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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...