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Here we are, once more. Yesterday we saw big news of a “nuclear accident” with “likely radiation release”, and the whole world once again stopped breathing for a few hours. And soon we saw the effects of hypoxia in the headline news.

Now, while I can understand that reporting news as they happen can often lead to wrong and deceitful information, I can even condone that given the little news that might be available in the immediate aftermath of an event such as yesterday’s in France.

What I can’t condone is the fact that almost 24 hours later, on the homepage of “Il Corriere della Sera” online, the website of Italy’s most important newspaper, we still see these kind of lies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The title says “Flames in a nuclear powerplant” though in the small text underneath it says “A furnace to treat waste explodes in Marcoule”.

I am sorry, Corriere della Sera online, once more you have proven that you are a bunch of incompetent wanna-be journalists, you only care about scaring your readers, you are completely uninterested in giving correct information.

And this is not the first time that something like this happens. Back in the month of April something similar happened, and I publicly denounced that event too.

Obviously no reply to my letter was ever received. How surprising.

Once again, shame on the Corriere della Sera. Shame on you.

Luckily I am not the only one to notice these kind of things. My friend Ben Heard of Decarbonise SA made very similar remarks on his blog just a few hours ago.

There is a long path ahead of us on the road to dispel the myth of radiation and defeat radiophobia…

 

 
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Bill Gates on the future of #nuclear

Every now and then I like to spend some 30 minutes watching again the very inspiring presentation that Bill Gates gave at the TED Conference in February 2010 in Long Beach, California.

If you’ve never watched this TED video, then find a spare 30 minutes in your schedule, and listen carefully to what Bill Gates says about CO2 and energy, and the future of nuclear. It will be time well spent.

 

 
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(Italiano) TVA procede con il progetto mPower

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How to alter news about renewables, italian style

Ever since I opened the Facebook page of Futuro Nucleare I had great interaction with both those who are in favor of nuclear, and those who are against.

One of the most active contributors to the page is someone who represents himself as “Strijbos Dave” and I would like to thank him or her for the good and very correct conversations that we are having, despite the fact that we are on the opposite fronts on the discussion about nuclear.

So, yesterday Strijbos Dave has added to the Futuro Nucleare wall a piece written in Italian with title “Japan: a national plan to replace nuclear with solar energy?”, and reading this article could not be a better way to spark some comments from me. You can find the article (in Italian) here:

http://www.tuttogreen.it/giappone-un-piano-nazionale-per-rimpiazzare-il-nucleare-con-lenergia-solare/

Infact, the artcile clearly says that

Japan would be considering a national plan to exit from nuclear and will establish mandatory installation of solar panels for all new buildings from now until 2030.

and again

From the Fukushima nightmare to the great hope of renewables: this is (also) how a great Country can recover from the nuclear nightmare.

Wow! What great news! Japan would be about to shut down their nuclear power plants to bet everything on solar panels to be installed from now until 2030. A very juicy piece of news. Too bad it’s false. Really completely false. And the proof of it being false can be found in the article itself, which luckily reports the link to the original news in English, found here:

http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-05-japan-solar-panels.html

In the whole original article, nuclear is mentioned only once, and only in the specific context of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant accident. There is *NO* reference whatsoever to a change of policy of Japan about nuclear, no reference at all about a “national plan to exit from nuclear”, none. In essence, who wrote the article invented everything out of his brain with absurd considerations, that have no source whatsoever if not the very shallow knowledge in the field of energy of “Manlio”, who wrote this article.

Japanese are infact not so silly to believe that nuclear can be replaced with solar panels, dear Manlio.

You should probably learn a little more about energy, before writing things that are not true, just invented by yourself, and put them writing as if they were mentioned by those who are included in the news you write. You should be ashamed.

Let me suggest you, in order to broaden your knowledge in the energy field, the book from Professor David MacKay, “Sustainable energy – without the hot air”, I am convinced that it will certainly be useful for you to learn the basics of what a balanced energy mix is. Read the book, available for free download in PDF format, and you will thank me.

It is not by using lies that renewable energy will save the world from energy collapse.

Luca Bertagnolio
Futuro Nucleare

 
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