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August Newsletter No257

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BEIS replies to SONE Chairman on behalf of PM

Last month Neville Chamberlain wrote to the Prime Minister, as reported in Newsletter 256. The reply that came back from the Ministry repeats what is already in the public sphere.

“New nuclear has a crucial role to play as we seek to transition to net zero greenhouse gas emissions in 2050. It is the only technology ...

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July Newsletter No256

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Notice AGM

For your diary: The 2020 Annual General Meeting is set for 2pm on Monday 26 October 2020 at the Institute of Civil Engineers, Great George Street. If by any chance that is not possible we hope to hold the Meeting online by ZOOM.

CALL TO ARMS!

Everybody is waiting for the Government to announce its energy policy. Whether it is the Government or the Civil Service that is in disarray, it is clear that feet are being ...

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June Newsletter No255

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The cacophony that currently fills the news columns obstructs rational communication. The noise is almost exclusively on the subject of COVID-19 and health, of course. It makes spreading sensible discussion on the need for nuclear energy that much harder. Improving the ratio of signal to noise, requires getting the message signal right but understanding how the noise is received, too.

The shakey relation between science and politics seems to be suffering badly again not only in the UK, but worldwide. Everywhere ...

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May Newsletter No254

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News

At last! Admittedly dwelling on emotion rather than evidence, a full-length video, “Planet of the Humans”, made by environmentalists that condemns “Renewables” for the confidence trick that they are. Not my language but the message is right. I can recommend an excellent review that adds the nuclear message that is excluded.

A recent posting on social media that all ages may appreciate sums it up:

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April Newsletter No253

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Some news items noted by Neville Chamberlain

What was once the National Nuclear Corporation ( NNC ), based in Knutsford and which might be regarded as the last UK specialist nuclear engineering organisation, is now in US ownership, having been bought by Jacobs Engineering for a reported £250million. NNC was taken on some years ago by AMEC who later were taken over by Wood Engineering in Aberdeen.

The nuclear bit didn’t really fit well with the marine engineer and so it was ...

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February Newsletter No252

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THIS MONTH

  • January, a Busy Month

  • An Editorial: The Cost of Nuclear

  • ATOMIK, a Tipple

January, a Busy Month

On 8 January at the suggestion of SONE member, Malcolm Savidge, the Cirencester Science and Technology Society hosted a lecture on “Nature, Nuclear Energy and Life” in the fine surroundings of the Royal Agricultural University at Cirencester. The weather was foul, the hospitality excellent, the hall was full and the Question and Answer session at the end of the lecture was stimulating. Discussing nuclear energy is ...

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January Newsletter No251

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THIS MONTH

  • Some cuttings from the daily press by James Lovelock and Sir Bernard Ingham.

  • The link to “A Message for Society from Science” published in Oxford at the end of 2019 by Wade Allison.

  • News of bizarre political decisions that will lead to self-harm by EU.

  • A discussion about synthetic fuels.

  • Sir Christopher Audland KCMG (1926-2019).

Admonishment to start the year from James Lovelock in the Sunday Times, 5 January:

“We must stop telling lies about the dangers of nuclear fuel and use it to empower ...

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December Newsletter No250

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Nuclear and the UK Electoral Challenge on Dec 12

It is time to get the message out!

All General Election candidates have received an open letter organised by the Nuclear Industry Association and signed by many familiar names. You can read it by clicking here.  Though it reads well, it lets the “renewables” off too lightly, I argue.

A longer essay taking a tougher line and sweeping up Greta Thunberg too Climate Change is here. There is no room to doubt either ...

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