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Do we really need an “All of the Above” energy strategy? (Keep it in the ground!)

The world has a problem with overheating. And the problem is going to last at least 10,000 years per a study published in Nature. In the near term, we have to take bold steps to move the needle on climate change – beyond the panacea of an “All of the Above” energy strategy. By Michael […]

June 11th

Fukushima disaster could have been prevented, says new study

By Jeremy Bloom With cleanup barely begun four years after the Fukushima disaster, a new study looking at the run-up to the worst nuclear meltdown in history says it could have easily been prevented. While most studies have focused on the response to the accident, we’ve found that there were design problems that led to the disaster […]

October 2nd

Can Renewable and Nuclear Energy Be Friends?

By BruceMcF There is an ongoing general discussion about variable renewable energy – which is how to balance sustainable energy like solar and wind that don’t carry the risk of total destruction of our society, and riskier forms such as nuclear energy. Renewable energy includes a range of low or no carbon sources of energy – but […]

September 14th

Fukushima update – Nuclear reactor nearly under control?

The next time an American company pushing nuclear power tells you “We have safeguards in place! We know what we’re doing! We can handle emergencies!” … keep this in mind:

It’s four months in to the Fukushima disaster, and some of the best engineers in the world have things “nearly under control” – which means the temperature is down to the boiling point of water, it’s not leaking too much, and it’s not going to explode (probably).

July 14th

More trouble for flooded nuclear reactors in Nebraska

As bad news continues to come in from Japan’s nuclear meltdown at Fukushima, a similar situation may be beginning on our own shores. Two nuclear reactors in Nebraska are threatened by floodwaters… and while officials keep insisting there’s no danger and everything is under control, that’s not exactly reassuring.

Especially since one of their control systems collapsed over the weekend.

June 28th

Shades of Fukushima – flooded Nebraska plant loses power

Will this be our Fukushima? It’s certainly not at the point of being a major disaster yet, but… What turned Fukushima from a crisis to a disaster was the way Tokyo Electric (TEPCO) mishandled its attempts to keep control of their nuclear power plants.

As flood waters rise in the American heartland, it’s disconcerting to see the way a similar scenario is playing out…

June 27th