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Atomic bomb survivors speak out against nuclear power

As the world marks the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6th and 9th, some of the individuals who survived the horror of nuclear detonation are speaking out against the continued proliferation of nuclear energy. By Lauren McCauley Common Dreams With strong backing from President Shinzo Abe, Japan is restarted […]

August 6th

Long-delayed Vogtle nuclear plants want to delay reporting how much longer they’ll be delayed

When centrists insist we need to build more nuclear power plants as part of the decarbonization push to prevent climate change, they ignore one very important thing: New nuclear power plants are fiendishly expensive and have a lousy track record of getting built on time. Or even at all. Southern Company’s Georgia Power division started […]

February 13th

UK has plans for mini nuclear reactors. Or do they?

It was reported last week in The Telegraph that ministers in the UK were “ready” to approve the rapid development and testing of a fleet of “mini nuclear reactors” — to be used as baseload capacity and meant to make up for older soon-to-be-decommissioned nuclear facilities. By James Ayre Is there any truth to this assertion? What about the […]

September 23rd

Trump’s reckless, dishonest, myopic blustering on Iran nuclear agreement weakens U.S. national security

With a blast of bombast, Donald Trump made clear once again this week that he wants to dump or renegotiate the Iran nuclear agreement—known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action—which he calls “an embarrassment to the United States.” He also says he has already made up his mind about what to do, but he’s not telling anybody what he has decided. […]

September 21st

Nuclear energy: Graham wants feds to pony up to revive failed SC reactors

 Nuclear power advocates want billions of tax dollars to resurrect failed SC reactor project By Meteor Blades  The two uncompleted reactors were part of what was meant to be a renaissance of U.S. nuclear power construction after a 30-year hiatus. Background: After blowing $10 billion, power companies give up on 2 more nuke plants Rather than individually […]

August 16th

Renewable energy passes nuclear for first time in US

Renewable energy sources are now providing more electricity than nuclear power for the first time ever in the United States, according to figures issued by the US Energy Information Administration and highlighted by Ken Bossong’s Sun Day Campaign. By Joshua S Hill The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) published its most recent Electric Power Monthly report […]

June 27th

Romney panders to Iowa, changes mind on subsidies for renewables! (Sort of)

So, remember how Mitt Romney, the paragon of the free market, opposed subsidies for Wind Energy? Subsidies that helped the budding industry created thousands of jobs? Subsidies that were a bipartisan effort by Midwest Republicans and clean-energy-loving Democrats? Subsidies that, when Romney worked to block them, caused Iowa’s Republican Senator to say “Mitt Romney has […]

October 26th

More Nails in Nuclear’s Coffin

I was quite pleased to find out today that the Kewaunee nuclear-power plant in Wisconsin will close next year. Partly I was happy because the owner of this plant is Dominion Resources, which is trying to decide if it wants to build another reactor near my home in Louisa County, Virginia. Dominion stepping out of […]

October 26th

Nuclear reactors? On the way out…

Our fleet of nuclear reactors may be bigger than it was in 1916… but it’s about to start shrinking. A Wisconsin power company has announced it will shut down one of its aging reactors… and there are a dozen more that are failing. Market forces are at work here… While conservatives (who love nuclear) continue […]

October 25th

Our Energy Future: Titanic #2 (Cartoon)

With ‘clean coal’ and nuclear power likely to play a larger-than-expected role in climate change legislation, are we heading for an iceberg? Literally, no–they’re all melting. Figuratively, maybe…

October 21st