Category Archives: Energy

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