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Fukushima spews, and Vermont Yankee gets extended

So the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission extends Vermont Yankee’s nearly expired lease, trumping local Vermonters from closing the damn leaking Fukushima-modeled thing down. This from Democracy Now!. Here is a response from a friend, a Vermont native, to my post … Continue reading

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UN nuclear watchdog says it will continue to push for new nuclear power plants despite growing global nuclear concern

from Democracy Now! (please check out the 16-minute interview). Now watch me argue with my strawman: This, in spite of the current dirty-bomb event brought on by the quake/tsunami, in spite of the pollution involved in uranium mining. Consider, too, … Continue reading

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Prescription for survival: A debate between antinuke and anticoal

Please see this short debate on Democracy Now!. A plague on both your houses! Just put the emphasis, the scientific research, the funding toward solar and wind and other sustainable!

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Obama loves nukes

by Mark Hertsgaard for The Nation: “If anything demonstrates the blind spots in Obama’s oft-stated support for clean energy—and the nation’s need for a bold alternative vision—it is his response to the Fukushima crisis, which at press time had made … Continue reading

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Radiation in Massachusetts rainwater likely from Japan

from Reuters: Trace amounts of radioactive iodine linked to Japan’s crippled nuclear power station have turned up in rainwater samples as far away as Massachusetts during the past week, state officials said on Sunday. The low level of radioiodine-131 detected … Continue reading

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How the “peaceful atom” became a serial killer

by Chip Ward in Tomgram. Here is Tom Englehardt’s introduction: With the Fukushima nuclear complex still at the edge, the official response here is so bracingly… well, ho-hum. A top Nuclear Regulatory Commission official has just offered reassurance that nothing … Continue reading

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The NRC extended Vermont Yankee license 20 years

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has officially issued a new 20-year operating license to the Vermont Yankee nuclear power station, despite opposition from Vermont’s congressional delegation. The NRC voted on the license just before the Japanese nuclear crisis, but the … Continue reading

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Radiation dose chart

Check out this radiation dose chart: Sleeping next to someone = 0.05 microSieverts [Item 1] X 2: Eating 1 banana = 0.10 microSieverts [Item 2] X 10: 1 arm X-ray, or using a CRT monitor for a year = 1 … Continue reading

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Charting the human cost of different types of energy

by Nicholas Kusnetz and Marian Wang at ProPublica Since this time last year, we’ve seen a deadly mine disaster, the worst oil spill in U.S. history, and now a nuclear crisis in Japan. That got us wondering—how does one compare … Continue reading

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A warning from Japan

As reported in The Nation, the nuclear crisis in Japan is out of control: Three reactors are in partial meltdown, two are leaking radiation, at least one pool full of 80 tons of “spent” uranium fuel rods may be burning, … Continue reading

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