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Pray With Your Feet

Civil disobedience to halt the assault by the oil and gas industry is an act of faith for retired Episcopal Bishop George Packard. His church is wherever protesters gather to stop corporations from destroying our rights or our ecosystem.

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Diablo Shutdown Marks End of Atomic Era

On a global scale, in many important ways, this marks the highest-profile step yet toward the death of U.S. nuclear power and a national transition to a “solartopian,” green-powered planet.

Posted on Jun 23, 2016 READ MORE



Nuclear Costs Roll Onward and Upward

Building new nuclear power stations is becoming hugely more expensive, but decommissioning old ones might prove even more costly.

Posted on May 7, 2016 READ MORE



Nuclear Power Costs Enter Uncharted Territory

As some governments press on with new nuclear power facilities in an attempt to address climate change, a multibillion-dollar industry will be needed to make decommissioned plants and their hazardous waste “safe.”

Posted on Apr 20, 2016 READ MORE



A Big Push for Small Nuclear Reactors

Global nuclear companies are meeting this week to discuss licensing the controversial small modular reactors that are costing billions of dollars to develop and would be built near towns.

Posted on Apr 11, 2016 READ MORE



Fukushima on the Hudson? The Growing Dangers of Indian Point

The Indian Point plant in New York sits astride two seismic faults, and if a nuclear disaster of a Fukushima magnitude were to strike there, it would necessitate the evacuation of at least 5.6 million people.

Posted on Apr 1, 2016 READ MORE



Politicians Push Nuclear ‘Poison Pill’

The economics of nuclear power in Europe are in meltdown, leaving taxpayers facing a heavy burden as the industry clings to pledges of huge public cash injections.

Posted on Mar 21, 2016 READ MORE



At 70, Baby Boomers Face a New Acid Test

Can a generation that turned the world on its ear in so many ways conquer the cancer of corporate domination?

Posted on Dec 30, 2015 READ MORE



A Big Fat Radioactive Lie

Billionaires are hyping nuclear power as a magic cure for climate change. But there are many reasons why governments should resist their call to pump more tax dollars into nuclear energy.

Posted on Dec 5, 2015 READ MORE



European Canal Plan Raises the Specter of Chernobyl

A project to link the Baltic to the Black Sea with a 2,000-kilometer trans-Europe waterway risks disturbing radioactive debris from the 1986 nuclear-plant disaster in Ukraine.

Posted on Nov 1, 2015 READ MORE


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A Critical Look at ‘Uranium: Twisting the Dragon’s Tail’

This PBS documentary can’t seem to make up its mind about whether nuclear power is a manageable risk or an untamable beast. It really shouldn’t be that confusing.

Posted on Aug 9, 2015 READ MORE



Renewable Energy Redoubles Its Global Reach

As the world economy and energy use both grew in 2014, renewables continued their rapid rise—but carbon emissions did not.

Posted on Jun 27, 2015 READ MORE



Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster

A team of scientists and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist recount, in the new book “Fukushima,” what happens when a catastrophe strikes that no one imagines. Early and often comes the warning: Hubris Ahead.

Posted on Jun 12, 2015 READ MORE



China’s Investment in Renewables Soars by a Third

Despite a slowdown in its economy and the continued reliance on coal, China is pumping billions of dollars into its renewable energy industry.

Posted on May 31, 2015 READ MORE



New Energy Policy Needed as Nuclear Giants Take a Hit

Plans for a worldwide fleet of huge new nuclear reactors have collapsed, with the cancellation of a major project and no new orders being placed.

Posted on May 29, 2015 READ MORE



The United States’ Knee-Jerk Support for Israeli Nukes Torpedoed U.N. Disarmament Talks

Non-nuclear states are furious at Washington for leaving the issue of global disarmament dead in the water for the next five years.

Posted on May 26, 2015 READ MORE



Flood Risk to Nuclear Sites Raises Meltdown Fears

Sea level rise, storm surges and bursting dams all pose an increasing danger to nuclear power stations as the climate changes.

Posted on May 6, 2015 READ MORE



Global Conference Urges Ban on Uranium Mining and Nuclear Power

It’s time to end the myth that nuclear power is a cost-effective, practical or safe response to climate change, the World Uranium Symposium declared.

Posted on Apr 24, 2015 READ MORE



Unfinished Nuclear Plants Raise Safety Doubts

A new generation of giant reactors, meant to provide fresh hope for nuclear power in Europe, has been found to have a serious safety problem.

Posted on Apr 13, 2015 READ MORE



Unhappy 21st Birthday for the U.K.’s Nuclear White Elephants

A state-of-the-art British plant intended to help cut greenhouse gas emissions by reusing spent nuclear fuel will close after years of what critics call “commercial and technical failure.”

Posted on Apr 9, 2015 READ MORE


Noam Chomsky: Israel Is a Violent State Acting in Direct Violation of International Law

In a talk aired on C-SPAN in March, the world-renowned linguist and political activist discusses his book of essays “Masters of Mankind: Essays and Lectures, 1969-2013” and answers questions about Israeli politics.

Posted on Apr 7, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


Historic Nuclear Deal Has Prevented a War With Iran, Former Diplomat Says

Iran has agreed to general terms for curbing its nuclear program in exchange for a lifting of U.S. and European economic sanctions. In a “Democracy Now!” interview, Seyed Hossein Mousavian, a Princeton scholar who served as a nuclear negotiator for Iran in the 1990s, said the deal is “a road to peace.”

Posted on Apr 3, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Head of U.N. Nuclear Watchdog Group Says Iran Isn’t Playing by the Rules

Iran’s nuclear program has again become a source of controversy on the global stage, and now Yukiya Amano, the top-ranking official in the United Nations’ nuclear oversight organization, has added his voice to the chorus of concerns.

Posted on Mar 24, 2015 READ MORE



No Prospect of Relief From Constant Nuclear Headache

Keeping nuclear waste safe costs billions of dollars a year, but what to do with it in the long-term is still no nearer being resolved.

Posted on Jan 24, 2015 READ MORE



Professors Plead With Greens to Accept Nuclear Power

Academics argue that nuclear power is essential to save the planet from climate change, but critics say they seem to have forgotten the danger of a nuclear winter.

Posted on Dec 26, 2014 READ MORE



Europe’s Nuclear Giants Are Close to Collapse

Doubts that the biggest construction project in Europe will get the final go-ahead from the UK government leave the European nuclear industry facing a struggle for survival.

Posted on Nov 24, 2014 READ MORE



Veteran Green Says Emissions Aren’t the Only Danger

Forty years ago, climate change was not even on the agenda of green campaigners—but now a veteran of those pioneering days speaks out about the danger of neglecting other issues that threaten the planet.

Posted on Oct 16, 2014 READ MORE



Europe Provides State Support for Nuclear Power

The controversial decision that Europe will allow state subsidies for nuclear power is likely to face a legal challenge by opponents who believe it will kill off the market for renewable energy.

Posted on Oct 11, 2014 READ MORE



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Is Diablo Canyon California’s Fukushima-in-Waiting?

The Diablo Canyon Power Plant sits on the edge of the Pacific Ocean between Los Angeles and San Francisco. More significantly, it is nestled in a thicket of fault lines, some only recently discovered.

Posted on Sep 8, 2014 READ MORE



Blame Russia All You Want: The Ukraine Crisis Was Caused by the West

The Western media blame the Kremlin for the current battles in Ukraine, but the West holds more blame for them than it may seem; Seattle’s leading a “wage revolution” throughout the United States with its $15 minimum wage; meanwhile, a power plant in California is deemed “a Fukushima in waiting.” These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 2, 2014 READ MORE


John Oliver: America Is a Useless Nuclear Weapon ‘Hoarder’ and Nobody Cares

As the “Last Week Tonight” host points out, it’s not Iran or North Korea we have to worry about; it’s America.

Posted on Jul 28, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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News Flash: Fukushima Is Still a Disaster

The corporate media silence on Fukushima has been deafening even though the melted-down nuclear power plant’s seaborne radiation is now washing up on American beaches.

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 READ MORE



The Energy Revolution Is In Reverse

The world should be moving to a clean energy future, the IPCC says. The recent record of global greenhouse emissions show it’s heading in entirely the wrong direction.

Posted on Apr 18, 2014 READ MORE



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Fighting Our Fossil-Nuke Extinction

How petro-pollution and nuclear fallout interact remains largely unstudied, but the answers can’t be good. And it’s clearer than ever that we won’t survive without ridding our planet of both.

Posted on Apr 8, 2014 READ MORE


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Posted on Mar 1, 2014 ENLARGE



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The Iran Breakthrough TV News Is Ignoring: Uranium Stockpile Falls Below Amount Needed for Bomb

U.S. television newscasters have often slipped up and spoken of an Iranian nuclear “weapons program,” even though no U.N. inspectors have found firm evidence of any such thing.

Posted on Feb 22, 2014 READ MORE


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Posted on Feb 21, 2014 ENLARGE



Nuclear Waste Gets Expensive

Beset by the problems of a warming world, governments may feel they have no option but to build a new generation of nuclear power plants. But no country has yet found a way to dispose of the existing stock of radioactive waste.

Posted on Feb 14, 2014 READ MORE



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Iran Breakthrough a Triumph for Pragmatists and a Defeat for the Warmongers

As with all good diplomacy, the Iran accord is a win-win for that country and the United Nations Security Council’s permanent members.

Posted on Jan 22, 2014 READ MORE



Fukushima: An Ongoing Warning to the World

“I write these facts as dispassionately as I can in the hope that they will act as a warning to the world,” wrote the journalist Wilfred Burchett from Hiroshima.

Posted on Jan 15, 2014 READ MORE


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Is That a Reactor In Your Pocket?

Small reactors in kit form, designed with an emphasis on safety, are the latest idea aimed at reviving the fortunes of the nuclear industry.

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 READ MORE


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Iran Nuclear Deal Reached

Updated: In exchange for the released of “just over $4bn in Iranian oil sales revenue from frozen accounts” and the lifting of suspensions on “the country’s trade in gold, petrochemicals, car and plane parts,” Iran has agreed to restrict its nuclear activities.

Posted on Nov 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Tsunami Warning Canceled After Japanese Quake

A small tsunami triggered by the quake measuring 1 foot hit Japan’s eastern coast, but no damage was reported, the BBC said. A tsunami warning issued earlier was lifted.

Posted on Oct 25, 2013 READ MORE


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