The Nuclear Industry’s Meltdown

The Nuclear Industry’s Meltdown

The first thing to remember about nuclear power is that it’s not safe. Just ask Japan. The second thing to remember is that nuclear power isn’t cheap. Connecticut draws half its juice from nuclear reactors and has the second-highest rates in the country, after...
The Answer Is Blowing in the Wind

The Answer Is Blowing in the Wind

Oil and coal Pollute the land, But burning them Brings profits grand. There’s money to be made in wind and solar power, but so far, not very much. And that’s the way fossil fuel giants aim to keep it. As of today, they’re winning the energy battle...
A Nuclear Strike on States’ Rights

A Nuclear Strike on States’ Rights

The 9/11 attacks made terrorist incidents at nuclear reactors appear much less hypothetical. After the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan, concerned citizens grew more alarmed about the possibility of a catastrophic nuclear accident in our own country. Now, a...

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...

Dumping on Texas for Fun and Profit

Thank you, California. And you, too, Florida, Maine, Missouri, and the 32 other states that intend to send a very special gift to Texas–namely, their radioactive waste. Now there’s a gift that truly keeps on giving! Of course, Texas asked for it. Well,...

Time’s Up: Bring The Guard Home

Guess what, Mr. President? Your authority to keep state National Guard troops in Iraq has expired. So says a new bill introduced this week to the Vermont Legislature by Rep. Michael Fisher and Sen. Peter Shumlin. It is supported by 30 of their colleagues. “It is...

Your Time Is Up, Mr. President the National Guard Is Coming Home

Guess what, Mr. President? Your authority to keep state National Guard troops in Iraq has expired. So says a new bill introduced this week to the Vermont Legislature by Rep. Michael Fisher and Sen. Peter Shumlin. It is supported by 30 of their colleagues. “It is...

Modern-Day Slavery and the Big Game

After 26 years of chaos and war, Liberia, on the shores of West Africa, is reemerging as a beacon of hope in a difficult region. A peaceful democratic transition ushered in Africa’s first woman president, a successful UN peacekeeping effort, and a wave of...

Want to Stimulate the Economy? Tax the Wealthy

Every couple of years, when big investors suffer losses, Congress and their partisan economists launch into a heated debate over how to stimulate the flagging economy. This is mostly a rehash of the “trickle down” versus “bottom up” debate that...

Will Dems Follow Through on Promises to Fix NAFTA?

Even Hillary Clinton, whose husband rammed NAFTA through Congress 14 years ago, has vowed to “correct its shortcomings.” Since NAFTA has been the model for U.S. trade policies, reopening this pact could theoretically pave the way for a whole new approach...