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.

‘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]