Revolt News 119 Text version
0. STOP PRESS - Radio 4 this Thursday 25.4.02 at 9.00 p.m. will feature the recent evidence on miscarriage and exposure to magnetic fields. The billing suggests it will focus on household appliances rather than fields from powerlines. The evidence itself shows some statistical association which suggest possible causal effects, though the NRPB website has spun against it. The point is that evidence suggests a possible, rather than a certain, cause, and raises the question of commensurate precaution.
1. Message received from Penny Hargreaves, Christchurch, New Zealand draws our attention to http://canterbury.cyberplace.co.nz/ouruhia/ and a document titled Hidden Dangers of Electro-magnetic Radiation from Communication Towers, Power Lines and Cell phones. Also "Power line Company pays outs 25 million to school in Punitive damages" on page 114.
2. Fuel cell news from Angela Ovenston: A new research paper from the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) describes how fuel cells can be used as a cost-effective means of electric power generation. The paper, titled "Cleaner Energy, Greener Profits: Fuel Cells and Profitable Distributed Power Resources," by Joel Swisher describes the role fuel cells can play in moving from centralised power generation to a system where smaller generation facilities are located closer to power customers. See http://www.rmi.org/sitepages/pid171.php
3. Further to the meeting 14.3.02 with the Energy Minister, Professor Henshaw and I met with DTI and DH officials in London on 4.4.02, particularly to follow up on the health issue. This was a significant meeting over three hours. Prof Henshaw outlined the case, supported by many research papers, that evidence for adverse health effects from powerlines was growing and had reached a significant level. In particular the melatonin hypothesis (that magnetic fields from powerlines could affect output of the hormone melatonin, particularly at night when it is normally produced, and this could block important anti- cancer effects) was gaining substantial supportive evidence. Melatonin is also implicated in other biological processes and illnesses and the evidence suggesting ill health effects other than cancer impacted upon a much larger number of people. I outlined considerations of risk assessment and precautionary policy in the face of uncertain but suggestive evidence giving rational grounds for concern. We thought the time had now come to reduce the very high "safety limits" recognised in the UK and to consider the consequences of precautionary policy, which need not be as traumatic for the electricity industry as it seemed to fear. DTI officials said they had not previously considered precaution but agreed they should now do so. That is not to say they will adopt precautionary policy immediately but they will consider its possible form and consequences. In terms of turning the super-tanker of Whitehall policy that is a significant step.
4. The gas-fired Deesside Power Station near Liverpool, launched in 1997 and hailed as a new efficient clean generator is reported (Times 29.3.02) as mothballed, owing to high gas prices, low power prices, static demand and over capacity. So much for the dash for gas, which was the driving force for the National Grid power line here!
5. Two city councils in Minnesota USA have refused a powerline upgrade application by Xcel on grounds of compelling scientific evidence of potential harm to health. Xcel is appealing. For details and a wider summary of EMF and health see http://www.powerlinefacts.com .
6. The nuclear power producer British Energy warns of a California- style power crisis in the UK (Independent 22.3.02). The problem is that under NETA (the new wholesale electricity trading arrangements) electricity prices have become too cheap, generators are closing down, and CHP and renewables are in decline, while coal imports and carbon dioxide emissions are on the increase. Revolt does not take a position on nuclear power nor on energy prices, but does support energy efficiency and particularly small distributed CHP which both reduce the need for transmission. The present trends in NETA should be checked, and government policy already points that way. A letter (Independent 29.3.02) to that effect was signed by several key players in the industry.
7. Revolt has now received its QC's Opinion sought jointly with the NFU. It takes the view that NG does not need the landowner's agreement to enter and work on the land, but is bound by the "reasonableness limitation", that it must act reasonably and the work must be reasonably necessary. Reasonableness, rather than landowner agreement, will be the key point to determine when NG may enter land. Landowners may still refuse entry, but only on grounds of unreasonableness.
8. Following the incident on 13.2.02 at Station Farm, Alne, NG has demanded draconian undertakings from the farmers John and Richard Gill. They have been put under severe pressure by NG with threats of high costs of a court injunction and also very high costs of delay to the project. The Gills offered fair undertakings, not to obstruct or interfere with the work as long as it was reasonably necessary; that properly reflects the legal position. But NG demanded more and would only accept the reasonableness condition subject to it being reasonable in the opinion of NG. That destroys the effect of the condition and is more than the law would require. But the Gills were pressured to a deadline while their land agent was away, and were called back three times to their solicitors during the course of Friday 12.3.02, the day of the deadline, and forced to sign an unfair statement in order to avoid the risk of NG's threats of high costs. Big money companies like NG can afford to hold small farmers to ransom, another example of bullying and unfairness.
9. From reports passed on by Angela Kelly of Country Guardian: a story filed Sun 14.4.02 says Nasa scientists have found the Earth's crust contains hydrogen supplies that could end the world's energy problems. They say the hydrogen is produced when water molecules inside molten rock break down. They say extracting the hydrogen would be extremely difficult. Professor Friedemann Freund, who led the research with colleagues at the Ames Research Centre in California, told The Sunday Telegraph: "In the top 20km of the Earth's crust, the conditions are right to produce a nearly inexhaustible supply of hydrogen." Dr Geoff Dutton of the UK Energy Research Unit said: "The key factor is whether the energy in the mined hydrogen would ever outweigh the energy required to extract it."
10. Hans Karow sends details of a moratorium adopted 8.4.02 at the City of Buford in Georgia in USA. It puts a freeze on new developments for a year while research progresses. It reads:
"The construction of electric transmission substations hosting high voltage lines within 500 feet of any residentially zoned property or residential dwelling are hereby prohibited for a period of one (1) year commencing upon enactment of this Ordinance to allow ongoing research projects and studies, including those undertaken by the federal government, other states, academic institutions and the electric utility industry, to establish whether exposure to electromagnetic fields caused by additional transmission facilities are likely to present a risk to the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of the City of Buford, and if so, what if any steps may be taken to mitigate such risks."
11. NG are to merge with Lattice who own their gas counterpart Transco (e.g. Northern Echo 23.4.02). This will make the UK's largest utility. It would offer the prospect of a more rational energy transmission policy, as advocated by Revolt, i.e. more use of gas pipes for distributed smaller-scale generation and less electricity transmission. But don't hold your breath!
12. On the subject of Enron and multinational corruption, I received two emails recently. One, from Oxfam, emphasises the plight of poorer countries who, for every dollar of aid received, lose 2 dollars through unfair trading. The other is conjectural spam, suggesting Enron's involvement in global capital conspiracies to take over profitable utilities while putting countries into yet more debt, with the effect of bankrupting Argentina and now disrupting Venezuela. Far fetched perhaps, but not inconsistent with the Oxfam report! Extracts from the two emails are appended.
APPENDIX 1 - ex Oxfam email.
On April 11, Oxfam launched a new campaign to MAKE TRADE FAIR. This campaign includes the issues raised in 'health before wealth' and many other critical issues in making trade fair.
For every $1.00 given to poor countries in aid, they lose $2.00 to rich countries because of unfair trade barriers against their exports. Visit http://www.maketradefair.com and add your voice.
APPENDIX 2 ex spam email
>This email tells the story of how American investigative journalist Greg Palast has managed to expose conspiracies by the World Bank and the IMF, (in conjunction with Enron, ) to destabilise countries by means of a four point plan. He has a range of paper and spoken evidence and was confident enough to air some of his information on Radio 4's 'Start The Week' programme on Monday.
> >This is a transcript of a recent radio interview in the States with Greg Palast. It's content is being buried.
> >World Bank Secret Documents Consumes Argentina - Alex Jones Interviews >Reporter Greg Palast Monday, - March 4, 2002 >
[I've just picked out a few bits from a very long interview - Mike O'C]
>GP: Yea, well, see one of the things that happened is that - we've got >examples from, I've got inside documents recently from Argentina, the >secret Argentine plan. This is signed by Jim Wolfensen, the president of the World Bank. By the way, just so you know, they are really upset with me that I've got the documents, but they have not challenged the authenticity of the documents.
>GP: So what's happening is - this is just one of them. And by the way, it's not just anyone who gets a piece of the action. The water system of Buenos Aires was sold off for a song to a company called Enron. A pipeline was sold off, that runs between Argentina and Chile, was sold off to a company called Enron. >
>BREAK > >AJ: We are talking to Greg Palast. He is an award-winning journalist, an American who has worked for the BBC, London Guardian, you name it, who has dropped just a massive bomb-shell on the Globalists and their criminal activity. There is no other word for it. You link through at inforwars.com, you can link to his web site - gregpalast.com, or any of the other great reports he has been putting out. He now has the secret documents. We have seen the activity of the IMF/World Bank for years. They come in, pay off politicians to transfer the water systems, the railways, the telephone companies, the nationalized oil companies, gas stations - they then hand it over to them for nothing. The Globalists pay them off individually, billions a piece in Swiss bank accounts. And the plan is total slavery for the entire population. Of course, Enron, as we told you was a dummy corporation for money laundering, drug money, you name it, from the other reporters we have had on. It's just incredibly massive and hard to believe. But it is actually happening. Greg Palast has now broken the story world-wide. He has actually interviewed the former top World Bank economist.
>GP: Well the problem that we have is - look, the IMF and the World Bank is 51% owned by the United States Treasury. So the question becomes, what are we getting for the money that we put into there? And it looks like we are getting mayhem in several nations. Indonesia is in flames. He was telling me, the Chief Economist, Stiglitz, was telling me that he started questioning what was happening. You know, everywhere we go, every country we end up meddling in, we destroy their economy and they end up in flames. And he was saying that he questioned this and he got fired for it.
>GP: Yea, the system has gotten completely out of control and these guys >knew exactly what was happening. Well, you have to understand that some of the guys who designed the system in California for deregulation then went to work for Enron right after. In fact, here I'm in London right now and we have, the British has some responsibility here. The guy who was on the audit committee of Enron, Lord Wakeham. And this guy is a real piece of work, there isn't a conflict of interest that he hasn't been involved in. > >AJ: And he is the head of NM Rothschild. > >GP: Yes, there isn't anything that he doesn't have his fingers in. He's on something like fifty Boards. And one of the problems, he was supposed to be head of the audit committee watching how Enron kept the books. And in fact, they were paying him consulting fees on the side.