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psychological support and fears grow over radiation levels in the area around. what your plans nuclear worries are leaving anxious nations looking to their own atomic energy supplies and whether it's worth the risk the director general of the world. tells r.t. how he assesses the industry's future that's a special interview next. gyrates it's great to have you with us today thank you so how much is the new production technology improved since its first reactor well the history of the nuclear age goes back more than a half century and enormous changes have taken place in that period of time i think the remarkable thing about the history of nuclear energy is how safe it has been
almost from the very beginning. when we go back and see the first reactors experimentally being built in the one nine hundred fifty s. we're looking at a very very new technology and now we've had some bumps along the way that is force for sure we had three mile island in america we had sure noble in ukraine we just had fukushima but there i think the remarkable thing about this technology which is producing so much of the world's electricity is how essential east safe it has begin been it does not emit any emissions into the into the global atmosphere and it has only on a very very rare occasion and harmed anyone and meanwhile we've had thousands hundreds of thousands even millions of fatalities from the extraction of fossil fuels from the surface of the earth and from the health consequences of carbon emissions so if you look at the history of nuclear technology you not only see a very safe technology but you also see a relatively superior technology because it is essentially emissions free tallis
always wondering who pays for storing the waste and how can that industry be profitable when they have to pay for storing their ways for thousands of years you know that the question of waste is i think the most fundamentally misunderstood aspect of nuclear energy most people say well nuclear energy might be ok seems to be pretty sad. but you don't know what to do with the waste let me say something that may shock you. the greatest comparative asset of nuclear power is its waste now why is this. in other major it energy forms whether it be coal or natural gas or oil what you find is that the atmosphere the global public atmosphere is being used as an enormous planetary waste dump all of those carbon particulate all of that carbon monoxide all of that carbon dioxide is going in there right now we are emitting carbon dioxide at the rate of thirty billion
tons a year which is eight hundred tons per seconds into the planetary atmosphere as an atmospheric waste from nuclear energy is producing a considerable proportion of the world's electricity one six while producing an amount of radioactive waste that sequent to the size of the fuel which becomes highly radioactive and then must be safely stored but the wonder of nuclear technology is that it can be managed it can be contained there is a relatively small amount of it and it can be very very safely stored in the immediate term when it comes out of the reactor and it can eventually be put in long term storage containers placed back into the earth in the geological repositories that are carefully selected and without any ultimate harm either to people or the environment how you sound like crafts for its environmentalists what's your job right now how would you characterize it i think when bill make the
credibility of the nuclear power industry well there are a lot of people think it's the greens versus nuclear and in fact in many green organizations anti-nuclear ism is one of the fundamental principles i'm in the nuclear power business precisely because i believe in the in my our environmental virtues of nuclear power i got into this business. when president clinton assigned me to be the his ambassador to the united nations organizations that deal with nuclear energy and i was particularly concerned and focused on the question of nuclear proliferation containing that and i did that work for president clinton for eight years but in the process i got a real education about the positive side of nuclear the the electricity generation that nuclear could bring to the world without environmental consequences and it was on that basis that i decided to dedicate dedicate the remainder of my career to promoting this clean energy technology part time with natural gas why why need care
energy is best natural gas while natural gas produces a lot of waste it produces carbon dioxide emissions on a very very large scale these emissions come out of the burning of the natural gas and they come out in even more potent form they come out of the transmission of natural gas through long pipelines where the unburned gas leaks in small quantity but in the form of methane that is twenty times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide so the combination of burning natural gas and the leakage of unburned natural gas that comes through the transmission lines makes this a very very serious liability for in terms of global greenhouse gas concentrations and you know that but europe sat powerhouse germany a solvent sustainable economy disagrees with you they want thing it's out of their country and ali that last spoke to us in foreign minister recently and very extremely proud and happy to be nuclear free. and you said that it's actually gain
votes and said it was undemocratic how so i was saying it was a sad it was in its sad result of democratic politics responding instantly and irrationally to some event halfway around the world to change the basic energy policy of europe's largest industrial economy it was certainly done according to democratic procedures. but these democratic procedures produced as democracy sometimes does a highly irrational result i'm an american i know that irrationality can come out of a political system i've seen it many times in my life and american democracy democracy does not produce great results and sometimes it produces silly results and we've just seen one and in germany what about for christina what happened there and least you keep telling me that it's all safe i don't keep telling you that it's all safe there was an accident fukushima look what happened i mean how can how can that nuclear power be the future when it's still so incredibly dangerous for life well
it's interesting that you would say that because we've just seen twenty four thousand japanese citizens killed by an earthquake and a tsunami. we've seen the media have a frenzy in covering the accident at fukushima which has not made it had not been responsible for a single radiation fatality we have twenty four thousand citizens having died from the earthquake and a tsunami we've had a mishap a serious mishap at the fukushima power plant that has yet to produce a single fatality and yet people are using the word the phrase nuclear disaster nuclear tragedy as if something terribly harmful has occurred i'm in the at the beginning of the of the line when it comes to being unhappy about what happened at fukushima i think it was a tragedy in terms of the world's understanding of the essential safety of nuclear power i also think however that it might also be educational in the long term because people have begun to focus on it and as they begin to begin to focus even
more clearly on the ultimate consequences of fukushima they will learn that there was relatively little damage done by this event and this was a worst case nuclear event after for christina you said we need to go back and look at whether those posts shut down cooling systems can survive the worst case events we can imagine what do you mean by go back the japanese made a mistake. the. the fundamental mistake they made was deciding that the worst tsunami they might encounter would come at a certain height and that would be the worst case to nami that they would encounter and if they defended against that there there their backup cooling systems would be safe that was a mistake because they misjudged and the result was that they did not have waterproof backup cooling systems and because they did not have waterproof backup cooling systems those were flooded and rendered an operative now the why is this important how did this happen you have to think of nuclear energy as the equivalent
of a racehorse that finishes running a race and then needs a cool down period the reactors at fukushima when the earthquake began shutdown they became essentially helpless on purpose but they still needed some exteriors some external we supplied electricity supply to power cooling systems that would get them down from five percent of their overall heat level they've been at one hundred percent they were already down to five they needed some extra cooling to get down to normal atmospheric and ambient temperatures all nuclear power plants require that outside assistance after they have shut down and the japanese mistake resulted in those outside non-nuclear systems not being available so the great irony of what happened at fukushima is that it was the failure of non-nuclear support systems to be available after the shutdown that resulted in this meltdown but you really believe everything that the nuclear operators tell you i don't have
to believe but we operate a system of tremendous transparency we have i.a.e.a. standards that are inforced by national nuclear regulatory about bodies all around the world which are independent bodies completely separate from the operators we have a worldwide network of new. where operators who visit each other's power plants and write reports and analysis and criticism of each other so that they are all working to come up to the same standard of best practice there was a great deal of conversation inspection analysis application of standards judgement about whether people are adhering to standards that is going on on a daily basis throughout all of the four hundred thirty five power plants in the world the problem of focus shima was that they made a mistake in reactor design not in reactor operations but in reactor design and what happened to happen now is that every nuclear regulatory authority in the world
needs to go back and ask the question are all of the reactors under my supervision and protected against worst case natural catastrophes like floods like tsunamis like earthquakes like plane crashes and that those questions are being asked right now i think they will result in some changes i don't think the changes are going to be terribly expensive i don't think they're going to take a long time to implement and i think that the the good of this is that with the world will have drawn a lesson from fukushima a nuclear safety will be even stronger in the aftermath thank you very much for this interview. spending the year in iraq is military journalist. killing us. wasting time tryna get killed.
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hello and welcome to the evening's more round up here an r.t. and here's a taste of what's coming up. decision day the south korean city of pyongyang china beats off two rivals to be chosen as opposed to the twenty eighteen winter olympics . was the sprint mark cavendish wins the fifth stage of the tour de france as defending champion alberto contador crashes on an incident day. double sweep swat at moscow's splash x. thirty two million euros on moroccan and dutch internationals to boost their stuttering season. but first the south korean city of people in china has been chosen to host the twenty eighteen winter olympics after losing out in two previous bids their action contender which was the slight favorite was selected ahead of munich in germany and annecy in southeastern france the international olympic
committee's ninety five members reached their decision in the first round of voting in durban this was their afternoon and it's a case of third time lucky if you are trying to trick the lead to each of the first rounds of the votes for the twenty ten and twenty fourteen games last final rounds through the first of. that a sighting of mark cavendish has once again lived up to his nickname of the spring taking the mancs rider won the flat fist stage at the tour de france on an instant packed day in britain a the h d c hired man trained his sixteenth stage victory at the tour off a frantic final dash and get better first place however it's the end of the road for radio shack team leader yanez brockovich the slovenian pulled out through injury following a bad crash defending champion alberto contador labor banks all but facing nicky sorenson and bradley wiggins were also among those who hit the floor norwegian thought best better though he's retained his overall leaders. yellow jersey for the
fall stay running while they're. moving on to football now spartak moscow have made a second signing in the space of twenty four hours worth of midfielder made because a lot has joined from belgian side standard lee as for seven million euros and follows on from the signing of dutch midfielder de me desire for my x. because i know who turns twenty two last week scored eighteen goals but if you take the belgian off and also made two appearances for the belgian on the twenty warm side opting to play for the moroccan national team last year spacek is being taken to reinforce them with fear and often busy it seems injured at the start of these things and. calcutta still comes to feel as if the other thank you is a agree to join client specific meaning you play michael as part of the netherlands wells cup squad in south africa alongside former teammates valery so used to play together at a set out moment where they won the dutch league in two thousand and nine spots not thinking they can rekindle that winning partnership must go to
a car if seven in the russian climbing off the wing seven and using six at their opening sixteen games. for me wanting them to call every to agreement with relegated blackpool for the transfer and. the trolley out of the twenty five year old travel time people don't want to see for medical and discuss the times the reds had already had two bids rejected in january. and the season i was twelve minutes left on his contract had been set to become political second summer signing off the midfielder jordan henderson a right from sunder and. found meanwhile much to city have signed to montenegro to defend stephan savage from cortisone belgrade on a four year deal the twenty year old who has previously had a trial that also don't becomes city's second signing in three days following the arrival of gal clichy from the gunners savage played for his country in last october's goal this year a twenty twelve qualifier against england at wembley and is also played off against . in the champions league. i mean we all feel for says mohammed bin ham will face
their ethics committee on july the twenty second to answer allegations of bribery cheering his election campaign to attempt to become the president of the football's governing body this has been asian football confederation president has been sent a report by fee for investigators and has been asked to respond its claim to man try to offer caribbean football chiefs cash in return for their votes caribbean football union employees debbie miguel and jason sylvester will also appear before the hearing allegations against a fee for vice president jack warner were dropped when he resigned from all football activities. now in our we one of the biggest football rivalries some substantial backing has been thrown behind christiane a renewal though as world cup holder says he rates his well better teammate better than barcelona's fever player of the year you know messi the way out and spain goalkeeper is in beijing for professional and charity reasons and he will donate items for auction before holding
a football clinic in the chinese capital as well prepared to match to an asian nation next march because he is likely to retain the captaincy for backtrace am beyond the humor but really this coach has a radio and no also provided vocal support for now though which probably comes as a surprise. choosing between messi and cristiano ronaldo i would say i will go for christian or a few not only my teammate but also a friend i have to admit that they currently have both the best footballers in the world and they're both very ambitious and given all their effort to play football for themselves and for their respective teams but anyway the two best players i would choose christian know. his ice hockey now and pay i tell dream team sky also petersburg have appointed the newly retired star player both as their assistant coach that's a time stanley cup when they left the n.h.l. to join the north in the russian club two years ago but hip surgery was an end to the forty year olds playing career however the olympic champion is staying with
scott to help the new head coach. is one of russia's richest sides still being pushed to deliver the goods in the k h l with their best results in the three years since the league's inception was a quarter final exit in the playoffs last season. and has also been a huge signing for taste moscow's basketball club as the european powerhouse as a great the transfer of the continent's best player player dosage the twenty four year old servant has yet to pass a medical before joining the army went on a three year deal the god is moving from great john's olympiacos after the year league's most valuable player years player of the year in twenty. ted and ted also tell us the latest big name to be brought in after the likes of no nonsense and some not for you also. now relations between a stone ians and russians living in a stone here has been strained over the last decade however one man has come up with a novel way to get the two communities interacting again so this what rich upon quarterly
reports. yes. yes. you and hearing you assume a russian on this pitch i mean english below don't buy this man john sweeney a former major in the british army he's been living in tallinn for the last twenty years has been trying to introduce the new soldier greg b. to b. u. of this baltic nation we set up. seven tigers multi-sport scales chords and we know get a stone in a russian school play so if three balls three different ball game. this year is our first year. and hopefully next year we will continue some of the main part of this project is to try and get the russians in the stone use playing together something which unfortunately is an all too rare occurrence unless you get children between nine and eleven meeting each other regularly not once a year every week. it's not going to happen. one
a child or one someone of seventeen or eighteen makes this go on for the first time obviously there's going to be your silliness so you must get. another important side of the project is just trying to teach your children the dangers of drinking and taking drugs in two thousand and nine a staggering one point two percent of the stone in population one in every three thousand people have contracted h.i.b. however by getting the children involved in sports john believes he is giving the kids something to believe. even keep them occupied while there's been a number of success stories over the last few years but over the last fifteen years we've got over forty boys and girls at universities in your. particular head imbra . so you know that is for us success it's not about great rugby.
you know we use rugby is a development tool it was development to one boy who's looking to follow in their footsteps as young as twelve he said frankly russian speaks fluent a stone you goes to new stone new language school he's only started to play rugby of the past couple of weeks but he says he really enjoys it as it gives him something to do during these pretty months of summer holidays. well because it's only games like the girlies is like paul and it's fun with simple yourselves improvement has been so quick he's already been named captain of the time in tiger's touch rugby team however the boys could have a victory to install for them in the autumn john is trying to organize a tours of rugby heartland of england to play some nights in gloucester no less the biggest turners these kids will gain is be interaction between their respective communities which will hopefully lead to a student union russian children playing peacefully together which of them both we don't see turned in stone you. that's close to sports news was
a thing of being one of the new to unveil the arts which will take part in the fast approaching volvo ocean race letters money on how that's all to come into being as team abradatas entrant for the world's longest race here around the globe regatta is taking off roster for months on october twenty ninth seven crews are taking part this time merits and love and care and home ports on six continents before concluding the race until either seventh abu dhabi skipper ian walker has waited for more than a year for the not to be designed but britain has now been proud of the thought in spreading its wings which is the national symbol of new brighton resumes. and that's all from the sports desk. hungry for the full story we've got it first hand the biggest issues get a human voice face to face with the news makers on the t.v.