Obama’s Dirty Energy Fixation

Just days after a 9.0 earthquake and tsunami unleashed a nuclear disaster in Fukushima, President Barack Obama signed a nuclear power cooperation agreement with Chilean President Sebastián Piñera. Like Japan, Chile is seismically active. It suffered the...

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,...
Nuclear Free Takoma Park Committee Spring Film and Discussion Series

Nuclear Free Takoma Park Committee Spring Film and Discussion Series

Paul Jacobs and the Nuclear Gang is a poignant and potent political documentary that exposes the government’s suppression of the health hazards of low-level radiation. Paul Jacobs is himself a victim of lung cancer, that would kill him before this picture was...

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...
Little Silver Riding Hoods

Little Silver Riding Hoods

Following the terrible earthquakes and tsunami in northeastern Japan on March 11, schoolchildren as far away as Tokyo have been going to school wearing pointy silver hats to protect them from potential fires and debris during ensuing aftershocks. For some, too, the...

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...

Japan Nuclear Crisis Obscures Greatest Nuclear Energy Threat of All

How quickly we forget. Overlooked, however momentarily, as we follow news of Fukushima, is the other threat that nuclear energy poses besides releasing radiaoactive material in the air or a complete meltdown. A terrorist attack on a nuclear facility, of course. Back...

Fukushima Should Foment a U.S. Political Tsunami

Japan’s government and nuclear industry, with assistance from the U.S. military, is in a desperate race to stave off multiple nuclear reactor meltdowns. Nuclear energy is high-risk technology with catastrophic potential. Given what’s happening at the...
Nuclear Energy Time-Out

Nuclear Energy Time-Out

Sometimes chaos comes along as a wake-up call to humanity. The double-whammy of the earthquake-tsunami in Japan this week is overwhelmingly sad. To be at the total whim of the elements — to be wiped out by a wave of water from the sea – is an insult to the...

Japan Faces Possible Three-Mile Island

After the cooling system in Tokyo Electric Power’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor failed and the Japanese government declared it an emergency, Donna Leinwand of USA Today contacted IPS’s own Robert Alvarez. “It has the potential to be...

On the Brink of Meltdown: The Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant

In the aftermath of the largest earthquake to occur in Japan in recorded history, 5,800 residents living within five miles of six reactors at the Fukushima nuclear station have been advised to evacuate and people living within 15 miles of the plant are advised to...

We Must do More about North Korea’s Nukes

North Korea keeps its word, at least on the nuclear front. Pyongyang is building a light-water reactor (to eventually produce plutonium) and has launched a pilot uranium enrichment program with 2,000 centrifuges–the tools for nuclear bomb-making, according to...
Obama: Blowing It on India?

Obama: Blowing It on India?

President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit to India will come just after the mid-term elections in the United States. Whether this timing is coincidental or deliberate, it will decide where Obama stands on several contentious issues between the two countries. One...