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REVOLT Newsletter 242

Revolt news 16/11/2007


Maureen Asbury, leader of the Trentham Environmental Action Campaign and prominent contributor to the SAGE group, died this morning. She had multiple cancer which became apparent only in September this year but which deteriorated seriously in the last few weeks.

A letter on behalf of the Revolt Committee was read to Maureen earlier this month. Here are some short extracts: "You know we admire and appreciate your battling qualities, and, despite our sadness, it was good to hear you in good spirits, as ever, when we last spoke on the phone. ... Maureen, you have really made a difference, uniquely in a way none of us could, to carry the argument about powerlines and their health effects."

Maureen Asbury will be remembered with great respect and affection.

The rest of the news follows.

1. Physicists at UC Berkeley say they have produced the world's smallest radio receiver out of a single carbon nanotube that is 10,000 times thinner than a human hair. It receives signals via high-frequency mechanical vibrations of a filament-like nanotube.  

2. The nanoradio shows the potential for bio-detection and therefore health response from exposure to radio frequency EMFs. Further, once you have an oscillator resonant with one frequency range, it is possible to have networks of such oscillators with modes at much slower frequencies. It can be shown that a linear array of N oscillators can have a mode N times slower than the individual oscillators. In this way bundles of nanotubes could respond to power frequency. A bundle the diameter of a human hair would contain of the order of 100 million nanotubes, though not arranged linearly. But potentially there could be frequencies millions of times slower than those of a single nanotube.

3. After 800 villages and 52 departments were represented in a 1500-strong demonstration on 6 October, President Sarkozy announced the end of the wind-farm rush in France (APPENDIX A).

4. Snips from news@all-energy101 are at APPENDIX B, including links to the Queen's Speech and Energy Bill.

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APPENDIX A Sarkozy announces new wind turbine policy  (translated by National Wind Watch)

Industrial wind turbine development to end in rural and wild areas

The Sustainable Environment Federation (FED), with the heritage and countryside associations who demonstrated in Paris on October 6 against industrial wind energy, are pleased by President Sarkozy's redirection of French policy concerning wind turbines and renewable energy.

In his comments at the closure of the Grenelle de l'environnement, the president of the republic announced the end of the rush that has characterized French policy on wind turbines up to now and that ultimately means degradation of the environment. New wind turbines will be installed first in brownfields and far from emblematic locales.

In an improvisation that was not in the prepared text provided to the press, M. Sarkozy turned to Josť-Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, and added : Frankly, when I see some European countries, it doesn't make me envious.

The president of the republic also announced acceleration of research into energies of the future.

This new policy marks the end of industrial wind turbine installations in rural and wild areas. This is a relief for the 800 villages and 52 departments represented in the October 6 demonstration. It is also a powerful contribution to the image of France and shows Europe that an energy policy can reconcile the fight against global warming and respect for the countryside and every life.

The 1500 demonstrators on October 6 brought six demands. Many of them have been accepted : publicize the true numbers of wind energy development (M. Borloo [environment minister] has committed to this), protect public health from wind turbine nuisance, protect the cultural and natural heritage of France, restore peace in the villages, commit to an effective energy strategy.

The sixth concerns the financial scandal of the price of wind-generated electricity. The highly elevated price encourages the production of intermittent energy which does not promote the reduction of greenhouse gases. It will lead to speculative pressure for the few areas in France that meet the criteria of the new policy.

Just as the president announced that the policy of supporting biofuels will be reviewed, price support for wind turbines needs to be reviewed. ***** *****

APPENDIX B Snips from news@all-energy101


1.1.The Queen's Speech sets out UK government policy Bill by Bill - Climate Change Bill; Energy Bill; Housing and Regeneration Bill; Marine (draft) Bill; Planning Reform Bill - brief details

 The entire Queen's Speech 

1.2.Strengthened Climate Change Bill

Details of a strengthened, more effective and more transparent Bill to help tackle climate change have been set out by Environment Secretary Hilary Benn 


4.1.Ofgem shows its true colours Ofgem does not share the Sustainable Development Commission's view that its remit must change 

4.2.Winter electricity supplies secure

Energy Minister Malcolm Wicks set out the facts on gas and electricity supplies for the coming winter. Speaking to the Energy Networks Association, he said: "We do not face the prospect of power shortages this winter" 

4.3.Salmond plans Norwegian RE link

Alex Salmond, the First Minister of Scotland, is to meet Jens Stoltenberg, the Norwegian prime minister, over plans to create a subsea 'supergrid' to take green energy from Scotland to Europe 


7.1.Living off-grid The falling cost of renewable energy could fuel a city stampede for the country to exchange clean air for carbon emissions, says Nick Rosen, author of a new book, "How to live Off-Grid".


Mike O'Carroll



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