Tag Archives: nuclear

Electricity’s Un-Natural Monopoly

Electricity’s Un-Natural Monopoly
The 21st century electricity system is radically different. The scale of electricity generation is rapidly shrinking, from coal and nuclear power plants that can power a million homes to solar and wind power plants that power a few to a few hundred nearby homes. Electricity demand has leveled off, so that every unit of new wind and solar power produced for the grid displaces a unit of fossil fuel energy. Batteries and electric vehicles ... Read more

Nuclear Attack on Japan Opposed by Military Leadership

Nuclear Attack on Japan Opposed by Military Leadership
Now, this series is going to be primarily about America after capitalism, which is a book that Gar wrote, and we're going to take a look at what his thinking is on that. But Gar, as we learned from part one--and if you haven't watched part one, you should--he wrote a PhD thesis and then a book that led to a whole reopening of the debate or discussion about just why America dropped the nuclear bomb that ended the war with Japan after World ... Read more

Perfect Storm: Fukushima Spews, Los Alamos Burns, Vermont Rages and We’ve Almost Lost Nebraska

By Harvey Wasserman Common Dreams, June 29, 2011 Humankind is now threatened by the simultaneous implosion, explosion, incineration, courtroom contempt and drowning of its most lethal industry. We know only two things for certain: worse is yet to come, and those in charge are lying about it—at least to the extent of what they actually know, which is nowhere near enough. Indeed, the assurances from the nuke power industry continue to ... Read more

Dangerous radiation leaked from three-quarters of U.S. nuclear power plants

Daily Mail Reporter June 21, 2011 Dangerous radiation has leaked from three-quarters of all U.S. nuclear power stations raising fears the country’s water supplies could one day be contaminated. The number and severity of leaks has increased because of the many old and unsafe plants across America, a new investigation has claimed. Radioactive tritium has escaped at least 48 of 65 of all U.S. sites, often entering water around the plants ... Read more

The Repercussions of a Pro-Nuclear Corporate Press” Fukushima and the Mass Media Meltdown

By Keith Harmon Snow Global Reserch, June20, 2011 A sociological and technological discussion — in the wake of the out-of-control nuclear apocalypse in Japan — addressing the compromise of public health and security created by the failure of the western corporate mass media to equitably report on, mildly investigate, or even moderately challenge, the nuclear power industry. Author’s note, 19 June 2011: The following report ... Read more

Fukushima: It’s much worse than you think

Scientific experts believe Japan’s nuclear disaster to be far worse than governments are revealing to the public. By Dahr Jamail Al Jazeera, June 16, 2011 “Fukushima is the biggest industrial catastrophe in the history of mankind,” Arnold Gundersen, a former nuclear industry senior vice president, told Al Jazeera. Japan’s 9.0 earthquake on March 11 caused a massive tsunami that crippled the cooling systems at the ... Read more

The Argumet Against New Nuclear Plants in the U.S.

EDITORIAL: No nuclear plants in the 20th Congressional District Glens Falls Post-Star, June 30, 2011 Archaeologists estimate that prehistoric man began learning to control fire about 790,000 years ago. The U.S. National Academy of Sciences estimates it will take 3 million years for the radioactive waste currently stored in the United States to decay to background levels. The United States currently produces about 3,000 tons of nuclear waste ... Read more

Evacuation Zones for Nuclear Reactors

Physicians for Social Responsibility June 2011 In the case of a nuclear reactor accident, what can be done? Do you live within 50 miles of a nuclear reactor? One third of Americans do. Property contaminated by nuclear materials is not covered by insurance, so if your house is affected, you could be displaced permanently and lose everything. Use the tool below to find out if you are within an evacuation zone and are at risk. Also notice the ... Read more

A 35% Spike in Infant Mortality in Northwest Cities Since Meltdown: Is the Dramatic Increase in Baby Deaths in the US a Result of Fukushima Fallout?

By Janette D. Sherman, MD and Joseph Mangano Counterpunch, June10-12, 2011 U.S. babies are dying at an increased rate. While the United States spends billions on medical care, as of 2006, the US ranked 28th in the world in infant mortality, more than twice that of the lowest ranked countries. (DHHS, CDC, National Center for Health Statistics. Health United States 2010, Table 20, p. 131, February 2011.) The recent CDC Morbidity and Mortality ... Read more

New York Times Explains German Nuclear Irrationality

by Peter Hart FAIR, June 3, 2011 The New York Times’ Alan Cowell had a piece (6/2/11) about public opposition to nuclear power in Germany, and the fact that the country’s political leadership has decided to establish policies that conform to that sentiment. It apparently left the Times a bit perplexed: But the German move also raised a question whose answer seemed elusive: What is there in this land of 82 million people that has, ... Read more