Emphasis Added: The Foreign Policy Week in Pieces (4/18)

It’s All About the Spin (and I don’t mean centrifuges) Some of the reformists [in Iran] have indicated that the burden of proof of the peaceful nature of the country’s nuclear program now rests with Iran, due to its past mismanaged policies and...
Radioactive Ties

Radioactive Ties

Not only does corporate political money shout, scream, bellow, and bay in our elections, but afterwards it quietly slips into the back rooms of power to talk softly about payback. Meet Exelon Corporation, America’s biggest electric utility, owner of our...
Saul Landau Film Series: Paul Jacobs and the Nuclear Gang

Saul Landau Film Series: Paul Jacobs and the Nuclear Gang

As a lead up to The Institute’s 50th birthday, on the 4th Wednesday of each month IPS will host a film series featuring eleven of the widely respected film productions of our colleague, Saul. After each screening participants will have the opportunity to discuss...
Drinking MOX-Laced Lemonade

Drinking MOX-Laced Lemonade

Remember your parents telling you that if something looks too good to be true, it probably is? Well, that principle applies equally to federal programs and clearance racks at discount stores. The difference is that, while consumers learn from buying a lemon, our...
A Radioactive Conflict of Interest

A Radioactive Conflict of Interest

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 that...
Dashed Hopes for Baghdad Breakthrough

Dashed Hopes for Baghdad Breakthrough

The recently concluded negotiations between Iran and the world powers, the so-called P5+1, was perhaps the first serious attempt at resolving the Iranian nuclear impasse since the 2009 botched negotiations. Both sides entered the talks with a strong sense of cautious...
Nuclear Tuna and NPR’s Trivialization

Nuclear Tuna and NPR’s Trivialization

Yesterday, National Public Radio (NPR) ran a story asserting that cesium-137 from the Fukushima nuclear accident found in Bluefish tuna on the west coast of the U.S. is harmless. It’s not harmless. The Fukushima nuclear accident released about as much cesium-137...
Japan, Nuclear Energy, and the TPP

Japan, Nuclear Energy, and the TPP

A little over a year since the Fukushima Daiichi meltdown in Japan, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda announced the shutdown of the last of the country’s 50 usable nuclear reactors. However, as the Mainichi Daily News reports, Japan will also be spending...
Improving Spent-Fuel Storage at Nuclear Reactors

Improving Spent-Fuel Storage at Nuclear Reactors

This article originally appeared on the Winter 2012 issues of Issues in Science and Technology, the magazine of the National Academy of Sciences. Introduction: The nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan, which began with an earthquake in March 2011 and continues today,...
Jaczko Jacked up: Nuclear Energy Mugs Regulatory Commish

Jaczko Jacked up: Nuclear Energy Mugs Regulatory Commish

At Huffington Post, Ryan Grim has written a dramatic account of how the nuclear-energy industry in the United States tried to take down the commissioner of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. It seems its main beef with him was that he seeks to shut down planning for...
The Human Face of the Nuclear Arms Race

The Human Face of the Nuclear Arms Race

The legacy of human suffering from amassing nuclear arsenals remains ignored in the current debate over eliminating these horrific weapons of mass destruction. Lest we forget, the Energy Employee Illness Compensation Program Act, which I helped draft and push for, was...
Fukushima Aftermath: New U.S. Senate Proposal For Spent Fuel Storage

Fukushima Aftermath: New U.S. Senate Proposal For Spent Fuel Storage

The effects of radiation released from the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant continue to be felt, as the U.S. Congress is readying proposals to deal with the storage of spent nuclear fuel in this side of the world. Back in March, when news broke that the Fukushima...