Our Non-Nuclear Future

Our Non-Nuclear Future

Several decades ago, three expert nuclear engineers told a congressional panel why they decided to quit: “We could no longer justify devoting our life energies to the continued development and expansion of nuclear fission power — a system we believe to be...
Japan’s Version of Kool-Aid

Japan’s Version of Kool-Aid

I don’t usually think a lot about Lady Gaga. I did last week though because we were in Tokyo at the same time, different entourage. Lady Gaga went to Japan for a charity concert, proceeds of which go to victims of the March 11 earthquake. She has donated 3...
America’s Nuclear Spent-Fuel Time Bombs

America’s Nuclear Spent-Fuel Time Bombs

Now that many Americans have stopped paying attention to Japan’s nuclear catastrophe, shocking new details about its severity are finally coming to light. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission recently revealed that the cores of three of the Fukushima Dai-Ichi...
Film: Paul Jacobs and the Nuclear Gang

Film: Paul Jacobs and the Nuclear Gang

Paul Jacobs and the Nuclear Gang is a poignant and potent documentary that exposes the government’s suppression of the health hazards caused by low-level radiation — all the more significant in light of the release of radiation from damaged nuclear plants...
Fukushima, USA

Fukushima, USA

Promoters say To have no fear; We know it couldn’t Happen here. Just to be sure we’re all on the same page, here are a few things we ought to acknowledge right off the bat about nuclear power: It’s the most costly form of electricity. It’s also...

Sans Insurance, a Nuclear Meltdown Can Become a Financial Meltdown

Way to stay unruffled, Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK). The headline at NHK’s website yesterday reads “TEPCO to review cooling operation.” Sounds sober enough — until you find out why it plans to conduct that review. Tokyo Electric Power...

Entergy Goes Nuclear over Vermont’s Decision

The nuclear power boys are weaseling again, this time in Vermont. Entergy Corporation, an electric utility giant based in New Orleans, owns the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, which is nearing the end of its 40-year license to operate. No problem, here’s a...

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...

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...
Obama’s Dirty Energy Fixation

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...
Nukes: You Can Never Turn Your Back

Nukes: You Can Never Turn Your Back

Nukes sure make Electrons flow; But they also Make us glow. Supporters of nuclear power and nuclear weapons enjoy a number of intrinsic advantages over their opponents. The first is money. Atoms make for high stakes gambling. Anyone who wins a contract for bombs or...

Back From the Brink: A City in Ruins Looks to the Future

Like most Japanese men, Sakurai Katsunobu read apocalyptic comic book stories about the future when he was a boy. He never expected to live through one of those stories himself. A common plot sees a modern city reduced overnight to a ghostly husk as fears of nuclear...