Japan’s Earthquake Jolts Shreveport

The corporate chieftains who’ve relentlessly pushed American factories and middle-class jobs offshore rationalize this globalization of production by declaring that it’s all about efficiency, as though that’s the highest value to which a civilization...

The FDA and the Fukushima Fallout

“Radiation is all around us in our daily lives, and these findings are a miniscule amount compared to what people experience every day. For example, a person would be exposed to low levels of radiation on a round trip cross country flight, watching television,...

The Earthquake in Japanese Energy Policy

More than a week after March 11, when northeastern Japan was hit by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and 7-metre tsunami, the death toll remains unknown. It seems certain to exceed 20,000, as whole sections of some communities were washed out to sea. Search and rescue...
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,...

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,...

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...

In the End, Fukushima a Gift to the Nuclear Energy Industry?

At Pro Publica, in an article titled Even In Worst Case, Japan’s Nuclear Disaster Will Have Limited Reach Abrahm Lustgarten . . . spoke with seven top nuclear engineers and scientists to at least establish some boundaries for the disaster’s potential...
Safeguarding Spent Fuel Pools in the United States

Safeguarding Spent Fuel Pools in the United States

As this photograph shows, the spent fuel pools at Units 3 and 4 at the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex are exposed to the open sky and might be draining. The radioactive dose rates coming off the pools appear to be life-threatening. Lead-shielded...
Japan’s Chaos is a Wake-up Call

Japan’s Chaos is a Wake-up Call

Sometimes chaos comes along as a wake-up call to humanity. Japan’s double-whammy earthquake-tsunami is overwhelmingly tragic. Being at the mercy of the total chaotic effect of the elements–able to be wiped out by a wave of water from the sea–is an...
The Dangers of Nuclear ‘Ice-Nine’

The Dangers of Nuclear ‘Ice-Nine’

The great cautionary tale of the 19th century is Frankenstein, Mary Shelly’s novel. It’s the story of a brilliant scientist, Victor Frankenstein, who builds a monster out of spare parts and then breathes life into it. Instead of being grateful to his...

Japan’s Nuclear Emergency: Media Briefing

Slideshow courtesy of Friends of The Earth. Click the links below for more on the press briefing: transcript (PDF); audio via Earthbeat; and still photos Experts Analyze Latest Developments in Japan The following experts provided analysis of the latest news coming out...

Pro-Nuclear Energy Forces Barely Pause to Rubberneck at Fukushima

Fukushima (how convenient that it shares the same last five letters as Hiroshima) doesn’t seem to have fazed another Rim of Fire country in the least. The Associated Press reports: Indonesia says four nuclear reactors it plans to build near a volatile fault will...