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(AGI) Rome - Silvio Berlusconi has said goodbye to nuclear power and committed to energy from renewable sources. At a joint press conference with Israeli prime minister, Benyamin Netanyahu, he explained: "Following a decision that the Italian people is currently taking, we will have to say goodbye to the option of nuclear power stations and commit ourselves to renewable energies."

Hardly a diary, but breaking news on the Great Shutdown. Countries all over the world are both understanding they cannot afford the costly risk, human risk and economic risk of nuclear power, and / or feeling the considerable anger and demands of populations no longer willing to subsidize the industry that kills for generations.

All pro-nuke politicians out of office, in the party and nation. If you support nuclear power, you don't represent us, and we recognize you do not deserve our trust.

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  •  Post a comment here, or create a new comment (2+ / 0-)
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    NY brit expat, Joieau

    the poor tip jar isn't strong enough to hold all your excitement (or anger).

  •  Nuclear plants are very expensive and take years t (1+ / 0-)
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    to build.  I'm kind of on the fence but it shouldn't be necessary to build more. Just make the current ones safer.

    "Intolerance is something which belongs to the religions we have rejected." - J.J. Rousseau -6.38, -4.15

    by James Allen on Mon Jun 13, 2011 at 03:08:50 PM PDT

    •  Michigan City's Cook plant upgraded (1+ / 0-)
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      their web site to say BIGGER, STRONGER, SAFER. TVA bought some extra car batteries to mitigate a power failure. Do you feel safer yet?
      Ask what happens when some nut flies a plane into one and they lose their control, power and cooling systems. Don't worry, I'm sure all the American nuke advocates will line up for an opportunity to go into the reactor for a photo-op and a little futile clean-up.
      What's the risk of losing Lake Michigan (and Huron, Erie, and Ontario) compared to shaving a few bucks off of your electric bill?

      "I almost died for the international monetary system; what the hell is that?" ~ The In-laws

      by Andhakari on Mon Jun 13, 2011 at 10:17:10 PM PDT

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  •  Bibi wants a market for his new NG. Good Start. nt (0+ / 0-)
  •  This is an amazing story and it was (5+ / 0-)

    not only on rejecting nuclear power in Italy (a referendum in 1987 had already stopped the industry once before; this represents a failure by Berlusconi to revive the industry), there were 2 referendums rejecting privitisation of water and another referendum rejecting Berlusoni's latest attempt to protect himself from prosecution. To get the votes on the referendums to even count, 50% of the Italian electorate had to vote on each referendum separately; they got 57% of the Italian electorate to participate and of those the referendums won at the 90% plus level.

    It is not a great shutdown actually as they were trying to revive an old industry that had already been shutdown in 1987.

    "Hegel noticed somewhere that all great world history facts and people so to speak twice occur. He forgot to add: the one time as tragedy, the other time as farce" Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte .

    by NY brit expat on Mon Jun 13, 2011 at 05:14:30 PM PDT

  •  I am delighted. (4+ / 0-)

    Now, there are at least four European nations on a non-nuclear track: Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and Italy.

    The results of the Italian referendum are indeed amazing: Participation of 50% at least was needed, and Berlusconi, his party, and his media were actively calling for boycotting the referendum in order to keep voting below the threshold. Yet, all four part of the referendum won by huge (above 90%) margins.

    The two questions regarding communal water supply - should it be privatized? Should suppliers be guaranteed earnings regardless of their services and investment into infrastructure - are also importand. Here in Berlin, we suffer greatly from a contract between our city state and private investors who have received similar guarantees.

    Though nobody knows for sure. The contracts between the government and the investors are so secrect, even the members of Berlin's house of representatives weren't allowed to read them when they had to vote about accepting the contract. But they did accept, and the contract is still secret, although a referendum on making them public is underway.

    •  Water supply take-overs are insidious. (2+ / 0-)
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      NY brit expat, Joieau

      The quest for power and money by controlling people's water has been going on a long time, but it's about as evil as any of the creepy brutal things business does to emasculate government.
      Watch "China Town" for an interesting perspective.

      "I almost died for the international monetary system; what the hell is that?" ~ The In-laws

      by Andhakari on Mon Jun 13, 2011 at 10:24:53 PM PDT

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    •  the water supply issue was the (1+ / 0-)
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      one that interested me the most (there was no way that the nuclear power referendum was going to be passed following Fukishima); the rejection of neoliberal attempts to privatise water supply management and guarantee a return on investment was a major blow; they have been doing this all over europe and the third world. Finally, fight-back in the advanced capitalist countries; clean, available water should never be controlled by those only interested in making a profit; water is too important to be under the control of profit-making enterprises.

      "Hegel noticed somewhere that all great world history facts and people so to speak twice occur. He forgot to add: the one time as tragedy, the other time as farce" Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte .

      by NY brit expat on Tue Jun 14, 2011 at 05:09:28 AM PDT

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  •  The nuclear lobby (0+ / 0-)

    (and Areva) won't be taking this lying down. International Chamber of Commerce and IEA are already on the job trying to force an EU parliamentary resolution to force these countries to finance, indemnify, subsidize, build and operate nukes.

    Now, more than ever, we need the Jedi.

    by Joieau on Tue Jun 14, 2011 at 03:22:05 PM PDT

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