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he media covers nuclear energy well?

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European Tribune - Seesaw Coverage of Nuclear Power
Q:  Signal to noise in news?
Wald:  Nobody understands what's happening now and it is very difficult to say, "I don't know."
Guilty as charged, I guess.

So, in what may be my last act of "advising", I'll advise you to cut the jargon. -- My old PhD advisor, to me, 26/2/11
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Mar 24th, 2011 at 07:03:55 AM EST
Oh, I don't know.
by njh on Thu Mar 24th, 2011 at 05:28:52 PM EST
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I think the problem with media coverage is that it is entirely dependent on which reporter, which paper, which owner, which experts, what spin and most importantly, who's paying.

Unfortunately, while the first two are well known, the more important factors are invariably hidden. In the wake of the fukushima problem, it was noticeable that articles came out backing nuclear power. Who had they spoken to ? Or rather, who had spoken to them ? In the Guardian I expected the article from Julian Glover who is a right wing lickspittle with little intellectual heft. You could see right through his praise. But George Monbiot ? That was surprising. But I'm similar things happened in other papers.

Maybe Monbiot was writing with a pen uncluttered by the enticements of Corporate power, but a writer such as he who is invariably discussing the long haul on climate change, farming practices and the security of the biosphere should have at least mentioned the long term problems with nuclear. It was that absence that troubled me.

And that's the real problem with nuclear. The companies, the governments are obsessed with secrecy, terrified of negative reviews and will denigrate mercilessly anyone who dares to smear dirt on their shiny dreams. But if they won't speak the truth about their problems, problems that would scare anyone, why should we ever trust them ? and if the media don't know, how can they report reality ?

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Mar 24th, 2011 at 07:13:22 AM EST
As reported on ET TEPCO's incident in 2007 when the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant was hit by an earthquake led to a radioactive spill, 1200 times larger then first reported. IAEA demanded greater transparency, but nuclear transparency was apparently banned world wide post-9/11.

Transparency being banned is a problem to creating an athmosphere of trust.

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by A swedish kind of death on Fri Mar 25th, 2011 at 10:56:39 AM EST
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Not if you want to travel by air in the USA.  For airline travelers, transparency is mandatory either through backscatter radiation or rubber gloved hands.

Solar IS Civil Defense
by gmoke on Fri Mar 25th, 2011 at 04:21:13 PM EST
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Should have quoted the important part:

European Tribune - Terrorism, Nuclear power and Secrecy

According to Jan-Olov Liljenzin, professor in nuclear chemistry at Chalmers university of technology (second largest technical college in Sweden) this is probably an empty gesture, and IAEA knows it. After september 11th 2001 nuclear companies has been ordered (by the governments) to keep secret anything that could help terrorists.

Apparently after the accident in Forsmark last summer Liljenzin encouraged Vattenfall to publicly explain the specifics of the electric system. They explained that they were not allowed too by law.

So telling about what goes on at the nuclear plants, not ok.

Checking airline passengers in any way possible, always ok.

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by A swedish kind of death on Fri Mar 25th, 2011 at 04:26:19 PM EST
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by gmoke on Sun Mar 27th, 2011 at 04:39:14 PM EST
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