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Govt calls for states to dump uranium mining bans

Posted by Pat Kershaw on December 5, 2006

coolingtowers221106.jpgWill It happen?

Not on your life.
The states will try to assert their authority. Especially since they are ALL run by the “Opposition!”

This is going to be a messy debate, and will impact not only on the next round of elections, but the shape of both the Australian political landscape, (which has a new national “Opposition Leader” after yesterday), and the face of the future shape of trade, power and climate change/greenhouse management for decades to come.

The current micro management may be over, in favor of bold, sweeping and controversial solutions. I have to post on this SOON,

I have a sore back/leg again. Find out in less than 24 hours about surgery/epidural… Will be back then.

Pat

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Resource firm hoping for uranium mine start.

Posted by Pat Kershaw on December 1, 2006

Nuclear ConstructionBut it’s not coal. It won’t be allowed to happen.

For some reason the establiched players always get their way, regardles of the common sence involved, or the envioronmental impact of carbon emmissions, or the…

Anyway I t will be shot down. But they don’t have any money for more doctors. One wonders sometimes!

From ABC Online

Resource firm hoping for uranium mine startA major resource company says a uranium mine could open in north-west Queensland as early as 2010.

Summit Resources hopes the federal Labor Party will relax its policy ban on new uranium mines at its national conference next April.

Managing director Allan Eggers told a mining conference in Mount Isa, the region’s uranium deposits could generate up to $4 billion worth of exports every three years.

“There’s been considerable support and discussion for the issue within the Labor Party … Kim Beazley, the current leader, has come out and said he will recommend dropping the policy on not approving new mines and [Queensland] Premier Beattie has stated quite clearly that he would support the development of new uranium mines here in Mount Isa should the federal policy change,” he said.
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Lets state the obvious!!

Posted by Pat Kershaw on December 1, 2006

If there is one thing you can be sure of it is that in any referendum on re-cycling you get those who are easily led, and those who refuse to be led, both being manipulated by the scare-mongers.

PURE WaterIn the recent Toowoomba referendum on the water recycling issue the facts where lost in a concerted, vocal and inflammatory scare campaign run by a few vested interests. All the science, common sense and the reality of an increasingly desperate situation are overshadowed by fear. One of my friends was so convinced that the science could not be trusted, that they actually could draw parallels in their mind to drugs and asbestos. I know that the thought is a little disconcerting, but the product is as safe as houses, and it is a finite recourse that we can re-use.

These people who are to scared to drink the recycled product can join the 20+% (citation missing, but I read this in a government publication before our referendum earlier this year) of the population that refuse to drink town water now. You can either trust the water from the big soft drink companies, or, like my aforementioned friend, drink UNTREATED bird shit (which is known to be a fantastic transmitter of all sorts of goodies), bacteria, dead frogs, decaying matter and dirt from your roof in the form of rainwater. Or better yet, move to Ethiopia, or Calcutta… Our water is pretty good… Read the rest of this entry »

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Bees sniff bombs on the breeze

Posted by Pat Kershaw on November 30, 2006

I know this is a serious scientific … um … breakthrough, but I laughed out loud!

Guess there are some cheap sniffer dogs on the early retirement market?

From ABC Online News in Science

Bees have been trained to sniff out explosives in a project scientists say could have far-reaching applications for security and the Iraq war.Scientists at a US weapons laboratory say they trained honey bees to stick out their proboscis, the tube they use to feed on nectar, when they smell explosives in anything from cars and roadside bombs to belts similar to those used by suicide bombers.

At least they have a sense of humor, the project title? … Stealthy Insect Sensor Project.

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CSIRO slams carbon reduction strategies

Posted by Pat Kershaw on November 29, 2006

I don’t supose they have ever pulled thier punches, but this article helps to compile “the state of the game’ as far as the green house gas emissions is concerned. It highlights why this stupid carbon credits idea will never work.

  1. China won’t join
  2. How to police/register/monitor automobiles, stoves, furnaces… every driver has credits/debits?
  3. Who pays (say a nation like Canada, or a person like me when we successfully reduce emissions.)
  4. Or if you draw a line under say power-stations, where do you draw the line, and how do you compensate those above the line?

Heres a quote, I encourage you to read the article, and post any others in the comments. I will highlight them down the track.

Monday, 27 November 2006 Cosmos Online  SYDNEY: The rate of increase in carbon dioxide emissions has more than doubled since the 1990s, according to a new Australian study, raising fears that the rising levels of carbon dioxide may be unstoppable.

CSIRO

Cape Grim Baseline Air Pollution Station in Tasmania. Air samples collected here indicate that carbon emissions have more than doubled since the 1990s

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Absolutly useless trivia — No l

Posted by Pat Kershaw on November 29, 2006

Trivia LogoI don’t remember where I read this, But it is a real statistic, there are over 1500 people killed EVERY YEAR mining COAL. So how old is the nuclear industry?

From reccolection the same story said that even post Chenoble, there is less than 2000 people who have been HURT or effected negatively by nuclear accidents…

Now I ask you

  Is Coal safer? Who For?

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Nuclear power industry won’t drive tourists away: Bailey

Posted by Pat Kershaw on November 24, 2006

coolingtowers221106.jpgAn interesting statistic. And how many accidents? How many injuries? how much environmental pollution? It is time Australians realized that this is the way forward. We can still sell coal if we must, but eventually we need to think of future generations, and not the next election!

From ABC News online, Federal Tourism Minister Fran Bailey:

“France is a country that’s 14 times smaller than Australia, it has 59 nuclear generators and yet … it’s the most visited country in the world, attracting more than 76 million tourists a year,” she said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Behavior May Influence Evolution

Posted by Pat Kershaw on November 22, 2006

Education    “Pending your beliefs about evolution, National Geographic is running an interesting article on the influences of behavior on evolution. The study supports the controversial idea that an animal’s behavior in response to environmental change can spur evolutionary adaptations. By adding a predator to an island where a species of lizards lived with no predators, they witnessed a quick shift in the average length of legs on the lizards.
Long legs meant to escape were useless against the new larger predators while short legs became the dominant feature since they increased climbing ability (to trees the predators could not reach). For the finer details on the research, visit the Losos Lab Research Page.”

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Summary of the Australian Nuclear Power Debate

Posted by Pat Kershaw on November 22, 2006

coolingtowers221106.jpgI saw this as I was scrolling through a few days backlog.

1. It is a long post, but covers a lot of territory.
2. I have been to several doctors and hurt my bad back in the process (getting an X-Ray!) I will be tied up a bit next week as I have ANOTHER MRI and more specialists. Starting to look like they may actually operate!!!

Anyway, the nuclear issue in Australia is really kicking on. I have a few other posts that should be before this quote from the ABC, but they will come 2-morrow!!! I decided to summarize into one post. They are all basically from the ABC News Online; although that not where I first found it, they do good, clear concise stories!

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I’m Doomed!

Posted by Pat Kershaw on November 15, 2006

acedamia.jpgDid you know that single men die younger? ” But this should wake you up a little:

[…] and lack of a marital partner was associated with mortality before age 85 years.”

Ouch

It pays to get married then, if you like a long life. (Although, frankly, 85 seems like a pretty grand old age as well.)

The study How to Live a Longer, Healthier Life — for Men� by John M. Grohol, Psy.D., actually found you need to eat right, exercise and not smoke or drink to much. So most of it was not that earth shattering!
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