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Archives by Tag 'nuclear power'
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...