A former member
Post #: 147
I like the language they use, "Italy will not reverse its Chernobyl-era ban on nuclear power" as if the Italian government is being unreasonably obstinate. The condescending spin angle if you will. I wonder who has a check list of all the emotional angles one needs to exercise. Do they weight each emotional angle to the subject, lining up the most appropriate ones to get the greatest desired effect. These are probably questions people like Karl Rove would have answers for...

MILAN (Reuters) - Italy will not reverse its Chernobyl-era ban on nuclear power, its government said on Wednesday.

Instead it urged power companies to focus on renewable energy as part of an effort to combat global climate change.

Calls for a Italian nuclear renaissance have intensified as, with scant domestic energy sources, it seeks to diversify its supplies and trim dependence on fuel imports

"Given that the results of a popular referendum of 1987 cannot be cancelled with a stroke of pen, a nuclear choice is neither safe nor convenient in the short-term," said Alfonso Gianni, undersecretary at the Economic Development Ministry.

Gianni was delivering a statement to the lower chamber of parliament, and cited concerns about high costs of constructing nuclear plants and their decommissioning as well as waste management.

The only exception should be made for a scientific research in a new generation of nuclear reactors -- in which Italian energy groups participate by joining projects abroad, he said.

Gianni said he was surprised by the head of Milan's utility AEM, Giuliano Zuccoli, who earlier on Wednesday called for an immediate restart of one nuclear power station, in northern Italy, and the construction of three new plants.

Supporters of nuclear say it would help to reduce emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide (CO2) and dependence on costly fossil fuel imports, thus trimming Italian electricity prices, among the highest in Europe.

Italy imports about 80-90 percent of fossil fuels it needs.

"We need to dismantle a legend that nuclear energy is expensive and we should let everyone know that plants are safe," Zuccoli told an energy conference.

But Gianni said nuclear energy raises a complex of environmental problems as well as risks of non-peaceful use.

"The main road is the development of renewable energy, in particular, photovoltaic," he said.

Italy has approved changes to a law aimed to boost photovoltaic energy which transforms sunlight into power, prompting analysts to forecast that sunny Italy may become Europe's new frontier for solar energy.
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A former member
Post #: 155
It would be interesting to see which lobbyists are paying for this mouthpiece.

Go nuclear for a third industrial revolution, says EC

* 13 October 2007
* NewScientist.com news service

We are on the brink of the "third industrial revolution", according to José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission - who believes it means nations may have to embrace nuclear power.

Europe's "low-carbon age" is the revolution Barroso spoke of last week at an energy conference in Madrid, Spain. "Member states cannot avoid the question of nuclear energy," he said, following the commission's announcement last month of a new research initiative for nuclear energy. The European Union should contribute to research, Barroso said.

However, not all of Europe shares his view. At a separate nuclear energy conference in Vienna last week, environment ministers from Austria, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Norway and Italy declared that global growth in nuclear power would severely increase the risks of nuclear proliferation. "Some European countries are almost religiously opposed to nuclear power," says Hans-Holger Rogner of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna.
From issue 2625 of New Scientist magazine, 13 October 2007, page 4-5
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A former member
Post #: 184
So how will the Administration and big energy monopolies try to discredit these scientists?

The findings have been welcomed by the Federation of American Scientists. "GNEP has the potential to become the greatest technological debacle in US history," says Ivan Oelrich of the FAS.
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A former member
Post #: 194
This sort of thing is bound to start happening on a much larger scale as the current nuclear fad picks up.

Radioactive minerals dumped in Congo
Wed Nov 7, 2007 5:34am EST

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Authorities in Congo have launched an inquiry into the suspected dumping of 18 tonnes of highly radioactive minerals into a river in southeast Katanga province, the provincial mines minister said on Wednesday.

The minerals, including 17 tonnes of copper ore with a level of radioactivity 50 times the tolerable limit, were seized last month in the town of Likasi en route for export and are believed to have been dumped last week. Officials found traces of the minerals on a bridge over the river.

(Reporting by Joe Bavier; Editing by Daniel Flynn)
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