Same Old from the Nuclear Gang after Fukushima

The nuclear industry has promised the world cheap, safe, and clean energy for over 60 years. As the Japanese government continues to extend its nuclear evacuation zone around the Daiichi nuclear complex in Fukushima, the pushers of nuclear power–including...

Impact of Fukushima Continues to Inch up to Chernobyl Levels

New radiation leaks at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant spurred Japanese nuclear regulators to raise the level of how great an accident it is from five to seven (“major”). Since that’s the highest on the International Atomic Energy Agency’s scale,...

Gambling in Japan

The great kabuki actor Mitsugoro Bando VIII was a fan of fugu, or blowfish. Fugu is a rather bland, unremarkable fish except for one thing: its internal organs, particularly the liver, are highly toxic. Japanese chefs have to acquire a special certificate to prove...
Nuclear Power Rips off Taxpayers

Nuclear Power Rips off Taxpayers

We have all watched the nuclear emergency that followed Japan’s tragic earthquake and tsunami with fear and sympathy for those in the surrounding community and admiration for the brave crews working to reduce the harm and risks of radiation exposure. Meanwhile,...

Unsafe at Any Exposure

As the radioactive contamination of food, water, and soil in Fukushima, Japan worsens, the media is continuously reassuring us that these levels are “safe.” But there is no safe level of radiation. Yes, at lower levels the risk is smaller, but the National...

How to Avoid our own Fukushima

In an article for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists in 2002, Institute for Policy Studies senior scholar Robert Alvarez wrote, “several events could cause a loss of pool water, including leakage, evaporation, siphoning, pumping, aircraft impact, earthquake,...

Fukushima: Where Do Aliens Store Their Spent Fuel Rods?

When the massive tsunami smacked into Fukushima Daiichi, the nuclear power plant was stacked high with more uranium than it was originally designed to hold. . . . the equivalent of almost six years [almost 4,000] of the highly radioactive [spent] uranium fuel rods...

Unsafe at Any Reactor

The nuclear crisis at the Daiichi complex in Fukushima, Japan, has turned a spotlight on the severe dangers involved in storing spent nuclear fuel in pools. But the danger is not new. In 2003, I cowrote a report with a group of academics, nuclear industry executives,...
Is There a Cause and Effect Between Fukushima and Attacking Libya?

Is There a Cause and Effect Between Fukushima and Attacking Libya?

(Pictured: Chernobyl from a distance. Credit: University of Colorado at Boulder, University Archives, World Peace Council: Rob Prince, Folder 2, images) In 1989, Japanese director Shohei Imamura made ‘Black Rain’ (note: not the film with Michael Douglas),...

The Lineup: Week of March 21-27, 2011

In this week’s OtherWords editorial package, an op-ed by Alice Slater, a column by Donald Kaul, and a cartoon by Khalil Bendib put Japan’s nuclear emergency into context. Get all this and more in your inbox by subscribing to our weekly newsletter. If you...