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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. .................................................................................................................................................................................................................
Tuesday
Jul282015

New Report Shatters Myth of 'Nuclear Renaissance'

Following on the Beyond Nuclear press release announcing the new 2015 World Nuclear Industry Status Report, eNews Park Forest picked up and amplified the key findings.  "If renewable energy advocates need more evidence that solar and wind are better investments than nuclear power, a new report may offer just that," wrote staff reporter, Andrea Germanos.  

Marking a first in five decades, Japan went without nuclear power for an entire year, the report states. And three of the world’s largest economies—China, Germany, Japan—as well as Brazil, India, Mexico, the Netherlands, and Spain, now all generate more electricity from non-hydro renewables than from nuclear.

In the UK, renewable energy, including hydropower, provided more electricity output than nuclear in 2014.

Global generation from solar was up 38 percent, and wind power increased over 10 percent. In contrast, nuclear power generation was up just 2.2 percent.

Further, global investments in renewable were far higher than those in the nuclear power sector.

Beyond Nuclear, an organization that advocates for a safe, democratic energy future, said the report belies claims of a "nuclear renaissance."

"This is a valuable study which each year separates empirical fact from nuclear industry fantasy," said Kevin Kamps, a spokesperson for the organization. "It exposes the incredible uncertainties attached to a nuclear energy economy while demonstrating beyond the shadow of a doubt that renewable energy and energy efficiency are a far sounder investment and a much safer choice."

Read the full article here.

Tuesday
Jul282015

What’s blowing in the wind

The better-late-than-never start of offshore wind in the U.S. comes at a time when the world is turning more rapidly toward renewables to meet new energy demands.  According to the 2015 World Nuclear Industry Status Report, globally “almost half (49 percent) of the added electricity generating capacity was new renewables (excluding large hydro),including 49 GW for new wind power (up from 34 GW added in 2013.)” Since 2000, wind has added 355 GW, eighteen times more capacity than nuclear, the report states.


Tuesday
Jul282015

More than half Japan evacuee deaths among Fukushima residents

Fukushima evacuees have died, others may be forced to return  

About 3,200 evacuees forced to abandon their homes as a result of the Fukushima nuclear disaster have died, but Japan's Abe government now wants others to return to still highly radioactive areas.  The just released 2015 World Nuclear Industry Status Report notes that more than half of the evacuee deaths - many of which resulted from "decreased physical condition or suicide" - are among people from the Fukushima Prefecture.   The Abe government says it will end compensation to evacuees by March 2018, effectively leaving them no option but to return to contaminated areas.  But a new analysis from Greenpeace finds that radiation is so high in the Iitate district of Fukushima prefecture that it can never be decontaminated and that "it will be impossible for people to safely return to their homes."  And WNISR lead author, Mycle Schneider, slammed decontamination efforts as "hopelessly inefficient."  Greenpeace based its conclusions on its own radiation survey and sampling program in Iitate.  Watch Greenpeace campaigner and Beyond Nuclear board member, Kendra Ulrich, explain the situation in Japan.  

Thursday
Jul162015

New report "separates empirical fact from nuclear industry fiction"

Beyond Nuclear today issued a press release heralding the findings of the 2015 World Nuclear Industry Status Report.

“This is a valuable study which each year separates empirical fact from nuclear industry fantasy,” said Kevin Kamps, a spokesperson for Beyond Nuclear. “It exposes the incredible uncertainties attached to a nuclear energy economy while demonstrating beyond the shadow of a doubt that renewable energy and energy efficiency are a far sounder investment and a much safer choice.”

The findings of the 2015 World Nuclear Industry Status Report, published on July 15 in the UK and available on-line, illustrate, as Forum for the Future trustee, Jonathon Porritt wrote in the foreword: "The impressively resilient hopes that many people still have of a global nuclear renaissance are being trumped by a real‐time revolution in efficiency‐plus‐renewables‐plus‐storage, delivering more and more solutions on the ground every year."

A key finding showed that solar power generation worldwide had increased by 38% while nuclear energy generation showed only a 2.2% increase.  Delays and cost over-runs persist at most of the 62 nuclear power plant construction sites while the lights remain on in Japan, despite the fact that the country is at zero nuclear energy with all of its reactors still shut down.

Read the full press release here.

Thursday
Jul162015

Nuclear trumped by real‐time revolution in efficiency‐plus‐renewables‐plus‐storage

The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2015 (WNISR) has been released on 15 July 2015 in London, U.K., at the House of Commons at 10h00 local time. The event was hosted by Member of Parliament Paul Flynn and chaired by Walt Patterson, Associate Fellow of Chatham House (Royal Institute of International Affairs). Convening lead author Mycle Schneider, lead author Antony Froggatt and contributing author Steve Thomas presented the key findings of the report. Additional contributing authors of the report include Tadahiro Katsuta of Meiji University in Tokyo (Fukushima Status Report) and Jonathon Porritt, Founder Director of the Forum for the Future and former Chair of the UK Sustainability Development Commission (Foreword). Download the full report, free, here:  http://www.worldnuclearreport.org/-2015-.html

 A key finding of the report is that solar, wind and other forms of renewable energy besides hydro-electric dams now supply more electricity than nuclear in Japan, China, India and five other major economies accounting for about half the world's population. While nuclear power generation increased only 2.2% globally in 2014, solar power shot ahead, increasing by 38%.  Writes Jonathon Porritt, co-founder and trustee of the Forum for the Future, in a foreword to the report: "The impressively resilient hopes that many people still have of a global nuclear renaissance are being trumped by a real‐time revolution in efficiency‐plus‐renewables‐plus‐storage, delivering more and more solutions on the ground every year."

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