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 […]
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By Jeremy Bloom The Wall Street Journal reports that scientists investigating the Fukushima power plant have confirmed a third of its reactors had a serious meltdown when the 2011 earthquake and tsunami destroyed the plant. Part of the problem: The plant is such a disaster that the only way they can tell what the hell happened, […]
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 […]
By Jeremy Bloom In the wake of the Fukushima meltdown, Japan shut down ALL its nuclear plants. It just seemed like a damn good idea. Now, four years later – and in the shadow of the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima/Nagasaki nuclear bombings that ended World War II – Japan is restarting those nuclear plants. […]
By Taxpayers for Common Sense Golden Fleece Award Goes to Department of Energy for Federal Spending on Small Modular Reactors The federal government is in the process of wasting more than half a billion dollars to pay large, profitable companies for what should be their own expenses for research & development (R&D) and licensing related […]
We’ve been pushing this one for a while – and today comes the great news that the Obama administration has put a stop to the insane idea of mining (more) uranium right next to the Grand Canyon. At an early afternoon event, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced [an extension of the]20-year ban on new mining […]
I get a lot of people asking me why I’m so negative about nuclear power. I’ll let Alec Baldwin, star of 30 Rock, explain why nuclear reactors are a filthy form of energy
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).
It’s madness. But even as Japan’s Prime Minister says that after Fukushima, it’s time to prepare for a society that does not rely on nuclear power – his strongest statement yet about ending Japan’s nuclear program – it’s full speed ahead in the US Senate. The Senate Energy Committee is set to vote tomorrow on three bills that […]
From the lips of Japan’s Prime Minister: It will take decades to clean up the meltdowns at the Fukushima nuclear plant. Meanwhile, our worst fears are being realized as reports come in of radioactive cesium contaminating beef raised downwind of the plant.
As they try to clean up what may be the worst nuclear disaster in history at Fukushima, they continue to make things worse.
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.
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…
“In the last three weeks, everything we knew about the accident has been turned upside down. We were told three partial meldowns, don’t worry about it. Now we know it was 100 percent core melt in all three reactors. Radiation – ‘miminal’ that was released. Now we know it was comparable to the radiation at Chernobyl….”
The true story on subsidies:
Without subsidies – both overt and hidden – coal would be 2-3 times more expensive than wind.