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The Not So Bright Future of Green Energy
JEREMY TUCKER
Imagine a world fueled wholly by renewable energy. Rooftops lined with solar panels, ridges and coastlines dotted with turbines, rivers tamed by massive dams. A world free of fossil fuels and their polluting emissions. A sleeker, quieter, greener world. For ...
For Future Reactor Meltdowns, EPA Means “Extra Pollution Allowed”
JOHN LaFORGE
As the nuclear power industry struggles against collapse from skyrocketing costs, bankrupting repair bills and investor flight (four operating reactors were permanently closed this year, more than in any previous 12 month period), the government seems to have capitulated ...
Your TV is Killing the Planet
JOSHUA FRANK
Note to TV-loving couch potatoes: That little box sitting atop your television set that transforms a signal into your favorite show is likely the largest single source of electrical waste in your entire household. These so-called set-top boxes are bigger electrical sucker...
The Strange Saga of Liquid Natural Gas
PAUL FINCH
While the last provincial election in British Columbia hinged on a promise by the governing party to restore provincial finances with a massive windfall of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) revenues, a critical question remains: why have profits plummeted in the meantime? ...
San Onofre to Boxer, Markey & the Public…
HARVEY WASSERMAN
The bitter battle over two stricken southern California reactors has taken a shocking seismic hit. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has ignored critical questions from two powerful members of Congress just as the Government Accountability Office has seriously quest...
Mapping the Biomass Racket
JOSH SCHLOSSBERG
The first and only electronic map tracking logging sites sourcing wood to a biomass energy facility has been released by Ene...
When Chu Went Nuclear
KARL GROSSMAN
Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced his resignation last week after four years of pushing nuclear power, although he promoted energy efficiency and safe, renewable energy technologies such as solar and wind, too. But nuclear power remained a major focus of Dr....
Respect Squandered?
MICHAEL NEUMANN
Yves Engler’s The Ugly Canadian:  Stephen Harper’s Foreign Policy is partly a f...
Turkey’s Energy Challenges
DANIEL WAGNER AND GIORGIO CAFIERO
Ankara will soon be confronted with some difficult foreign policy decisions that could affect its long-term energy interests. The discovery of vast reserves of natural gas off the coasts of Cyprus and Israel could oblige Turkey to resolve longstanding disputes with ...
The Downside of Energy Independence
MICHAEL BRENNER
There is a current of excitement running through the foreign affairs community sparked by the prospect that the United States will cease being a net energy importer within 25 years. The International Energy Agency’s annual WORLD ENERGY OUTLOOK 2012 projects that by 2035...
Double Your Trouble With Nuclear Power
JOSEPH MANGANO and Dr. JANETTE SHERMAN, MD
Industry leaders will have no problem closing nuclear reactors that don’t generate expected profits. Exelon, the Chicago-based company that owns 17 of the 104 U.S. reactors, recently saw its stock price drop below $30 a share, the same level as mid-2003, and a whopping ...
Locking in Dirty Energy Demand
STEVE HORN
On November 13, ...
Obama’s Biggest Environmental ‘Victory’ Was A Huge Win for Frackers
Joshua Frank
Greenhouse gas emissions are hot news these days — especially in the lead up to an election when candidates, at least those who claim to believe in climate science, vow to do something about the biggest environmental crisis facing our little blue planet: climate cha...
When Biomass Profiteering Trumps Children’s Health
JOSH SCHLOSSBERG
For many people, nothing typifies the American Dream more than buying a house in a small town to start a family. Five years ago school teacher Robert Hughes and his wife purchased a home in Rothschild, Wisconsin, population 5,000 and had two children, now three years and ...
The Truth Behind Michigan’s Proposal 3
JEFF GIBBS
In Michigan right now ballot Proposal 3 known as “25 x 25” would require our state to get 25% of its electricity from “renewable” sources by the year 2025. “25 x 25” is being sold as all about solar panels and wind mills. It’s not. Far more than anyone suspe...
Nurture and Nature
MISSY BEATTIE
Monday, my phone rang more than usual here in the Kingdom of Crossed Boughs and Errors. “Mom, are you prepared?” “Sleep in the hall bathroom, in the tub.” “Mom, make sure your cellphone’s charged and turned on at night.” (They know ...
The Underside of Energy Indpendence
ELLIOT SPERBER
Among the social, political, and economic issues that Obama and Romney seem to have no difficulty agreeing upon is the notion that the United States needs to achieve “energy independence.” Arguing that its reliance on the importation of sources of fuel puts th...
The Trouble With Rust-Bucket Reactors
HARVEY WASSERMAN
The US fleet of 104 deteriorating atomic reactors is starting to fall.  The much-hyped “nuclear renaissance” is now definitively headed in reverse. The announcement that Wisconsin’s Kewaunee will shut next year will be remembered as a critical dam break.  O...
Sweetheart Oil Deals
THOMAS KNAPP
To the extent that the second debate between US president Barack Obama and aspirant Mitt Romney is generating media punditry buzz, that buzz centers mostly around the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 11: What did Obama know, when did he know it, ...
Entergy Watches as Boron Degrades
JOHN RAYMOND
Will New York State have any more success in shutting down Entergy’s Indian Point nuclear waste dump on the Hudson River than Vermont has had, so far, in its battle to close Entergy’s Yankee plant that befouls the landmark Connecticut River? Don’t bet on it. ...
China’s Nexen Deal Tangled Up With Keystone Pipeline
PETER LEE
An interesting side product of globalization is how China bashing has become a staple of domestic politics in nations around the world, from America to Zambia, from Sydney to Tokyo. Best practices also propagate with remarkable speed and efficiency. It may not be a...
The Drought and the Biofuels Disaster
ROBERT BRYCE
Never mind the drought, shrinking corn crops, rising food prices, or the possibility of global grain shortages, let’s talk about the evils of foreign oil. That was the message put out last week by the ethanol lobbyists just a day or so before Jose Graziano da Sil...
Oil and Illusions
LINH DINH
The flaws of bad government, oppression, injustice and corruption, etc., can be masked by an unearned windfall. Take Saudi Arabia and its oil, for example, or the United States and its oil, which was first sucked from its own soil and sea, then everybody else’s, thanks ...
The Wind Lobby is Powered by Fossil Fuels
ROBERT BRYCE
Lobbyists for the wind-energy sector are actively lobbying for a multi-year extension of the production tax credit, the 2.2 cents per kilowatt-hour subsidy given to producers of wind-generated electricity. To justify that lucrative  subsidy, which expires at the end of t...
An 80-Year License to Kill?
KARL GROSSMAN
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission will be holding a meeting this week to consider having nuclear power plants run 80 years—although they were never seen as running for more than 40 years because of radioactivity embrittling metal parts and otherwise causing safety ...