Provocative statements on handling the threat from Iran made at last week’s G.O.P. presidential debate reveal a reckless attitude towards nuclear weapons, experts at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation reiterated today.
One World 12th June 2007 http://us.oneworld.net/article/view/150158/1/
ONE of Scotland’s ageing nuclear reactors had to be shut down manually over the weekend, the latest in a catalogue of problems which prompted experts last night to warn of a possible looming gap in energy supplies. British Energy said staff had to shut down a reactor at its troubled Hunterston B power plant in Ayrshire after problems with controls that keep the delicate process at exactly the right temperature. The power station had been open for only a month after extensive repairs on cracked pipes.
Scotsman 12th June 2007 http://news.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=915592007
Herald 12th June 2007 http://www.theherald.co.uk/news/news/display.var.1463812.0.0.php
Energy Business Review 11th June 2007 http://www.energy-business-review.com/article_news.asp?guid=1778FB31-A7BE-4188-8CEB-31A27ECBCA99
BBC 11th June 2007 http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/glasgow_and_west/6740619.stm
ICScotland 11th June 2007 http://icscotland.icnetwork.co.uk/news/scottish/tm_headline=faulty-nuclear-reactor-shut-down%26method=full%26objectid=19280356%26siteid=50141-name_page.html
Interactive Investor 11th June 2007 http://www.iii.co.uk/news/?type=afxnews&articleid=6139960&subject=companies&action=article
British Energy’s Hunterston B-7 nuclear power reactor in Scotland shut down unexpectedly late on Sunday, while its Heysham 2-7 reactor was stopped to refuel, a spokesman for the plant said. “Hunterston is unplanned and we are looking into it,” he said, adding that the unit tripped at around 11 pm local time.
Reuters 11th June 2007 http://investing.reuters.co.uk/news/articleinvesting.aspx?rpc=401&type=allBreakingNews&storyID=2007-06-11T075943Z_01_L11656996_RTRIDST_0_BRITISH-ENERGY-SHUTDOWNS-URGENT.XML
Algeria has signed a nuclear co-operation agreement with the US.
World Nuclear News 11th June 2007 http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/industry/110607-Algeria_and_USA_sign_nuclear_cooperation_accord.shtml
The Phillippines and Thailand are both looking into the possibility of building nuclear power stations but with long planning periods.
World Nuclear News 11th June 2007 http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/nuclearPolicies/110607South_east_Asia.shtml
Thailand’s largest energy utility said Tuesday it would invest six billion dollars building the country’s first nuclear power plant, expected to start operations in 2020.
AFP 12th June 2007 http://asia.news.yahoo.com/070612/afp/070612052348business.html
A new Governing coalition in Belgium may spell the end of the country’s nuclear phase-out policy.
World Nuclear News 11th June 2007 http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/industry/110607-Belgium_New_government_new_phase-out_policy.shtml
Mp Roger Berry is calling for answers from the Government over an alleged British plot to supply Iran with radioactive materials that could be used to build weapons of mass destruction.Mr Berry, pictured, Labour MP for Kingswood, is asking ministers for information about allegations of a scheme to supply Iran and Sudan with uranium. A British company has been shut down after being caught in an apparent attempt to sell black-market weapons-grade uranium.
Bristol Evening Post 11th June 2007 http://www.thisisbristol.co.uk/displayNode.jsp?nodeId=145365&command=displayContent&sourceNode=145191&contentPK=17535754&folderPk=83726&pNodeId=144922
For countries — small, middling, or great — acquiring nuclear weapons is all about the most basic requirement: the survival of the regime or nation. Joining the “nuclear club” has proved an effective strategy for survival. The possession of city-busting, potentially planet-ending weaponry threatens to bring about a MAD — the Cold War acronym for “Mutually Assured Destruction” — world. While the “madness” of this strategy is apparent, a rarely mentioned aspect of today’s geopolitics is that acquiring nuclear arms has proven a logical step for a regime to take when its survival is at stake.
Middle East Online 11th June 2007 http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=21039
Nuclear power could disappear in the country because the government failed to give the technology enough support in last month’s Energy White Paper, according to a report by Poyry Energy Consulting published on Monday. “The Energy White Paper could spell the end for nuclear power in the UK,” David Cox, a managing director of major international consultancy Poyry, said. “Government appear unwilling to provide the type of support… to reduce risk to an extent where it is possible for energy companies to bring forward new nuclear plants.”
Reuters 11th June 2007 http://uk.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUKL1113886120070611?rpc=401&
The world’s top military powers are gradually dismantling their stockpiles of nuclear arms, but all are developing new missiles and warheads with smaller yields that could increase the risk of atomic warfare, a Swedish research institute said Monday.
Guardian website 11th June 2007 http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-6701172,00.html
Britain’s gas supplies are threatened by shortages in the next decade, as electricity companies build more gas-fired power stations and domestic gas
production declines, according to a report commissioned by the industry. As a result, gas prices are likely to rise well above today’s levels. The
warning comes as Eon UK, one of the country’s biggest energy suppliers, cautions that it has reached “five minutes to midnight” in the effort to
provide the electricity Britain will need in the 2010s.
FT 11th June 2007 http://www.ft.com/cms/s/e00a9276-17b7-11dc-86d1-000b5df10621.html
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