There is no Free Lunch

It has been suggested that hydro electricity and nuclear energy are better alternatives to burning fossil fuel, because these sources do not provide emissions. Those suggestions are wrong. Continue reading

It’s a Very Small World when it comes to radioactivity

In the United Kingdom we hear little about Fukushima these days. It is as though the nuclear accident never happened as we get on with organising the finance, at taxpayer’s risk and expense, of new nuclear generating power stations in so called partnership with the French energy firm, EDF. However, the world is a small place and radioactivity from the Fukushima accident is beginning to spread,

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Hinckley Point Subsidies

£24.5 billion is a great deal of money. It would equip every home in the United Kingdom with solar water heating systems. However, things being as they are the UK government has decided that a better use for the money (some of which will be provided by EDF, is to build a new nuclear power station at Hinckley Point in Somerset. The £24.5 billion is merely the construction cost. Another £7 billion is required for working capital. Continue reading

Be Prepared

“British Energy Policy” is a contradiction in terms. There has been no energy policy for at least twenty years, just a collection of ill thought out statements backed by political dogma which ignores the reality of what the United Kingdom needs for energy and how it can be done. It is likely that the next very cold winter that the United Kingdom experiences will see power cuts and gas shortages. Continue reading

Leave for Warmer Climes When the Winter Comes

EDF is a French energy company. It is one of the six energy companies that control the United Kingdom’s energy supply and enjoys the rights privileges and advantages of it being part of an oligarchy. It specialises in nuclear power and has a number of nuclear generating plants which create heat by means of a chain reaction, uses the heat to make steam which drives a turbine which in turn generates electricity which in turn is fed into the national grid. The nuclear plants create nuclear waste in copious quantities which takes thousands of years to decay into a condition in which the waste in not dangerous. Continue reading

Caesium at Fukushima

Two days ago Tokyo Electric Power Co informed the world that in samples of groundwater from under the Fukushima nuclear power plant they found (per litre) 37 giga becquerels of caesium-134 and 93 giga becquerels of caesium-137. The well from which the samples were taken is only fifty yards frpm the coast and these readings are the highest recorded of caesium. Continue reading

The Most Important Issue

At the moment the world news is dominated by the possibility and the United States will drop a few bombs on Syria and then run away, causing deaths and resentment in many places by interfering (rather than preventing) a hideous civil war. Mr Obama has spoken and now will, like Mr Cameron, attempt to deflect some the responsibility of a course of action which may be contrary to International Law by seeking safety in numbers, spreading the decision to bomb or not to bomb, among the American congressmen and senators. However much this news dominates the world media it is not, in my view, the most important news to break. Continue reading

Will EDF Get its Subsidy?

EDF the energy giant has already spent, it says, more than a million pounds every day to keep the project at Hinkley Point where it wants to build a nuclear power plant, viable. It does not want a subsidy. It wants a forty year commitment from the UK government to buy or underwrite the price it will get from the energy generated from the yet to build nuclear plant. It wants a price guarantee of £100 per mWh for 40 years. This is significantly higher than the price guarantee that the UK government gives to producers of electricity from wind power, where they pay out around £80 per mWh for 15 years, not 40 years. Continue reading

We shall force the future generations to make sacrifices for us…

As the United Kingdom and EDF are working out the final terms of the long term contract that EDF requires before it builds a nuclear power plant in Hinckley Point in Somerset, Tokyo Electric Power Company announced that the electricity supply to the cooling system at the damaged Fukushima power plant had failed for four spent reactor ponds at three reactors. Apparently a rat had bitten through the electrical supply shutting down some of the cooling systems. Continue reading

The True Cost of Nuclear Energy

Some think that nuclear energy is an important source of electricity and ought to be part of every nation’s energy generating system. Others think that nuclear energy is too dangerous to use and we should decommission nuclear power plants all over the world. I tend towards the latter view, but accept that there may be some merit in the former view. Whatever view you hold about nuclear energy everyone who thinks about it agrees that there must be a safe and perfect way of storing nuclear waste to prevent the waste being used for weapons and to prevent the waste leaking into the atmosphere or the sea or the land where it will cause harm and damage to human health and to the health of the ecosystem where the waste is stored. Continue reading