Friday, December 28, 2012

FUKUSHIMA - Kevin Kamps joins Thom Hartmann on RT's The Big Picture

Japanese Conservatives Plan to Restart Nukes... - YouTube

Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear, joins Thom Hartmann. It's been less than two years, but a new government in Japan has already forgotten all the lessons learned from the Fukushima nuclear crisis. As millions of tons of radioactive debris drift toward the West Coast - find out what the Japanese government is now doing that could put the entire world in danger.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Idle No More :|: Movement Spreads Like Wildfire :|: #idlenomore

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Canada's 'Idle No More' Movement Spreads Like Wildfire

Chief Theresa Spence on 14th day of hunger strike

- Craig Brown, staff writer
The 'Idle No More' movement, a campaign of grassroots First Nations protests, has spread like wildfire over the past week in response to bills passed by the conservative Canadian government.
First Nations protesters march towards Parliament Hill during a demonstration as part of the spreading 'Idle No More' movement in Ottawa, Canada, December 21, 2012. REUTERS/Chris WattieAnger to the recently passed C-45, the Harper government omnibus budget bill, has fueled the growing movement.
Bil C-45 includes changes to the Canadian Indian Act regarding how reserve lands are managed, making them easier to develop and be taken away from the First Nation people.
The bill also removes thousands of lakes and streams from the list of federally protected bodies of water. “This is unacceptable. They have made a unilateral decision remove the protection of waterways... Shell Canada has proposed to mine out 21km of the Muskeg River, a river of cultural and biological significance. This ultimately gives the tar sands industry a green light to destroy vital waterways still used by our people," stated Eriel Deranger, Communication Coordinator for the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation.
Atiwapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence has been on a hunger strike since December 11th, resolved to starve herself to death unless Prime Minister Stephen Harper meets to discuss treaty rights, and Canada’s relationship with its Indigenous peoples. She is currently living in a teepee on Victoria Island, in Ottawa, just a kilometer away from the Parliament buildings. So far, Harper has rejected calls to meet with Spence.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Sean Lennon on Artists Against Fracking & Gun Violence | Artists Against Fracking

Sean Lennon on Artists Against Fracking & Gun Violence - YouTube

Published on Dec 21, 2012
All across America - gas companies are tearing up land to make room for the piping needed for hydraulic fracturing - the highly controversial process used to harvest natural gas from shale rock. And along with this destruction of land come the risks of contaminated drinking water, toxic fumes and even poisoned livestock. One of the many groups trying to shut down the dangerous fracking practice is Artists against Fracking - a group of nearly 200 members working to expose and stop the practice of fracking through mass awareness and peaceful democratic action. Musician Sean Lennon, one of the founding members of Artists against Fracking - joins us now from our New York studios.

“Right now, some people are trying to make easy money, and meanwhile ruin this country’s future, by a thing called ‘fracking.’” – Yoko Ono
Yoko and Sean were compelled into action by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announcement that fracking might soon begin in New York – directly impacting their home in upstate New York. In less than 10 days, they gathered nearly 150 fellow artists to join them in the founding of Artists Against Fracking in August 2012.
Today, at nearly 200 members Artists Against Fracking works to expose and stop the harmful and contaminating practice of fracking for natural gas and oil through mass awareness and peaceful democratic action. At its core, we believe that fracking for shale gas is a danger to New Yorkers. Inevitably, the process leads to the  release of toxic chemicals — many of which are unknown and unreported — into our air and water.

“Though my father died when I was 5, I have always felt lucky to live on land he loved dearly; land in an area that is now on the verge of being destroyed.” – Sean Ono Lennon

Artists Against Fracking

Thursday, December 13, 2012

One U.S. Nuclear Reactor Uses as Much Water as All of D.C. - Technology - The Atlantic Wire

It takes the same amount of water required by a city of 5 million to fuel a typical U.S. nuclear power plant for one hour: 30 million gallons, Fast Company reports. Charles Fishman, author of the book The Big Thirst, notes that "the U.S. has 104 nuclear power plants--more than any other country, a quarter of all plants worldwide." As the world's largest energy consumer, "49% of the water used in the U.S. goes to generate electricity," Fishman notes. That's "the single largest use of water" in the country.

One U.S. Nuclear Reactor Uses as Much Water as All of D.C. - Technology - The Atlantic Wire

Monday, December 3, 2012

Urge the Secretary of the Interior to abandon the plan to allow seismic testing in the Atlantic! - NRDC Action Center

Urge the Secretary of the Interior to abandon the plan to allow seismic testing in the Atlantic! For the first time in 30 years the Obama administration plans to open up the Atlantic Ocean from Florida to New Jersey to high-intensity seismic airgun exploration for offshore oil and gas. This means that ocean wildlife will be subjected to constant dynamite-like blasts about every 10 seconds, 24 hours a day, for weeks and months on end. Even the government admits that the industry's airguns could injure up to 138,500 marine mammals and disrupt marine mammal feeding, calving, breeding and other vital activities more than 13.5 million times. There's still time to stop it -- sign our petition today!

Urge the Secretary of the Interior to abandon the plan to allow seismic testing in the Atlantic! - NRDC Action Center

I'm writing to urge you to stop plans to open the Atlantic Ocean from Florida to New Jersey to industrial airgun blasting for offshore oil and gas. Not only is this activity the gateway to drilling off our coasts, it represents in itself a major assault on our oceans, with widespread harm to endangered whales, ocean fisheries and coastal economies. 
Offshore oil and gas exploration involves the towing of arrays of high-volume airguns behind ships. These airguns fire intense impulses of compressed air -- almost as loud as explosives -- every 10-12 seconds, 24 hours per day, for weeks and months on end. Because of the enormous distance sound can travel in the ocean, the dangerous noise from this activity can stretch many hundreds of miles and drive whales to abandon their habitats, go silent, and cease foraging over vast areas of ocean. At shorter distances, it can cause permanent hearing loss, injury, and death.
According to the Interior Department's own draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement, the proposal to open up a huge area of the Atlantic ocean to the industry's blasting would injure up to 138,500 marine mammals and disrupt marine mammal feeding, calving, breeding, and other vital activities more than 13.5 million times. Critically endangered species would suffer, including the North Atlantic right whale, a vulnerable population of fewer than 400 individuals.
The proposed action threatens not only whales, but ocean fish populations and coastal economies. Airgun noise has been shown to displace valuable species of fish across vast areas and depress catch rates.
You have the power to protect whales and dolphins from the relentless acoustical assault of seismic exploration. You have the power to preserve multi-billion dollar fishing, tourism, and recreational industries that support hundreds of thousands of American jobs. 
I'm asking you to abandon the proposition to open up the Atlantic Ocean to exploratory airgun blasting for offshore oil and gas.
With airgun exploration comes pressure for oil and gas drilling. If we have learned anything from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, it is that the impacts of an oil spill are devastating and long term -- for the environment, for wildlife, for communities, and for economies. We must not open the east coast of America to oil and gas exploration and drilling, risking our treasured coastline and wildlife, as well as multi-billion dollar fishing, tourism, and recreational industries that support hundreds of thousands of American jobs.
For all these reasons, I urge the Department of the Interior to abandon its proposal to open up the Atlantic to exploratory airgun blasting for offshore oil and gas.

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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Raising Resistance – Global Day of Action re-cap

Raising Resistance – Global Day of Action re-cap #nopipelines from Franklin Lopez on Vimeo.

Letter to Industry and Government with Warning About Trespassing on Wet’suwet’en Territory
Today Unist’ot’en allies are rising up in cities across North America, and around the world, to deliver a message to industry and government warning them to cease their trespass against sovereign Wet’suwet’en territory. The Global Day of Action is in response to an incident last week where Wet’suwet’en Chief Toghestiy intercepted and issued an eagle feather to surveyors from the Can-Am Geomatics company who were working for Apache’s proposed Pacific Trails Pipeline (PTP). (see full story here)
The letter, signed by Unist’ot’en spokesperson Freda Huson, specifically states: “To the illegitimate colonial governments of Canada and British Columbia, and to all parties involved in the proposed Pacific Trails Pipeline (PTP) project: Apache corporation, EOG Resources, Encana corporation and all of their affiliated investors, including the Royal Bank of Canada, Jarislowsky Fraser Ltd., and many others. This letter is to issue a warning of trespass to those companies associated with the PTP industrial extraction project and against any affiliates and contractors infringing upon traditional Wet’suwet’en territory.”
The letter makes clear to industry and government that the Unist’ot’en will regard any further incursion into their territory as an act of agression against their sovereignty and that violaters will be held accountable. This applies to all participants in the Pacific Trails Pipeline project – including parent companies, investors, and contractors. The Unis’tot’en (C’ihlts’ehkhyu / Big Frog Clan) are the original Wet’suwet’en distinct to the lands of the Wet’suwet’en and will protect the territory for the sake of future generations.
Solidarity Actions Across North America:
Montreal – Supporters gathered on a cold Montreal morning to express solidarity with the Unist’ot’en Clan of the Wet’suwet’en Nation and their refusal to allow the Pacific Trails and Northern Gateway Pipelines to cross their territory.
The group gathered in front of downtown offices of pipeline and tar sands investor Royal Bank. The crowd chanted, among other things: “no pipelines, no tar sands on unceded land,” “Unistoten stop the frack, Montreal’s got your back,” and “Free, prior and informed consent, Montreal represent!”
The group later visited the offices of Jarislowsky Fraser Limited, which is involved in funneling investors to the $1 billion Pacific Trails pipeline project. Security guards attempted to prevent the group from reaching the 20th floor, where were were greeted Erin O’Brien, Chief Financial Officer and Partner at Jarislowsky Fraser. She was presented with a copy of a letter from Unistoten spokesperson Freda Huson. O’Brien stated that she did not have time to hear the letter read or invite us in, suggesting that we make an appointment instead.
Vancouver –
More than 100 supporters of the Unist’ot’en were on hand this afternoon outside the Apache Canada office in downtown Vancouver. There were plenty of Vancouver Police on hand as well, serving and protecting the corporate agenda.

more: Raising Resistance – Global Day of Action re-cap | Vancouver Media Co-op

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

First Generation of 7000 Generations Defend Their Land & Waters in Northern Saskatchewan - YouTube

First Generation of 7000 Generations Defend Their Land & Waters in Northern Saskatchewan - YouTube

Published on Nov 17, 2012 by 
This is a powerful video capturing the vitality and determination of youth who participated in the 7000 Generations Walk against nuclear waste in Saskatchewan in the summer of 2011. These young people are determined to set a new course for a nuclear free north, and create a sustainable future for themselves and the many generations to follow.

This Is Our Land, Our Water. Leave it Alone!

Committee For Future Generations

Aboriginal Youth Honoured - Congratulations & Thank You!!

Nuclear Hotseat #74: First Nations Battle Nuclear Genocide in Canada

National Alliance Calls for Major Changes in Decade Old Nuclear Fuel Waste Act

APTN Investigates Nuclear Waste January 6, 2012

SEE ALSOwhats up: This Is Our Land, Our Water. Leave it Alone!also from Clean Green Sask - youtube

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Whales WIN! The California Coastal Commission Sends PG&E Packing | Greenpeace Blogs

Whale lovers it’s time to CELEBRATE and thank the California Coastal Commission (CCC) for protecting whales, dolphins, sea otters and a long list of other marine wildlife from the devastating impacts of a proposed seismic testing project by PG&E. Last Wednesday, the CCC voted unanimously to deny PG&E’s application to conduct seismic testing in California’s coastal waters adjacent to the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant...

The proposed seismic tests would have blasted powerful underwater air cannons every 15 seconds for 9 days decimating marine life from whales to plankton. PG&E had hoped by doing this and mapping another earthquake fault they could then claim that Diablo Canyon was safe and should have it’s operating licensee renewed. Earthquakes, oceans and nuke plants are a dangerous combination no matter how many tests they do – Fukushima – need I say more.
Nearly 60,000 of you took part on our online action and sent the CCC a message urging them to deny PG&E’s permit request. During the Commission’s deliberations they thanked the public for their comments and participation, letting us all know that they heard us and agreed with us. I too want to thank everyone who contacted the CCC. The coalition that came together to fight this insane proposal was rather amazing with whale lovers, conservationists, fishermen, native Americans and a host of others standing together telling the CCC not now, not ever, our coastal heritage both cultural and environmental is priceless and NOT to be sacrificed for one companies profits.
Several of the commissioners went on to tell PG&E that proposals like this will never be approved in California. Also that PG&E should decommission the Diablo Canyon nuke plant, shut it down permanently and start investing in green energy alternatives. I couldn’t agree more.

Whales WIN! The California Coastal Commission Sends PG&E Packing | Greenpeace Blogs

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Karl Grossman: Fracking and Radium, the Silvery-White Monster

via @HuffPostGreen /

Fracking for gas not only uses toxic chemicals that can contaminate drinking water and groundwater -- it also releases substantial quantities of radioactive poison from the ground that will remain hot and deadly for thousands of years.

Issuing a report recently, exposing major radioactive impacts of hydraulic fracturing -- known as fracking -- was Grassroots Environmental Education, an organization in New York, where extensive fracking is proposed.

The Marcellus Shale region, which covers much of upstate New York, is seen as loaded with gas that can be released through the fracking process. It involves injecting fluid and chemicals under high pressure to fracture shale formations and release the gas captured in them.

But also released, notes the report, is radioactive material in the shale -- including Radium-226 with a half-life of 1,600 years. A half-life is how long it takes for a radioactive substance to lose half its radiation. It is multiplied by between 10 and 20 to determine the "hazardous lifetime" of a radioactive material, how long it takes for it to lose its radioactivity. Thus Radium-226 remains radioactive for between 16,000 and 32,000 years.

"Horizontal hydrofracking for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale region of New York State has the potential to result in the production of large amounts of waste materials containing Radium-226 and Radium-228 in both solid and liquid mediums," states the report by E. Ivan White. For 30 years he was a staff scientist for the Congressionally-chartered National Council on Radiation Protection.

"Importantly, the type of radioactive material found in the Marcellus Shale and brought to the surface by horizontal hydrofracking is the type that is particularly long-lived, and could easily bio-accumulate over time and deliver a dangerous radiation dose to potentially millions of people long after the drilling is over," the report goes on.

"Radioactivity in the environment, especially the presence of the known carcinogen radium, poses a potentially significant threat to human health," it says. "Therefore, any activity that has the potential to increase that exposure must be carefully analyzed prior to its commencement so that the risks can be fully understood."

The report lays out "potential pathways of the radiation" through the air, water and soil. Through soil it would get into crops and animals eaten by people.

Examined in the report are a 1999 study done by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation "assisted by representatives from 16 oil and gas companies" on hydrofracking and radioactivity and a 2011 Environmental Impact Statement the agency did on the issue. It says both present a "cavalier attitude toward human exposure to radioactive material."

Radium causes cancer in people largely because it is treated as calcium by the body and becomes deposited in bones. It can mutate bones cells causing cancer and also impact on bone marrow. It can cause aplastic anemia -- an inability of bone marrow to produce sufficient new cells to replenish blood cells. Marie Curie, who discovered radium in 1893 and felt comfortable physically handling it, died of aplastic anemia.

Once radium was used in self-luminous paint for watch dials and even as an additive in products such as toothpaste and hair creams for purported "curative powers."

There are "no specific treatments for radium poisoning," advises the Delaware Health and Social Services Division of Public Health in its information sheet on radium. When first discovered, "no one knew that it was dangerous," it mentions.

White's report, entitled "Consideration of Radiation in Hazardous Waste Produced from Horizontal Hydrofracking," notes that "radioactive materials and chemical wastes do not just go away when they are released into the environment. They remain active and potentially lethal, and can show up years later in unexpected places. They bio-accumulate in the food chain, eventually reaching humans."

Under the fracking plan for New York State, "there are insufficient precautions for monitoring potential pathways or to even know what is being released into the environment," it states.

The Department of Environmental Conservation "has not proposed sufficient regulations for tracking radioactive waste from horizontal hydrofracking," it says. "Neither New York State nor the Nuclear Regulatory Commission would permit a nuclear power plant to handle radioactive material in this manner."

Doug Wood, associate director of Grassroots Environmental Education, which is based in Port Washington, N.Y., and also editor of the report, commented as it was issued:

"Once radioactive material comes out of the ground along with the gas, the problem is what to do with it. The radioactivity lasts for thousands of years, and it is virtually impossible to eliminate or mitigate. Sooner or later, it's going to end up in our environment and eventually our food chain. It's a problem with no good solution -- and the DEC is unequipped to handle it."

As for "various disposal methods.. .contemplated" by the agency "for the thousands of tons of radioactive waste expected to be produced by fracking," Wood said that:

"none...adequately protect New Yorkers from eventual exposure to this radioactive material. Spread it on the ground and it will become airborne with dust or wash off into surface waters; dilute it before discharge into rivers and it will raise radiation levels in those rivers for everyone downstream; bury it underground and it will eventually find its way into someone's drinking water. No matter how hard you try, you can't put the radioactive genie back into the bottle."

Furthermore, said Wood in an interview, in releasing radioactive radium from the ground, "a terrible burden would be placed on everybody that comes after us. As a moral issue, we must not burden future generations with this. We must say no to fracking -- and implement the use of sustainable forms of energy that don't kill."

The prospects of unleashing, through fracking, radium, a silvery-white metal, has a parallel in the mining of uranium on the Navajo Nation.

The mining began on the Navajo Nation, which encompasses parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, during World War II as the Manhattan Project, the American crash program to build atomic weapons, sought uranium to fuel them. The Navajos weren't told that mining the uranium, yellow in color, could lead to lung cancer. And lung cancer became epidemic among the miners and then spread across the Navajo Nation from piles of contaminated uranium tailings and other remnants of the mining.

The Navajos gave the uranium a name: "leetso," which literally means "yellow earth" and connotes "monster."

Left in the ground, it would do no harm. But taken from the earth, it has caused disease. That is why the Navajo Nation outlawed uranium mining in 2005. "This legislation just chopped the legs off the uranium monster," Norman Brown, a Navajo leader, said.

Similarly, radium, a silvery-white monster, must be left in the earth, not unleashed with fracking to inflict disease on people today and many, many generations into the future.

Karl Grossman: Fracking and Radium, the Silvery-White Monster