – “And just how many on this delicate planet really are though? You also forgot poverty and loneliness-amongst other blights-in your list.”
    . . .

    The horrors of war, crime and disease are nothing more than what other animals face in their own jungles. Every being will face a lonley, often horrific, death. Why should human animals be any different?

    If you dwell on what you have not got instead of what you do, then you will never find happiness nor contentedness. The consumerist society is based on perpetual discontent with one’s life. We are told that we are ugly, fat, bored, old-fashioned, ignorant, poor, lonely, … etc. All of which is the opening sales pitch to sell us makeup, dieting books, gadgets, hobby education, financial products, dating services .. You see how it matches up?

    So much unhappiness is caused by internal conflict where unfulfilled expectations produce disappointment which leads to frustration, anger, low self-esteem and all of the other stuff that keeps therapists and psychiatrists driving BMWs. The consumerist society exploits this weakness and so do politicians and social agitators.

    I think if you can see, touch and hear yourself count every one of five digits on each of four limbs, then you might have enough material being to start the journey to happiness/contentedness. Life wasn’t meant to be easy, and if it were, you’d be unhappy for it.

  69. Hi Clark

    Yes, it’s a great song. It puts our trivial worries into perspective. And as a memory aid, good idea.  Although I would prefer to learn the following, less edifying, speech by Dr Evil delivered in a therapy session with his son Scott.

    Dr Evil, speaking to a group therapy session –

    Very well, where do I begin? My father was a relentlessly self-improving boulangerie owner from Belgium with low grade narcolepsy and a penchant for buggery. My mother was a fifteen year old French prostitute named Chloe with webbed feet. My father would womanize, he would drink, he would make outrageous claims like he invented the question mark. Some times he would accuse chestnuts of being lazy, the sort of general malaise that only the genius possess and the insane lament. My childhood was typical, summers in Rangoon, luge lessons. In the spring we’d make meat helmets. When I was insolent I was placed in a burlap bag and beaten with reeds, pretty standard really. At the age of 12 I received my first scribe. At the age of fourteen, a Zoroastrian named Vilma ritualistically shaved my testicles. There really is nothing like a shorn scrotum, it’s breathtaking, I suggest you try it.

  70. Daniel, I loathe the current power reactors. They’re ridiculously expensive. If they spring a leak, the coolant water flashes to steam and the core starts to melt down. In normal use, you put your fuel rods in, start the reaction and the rods immediately begin to decay. They crack, warp, and the nuclear reaction causes contaminants to form within their solid structure. So a year or three later, you have to pull them out again. What proportion of the nuclear energy do you think has been extracted by then? About 1.5%. The rest is our 100,000 year “disposal” problem.

    Back in the late ’60s the US built this:

    It’s the second of only two Molten Salt Reactors ever built. It’s the most versatile fission reactor ever designed. They ran it on U233, U235 and plutonium. It was an unusually stable, predictable, controlable reactor. With so little prototyping it’s difficult to say, but simulations suggest that MSRs can burn 98% of the fuel you put in, and they can burn spent fuel. My back of an envelope calculation suggests that we’ve enough nuclear fuel for all the worlds electricity for a thousand years, in the form of plutonium no one knows how to get rid of, “spent” fuel from nuclear power stations, and depleted uranium. All three of these are essentially waste; no mining required.

    Unlike typical reactors which run best at constant power output, MSRs self-regulate to load by thermal expansion of the fuel. And it looks much safer; if it gets too hot it shuts itself down with no active control involved. Really; no computers, electrical power or human intervention required.

    The Molten Salt Reactor Experiment was terminated in the early ’70s; a political rather than a technical decision. Its proponent, Alvin Weinberg, also designed the PWR, the design used in typical power stations, but he said that PWRs weren’t safe enough for civilian use and MSRs should be used instead. Shortly thereafter, Weinberg was sacked with the words “Alvin, if you’re so concerned about reactor safety, maybe you should leave nuclear power”.

    Recently, people have been getting interested in the MSR design, and I see that the following link was posted earlier in this thread:

  71. He lied.

    Written Answers to Questions
    Tuesday 11 January 2005

    Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether Mark 77 firebombs have been used by Coalition forces (a) in Iraq and (b) in or near areas in Iraq where civilians lived; whether this weapon is equivalent to napalm; whether (i) the UK and (ii) the US has signed the UN convention banning the use of napalm against civilian targets; and if he will make a statement. [207246]

    Mr. Ingram: The United States have confirmed to us that they have not used Mark 77 firebombs, which are essentially napalm canisters, in Iraq at any time. No other Coalition member has Mark 77 firebombs in their inventory.

    The United Kingdom is bound under Protocol III to the 1980 Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) not to use incendiary weapons (which would include napalm) against military targets located within concentrations of civilians.

    US policy in relation to international conventions is a matter for the US Government, but all of our allies are aware of their obligations under international humanitarian law.
    13 June 2005
    Letter from the same Adam Ingram notifying that the US used 30 of these bombs in March and April 2003.

    Where is the liar/warmonger now?

    In 2010, the Daily Telegraph reported:

    Adam Ingram, the former Armed Forces minister, and Richard Caborn, the former trade minister, met a fake lobbying company to discuss work they could do after they stand down as MPs at the general election, it has emerged.

    Mr Ingram, the MP for East Kilbride, is understood to have cited work he does for a defence firm in Libya as evidence of his experience in the field of business. He already makes up to £170,000 a year from consultancy work and non-executive directorships while also drawing his MP’s salary of £63,291.

    One of his five outside jobs includes providing consultancy services to Argus Libya UK LLP, a firm that explores commercial opportunities in Colonel Gaddafi’s country. Mr Ingram also makes up to £55,000 advising Electronic Data Services Ltd, a Ministry of Defence contractor; about £50,000 from SignPoint Secure Ltd, and up to £25,000 from Argus Scotland Ltd.

    Vile. Another one to rot in his own hell.

  72. We ain’t got barrels of money but boy, have we got piles of nuclear waste!

    24 February 2013
    UK’s plutonium stockpile dilemma
    By Rob Broomby

    Our legacy to the future generations.

  73. Here is a candidate solution to JimmyGiro’s multifacetted problems of power, pinkos and employment. Clark might even approve the model.

    Toshiba’s MSR –

    Bill Gates seems to like it –

    Hopefully Bill’s involvement won’t result in a Blue Cloud of Death.

  74. Caroline Lucas (Brighton, Pavilion) (Green): There are much faster, cheaper and more affordable ways to tackle climate change than nuclear, but my question to the Secretary of State is about the only two nuclear power stations under construction in Europe today. They are billions of pounds over budget and delayed by an ever increasing number of years. Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, Spain, Germany, Sweden and Denmark are all rejecting new nuclear. Even France is aiming to reduce its reliance by 25%. What do all those countries know that we do not? Why is the Secretary of State locking UK consumers into artificially high energy prices for years to come—to the benefit of the French Government, not the UK taxpayer?

    Mr Davey: The hon. Lady has pushed her views for some time, and I have respect for them, but tackling climate change means that we need every form of low-carbon generation possible. The risk and the challenge are so great that it is wrong for people who are worried about climate change to turn their back on the issue. She points to other countries, but around the world many countries are looking again at new nuclear. She is right that the two new nuclear power stations that are being built are over budget and out of their original time schedule. That is why we are being extremely careful in our approach to those negotiations and to the new nuclear programme, learning the lessons of the past and from other countries so that we do not repeat those mistakes.
    Hinkley Point 19 March 2013

  75. Jives:-

    This is what I was referring to:-

    Scroll down to the last section, CND’s Position, read the third paragraph and then compare that with CND’s position regarding the UK’s civil nuclear programme.

  76. Uranium is just another mineral:- there is only so much of it down there and when it’s gone, it’s gone. By that time we will have accumulated a mountain of radio-active waste which will be obscenely toxic for millennia (over geological time, actually) and we will find ourselves in roughly the same position that we are in now with regard to energy supply.

    Ultimately there will be no alternative to waving goodbye to our wasteful lifestyle. The question is, do we do it now, gradually, using whatever hydrocarbon resources we have left to effect as painless a transition as possible, or do we do it abruptly at the point of a post-nuclear future by which time we will have buggered the planet.

    Politicians – of any party, by the way – have to get elected. At that point they run into the hypocrisy of the rest of us as well as their own. We all want to go to heaven, but none of us want to die.

  77. Did you know that today is International Happiness Day? No irony. I expect the people in Palestine, Iraq and elsewhere under the heel of the USUKIsNATO jackboots are really happy today. Obama arrives in Israel on the 10th anniversary of the Iraq war to plan more war against Syria and Iran at the Zionists’ bidding.

    PS Did you hear the German finance minister saying to the Cypriots ‘Your banks may never open again’! Coming to us and other European countries in the not too distant future??

    Late on Tuesday, Mr Schaeuble said that he “regretted” the vote.

    “The ECB (European Central Bank) has made it clear that without a reform programme for Cyprus the aid can’t continue. Someone has to explain this to the Cypriots and I think there’s a danger that they won’t be able to open the banks again at all,“ he said.

    ”Two big Cypriot banks are insolvent if there are no emergency funds from the European Central Bank,” Mr Schauble added.

  78. Norman Nicholson is one of my favourite poets. He summed the nuclear industry up after the Windscale ‘accident’.

    The toadstool towers infest the shore,
    Stink-horns that propagate and spore
    Wherever the wind blows,
    Scafell looks down from the bracken band
    And sees Hell in a grain of sand
    And feels the canker itch between his toes.

    This is a land where dirt is clean,
    And poison pasture, quick and green,
    And storm sky, bright and bare;
    Where sewers flow with milk, and meat
    Is carved up for the fire to eat,
    And children suffocate in God’s fresh air.
    From A Local Habitation

    Windscale was renamed Sellafield in the hope that people would forget. This is why people like Tristan annoy me. The Sellafield area has one of the highest rates of childhood leukemia in the country. All other areas around nuclear plants have similar medical anomalies. When disasters occur, as with Chernobyl and Fukushima, the populace quickly forgets.

    What is most disturbing about the latest proposed nuclear power plant is that it is going, if it goes ahead, be in the hands of the private sector, whose main motivation is profit. The private sector can’t even find and fix leaks in the various boards’ water systems, and has no incentive to try. The private sector knows that it can keep reaping the profits until something goes badly wrong. Then the public sector can pick up the bill. And if a few thousand people have their lives disrupted what do they care?

  79. A sutainable energy supply is essential for human survival – even insulation for houses can only be made by using energy. To cope with global warming we need to stop burning carbon whether from coal, oil or gas.
    The best book on the subject is ‘Sustainable Energy – without the hot air’ by David MacKay. The book presents an unbiased assessment of what is possible and what is impossible. Before ruling out nuclear energy please read it.

  80. Nuclear is expensive, so should we not look at every other option first? Because the legacy already left in highly active waste, by the sound of our elected speed daters, will only grow in size.

    What of the precautionary principle when benign latent energy is coming out of every pore of this island, whether its the wave lift, wind, sea currents.

    Who has ever asked why no progress had been made with these alternative energy sources? why they have come to nothing?

    Well the 1950’s innovative car firm called Borgward gives us a hint. Then the first manufacturer who used zink to coat its chassis, with the foresight to put grease nipples on moving parts, some 69 of them, to increase the cars longevity, they went bust.

    Why? because the other large manufacturers in Germany went to the banks and threatened to pull their business out if they provided any further development loans to this manufacturer.

    So if the fossil fuel merchants and nuclear bullies have acted in such competitive manner as to undermine the emerging technologies, what chance that we will ever see their full potential?

    BTW I would not regard Chris Busby’s work as a bible, but he points to low level radiation as being as dangerous to our cell structure as high radiation, whether this is correct I can’t say, not my field of expertise.

  81. Let us not forget Mordechai

    18 years in prison, some of those in a windowless cell in solitary confinement, and and still trapped 8 years after ‘release’.

    and in several parts

    Dimona Nuclear Power Plant Part 1 (The Hidden Israeli Truth)

  82. It’s the starry-eyed nuclear advocates who’re being over-emotional, almost immediately terms such as irrational and hysterical were hurled around with abandon at anyone looking at the nuclear issue, without the rose-tint lenses and who’ve been resistant to endless ‘atoms for peace’ professional PR advocacy directed at the public for decades. Global warming cannot be arrested by what we do hereafter, the damage is done, 200-300 years of near zero carbon emissions -an impossibility, would be required before any improvement could begin, too little, too late. Human life on this planet so far has just been the instant of crossing the finishing line at the end of a geological marathon. Human life in some form in many parts of the world could survive the extreme climate effects expected, but will not, cannot survive any further addition to our cumulative radioactive dose. This little island is tiny and shrinking, there is just no possibility of survival here if existing nuclear facilities, waste pools and more are not shutdown and made safe while we still have the resources, skills and ability to start the clean up. Failure to make safe now,the burgeoning legacy we’ve had dumped literally on us by past short-term escapism of the nuclear nightmare – an example being Sellafield, no mere plant, the site covers 74 square miles of forever uninhabitable once beautiful and pure Cumbrian and Lake District coast – and hundreds more sites are indeed disaster areas, but also crime scenes, the crime is the genocide of Britain and the British people, by past and present corrupt politicians, seeking easy answers, personal gain and vainglorious fleeting militaristic power.

    Think only of yourselves, is the pro-nuclear mantra.

  83. Cryptonym, “irrational” means “out of proportion”. These, from you, are way out of proportion:

    “Human life in some form in many parts of the world could survive the extreme climate effects expected, but will not, cannot survive any further addition to our cumulative radioactive dose.”
    “…the crime is the genocide of Britain and the British people…”

    If you don’t want to be referred to as irrational, don’t publish things that are way out of proportion.

  84. resident dissident

    20 Mar, 2013 - 10:54 am


    ““Is he bidding to be the new LD leader and are his loyalties to this country or to Israel, or both, one asks?”

    What a curious second question. What (and what mindset) could be behind it, one asks?”

    In my experience this is usually code for suggesting that someone is Jewish or has Jewish relatives.

  85. These, from John Goss and Nevermind, are good comments:

    “The private sector knows that it can keep reaping the profits until something goes badly wrong. Then the public sector can pick up the bill. And if a few thousand people have their lives disrupted what do they care?”

    Yes, the principle of operation of fake free markets: privatise the profits, and displace costs onto the public. Public subsidy of nuclear power includes provision of security, management of nuclear “waste”, insurance, and undertaking the responsibility of cleaning up after disasters such as Fukushima.

    “So if the fossil fuel merchants and nuclear bullies have acted in such competitive manner as to undermine the emerging technologies, what chance that we will ever see their full potential?”

    Yes, funding for development of renewable energy generation should have started decades earlier, in which case we wouldn’t be in the mess that we are. But “nuclear bullies” also act against sectors within the nuclear industry itself; just look at what happened to Weinberg (my comment at 3:12 am).

    A large proportion of the public have been opposing nuclear power for decades, and I don’t blame them. Nuclear power was tightly bound to plutonium productions for weapons (less so now that there’s such a huge stock of unwanted plutonium), shrouded in the same secrecy, immersed in the same security, and the public have been subject to draconian government abuses of the process of obtaining planning permission. The public were right to object:

    Public opposition increases the cost of nuclear power stations. The nuclear industry is probably delighted about this. Power station planning and construction repeatedly go way over budget, so the companies, including their legal departments, end up getting much of that extra money. Failing to build most of the proposed nuclear power stations has probably proven far more profitable than actually building them and selling electricity.

    What if Molten Salt Reactor development had received similar funding to solid uranium / water cooled reactor designs, as a strictly civilian application with proper transparent accountability? If MSRs had been built and tested, and lived up to Weinberg’s expectations of efficiency, simplicity and safety, the public would now have a genuine choice between various ways of running a nuclear power industry.

  86. Cryptonym, 10:21 am:

    “This little island is tiny and shrinking, there is just no possibility of survival here if existing nuclear facilities, waste pools and more are not shut down and made safe while we still have the resources, skills and ability to start the clean up.”

    I disagree that there is “just no possibility of survival here”; you grossly exaggerate the dangers from nuclear contamination, and life is far more robust than you seem to think.

    However, I entirely agree that climate change puts human civilisation at risk, and best efforts should be made as soon as possible to clean up existing nuclear sites, as you say, “while we still have the resources, skills and ability”.

    But one big thing is missing from our abilities; we have no way of destroying the “waste” that comes from “spent” nuclear fuel. Burying it seems utterly irresponsible, because if it doesn’t prove safe and the toxins start getting back into the environment, the source has been placed beyond our reach.

    It has become our moral duty to destroy the nuclear “waste” that has already been produced, and the only method known at present is to put it in a reactor and let it cook until it really has yielded up all its energy rather than just 1.5% of it. Molten salt reactors seem to be capable of this task, but since no one has built one for nearly half a century, no one really knows.

  87. Mary, thanks for your link:


    The article suggests turning plutonium into Mixed OXide (MOX) fuel rods, to be used in solid-fuelled reactors. This approach suffers from a “law of diminishing returns”. The MOX rods suffer from the same problem as rods from freshly enriched uranium, that only a small proportion of the energy can be extracted. Then the rods must be withdrawn from the reactor and sent for reprocessing. I don’t know how much of the U238 in those rods will have been converted into yet more plutonium while the rods were in the reactor, but it seems inevitable that there will be quite a lot.

    The problem with doing nuclear reactions using solid fuel is that the reaction products are formed already trapped in the solid structure. They have to be removed because they degrade the nuclear reaction, so to remove them, the rods must be withdrawn and the fuel reprocessed. Reprocessing involves converting the fuel into fluoride salts, but fluoride salts, when melted, are exactly what you need to fuel (you guessed it) a molten salt reactor.

    This is why I think that liquid fuel is a much better approach. Why bother repeatedly converting between solid uranium oxide fuel and uranium fluoride for reprocessing, when melted uranium fluoride is the fuel for a safer, more efficient type of reactor than those currently in use? I may be over-cynical here, but it seems like the nuclear industry is behaving like a dishonest taxi driver, taking ignorant tourists by routes three times as long as necessary on quiet nights just to increase the fare.

  88. Resident Dissident. No I do not think Davey is Jewish and nor was I suggesting it nor care. Stop your slurs. The Friends of Israel have split loyalties and allegiance.

    btw Have you looked at that film about Dimona made in 2003 by Olenka Frankiel? Brilliant investigative journalism. See the chilling and cold eyed Peres dismissing her like trash when she asks some penetrating questions. Hear that neutron bombs and other weapons are/were made at Dimona. Hear about the cover up of accidents at Dimona and the dumping of waste and the lack of concern for those who worked there who were sick. They are probably dead by now. Open your eyes and ears to see and hear.

  89. I should not worry about the Nuclear power stations ,they are redundant and will not see the light of day.
    The new energy revolution has been under way for some time now,it is being crowd funded and is open source.
    LENR is the way to go, it runs on Nichol powder and Hydrogen .It means people can have stand alone energy systems
    which will be independent from the monopoly of the energy companies ,and will in the end cease to exist.
    Here is a example of one such crowd funded LENR research .

  90. The Earth isnt much of reactor, only a few watts per square meter are theorised to come from beneath the ground compared to a 150 or so from the sun (average day&night). And the core is slowly cooling, so the million tons of earth for every square meter of surface, actually makes a remarkably low amount of heat.

    That image of a naturally radioactive earth is a PR fairytale, it is hardly radioactive at all, radioactivity is anyway as natural as cancer, in the realest sense.

    As human potential is almost unlimited, it is possible to dream of safe nuclear power, as it is possible to dream of peaceful supportive economics. But safe nuclear is never going to come first, its not on the books to be built.

    We might convince an idea of safe nuclear power, faithful that it is possible, spread the likelyhood of contamination thinly enough across the world to appear as insignificant in assessment charts…

    Even on the measure of non-radioactive toxic chemistry, nuclear power plants are no doubt some of the most worst or most difficult to build and maintain without causing the nastiest kinds of pollution.

    And the reaching arguments for safe nuclear power, just talk over the cleanest most straightforward possibilities. Wind, Tide and Solar.

    Wind, Tide and Solar. No high security requirement, no leaps of faith, no intentional and unintentional uninhabitable zones, no nearby curious childhood leukemia rates to shrug off, etc.. Just known and plentiful self renewing clean reserves, all around us, to get on with harnessing and keeping fertile and clean.

    Build majestic reservoirs, green the deserts, decorate the hills, develope estuaries and oceans. The only threat from these things are of clumsy aesthetics and the possibly of some unnecessary incompetent damage along the way. But better that happen (as it will) with a few wrong windmills and planes of mirrors, than more and more Chernobyls and Fukushimas.

  91. Thanks Clark for that and for all your valued info. Good to see you back.

    I heard a radio programme in which some old chap was talking about his longstanding campaign for the reuse of plutonium and he seemed convinced it was a viable process. I cannot now remember his name. The programme was either in the Material World or Costing the Earth series.

    This is an item from Material World on nuclear waste storage following Cumbria CC’s decision to reject a £12bn!! underground store. I believe Romney Marshes was another suggestion. The Mad Men cometh!

    More on MOX


    Caroline Lucas has just said her piece on Hinkley Point again in a question to Cameron who replied…right decision…no worries…everything in the garden is rosy..etc etc/

    Now Gideon is on his feet announcing his further austerity measures. He is shouting. Useless. Should have stuck to towel folding at Selfridges.

  92. Nuke processing also demands lots and lots of security and authorities to protect it doesnt it. Ideal for power freaks.

  93. I linked to Adam Ingram earlier and Mk 77 weaponry. I could not sleep. Last night I had watched a film about what happened in Fallujah.

    This is more on him. Tags – P Andrew, Lord Trefgarne, Thatcher’s defence procurement minister, BP and BAE and of course Bliar gets a mention.

    Bomber release ‘will lead to contracts’
    24 August 2009

    Now that the convicted Lockerbie bomber, Libyan Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, has been freed, new defence contracts should begin to come into the UK, according to some observers.

    Following years of sanctions, Libya’s defence equipment is said to be out of date and in need of major upgrades. One company being named as a potential beneficiary of this is BAE Systems, who Robin Cook once famously said had “the key to the garden door at Number 10″.

    Some reports are claiming that MBDA Missile Systems, partly owned by BAE, recently signed a contract to supply Libya with anti-tank missiles. The former chief operating officer of MBDA Guy Griffiths went to Libya with Tony Blair in 2007.

    We asked BAE to comment on this story but they didn’t come back to us.

    Other recent developments include Prince Andrew co-hosting an event with the chairman of the Libya Africa Investment Portfolio in June at St James’ Palace, and a delegation to Tripoli in May led by The Libyan British Business Council, whose chairman is Lord Trefgarne, Margaret Thatcher’s former defence procurement minister.

    It has also been revealed that Adam Ingram, who stepped down from his post of armed forces minister in 2007, is paid up to £25,000 a year from Argus Libya UK LLP, a company that specialises in seeking out commercial opportunities in Libya. Back In 2006, the Defence Export Services Organisation, which deals with arms exports at the Ministry of Defence, opened an office in Libya.

    Another company being named among potential beneficiaries of the improved relations between Libya and the UK is BP, which recently won a £900m contract to drill wells in the Gulf of Sirte and Ghadames basins.

  94. Dr Adam Lucas from the University of Wollongong –

    “Doubling the current nuclear capacity across the world by 2035 would mean building more than 600 new plants, but would only result in a 6.5% reduction in CO2 emissions on 1990 rates by that date. Tripling the current worldwide capacity by 2050 means building more than a thousand new plants, and would only reduce atmospheric CO2 loads by 12% to 20% on 1990 levels.”

    “France is often held up as a model for nuclear energy development, as almost 80% of its electricity is generated from 59 nuclear power plants. But the reliability of its large-scale nuclear program has come under pressure from climate change. In the summer of 2003, French nuclear plants were unable to operate at design capacity due to a lack of cooling water, which contributed to major blackouts in continental Europe.”

    . . . .

    Provided that they don’t consume water, there still might be a strong case for micro MSR type plants owned and operated by a government energy utility. At least they could be deployed faster than those ridiculously large behemoths that run over budget and time.

  95. Water and energy supplies should be considered together. This is a link that comes from a site posted some time ago by Clark.

  96. Crab, I’m in favour of developing renewable energy generation, but what do we do with the existing “spent” nuclear fuel, and the 112 tonnes (in just the UK) of existing plutonium? For decades, the establishment has recommended burying it, but despite tens of billions spent, has not found a single suitable site. I wouldn’t trust any site to safely retain these radiotoxic materials for hundreds of thousands of years in any case.

    The only way of getting rid of these actinides is to put them in a reactor and fission them. Since we really should do that anyway, we may as well have electricity as a by-product.

  97. Hi Clark,
    I dont disagree with he logic, but i think it is best described as “easier said than done”

    I recommend encasing/burying it for a few hundred years at least, and that can be done a hell of a lot easier than Egyptians building a pyramid.
    Choose a site and build a large structure, store it in the center. Eventually we will have the technology, and more importantly the integrity to put it to safe use.

    We are really really short on integrity at the moment, getting on with some clean honest industry is part of recovering some. Spinning and selling the next great hazardous klondike is what a certain kind of industrialists do, the kind who i least trust process hazardous waste.

    Campaign for safe sensible futuristic nuclear and we’ll get more industrial nuclear. There is no real doubt. Maybe after a revolution of sorts, some safe distance afterward. We cant lead a clean energy revolution with a nextgen on the science and culture of nuclear power. Nuclear power should never have developed been beyond limited scientific experiments. But we know why it was. The cultural conditions have not improved. Everyone campaign for safe, least exclusive, technologies. Radioactive processing and power generation is for better days and ways than these. Put it away i say.

  98. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)

    20 Mar, 2013 - 2:21 pm

    @ Mary, who wrote :

    “Resident Dissident. No I do not think Davey is Jewish and nor was I suggesting it nor care. Stop your slurs.”.

    OK, now we’be established that you’re not anti-Jewish could you please give us a concrete example or two of policies put forward by Ed Davey which could indicate that his loyalties lie with Israel rather with the UK as you suggested might be the case (cf. your post at 18h27 yesterday).

    Thank you very much, Mary.

  99. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)

    20 Mar, 2013 - 2:28 pm

    @ Mary at 09h31, who opines :

    “Obama arrives in Israel on the 10th anniversary of the Iraq war to plan more war against Syria and Iran at the Zionists’ bidding.”

    The bit about “to plan more war” has aroused my curiosity. What is the basis for that rather serious charge?

    Thank you.

  100. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)

    20 Mar, 2013 - 2:33 pm

    Also at 09h31, Mary posts :

    “PS Did you hear the German finance minister saying to the Cypriots ‘Your banks may never open again’! Coming to us and other European countries in the not too distant future??”

    No, it is not coming to other European countries in any sort of future.

    You need to read up a little on the development of the modern Cyprus economy and on the structure and weight of its banking sector.

  101. Crab, sorry, I meant to say…

    “Nuke processing also demands lots and lots of security and authorities to protect it doesnt it. Ideal for power freaks.”

    Yes, I agree.

    I accept your point about integrity. I’m only in favour of prototyping MSRs at this stage, to see if they really can live up to the promise of destroying actinides, and storing these “wastes” is current policy in any case.

    Jemand, yes, MSRs can operate without water because they run hot enough to use closed-loop helium turbines. But they still need to dispose of heat on the cooler side of the thermodynamic cycle, and to do that with air instead of water requires a bigger, more expensive heat exchanger.

  102. Here is a answer to the worlds energy needs.

    How to solve the worlds energy problem .By Heathcote Williams

    Or this

  103. Obama on first Israel trip as president vows ‘eternal’ alliance

    I wonder how long their version of ‘eternity’ lasts? Amerika is going down and Israel, on whom it depends, will accompany it.

    All off to Yad Vashem now. Toodle pip!

  104. Oy, didn’t you go about knocking on doors telling people to vote for those bastards not so long ago even though all of us warned you not to. warned you exactly what they will do if they form a coalition?

    anway, side issue. In the olden days when I was in Uni, one of my teachers was talking about ethics of engineering.
    He told us in his olden days, he was the Engineer incharge of making a well known nuclear power station(Not going to mention it by name, else you will all know who he is).
    Anyway, he said he deleted it from his CV so his grandchildren will never know he did that.

    Another teacher worked on another nuclear powerstation. He was teaching us about management and communication. When he worked on his, the civil Engineers worked on the building, and the mechanical engineers worked on the reactor. While building it, they noticed the reactor was bigger than the building that was being built to house it.

    If they can make such a fundamental mistake, just imagine all the other mistakes it is possible for them to make?

  105. @Craig “If anybody ever votes for these lying bastards again I shall be disconsolate.”

    What’s the alternative? The Tories? New Labour? The Lib Dems, like Churchill’s democracy, may be the worst except for all the others!

  106. Windy Miller

    20 Mar, 2013 - 2:53 pm

    I can understand peoples repelance to Nuclear energy generation but nobody will accept the lights going out when our demand outstips supply. The power must be generated somehow, shail gas and wind farms are all being protested against as are Nuclear plants. That only leaves Coal and PV. Is that what everyone wants.

  107. LOL Mr Murphy ‘apologosises’ to everyone under the sun for his office junior leaking the front sheet of the budget before Gideon had even squeaked a word of it. Murphy is the political editor of Lebedev’s second organ, the Evening Standard.

    Joe Murphy ‏@JoeMurphyLondon 59m
    … 2/2 We are so sorry to the House of Commons, to the Speaker and to the Chancellor for what happened. We shall be apologosing to them

    Joe Murphy Joe Murphy ‏@JoeMurphyLondon 1h
    I wish to apologise for a very serious mistake by the @EveningStandard earlier which resulted in our front page being tweeted. 1/2…

  108. When you design a heating device in order to have additional purposes such as a bomb ingredients device or a job creation device or a profit making device or a heat dissipation device, then you will sacrifice economy to those other purposes.

    I recently put my stolen car’s engine in my back garden. You don’t realise what a massive solid object it can be. They have conned us with labels of eco and renewable and with styling, into imagining that our personalised Victorian traction engines we call cars are little fairy, light-weight things.

    When the lights or heating goes out we will get back in touch with reality, 1/ that we have wasted our resources and 2/ we have wasted a lot of human resources in not solving the problem of efficiency. Cars could have danger warnings like fags. Using your car results in death to the economy.

    If there were restrictions, the ideas of governments profiting from fuel tax and making vehicles status symbols would go. At present we are addicts to oil.

  109. More bad news for the environment and the planet.

    March 20, 2013 2:33 pm

    Budget 2013: Support for shale gas sector
    By Guy Chazan

    George Osborne said in his Budget that he would introduce a “generous new tax regime” for shale gas, part of efforts to transplant the North American shale boom to the UK.

    Mr Osborne said the package of support for the UK shale gas industry included a new shale gasfield allowance, as well as other tax breaks.

    In depth UK Budget 2013

    The government will also produce technical planning guidance to provide clarity around planning for shale gas during the exploration phase, and launch proposals to allow local communities to benefit from shale gas.

    The gas industry welcomed the changes, saying they would help shale gas in the early exploration phase. “Anything that brings down the cost of exploration will really help get the industry off the ground,” said Ken Cronin, head of UKOOG, the UK onshore operators’ group. “And the quicker we can get the exploration phase done, the quicker we can work out how much of our gas is technically recoverable.”

    Supporting documents said the UK shale gas industry had the potential to “provide new employment and support UK energy security, benefiting the economy, taxpayers and communities”.

    The documents said that by the end of the year, the government would produce guidance for the industry to ensure the planning system was properly aligned with the licensing and regulatory regimes.

    The Budget also provided clarity on tax relief for decommissioning costs, a key concern for the North Sea oil industry. It said the government would enter into contracts known as decommissioning relief deeds with oil and gas companies to provide certainty on the relief they will receive when decommissioning assets, and added that the first contracts with industry would be signed later in the year.

  110. Dave lawton

    I am sorry to have to say that your links amount to a collection of unsupported claims about ‘cold fusion’ (from the first post) and some impractical whimsical stuff from Heathcote Williams about wrapping the moon in solar panels (from the second)

    It is also clear from your own website that you have very little scientific education. One example of drivel that any decent GCSE student would laugh at (from the light bulb section)

    “The Scope picture on the left shows the Standard tungsten light bulb with no electromagnetic radiation.”

    Honestly if you don’t know better than that……

  111. Ben Franklin -Machine Gun Preacher (unleaded version)

    20 Mar, 2013 - 3:31 pm

    Fusion has always seemed like the Unified field Theory or Hermeticism….out of reach….a fantasy. This very expensive project has come under fire for going over budget……

    Is it a boondoggle, or a boon?

    Clark; Molten Salt is intriguing, but I have a couple of layman-type questions;

    Is the cost comparable? How about the lifespan? The key advantage is being able to dispose of the waste by throwing it into the salt, correct? When that crucible is full, what happens with the waste issue? The other advantage Is ‘vapors’…

    Does that cover the advantages?

  112. We might already have a solution to humanity’s future energy needs –

  113. Jermand

    I followed your link to a lot of unsupported assertions and highly speculative ideas. I also noted the name Dave Lawton. Tell me is this the very same Dave Lawton who doesn’t know that light is a form of electromagnetic energy? Am I supposed to take this stuff seriously?

  114. @MarkU

    It is also clear from your own website that you have very little scientific education. One example of drivel that any decent GCSE student would laugh at (from the light bulb section)

    “The Scope picture on the left shows the Standard tungsten light bulb with no electromagnetic radiation.”

    It`s a comparison Stupid.Have you ever built a LENR ?
    I doubt it! Have you ever worked in real world of advanced Physics ? I also doubt that! My guess is you have read a few scientific books.

  115. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)

    20 Mar, 2013 - 4:34 pm

    @ Mary :

    Reminder : Ed Davey possibly more loyal to Israel than to the UK – basis for saying that? – concrete examples?


    La vita è bella, life is good! (Habbabkuk says put up or shut up)

  116. Dave Lawton

    “Its a comparison stupid” is no excuse for writing scientifically illiterate drivel, no sane scientist would have written “tungsten light bulb with no electromagnetic radiation”. light is a form of electromagnetic radiation, a light bulb which does not emit electromagnetic radiation is not a light bulb.

    If you want to be taken seriously then don’t write drivel.

  117. Hi Abe Rene, the alternative is you, not any party that just acts on its vested interest supporters and their traditional dogma, just you standing up for a principled corner, an Independent that works with his community and for them.
    pen nominations for county council elections is 25.March. Just look in your local pa[per and see the desperate pre election spending sprees on pothole repairs and community projects, making out that their generosity with our money will somehow be enough to vote for more of the same pain, less, not more local say in matters, less democratic accountability, not ‘being in it together’ with cabals making decisions.

    Fraud in public local Government has reached 2.3billion, and no political party will change what they are thriving on. I have the local Conservative going round signing people up for postal votes when it is becoming clear and obvious that postal voting fraud and large scale ‘persuasions’ feeding the hundreds or fettling them is becoming the norm.

    Its all very well to say oh we are loosing this and that and we can’t do anything about it, when we can, when we don’t want to do anything about it, would be more closer to the truth.

  118. @MarkU is no excuse for writing scientifically illiterate drivel, no sane scientist
    Why don`t you reply to my question,that makes me think your just full of BS. Also you are very stupid to jump to the conclusion to assume that I`am a scientist when I`m not .So get you facts right before you start slagging people off.

  119. I agree that we should start up, or join a research consortium that develops and builds a MSR reactor, taking note of the multiplicity of role’s this device could tackle.
    I am also very smitten with fluidbed gas-plasma plants that have been developed by APP and Machiels, with such advances made in recycling and syngas production, with no emissions and possible 70% heat recovery from material, ending up with inert plasmaroc, with applications in the building industry.

    These modern plants in conjunction with enhanced landfill mining, is technology that has even a market in China, where air pollution and waste is a great limitation to their life’s.

    Incinerators should not be build anywhere, never mind in the main wind direction of Kings Lynn and West Winch, they are inefficient jobs burners. Nuclear power stations are cash cows. I will never agree to any price that is being haggled out in advance, not one Watt of it.

  120. @MarkU

    Good spotting! I honestly didn’t know that “Dave Lawton” was listed in that website. Makes you wonder who ‘this’ Dave Lawton is posting here… I also didn’t read any of it – didn’t need to, because it was filled with highly technical images which I naturally assumed to be correct and conforming to the laws of thermodynamics and ethical business practices.

    But if that website doesn’t convince you that we already have a solution at hand to our energy needs, maybe this will –

  121. Dave Lawton

    1) No I have not worked in ‘the world of advanced physics’ but then neither have you. Unlike you however I do have a science degree.
    2) I did not assume that you were a scientist, I assumed otherwise. I am glad that you have come clean on the issue.

    Don’t you think that it might be a mistake to unreservedly endorse stuff such as LNER when you clearly do not have the background to evaluate the claims made by its proponents.

  122. Jemand
    We might already have a solution to humanity’s future energy needs –

    Patrick has done a great service of the years compiling free energy info.I would not take much notice of people like markU .If I said with regards to gravity that if two objects are pushed together rather than attracted,he would say I was wrong according to Newton. Well the truth is they are pushed together.But that is not what is taught in the text books.To find the truth you need to go to the source.

  123. Ben Franklin -Machine Gun Preacher (unleaded version)

    20 Mar, 2013 - 5:18 pm

    Dave; I see you’re a fan of David Bohm? I forget (apologies, I think Villager)who turned me on to this…..(OT)

  124. Re: The energy crisis.

    If all else fails, as a last resort, purely out of desperation, we might :-

    1) Stop mass-producing disposable rubbish
    2) Stop overpopulating the planet.
    3) Put all the R&D and manufacturing resources currently used for killing and destroying into something more useful.
    4) Have a decent public transport system to lure people out of their cars.

    And other such bizarre and fanciful stuff.

    No? thought not.

  125. I really like the Heathcote Williams stuff as poetry, philosophy but he is just not well enough at grips with mathematics to judge the maturity of moonbased power production.
    He has a brilliant poem about 1+1 being just equal to one, which is shamanic, transcendental, but meaningless in empirical endevours, such as energy transformation and capture.

    Dave Lawton i have looked at your site and consider the theory in the same sphere as Heathcote Williams, as being mostly artistic. Enthusiastically blind to natures confounding constraints. Technical improbabilities and constraints are revealed to those interested and apt to spend years studying and working, to understand the wonders of inspiration which great inventors and theorists have recieved and recorded for all. Artists can be naive of difficulties, sketching that one minus one may leave one.

    Power supply things to research/develope beside MSRs .. superconductors, synthetic fuel production, many more kinds and refinements of wind turbines, 21st century architecture, combined desert solar capture, water, farming and fuel production. Ecological lifestyles and potentials. Arts and therapies. Urban planning and containment. Re-manufacturing, recycling, redistribution. Nano technology, quantum dynamics, quantum heat and electron pumps…

    More expensive manipulation of gravely radioactive material should come low on the list of priorities.

  126. Yes Ben ,David worked at the same physics lab as myself until he moved to Birbeck College London
    He had a great sense of humour.I worked with Peter Aplin a engineer at H.H Wills Physics Lab Bristol in the High energy particle physics lab.We worked on An old friend of mine Mike Berry was David Bohms student at Bristol.The physics lab was full of dissidents.

  127. Jesuit Atheist

    20 Mar, 2013 - 6:21 pm

    My favourite budget promise is building 15,000 new, ‘affordable’ homes. The fact is that there are over 700,000 empty homes in England today. The vast majority are owned by the banks who refuse to put them on them market because house prices would fall further and the value of their property portfolio would be diminished. If the government forced the banks to sell their empty homes instead of gerrymandering the market then all housing would become ‘affordable’.

  128. You should make physics work available on your site Dave, rather than allude to it. There is nothing of a technical level on your site to ponder, no references, data or workings. The text is very short and indistinct. It is just art at this stage of presentation, to suggest it is more than it is works against the possibility that it might be.

  129. @markU 1) No I have not worked in ‘the world of advanced physics’ but then neither have you. Unlike you however I do have a science degree.
    2) I did not assume that you were a scientist, I assumed otherwise. I am glad that you have come clean on the issue

    I have not come clean on any issue as there was no issue to come clean on.
    It also shows you have never worked at the cutting edge of advanced physics.
    You should stop making statements that are static because they gather dust.
    You seem to behaving like a presumptuous prick.
    For your interest not like you I worked as a engineer in the high energy
    particle physics at Bristol and the Rutherford lab.I will accept an apology.

  130. Res Diss says

    “In my experience this is usually code for suggesting that someone is Jewish or has Jewish relatives.”

    How quaintly 19th century of you. In the modern world it’s usually code that someone is in the pay or influence of The Israeli Lobby.

    I’m sure you’ll have seen it on display during the Senate’s recent embarrassing performance over the Chuck Hagel nomination for Defense, where many senators seemed confused about who they were working for – US or Israel.


    Walt and Mearsheimer’s study, The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy, provides further information on how it all works.

    I suppose the key point is that you no longer have to be Jewish to serve the cause. Greedy for money or career advancement will do.

    You can see too that those who fall foul of this Lobby often find their career in jeopardy.

    Ultimately, you see, it’s a money and power thing with little regard for ethnic questions, nor indeed questions of ethics.

  131. Ben Franklin, Molten Salt Reactors should be comparatively cheap. The major expense is that the reaction vessel and all the pipework has to be made from a nickel–molybdenum alloy called Hastelloy, which is resistant to the corrosive properties of the molten salt. I think that the beryllium in the salt mixture is quite expensive, too, but it’s a one-off expense.

    Beyond that, it’s all savings. There is little complexity in the reaction chamber. Control rods and feedback systems to move them are unnecessary, as the reactor self-adjusts its power output to match the load, by thermal expansion of the fuel salt: less demand = hotter fuel = expansion = less fuel in the reaction vessel = less power output. The fuel loop runs at atmospheric pressure plus the weight of the molten salt; the equivalent in a light water reactor is the coolant loop, which runs at 75 atmospheres in a BWR, and about 160 atmospheres in a PWR, and it absolutely must not fail. All this metalwork that has to withstand immense pressure reliably is highly expensive, and MSRs don’t need it.

    One real beauty of the MSR design is that the nuclear reaction only remains critical when enough fuel salt is gathered into a near spherical volume, i.e. in the reaction vessel. So if the fuel loop develops a leak, the spilled salt spreads out and stops reacting. Compare this with a solid core, which needs to maintain its complex geometry so that rods that slow the reaction can be inserted. If the core melts down, the fuel gathers in the hemispherical bottom of the pressure vessel, in a more compact shape with no gaps between the (now molten) rods, so the reactivity is likely to increase. In my opinion, pressurised reactors that increase their power production if their complex solid structure melts, and are dependent upon confining high pressure to prevent meltdown, are accidents waiting to happen.

    With a liquid core, you can envisage redundancy. Have, say, six reaction vessels, but only load five of them. If a reaction vessel starts to fail in use, just divert the circulating salt into the spare. Same with turbines and pipework; the design doesn’t have to be dependent upon any single component. It’ll leak rather than explode if a crack develops somewhere because it isn’t pressurised.

    Savings during operation include not having to manufacture or reprocess fuel rods. MSRs would include integral reprocessing to extract reaction products from the fuel, which is already a fluoride, which is the form you need it in for reprocessing. Integrating power generation with reprocessing and eliminating rod manufacture greatly reduces the need to transport nuclear materials, and all the attendant safety and security expenses.

    By being forty times as fuel efficient, MSRs produce 1/40th of the “waste” for the same amount of electricity generated. But this “waste” is rich in various valuable isotopes, and most of it will decay to background levels of radioactivity in about 300 years rather than hundreds of thousands; this saves on disposal costs a bit…

    But at present MSRs are only two ancient prototypes more than a dream, until someone decides to build a few more.

  132. Correction:

    “Same with turbines heat exchangers and pipework” – the turbines have a separate loop of hot helium.

  133. @Crab I really like the Heathcote Williams stuff as poetry, philosophy but he is just not well enough at grips with mathematics to judge the maturity of moonbased power production.
    He has a brilliant poem about 1+1 being just equal to one, which is shamanic, transcendental, but meaningless in empirical endevours, such as energy transformation and capture.

    I know ,but Heathcote is a poet and its poetic licence.I remember him reading the 1+1 poem at Elephant Fayre at Port Eliot in Cornwall ,it certainly freaked out a professor of mathematics who was at the reading You should study Oliver Heaviside and you will see how the present theory on electromagnetism
    have been distorted.Also you should be aware the major oil companies are sitting on patents for LENR
    LENR does work.Also you can achieve super efficient electrolysis if you use small test cells and low current. I have tested it rigorously.Check my calcs. If you really want to do some research in this area you need to look into the nonlinear region.I will say no more.

  134. @Crab You should make physics work available on your site Dave, rather than allude to it. There is nothing of a technical level on your site to ponder, no references, data or workings. The text is very short and indistinct. It is just art at this stage of presentation, to suggest it is more than it is works against the possibility that it might be.

    No Data or workings whats this Christmas Pudding?

  135. Ben, a bit more detail…

    The “crucible” (lovely word) is always full, and the pump bowl, at the highest point in the system, has spare capacity to allow for expansion. Yes, you dissolve in more actinide “waste” as the fuel gets fissioned into reaction products. In the Oak Ridge experimental MSR, the reaction products remained stable in the salt and caused no problems there, but the longest run was only six months. The reprocessing unit I mentioned would extract these elements. You can always draw off some fuel salt to make room, but the uranium / actinide component is a fairly small proportion of the total salt load in any case.

    The Hastelloy should be OK for a couple of decades; the original plan was 30 years, but “shallow, inter-granular cracking in all metal surfaces exposed to the fuel salt” was discovered after the five years of reactor test runs. There’s an untested solution for this problem.

    As to vapours, xenon and krypton are removed from the fuel salt in the pump bowl, and collected. Most other reaction products tend to bind with the fluorine and remain in the salt. Tritium will diffuse out through the metal, and will have to be collected and either sold, or stored until it decays.

    There are significant problems to overcome, but the design hasn’t been in physical development for over forty years.

  136. Dave Lawton, didn’t your physics teacher ever tell you that you mustn’t P in your ammeter? :)

  137. Dave Lawton, I’ve looked at this link:

    The description is incomplete. I would not be able to replicate this experiment from the details given.

    Dave, I’ve occasionally looked at these “alternative” energy ideas for, oh, about twenty years. All that I have seen share this problem of incomplete description.

    If you point me to a full description, I’ll attempt to replicate it.

  138. Dave lawton Re: No Data or workings whats this Christmas Pudding?

    Your data and working is apparently a demonstration of the violation of the law of conservation of mass/energy. It seems to me that you are either a fraud/crank, or a potential Nobel prize winner.

    So its off to the patent office with you then, and into production. Soon we will all be able to violate fundamental natural laws in our own homes and run our cars on water…….or perhaps not.

    Anyway, enough of this light-hearted banter I am off out for the night. Good luck with the Nobel prize thing.

  139. Ben Franklin -Machine Gun Preacher (unleaded version)

    20 Mar, 2013 - 8:01 pm

    Clark; That was a comprehensive reply, and almost reaches my layman’s level of incompetence :)


    ” Soon we will all be able to violate fundamental natural laws in our own homes and run our cars on water”

    Again, as a layman I ask; isn’t that the foundation of Hydrogen power?

  140. Ben Franklin -Machine Gun Preacher (unleaded version)

    20 Mar, 2013 - 8:07 pm

    Clark; a clarification; What is the operational life of MSR? Decommissioning after 30 years is always a big issue for nukes currently in vogue.

  141. @ClarkDave Lawton, didn’t your physics teacher ever tell you that you mustn’t P in your ammeter? :)
    Clark ,I know I`m dyslexic I can`t help it.

  142. OT again!.

    “Will the UK and USA also go for the automatic seizure of money from accounts? My guess is they have been quietly planning on it but will now think twice about admitting to it. Preferring to keep it quiet until the next collapse when ‘circumstances call for desperate measures’ etc etc.”

    “The reality is the banks are still bust – even the ones making huge profits – and when – not if – when the next bubble bursts and one bank starts to bring down another – they will all come for your money and we will all be collectively punished in order to make sure the wealthy and the powerful stay that way.”

  143. Ben, the “wfc data” link looks like an electrolysis experiment, but no details are given of how hydrogen, oxygen, and water vapour were collected, separated, or measured, so we can’t check it.

    Yes, you can split water into hydrogen and oxygen by electrolysis. You’ll need an electrical voltage (electrical “push”) to make a current flow through the water. This needs energy. Specifically, you’ll use [volts times amps times seconds] joules of energy.

    You can then burn the hydrogen with the oxygen that you just generated. This releases energy. But at maximum, this will only ever release as much energy as you used in order to split the water into hydrogen and oxygen.

    Yes, you can run an internal combustion engine on hydrogen, but to get hydrogen from water you’ll need a power station supplying at least as much energy via electricity. “The hydrogen economy” was only ever a catch-phrase, because hydrogen from water is merely an energy delivery method, not a source of energy.

  144. Ben Franklin -Machine Gun Preacher (unleaded version)

    20 Mar, 2013 - 8:32 pm

    Clark; Is there enough data @ 5.3 (Dave Lawton’s solid-state circuit)?

    Just not sure you saw this in your analysis.

  145. Thanks for pointing that page out Dave. But it constitutes what could be most charitably described as ‘brief notes’ of what would be a totally staggering result.
    I dont want to denigrate your efforts, i just remind that disbelief is the basic and sensible reaction to the revolutionary claims at the current level of detail and evidence.

  146. Ben Franklin, the Hastelloy in the MSRE was intended to last thirty years, but it showed minor signs of cracking after five years. But I don’t think this matters much with a liquid reactor core, because of my “spare reaction vessel etc.” idea above. Bring new components on-line every five years or so, divert the flow of fuel salt, and rotate the oldest components off-line. It isn’t like having complex fuel assemblies to transfer.

  147. Ben Franklin -Machine Gun Preacher (unleaded version)

    20 Mar, 2013 - 8:44 pm

    More, and more I like these MSR’s (Yakobovsky) :)

  148. Ben Franklin -Machine Gun Preacher (unleaded version)

    20 Mar, 2013 - 8:50 pm

    Crab; Bohm’s metaphysics are closer to some concrete steps toward establishing a Unified Field Theory than Einstein ever took, IMO.

    You really have to stretch the engrams to grasp something so esoteric.

  149. @Clark
    The description is incomplete. I would not be able to replicate this experiment from the details given.

    Dave, I’ve occasionally looked at these “alternative” energy ideas for, oh, about twenty years. All that I have seen share this problem of incomplete description.

    If you point me to a full description, I’ll attempt to replicate it.

    Here you go this is what I based it on ,you could build his electrolyser
    and get improved results.

    Low current electrolysis based on Kararev`s work.It gives a description of his cell .My results were more Conservative than his ,but I used a 3 inch size concentric cell .here is the link.

  150. I read that pdf Ben, i think that’s just fantasy science. The explaination of sailing boat being more than unity at the start is disingenous, its literature for pacing the wide eyed seeker. This “Zero point energy” source is simply alluded to, with outward references which no one is going to grok.
    The circuits shown are pedestrian, thousands and thousands of amature inventors have tried passing pulses of current at different strengths and frequencies and harmonics through all sorts of electrodes and mediums. Daves circuit doesnt even bother to estimate the inductance of the garage wound inductor it hopefully employs. Its fantasy slap dash experimentation, compare it to even the precision and theory required just to create a fairly efficient generator for specified torque, speed and current. There are people working, experimenting, analysing, refining electronics trying to do specific things, these are thrown together circuits with little to no analysis doing things too good to be true. Thats electro-fiction. Dreaming of Organon in sweet but ultimately humbling.

  151. Ben Franklin -Machine Gun Preacher (unleaded version)

    20 Mar, 2013 - 9:11 pm

    Crab; It’s the over-arching metaphysics i was referring to. It is speculated that Newton spent a lot of time trying to change lead into gold. That he thought it was possible, this true man of science, but failed in the final experiment, does not mean it is a dream, with no basis in science we have not yet overturned. The idea that perpetual motion is a flyby, while protons and electrons orbit within that rock you threw over the White Cliffs of Dover, just means we haven’t tapped the source, yet.

  152. Besides, if you achieved those results in 2004, would you not be heating and powering your own house with them, and selling heat and power to some neighbours at least? Would you not be mass assembling and flogging your kits on ebay? Would national security not have whisked you away to find out how to power aircraft carriers without need of gas turbines or mil reactor? Would you not be the zeropoint energy bill gates? Why not? Oh its going to happen – i see…. NEXT!

  153. Sorry Ben, I have to go.

  154. Newton was crazy inventive, mercury poisoned, couldn’t get out of bed some days transfixed by the flow of ideas rushing through his head. But he had no idea of the kind of theory and knowledge which would be worked out in the 20th century. There is a big difference between sensing philosophical possibility of eg, a mobile phone, and creating one before radio waves were discovered.

    Here we are enticed by far feild theory and possibilities and exotic carcinogens and things. Why not try throwing a 1 meter wind turbine together from RC parts costing 50 quid that will supply +100 quid a year in hot water for as long as it stays up.

  155. Besides, if you achieved those results in 2004, would you not be heating and powering your own house with them, and selling heat and power to some neighbours at least? Would you not be mass assembling and flogging your kits on ebay? Would national security not have whisked you away to find out how to power aircraft carriers without need of gas turbines or mil reactor? Would you not be the zeropoint energy bill gates? Why not? Oh its going to happen – i see…. NEXT!
    You might not believe this or not ,I don`t care.I did get a visit from a couple in black suits and they took away all my docs.You know Stan Mayer was
    poisoned .But I will not discuss it here.By the way I am not into conspiracy theories.Did you know the late Harold Aspden ? you should look at his patents .He did get a US patent on Cold of the first to get one.

  156. Ben Franklin -Machine Gun Preacher (unleaded version)

    20 Mar, 2013 - 9:32 pm

    ‘There is a big difference between sensing philosophical possibility of eg, a mobile phone, and creating one before radio waves were discovered.’

    Yes, but thinking ahead of the next curve should be a priority for science. I understand it seems impractical to chase such things, seemingly before their time, but the possibilities need to be explored. Is the space program practical?
    Well, they try to piggy-back some zero-gravity experiments, ostensibly to make the earth-bound feel they are getting some concrete payback. But, it’s really about exploring and discovery, isn’t it Crab?

  157. Im more haunted by the possibility that Shams is a real 8 year old boy from Iraq who didnt even get a message back.

    Here’s to you Shams, it was a fine message i will remember it.

  158. If it is about that then good Ben, but if it is about self representation and bigger stuff then its more of the same hollow solitication.

    I think the real far out feild of science at the moment is quantum dynamics and computation. Anything is possible, given luck and aptitude and proper work. There is a lot of experimentation, calibration, invention going on without comprehensive theory too, which is more immediately practical than theory refinement and exploration. But loose talk about theory with very little to show for it is cheap as talk gets.

  159. @Ben The idea that perpetual motion is a flyby, while protons and electrons orbit within that rock you threw over the White Cliffs of Dover, just means we haven’t tapped the source, yet.
    Oliver Heavisde in his book electromagnetic theory.”You must look to the Aether for source of all energy” “Zero point energy of space .The shortest wavelength contributing to this field turns out to be about 10 to minus 33 cm.”
    The amount of energy that would be in one cubic centimetre of space turns out to be very far beyond the total energy of all matter in the known universe.”
    David Bohm. Tap into this and here is your source of polution free energy.
    Tickle the zero point field and nature will liberate some energy to do some work.They talk about the Casamir effect but Oliver Heaviside described it in
    in the 1890`s. Heaviside was a genius who lived in Devon,painted his fingernails pink slept on granite slabs and lived on baked beans.

  160. Ben Franklin -Machine Gun Preacher (unleaded version)

    20 Mar, 2013 - 10:14 pm

    Dave; I am not a scientist or engineer, but many here are strict rationalists who must see the pudding’s proof.

    If you aren’t revealing anything proprietary, could you give us some anecdotal verifiability by way of your own experimentation with your solid-state device? Is it dependent upon ancillary hardware’s proven functionality, or are you waiting for the technology to catch up?

  161. @Crab Daves circuit doesnt even bother to estimate the inductance of the garage wound inductor it hopefully employs.
    The circuit you refer to was a bench lashup circuit I knocked up for a quick test years ago nothing special any good electronics engineer would know that.If other people use it and make magical claims thats up to them.You need to go to my PPL circuit .
    Crab if you have any experience of electronics you should noted its a common 555 pwm found in most circuit books,most practitioners of the art would know that.

  162. @Ben If you aren’t revealing anything proprietary, could you give us some anecdotal verifiability by way of your own experimentation with your solid-state device? Is it dependent upon ancillary hardware’s proven functionality, or are you waiting for the technology to catch up?
    When Stan Meyer ran his VW on water it was much more than a water fuel cell.
    it was water sparkplugs,UV lights gas reciculating and much more.It was all down to small increases much like the UK bike team in the olympics it all adds up.

    I did that cell test years ago it was inspired by the work of Kanarev which I have pointed out to Clark if he wants to replicate.We did take the cell in the early days to Wolverhampton university,the engineers were interested and wanted to take it further.but it was blocked by the head of their dept.I found out later he had a different agenda.I have now moved on,and without funds and now working on a LENR ,it takes time being a OAP living on a small pension.and occasional royalties.

  163. “Crab if you have any experience of electronics you should noted its a common 555 pwm found in most circuit books,most practitioners of the art would know that.”

    You are confused, I asked about the casually described Inductor not the IC

  164. But please dont mind my hasty crabbiness. Good luck with your research and keep sharing your ingenuity and vision Mr Lawton.

  165. (There’s actually alot of things Id like to pick your brains on, just the zero point energy capture id ponder at leisure)

  166. On the 10th anniversary of ‘shock & Awe – a war lead by Britain and America that displaced 4 million Iraq families, killed thousands of under one year babies, gibberish yet inquiring toddlers, jumping juniors and testing teens experiences their first love crush.

    Here we witness the strength and commitment from women of Fukushima coveting and protecting their children.

  167. Ben Franklin -Machine Gun Preacher (unleaded version)

    21 Mar, 2013 - 12:55 am

    Crab; You are endearing because you feign dungeness , but are a soft-shell variety.

  168. Hah Ben how did you find that crosswired pun!
    I cant credit Daves tests and visions from my dungeon cell, but I sense he is fascinating and kind and id be very happy to attend a workshop of his, chasing energy while gaining valuable experience and other.

    This is enticing – MIT research “Heat Pumping LEDs Operating above Unity Efficiency”

    If borne out then powerful powerplants working by cooling pumped air or water are possible – carbon free and cooling!

    Plenty of stuff to research beside this cancer powered bomb waste nuclear stuff.

  169. Clark, thanks for some interesting and thought-provoking posts. What’s your take on Monbiot’s stance on nuclear? He seems to be dividing the green movement. For me he makes some compelling arguments. I’m afraid I view the Green Party’s position on this as one that is crudely opportunistic. I remember seeing a Green Party spokeswoman on BBCs Question Time a few months ago and wasn’t at all convinced by her arguments in relation to nuclear.

  170. What has the convincingness of a party spokesperson on Question Time got to do with anything in actuality.

    You want to fund another generation of cancer power because it is looking more respectable as cgi graphics improve, whats going to put you off? Sure its just a little bit more cancer and danger and heightened security in the world, blending into the background levels – might mean cheaper leccy! sold :p

  171. Another LOL Wrong fuel used in bullet proof, bomb proof, but not idiot proof presidential limo which probably weighs a few tons.

    Shalomnishambles: Barack Obama’s limo breaks down on Israel trip after petrol mix-up
    The most powerful man in the world faced the embarrassment of having to switch vehicles after somebody filled it up with petrol instead of diesel

    Oh, it is sealed against biochemical attack too and the vehicle fuel efficiency is about 8 miles per US gallon (29 L/100 km; 9.6 mpg). How obscene. Just to cart the American warmongers around.

  172. doug scorgie

    21 Mar, 2013 - 8:52 am

    Mr Obama made his first trip to Israel as president on Wednesday, holding talks with PM Benjamin Netanyahu.

    The two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to a TWO-STATE solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

    Speaking in Jerusalem, Mr Obama said a central element of securing a lasting peace in the Middle East “must be a strong and secure Jewish [apartheid] state where its security concerns are met, alongside a sovereign and independent Palestinian state”


    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s new economics and trade minister, Naftali Bennett, is a former chief of the Yesha COUNCIL OF SETTLERS, and the electoral base of his Habayit Hayehudi party is in the WEST BANK SETTLEMENTS. New Housing and Construction Minister Uri Ariel is also from Habayit Hayehudi and has spent his public career ADVANCING THE SETTLEMENTS.

  173. @Crab This is enticing – MIT research “Heat Pumping LEDs Operating above Unity Efficiency”

    Overunity LED`s .I am not surprised.You just need to look at
    non-linear stochastic resonance ,or PZ material operating in a non-linear mode ie Mullard Labs 1970 all exhibiting over-unity.Its the same with water fuel cells ,operate them in the non-liner mode,negative
    resistance state you will get a avalanche effect and more gas out than you know what to do with.You just need the electronics to keep the operating point in the valley when it goes into the negitive resistance region as it is very unstable because you get plasmoids being created.
    This is not new discovery they call it plasma electrolysis its been rediscovered.I keep pointing it out but it falls on deaf ears,it was a British invention in the 1970`s for electrolytic cleaning of metals ,the joke is they had created cold fusion and did not know it.

  174. A rich tosser bought a wife with taxpayers’ money but doesn’t have the decency to send me a copy of his book for review.
    What does he have to hide?

  175. “The idea that perpetual motion is a flyby, while protons and electrons orbit within that rock you threw over the White Cliffs of Dover, just means we haven’t tapped the source, yet.”

    Energy is all around us all the time, it’s just a matter of harnessing it. I like the osmotic turbines myself, think they have potential in the right places. There is a lot of energy in an empty beer can, aluminium is one of the most reactive substances known to man, can pull the oxygen atom out of water and leave hydrogen. There are loads of great possibilities, cars that run on empty beer cans, a bright new future.

    There are a lot of bridge salesmen as well.

  176. @Nevermind: Hi Abe Rene, the alternative is you

    Hi Nevermind, thanks for the flattering comment, though I suspect that you really intended to encourage Independent MPs generally.

    To be honest, I doubt whether I would be better than anyone else in a position of power. The line between good and evil runs through every human heart, as Solzhenitsyn may have said.

    Nor am I inclined towards seeking office and canvassing support for it. People who try things like that need to know what they are doing. Look at what happened to Craig and his campaign in Norwich.

    So I’ll look at the manifestos and go for one. Who knows, if Milliband renounces the Iraq war and recovers some of his socialist principles (eg concrete schemes for affordable housing), I might even consider him!

  177. Chernobyl (1986) got the blame for high levels of radiation in sheep. I remember this at the time it happened. What I noticed was that all the areas where high radiation was found in sheep were in the vicinity of UK nuclear power stations, Cumbria, Wales, Scotland. So what it looks like again is that taxpayers’ money has been used to force farmers to test sheep for levels of radiation for which Chernobyl is seen to be culpable when this almost certainly is not be the case. However this is not scientific but high probability speculation. The testing has only recently stopped. It would be interesting to know if radiation levels have changed. No mention is made of that.

  178. Hi Abe, right you are. I have just communicated with my electoral department and found out that as an Independent I’m not allowed to have an electoral register before I’m declared a candidate.

    Now this will make canvassing for signatures and filling out of the nomination forms awkward.
    Political parties on the other hand are entitled to regular updates from their local councils.

    This is new to me, I stood as an Independent before and have never encountered such rule, nor obstinacy towards Independent candidates. Local councils once would try their best to encourage Independents and other lesser known Individuals. When did this rule become important as a tool to discourage? I wonder.

  179. John Goss, 11:23 am, I’m currently reading Chris Busby’s Wings of Death, which includes Busby’s research into radioactive contamination in Wales. The data he presents supports contamination in Wales from Chernobyl fall-out, as well as other contamination from the local nuclear industry.

  180. John Goss, it could be that the early reports of contamination after Chernobyl came from sites that were already being monitored, and were thus the places that the extra contamination was first noticed.

  181. a more immediate UK energy problem – UK gas storage is running on fumes.


    I strongly suggest people look at the chart from National Grid (first link) with more data at second link.

    It needs to warm up fast. Any major failure on the unreliable Langeled pipeline from Norway and we are in deep shit instantly as opposed to soon.

  182. Hi Clark. Yes, that could be so, that they were already being monitored. But why? And why have they stopped monitoring now? Do you know if other countries had the same problem with radioactive sheep? Sorry, the terminology is not even layman’s terminology, but I think you know what I mean.

  183. Craig,

    it is nowadays rather trendy and “progressive”, whatever it might mean in the circumstances, to oppose nuclear power. I was somewhat surprised by your statement as I considered you as not being a trendy individual. I predict that most people would eventually wake up to see through the subsidy scam of the so called renewables after their energy bills have tripled or quadrupled. The energy companies just have to find new reasons for hiking up their prices, thus constantly inventing new rules of the game that they play with their foolish consumers.

  184. Hmm, National Grid have also replaced the “safety level” displays on the detailed UK gas storage report with blanks. “Days left” has also been blanked out. They used to call it “Days to breach” but that was thought to be too scary. IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE SCARY YOU FUCKING CLOWNS.

    Current Nat Gas bulk price has shot up to £1/therm.

  185. This article by Duncan is great, such a breath of fresh air after the regurgitations of the same old twaddle in the media.
    Iraq’s invasion was not justified and Saddam was our plaything, from day one. Well worth a read

  186. And here we have ten lessons from ‘America’s dumb war’.
    Trust the Germans to reconcile our dumb idiots who provided the pre text to this dumb war.

  187. As you were saying Doug Scorgie

    March 19, 2013
    A Do-Nothing Agenda
    Obama in the West Bank


    Israeli citizens have just elected a coalition in the hope that fresh faces from the Yesh Atid (There is a Future) party would provide a “middle way”, preventing a hard-right government. Except the process of coalition building has trampled what little of this idea was realisable, with ministers such as the newly elected Deputy Minister of Defence Danny Dayon and MK for Housing Uri Ariel lining up earlier this week to declare that Israeli settlement policy will continue exactly as it did under the previous government. Settler leader Gershon Mesika, speaking to the Israeli news site Ynet, labelled the new coalition “a wet dream”. Dayon even went as far as to say he intends to encourage a growth in the Jewish population in areas in Israel’s far northern and southern areas, which normally house vast numbers of Israel’s Palestinian, Druze or migrants from Africa, from places such as Eritrea.

    Moreover, there is the post-coalition resurrection of “Basic Law”, originally crafted as a private members bill by Kadima MK Avi Dichter in August 2011. “Basic Law” is essentially designed to give supremacy to the idea of Israel as a Jewish, rather than democratic, state. It would strike Arabic from the list of official languages and allow “the state [to] invest resources in promoting Jewish settlement but would not commit itself to building for other national groups” according to a Ha’aretz article published on the 15th March. The idea, which would present increased challenges to minorities within Israel, has seen the light of political day once again due to the allegiance between Netanyahu’s Likud party, and the right-wing Jewish Home party. Were Obama’s visit not happening, it is entirely possible that the media would be tearing open the potential affects of this coalition. Yet while Obama arrives to congratulate Netanyahu on having formed a new coalition, he is essentially rubber-stamping his quiet approval on a government that deliberately and openly states it intends to make life within Israel-held territory as difficult for non-Jews as possible.

  188. OT-One for Craig!The tab running on BBC news at the moment is saying that the referendum on Scotland’s independence will be on 18th Sept. 2014.

  189. Ben Franklin -Machine Gun Preacher (unleaded version)

    21 Mar, 2013 - 3:35 pm

    “ITER is expected to break through that barrier and generate 500 megawatts from a 50 MW input for periods lasting a few minutes. But it will be only a scientific demonstration; ITER won’t generate any electricity. That job will be left for its successor, the prototype power plant DEMO. Fusion researchers are just starting to think about designs for DEMO but it is looking increasingly likely that it won’t be a global collaboration like ITER, whose members are China, the European Union, India, Japan, Russia, South Korea, and the United States.”

    The timing for funding from various gov’ts couldn’t be worse. Just as the EU is struggling to keep the boat baled, the Sequestration in the US(who only recently joined the funding) is making it difficult to see this through at a critical time.

  190. In case it is not clear, THE UK is 6-10 DAYS FROM RUNNING OUT OF GAS at current usage rates. Any journalists awake?

  191. It looks more like 4 weeks away to me Anon. Maybe the newspeople are waiting for it get closer for the headline to reach its optimum value.

  192. Crab,

    They need to maintain flow rates and pressure so all storage can’t be drawn down to zero. They must maintain some Long, Short and Medium storage.

    Detailed report at

    Note that “Safety Monitor GWh” and “Days Left” have been blanked. We have already breached the blanked safety levels and days left is between 6 and 10 days for Long Range Storage.

    Should any one of a number of major infrastructure points fail right now and take even a week to repair we would have rolling blackouts by Monday morning. If the Langeled pipeline from Norway were to fail, we might not even get to Monday.

  193. Nevermind,

    Sebastian Fischer in Speigel online said, “The hawks surrounding Bush viewed the terrorist attacks of 9/11 as legitimizing an attack on Iraq — despite the fact that there was no connection between Hussein’s regime and al-Qaida.”

    Sadly Sebastian did not have the fortitude to express the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon as ‘permitted to proceed’ by certain people in positions of power and control.

    That global realization is foremost in the demise of trust and the principle reason the American image has evaporated on the world stage.

  194. Obama is being a good boy and toeing the AIPAC line. If he’s not careful, he will set off another Intifada. The nerve of it!

    Obama urges end to settlement demand

    (US President Barack Obama (left) with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, 21 March)

    President Barack Obama urges Palestinians to drop their demands for a freeze in Israeli settlement building, as he visits the West Bank.

  195. RUTH MICHAELSON is a prodigious and astute journalist

    Many thanks Mary for the reference emphasizing the ‘do nothing agenda’ of this new coalition government of Eretz Yisrael.

  196. I agree with you Mark, der Spiegel is well past its best and the skewing of the real time line of events will keep us busy for years, here and in many other places.

    Would be handy to have a Wikileaks timeline, all the information, going back to however long, in one place.

  197. In order to push his mortgage guarantee scheme in yesterday’s budget (is it a scheme for millionaires to buy second homes is one of the questions being asked) Gideon was visiting a building site today. It was one of Berkeley’s whose name can be found in this list of donors to the Tory party.

  198. John Goss, 12:59 pm, I’d have to check Busby’s book more closely, but I seem to remember that there were various surveys for radioactivity around nuclear power stations, maybe even regular, scheduled monitoring, which I suppose would be in order to detect leaks etc.. And I’m pretty sure that other countries have had nuclear contamination of meat and milk. Have a look on Wikipedia; I don’t have time at present.

    The Chernobyl cloud followed a particular route, and fall-out was washed to the ground in places where it happened to rain. Again, see if Wikipedia has anything.

  199. Windy Miller

    21 Mar, 2013 - 5:10 pm

    isn’t the fact that we are so reliant on imported gas a good reason to look at either how we consume energy or alternative reliable sources. we can say for sure that there will not be any more coal fired power stations built and the ones we have will struggle to meet the next 25 years emmissions targets. Gas Fired stations are ok (in my view) but we will need to be in control of our own supply. Nuclear gives good solid power to the grid but comes with way too much baggage to be acceptable.

    The main concern is Wind. It’s a very clean source of power and it’s currently supplying about 4 – 5 Gwts of power with about an additional 1Gw added every 10 months, which is all fine and dandy but England is very Anti onshore wind so the vast majority is being produced in Scotland and being exported down to English grids.

    If Scotland take it’s independance where will the English buy their power from then, especially if all the bridges to coal / nuclear / Shale / onshore wind have been burned.

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