Browsing the "Nuclear" Category

Current Extremism and it's Toll on the Environment

September 20th, 2011 | by Kate Follot

A few weeks ago we were sorely reminded of the extremism of the majority of the current Republican candidates. Among many other alarming things said, Republicans suggested eliminating or privatizing: FEMA, NASA, the EPA, the Federal Labor Relations Board, Medicaid and food stamps. Herman Cain promised not to appoint any Muslims who want to kill Americans to his cabinet. Michele Bachmann supports states’ rights on gay marriage, but also supports a constitutional amendment outlawing it. Rick Santorum wants to “a system of discipline” to “punish” gay soldiers, which suggests that his problem with pornographic Google results is not likely to abate. Tim Pawlenty views Iraq as “one of the shiniest examples of success in the Middle East.”

Power Inequality, Peak Oil, and Peak Debt

September 18th, 2011 | by Important Media Cross-Post

This is a truly wonderful post from The Oil Drum by Goddard College’s Charles Eisenstein (licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 U.S. License). Giving more depth to peak oil than the good infographic on that presented yesterday, but also delving deeply into the problems of our economy and how they are linked to our energy and environmental crisis, this 3-pager is my recommended reading of the month, at least. The concentration of power (increasingly obvious to us) and how that is linked to our energy infrastructure is, in particular, a very interesting part of it all for me, and piggy-backs on John Farrel’s excellent pieces on democratizing our electricity system. I was just listening to this great cover of a great Rolling Stones song -- Bitter Sweet Symphony -- while reading this and thought it was actually a good match for the piece, so let’s start off with that

Earthquake Shuts Down Virginia Nuclear Plant {Video}

August 23rd, 2011 | by Shellee Tyler

The North Anna nuclear power plant, located 20 miles from the epicenter, is shut down and in a safe condition, a company official and the Louisa County public information office report. There has been no release of nuclear material, Louisa County spokeswoman Amanda Reidelbach said

Renewable Energy vs Nuclear Energy Infographic

August 5th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

We have featured a number of WellHome’s infographics on our site and, as a result, the folks there decided to ask us what matters we thought were most important at the moment and worth creating infographics about. I supplied them with my feedback and they’ve gone ahead and made an infographic on some of the topics I thought was hot and worthy of their time

Fukushima Updates on Water, Beef, and More..

July 12th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

Jeremy Bloom of our sister site Red, Green, & Blue has been providing updates on the situation at the Fukushima nuclear power plant and in Japan, in general, from time to time since the earthquake and tsunami on March 11. Here are a couple on water, food, radiation, and long-term predictions for those in the area from the past couple weeks

Nebraska Nuclear Situation Gets Worse

June 28th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

Well, it's no Fukushima, but the concerning news from Nebraska, where one (Calhoun) nuclear power plant is shut down and waiting for flood waters to recede to start up again (something that may not be until the Fall) and another (Cooper nuclear power plant) has mostly been in operation but is under threat as well now. The news is that, yesterday, a dam (or AquaDam) built around the Cooper nuclear power plant and other flood protection systems broke. And that may just be a sign of things to come

Wind Power Subsidies Chump Change Compared to Fossil Fuel & Nuclear Subsidies

June 23rd, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

So many clean energy haters love to pull the "wind and solar energy couldn't survive without subsidies" card. Well, if you look at the full story, that is a totally bogus statement since wind and solar subsidies don't compare to nuclear and fossil fuel subsidies, not now and not at the same point in the early development of nuclear and fossil fuel power plants

Nuclear Power Remains "Safe" (By Changing the Rules)

June 23rd, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

You may think of the Associated Press (AP) as just another typical major media outlet, but I've seen on more than one occasion that people there also go out of their way to cover subjects thoroughly, carefully, and uniquely. A recent investigation of the nuclear industry and nuclear regulators in the U.S. is more proof of that

Obama Administration Ordered a “total and complete” News Blackout Regarding Near Catastrophic at Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant — Don't Think So

June 23rd, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

One of our most popular stories over the past week was about a Nebraska nuclear power plant (or two, actually) at risk of some serious problems. A ton of people have been coming to our site via Google searches related to that for days. Normally, with such big news, we have to compete with other leading news sites for such views and may get a lot fo traffic for awhile, but generally not for several days. But, that didn't seem to happen this time. Turns out, there may have been an obvious reason for that

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