PHMSA doesn’t have a public map
of the Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline,
but it does have a map of U.S. LNG Facilities, including
many in Georgia and Florida. The source slides include many assertions about safety of LNG trucks and trains, but why should we take any risk for fossil fuel export profit to a few company executives and investors we solar power has no risk of leaks or explosions?
I’ve pulled out this detail of the U.S. Southeast,
in which you can clearly see Pivotal LNG’s Alabama, Tennessee, and three Georgia plants marked with green circles as “Peakshavers with Liquefaction”,
as well as Elba Island LNG at Savannah marked with a big red box.
In Florida, Eagle (Maxville?) LNG at Jacksonville and Hialeah LNG at Miami
are marked with stars as “Emerging LNG facilities”.
Instead of even considering oil drilling off the Atlantic coast,
which is massively opposed by coastal communities,
how about get on with offshore wind turbines?
They’re no harder to build than deep-sea oil rigs, and if a hurricane
blows them over, they don’t leak oil, like BP did into the Gulf, which will never be cleaned up, anymore than the Exxon Valdes disaster in Alaska.
Japan is already doing it, in waters with typhoons just as strong as Atlantic hurricanes.
Wind is clean, just what we need!
The alleged “Project Need” in
Sabal Trail’s Friday FERC docket CP15-17 permit application
to get eminent domain for its 100-foot-wide gouge for a yard-wide hazardous fracked methane pipeline is: Sabal Trail claims it has contracts to sell the gas.
Let’s apply that logic to Sabal Trail co-owner FPL’s headquarters.
This is FPL headquarters at 700 Universe Blvd., Juno Beach, Florida,
in the Palm Beach County Property Appraiser’s map: Continue reading →
Movie actor Taro Yamamoto,
who broke a taboo when he spoke out about Fukushima,
and another when he was elected to the Japanese upper house in July,
yesterday broke an even bigger one when he personally presented a request
to Emperor Akihito about the health effects of the disaster
at nuclear Fukushima Dai-Ichi.
Some reaction in Japan was negative, because the Emperor supposedly
plays only a symbolic role.
However, Yamamoto’s request worked very well as PR,
getting massive worldwide publicity.
Here is a
petition to the Japanese Diet to support Taro Yamamoto’s action.
Let’s not forget that Plant Hatch on the Altamaha River is the
same design as Fukushima.
From Eisenhower’s Atoms for Peace and Matsutaro Shoriki founding
the Japanese nuclear industry
to Shinzo Abe’s international nuclear salesmanship,
nuclear power has always been a whitewash for nuclear weapons,
with “peaceful” nukes
a boondoggle for big corps subsidized by taxpayers and ratepayers.
Yet the sun is rising around the world, on Japan as well as on the U.S.
U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower kicked it off with his
“Atoms for Peace”
speech at the UN, 8 December 1953,
The Atomic Energy Agency could be made responsible for the
impounding, storage, and protection of the contributed fissionable
and other materials. The ingenuity of our scientists will provide
special safe conditions under which such a bank of fissionable
material can be made essentially immune to surprise seizure.
The more important responsibility of this Atomic Energy Agency would
be to devise methods whereby this fissionable material would be
allocated to serve the peaceful pursuits of mankind. Experts would
be mobilized to apply atomic energy to the needs of agriculture,
medicine, and other peaceful activities. A special purpose would be
to provide abundant electrical energy in the power-starved areas of
the world. Thus the contributing powers would be dedicating some of
their strength to serve the needs rather than the fears of mankind….
Against the dark background of the atomic bomb, the United States
does not wish merely to present strength, but also the desire and
the hope for peace.
In math, reading and problem-solving using technology—all
skills considered critical for global competitiveness and economic
strength—American adults scored below the international
average on a global test, according to results released Tuesday.
Adults in Japan, Canada, Australia, Finland and multiple other
countries scored significantly higher than the United States in all
three areas on the test. Beyond basic reading and math, respondents
were tested on activities such as calculating mileage reimbursement
due to a salesman, sorting email and comparing food expiration dates
on grocery store tags.
Too bad they didn’t test picking political candidates to elect.
Apparently at least a minority of U.S. adults failed that, too.
I would quote from the actual test, but this is what we find
at ncs.ed.gov today: Continue reading →
And on August 26, his words made it into the Mainichi Shimbun. If he
were an active politician, he’d want “to convince lawmakers to
move in the direction of zero nuclear plants,” he said. Now
would be the ideal time to move that direction. All 50 nuclear
reactors were off line. All opposition parties favored zero nuclear
power. It could be done “as long as the prime minister made
the decision” — putting the onus squarely on his former
protégé. And nuclear politics in Japan haven’t been the same
The next blast came on September 24 at a forum in Tokyo. He talked
about his trip to Finland in August. The purpose was to inspect the
Onkalo spent-fuel repository. He was accompanied by Continue reading →
Rather, the means of holding a member responsible for bad judgments
are internalized as part of the rules and discipline governing the
hierarchy to which they belong, with mechanisms for outsiders to
assert responsibility — to assert rights — being
minimized and neutralized whenever possible.
Sure, it’s not exactly the same.
Our local governments live in fear they’ll get sued (or so they claim),
and even sheriffs and judges occasionally get convicted around here.
But it’s quite difficult to get local elected officials to take their responsibility to the
people as seriously as “we’ve invested too much in that to stop now”
where “we” means the local government or more frequently a developer.
And privatizing the landfills and
now trash collection is not that
dissimilar to the Japanese government keeping TEPCO afloat so they
have an unaccountable scapegoat for Fukushima.
Locally, nobody seems to even know, much less care, that the landfill
is Continue reading →
After Fukushima, Japan is now serious about solar power.
From Miyama, Fukuoka (pictured), in the south of Honshu to northerly Hokkaido,
Japan is building solar power plants,
and now needs to upgrade its grid.
Rooftop solar doesn’t need as many grid changes, since it delivers
onsite at peak load.
Hey, here’s an idea: solar panels on unused industrial park areas!
Japan’s renewable energy incentive law has spurred construction of so many photovoltaic farms like this one, in Miyama, that the nation is expected to be the world’s leading solar energy market this year. But Japan must upgrade its system for delivering electricity.
Photograph from Asahi Shimbun/Getty Images
A new renewable energy incentive program has Japan on track to
become the world’s leading market for solar energy, leaping past
China and Germany, with Hokkaido at the forefront of the sun power
rush. In a densely populated nation hungry for alternative energy,
Hokkaido is an obvious choice to host projects, because of the
availability of relatively large patches of inexpensive land. Unused
areas, idle land
motor race circuit,
a former horse ranch—all
are being converted to solar farms. (See related, ”
A New Hub for Solar Tech Blooms in Japan
there’s a problem with this boom in Japan’s north. Although
one-quarter of the largest solar projects approved under Japan’s
new renewables policy are located in Hokkaido, the island accounts
for less than 3 percent of the nation’s electricity demand. Experts
say Japan will need to act quickly to make sure the power generated
in Hokkaido flows to where it is needed. And that means modernizing
a grid that currently doesn’t have capacity for all the projects
proposed, installing a giant battery—planned to be the world’s
largest—to store power when the sun isn’t shining, and ensuring
connections so power can flow across the island nation. (See related, ”
Japan, Solar Panels Aid in Tsunami Rebuilding
Turning to Renewables
historically has had no fossil energy sources of its own; it
powered much of its economic growth over the past few generations
with homegrown nuclear energy. At the start of 2011, more than 50
reactors provided Japan with 30 percent of its electricity, and the
plan was to increase that share to 50 percent. That scenario was
upended on March 11, 2011, when the most powerful earthquake ever
to shake Japan touched off a tsunami that breached the defenses of
Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on the east coast. (See related, ”
Year After Fukushima, Japan Faces Shortages of
Decrepit nuke leaked radioactive water into Lake Michigan
in May 2013, and “The same tank sprang a leak in 2012.”
That reactor has been down so many times the reporter couldn’t count
When will we realize what Korea and now Japan has:
the nuclear industry colludes to hide its mistakes from the public,
and the public needs to do something about it.