Editor's Blog

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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Jul 25, 2012

"When the Biomass Hits the Wind Turbine"

  Renewable "green" energy will be the biggest industry in the history of humankind. Jay Warmke's "When the Biomass Hits the Wind Turbine" (BRS Media: Philo, Ohio) is a great way to learn all about it.

Jay is blessed with an off-beat sense of humor and a wonderful way of narrating truly earth-shattering history with aplomb and a light, loving touch. "I don't remember a time when the world wasn't about to end," he begins.

Neither do I.

Jul 2, 2012

Why Should Nuclear Financing Guarantees Cost Less than Student or Home Loans?

The Department of Energy wants to give the Southern Company a nuclear power loan guarantee at better interest rates than you can get on a student loan. And unlike a home mortgage, there may be no down payment.

Why?

The terms DOE is offering the builders of the Vogtle atomic reactors have only become partially public through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.

We still may not know all the details.

Jun 7, 2012

Hold that "Hot" Fukushima Sushi!

 

We all knew it was coming.

Radioactive tuna has been caught off the coast of California. The fingerprint of cesium 137 is unmistakably from the exploded reactors at Fukushima.

But Fukushima's hot hands are also on a very welcome debate still stalemating China's plans to build more than 30 new reactors. Fierce No Nukes opposition continues to escalate in India. Reactor cancellations have spread throughout Europe.

May 14, 2012

Will You Pay as New Reactors Jump $900 Million in Just 3 Months?

The projected price for Georgia's Vogtle Double Reactor Project has jumped at least $900 million in just three months....and that's just for starters.   

May 7, 2012

The Nuclear Power Industry has Melted in Japan and France


There are zero commercial reactors operating in Japan today. On March 10, 2011, there were 54 licensed to operate, well over 10% percent of the global fleet.

But for the first time in 42 years, a country at the core of global reactor electricity is producing none of its own.

Worldwide, there are fewer than 400 operating reactors for the first time since Chernobyl, a quarter-century ago.

May 3, 2012

Japan May Go Nuke-Free Tomorrow...But Will the US & China Follow?

Japan's one remaining operating reactor (of 54) may go dark tomorrow.  Japan would be nuke-free for the first time in a half-century.  

May 3, 2012

Atomic Rate Rot & the New China Syndrome


Atomic Rate Rape & the New China Syndrome 

By Harvey Wasserman

Small wonder the death knell of new US nukes may be upon us.

Apr 18, 2012

Obama's Atomic Solyndra?


 
The future of nuclear power now hangs on a single decision by President Obama---and us. 

His Office of Management and Budget could cave to the unsustainable demands of reactor builders who cannot handle the standard terms of a loan agreement.  

Or he could defend basic financial procedures and stand up for the future of the American economy. 

Apr 7, 2012

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.

If they go under, there will almost certainly be no new reactors built here.

The much mythologized "nuclear renaissance" will be officially buried, and the US can take a definitive leap toward a green-powered future that will actually work and that won't threaten the continent with radioactive contamination.