Category Archives: Environment

Fighting our fossil-nuke extinction

The 25th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez disaster has brought critical new evidence that petro-pollution is destroying our global ecosystem. Continue reading

The nuclear omnicide

In the 35 years since the March 28, 1979, explosion and meltdown at Three Mile Island, fierce debate has raged over whether humans were killed there. In 1986 and 2011, Chernobyl and Fukushima joined the argument. Whenever these disasters happen, there are those who claim that the workers, residents and military personnel exposed to radiation will be just fine. Continue reading

Japan stops treating radioactive water

Can it ever be treated? Is it even possible?

SAN FRANCISCO—It is time to call it what it is: It’s a Scam. It’s a Con Job. There is no solution, never was and never will be. That’s the whole Con and you, like most people, probably fell for the notion hook, line and sinker that radioactivity can be removed from water. Continue reading

Disposable assets in the fracking industry

The oil and gas industry, the nation’s Chambers of Commerce, and politicians, who are dependent upon campaign contributions from the industry and the chambers, claim fracking is safe. Continue reading

South-central US poisoned by New Mexico nuke garbage dump

Enough to kill 35,5000 people released so far

SAN FRANCISCO—Carlsbad, New Mexico is the site of the nation’s only nuclear weapons program garbage dump. Plutonium is used in making The Bomb, it melts at 640 Deg C or 1,184 Deg F, and is made in reactors. It is not mined anywhere on Earth. Reactors exist to make bombs. Continue reading

Documents say Navy knew Fukushima dangerously contaminated the USS Reagan

A stunning new report indicates the U.S. Navy knew that sailors from the nuclear-powered USS Ronald Reagan took major radiation hits from the Fukushima atomic power plant after its meltdowns and explosions nearly three years ago. Continue reading

Obama’s nuke-powered drone strike on America’s energy future

So the “all the above” energy strategy now deems we dump another $6.5 billion in bogus loan guarantees down the atomic drain. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has announced finalization of hotly contested taxpayer handouts for the two Vogtle reactors being built in Georgia. Another $1.8 billion waits to be pulled out of your pocket and poured down the radioactive sinkhole. Continue reading

50 reasons we should fear the worst from Fukushima

Part One of a two-part series

Fukushima’s missing melted cores and radioactive gushers continue to fester in secret. Continue reading

Japan’s deadly new ‘Fukushima fascism’

Fukushima continues to spew out radiation. The quantities seem to be rising, as do the impacts. Continue reading

Untamed nature: Is the world ready for another tsunami?

Since the beginning of recorded history, mankind has struggled with the destructive forces of nature. Continue reading

No area safe from fracking

At the time New Jersey established a ban on fracking, it seemed symbolic, much like the moratorium in Vermont, which has no economically recoverable natural gas; the Marcellus Shale, primarily in New York and Pennsylvania, doesn’t extend into New Jersey. Continue reading

Coal vs. the Great Barrier Reef

Every year 1,000,000 tons of coal dust blows or washes onto Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. This has gone on for the past decade and is set to almost quadruple in the coming years as Australia accelerates its great coal rip-off. Continue reading

Pandora’s atomic box score

The first prophetic sign to follow CNN’s irrelevant Pandora’s Promise is this: the Dallas-based Luminant Power Company has cancelled two mammoth reactors. Continue reading

Shipping crude oil down the Hudson River from Albany, NY, is a potential disaster

For several months now long trains of rail cars full of crude oil can be seen inching along, or stopped altogether, beside I-787 in downtown Albany NY. Other tankers fill the rail yards off I-90 not far from the SUNY campus. Continue reading

Hey pro-nuke climate scientists, note the global terror at Fukushima Four

Four climate scientists have made a public statement claiming nuclear power is an answer to global warming. Continue reading

Fukushima: There may be no more time

In the movie classic “On the Beach,” the end scene shows a banner flapping in the breeze over a radioactive and dead Melbourne, Australia, proclaiming, “THERE IS STILL TIME . . BROTHER.” Continue reading

Strontium-90, another radioactive element discharging from the Fukushima mess

In the past months, there has been between 90 and 900 Tbq (terabecquerels) of strontium-90 pouring into the Pacific, raising levels by up to two orders of magnitude. Since June 2011, there have been further large discharges of strontium-90 from Fukushima that have not been measured with precision. Continue reading

Canadian natives resist: ‘What the frack?’

Last week’s anti-fracking protest has put Canada’s First Nations at the forefront of Canada’s political life, injecting spirit back into our moribund political scene. Canadians watching the evening news were shocked by scenes of burning police cars, and riot squad of 100 police wielding tear gas and tasers on horseback. Continue reading

14,000 Hiroshimas still swing in the Fukushima air . . .

Japan’s pro-nuclear prime minister has finally asked for global help at Fukushima. Continue reading

Standing in the sunshine, the answer is blowin’ in the wind

Tokelau, an independent territory of New Zealand, is a small three-island archipelago of about 1,400 residents about 300 miles north of American Samoa in the South Pacific. In October 2012, the Polynesian nation turned off the last of its diesel generators and became the first country to use solar power as its only energy source. Continue reading

Shut it all down: Report Calls for nationwide ban on fracking

Hydraulic fracturing gas drilling turning America's water into cancer-causing, radioactive waste

The explosion of hydraulic fracturing in the last several years, according to a new report, is creating a previously ‘unimaginable’ situation in which hundreds of billions of gallons of the nation’s fresh water supply are being annually transformed into unusable—sometimes radioactive—cancer-causing wastewater. Continue reading

Vermont Yankee joins the tsunami of U.S. reactor shutdowns

In a huge victory for the grassroots movement for a green-powered earth, Entergy has announced it will shut its Vermont Yankee reactor by the end of next year. Continue reading

Dr. Hansen, we need you at Fukushima and Diablo Canyon

The horrifying news from Fukushima worsens daily. It is an unparalleled global catastrophe that cries out for anyone and everyone with nuclear expertise to pitch in. Continue reading

International alarms go up as Fukushima alert level raised

Regulators acknowledge that crisis is worsening amid constant flow of bad news at crippled nuclear plant

In the most serious action since the nuclear plant was first damaged in 2011, Japan’s Nuclear Regulatory Authority is on the verge of raising the international alarm—and the official threat level—over the spiraling crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. Continue reading

Freedom Rider: Fukushima

On March 11, 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck just off the eastern coast of Japan. The temblor did what quakes always do. It leveled buildings, caused $235 billion in damage and spawned a tsunami that killed more than 15,000 people. In addition to this expected chaos and carnage, the earthquake damaged nuclear reactors located near the city of Fukushima. The Fukushima reactors have been in varying degrees of crisis ever since. The world was assured that the crisis was averted back in 2011, but plant operator Tepco has been lying for the last two years. Continue reading

Royal Dutch Shell: They’ve really got a friend in Pennsylvania

Royal Dutch Shell, which owns or leases about 900,000 acres in the Marcellus Shale, had a great idea. Continue reading

The Fukushima nightmare gets even worse

Just when it seemed things might be under control at Fukushima, we find they are worse than ever. Continue reading

Freedom Rider: Tar sands hell in Detroit

If one picture is worth 1,000 words, then the pile of petroleum coke, petcoke, which sits along the Detroit River tells quite a story. Beginning in November 2012, the Koch Carbon company began dumping the petcoke, which is a byproduct of tar sands oil production and also a cheap fuel. Koch Carbon is owned by those Kochs, Charles and David, the incredibly wealthy right wing industrialists who play a very public role in bringing union busting Right to Work laws, Stand Your Ground, and other horrors to state legislatures across the country. Continue reading

Alberta oil leak into week 10—can it be stopped?

Nine weeks ago, oil near a tar sands extraction site in Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada, began to leak and ooze from the ground. It is currently wending its way through a nearby swampy forest, blackening vegetation and killing wildlife. It shows no signs of stopping. Even worse, scientists have no idea where it’s coming from or what to do about it. Continue reading

Fukushima continues to spew its darkness

Radiation leaks, steam releases, disease and death continue to spew from Fukushima and a disaster which is far from over. Its most profound threat to the global ecology—a spent fuel fire—is still very much with us. Continue reading

Los Angeles to San Onofre: ‘Not so fast!’

A unanimous Los Angeles City Council has demanded the Nuclear Regulatory Commission conduct extended investigations before any restart at the San Onofre atomic power plant. Continue reading

Pennsylvania: You are fracked

The history of energy exploration, mining, and delivery is best understood in a range from benevolent exploitation to worker and public oppression. A company comes into an area, leases or buys land in rural and agricultural areas for mineral rights, increases employment, usually during a depressed economy, strips the land of its resources, creates health problems for its workers and those in the immediate area, and then leaves. Continue reading