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by Elmar Stellnberger

Have a happy 21.12.2014, Compliments of the Season!

Category: general,
Source: info,
Language: en,
Type:
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The “editorial office” of elstel.org thanks his readers for this year and wishes everyone compliments of the season.

In memory of what may have been lost for all of us somewhere between 2011 and 2012 we have once again uploaded the main page of our homepage as it was online in 2011 (www.elstel.org/index.html).




No New Public Money for Nuclear Power!

Category: general,
Source: action,
Language: en,
Type:
update
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Jean-Claude Juncker´s new investment plan to promote the economy of the European Union includes 100 Billion Euro or one third of all resources to be spent just for nuclear energy. That needs to be prevented because we believe that nuclear energy is no viable alternative for the future:

  • Nuclear energy is economiclly not cost-effective.
  • Usage of nuclear energy incurs a high risk (remember Fukushima).
  • The problem of finding an ultimate disposal is yet unresolved and will stay unsolved as no secure final deposit seems to exist in the whole world. In Germany there have even been problems reported for the short time that nuclear waste is stored intermediately because some nuclear waste barrels tend to leak before the repackaging date so that radioactivity can leave the barrels. Just think of water inleakages in mining tunnels!
  • The costs for finally depositing nuclear waste are payed by the public while energy providers can yield high profits.
  • In Japan the government thinks about powering on some of its nuclear plants again even though the Japanese have saved as much energy that this would not be necessary at all. No wonder: running a yet expensed nuclear power plant is almost like printing money.
  • Uranium is just another limited resources which we would run out of on massively expanding nuclear energy.
  • Nuclear energy is not CO2-neutral. Mining, transport and finally depositing nuclear waste emits CO2.
  • Even today the total amount of energy produced by renewables is higher than the total amount of energy produced by nuclear power plants.

Greenpeace: No More Public Money for Nuclear Power [German]
Friends Of Earth: Stop State Support for Nuclear!
www.ots.at: EU-Investitionsplan (APA-OTS)
www.sonnewindwaerme.de: EU-Investitionsplan




ISDS: How far can we trust our politicians?

Category: general,
Source: article,
Language: en,
Type:
update
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How far can we trust our politicians when things come to TTIP, CETA and Investor-state dispute resolutions?
read about:
  • Federal Chancellor of Austria, Werner Faymann
  • the European Citizens´ Initiative against TTIP and CETA
  • ACTA, TTIP and CETA

remark: text has now been moved from ISDS.html.en to TTIP.html.en



Jean-Claude Juncker does not want to admit ISDS arbitration courts

Category: general,
Source: article,
Language: en,
Type:
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Jean-Claude Juncker who has been known as a proponent of the planned transatlantic investment treaties has now asserted a courageous statement: "My commission will not allow that the judicature of the courts of the EU member states will be hobbled by special regulations for lawsuits of investors. The rule of law and equality must also be valid in this context." (according to the Krone-newspaper on 2014-12-17, translated from German to English). He accomplished further: "In the treaty that my commission will propose at the end of the negotiations nothing will infringe the access to domestic administration of justice. Neither will we give secret courts the final say."

read more at https://www.elstel.org/ISDS.html.en




Investor State Dispute Resolution and Human Rights Violations

Category: general,
Source: article,
Language: en,
Type:
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So called 'investor state dispute resolutions' would abolish our democracy and national sovereignty as we know it today: companys could sue against any law affecting their future profits. They may require the public to pay high indemnifications or even worse to take back and abolish consumer, social, environmental or other regulations. The trials would be held under exclusion of the public and without any possibility to appeal. Even the local constitution and human rights are subordinated under these arbitration courts giving companies a charter for human rights violations and crimes against humanity. Unebelievable but true.