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Nuclear Monitor #863 - 22 June 2018

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Radioactive racism and Australia's 'ecomodernists': Jim Green argues that the attitudes of Australia's 'pro-nuclear environmentalists' towards Aboriginal Traditional Owners are much the same as those of industry and government.

The problems with Japan's plutonium: What are they and how do we deal with them? Caitlin Stronell from Citizens' Nuclear Information Center explains the Japanese government's seemingly illogical determination to reprocess spent nuclear fuel. 

US government calls on Japan to reduce plutonium stockpiles: With the Japan-U.S. Nuclear Cooperation Agreement likely to be extended in mid-July, the US government has reportedly called on Japan to reduce its stockpiles of separated plutonium.

National Geographic joins nuclear propagandists: Noel Wauchope writes about the nuclear industry's makeover and its new soft-sell PR techniques.

U.S. nuclear bailout could cost $8‒17 billion a year: The controversial Trump Administration plan to nationalize the nuclear energy marketplace could cost U.S. consumers US$8‒17 billion a year in higher electricity bills, with the prospect of extensive coal-fired power plant subsidies potentially doubling that figure.

Energy Charter Treaty pitting parliament against nuclear profits – Vattenfall vs. Germany: A new report exposes how the Energy Charter Treaty gives corporations the power to obstruct the transition towards renewable energy and how it is being expanded. Vattenfall's claim against the German government resulting from the 2011 nuclear phase-out decision is a case study of the Treaty's problems.

Nuclear power falls below 10%, overtaken by non-hydro renewables: Renewables generated 2.7 times more electricity than nuclear power in 2017, and non-hydro renewables (10.1%) generated more electricity than nuclear power (9.8%) for the first time in decades. A new Bloomberg NEF report predicts a 17-fold increase in solar PV capacity worldwide, and a six-fold increase in wind power capacity, by 2050.