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PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2011 9:38 pm    Post subject: France pushes its faith in nuclear around the world Reply with quote

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The Ecologist - 24/03/11

The French government is championing energy giants EDF and Areva as they try to build their nuclear businesses around the world.

No country outside of Japan has been watching the crisis unfold around the Fukushima nuclear plant more closely than France. Atomic stations provide more than three-quarters of French electricity and the government is keen to champion the 85 per cent state-owned power provider, Électricité de France (EDF), and nuclear plant builder, Areva, as they try to build their businesses around the world.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was France who declared Fukishima a level 6 incident....

Now doubt hours before the glossy brochures were issued....
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The French have got to go world wide to get subsidies from other governments to subsidise their own industry. Or is that being too cynical? Very Happy Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

EU State Aid rules. (Just saying, like)
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 11:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would that be why they are going outside the EU?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kenneal wrote:
Would that be why they are going outside the EU?
Nice story. Any chance of supporting it with a few tangible facts?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd take that up with The Ecologist if I were you. If they're talking b***ocks, we'd like to know!
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 10:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Given how well the revampted Greens(under the Ecology name) did in France in last Euro elections, and how well the Greens have just done in Germany, I think some in France might be getting a bit concerned about supporting nuclear.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 10:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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...a bit concerned...


Scared shitless I'd say Simon. Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 11:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh-oh, looks as if we're back to Nuclear Boy again. That on's going to run and run...
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 11:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Oh-oh, looks as if we're back to Nuclear Boy again. That on's going to run and run...

Mentioning diarrhoea isn't a nice thought to go to bed with Wink.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 2:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's OK John. It's only verbal, or should that be postal? Wink Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 9:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Scared shitless I'd say

That gives me a bit more confidence that the French will follow the Germans and vote Green in next elections, using the momentum of the last Euro elections.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone know what Le Pen's lot's attitude to Nuclear is Twisted Evil ?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Anyone know what Le Pen's lot's attitude to Nuclear is Twisted Evil ?


Translation from: http://www.frontnational.com/?page_id=1168

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A) STATEMENT

The massive use of fossil fuels and raw materials extracted from the basement, clearly a strong impact on emissions and waste of any kind. We will not enter into discussions on the future doom of our planet and we will simply recall some consensual truths:

- The deposits of fuels and metals are abundant but not infinite, so we must make good use and save money.

- The atmosphere is a protective membrane particularly fragile and tenuous (less than a millionth of Earth's mass), the power absorption and recycling of gaseous pollutants by plants and oceans, has limitations.

- Our country needs energy and raw materials for its economy, domestic comfort, travel and transport.

Three goals seem therefore a priority in the energy sector: - Reducing our dependence on oil, expensive and risky.

- The minimization of air emissions and waste.

- Lower energy consumption, without reducing living standards.

B) MEASURES

- Implement a proactive energy policy, relying on large companies, institutions or public institutions (EDF, GDF, CEA, IFP ...) but also research centers, without neglecting the international cooperation ( EURATOM, CERN-Geneva). This means sanctify by a state control - like the Americans and Russians - the areas of defense, energy, space and scientific computing.

- Impose the freedom of research and marketing alternative fuels face the oil lobby.

- Develop a plan to reduce consumption of fuel with eventual goal of replacing up to 10% on imported oil by burning gasoline.

- To aid research in alternative energy to oil: hybrid, fuel cell, using gas and biofuels.

- Valuing all renewable resources: wind (or hydrauliennes), hydro, solar thermal and photovoltaic, geothermal energy associated with heat pumps, biomass in particular in the "green" fuels (ethanol, diesters).

- Plan to raise, if any, the coal sector, including through further research on the Fischer-Tropff.

- Continue efforts on nuclear energy: chains 3rd and 4th generations are programmed, the construction of the breeder will be revived and studies on the Thorium 232 times. Meanwhile all research to transform fission products (high-activity waste from the former and current pathways) in short-period products will be accelerated. The ITER project on nuclear thermofusion controlled will of course greatly encouraged and supported.

- Launch a program of rationalization of domestic heating, including a plan of insulation in existing buildings (half of the buildings were not yet isolated).

Note: Our measurements require no additional funding from the State. Tax credits for saving energy that would be implemented would be more than offset over time by the VAT on ancillary activities.
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