Category Archives: Energy

Atomic rate rape and the new China syndrome

Japan’s one remaining operating reactor (of 54) went dark Saturday. Japan is nuke-free for the first time in a half-century. Continue reading

Rollo: Peak oil already wreaking economic disaster

City councilman says honest reckoning needed for transition to future

Peak oil production is at a crisis point but also is an opportunity to better the planet, Bloomington City Councilman David Rollo said in a talk, “Evidence and Consequences of Peak Oil,” sponsored by Green Drinks at the Upland Brewery banquet hall on March 28. Continue reading

America’s 2 new nukes are on the brink of death

The only two US reactor projects now technically under construction are on the brink of death for financial reasons. Continue reading

The ‘nuclear renaissance’?

Here we are almost a year away from the nuclear meltdown in Fukushima that happened as a result of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami on March 11 of last year, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission announces that it is approving licenses to begin construction on the first nuclear power plants to be built in 30 years. The two new nuclear reactors will be in Georgia. Continue reading

We may yet lose Tokyo . . . not to mention Alaska . . . and now Georgia, too

As the Nuclear Regulatory Commission approves a construction/operating license for two new reactors in Georgia, alarming reports from Japan indicate the Fukushima catastrophe is far from over. Continue reading

Court to Vermont: ‘Drop dead’

A federal judge has told the people of Vermont that a solemn contract between them and reactor owner Entergy need not be honored. Continue reading

2012 is the year to finally bury nuke power

The year 2012 has opened with news that Fukushima’s radioactive cloud may already have killed some 14,000 Americans, according to a major study just published in the International Journal of Health Services. Continue reading

Tar Wars

On November 10, the President delayed permitting of the Keystone XL pipeline, sending the issue back to the State Department for a thorough re-review. Many analysts say this victory for life on Earth will effectively kill the Keystone XL project. Continue reading

Will a failed solar loan guarantee kill new nukes?

Republicans up in arms about the infamous failed federal $535 million loan guarantee for the Solyndra solar panel producer are finally tasked to apply the same standards to nuclear power. Continue reading

The Keystone XL pipeline: poison for America

The environmental group Friends of the Earth, has offered up a fistful of startling facts to take a swing at the Canadian oil and gas company, TransCanada: TC hopes to start building a new crude oil pipeline that would run close to 2,000 miles from Alberta, Canada, to Texas. If constructed, the poisonous pipeline, known as the Keystone XL, will carry one of the world’s dirtiest fuels: tar sands oil. Along its route from Alberta to Texas, this snaking pipeline could devastate ecosystems and pollute water sources, jeopardizing public health. Continue reading

Don’t nuke the budget!

America’s budget crisis has the world economy at the brink. Social Security, Medicare, aid for needy children, environmental protection and much more are being chopped. Continue reading

Fukushima spews, Los Alamos burns, Vermont rages and we’ve almost lost Nebraska

Humankind is now threatened by the simultaneous implosion, explosion, incineration, courtroom contempt and drowning of its most lethal industry. Continue reading

Are we on the brink of burying nuke power forever?

This may be the moment history has turned definitively against atomic energy. Continue reading

Nukes to America: ‘We don’t need no stinking fire protection’

At the end of John Huston’s 1948 classic “Treasure of Sierra Madre,” armed bandits tell Humphrey Bogart they are federal agents. Continue reading

Is Fukushima now 10 Chernobyls into the sea?

New readings show levels of radioisotopes found up to 30 kilometers offshore from the on-going crisis at Fukushima are 10 times higher than those measured in the Baltic and Black Seas during Chernobyl. Continue reading

Nuclear power—not now, not ever

Any citizen with even a casual awareness of the public debate over nuclear power is familiar with the usual talking points, pro and con, regarding this issue: safety, costs, environmental impacts, etc. I will not burden the reader with a rehash of these familiar issues. Continue reading

The race for space solar energy

The failures of the General Electric nuclear reactors in Japan to safely shut down following the 9.0 Tahoku earthquake, following in the wake of the catastrophic Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the deadly methane gas explosion in Massey’s West Virginia coal mine, conclusively demonstrate the grave dangers to human society posed by current energy production methods. Continue reading

‘Safe’ radiation is a lethal TMI lie

There is no safe dose of radiation. Continue reading

Nuclear vs oil: The devil we know

Japan’s trauma following the partial meltdown of nuclear reactors in Fukushima has once again brought to the world’s attention the dangers of nuclear power. From the start, it was clear that a broad advocacy of nuclear energy is bad ecology. Splitting the atom (or worse, fusing atoms) unleashes intense heat and radiation and produces poisonous waste that lasts for up to 10,000 years or more. Continue reading

Obama’s $36 billion nuke-powered giveaway

Barack Obama’s 2012 budget marks a major escalation in the nuclear war against a green-powered future, whose advocates are already fighting back. Continue reading