September 7, 2001

Green Files #25


Hello everyone

Lots of good news for peace in this one, but lots of bad news for the environment...

Jean Hudon
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
http://www.cybernaute.com/earthconcert2000

"Evil, (ignorance) is like a shadow - it has no real substance of its own, it is simply a lack of light. You cannot cause a shadow to disappear by trying to fight it, stomp on it, by railing against it, or any other form of emotional or physical resistance. In order to cause a shadow to disappear, you must shine light on it."

- Shakti Gawain

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CONTENTS

1. Lots of Good News Today
2. Greenpeace Executive director accuses Bush of putting the world's future at risk
3. World coral reefs to die by 2050 - no way save them
4. Urgent! Sign on for the forests!
5. Decision Nears on Navy Sonar
6. Day of Truth: Call for a Global Festival for September 17, 2001
7. Chemtrail Central
8. U.S. Balks on Plan to Take Plutonium Out of Warheads
9. THE MILITARY IS HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH & A CIVIC ACTION




1.

Several good news came out today...

From: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010906/wl/mideast_dc_178.html

Peres Says He'll See Arafat in Mideast Next Week

CERNOBBIO, Italy (Reuters) - Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres said on Thursday he would meet Palestinian President Yasser Arafat in the Middle East next week to try and agree a cease-fire after 11 months of fighting. CLIP

Peres said the goal of the series of three encounters was to discuss implementing a cease-fire that was brokered by the United States earlier this year but never took hold. ``Our purpose will be to achieve a cease-fire so we should be able to implement the Mitchell report,'' he said.


From: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010906/wl/zimbabwe_talks_dc_5.html

Commonwealth Agrees Plan to End Zimbabwe Crisis

Zimbabwe, in the midst of an economic crisis, has agreed to halt further farm occupations and enforce the rule of law in land reform, but Britain quickly cautioned that ``words on paper'' must be followed by action.

Under the deal announced late on Thursday by mediator Nigeria after one-day talks in Abuja, Zimbabwe agreed to halt the occupation of white-owned farms by landless blacks which has crippled agricultural production and worsened Zimbabwe's economic recession, now in its third year.

Britain in turn agreed to put money into a U.N.-administered fund to compensate white farmers in the former British colony for land taken over for redistribution in an orderly scheme based on willing-seller willing buyer.

CLIP


From: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20010906/wl/macedonia_596.html

Macedonia Lawmakers Back Peace Plan (AP)

Macedonia's peace process passed a vital test in parliament Thursday to set the peace plan's next steps in motion - NATO gathering more weapons from ethnic Albanian rebels and legislative debate on new minority rights.


From : http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20010906/wl/koreas_dialogue_4.html

Koreas Prepare to Begin Talks Anew (AP)

After six months adrift, the reconciliation process on the divided Korean peninsula was poised to resume Thursday after the North accepted a Southern proposal to hold talks next week.


See also...

Overshadowed, Slavery Debate Boils at Racism Conference
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/09/06/international/06RACE.html

East Timor Freedom Party Wins Historic Vote
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010906/wl/timor_vote_dc.html




2.

From: Lightparty@aol.com
Date: Sun, 2 Sep 2001
Subject: Greenpeace Executive director accuses Bush of putting the world's future at risk

LONDON,16 August 2001 - Greenpeace's recently appointed Executive Director, Gerd Leipold, today criticised President George W Bush for putting the world's future at risk with a "truly astonishing policy path that could undo so much progress in environmental protection and world peace".

Speaking at the launch of the organisation's Annual Report, Dr. Gerd Leipold said that in pursuing the Star Wars (missile defence) programme (details at http://www.stopstarwars.org/), rejecting the Kyoto climate change agreement and threatening to open the Alaskan Arctic Wildlife Reserve to oil exploitation, President Bush was failing to protect the environment to satisfy his corporate supporters.

Leipold was particularly critical of the harsh conspiracy charges brought by the US against 15 Greenpeace activists and 2 journalists. (Details at http://www.stopstarwars.org/html/press.html) "The charges have a strong political motivation to them." All face up to six years in jail if convicted, unprecedented for peaceful protest and more usual for violent assault and drug dealing.

Previous charges against protesters at Vandenberg have not been of a criminal nature. Their arrest followed a protest at sea off the Vandenberg Airbase at the start of a Star Wars missile test. "All our activists are prepared to go to trial to defend what they believe in. It is Star Wars that should be on trial. Our activists were there because Greenpeacers care. No one else can do what Greenpeace is doing in opposing Star Wars. With our reach we can take the message globally. Our supporters, old and young, are committed to mobilise at short notice.

From the Arctic to tiny Pacific Islands we are unique in being able to challenge President George W Bush in every area of the Star Wars programme. This is the kind of "globalisation"- people working together to make the world a better place "that should be seen as the way ahead for us all." Gerd Leipold said Greenpeace had started in 1971 with a protest against US nuclear weapons testing and had for the last 30 years, challenged all those threatening to damage the planet. With 25 National Offices (http://www.greenpeace.org/contactsnew.shtml) and a presence in 39 countries Greenpeace has continued to grow. "We now have 2.65 million paying supporters and with every additional supporter, we increase the strength of our voice." Gross income rose by 14 percent to 146 million Euros (1999, 126m Euros) and net income rose for the sixth year in succession to 103m Euro (a 7 percent rise from 1999).

Greenpeace said its commitment to the developing world had continued with two offices - India and South-East Asia - beginning to campaign last year. Greenpeace China (which more than doubled its income) and Greenpeace Argentina (whose income rose by 87 percent) showed there is rapid growth of interest in Greenpeace and concern for environmental issues. The offices in both China and Argentina are now financially "self sufficient".

More information

Download a summary version of the 2001 Annual Report from http://www.greenpeace.org/annualreport.shtml

Greenpeace International's campaign achievements 2000-2001 at http://www.greenpeace.org/campaign_achievements.shtml




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Date: Thu, 06 Sep 2001
From: Mark Graffis <mgraffis@vitelcom.net>
Subject: World coral reefs to die by 2050 - no way save them

GLASGOW, Scotland -- The world's coral reefs will be dead within 50 years because of global warming, and there is nothing we can do to save them, a scientist warned Wednesday.

"It is hard to avoid the conclusion that most coral in most areas will be lost," Rupert Ormond, a marine biologist from Glasgow University, told a science conference. "We are looking at a loss which is equivalent to the tropical rain forests."

Only the coral reefs in nontropical regions such as Egypt stand any chance of lasting beyond 2050, Ormond said, but even the days of the stunning marine parks of the Red Sea are numbered as sea temperatures continue to creep up.

In the past, reefs have suffered from sediment buildup and the coral-eating crown-of-thorns starfish, whose numbers have exploded due to the over-fishing of their predators.

Now the main threat to the delicate structures that harbor some of nature's most stunning creations comes from warmer seas, which cause coral bleaching.

Microscopic algae that support the coral polyps cannot live in the warmer water, and the polyps, the tiny creatures who actually create the reefs, die off within weeks.

Scientists agree the world's oceans are now warming at a rate of between one and two degrees Celsius every 100 years due to the increased amounts of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere which trap the sun's rays.

But even if humans stopped pumping out greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide tomorrow in a bid to halt the process, it would still be too late to save the reefs, Ormond said. "I don't know what can be done, given that there's a 50-year time lag between trying to limit carbon dioxide levels and any effect on ocean temperature," he told the conference, held by the British Association for the Advancement of Science.

The implications stretch far beyond the death of the colorful coral structures themselves. The weird and wonderful eels and fish which inhabit the nooks and crannies will become homeless, and many species will die out. "We are looking at a gradual running down of the whole system. Over time, the diversity of coral fish will die," Ormond said.

Humankind will also suffer directly as the dead reefs are eroded and shorelines that have been protected for the last 10,000 years face the wrath of the oceans without their natural defenses.

In an age of relatively cheap scuba-diving holidays, this also means many developing countries in the tropics, such as Kenya or those in the Caribbean, face losing a major source of revenue.

The only cause for optimism was that new coral reefs could start to emerge in colder waters such as the north Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea.




4.

From: "Teresa Perez" <teresap@wrm.org.uy>
Date: Thu, 6 Sep 2001
Subject: Urgent! Sign on for the forests!

Dear friends,

A letter is being sent to the World Bank next Friday 7 September as a response to the Bank's request for comments on its draft Forest Strategy. If you wish to sign on, please respond to this message including name, organization and country.

As you will see, the letter below expresses deep concern about the Bank's plans to lift its proscription against logging in primary moist tropical forests and calls on the Bank to adopt strong social and environmental safeguards and to release its revised draft forest *policy* at the earliest opportunity so civil society can make a more informed response.

The letter also urges the Bank to reconsider its approach to carbon trading and the promotion of plantations as carbon sinks until there are agreed international safeguard standards for such operations.

Please sign on to this letter to send a clear message to the Bank that its proposed plans for forests are not acceptable because, as they stand, they will inevitably result in yet more disasters for the world's forests and forest peoples. The letter will be sent to the team preparing the Strategy and Policy and will be copied to all members of the Bank's Board and its President.

Best regards,

Ricardo Carrere

CLIP - Since this letter is very long, if you are interested to get it please ask it from
"Teresa Perez" <teresap@wrm.org.uy>




5.

Date: Thu, 06 Sep 2001
From: Mark Graffis <mgraffis@vitelcom.net>
Subject: Decision Nears on Navy Sonar

BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) - Eighteen months ago, the Navy deployed a powerful mid-range sonar during a submarine detection exercise in the deep water canyons of the Bahamas.

Within hours, at least 16 whales and two dolphins beached themselves on the islands of Abaco, Grand Bahama and North Eleuthera. Scientists found hemorrhaging around the brain and ear bones - injuries consistent with exposure to extremely loud sounds. Eight whales died.

Now, the March 2000 strandings are being used as a battle cry for opponents of an even stronger low-frequency sonar the Navy wants to use to detect a new generation of quiet submarines.

A growing number of environmentalists and lawmakers want to stop deployment of the system because they fear it will harm whales, dolphins and loggerhead turtles. The state of Maine is particularly concerned about the impact on endangered northern right whales.

``I appreciate the nation's needs for national security, but I also believe that the evidence shows (this new) sonar is harmful to the marine environment,'' said Rep. John Baldacci, D-Maine.

The Navy, which has spent $300 million developing the system, is awaiting a review of its plan for a five-year deployment. A final decision by the National Marine Fisheries Service is expected this fall.

The Navy contends the sonar is imperative to national security because other nations, including Russia, Germany and China, are already developing super-quiet submarines that can avoid traditional detection.

It says it will protect whales with a 1,100-yard buffer zone backed up with traditional sonar and lookouts to determine the presence of whales.

Still, critics say the risk to whales and other marine life under those guidelines far outweighs any advances in submarine detection.

``Sonar is a very important defense, but it's like practicing dropping nuclear bombs - it will have a very important environmental impact,'' said Ken Balcomb, a marine biologist who witnessed the Bahama stranding in front of his house.

Whales are more susceptible to sonar interference than many mammals because they rely on sound for communication, feeding, mating and migration.

The proposed sonar is a type of low-frequency active sonar called the Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System, or Surtass LFA. The Navy wants to use it on four warships capable of sweeping 80 percent of the world's oceans.

According to the Navy's proposal, the sonar would transmit signals as loud as 215 decibels - the underwater equivalent of standing next to a twin-engine F-15 fighter jet at takeoff.

But the Navy contends the loudest noise a whale would encounter is 180 decibels because of the safety zone, said Joe Johnson, the Navy official in charge of managing the environmental tests.

The Navy's tests on four species were able to attain only an estimated level of 150 decibels. At that level, the sonar affected the length of humpback whale songs but didn't lead to other extreme behaviors, said Roger Gentry, an acoustics expert from the National Marine Fisheries Service.

But some biologists believe whales are irritated by sounds louder than 110 decibels. At 180 decibels, they contend, a whale's ear drums could explode - similar to how an opera singer shatters glass.

The Navy admits the Bahamas stranding was likely caused by mid-range sonar but contends the low-frequency active sonar wouldn't harm whales.

Mid-range sonar, used in the Bahamas can be heard over shorter distances by many marine animals. Low-frequency sonar can travel several hundred miles but is audible to fewer animals; the downside is the transmissions are on the same frequency used for communication by many large whales, including humpbacks.

Critics believe there have been other strandings linked to sonar, but the whales in the Bahamas were the only ones to be fully examined.

In 1996, 12 Cuvier beaked whales beached themselves in Greece during NATO (news - web sites) exercises involving the same low-frequency sonar the Navy wants to use. But those whales decomposed before scientists could conduct an investigation.

Marsha Green, an animal behaviorist with the Ocean Mammal Institute in Reading, Pa., fears the worst if the sonar is deployed.

``Can you imagine a world without whales?'' she said. ``It would be like a world without songbirds. We would all regret it.''




6.

Date: Tue, 04 Sep 2001
From: "Aaron" <aaron@hoep.org>
Subject: Have you heard of the Day of Truth?

Hi Jean,

I heard about you from Suzy Ward, who contacted me recently about taking on the publishing of the Matthew books. When I visited your web site I realized that you would be interested in the Day of Truth global festival that is taking place on September 17 (coinciding with the end of the stone
calendar in the Great Pyramid). I have attached an article about it that may stimulate your readers.

Blessings,

Aaron

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Note from Jean: Very interesting *indeed* and *very* profound! -- Quote from below:

"Will we birth ourselves into the Age of Light with grace and ease? Or will we continue on our collision course towards extinction?"


“DAY OF TRUTH” – CALL FOR A GLOBAL FESTIVAL FOR SEPTEMBER 17, 2001

(If this message speaks to you, please use the internet and media to distribute it worldwide. This proposal is inspired by the One through the voices of all those who wish to stand behind it.)

There is a calendar encoded in stone within the Great Pyramid of Giza, which has accurately predicted significant historical events, including the birth of Jesus Christ, and the global wars of this century. This began in 3999 BC, and ends on September 17, 2001. According to this calendar there are three things we might expect at this time of ending. It is a time for a shift in earth’s relationship with the sun. It is time to complete and balance planetary karmic cycles. And it is time for a global spiritual initiation. (see Moira Timms, Beyond Prophecies and Predictions)

What are the implications of this? Earth’s relationship to the sun is shifting. We have been experiencing more solar flares this year than ever before in recorded history. The magnetic polarities of the sun have gone through a significant shift, and scientists are indicating this could soon happen on earth as well. The earth’s magnetic fields hold our collective thoughts, feelings, and consciousness. Could the shifting of the magnetic fields perhaps be mirroring the revolution of human consciousness that we are currently experiencing? Could it also perhaps have to do with our entry into a region of space known as the “photon band”, which has in previous cycles indicated quantum shifts in planetary evolution?

As we prepare for such a quantum shift we will simultaneously be experiencing the completion and balancing of long range karmic cycles. On a 3rd dimensional level, what we do to the earth we do to ourselves, and we are beginning to see the repercussions of this. On a higher level, we may evoke a law of grace that supersedes the laws of karma. This demands conscious intent, however. Can we use this time to send out a different message to the universe? Can we reach inside of ourselves and look at the denials and fears that keep us imprisoned in our lives? Can we encourage our communities, businesses, and governments to do likewise? What if we looked to this day, September 17, 2001, as a Day of Truth, to redirect our intentions towards the highest possibilities of our souls, and for our beautiful planet?

We can only go as high as we are willing to go deep, and it is often in the very depths that we find the greatest light. This is where we find the power and the hope to sustain us. For it is only as we are willing to see and to embrace all of our deeply human fragmented realities that the light of grace can shine upon us.

As we allow the light of grace to shine upon us, we open ourselves to a global spiritual initiation. We are seeing increasingly rapid expansions of consciousness on our planet. This emerging consciousness is 4th and 5th dimensional in nature, and can over-ride the 3rd dimensional ecological realities on our planet. The nature of most spiritual initiations is the experience of a gradual ascent of consciousness followed by a quantum leap. When the time is right, this quantum leap could take place “in the twinkling of an eye”. We are collectively entering the birth canal of a new world. Will we birth ourselves into the Age of Light with grace and ease? Or will we continue on our collision course towards extinction?

An astrological chart set up for Giza Egypt at 1:30 am, September 17, 2001, is very revealing. A near-perfect Star of David is formed. The descending triangle includes Saturn, Uranus, and Mercury on the IC. Uranus and Mercury represent the energies of the Aquarian Age. Saturn joins them in a grand trine, allowing these energies to be grounded into structure and form. Meanwhile, Venus, Chiron and the Midheaven come together in an ascending triangle. Joining together in another grand trine, these energies represent the ascent of the wounded feminine. The two triangles representing the descent of the Aquarian Age and the ascent of the feminine come together perfectly on this day, signifying possibilities for a great healing of our collective splits and shadows as we prepare for a planetary initiation!

This proposal for a Day of Truth recognizes that we are on the verge of a planetary spiritual awakening, and is a call for deep self-examination. It is also a recognition that we are connected with a vast array of beings who can assist us if we call for it collectively. There are four things each of us can do as we move towards this event.

1. Take time before this date to personally examine our own lives and priorities as citizens of Earth in this time of transition. This is a wake-up call.

2. Come together in small and large groups, taking responsibility for our shadows, fears and denials, and how this impacts the larger whole. Discuss how we have been denying our light as well as our darkness. With great compassion, allow ourselves to make new choices.

3. Call for accountability from our governments, businesses, industries and media. People like Bill Moyers and Steven Greer seem to have initiated a healthy trend in the past few months, asking for full public disclosure on the chemical industry, environmental politics, and extraterrestrial contact. The same applies to efforts worldwide to address human rights, cetacean rights, and Earth rights. Let us take this spirit of disclosure into every arena of personal and planetary life. Share stories of denial busting with the global community over the media and internet, as well as stories of inspiration, hope and renewal. Check out www.savesite.net. Let this day be the beginning of a new global commitment to honor the rights of all living beings, including the Earth!

4. Put forth a unified call for assistance from the ascended masters, star nations, angels, avatars, saints, boddhisatvas, and nature kingdoms. These magnificent beings are always ready to assist but will not do so without permission. To the extent that we give our power over to governments, allowing them to choose for us, they will not interfere with our choice. We must either invite our governments to lift the veil of secrecy and respond to the positive assistance that has been offered, or invite this directly as citizens of the Earth.

Although we cannot remain in denial about the ecological realities on our planet, the pathway to the Fifth World is in affirming the new realities emerging among us. Somewhere between an ungrounded spiritual escapism based on denial, and a narcissistic preoccupation with gloom and doom, we can choose to intentionally and purposefully envision a brave new world based on the deepest truth of our being. In order to do this we must consciously choose to face our own shadows, commit to rebirth, and open to the light of our guiding truth.

May this Day of Truth reflect the deepest truth of our being. And may this be the message that we send out to the universe as we prepare for the dawning of an Age of Light.

May we walk in beauty,

Kiara Windrider (wind.rider@eudoramail.com)
(author of Doorway to Eternity: A Guide to Planetary Ascension, available through http://www.hoep.org)




7.

Date: Wed, 05 Sep 2001
From: Chere Rae <heartvisions@earthlink.net>
Subject: Chemtrail Central

Greetings Jean, don't know why I haven't seen much on this topic as heavy, heavy spraying in San Fernando Valley in So.California going on for weeks and still going on..........any info?, a site you may not have at http://www.chemtrailcentral.com/index.shtml

Health and Wellness,

Chere




8.

"Leti Guerra" <letiguerra@hotmail.com> recommended this to my/our attention...

U.S. Balks on Plan to Take Plutonium Out of Warheads

A joint project with Russia that was aimed at blocking the spread of bombs to terrorists is likely to be abandoned by the Bush administration because it is too costly

http://www.nytimes.com/2001/08/21/international/21NUKE.htmlBR>
U.S. Balks on Plan to Take Plutonium Out of Warheads

WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 — A program conceived by the Clinton administration to rid the world of 100 tons of American and Russian weapons-grade plutonium is likely to be abandoned by the Bush administration, according to people who have been briefed about the project.

Under the plan, which was first proposed in the mid-90's, 50 tons of American plutonium and 50 tons of Russian plutonium would be taken out of nuclear weapons and either converted into fuel for nuclear reactors or rendered useless for weapons by mixing it with with highly radioactive nuclear waste, a process known as immobilization.

When the plan was drafted, Clinton administration officials said the program would reduce the risk that the plutonium would fall into the wrong hands, where it could easily be turned into weapons.

By reducing the availability of weapons-grade plutonium, the project had the added benefit of bolstering treaties between the United States and Russia to cut the number of nuclear warheads deployed by each side, by making it harder to turn plutonium from decommissioned weapons back into warheads.

Bush administration officials deny that the program is dead, but acknowledge that it has difficulties, primarily financial ones.

"The issue is under review," said an administration official who would speak only if not identified. "We've made no secret of that. But no decisions have been made."

But the official continued, "It's no secret that there are a lot of equities to balance here."

One major equity, he said, is money. Early this year the Energy Department predicted a cost of $6.6 billion, about triple the initial estimates, to convert the American stocks to fuel for civilian nuclear reactors. It put Russia's cost at $1.76 billion, which is money Russia does not have.

The expectation under the Clinton administration was that the United States and other rich countries would help pay, but no concrete pledges were ever made.

In 1999 the Clinton administration did agree to pay a consortium of power companies $130 million to use plutonium that the government would convert into fuel. But the conversion factories are not yet built, and the conversion itself was contingent on an agreement with the Russians to take similar steps to dispose of plutonium from their weapons.

Despite the program's expected benefits, the Bush administration's proposed Energy Department budget this spring did not include the money needed to mix some of the plutonium with nuclear waste.

The second path — converting it to fuel for American nuclear reactors, the strategy the Clinton administration hoped would induce the Russians to do the same — also appears likely to be dropped soon.

"There is no enthusiasm for it whatsoever," said a Congressional aide who was briefed by officials of the National Security Council, referring both to the current strategy of immobilization and to conversion to reactor fuel.

The issue of what to do with plutonium from decommissioned nuclear weapons has haunted policy makers for years.

One particular fear is that the material from Russian weapons would be bought or stolen by terrorists or a "rogue" government who could construct a nuclear bomb. In recent years, the security of bomb materials in Russia has been improved markedly by joint Russian-American efforts, administration experts say.

Bush administration officials insist that they share the goal of disposing of American and Russian plutonium.

"There's no philosphical shift that says suddenly we're perfectly fine with surplus plutonium laying around — we're not," said an administration official familiar with the Clinton-era program. But, he added, conversion to fuel for existing reactors or mixing with waste are "not the only options for disposing of it safely."

As an alternative, the Bush administration appears to be considering a variety of untested technical options, including a new generation of nuclear reactors that could burn plutonium more thoroughly.

"They're trying to improve on it by giving up on getting started any time soon," said Matthew G. Bunn, a nuclear expert at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, who was an adviser to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Clinton administration. He and other experts are skeptical that a new generation of reactors, which was also mentioned in President Bush's energy plan as a way to dispose of nuclear waste, would ever be built. Construction on the last nuclear plants built in the United States country was begun more than 25 years ago.

"We're back at Square 1 with the program, and they're looking at imaginary options, like advanced reactors," said Tom Clements, executive director the Nuclear Control Institute, a nonprofit group that opposes the use of plutonium for reactor fuel. "For financial reasons, it's not going to be viable."

Though the administration is considering dropping the program to convert or immobilize weapons- grade plutonium, a separate Russian-American program to reduce the inventory of another Russian bomb fuel, highly enriched uranium, is continuing. In fact, uranium that was intended for Russian bombs now meets more than half the needs of American power reactors.

But diluting uranium to the type used in power plants is technically far simpler and cheaper than the process required for plutonium, which must be converted from the metal form used in weapons to a plutonium-uranium ceramic used in American power plants.

In fact, enriched uranium has economic value as reactor fuel, while converting plutonium appears to be a money-losing proposition.

Even so, Russian officials have said repeatedly that they view plutonium as an asset and would like to build new breeder reactors, so named because they produce plutonium faster than they consume the other main reactor fuel, uranium.

The end of the plutonium program would be mixed news for groups concerned with proliferation.

For example, the Nuclear Control Institute has pushed vigorously for immobilization and against converting plutonium to reactor fuel, which is known as mixed oxide, or MOx.

Officials of the institute say conversion to MOx is very expensive and would encourage international commerce in weapons material.

"We think their assessment of MOx is correct," said Mr. Clements, referring to the administration. "The problem is, it appears they've also rejected the cheaper alternative, which is immobilization."




9.

DAILY GRIST
06 Sep 2001
http://www.gristmagazine.com

CLIP

4.
THE MILITARY IS HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH
The Pentagon isn't cleaning up thousands of former military sites as quickly as it claims, according to a report released yesterday by the U.S. General Accounting Office, the investigative arm of Congress. In its own review of the $200 million-a-year cleanup program, the Pentagon said that work at more than of half of the thousands of sites contaminated by hazardous waste had been completed. The GAO report found that only a third of the work had been done -- and the Pentagon had cherry-picked the easy sites first, leaving the more difficult cleanups for later.

MSNBC.com, 05 Sep 2001
http://www.msnbc.com/news/624285.asp

Take action to demand the cleanup of nuclear weapons
http://www.gristmagazine.com/grist/dogood/toxic.asp?source=daily#abraham


DAILY GRIST
05 Sep 2001

CLIP

2.
A CIVIC ACTION
Honda unveiled a gas-electric hybrid Civic yesterday that the automaker says gets more than 68 miles per gallon, about 20 miles more than current models of gas-powered Civics. The new car will go on sale in Japan this fall and next spring in the U.S. Honda also said it would put a fuel-cell car on the market by 2003.

Detroit News, Associated Press, 04 Sep 2001
http://detnews.com/2001/autos/0109/05/-285452.htm

Another alternative vehicle -- a cartoon by Suzy Becker







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