British Conservative privatised nuclear energy strategy bankrupt

This 17 January 2019 video says about itself:

Hitachi scraps plans for Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station in Wales

Plans for a £20bn new nuclear power station have been suspended, delivering a huge blow to the industry. Japanese firm Hitachi announced it was not continuing with work already under way at Wylfa on Anglesey in North Wales.

From daily News Line in Britain:

Friday, 18 January 2019

British capitalism so bankrupt it can’t provide for energy demands

THE ANNOUNCEMENT yesterday that the Japanese company Hitachi is pulling the plug on plans to build a nuclear power station in Wales has blown a massive hole in the Tories’ energy strategy.

The giant Japanese conglomerate took over the contract to build up to six UK nuclear plants six years ago from the private German utilities company E.ON which had previously been contracted to build them.

At the time, the then Tory prime minister David Cameron hailed the contract with Hitachi as a ‘multi-billion pound vote of confidence in the UK that will contribute vital new infrastructure to power our economy’ and he boasted that these plants would provide 14 million homes with electricity for 60 years.

Six years on and the reality of the bankruptcy of British capitalism has struck home, with Hitachi becoming the second firm in two months to pull out of major UK nuclear projects triggering what is being described as a ‘full-blown crisis’ for Britain’s future energy supplies along with Tory dreams of attracting huge amounts of investments from foreign companies.

Behind Hitachi’s decision to take a £2 billion hit on money already spent on the £16 billion plant at Wylfa on Anglesey rather than carry on with the project was the breakdown of negotiations between the company and the Tories on the amount of taxpayers’ money the government was prepared to give Hitachi to underwrite the scheme.

According to Tory business secretary Greg Clark, they had offered a ‘generous and significant’ amount of money in addition to a whole package of support. This involved providing Hitachi with a debt facility, taking a one third stake in the company Horizon Nuclear Power set up by Hitachi to build the plant and guaranteeing the price of the electricity produced up to £75 per megawatt hour for the next 35 years.

All this money would naturally come from the taxpayer while every energy user would see their bills reflect the price guarantee to Hitachi over the next 35 years. Even this wasn’t enough for the company’s profit margins and they followed another Japanese company Toshiba who scrapped the plan to build power stations in Cumbria last November. Toshiba’s decision to pull out and leave the UK government high and dry as regards its energy strategy came as no surprise.

This private company was forced into a near meltdown last year when its wholly owned Westinghouse was driven into bankruptcy in the US over the overrun costs of building nuclear reactors in America. The entire business strategy of not just these private nuclear plant construction industries but of all these giant infrastructure contraction companies has been to bid low, demand huge subsidies from governments and dump any increased costs back on the working class through exorbitant charges.

If they decide that they cannot make the vast profits they demand then, like Hitachi and Toshiba, they will simply walk away. This leaves the working class to pick up the tab in the form of the hundreds of jobs that will immediately go in Wales along with thousands more in the supply chain. At the same time it leaves the entire country facing an energy crisis in the very near future.

What is clear from this is that private companies, no matter how large or multi-national, driven solely by the demand for profit cannot fulfil the most basic needs of people. We are seeing the fruits of the Tory campaign started by Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s to destroy British industry and end publicly owned vital infrastructure services like energy and hand them over to the privateers.

The answer to this crisis is to put an end to a bankrupt capitalist system through socialist revolution. These companies and every public service privatised must be taken over and placed under the management of the working class – with the bosses along with the bankers expropriated as part of a planned socialist economy. Only by expropriating the capitalist class can the wealth of society be used to provide for all the needs for affordable energy to be guaranteed.

Big demonstration against Macron’s nuclear policy in Aachen

Demonstrators in Aachen, Germany today against nuclear plants, Reuters photo

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Dutch protest in Aachen against nuclear power plants and Macron

About 1500 protesters, some of them Dutch, demonstrated this afternoon in Aachen [in Germany] against the French president Macron and the Doel and Tihange nuclear power stations in Belgium.

The protest was against the French support for the nuclear power plants. The Doel and Tihange power plants, both close to the Dutch border, are owned by the French state for more than 25%.

Especially the Tihange 2 and Doel 3 power stations regularly have problems with cracks and other problems. The campaigners called on the president to shut down the power stations for ever.


President Macron was in Aachen to receive the Charlemagne prize. This annual award is for people and organizations that are committed to European unity.

During the award ceremony, the protesters made noise and shouted slogans.

‘President Macron, stop your dangerous nuclear policy’

French President Macron‘s claims of being pro-environment are contradicted by his plans for an environmentally destructive gold mine in the colony French Guiana.

And that is just one point.

Translated from the Belgian Internet site Stop Tihange:

Doctors from Aachen [in Germany] sound the emergency bell

May 8, 2018

Dr. Odette Klepper
52064 Aachen

Open letter to Emmanuel Macron

Dear ladies and gentlemen,

On 10 May, French President Emmanuel Macron will receive the International Charlemagne Prize in Aachen.

A previous recipient of this prize was war criminal Tony Blair from Britain. Like some of the recipients of Nobel Peace Prizes, Blair and Macron do not deserve any awards.

The undeserving Nobel Peace Prize winners have acted directly against the principles which prize founder Alfred Nobel had established for the honour: helping to stop wars and abolish standing armies.

Emperor Charlemagne did not found the prize named after him; that came much later. Contrary to Alfred Nobel, Charlemagne had no objections at all against wars and standing armies. They were his means of forcibly uniting big parts of western Europe into an empire. So, though Blair and Macron don’t deserve any prizes, at least in their cases the purpose of the prize is not explicitly violated.

We want to use this opportunity to address the president on the nuclear threat to hundreds of thousands of inhabitants of the German-Belgian-Dutch border area: The desolate state of the Tihange 2 nuclear power stations just a few kilometers from the city of Aachen and Doel 3 near Antwerp.

Recently, the former chairman of the Atomic Commission Dr. Greg Jaczko called these power plants “two of the most dangerous power plants in the world” because of the many cracks in the steel casing of the reactor pressure vessel. And according to international experts an immediate closure of these power stations is necessary. We doctors support these demands and we are obliged to point out the immense health risks for the people in the border area and in the Scheldt river region due to a possible meltdown or even an error in the system.

The French state is one of the main shareholders of Engie whose wholly owned subsidiary Engie Electrabel manages the plants Tihange and Doel. We therefore sent an open letter to President Macron with the request to make a personal commitment to the elimination of worn out reactors. We hereby inform you about this letter with the request to include this in your news report.


Dr. med. Odette Klepper, Doctor Wilfried Duisberg

Dear Mr. President!

The French state is the largest shareholder of EDF and also directly of ENGIE, the operator of the two nuclear power plants.
You are the only person in Europe who has the power and the ability to free the people of Central Europe from this danger.
Please switch off the nuclear power stations Tihange 2 and Doel 3 as soon as possible!


Your doctors from the IPPNW Aachen

On 10 May 2018, when Macron will get the prize, people in Aachen will demonstrate against Macron’s nuclear policies at 10am.

‘Nuclear radiation not that bad’, Trump administration says

This video from the USA says about itself:

Trump‘s EPA: Radiation Not That Bad, Actually

22 October 2017

Mr. Burns might as well be running the EPA now. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down.

Donald Trump’s appointment of former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as chief of the Environmental Protection Agency this year drew eyebrows, because Pruitt had made his career as a longstanding legal opponent of the EPA and a prominent climate change skeptic. Since he’s been put in charge of the agency, Pruitt has allegedly made plans to water down federal scientific research on the climate, deflected from the issue during natural disasters, and cut loose hundreds of employees in a deregulation push.

Now some are worried he’s trying to lower the bar for, uh, deadly radiation. In new guidelines for local officials published in September, the EPA advised that radiation exposure during disasters ten or more times higher than guidelines under Barack Obama’s administration is safe, Bloomberg reported.”

Read more here.

Uranium firm lobbied Trump administration to scale back Bears Ears National Monument: here.

SCOTT PRUITT’S SPENDING ON SOUNDPROOF PHONE BOOTH BROKE THE LAW, GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE FINDS The purchase of the $43,000 phone booth violated the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act by spending more than $5,000 on the installation without notifying Congress. [HuffPost]

THIS CLUCKING GUY EPA chief Scott Pruitt, seemingly unsackable due to his evangelical ties, gave a nonsensical explanation for a fresh scandal on Wednesday in what appears to be the misuse of his office to try and set up a business deal between his wife and God-fearing fowl seller Chick-fil-A. “With great change comes, I think, opposition … I love, she loves [Chick-fil-A],” he said, when confronted about the potential ethical violation. So that clears that up. [HuffPost]

United States Clinton Foundation’s Russian connection?

This video from the USA says about itself:

Russian Collusion… With The Clinton Foundation?

17 October 2017

TYT Politics Reporter Jordan Chariton gives his thoughts on a story out of The Hill, which reveals potential collusion between the Obama administration and the Russian government, involving a nuclear deal.

South Korea’s new government stops nuclear reactor plans

This video says about itself:

Korea’s first nuclear power reactor turned off for good

19 June 2017

South Korea‘s first nuclear reactor is now off,… and off for good.

The Kori-1’s retirement ceremony on Monday was attended by President Moon Jae-in himself.

The president says he wants to make South Korea a nation that doesn’t need to rely on nuclear power for its energy needs.

Hwang Hojun starts us off.

It was built in 1977, and 40 years later…

“As of 12 AM on June 19th, 2017, Korea has permanently shut down its first nuclear reactor, Kori-1.”

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Moon jumps off nuclear wagon

Tuesday 20th June 2017

PRESIDENT Moon Jae In scrapped plans for new nuclear power plants yesterday, signalling a shift in decades of South Korea’s reliance on nuclear energy.

He said that the country would move away from nuclear energy and not seek to extend the life of existing plants.

Mr Moon also vowed to cut South Korea’s reliance on coal, shutting 10 old coal-powered plants and not building any more.

“So far South Korea’s energy policy pursued cheap prices and efficiency. Cheap production prices were considered the priority while the public’s life and safety took a back seat, but it’s time for a change,” the president said at a ceremony marking the closure of the country’s oldest power plant, Kori 1, in Busan.

Greenpeace and other environmental groups welcomed Mr Moon’s announcement.

Since the Kori 1 reactor went online in 1978, the resource-poor country has added 24 nuclear power plants to meet rising demand for electricity from rapid industrialisation and economic development.

A third of electricity in South Korea was produced from nuclear power plants last year.

South Korea has also exported nuclear-reactor technology. Former president Lee Myung Bak helped local companies win billions pounds of deals to build a nuclear reactor in the United Arab Emirates.

But South Koreans’ enthusiasm for nuclear energy quickly waned following the 2011 Fukushima meltdowns in neighbouring Japan.

To decommission Kori 1, South Korea plans to invest in developing its own decommissioning technology and experts in the area.

Decommissioning will take at least 15 years and cost 643.7 billion won (£445 million).

Vietnam scraps nuclear power plans

This 2012 video from Japan is called Photographing the Nuclear Disaster in Fukushima.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Vietnam: Nuclear plants won’t be built

Wednesday 23rd November 2016

A VIETNAMESE government decision to scrap plans to build two nuclear power plants received the backing of the National Assembly yesterday.

Hanoi said that cheaper renewable energy was available and investment should be made in more urgent infrastructure needs.

The assembly had approved plans in 2009 to build two nuclear power plants.

Construction was initially scheduled to start in 2014 but was delayed several times.

Building contracts had been awarded to Russian and Japanese companies.

The two plants would have contributed about 5.7 per cent of Vietnam’s power output when completed in 2030, but that could be offset by other sources of energy, it added.

State media has reported that the plants were not economically viable because of the availability of cheaper sources of power … and a doubling of the plant costs.

French nuclear plant workers on strike

This video says about itself:

French Union Prepares for Nuclear Plant Strike

25 May 2016

Workers at France’s Nogent nuclear plant have voted to strike for 24 hours, in protest against new labor reform laws.

As strikes and occupations continue in France against the reactionary labor law imposed earlier this month by the Socialist Party (PS) government, despite attacks on strikers by riot police, protests and walkouts against austerity are breaking out in neighboring Belgium. On Tuesday, some 60,000 workers marched in Brussels against the austerity measures of the conservative government of Prime Minister Charles Michel: here.

French Socialist Party’s labor reform boosts far-right National Front: here.

Mobilize European workers to defend French strikers: here.

Fukushima nuclear plant disaster update

This video from the USA says about itself:

Tritium Exposé

18 April 2016

Supporters of atomic power, who are not scientists, have been able to broadcast their opinions to the public with hellacious titles such as Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics: Putting Indian Point Hysteria in Perspective by attorney and lobbyist Jerry Kremer for the Huffington Post. In an effort to combat misinformation and keep you informed, Fairewinds reached out to international radiation expert Dr. Ian Fairlie to clear up the false assurances and scientific denial spread by the nuclear industry and its chums.

Tritium, the radioactive isotope and bi-product of nuclear power generation, is making headlines with notable leaks at 75% of all the reactors in the United States, including Indian Point in New York, and Turkey Point in Florida. Speaking with renowned British scientist, Dr. Ian Fairlie, the Fairewinds Crew confirms the magnitude and true risk of tritium to the human body in its three various forms: tritiated water, tritiated air, and organically bound tritium.

Dr. Fairlie is an independent consultant on radioactivity in the environment. He has a degree in radiation biology from Bart’s Hospital in London and did his doctoral studies at Imperial College in London and Princeton University, concerning the radiological hazards of nuclear fuel reprocessing. Ian was formerly with the United Kingdom’s Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs specializing in radiation risks from nuclear power stations. From 2000 to 2004, he was head of the Secretariat to the UK Government’s CERRIE Committee examining radiation risk of internal emitters. Since retiring from government service, he has acted as consultant to the European Parliament.

Is it safe to dump Fukushima waste into the sea? Japan has called for hundreds of thousands tonnes of irradiated water from the nuclear plant to be released into the Pacific Ocean. Karl Mathiesen looks at the potential impacts: here.

Japan has been dealing with the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster for the past five years. However, things do not seem to be getting easier for those maintaining the defunct nuclear plant. The topic of dumping nuclear waste into the Pacific has been hotly debated across the globe, but it appears that officials have finally decided to give Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) the go-ahead to dump thousands of tons of nuclear waste containing tritium into the ocean. TEPCO was previously allowed to dump upwards of 200 tons of “filtered” nuclear waste into the ocean starting in September of last year after an initial 850 ton dump: here.

40-year rule for nuclear reactors on verge of being a dead letter — The Asahi Shimbun: here.

Kyushu Earthquakes Expose Unaddressed Nuclear Reactor Risks: here.

French nuclear corporation exploited African workers

This video says about itself:

Left in the Dust – uranium mining in Niger

5 May 2010

Uranium mining by French nuclear company AREVA poses a serious threat to the environment and people of northern Niger in West Africa.

Like Niger, the Central African Republic used to be a French colony. That it is now officially independent unfortunately does not prevent French soldiers coming there to sexually abuse children. Neither does it prevent French neo-colonial corporate activities.

From France 24:

WikiLeaks accuses French nuclear giant of ‘exploiting’ CAR workers


French state-owned nuclear giant Areva was one of several companies accused of “a corrupt multi-billion-dollar” grab of uranium and other resources in the Central African Republic (CAR) in a new raft of documents released by WikiLeaks on Friday.

The documents – published the same day as a UN report calling for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to be released from “arbitrary detention” at the Ecuadorian embassy in London – include “maps of mining rights, mining contracts with illegal kickbacks and secret investigative reports”, said the whistleblowing organisation.

WikiLeaks accused Areva of failing to ensure the welfare of local employees, particularly in protecting miners from high levels of radiation, as well as “abandoning” workers after it pulled out of the Central African Republic following what proved to be a financially and politically disastrous business venture.

An undated Central African government committee report published by WikiLeaks claimed that key workers at Areva’s Bakouma mine who were in direct contact with uranium were provided with “no means of protection nor made aware of measures to protect against radiation while carrying out their activities”.

“The processing of soil samples was done with bare hands and with no protection,” it added.

The Central African Republic, a former French colony, is one of the world’s poorest countries despite rich mineral reserves.


Areva’s involvement in the country began with its ill-fated purchase of the Canadian uranium mining firm UraMin in 2007. The French outfit paid some $2.5 billion (€2.24 billion) for the firm, taking ownership of the company’s uranium mines in central and southern Africa, including the Bakouma mine in the Central African Republic.

However, it soon became apparent that the reserves at UraMin’s mines were much lower than first thought, making them essentially worthless, and Areva was forced to write off the cost of the purchase.

The scandal led to investigations by French authorities into possible improprieties in the original purchase deal. Press reports alleged that Areva had bought UraMin as part of a ploy to curry favour with African politicians and secure lucrative nuclear power contracts.

When Areva finally withdrew from the Central African Republic in 2012, the government report published by WikiLeaks said that it failed to provide its employees with a means to return safely from the remote mine to the capital Bangui, some 850kms away.

It also accused the company of failing to provide information – and even destroying essential data – requested by the committee to assess conditions at the mine.

The documents “show the constant disdain of the company towards Central African Republic institutions and its population, and the neocolonial conditions of exploitation of its mines in Africa”, said WikiLeaks on its website. …

WikiLeaks has also accused several other organisations and companies of corruption in the name of financial gain in the Central African Republic that it says are backed up by the raft of documents published Friday.