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Nov 29, 2012

Nuke Power's Collapse Gets Ever More Dangerous

 

In the wake of this fall's election, the disintegration of America's rust bucket reactor fleet is fast approaching critical mass.

Unless our No Nukes movement can get the worst of them shut soon, Barack Obama may be very lucky to get through his second term without a major reactor disaster.

All 104 licensed US reactors were designed before 1975---a third of a century ago. All but one went on line in the 1980s or earlier.

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Oct 25, 2012

The Rust-Bucket Reactors Start to Fall

 

The US fleet of 104 deteriorating atomic reactors is starting to fall. The much-hyped "nuclear renaissance" is now definitively headed in reverse.

The announcement that Wisconsin's Kewaunee will shut next year will be remembered as a critical dam break. Opened in 1974, Kewaunee has fallen victim to low gas prices, declining performance, unsolved technical problems and escalating public resistance.

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Sep 17, 2012

Japan's Long Atomic Sayonara

 

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Aug 7, 2012

The "Devil's Tango" at Fukushima


Our lives still hang by a Devil's thread at Fukushima.

The molten cores at Units 1, 2 & 3 have threatened all life on Earth. The flood of liquid radiation has poisoned the Pacific. Fukushima's cesium and other airborne emissions have already dwarfed Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and all nuclear explosions including Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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Mar 16, 2012

Nuclear Power's Green Mountain Grassroots Demise

 

In the wake of Fukushima, grassroots citizen action is shutting the worldwide nuclear power industry.

A Solartopian tipping point is upon us in the US, Europe and Japan which will re-define how the human race gets its energy.

States rights and local democracy are at the core of the battle.

The definitive breaking point looms in Vermont.

By mid-March a state board is likely to deny the Yankee reactor licenses to operate or to create radioactive waste.

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Feb 25, 2012

In NYTimes: "The Most Expensive Technological Failure of the Modern Age"

 

The Sunday, February 25, New York Times Opinion Page carries a pro-con debate on nuclear power.

Here is our entry, published as the first reponse to a pro-nuke letter:

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Feb 10, 2012

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.  
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Jan 24, 2012

Court to Vermont: "Drop Dead"



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

The fight will almost certainly now go to the US Supreme Court. At stake is not only the future of atomic power, but the legitimacy of all deals signed between corporations and the public.  Chief Justice John Roberts' conservative court will soon decide whether a private corporation can sign what should be an enforceable contract with a public entity and then flat-out ignore it.

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Jan 24, 2012

Court to Vermont: "Drop Dead!"



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

The fight will almost certainly now go to the US Supreme Court. At stake is not only the future of atomic power, but the legitimacy of all deals signed between corporations and the public. The corporatist court will be asked to decide whether a private corporation can sign what should be an enforceable contract with a public entity and then flat-out ignore it.
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Jan 3, 2012

2012 is the Year We Finally Bury Nuclear 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. 
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