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Archives by Tag 'nuclear power'
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....
End the Nuclear Lobby
PETER G. COHEN
For decades the peace movement has been satisfied with scraps from the table of nuclear weapons and their beneficiaries. Even the New START Treaty was offset by the Obama administration promise to spend $185 billion in this decade on modernization of nuclear weapons and d...
Showdown at San Onofre
HARVEY WASSERMAN
Two stricken California reactors may soon redefine a global movement aimed at eradicating nuclear power. They sit in a seismic zone vulnerable to tsunamis.  Faulty steam generators have forced them shut for nearly a year. A powerful “No Nukes...
The Imagined, ‘Sinister’ Iranian Threat in Latin America
RAMZY BAROUD
Reading the text of a bill that was recently signed into law by US President Barack Obama would instill fear in the hearts of ordinary Americans. Apparently, barbarians coming from distant lands are at work. They are gathering at the US-Mexico border, cutting fences...
The Nuclear Waste Dump Formerly Known as San Onofre?
RUSSELL D. HOFFMAN
Southern California Edison, the operator of the (non-operating) San Onofre Nuclear Waste Generating Station, is running out of options. Even the federal regulators are coming down hard on them.  The public remains deeply skeptical, while local elected officials co...
The Hidden Costs of Nuclear Power
RUSSELL D. HOFFMAN
A few weeks ago Southern California Edison (SCE) was given several billion dollars by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in a General Rate Case (GRC).  The timing was perfect for SCE.  The Order Initiating Investigation (OII) regarding San Onofre’s ...
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 ...
Government and Industry Still Denying Science at Fukushima
JOHN LAFORGE
When the Fukushima-1 reactor complex in Japan went into radioactive apoplexy on March 11, 2011, the Japanese government and the Tokyo Electric Power Co. — like the Russians at Chernobyl before them — began minimizing the risks of radiation and the known and potential ...
Nuke Power’s Collapse Gets Ever More Dangerous
HARVEY WASSERMAN
In the wake of this fall’s election, the disintegration of America’s decrepit atomic reactor fleet is fast approaching critical mass. Unless our No Nukes movement can get the worst of them shut soon, Barack Obama may be very lucky to get through his second ter...
One Day in Fukushima
STEVE ZELTZER
When a doctor told a Fukushima mother recently that the chance of her child having cancer was only 1 in 100. This mother had let her children evacuate to Yamagata after two of her children had gotten 3 milimeter thyroid cists in their throats had answer to the doctor. For...
How the Clinton Administration Nixed an Iran Nuke Deal
GARETH PORTER
In 1998, the Defence Department vetoed a delegation of prominent U.S. nuclear specialists to go to Iran to investigate its nuclear programme at the invitation of the government of newly-elected Iranian President Mohammad Khatami, according to the nuclear scientist who was...
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...
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. ...
Nuclear Lies, Cover-Ups and Secrecy
JANETTE D. SHERMAN, MD
Do Governments and Corporations lie, cover-up and maintain secrecy as they harm our planet and us?  Joe Mangano’s new book Mad Science – The Nuclear Power Experiment clearly lays it out that they have done so for more than half a century. This book is a page-t...
Diplomat: Iran Offered Deal to Halt 20 Percent Enrichment
GARETH PORTER
Iran has again offered to halt its enrichment of uranium to 20 percent, which the United States has identified as its highest priority in the nuclear talks, in return for easing sanctions against Iran, according to Iran’s permanent representative to the International At...
Japan’s Long Atomic Sayonara
HARVEY WASSERMAN
As demonstrators from the Coalition Against Nukes prepare to descend on Washington DC and the Nuclear Regul...
Rupert Murdoch’s Fukushima Flim-Flam
HARVEY WASSERMAN
With every atomic reactor disaster comes the inevitable whitewash. And Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal ...
The Deadly Silence Over Fukushima
KARL GROSSMAN
Amid the cover-up of the Fukushima nuclear power disaster, the title of Kimberly Roberson’s book rings so unfortunately true: ...
The Radioactive Waste Disaster
KEVIN KAMPS and LINDA GUNTER
It was always a terrible name – The Nuclear Waste Confidence Decision. No one, since the first cupful of forever deadly nuclear waste was generated at Chicago’s Fermi reactor on December 2, 1942, has ever had the slightest ounce of confidence about what to do with...
Nuclear Cover-Up Threatens Great Lakes Region
MICHAEL LEONARDI
According to recent reports from the nuclear watchdog Beyond Nuclear and several Great Lakes environmental organizations, the NRC is up to its usual practices as an industry captured agency.  Collusion and flagrant cover-ups at the Davis Besse nuclear power plant on the ...
Fukushima’s Nuclear Casualties
JOSEPH MANGANO
It’s been nearly 18 months since the disastrous nuclear meltdown at Fukushima.  There have been many reports on the huge amounts of radioactivity escaping into the air and water, unusually high levels in air, water, and soil – along with atypically high levels of...
Fukushima Hangs by the Devil’s Thread
HARVEY WASSERMAN
Our lives still hang by a Devil’s thread at Fukushima. The molten cores at Units 1, 2 & 3 have threatened all life on Earth. The flood of liquid radiation has poisoned the Pacific. Fukushima’s cesium and other airborne emissions have already dwarfed Three M...
From Hiroshima to Fukushima
ROBERT DODGE, MD
This week marks the 67th anniversary of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with the combined initial death toll of approximately 200,000 and thousands more in the years that followed. As Albert Einstein famously said, “With the dawn of the nuclear...
Nukes on Mars
KARL GROSSMAN
World Nuclear News, the information arm of the World Nuclear Association which seeks to boost the use of atomic energy, last week heralded a NASA Mars rover slated to land on Mars on Monday, the first Mars rover fueled with plutonium. “A new era of space...
Restarting a Broken Nuke
RUSSELL D. HOFFMAN
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has determined that (in their opinion) Southern California Edison did NOT mislead the NRC about design changes to their failed replacement steam generators for San Onofre Nuclear (Waste) Generating Station. The billion-dollar mista...