Newsletter XXXIII 2022
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Greens on delayed nuclear phase-out:
Both are members of the Green Party. One fought against nuclear power for a long time. For the other, the issue was over. But it isn't. And now? An interview.
You are categorically against stretching, so the idea of letting the nuclear power plants run a little longer without new fuel rods?
Schroeren: According to everything we know today, there are no compelling energy policy reasons for extending the operation of nuclear power plants, at least not as long as all other, less risky options have not been fully exhausted. The stress test that the Economics Ministry is currently conducting will say nothing about the condition of the reactors and their need for upgrading. That could only be done with regular security checks, which last took place in 2009 and are therefore long overdue. Just how important they are can be seen in France. Half of the nuclear reactors there are shut down because safety inspections revealed corrosion in the pipes, which could lead to a loss of coolant and catastrophe in the event of an earthquake. The war in Ukraine brings before us an additional risk: nuclear power plants became targets of military attacks for the first time. This also shows that we are making our country safer by shutting down the nuclear power plants.
How do you see that, Mr. Blasel?
Blasel: When I first stretched, I would have a stomach ache. But I would first wait for the result of the stress test. A first stress test months ago showed that nuclear power makes no difference in the current energy crisis. According to current knowledge, gas combustion cannot simply be replaced by nuclear power. In my view, if the second stress test delivers the same result, the debate will be over.
And if not?
Blasel: In principle, I do not see the question of stretch operation dogmatically. But from a technical point of view, there seems to be a lot to be said against it. I reject a general lifetime extension for more nuclear power plants with new fuel rods.
Schroeren: Do you want to wait and see what the second stress test reveals and then maybe get into the debate about longer maturities?
Blasel: We should only get involved in the debate as to whether the stretching operation makes sense and is justifiable when it is clear that this nuclear power could make a difference at all.
Schroeren: I think that's wrong. The Greens are currently trying to keep the ball flat with this mantra. They are afraid of not getting rid of the scapegoat in winter when the Union parties, in cooperation with interested media, stage a wave of outrage, regardless of whether there is a factual reason for it or not. That's why the Greens think it's wise not to lean too far out of the window now. I find that shortsighted. No matter what the result of the stress test looks like: It will increase the pressure on the Greens to such an extent that I have doubts as to whether they will then be able to defend themselves effectively, if they still want to. That is why the Greens should now show a clear edge: no further operation of nuclear power plants. No to the irresponsible risk. Yes to less risky ways of securing the electricity supply in the crisis, above all through massive and systematic energy savings. Friedrich Merz and Markus Söder are only superficially concerned with this pointless nuclear debate about securing the energy supply. Rather, there is a tough party political calculation behind it: They want the Union to finally regain what it lost to the Greens a long time ago: hegemony in energy and climate policy...
Much more solar energy harvesting possible on motorways and rails, says Philipp Schmagold. The author of this article is a lecturer at the Kiel University of Applied Sciences, the Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel and a member of the scientific advisory board of the German Wind Energy Association (BWE).
Climate protection is our most urgent social task in the coming years, not only in the dry summer months, and agriculture is significantly involved in this. It is therefore very good that the federal legislature has created the possibility that after the 110 m previously provided for in the EEG, then 220 m in the meantime, 500 m are now used on both sides of motorways and rails and solar energy is paid for according to the Renewable Energy Sources Act may be claimed.
The expansion increases the area along motorways that was previously potentially eligible for compensation by around 127 percent, as it grows from 220 m wide to 500 m wide. In the case of rails, the area also increases to 500 m on both sides ...
Energy crisis worsens
First gas, now also electricity: For Germany, the energy supply will be tight in the coming winters. Electricity prices are higher than ever. This is not only due to the reduced gas supplies from Russia and the low water level in the Rhine.
While companies and consumers are primarily concerned about gas bottlenecks with a view to the coming winter, a dangerous situation is brewing on the electricity market. Not only gas but also electricity could soon become scarce in Germany. Because the question is whether Europe's energy suppliers can generate enough electricity this winter.
For exports to Switzerland, the increase was even more than sixfold. Electricity exports from Germany to France increased almost sixfold in the second quarter compared to the previous year. The result: Germany is currently generating an unusually large amount of natural gas in order to supply France in particular with electricity...
However, the link https://www.manager-magazin.de/unternehmen/energie/strompreise-auf-rekordhoch-warum-der-ausbau-der-erneuerbaren-energien-draengt-a-5ae73f74-1f8b-467f-9be3-a81f209090eb indicates a completely different content, which surprised me a lot. Could it be that the editor-in-chief got in the author's way?
19 August 2008 (INES 1) NPP Santa Maria de Garona, ESP
On July 15 and August 19, the plant's two battery systems were tested. According to the CSN authority, their determined capacity was insufficient. In the event of an accident, these direct current systems perform various safety functions, such as starting the emergency diesel or displaying the reactor status. The main problem with this event is that after detecting the malfunction of the first system on July 15, the operator did not test the second system immediately, but only on August 19, 2008 ...
The 1 INES-2008 incident text quoted above is in 2022 in the Wikipedia no longer to be found.
Apparently, slowly but surely, all important information about accidents in the nuclear industry is being removed from Wikipedia!
CSN - Consejo de Seguridad Nuclear
Level I event at the Santa María de Garoña nuclear power plant, reported on August 18, 2008, due to the detection of a capacity failure in the supply batteries of the main buses A and B.
Subsequent analysis of the error could not exclude the hypothesis that at the same time the batteries had less than the required capacity, thereby violating the operating specifications ...
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With a replica nuclear waste container, environmentalists are urging the ruling party to take a clear stance against extending nuclear power.
Six Greenpeace activists protested on Thursday morning in front of the Bündnis 90/Die Grünen party headquarters in Berlin with the four-tonne replica of the yellow castor container. They unfurled a banner that read, "Nuclear Power? Not another day!”. With this, the environmentalists referred to the willingness indicated by prominent politicians from the ranks of the party involved in the federal government to soften the strict nuclear phase-out schedule. Several high-ranking party representatives, such as party leader Ricarda Lang, had recently indicated that in view of a bottleneck in German energy supply that could possibly be imminent from autumn or winter, if the last three German nuclear power plants were to be operated beyond the statutory shutdown date of December 31, they could be open to discussion. With the protest, Greenpeace is now addressing “above all the chairmen Ricarda Lang and Omid Nouripour” to “commit themselves to the statutory nuclear phase-out on December 31, 2022. "The Greens must not allow themselves to be harnessed to a populist pro-nuclear campaign," said Gerald Neubauer, Greenpeace's energy expert.
If you want to understand high electricity prices in Germany, you have to look to France rather than Russia
The structural crisis of French nuclear power is a key price driver on the German electricity market. This is hardly noticed in this country.
Europe is experiencing an energy price crisis of historic proportions. In Germany, too, wholesale prices for electricity and gas are rushing from peak to peak.
Compared to the previous year, the increases are currently by factors of four to six and more, depending on the product. And although these prices have not yet hit consumers with full force, millions of people and tens of thousands of companies are directly and severely affected, even to the point of existential questions.
Conclusion: The problem of French nuclear power as a decisive price driver and uncertainty factor must penetrate much broader awareness. There is far too much to do and to decide to dwell on smoke screens and mock debates about a German nuclear resurgence.
Markus Lanz discussed the gas levy and the excess profit tax on Wednesday. Scientist Harald Lesch spoke plain language and did not take good care of the business of the oil companies. A statement by FDP politician Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermanns particularly annoyed the experts.
Gas levy and excess profit tax were vehemently discussed at “Markus Lanz” on Wednesday. In particular, scientist Harald Lesch spoke plainly. Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann's statements about winning left him "pretty speechless". An indictment followed against the mineral oil companies.
"PR stunt", "political calculation" or even a "sleight of hand"? Neither "Welt" journalist Robin Alexander, nor astrophysicist Harald Lesch or host Markus Lanz found kind words for Christian Lindner on Wednesday evening.
"Climate change has also reached us," emphasized Lesch. For this reason, it is now time to use all climate-friendly options - including photovoltaics. He suggested covering all roofs in Germany, including churches. Although this cannot currently be carried out without problems everywhere, it would be “a sign that we are actually starting to take the energy transition really seriously”.
18 August 2015 (INES 2) NPP Blayais, FRA
Overexposure of a worker beyond the legal limit.
In June 2015, twice in one week, over 100 people had to be evacuated from the Unit 4 building after elevated levels of radioactivity were detected.
On August 18, 2015, a worker was exposed to levels of radiation in excess of guidelines. The event was classified as an INES level 2 incident.
opinion nuclear power? No thank you! The nuclear policies of four Western countries are behind the operation of the largest nuclear power plant in Europe. Now it has become a strategic weapon of war. The danger of escalation must be averted quickly
Nuclear power is a high-risk technology and must never become a pawn in a war - that seemed to be the consensus around the world at the beginning of the year. Now it has happened anyway: Europe's largest nuclear power plant has become a target and strategic tool for the warring parties. Both sides accuse each other of rocket fire on the sensitive infrastructure. The possible effects of a super meltdown in Zaporizhia are so huge that preventing them should be the top priority. The world community must set in motion all conceivable diplomatic levers immediately. Time is running out.
When 42 states, including the federal government, reiterate Volodymyr Zelensky's demand that Russia withdraw all troops from the nuclear power plant site and Ukraine, that is of little help. Of course, the cause of the evil lies in Vladimir Putin's brutal attack and in the fact that Russian troops took control of the nuclear power plant in violation of international martial law at the beginning of March, and are now even using it as a military base. But it is important to extinguish a fire that has just broken out as quickly as possible, instead of first looking for the culprit or setting the requirements for an extinguishing action too high to implement it.
For weeks, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, has been trying to initiate an urgently needed on-site inspection of the plant. There is reason to hope that both Russia and Ukraine will now agree to the visit of Grossi's group of experts. But much more needs to be done...
China is working on the green transition. China has been the leader in solar expansion for several years. Now the government also wants to promote solar roofs. The newly installed capacity could thus increase to up to 80 gigawatts per year.
China is expanding renewable energies. Recently, the Chinese government also wants to increasingly promote and expand solar roofs in order to reduce its emissions.
China promotes rooftop PV
Rooftop solar systems are on the rise, China Daily reports. The reason for this are government support measures, which include a fixed, guaranteed feed-in tariff above the market level and partner programs with cities and regions. In addition, half of the newly built public facilities are to be equipped with solar systems on roofs by 2025.
In the last five years, the installed capacity of solar roof systems in China has already increased significantly. From just 4 gigawatts in 2016, it increased rapidly to 19,4 gigawatts in 2017. In 2021, a total of 27,3 gigawatts of rooftop PV were installed in China. The total capacity is expected to grow strongly again by 2025, namely to around 94,7 gigawatts.
At the end of June, the National Energy Administration of China called for counties to be nominated for a solar roof support program. As a result, 25 provinces developed pilot programs for rooftop solar systems. Most decentralized photovoltaic systems are currently installed in the east and south of China. This is probably mainly due to the stronger economic power of these parts of the country, because the demand for electricity is particularly high in the provinces of Zhejiang, Shandong, Jiangsu and Anhui ...
Good morning, dear reader,
scorching heat, dry rivers, burning forests: This summer gives us a glimpse of what awaits us in the years to come. The planet is heating up faster than even pessimistic scientists expected, and climate protection policies still seem like a drop in the ocean.
Affordable energy for the entire population is currently a priority, that's for sure. But it seems absurd that even now we are still trying desperately to fully maintain our lifestyle, only that gas is becoming more expensive and will in future come from Norway instead of Russia. Still not a single leading politician dares to pour the bluff on the citizens.
Pure wine would mean: We have to fundamentally question and change our consumption, traffic and consumption. That's easy to say and hard to say, that's also clear. That's why I asked the journalist Sara Schurmann about it. She deals intensively with the consequences of global warming and has written the book "Klartext Klima". What you say is remarkable:
Droughts, storms and floods are also increasing in this country. How bad is the situation on the "climate front" really?
In Germany and Europe there is often still the idea that it won't hit us that hard. Of course, the Global South is already being hit much harder by the effects of the climate crisis. But it is an illusion that the northern countries get off lightly...
Meadow plants instead of soy as animal feed, agri-photovoltaics with tracked solar trackers, low-temperature use of waste heat for drying – Michael Schneider from Stoffenried shows everything that is possible in agriculture.
Farmer Michael Schneider from Stoffenried takes a holistic approach to sustainability and agri-PV. He operates meadow PV and makes soy substitutes for the entire livestock sector from green biomass such as flowering meadows. This is how he solves the omega3 deficiency age, as he himself wrote to us. What is also certain is that less soy has to be imported as feed for livestock. In this way, CO2 is saved - and maybe one or the other monoculture that displaces Brazilian jungle ...
Record lows in the Rhine and the unbelievable preference for fire accelerators, oil, natural gas and coal in transport. A comment.
The forests are also burning in Europe like never before, an unprecedented month-long drought brings catastrophic crop failures, one heat wave follows the other and they cost more and more heat deaths. And now, as early as August, the Rhine and other rivers will soon be at record low water levels, which previously only happened in a similar form in autumn.
Should the main causes of the low water level on the rivers – oil, natural gas, coal – be transported preferentially by rail? But why not solar modules, not wind power equipment, not biofuels, not people who want to switch from the oil car to the train or even food. No: The railroad should now preferably transport the climate accelerant oil, natural gas, coal ...
According to an analysis by SecDev for the Washington Post, Russia now has a firm grip on Ukraine's most important natural resources, valued at $12,4 trillion.
According to the report, Moscow currently controls 63 percent of Ukraine's coal reserves, 20 percent of its oil, 42 percent of its natural gas, 33 percent of its metals and XNUMX percent of its rare earth elements.
Should the Kremlin succeed in actually annexing Ukrainian lands seized during the Russian invasion, Kyiv would lose nearly two-thirds of its mineral wealth, the report said. As a result, Russia would deprive the country of its most important economic pillars ...
The energy crisis in Europe has so far brought no orders to the nuclear industry. Instead, older reactors collapse while construction costs for new nuclear power plants rise.
In no other country is there such a heated argument about energy policy as in Germany. But the energy crisis is also leaving deep scars in other European countries. So far, she has not pushed ahead with new construction projects for nuclear power plants, especially since these would not supply electricity for the next decade at the earliest and could currently neither influence the gas emergency initiated by Putin nor the high electricity, gas and oil prices. The discussion focuses mainly on lifetime extensions.
The nuclear industry is also hardly suitable as a savior in the crisis because it is currently in "terrifying condition", according to Mycle Schneider, publisher of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report, to the taz. The situation in the nuclear industry is precarious and much more problematic than is generally perceived. And not just because of the exploding costs and extreme delays in the power plants under construction. Much more dramatic, according to Schneider, is the collapse of the French nuclear fleet and the nightmare in Ukraine. There, in the middle of the war zone, the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant is being misused as a protective shield.
The second catastrophe is taking place in France, where - measured by capacity - more than half of the nuclear power plants have been unavailable for months. Too little cooling water from overheated rivers, corrosion damage, hairline cracks, weld problems, staff shortages and upcoming maintenance and repair work on decrepit plants have put France in an acute state of emergency. The price of electricity is far higher than in Germany and had briefly climbed to an insane three euros per kilowatt hour on the stock exchanges. Without massive electricity imports and the operation of gas-fired power plants, the lights went out in the Grande Nation. At the same time, the French state had to take over the ailing nuclear company EDF, whose mountain of debt is estimated at 65 billion euros by the end of the year. The fact that the completion of the only new nuclear power plant in Flamanville is being delayed further and further completes the disaster. The Court of Auditors recently put the costs there at a horrific 19,2 billion euros.
What's next in the neighboring country? The outages "can last for several years," admits EDF ...
Runtime debate bogged down in the summer slump
In the meantime, almost everyone has said something about the use of nuclear energy, and there were the most abstruse suggestions, but unfortunately no new ones:
The self-proclaimed "energy expert" of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group, Jens Spahn, presents his contribution in particularly simple language:
"I would let the nuclear power plants run longer as long as the gas shortage lasts."
Very clever, of course the man knows very well that the natural gas crisis will never end and that in a few years we will inevitably stop using fossil resources. In plain language: He simply wants us to return to nuclear energy for good.
Other "experts" say we should take China as a model, as well as Japan, Egypt and Turkey.
Interestingly, Russia is not at the top of the list of exemplary countries, although Putin is having nuclear power plants built not only in Russia, but also in Turkey and Egypt.
Before it gets even more embarrassing and our tin can army might even come up with the idea of reintroducing the death penalty and that "Fehrbelliner cavalry march" to raise it to the national anthem, the summer slump filled with all the rubbish of the past will hopefully be over soon.
For weeks, there has also been sweltering heat in France. This is causing problems for the country's nuclear power plants. But the supremacy of nuclear energy has not yet been questioned.
For weeks, France - like other European countries - has been breeding at temperatures of around 40 degrees. In many places, drinking water is becoming scarce, the soil is drying up and forest fires are raging. The country's nuclear power plants are also sweating due to the heat.
About a fifth of the 56 reactors should actually be shut down or at least limited to a minimum capacity because the rivers into which they discharge the heated cooling water are now too warm and exceed a set temperature limit. But the French government has suspended this rule until at least September 11...
From Chernobyl to Gorleben and the phase-out decision to the search for a repository, our guest author experienced nuclear policy, fought against it and helped shape some things. The Greens member of the Bundestag takes a personal look at the current debate.
When the Chernobyl meltdown in 1986 spread radioactivity across half of Europe, I was just seven years old. The Soviet Union did not want to admit the accident. In Scandinavia, the measuring devices struck. The media only reported days after the accident. The federal government was helpless.
My parents: highly concerned. My family bought liters of UHT milk and stacked it in the basement because the fresh milk could be contaminated by radioactive fallout - as is still the case today with mushrooms and wild animals, especially in southern Bavaria.
Dealing with the enormous destructive power of nuclear power - whether as a bomb or through accidents in "civilian" use - as well as the experiences from the Repository Commission have strengthened my conviction that we are no longer exposing the planet, our only home, to this great and unnecessary risk allowed to.
Because there are significantly better and safer alternatives to nuclear power, in every respect. Taking responsibility not only for ourselves but also for future generations is therefore the only right way to complete the nuclear phase-out.
While there are discussions in Germany about leaving nuclear power plants connected to the grid for longer, French power generation has hit a new low. The example shows that nuclear power has not kept all its promises, argue BEE boss Simone Peter (Greens), Klaus Mindrup (SPD) and researcher Eicke Weber (FDP). The authors agree across party lines that the traffic light must now put all its energy into the expansion of renewable energies.
The extent of the ignorance of facts in the current energy policy debate in Germany is worrying and a danger to democracy. While in Germany energy transition skeptics and the last nuclear friends are dreaming of salvation through nuclear energy, nuclear energy, which is supposedly secure in supply, is in crisis mode in our neighboring country France...
No space, no economic gain, no climate benefit and then the environmental damage. The effort for fracking would not be worth it.
The Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) calls for the controversial natural gas production from unconventional sources using fracking to be "open-ended". As if that hadn't happened long ago, for example by the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) or in the fracking regulation package of the three Federal Ministries for Economics, Environment and Research of the previous government. The fact that the most important unconventional natural gas fields are in northern Germany suits him well. So he still doesn't have to do anything in Bavaria, such as building wind power plants. After all, natural gas is now considered "green" ...
Use areas multiple times and harvest electricity and food. This is the vision of agri-photovoltaics. The last ten years have shown that it works. Success stories and business models will be discussed in Amsterdam in September.
Agri-photovoltaics is one of the most exciting developments in the world of renewable energies. With PV modules over agricultural land, these can be used twice and both food and energy can be produced. The Solarplaza Summit in Amsterdam brings together the most important players from the agri-PV industry and shows business models and case studies of the still young agri-PV industry.
Combine agriculture and solar energy
Basically, agri-PV systems hardly differ from other PV systems that are installed directly on open areas in terms of the amount of electricity produced. Technical components and brackets for the systems, on the other hand, are very different, since the height and orientation, mounting structures and module design differ significantly from classic ground-mounted systems.
The Fraunhofer Institute roughly divides agri-photovoltaics into three areas: solar modules over fields, pastures or greenhouses...
Calendar week 32: In the minds of most people, including politicians, the climate crisis is still a long way off, says Michael Müller, SPD pioneer and member of the editorial board of Klimareporter°. The climate change must not become an accelerator for the division between rich and poor.
Klimareporter°: Mr. Müller, the "System Change Camp" is currently running in Hamburg. 40 groups are calling for a system change and an immediate phase-out of natural gas. Sabotage is said to have been included in the action consensus for the first time in a planned mass action by the climate movement. Can the climate movement find its way back to its old strength?
Michael Mueller: Historically, the environmental movement has long been action-oriented, and not necessarily theory-oriented, since the 1970s. An exception were the two energy transition concepts and the greenhouse gas reduction scenario from 1990.
Today the environmental movement is largely a "green technocracy", highly specialized, but not a social reform movement. I see the inherent weakness in the fact that the climate crisis, the depletion of resources, the overloading of ecosystems, and also the growing social inequality are not countered by a concrete vision of holistic human progress.
This is of course a daunting task, but it is necessary. In general, the environmental movement does not have to focus on what is possible, but on what is necessary. And that is the socio-ecological design of the transformation. If the climate movement does that, writes "The Ecological Manifesto" so to speak, then in our time, which suffers so much from a lack of theory, it becomes the engine of restructuring ...
future of nuclear power
Most nuclear power plants are old and inefficient, and the problem of nuclear waste remains unsolved. Could technical solutions make nuclear power fit for the future?
Are you still on the landline? Do you still listen to the latest cassettes on your Walkman? Or are you annoyed about the resolution of your tube screen every day? For most, the answer will be no. Technology that is several decades old is usually obsolete and no longer used. Old is not necessarily bad - but when it comes to critical infrastructure, such as security or energy supply, we like to rely on the latest state of the art.
It is all the more astonishing that the majority of the world's nuclear power plants are between thirty and forty years old. Although operators constantly maintain their nuclear power plants and install new safety measures, the design of the reactors has essentially not changed since the XNUMXs: Most nuclear power plants run with pressurized water or boiling water reactors ...
Forest and desert All states are to renew their national climate targets by September, according to the Glasgow Pact. Guess how many states have done so so far. You can find an answer here
This year's summer has left us feeling the effects of climate change, with droughts, wildfires, floods, and glacial collapse (yes doubters, everything I just listed can be traced back to global warming). But fortunately we are doing something about it: There are annual climate conferences, where decisions are made, then all countries take action, and a year later you continue from there... That's the theory. Unfortunately, very little happens in practice. So almost nothing.
The principle explained again quickly: We have noticed that it is getting hotter on Earth than is good for us. After a bit of back-and-forth, we've found that it's our own fault, putting tons of carbon dioxide and methane into the atmosphere. Thanks to the comprehensive reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, in which hundreds of international climate researchers have come together, almost everyone now believes that (except for a few unteachable people, who believe that American politicians* are running a child porn ring in the basement of a pizzeria) .. .
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brainwashed? – Strategic communication!
The then US President and NATO made mistakes in justifying the Iraq war. Lessons have been learned from this. Russia's Ukraine war is supposed to appear as a breach of civilization unprecedented since 1945.
The lines that Wolfgang Borchert wrote two years after the Second World War, after Hiroshima, were moved by the great concern of a nuclear Third World War and motivated by the fact that few people showed the same determination:
You. Man in the village and man in the city. If they come tomorrow and bring you the draft order, then there's only one thing to do: say no!
Because if you don't say no, if you don't say no, mothers, (...) then the last human being, with torn intestines and contaminated lungs, will wander around unanswered and lonely under the poisonous glowing sun and swaying stars, lonely between the (... ) concrete blocks desolate cities, the last man, skinny, mad, blasphemous, lamenting - and his terrible lamentation:
Why? will run away unheard in the steppe, blow through the bursting ruins, seep into the rubble of the churches, smack against bunkers, fall in pools of blood, unheard, unanswered (...) all of this will happen, tomorrow, maybe tomorrow, maybe already tonight, ... if - if - if you don't say no.
To ensure that the population does not heed such warnings, the military-industrial complex has adopted "strategic communication", a technique of manipulation used by the advertising industry. In 2015, the Kalkar strategy forge Joint Air Power Competence Center (JAPCC) complained that their opponents ("hostile entities") had influenced the public so effectively that the majority of the population was skeptical about the military's operations.
During the JAPCC conference entitled "Strategic Communication", the strategists complained about what they felt was a communication error by the US administration under George W. Bush in justifying the Iraq war:
Human rights are the area where NATO has an advantage, as NATO's enemies are usually groups and countries that don't care about these rights. Failure to get public support for military operations (...) is directly related to the moral justification of war.
In the 2003 Iraq war, the Bush administration made a major strategic error by citing Saddam Hussein's regime's possession of weapons of mass destruction. In the 1990s, Saddam Hussein carried out a mass murder program that systematically claimed the lives of up to 250.000 Iraqis in torture chambers and on the vast killing fields, coalition forces revealed in 2003.
Had the evidence of Saddam Hussein's atrocities been made widely known, public support for the war would have been much stronger.
JAPCC Conference Preparation Manuscript, p. 44 (transl.: BT)
NATO made the mistake of exposing their lie about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction as legitimacy for the attack and the military conflict that has been endless since then.
When criticizing US President Bush, the military was not concerned with the fact that this war claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, that it violated international law and that NATO troops were proven to have committed war crimes there. The problem was that the public was against this war because of the obvious lie. That won't happen to them again.
Simple stories with a clear pattern of good and evil
According to the evaluation manuscript, page 2015, the 12 Essen conference recommended spreading simple stories with a clear good-bad pattern for manipulating the public.
You can spread them again and again in constantly changing forms, like this: In simple stories, your own soldiers, in contrast to the other side, are representatives of the good. Danger is at home with the enemy, but your own soldiers are "well-trained young people doing fantastic and noble work in challenging circumstances".
Such stories should contain a human dimension, also by presenting the good directly in the heart of those involved in one's own actions. Reports by pilots who brought "humanitarian aid to starving children" or military officers who watched bad guys with great precision - they're the good guys - and who then carried out their strike on the basis of intelligently compiled image material, according to the evaluation manuscript, are particularly suitable on page 15.
Swinging, harmonious music and a sympathetic, resolute female voice, the defense, security and alliance in the face of the aggressiveness of the rivals can reinforce the desired effect.
Pictures that no longer do well
Propaganda also learned from the Vietnam War, in which the images of US bomber fleets that dropped carpets of bombs over inhabited areas, of massacres and napalm attacks or of executions, as well as the defoliation of the rainforest there caused by clouds of poisonous gas, served to evoke resistance to resistance increased the war in the western metropolises.
Today, images of brutality are only disseminated if they can be attributed to the other side. Russia's war against Ukraine is presented to the Western public as a breach of civilization unprecedented since 1945.
The result: anyone who is against the delivery of weapons, including heavy military equipment, to Ukraine today will quickly become a Putin propagandist in public.
Anyone who speaks of the West's role in developing the tensions that led to the Ukraine war is quickly marginalized and delegitimized. Many people turn a blind eye to anyone who warns against fueling a war in a country with the most powerful nuclear power plant in Europe.
It is shocking to see so many people without thinking saying 'yes' to the incalculable risk of the nuclear end of European civilization and dismissing diplomacy as naïve. This is reminiscent of Wolfgang Borchert's warnings. The brainwashing of strategic communication is taking hold.
In the situation, activists from the peace and environmental movement brought an appeal into the public discourse to stimulate thought:
The NATO states, which have been involved in many massive violations of international law since the end of the Cold War, are responding to Russia's war against Ukraine with an economic war consisting of many individual measures such as sanctions, embargoes and extra tariffs. According to Foreign Minister Baerbock, your efforts to ruin Russia after the outbreak of war lead to social upheavals in Europe and worldwide, which affect the population:
Inflation, supply chain disruptions, accelerated spread of poverty, especially in the Global South due to inflation, supply chain disruptions, fertilizer export stops, etc.
The spread of poverty is taking dramatic form. (...) The delivery of more and more heavy weapons to Ukraine is costing even more lives and increasing the risk posed by the 15 nuclear reactors in Ukraine: their safety depends on reliable, uninterrupted cooling - i.e. on a secure supply of water . This requires a stable power grid.
In principle, wars are to be rejected, especially where nuclear power plants are located. Europe's most powerful nuclear power plant is in the Ukraine, and its accident would be devastating for the whole of Europe. The current wars, in addition to the suffering they cause, have the potential to culminate in a nuclear inferno. The only responsible way out of this dangerous situation is through diplomacy.
Peace Ecological Appeal
This message will not only be heard at Anti-War Day events. The highly dangerous policy of escalation and the use of double standards will be increasingly questioned as the policy of economic warfare against Russia unfolds its pro-poor effect on society.
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Brainwashing (English brainwashing, also mind control, "consciousness control") is a concept of so-called psychological manipulation. Tactics of mental reprogramming attack the target person's self-confidence and their own powers of judgment in order to destabilize their basic attitudes and perceptions of reality and then replace them with new attitudes. Older brainwashing methods used physical violence to break the mental resistance. Brainwashing theories first arose in connection with totalitarian states. Later, they were also occasionally used in religious groups (sects). There is no scientific evidence that brainwashing is possible.
In 1975, in its Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (No. 3452, December 9, 1975), the UN also included the method of brainwashing using manipulative psychotechnics...
Integrated communication refers to the process of networked communication in the area of communication policy strategic communication. It includes analysis, planning, organization, implementation and control (management) of the entire internal and external communication of companies or organizations with the aim of ensuring consistent corporate communication.
Modern corporate communication uses numerous ways to communicate with the respective target groups. Integrated communication has the task of creating a consistent communication system from the variety of instruments and measures used for internal and external communication in order to provide the target groups of communication with a consistent image of the company or products, services, but also ideas or opinions of the company.
Integrated communication is also a management process. This includes the planning and coordination of the content as well as the selection of the communication tools ...
Resistance is the refusal to obey or active opposition to the authorities or the government.
It is initially of secondary importance whether the rulers against whom resistance is being exercised exercise their rule legally, legitimately or illegally. Evaluations such as "justified resistance", goals and means of resistance, moral and legal concerns require an observer's point of view: it depends on who, where and at what time the evaluation is made. The resister will always evaluate the resistance differently than the one against whom the resistance is directed. The latter, however, is usually the "authority" who at the same time has the power to define law and order. Accordingly, resistance is outside the set order.
background and demarcation
Resistance as a form of social and political debate has been anchored in European political culture since ancient times. In almost all forms of society there was or is a consensus that resistance can be necessary and legitimate in certain cases. In specific cases, opinions sometimes differ.
Resistance must be distinguished from revolution because it is not fundamentally aimed at reforming the social order. In certain circumstances, the restoration of an old law or a legal system that has been repealed can be the central concern. Nevertheless, a movement that started as a resistance can lead to a revolution...
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