Radioactive Food

We are constantly advised that nuclear energy is safe and that the fallout from nuclear incidents like Chernobyl and Fukushima has been insignificant. This, I hope is true, but fears linger on. Some good nuclear news happened recently when restrictions on moving sheep in Cumbria and North Wales are finally removed. Continue reading

The Future of Nuclear Power

The United Kingdom gets about a quarter of its electricity from nuclear power; until the Fukushima incident, Japan got about a third of its electricity from nuclear power. Today, since Fukushima, Japan has no nuclear power plant in operation. Continue reading

Official figures are influenced by official agenda

When disasters happen, reports on the news either under or over estimate the extent of loss of life and damage. The reports are usually based on official estimates and officialdom has a tendency to use figures that suit officialdom. If the event is caused by an external threat then it can be used as a opportunity to exaggerate the external threat, as seems to happen when events caused by terrorism occur. When events involve a possible element of official blame, then we are usually told that the event is not as serious as it really is. Continue reading

And the winner is…

The nuclear leakage at Fukushima in Japan has now overtaken the previous nuclear accidents at Windscale, Three Mile Island, Kyshtym in terms of seriousness and has been awarded the same star rating as Chernobyl as a category 7 incident. It is an award that no one wishes to make or receive. Continue reading

Thorium energy – a project worth undertaking

Is thorium the missing piece of the energy jigsaw? Thorium is an element that is more abundant than uranium and can be used in nuclear reactors more safely than uranium. The advantages of relatively carbon free electricity generation by uranium are well understood, and so are the disadvantages. Continue reading

UK’s nuclear energy will cease to be under government control

The UK’s nuclear energy will shortly cease to come under government control.

Centrica (the energy company which owns British Gas) is buying 25% of British Energy, the nuclear generating plant, from EDF. The UK Government owns 35% of British Energy, which is worth according to the price that Centrica paid for its shares, around £4.3 billion. Having sold 25% to Centrica, EDF will now buy the UK Government’s 35%, giving EDF (which stands for Electricté de France) control of the UK‘s nuclear generating industry which is expected to be expanded greatly if the unimaginative Secretary of State John Hutton has his way.

The astonishing thing about this is that the Government is so willing to dispose of an industry which it thinks critical to our energy future, and see it disposed of into foreign hands. Continue reading