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Fukushima and the Nuclear Pushers
KARL GROSSMAN
The conclusion of a report of a Japanese parliamentary panel issued last week that the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster was rooted in government-industry “collusion” and thus was “man-made” is mirrored throughout the world. The “regulatory capture...
Fukushima as Manufactured Disaster
CHRIS WILLIAMS
They may not live in castles anymore, but the glass-plated skyscrapers that tower over the great cities of the world, in faceless anonymity, still signify the imperious domain of the ruling elite.  It is from these places, not the featureless depths of the earth’s roi...
The Broken Nuke
RUSSELL D. HOFFMAN
San Onofre Nuclear (Waste) Generating Station has been shut down for nearly six months, ever since one of the heat transfer tubes inside their new steam generators in Reactor Unit 3 ruptured suddenly and unexpectedly. The normal pressure difference from one side of...
Why Should Nuclear Loan Guarantees Cost Less Than Student Loans?
HARVEY WASSERMAN
The Department of Energy wants to give the Southern Company a nuclear power loan guarantee at better interest rates than you can get on a student loan. And unlike a home mortgage, there may be no down payment. Why? ...
Our Ghost Dance
KATHLEEN PEINE
It was said that if the dance was done with extreme precision and adherence to ritual, the oppression would stop. Wild game would return, and a new age would ensue. Sometimes a swirling trance was conjured, but this only increased the oppression- strange manifestations, e...
Radioactive Conflicts of Interest
ROBERT ALVAREZ
The U.S. government is going out of its way to downplay radiation hazards in the aftermath of one of the world’s worst nuclear accidents. Last month, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) heralded an Energy Department-funded study indicating t...
The Legacy of the Nuclear Freeze Movement
HOWARD LISNOFF
Marching in midtown Manhattan on June 12, 1982 was quite an experience. One million people were on the streets of the city, the largest anti-nuclear demonstration in history. Whenever the north/south line of march approached a major intersection, other protesters could be...
Life Under the Radioactive Cloud
LINDA PENTZ GUNTHER
Mothers in Fukushima, Japan, worry that the food and milk that they must feed daily to their infants and children may one day kill them. Is that a fear that an American parent can even begin to fathom? That because of the secrecy, the intransigence and, ultimately, the cr...
The Endless Simmer
RUSSELL D. HOFFMAN
In Washington DC, a recent Senate subcommittee hearing was held on nuclear waste.  It stretched on and on for several hours.  Only “experts” and Senators spoke.  It was chaired by Senator Tom Carper (D, DE), who not-too-subtly confessed to possessing not a ...
Hold that “Hot” Fukushima Sushi!
HARVEY WASSERMAN
We all knew it was coming. Radioactive tuna has been caught off the coast of California.  The fingerprint of cesium 137 is unmistakably from the exploded reactors at Fukushima. But Fukushima’s hot hands are also on a very welcome debate still stalemat...
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 ...
Indian Point: Still America’s Most Dangerous Nuclear Plant?
JOHN RAYMOND
“Shut it down! Shut it down! Shut it down!” rang through the cavernous grand ballroom of the Doubletree Hotel in Tarrytown, NY, last week when the Nuclear Regulatory Commission staged an Orwellian charade promoted as an “open house” held to reassure the public tha...
San Onofre: Still Dirty, Still Dangerous
RUSSELL D. HOFFMAN
Hooray!  Summer is “officially” upon us!  The beaches had record numbers of people this past Memorial Day weekend.  The tuna had cesium from Fukushima. San Onofre is still shut down.  The lights are still on.  But what happens next? The util...
Meltdown at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
KARL GROSSMAN
The resignation last week of the chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is another demonstration of the bankrupt basis of the NRC. Gregory Jaczko repeatedly called for the NRC to apply “lessons learned” from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disa...
An Audacious Nuclear Hypocrisy
LINDA PENTZ GUNTER
With audacious hypocrisy, American pro-nuclear pundits have been indulging in the familiar sport of losers – the relentless bashing of the more successful. With nuclear energy rapidly losing favor around the globe, the industry’s boosters have taken to blaming ...
High Noon in Koodankulam
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
Many countries are rethinking their nuclear plans post-Fukushima.  Some are proceeding to draw down their nuclear power operations.  According to an ...
The Nuclear Industry Has Melted in Japan and France
HARVEY WASSERMAN
There are zero commercial reactors operating in Japan today.  On March 10, 2011, there were 54 licensed to operate, well over 10% percent of the global fleet. But for the first time in 42 years, a country at the core of global reactor electricity is producing non...
The Plague of the Failed Atom
HARVEY WASSERMAN
Small wonder the death knell of new US nukes may be upon us. Two reactors proposed for Florida will now, say its would-be builders, cost $24 billion or more…up from their original maximum guess of $4 billion each…far beyond comparable renewables and eff...
Trivializing Fukushima
LINDA PENTZ GUNTER
On April 23, 2012, the editorial board of the Washington Post ...
Relax, It’s Just a Run-of-the-Mill Nuke Spill
DAVE LINDORFF
A little over a month ago, back on March 19, at 3:00 in the morning, the Limerick Nuclear Power Station, which runs two aging GE nuclear reactors along the Schuylkill River west of Philadelphia, had a...
Why Fukushima is a Greater Disaster Than Chernobyl
ROBERT ALVAREZ
In the aftermath of the world’s worst nuclear power disaster, the news media is just beginning to grasp that the dangers to Japan and the rest of the world posed by the Fukushima-Dai-Ichi site are far from over.   After repeated warnings by former senior Japanese offi...
Obama’s Atomic Solyndra
HARVEY WASSERMAN
The future of nuclear power now hangs on a single decision by President Obama—and us. His Office of Management and Budget could cave to the unsustainable demands of reactor builders who cannot handle the standard terms of a loan agreement. Or he could ...
Nuclear Titanics
KARL GROSSMAN
On the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, The Japan Times yesterday ran an editorial titled “The Titanic and the Nuclear Fiasco” which stated: “Presenting technology as completely safe, trustworthy or miraculous may seem to be a thi...
U.S.-Israel Deal to Demand Qom Closure Threatens Nuclear Talks
GARETH PORTER
Washington DC The Barack Obama administration has adopted a demand in the negotiations with Iran beginning Saturday that its Fordow enrichment facility must be shut down and eventually dismantled based on an understanding with Israel that risks the collaps...
Nukes Overhead
KARL GROSSMAN
The crash last week of a U.S. drone on the Seychelles Islands—the second crash of a U.S. drone on Seychelles in four months—underlines the deadly folly of a plan of U.S. national laboratory scientists and the Northrop Grumman Corp. for nuclear-powered drones. T...
Fighting the Legacy of Enrico Fermi
MICHAEL LEONARDI
In 1942 Enrico Fermi led a team of scientists at the University of Chicago in creating the world’s first man made nuclear reactor, Chicago Pile 1, and first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction, nuclear fission. This experiment took place on a squash court underneath ...
New Nukes on the Brink
HARVEY WASSERMAN
The only two US reactor projects now technically under construction are on the brink of death for financial reasons. If they go under, there will almost certainly be no new reactors built here. The much mythologized “nuclear renaissance” will be ...
Nuking Canyonlands?
JOHN WEISHEIT
A coalition of private citizens and activist groups filed suit in the Utah court ...
The Lies of So Cal Edison
RUSSELL D. HOFFMAN
The most amazing pump in the universe — the most amazing machine in the universe — is the main pump inside your chest, the human heart. When your main pump fails, you’re in BIG trouble — unless it’s recognized in time, of course.  The...
Vermont Yankee, State Rights and the Future of Nuclear Power
JAMES MARC LEAS
If the decision by Federal District Court Judge Garvan Murtha in the recent Entergy Nuclear case surviv...
Iran and the IAEA
GARETH PORTER
Vienna. The first detailed account of negotiations between the International Atomic Energy Agency and Iran last month belies earlier statements by unnamed Western officials portraying Iran as refusing to cooperate with the IAEA in allaying concerns about a...
Fukushima Roulette
JOHN LaFORGE
It’s been a year since the reactor meltdowns and catastrophic radiation releases from Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor complex, and news of their far-reaching consequences still makes headlines the world over. Radioactive hot spots are still being discovered ...
RAND’s Nuclear Fantasy Land
RUSSELL D. HOFFMAN
I attended a one-man show last night, a work of fiction put on by the RAND Corporation ( www.rand.org ) in Santa Monica, California. It was ...
It’s Time to Get Realistic About the Dangers of the San Onofre Nuclear Plant
RUSSELL D. HOFFMAN
Both units of the San Onofre Nuclear Plant are currently shut down.  Let’s keep them that way, to prevent a Fukushima USA from happening here.  We love our community and don’t want to lose it. While it may be comforting to some that Southern Californi...
No Nuclear Nirvana
ROBERT ALVAREZ
Is the nuclear drought over? When the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) recently approved two new nuclear reactors near Augusta, Georgia, the first such decision in 32 years, there was plenty of hoopla. It marked a “clarion call to the world,” ...
Nuclear Power and the Big Lie
KARL GROSSMAN
As the first anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster arrives, the cover-up involving nuclear power is more extensive than ever. The Big Lie was integral to the nuclear push from its start. Promoters of nuclear power discounted the seriousness o...
The Demonic Reality of Fukushima
CINDY FOLKERS
In the days following the March 11, 2011 beginning of the Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe, chief cabinet secretary Yukio Edano repeatedly reassured the Japanese public, news media, and world community that there was “no immediate health risk” from mounting radio...
How to Phase Out Nuclear, Coal and Oil in 25 Years
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
We can phase out the three poisons – nuclear, coal and oil – in twenty-five years. And replace them with solar, wind and energy efficiency. ...
Iran, the IAEA and the Parchin Site
GARETH PORTER
The failure of a mission by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to get Iranian permission to visit a military testing site mentioned in its latest report has been interpreted in media coverage as a stall to avoid the discovery of confirming evidence of past work...
Not Another Rabbit Hole!
IAN HARRIS
When Alice went down the rabbit hole in Lewis Carol’s novel, Alice and Wonderland, she experienced all kinds of unpleasant surprises. What kind of surprises will we Americans face if our government bombs Iran? The last time the United States went down th...
Inside Obama’s Energy and Environment Budget
DAPHNE WYSHAM
President Barack Obama’s 2013 budget proposal offers a window into which battles he aims to fight and which ones he intends to avoid. Here’s a breakdown of the energy policies embedded in the proposed budget. First the good energy news: The Obama ...
Will Israel Attack Iran?
MARK WEISBROT
Last week the New York Times ...
The Nuclear Juggernaut
KARL GROSSMAN
Last week’s granting by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission of combined construction and operating licenses for two nuclear plants to be built in Georgia—both Westinghouse AP1000s—is the culmination of a scheme developed by nuclear promoters 20 years ago. ...
Nuclear Showdown in Vermont
DAN DEWALT
Entergy Nuclear of Louisiana, which operates the Vermont Yankee (VY) nuclear reactor in Vernon Vermont has launched an attack on the state of Vermont with the help of the federal courts. Vermont state law gives the state the power to decide whether to allow further...
We May Yet Lose Tokyo (and Alaska and Georgia)
HARVEY WASSERMAN
As the Nuclear Regulatory Commission approves a construction/operating license for two new reactors in Georgia, alarming reports from Japan indicate the Fukushima catastrophe is far from over. Thousands of tons of intensely radioactive spent fuel are still in serio...
Rationalizing Idiocy
RON JACOBS
Unlike a couple years ago, when the consensus was split, there recently seems to be a growing consensus among pundits and certain politicians that Washington will be launching a military attack on Iran.  While pundits do not have the power to make war, politicians in Con...
Fingers Itch for a War on Iran
VIJAY PRASHAD
If you ask Iranians, they will tell you that the war against Iran has already begun. Some will take you back to 1953, when the US fired its first shot across the bow, taking out a democratically elected government in a CIA coup. Others will point to the political and fina...
Imagining a “Clean Break” with Israel…Over Iran
GARY LEUPP
The world of science acknowledges matter-of-factly that Iran is not pursuing a nuclear weapons program. There is simply no evidence for one. The UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency, staffed by specialists on nuclear power and maintaining a tight watch on Iran’s ci...
Childhood Leukemia Spikes Near Nuclear Power Plants
JOHN LAFORGE
French researchers have confirmed that childhood leukemia rates are shockingly elevated among children living near nuclear power reactors. The “International Journal of Cancer” has published in January a scientific study establishing a clear correlation between...
Nuclear Iran
ROBERT FISK
Turning round a story is one of the most difficult tasks in journalism – and rarely more so than in the case of Iran. Iran, the dark revolutionary Islamist menace. Shia Iran, protector and manipulator of World Terror, of Syria and Lebanon and Hamas and Hezbollah. Ahmadi...