Meltdowns Grow More Likely at the Fukushima Reactors

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 — as well as potential fires in pools of spent fuel. As of Sunday afternoon, more than 170,000 people...

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...

SOTU: Parsing Obama’s ‘Clean Energy’ Promises

Tellingly, President Barack Obama didn’t utter the two words “climate change” once in his State of the Union speech. He did, however, mention “clean energy” several times. Read these sentences carefully: “So tonight, I challenge you...

Recklessness with Nuclear Waste

President Obama is holding a meeting today with the leaders of indigenous people in the U.S. One important issue is the fact that tribal people, because of their subsistence lifestyle, are the most vulnerable group of humans to environmental contaminants. In 2002,...

Let’s Sit Down and Talk with Iran

As this summer’s temperatures climb, pressure on Iran is heating up. For years now, Iran has claimed that its nuclear program is peaceful and only designed to generate electricity. But the international community has been skeptical. The United Nations, the...
American Power Act

American Power Act

In introducing the American Power Act, one would think that Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) would be mindful of the various public relations disasters the industries favored in their bill had suffered in recent weeks. In short order, we had an...

Hope Dims for Electricity Reform

Power makers Rarely care, If their work Pollutes our air. Everyone knows by now that coal is evil and we should stop generating electricity with it. We know about oil, too. We wisely don’t want to drill for it in our own precious soil or waters because of...
Taxpayers Are Getting Nuked

Taxpayers Are Getting Nuked

Compulsive gamblers are perpetually looking for the big score. Always thinking that the next card will draw that inside straight or the last card will turn their garbage into gold. Casinos have a name for these people–suckers. Well, Uncle Sam has pushed more...

The Top 10 Reasons We Don’t Need More Nukes

Many of President Barack Obama’s domestic priorities seem intractably stuck in partisan gridlock, but one of his recent State of the Union proposals appears to be moving ahead quickly: taxpayer-backed loan guarantees for so-called “safe, clean, nuclear...
Nuclear Recycling Fails the Test

Nuclear Recycling Fails the Test

Over the past few years, attention to the recycling of nuclear power spent fuel has grown. Fears of global warming due to fossil fuel burning have given nuclear energy a boost; over the next 15 years dozens of new power reactors are planned world-wide. To promote...
What About The Spent Fuel?

What About The Spent Fuel?

In this 2002 article for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Robert Alvarez warned about the dangers posed by the practice of indefinitely leaving spent fuel rods in nuclear reactors. Nine years later, as workers at the Fukushima Nuclear site in Japan attempt to...

Hamid Karzai Moves From Lightweight To Heavyweight In Afghan Politics

Key Points U.S. political intrigue and bombing campaigns played a major role in destabilizing Cambodia between 1969 and 1975. Between 1.5 and 2 million people were killed in the Khmer Rouge genocide from 1975-79. The extra-constitutional seizure of power by the second...