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Just The Facts

"Just The Facts" sets the record straight on the many myths about nuclear energy that appear in the media. Both proactively, and as part of a rapid response campaign, Beyond Nuclear will draw upon the 2014 World Nuclear Industry Status Report (and where necessary on prior editions and other sources) to set the record straight using empirical data. Nuclear propaganda is replete with plans and promises. The reality on the ground paints a very different story. This page presents the reality, not the myths. .................................................................................................................................................................................................................
Friday
Mar042016

Schneider exposes Japan's bogus Fukushima cleanup

Writing in The Ecologist, Beyond Nuclear's Linda Pentz Gunter addressed the cover-up in Japan where efforts are underway to "normalize" radiation exposure and move evacuees back into contaminated areas.  Included in the myths is the concept that radioactivity can be "cleaned up" and areas decontaminated.  This was debunked by WNISR author, Mycle Schneider, in the Beyond Nuclear article:

Of course radiological decontamination is not that easy. Nor is it reliable. It is more like “pushing contamination from one spot to the next”, as independent nuclear expert, Mycle Schneider describes it. And radiation does not remain obediently in one place, either.

“The mountains and forests that cannot even be vaguely decontaminated, will serve as a permanent source of new contamination, each rainfall washing out radiation and bringing it down from the mountains to the flat lands”, Schneider explained. Birds move around. Animals eat and excrete radioactive plant life. Radiation gets swept out to sea. It is a cycle with no end.

The story was also republished on Counterpunch.

Tuesday
Jan052016

Will Paris COP21 Pact Silence Climate Liars and Nuclear Deniers?

Writing in The Progressive Populist, Counterpunch and The Ecologist, we took a look at whether those who deny climate change are doing so only for political gain but, like Exxon, know climate change is real.  And we looked at those who are in denial about the dangers of nuclear energy, insisting it be included in climate change mitigation.

In the conclusion of the article, we suggested that those who claim nuclear is needed for climate change "need look no further than the empirical evidence found in the 2015 World Nuclear Industry Status Report, where we see nuclear energy continuing to stagnate and even decline while wind and solar energy soar globally. It’s time to follow the example of Germany and take nuclear power out of the energy equation. Continued nuclear irresponsibility will have only one, tragic outcome; allowing the climate crisis to slip beyond the point of no return."

Thursday
Dec032015

Nuclear boosters count shut reactors as "operating"

Thursday
Dec032015

Fudging the numbers in France

If you love fudge, go to Paris.  Not for the confectionary, but to listen to the nuclear boosters clustered there whose favorite pastime is to fudge the numbers.  The American Nuclear Society is already pushing -- and citing from -- Nuclear for Climate, an initiative of the Center for Nuclear Science and Technology Information. 

ANS is trumpeting the 30 countries which “are operating 438 nuclear reactors” and the “67 new nuclear plants under construction.”  Except the 438 figure is conflated by counting all of Japan’s reactors as “operating”, even though only two have restarted since the Fukushima nuclear disaster. 

There were 62 reactors “under construction” as of July 2015 but the more pertinent stat, as noted in the 2015 World Nuclear Industry Status Report, is that five of these have been “under construction” for more than 30 years. 

The initiative even claims that “independent studies” show nuclear life-cycle emissions as equivalent to renewables, except the link goes straight to the NEI website, the industry’s trade group, which is anything but independent.  

Despite desperate efforts to paint itself a winner, nuclear continues to decline.  Between 1977 and 2015 a total of 92 of all nuclear construction sites were abandoned or suspended in 18 countries.

Friday
Nov202015

Calling out the climate liars and nuclear deniers