Alleged myths

“A [UK government] Business and Energy Department spokesman said: ‘There are a lot of myths about the alleged risks of fracking that are not backed up by evidence, and this survey shows that the vast majority of people asked said that they do not know a lot about it.'” https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/aug/03/public-support-for-fracking-in-the-uk-at-record-low-official-survey-reveals

UK government: not listening to experts; not listening to citizens.

Somewhere, over the Radioisotope…

“The Moorside [nuclear] Power plant is slated to be completed in Cumbria’s rural landscape in 2024. A creative design competition, sponsored by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Landscape Institute, called on designers to submit creative landscape proposals for the project. … The cherry on top of [one top five] design is clearly the massive man-made rainbow that would arch over the landscape. Two large glass prismatic towers would be placed on opposite sides of the project and would use light and mist to create a continual rainbow, … ‘helping the power station blend in with the stunning scenery in the region, whilst providing a place for people to visit and learn about NuGen’s advancement of safe nuclear science and power.'” http://inhabitat.com/upcoming-nuclear-power-plant-in-the-uk-may-shoot-giant-rainbows-into-the-sky/

The plant is expected to become a top destination for tourists, who can look forward to being guided around the showcase site by a unicorn with liberal sprinkles of magic dust.

Radioactive decay

“Westinghouse and its parent Toshiba are in crisis because of massive cost overruns building four ‘AP1000’ nuclear power reactors in the southern US states of Georgia and South Carolina. … Toshiba says Westinghouse had debts totalling US$9.8 billion. …
Westinghouse is the major member of the Nugen consortium that’s set to build a massive three-reactor AP1000 nuclear complex at Moorside in the UK, next to the Sellafield site. The company has already stated that while it intends to progress the project through planning stages, it is unable to take on financing or construction and intends to sell its share.
Nugen’s other member, the French energy company Engie (formerly GDF Suez) has also gone on record as wanting to extricate itself from the Moorside project in favour of the ‘new energy’ economy based on renewable, storage and smart grid technologies. …
The UK’s Office of Nuclear Regulation (ONR) today – with impeccable timing – accepted the AP1000 design as “suitable for construction in the UK” and issued Westinghouse a Design Acceptance Certificate.” http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_round_up/2988820/toshibas_nuclear_flagship_goes_bust_after_10_billion_losses.html

The UK government still hopes to save the nuclear industry by unveiling miracle cutting edge technology that uses radioactive heavy ironium.

Renewitchery

“In the last decade, the share of renewables in the energy sector has doubled every 5.5 years. If doubling continues at this pace fossil fuels will exit the energy sector well before 2050.” https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/mar/23/moores-law-carbon-would-defeat-global-warming

Double, double, oil in trouble; Fossils burn till carbon bubble.

Incinerating incontinence

“The cabinet secretary for external affairs revealed that despite reports that the UK government may move [President Trump’s] visit to Scotland, no discussions have taken place between the two governments on the expected visit.” https://www.greens.scot/news/trump-visit-details-sought-by-greens-at-holyrood

There’s that partnership of equals again. Dump Trump on Scotland like so many tons of toxic waste…

“Huge volumes of what are known in the trade as ‘absorbent hygiene products’ are produced in the UK. But it is difficult to deal with as its dampness makes incineration expensive. Dumping the waste in landfill is the other current option, but the material takes decades to degrade and heavy and rising landfill taxes are aiming to end the practice. …
‘The great thing about life today is people are living longer, but what comes with that is often incontinence issues. We want this to be a growing issue, because we want people to live longer.'” https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/mar/20/british-tampons-and-nappies-set-to-fuel-power-stations

Look forward to a long old age, fuelling power stations.

Angle-tear

“Offline [nuclear] reactors could lead to a ‘tense situation’ for energy supply in France, in the event of a cold snap this winter.
The situation is likely to be exacerbated by damage during Storm Angus to the main cable that carries electricity back and forth between the UK and France. It is believed a boat dropping anchor during the storm may have been responsible but National Grid is investigating the cause and working to repair the Interconnexion France-Angleterre, which is buried in the seabed and heavily armoured.” https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/nov/29/french-nuclear-power-worst-situation-ever-former-edf-director

‘Brexit means Brexit’ means severing all connections to the continent.

Noclearer

“The UK’s energy department, BEIS, today announced the go-ahead for the controversial Hinkley Point C (HPC) nuclear power plant in Somerset … [despite]
•its very high cost, more than double the current wholesale power price and far more than the current cost of even high-cost renewable power from offshore wind;
•security concerns over China’s involvement in core UK infrastructure;
•the lack of any single example of a working EPR reactor anywhere in the world;
•the severe delays, cost overuns and technical problems at all EPR construction sites;
•the low value of HPC’s contribution to UK energy supply in the new decentralised ‘smart grid’ era;
•and, common to all nuclear power, the continued absence of any solution to the nuclear waste problem.” (http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2988131/hinkley_c_nuclear_goahead_may_caves_in_to_pressure_from_france_and_china.html)

“Ministers will impose a new legal framework for future foreign investment in Britain’s critical infrastructure, which will include nuclear energy and apply after Hinkley.” (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-confirms-hinkley-point-c-project-following-new-agreement-in-principle-with-edf)
After Hinkley?
“Hinkley Point C will provide seven per cent of Britain’s electricity needs for sixty years.”
Plus building and decommissioning time. So at least 100 years. If anyone can be bothered reviewing historical documents. If we haven’t extinguished ourselves by then. That’s a very long kick into very long grass.

“The Government will be able to prevent the sale of EDF’s controlling stake prior to the completion of construction, without the prior notification and agreement of ministers. This agreement will be confirmed in an exchange of letters between the Government and EDF.”
Who is this Government if it is not ministers?

“After Hinkley, the British Government will take a special share in all future nuclear new build projects.”
British Government, not UK. So, in 100 years, whatever artificial intelligence entity comprises Government is expected to have disintegrated the union of regions, if not yet detached from Europe.

“A new era of UK nuclear power – building on Britain’s strong nuclear legacy.”
That would be the nuclear waste, bequeathed to anyone left standing in 1000 years.

“The Contract for Difference would provide a set price of £92.50 per megawatt hour of electricity provided by Hinkley Point C for 35 years once it begins generating.”
Start betting on a very high rate of inflation.

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