This is hilarious from Bill Maher

Please take a few minutes to review the inimitable logic of one of the world’s wisest wisecrackers.

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Please World, Wake up to the Futility of Nuclear Energy

DANGER TO HUMANS

Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) has admitted that things are much more serious at their damaged nuclear facility than they have revealed in the past. Around 300 tonnes of highly radioactive water has leaked from a storage tank; and there are 1,000 similar tanks on site. These 1,000 tanks are believed to be at around 85% of their capacity and every day an extra 400 tonnes of radioactive water are being produced by the ailing plant and added to the tanks.

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In addition 270,000 litres per day are leaking into ground water beneath the site and then into the ocean.

The BBC quoted a reputable independent consultant as saying that radioactive water is also leaking out of basements and cracks all over the site and there are no accurate figures for radiation levels.

Japan’s nuclear regulation chief Shunichi Tanaka says he fears there will be further leaks. Japan needs help from the international community, but apparently it does not like to ask for it.

ECONOMIC SHAM

Once a nuclear plant is built it supposedly provides a lot of power very inexpensively, but the truth is coming out. The USA Congressional Budget Office says the actual cost of building 75 nuclear power plants in the U.S. exceeded industry quoted estimates by more than 300 percent (actual cost about $3000 per kW not including waste storage).

In 2007 Moody’s Investor Service increased estimates to $5,000-$6,000 per kW and Keystone Center researchers found surprisingly high operating costs of 30 cents per kW. A proposed new Florida project was quoted at $8000 per kW in 2008.

It takes something like 16 years from conception to operation, allowing costs to mushroom and making the whole exercise a bit moot in today’s accelerating energy innovation environment. Waste-to-energy, biomass CHP, big wind and huge solar farms are all more competitive and much quicker to build. Due to chronic overruns, investors stopped taking cost estimates for new nuke plants seriously around 1980.

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REMOTE PARADISE FULL OF TRASH

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Photographer Zak Noyle from Honolulu’s Surfer Magazine travelled more than 40 hours        –8 hours by boat, 12 hours driving and nearly 24 hours flying– to reach what he was told was a pristine surfer’s paradise. He and his crew then shot these photos of surfer Dede Suryana (pictured) and of the shoreline area without Dede. Apparently Indonesian cities don’t have very advanced garbage collection and a lot of it just goes straight into the river. Noyle described it as a ‘wake-up call for us all.’ D’ya think?

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Al Gore Adds 1250 Team Members & More Resources

ag_aboutSome 1250 high quality communicators from 70+ countries and all 50 USA States attended training in Chicago this week for Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project (CRP). I was privileged to be among them. We will join an existing team of more than 5,000 Climate Leaders worldwide.

MORE RESOURCES

Gore announced that the international Climate Reality Project will significantly boost resources in the coming months behind campaigns designed to:

• Maintain the momentum of the world majority who want climate action

• Counter what Gore referred to as the state of paralysis in some areas created by the ‘Deniers  Industry” (lobbyists) which now exists in just 4 countries: Canada, USA, UK and Australia.

Canadians returned Friday with renewed determination to turn up the heat on politicians, corporations and anyone else who chooses to ignore what scientists and other experts have been saying for years about

  • Climate change
  • Health
  • The fossil fuel economy
  • Extreme weather events

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COST OF CARBON – BACKWARD COMPANIES WILL SUFFER

Gore also said a coming massive media blitz will focus on the true cost of carbon in our economy in dollars and cents. He pointed out the danger to companies who refuse to recognize this cost. When governments move to punish polluters these companies will be seriously devalued and their shareholders and directors will suffer. Share prices will drop and insurance companies are already urging companies to include climate change in their operating strategies or face coverage gaps.

CPR CEO Maggie Fox announced that the organization will widely promote campaigns to pressure deniers on numerous media and social media fronts; and will establish a new set of awards ‘recognizing’ the leaders in the climate change denial business. “We will name and shame,” any organization that engages in creating doubt about a reality that is accepted by 98% of the world’s scientists,” she said.