OUR FAVORITE BERNIE SANDERS MOMENTS...

Jun 13, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst By Clayton Aldern VIA GRIST He called climate change the greatest threat to our national security. He pulled Hillary Clinton to the left on climate and energy. He did a good amount of yelling. Bernie Sanders almost certainly isn’t going to be the Democratic nominee for president, but here’s a look back at the Vermont senator’s greatest environmental hits. On taxing carbon: His climate change plan called for a carbon tax that will “tax polluters causing the climate crisis, and return billions of dollars to working families to ensure the fossil fuel companies don’t subject us to unfair rate hikes.” And it aimed for a 40 percent cut in emissions by 2030, compared to 1990 levels — a level of ambition on par with Europe’s. On offshore drilling: The plan also...

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TRAMPLING SCIENCE TO BOOST NUCLEAR POWER...

Apr 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Jim Naureckas   FAIR When the Washington Post and New York Times are making the same corporate-friendly point, it’s safe to assume that some PR agency somewhere is earning its substantial fees. In this case, the subject is the need for nuclear power—and, for the Post editorial board (4/18/16), for fracking as well. Standing in the way of this in the Post’s version is favorite target Bernie Sanders, while the Times business columnist Eduardo Porter (4/19/16)  blames the “scientific phobias and taboos” of “progressive environmentalists.” Washington Post (4/18/16) “While campaigning in New York, Mr. Sanders has played up his opposition to nuclear power,” the Post editorialists wrote, citing his contention that the Indian River nuclear plant, 25 miles from Manhattan, is a “catastrophe waiting to happen.” Sanders’ “criticism came as little surprise,” the...

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The ‘Careful, Thoughtful’ Approach to Indian Point Is to Close It...

Apr 11, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment Federal agencies have found New York’s twin reactors to be high-risk for earthquakes and terrorist attacks. But like her evolving view on fracking, Clinton’s response is deliberately restrained. By Paul Gallay / Huffington Post   via ALTERNET Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant, Hudson River, New York Photo Credit: mandritoiu/Shutterstock In 2007, when Hillary Clinton was New York’s junior senator, she sagely observed that a “steady drumbeat of problems has eroded public confidence in Indian Point,” the twin-reactor nuclear power plant just outside New York City. In the time since Clinton left New York to become Secretary of State, Indian Point has become far more dangerous and the supply of energy available to replace it has grown sufficiently to enable its safe and affordable closure. Against this backdrop, when Secretary Clinton was asked recently what to...

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RENEWABLE ENERGY REDOUBLES ITS GLOBAL REACH...

Jun 27, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]   By Alex Kirby, Climate News Network  VIA TRUTHDIG     Solar panels on sale at a shop in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. (Wegmann via Wikimedia Commons) This Creative Commons-licensed piece first appeared at Climate News Network. LONDON—A significant threshold has been crossed by renewable energy as analysts report that the sector’s size last year reached double the level it was at just 10 years earlier. This expansion happened in a year when the global economy and energy use both grew, but without a matching rise in emissions of carbon dioxide—the main greenhouse gas targeted in efforts to restrain global warming. The report by REN21, a global renewable energy policy network, says the result is an example of sustainable development. Despite the world’s annual 1.5% increase in energy consumption in recent years and 3%...

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Flood Risk to Nuclear Sites Raises Meltdown Fears...

May 9, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] By Paul Brown, Climate News Network  VIA TRUTHDIG DonkeyHotey / (CC BY-SA 2.0) This piece first appeared at Climate News Network. LONDON—Safety checks following the Fukushima disaster in Japan in March 2011, when a 10 metre-high sea wall was overtopped by a tsunami, have shown that nuclear plants are at greater risk of catastrophic flooding as a result of climate change. All nuclear plants need large quantities of water for cooling so all must be built close to the sea, large rivers or lakes. This makes them vulnerable to sea level rise, storm surges and to the possible collapse of large dams upstream from poor construction, floodwater or seismic activity. Since nuclear plants are designed to operate for as long as 60 years and need around a further century to decommission, accelerating sea...

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

Apr 7, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] 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 by Natasha Hakimi Zapata   TRUTHDIG  ...

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

Jul 28, 2014 Posted by

[Translate]    TRUTHDIG Posted on Jul 28, 2014 Screen shot/YouTube Utter indifference to the fact that the United States has in its (extremely haphazard) control enough warheads to destroy humanity is the reason we’ll spend $355 billion over the next decade to maintain our nukes. And if you’re thinking, “Oh well, at least they’re in good hands,” the “Last Week Tonight” host will make you think again by providing recent examples of the inept hands watching over these missiles. By the way, we’ve almost accidentally caused an apocalypse at least a couple of times. As John Oliver points out, it’s not Iran or North Korea we have to worry about; it’s America.   —Posted by Natasha Hakimi Zapata  ...

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News Flash: Fukushima Is Still a Disaster...

Jun 3, 2014 Posted by

[Translate] THE NEWS MEDIA IGNORES IT, BUT IT’S STILL A DISASTER FOR ALL OF US By Harvey Wasserman TRUTHOUT   U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy wearing a yellow helmet and a mask inspects the central control room for the Unit 1 and Unit 2 reactors of the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant last month. AP /Toru Yamanaka 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. Ever more radioactive water continues to pour into the Pacific. At least three extremely volatile fuel assemblies are stuck high in the air at Unit 4. Three years after the March 11, 2011, disaster, nobody knows exactly where the melted cores from Units 1, 2 and 3 might be. Amid...

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THE ENERGY REVOLUTION IS IN REVERSE...

Apr 18, 2014 Posted by

Not-so-calm waters ahead:

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Reality Checks on Tumorous Rats and Methane Bombs...

Dec 2, 2013 Posted by

This is a quick roundup of developments…

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On ‘Global Terror’ and the Fukushima Fuel Move...

Nov 19, 2013 Posted by

Here’s a quick update on efforts to clean up…

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Fukushima nuclear cleanup enters critical phase...

Nov 7, 2013 Posted by

Tokyo Electric Power to begin removing…

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After Fukushima Disaster, Advocates Argue Only Safe Nuclear Power Is None At All...

Oct 10, 2013 Posted by

What lessons should Americans learn from the continuing disaster…

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Six Fukushima workers tested after exposure to radioactive water...

Oct 9, 2013 Posted by

…exposed to radiation in the latest water leak in a week.

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Debunking the Nuclear Energy Industry’s Biggest Myths...

Oct 8, 2013 Posted by

The nuclear industry believes it will help….

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Fukushima Operator Dumps 1,000 Tons of Polluted Water in Sea...

Sep 18, 2013 Posted by

The rain from typhoon Man-yi lashed…

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Jim Hansen Presses the Climate Case for Nuclear Energy...

Jul 23, 2013 Posted by

I encourage you to watch this short video interview…

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Greenpeace Stunt: Activists Occupy Nuclear Power Plant Site In France...

Jul 15, 2013 Posted by

Greenpeace activists occupied a French nuclear power plant site before dawn Monday..

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‘Pandora’s Promise’ Director and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Debate Nuclear Options...

Jun 21, 2013 Posted by

I promised to alert folks when video was available of the heated discussion I moderated..

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Bradwell-on-Sea identified as potential site to dump radioactive waste...

Jun 16, 2013 Posted by

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority proposes use of Essex site to store intermediate level waste until 2040

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Some thoughts on “Pandora’s Promise” and the nuclear debate...

Jun 14, 2013 Posted by

Nuclear power is a weird, weird thing.

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Seeking Constructive Debate on Nuclear Energy...

Jun 13, 2013 Posted by

Behind the histrionics and talking points framing the decades-long battle over the place of nuclear power…

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