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  • US releases $450 million in frozen Iran funds

    04/18/2014 5:58:56 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    Move comes after UN watchdog finds that Islamic Republic complied with terms of international nuclear deal
  • If a nuclear bomb exploded in downtown Washington, what should you do?

    04/14/2014 6:13:21 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 209 replies
    The Week ^ | April 14, 2014
    Funny question in the headline, yes? But since President Obama worries more about the threat of terrorists' improvised nuclear device going off in a major American city than anything Russia can throw at us, I was wondering if the government had deigned to share with us citizens any tips for, you know, surviving something their own intelligence points to as the likeliest unlikely Black Swan event. Well, no. And yes. No — very few people in Washington, D.C., who work for the government have any idea what they would do if a 10-kiloton nuclear device exploded at the intersection of...
  • Sick Hanford workers speak out for first time

    04/10/2014 7:56:53 AM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 5 replies
    King 5 News ^ | 4/8/2014 | SUSANNAH FRAME
    Gannett...link only.
  • Obama Administration Shows Optimism on Iran Nuclear Talks

    04/07/2014 4:01:26 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 7, 2014 | By Jay Solomon, Laurence Norman
    VIENNA - With nuclear talks set to resume here on Tuesday, the Obama administration says it is convinced it can conclude an agreement to limit Iran’s nuclear program by the July 20 target date despite significant political hurdles. “I’m absolutely convinced that we can [meet the deadline], though the real issue is…about the choices that Iran has to make, and some of them are very difficult,” said a senior U.S. official involved in the talks. “We are on pace with that work plan, looking toward beginning drafting in May.”
  • Japan orders military to strike any new North Korea missile launches

    04/04/2014 9:06:22 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 68 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 4 | No Attribution
    Japan has ordered a destroyer in the Sea of Japan to strike any ballistic missiles that may be launched by North Korea in the coming weeks after Pyongyang fired a Rodong medium-range missile over the sea, a government source said on Saturday.
  • Israel, India agree on missile defense system against China, Pakistan nuclear strikes

    04/03/2014 3:57:53 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    WorldTribune.com ^ | Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014
    LONDON — India and Israel have concluded an agreement to assemble a ballistic missile defense system. Indian sources said Jerusalem and New Dehli concluded more than two years of negotiations with an agreement in principle to build a BMD system for India. The sources said the system would be designed to protect against nuclear warheads fired from China or Pakistan. “This system would integrate Indian and Israeli assets into a layered defense network,” a source said. The sources said the Indian Defense Ministry agreed to the project. But the two sides were preparing for contract negotiations that could extend into...
  • Signs of earthquake off North Korea prompts nuclear test fears

    03/31/2014 8:10:29 PM PDT · by bimboeruption · 20 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 3-31-2014 | Chad O'Carroll
    A magnitude five earthquake has been detected 132km (80 miles) from the Korean peninsula early on Tuesday morning, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) has said. The quake, which was said to have occurred at approximately 03:48 local time, took place at a depth of nearly 16km (10 miles) in the sea west of the Korean peninsula – just days after North Korea threatened to carry out a “new form” of nuclear test. While North Korean nuclear tests have previously been detected by the USGS quake monitoring center, the location and depth of the earthquake did not immediately suggest North...
  • Russia's Military Begins Massive Nuclear War Drill

    03/29/2014 2:26:28 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | 3-29-2014 | Zachary Keck
    -On Thursday, 10,000 Russian troops began a drill simulating the massive use of nuclear missiles. While much Western attention has been bestowed on Russia’s military buildup near Ukraine, Moscow also began a massive nuclear offensive exercise on Thursday. According to the Russian daily Nezavisimaya Gazeta, on Thursday Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces began a massive three-day exercise involving 10,000 soldiers and 1,000 pieces of equipment from more than 30 units. The major purpose of the drill, according to the report—which cites multiple senior Russian military officers—is to ensure Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces have sufficient readiness to conduct offensive operations involving the...
  • Crews preparing to enter underground nuke dump (NM)

    03/27/2014 5:17:37 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 13 replies
    AP ^ | 3/27/14 | Staff
    he Department of Energy said Thursday it expects to get underground next week to begin investigating the cause and extent of a mysterious radiation leak from the government's nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico. Officials said the inspections of the shafts that workers will use to access the half-mile-deep repository are complete and they are preparing to send an initial crew of eight into the mine early next week. The dump has been shuttered since mid-February, when radiation was released above ground and into the air around Carlsbad, contaminating at least 17 workers with low doses of radiation. Four...
  • Nigeria Plans Nuclear Power For Development (arms race?)

    03/27/2014 6:17:13 AM PDT · by Viennacon · 8 replies
    Voice Of America ^ | 3/27/2014 | Heather Murdock
    ABUJA — On Monday, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said his country intends to harness nuclear energy for development purposes - which to most Nigerians means one thing: providing electricity. But some analysts say that Nigeria should figure out how to keep the lights on with the huge natural resources it already has. Nigeria’s nuclear aspirations began in 2007, when then-President Umaru Yar'Adua said the country planned to add nuclear power to the national grid by 2017. The original deadline seems to be off the table, but officials say the plan is still on track. “Nigeria is on course in its...
  • Nuclear Weapons 101: How to launch a weapon of mass destruction

    03/26/2014 1:02:27 PM PDT · by F15Eagle · 38 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 8 hours ago Power Players | By Martha Raddatz, Richard Coolidge & Jordyn Phelps
    As President Obama and world leaders conclude the Nuclear Safety Summit in Europe, “On the Radar” travels to the frozen plains of Nebraska and Wyoming to meet the men and women in charge of the US nuclear missile arsenal. “Our mission is to provide the president with an option to launch nuclear weapons,” Capt. Mark Wullshleger explained during a tour of a 20th Air Force underground missile bunker. “If he wants to utilize us, we're always here, and we're always on alert.” We traveled underground to a Missile Alert Facility, a capsule secured behind blast doors and five-foot thick concrete...
  • The Roots of Russia’s Revanchism — Energy Western energy disarmament is proving suicidal.

    03/25/2014 9:19:07 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 8 replies
    spectator ^ | 3.21.14 | By William Tucker
    AASpecial ReportThe Roots of Russia’s Revanchism — Energy
  • Ukraine Leader In New Leaked Recording: 8 Million Russians In Ukraine "Must Be Killed With Nuclear

    03/24/2014 11:03:14 AM PDT · by Nachum · 107 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 3/24/14 | Tyler Durden
    <p>While the NSA is busy justifying its spying of every American its existence thanks to famous Moscow resident Edward Snowden, its Russian counterparts have been busy intercepting even more phone Ukrainian conversations.</p> <p>After a month ago a leaked phone call between US assistant secretary of state Victoria Nuland and the US envoy to the Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt confirmed that it was the US that was pulling the strings in what was about to be a violent coup overthrowing Ukraine's president Yanukovich, "someone" has just leaked another phone conversation, this time between parliamentarian Nestor Shufrych and former PM and ideological leader of the Ukraine "revolution" Yulia Tymoshenko and most probable future president of West Ukraine, in which Tymoshenko is makes the following threats, "It’s going too far! Bugger! We must grab arms and go whack those damn katsaps [a Ukrainian word used to refer to the Russians in a negative tone] together with their leader", "I’ll use all my connections, I’ll raise the whole world – as soon as I’m able to – in order to make sure.. Bugger!.. not even scorched earth won’t remain where Russia stands" although all her empty threats collapse in the last sentence of the phone conversation in which she says, regarding the Crimea annexation, that "we are going to take it to the Hague International Criminal Court." Good luck with that.</p>
  • Does Russia or Iran pose greater danger to world peace?

    03/23/2014 8:30:57 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 26 replies
    Toronto Star ^ | Sat Mar 22 2014 | Tony Burman
    While Vladimir Putin's actions in Crimea are worthy of international censure, a more imminent threat to world peace is impasse over Iran. There has been a sense in recent days that this was no ordinary week in the life of the planet. Our already bloodstained 21st-century history — unfolding once again in uncertain and threatening ways — seemed to be opening a new chapter. Two events last Tuesday in world capitals more than 2,000 kilometres apart best symbolized this. But which of these events do you think poses the greatest potential danger to world peace? In Moscow, a preening, self-satisfied...
  • Chorus of Israeli voices renews calls for Iran strike

    03/23/2014 7:37:29 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 4 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Friday, March 21, 2014 | Tia Goldenberg
    AP — A rising chorus of Israeli voices is again raising the possibility of carrying out a military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities in what appears to be an attempt to draw renewed attention to Tehran’s atomic program — and Israel’s unhappiness with international negotiations with the Iranians. In recent days, a series of newspaper reports and comments by top defense officials have signaled that the military option remains very much on the table. While Israeli officials say Israel never shelved the possibility of attacking, the heightened rhetoric marks a departure from Israel’s subdued approach since six world powers opened...
  • Kerry welcomes Khamenei’s anti-nuke fatwa, says Iran can have peaceful nuclear program

    03/23/2014 12:09:43 AM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 3/23/14 | Robert Spencer
    John Kerry and Barack Obama are betting the entire world on the proposition that Khamenei’s statements against nuclear weapons are sincere, and not intended to deceive the Infidels into complacency. Lets hope they’re right, and that this whole thing doesn’t blow up in their faces, and ours. But given their repeated genocidal statements against Israel, it would be better to be prepared for all contingencies. “John Kerry: US Welcomes Ayatollah Khamenei’s Fatwa against N. Weapons,” from Iran’s state-run Fars News Agency, March 22: TEHRAN (FNA)- US Secretary of State John Kerry appreciated the fatwa (religious decree) issued by Supreme Leader...
  • Case of accused arsonist highlights nuclear safety concerns in SC

    03/22/2014 9:21:05 AM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 1 replies
    The State ^ | 3/20/2014 | SAMMY FRETWELL
    COLUMBIA, SC — The story of an accused arsonist’s employment at a South Carolina nuclear plant ended quietly when SCE&G learned more about the criminal charges and fired him. But while the man isn’t believed to have been a threat to safety at the V.C. Summer power plant, experts say his hiring underscores the need to thoroughly check prospective employees before putting them on the payroll and giving them access to atomic energy plants. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission last week cited SCE&G for not completely checking the worker’s background and allowing him “unescorted access” to the nuclear plant about 25...
  • Carney Brushes Off Russian Threat of Nuclear Armageddon 'People say crazy things on TV all the time'

    03/17/2014 11:40:29 AM PDT · by Nachum · 49 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 3/17/14 | Staff
    Pressed by ABC News’ Jonathan Karl to comment on a threat made last night on state TV that Russia is still “the only country in the world capable of turning the U.S.A. into radioactive dust,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney dismissively said, “people say crazy things on TV all the time.” See below for the full exchange: JON KARL: And let me ask you just something on — that was on Russian television, state-controlled television, the main state-controlled channel. Dmitry Kiselev, prominent Russian television anchor, posed in front of a mushroom cloud and warned that Russia’s the only country...
  • “Iran will next hide nuclear suitcases.”

    03/14/2014 6:41:51 AM PDT · by kindred · 5 replies
    Debka.com ^ | 03/10/14 | unknown
    Netanyahu: “Iran will next hide nuclear suitcases.” (DEBKAfile: Bought 10 years ago from Ukraine) Nuclear-capable X-55 missiles sold by Ukraine to Iran ten yeas ago Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned Monday, March 10, that because the world chooses to slide over Iran’s concealed nuclear program, the next Klos C ship may not carry missiles but “nuclear suitcases.” They would not only reach an Israeli port, he said, but any port in the world. He spoke at Israel’s naval base in Eilat at the presentation of the 60 missiles, 181 mortar shells and hundreds of bullets unloaded from the Klos C...
  • Russia to build 2 nuclear power plants in Iran

    03/12/2014 3:39:19 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Xinhua ^ | March 12, 2014
    TEHRAN -- Russia will build two nuclear power plants in Iran's southern Persian Gulf littoral city of Bushehr, the spokesman for Iran Atomic Energy Organization Behrouz Kamalvandi was quoted as saying by official IRNA news agency on Wednesday. Iran and Russia reached a preliminary agreement to build at least two nuclear plants in Iran, Kamalvandi told IRNA. "According to the agreement, the capacity of each plant will be at least 1,000 megawatt and the new plants will be built by the side of the existent Bushehr nuclear power plant," Kamalvandi said.
  • Construction of Arak plant makes 87% progress: AEOI

    03/11/2014 10:21:03 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 6 replies
    Press TV ^ | Tue Mar 11, 2014 9:19AM GMT
    The spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) says the construction of Arak heavy water production plant in the country’s Markazi (Central) Province has made a nearly 90-percent progress. In an interview with Iran’s Arabic-language Al-Alam News Network, Behrouz Kamalvandi said Arak heavy water complex has been “built [using] indigenous knowledge and technology and [its construction] has made an 87-percent progress.” “Given the concerns that they have about reprocessing (at the Arak plant), the possibility exists for the reprocessing not to take place for a certain period of time; however, in the long run, when the concerns are...
  • IRGC Commander: Iran’s Finger on Trigger to Destroy Zionist Regime

    03/11/2014 10:16:52 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 19 replies
    Fars News Agency ^ | Tue Mar 11, 2014 3:59
    TEHRAN (FNA)- Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Hossein Salami underlined that Iranian military commanders are prepared to attack and destroy the Zionist regime of Israel as soon as they receive such an order. “Today, we can destroy every spot which is under the Zionist regime's control with any volume of fire power (that we want) right from here,” Salami said, addressing a conference in Tehran on Tuesday dubbed ‘the Islamic World's Role in the Geometry of the World Power’. “Islam has given us this wish, capacity and power to destroy the Zionist regime so...
  • Fukushima disaster: Plan to send residents home three years after nuclear accident

    03/10/2014 2:01:19 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 4 replies
    abc.net.au ^ | March 10, 2014 | Matthew Carney
    Full title: Fukushima disaster: Plan to send residents home three years after nuclear accident labelled 'irresponsible' A nuclear industry insider has told the ABC that the situation at the stricken Fukushima reactor is still not under control, three years after the disaster there. Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe has announced he wants 30,000 residents to return to their homes and the reactors to be switched back on within two years. SNIP At the risk of losing his job if his identity is revealed, a senior TEPCO staffer, who has worked at the Fukushima plant for more than 20 years, says...
  • Netanyahu: “Iran will next hide nuclear suitcases.” DEBKAfile: Bought 10 years ago from Ukraine

    03/10/2014 12:23:27 PM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies
    Debka file ^ | 3/10/14 | staff
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned Monday, March 10, that because the world chooses to slide over Iran’s concealed nuclear program, the next Klos C ship may not carry missiles but “nuclear suitcases.” They would not only reach an Israeli port, he said, but any port in the world. He spoke at Israel’s naval base in Eilat at the presentation of the 60 missiles, 181 mortar shells and hundreds of bullets unloaded from the Klos C that was apprehended by Israeli commandos on the Red Sea opposite Sudan last week. Present too were defense minister Moshe Ya’alan, chief of staff Lt....
  • This energy source could solve all of our problems — so why is no one talking about it?

    03/05/2014 2:03:32 PM PST · by kingattax · 37 replies
    The Week ^ | March 4, 2014 | Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    Energy is arguably the single most important strategic issue of our time. It literally powers everything we do. The world economy see-saws to the gyrations of oil prices. Most of our geopolitical squabbles are about energy in one way or another. And, of course, above all hovers the threatening Armageddon of global climate change. But when it comes to energy, you probably don't know who, or what, to trust. Clean energy! No, wait, that doesn't work! (And what does that mean, exactly?) Shale gas! No, wait, you will pollute everything. There's a band of hipsters within the community of people...
  • Iranian general: Obama’s threats are ‘the joke of the year’ (also calls Obama "Low-IQ")

    03/04/2014 12:32:03 PM PST · by Dave346 · 48 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | March 4, 2014, 9:34 pm | Marissa Newman
    Masoud Jazayeri says the ‘low-IQ’ president’s ‘all options are on the table’ remarks are a farce; warns against US strike President Barack Obama is a “low-IQ US president,” whose threat to launch a military offensive should nuclear talks fail is an oft-cited punchline in the Islamic Republic, particularly among children, an Iranian general said on Tuesday. “The low-IQ US president and his country’s Secretary of State John Kerry speak of the effectiveness of ‘the US options on the table’ on Iran while this phrase is mocked at and has become a joke among the Iranian nation, especially the children,” General...
  • UPDATE 1-Texas grid extends power conservation call as cold boosts usage, prices

    03/03/2014 4:03:21 PM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 3, 2014
    The Texas electric grid operator extended its call for residents and businesses to conserve power until Tuesday morning as a late arctic cold front that barreled as far as South Texas boosted the state's electricity consumption to a monthly record on Monday. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the state's primary grid, had issued a public call for conservation on Sunday evening, citing freezing temperatures that would strain available generation capacity. "With the continued cold weather, we expect conditions to remain tight, especially during the early evening tonight and early morning hours tomorrow," said Dan Woodfin, director of system...
  • Senior Russian Official: ‘We Expect All Sanctions on Iran to be Lifted’

    03/03/2014 1:07:20 PM PST · by Dave346 · 43 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | March 3, 2014 1:27 pm | Gidon Ben-zvi
    The Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in Russia’s parliament, Mikhail Margelov, said on Monday that his country expects all economic sanctions against Iran to be removed immediately, Israeli daily Ma’ariv reported. “There have been important developments. President Hassan Rouhani has openly declared that Iran has no intention to develop an atomic bomb,” Margelov said. ”Furthermore, Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, has issued a decree that prohibits the building of a bomb, calling it ‘a sin.’ ” As a result of these public statements, Marglov concluded, “The conditions have now been met to justify the full lifting of sanctions on...
  • U.S. pushing Israel to stop assassinating Iranian nuclear scientists

    03/02/2014 11:21:48 AM PST · by Nachum · 25 replies
    CBS ^ | 3/1/14 | Dan Raviv
    WASHINGTON -- As Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flies to Washington - due to arrive on Sunday (March 2), to prepare for talks with President Barack Obama at the White House on Monday - it's clear that there are several points of friction between Israel and the United States. The two countries are allies, but their leaders often differ on the details of key issues: Israel's peace talks with the Palestinians, America's nuclear talks with Iran, how to approach political turmoil in Egypt, what might be done to limit Syria's horrible civil war, and a broader issue of whether the...
  • Zarif: Iran will address atomic activities, but nuclear program to stay 'intact'

    02/27/2014 2:05:14 PM PST · by IsraelBeach · 3 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | February 27, 2014 | Reuters
    Remarks made by Iranian foreign minister signal Tehran won't agree to dismantle atomic facilities in talks with world powers on final settlement of decade-old dispute over its nuclear activity.By ReutersNEW DELHI - Iran is willing to address international concerns about its atomic activities but will keep its nuclear program "intact", not close it down, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday. His remarks signaled that Tehran will not agree to dismantle any of its atomic facilities in talks with six world powers on a final settlement of the decade-old dispute over its nuclear activity. Related: Those negotiations got under...
  • Obama OKs nuke deal with Vietnam (sale of nuclear fuel and technology only)

    02/24/2014 4:09:03 PM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/24/14 | Julian Pecquet
    President Obama signed off Monday on a controversial civilian nuclear deal with Vietnam. The cooperation agreement with the communist nation allows the U.S. to sell nuclear fuel and technology to its former foe. It aims to help guarantee Vietnams' energy independence as China asserts a more prominent role in the region. “I have determined that the performance of the Agreement will promote, and will not constitute an unreasonable risk to, the common defense and security,” Obama wrote in a memo for the secretaries of State and Energy. The deal aims to get Vietnam to import the fuel it needs for...
  • Wendy Sherman to Israel: Don't Make Iran Talks Harder

    02/22/2014 9:23:32 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 30 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/2/14 | Elad Benari
    Wendy Sherman, undersecretary of state for political affairs and the head of the American negotiation team to the nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers (P5+1), said Saturday that the goal is to reach a permanent agreement with Iran by July 20. Sherman was speaking to reporters in Jerusalem, where she arrived in order to brief the Israelis on the latest round of talks between Iran and the P5+1 in Vienna. In what appeared to be a warning to Israel, she said the United States hopes no one will interfere with the talks. "We don't enter these talks with...
  • Electricity Price Index Soars to New Record at Start of 2014; U.S. Electricity Production Declining

    02/21/2014 8:47:05 PM PST · by george76 · 32 replies
    CNS News ^ | February 21, 2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The electricity price index soared to a new high in January 2014 with the largest month-to-month increase in almost four years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Meanwhile, data from the Energy Information Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Energy, indicates that electricity production in the United States has declined since 2007, when it hit its all-time peak. The U.S. is producing less electricity than it did seven years ago for a population that has added more than 14 million people. ... Between 2007 and 2012, the nation's annual coal-fired electricity generation declined by about 25 percent,...
  • New Radioactive Water Leak at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi plant

    02/19/2014 10:35:59 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    CNN ^ | Thu February 20, 2014 | Yoko Wakatsuki
    A large amount of radioactive water has leaked from a holding tank at Japan's troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, its operator said Thursday. The leak of an estimated 100 metric tons of highly contaminated water was discovered late Wednesday, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) said in a statement. The tainted water flowed over a barrier around the tank and is being absorbed into the ground, TEPCO said. The plant has shut off the inflow of water into the tank and the leaking has stopped, it added.
  • Putin sparks fury amid claims Russia could build a second nuclear reactor in Iran in return for oil

    02/17/2014 2:31:20 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | February 17, 2014
    Last month it emerged Iran and Russia were negotiating to swap up to 500,000 barrels of oil per day for goods. The deal sparked fears that it would undermine Western efforts to maintain economic pressure on Tehran while global powers seek to curb its nuclear programme. In an interview published a day before the six powers including Russia resume talks with Tehran on a nuclear deal, Sanaei confirmed Russia and Iran were discussing supplies of 'a few hundred thousand barrels per day'. 'Iran could use some of the proceeds (to pay for) the construction by Russia companies of a second...
  • GOP lawmaker demands Obama release text of (secret) Iran nuclear deal

    02/14/2014 4:33:39 AM PST · by Libloather · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/13/14 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) this week called on President Obama to release the text of the Iran nuclear agreement. That agreement, which took effect in January, requires Iran to reduce its uranium enrichment activities in return for a loosening of international sanctions. But Ros-Lehtinen, who chairs the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, said Congress has no way to judge its implementation, unless it has a copy of the agreement. "In order for Congress to properly perform its oversight functions and for the American people and our allies to have a full and open debate...
  • Nuclear fusion hits energy milestone

    02/12/2014 3:43:14 PM PST · by Kevmo · 31 replies
    CBC News ^ | Feb 12, 2014 | Emily Chung,
    Nuclear fusion hits energy milestone Total energy input still far higher than output For the first time, fuel for a nuclear fusion reaction has generated more energy than put into it – a scientific milestone. Scientists and futurists have long dreamed of harnessing the energy of nuclear fusion, which powers the sun, here on Earth. An enormous amount of energy is released when multiple atoms collide and fuse to form a new, heavier atom — such as hydrogen fusing into helium. Hydrogen fuel is plentiful in sources such as seawater and the fusion process generates no radioactive waste, greenhouse gases...
  • Nuclear fusion project takes key step in lab test

    02/12/2014 12:55:31 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    AP Science ^ | February 12, 2014 | MALCOLM RITTER
    In each trial, 192 laser beams briefly fired into a half-inch-long gold cylinder. The cylinder held a tiny ball that contained the fuel, which was a mix of two kinds of hydrogen, called deuterium and tritium. The energy from the lasers kicked off a process that compressed the ball by an amount akin to squeezing a basketball down to the size of a pea, said Debbie Callahan, an author of the paper. That created the extremely high pressure and temperatures needed to get the hydrogen atoms to fuse. It was all over in the blink of an eye, with the...
  • 10 Ways the EXPAND Act Would Take the Energy Market in the Right Direction

    02/11/2014 5:23:54 AM PST · by thackney · 14 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | February 4, 2014 | Nicolas Loris
    The federal government’s intrusions with onerous regulations, taxpayer-funded subsidies, and mandates have resulted in economic inefficiencies in the energy marketplace. Congressman Jeff Duncan’s (R–SC) Energy Exploration and Production to Achieve National Demand (EXPAND) Act would remove or prevent many of the federal government’s interferences and allow the energy sector to operate more freely. Below are 10 provisions in the legislation that would benefit American families and the economy at large. 1. Opens Access to America’s Resources. Production of oil and natural gas in the U.S. is booming, but large swaths of federal lands and waters with abundant resources are locked...
  • Ted Cruz Says Obama Should Threaten Iran

    02/07/2014 5:32:24 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 77 replies
    HispanicBusiness.com ^ | February 7, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    Expanding his attack on the administration's nuclear deal with Iran, Sen. Ted Cruz Thursday said that President Obama should end talks, demand Tehran give up its nuclear program immediately and use military force if the terrorist nation doesn't give in. A "responsible president," the Texas Republican told a conference on Iran's grab for a nuclear weapon, "would stand up and say unequivocally, in terms that allow no confusion, 'Under no circumstances will the nation of Iran be allowed to acquire nuclear weapon capability, and they will either halt now or we will use every step necessary including direct military force...
  • “I Don’t Bluff” Suppose the president never intended to roll back Iran’s nuclear program.

    02/06/2014 10:53:19 AM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    President Obama has repeatedly promised to do whatever it takes to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear bomb. If there is no other choice, he says, he will resort to force. In a March 2012 interview with Jeffrey Goldberg, the president famously rejected the alternative policy, namely, allowing Iran to go nuclear and then trying to contain it. He emphasized the point dramatically: “[A]s president of the United States,” he said, “I don’t bluff.” Really? Suppose this statement was just a show of toughness, timed to keep supporters of Israel on his side during the 2012 campaign season. Suppose that,...
  • Exam cheating scandal hits U.S. Navy nuclear force

    02/05/2014 7:57:57 PM PST · by OneVike · 49 replies
    Action news Now ^ | 2/5/14 | ???
    <p>The Navy is investigating cheating allegations against about one-fifth of its trainers at a school for naval nuclear power reactor operators.</p> <p>It is the second exam-cheating scandal to hit the military this year, on top of disclosures of ethical lapses at all ranks in the military as it transitions from more than a decade of war-fighting.</p>
  • Dozens more implicated in nuke cheat probe

    01/28/2014 6:59:29 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 16 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Jan 28, 2014 | By ROBERT BURNS
    The number of Air Force servicemembers implicated in a scandal involving alleged cheating on tests of nuclear missile launch operations has roughly doubled from the 34 initially cited by the Air Force, officials said Tuesday. It wasn't immediately clear whether the additional 30-plus airmen suspected of being involved in cheating on proficiency tests are alleged to have participated in the cheating directly or were involved indirectly. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to disclose the information by name while the investigation is ongoing. The Air Force announced on Jan. 15 that while it was...
  • Minnesota to update how it calculates energy costs

    01/27/2014 5:07:52 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 1-27-14 | AP
    State officials plan to update the way they consider environmental and health effects when determining the overall cost of energy production, a move that could help guide decisions ranging from the fate of aging power plants to using cleaner sources of energy. The state Public Utilities Commission has agreed to update the way it considers costs, the St. Cloud Times reported . That could mean taking into account issues such as climate change, infant mortality and emergency room visits. "What this would do is to cause Minnesota to take a hard look before investments are made in power plants so...
  • Pentagon: U.S. Not Capable of Detecting Foreign Nuke Threats (US unclassified report)

    01/25/2014 11:56:28 AM PST · by Innovative · 21 replies
    American intelligence and security agencies are not currently capable of detecting when foreign nations are building nuclear weapons or ramping up their existing programs, according to a newly released Pentagon report that faults a range of U.S. agencies. “The nation is not yet organized or fully equipped” to detect clandestine nuclear activities across the globe, and in most cases “current solutions are either inadequate, or more often, do not exist,” according to the report, which was compiled over three years by the Pentagon’s Defense Science Board.
  • [Obama and Iran warn] Republican Senate takeover could kill Iran nuclear agreement

    01/23/2014 4:08:14 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 23, 2014 | Julian Pecquet
    A Republican takeover of the Senate this fall could scuttle one of President Obama’s biggest second term goals — a nuclear deal with Iran. Republicans have lambasted the interim agreement with Iran, calling for the Senate to move an Iran sanctions bill. The House last year passed a measure in an overwhelming and bipartisan 400-20 vote. Both the Obama administration and Iran have warned moving such a measure could kill a final deal. A number of Democrats have also criticized the interim accord, which lifted $6 billion in sanctions on Iran in exchange for a commitment to restrictions on enriching...
  • White House Misstated Iran's Postion: 'We Won't Dismantle Anything'

    01/22/2014 4:14:35 PM PST · by Zionista Feminista · 15 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | January 22, 2014 | Lori Lowenthal Marcus
    In a televised interview on Wednesday, Jan. 22, Iran’s foreign minister said that a fact sheet distributed by the White House mischaracterized what Iran agreed to do in the Interim Nuclear Agreement. Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister, told CNN’s chief national security correspondent that the Obama administration “tried to create a false impression” by claiming that Iran had agreed to “dismantle” the machinery that enabled it to enrich uranium above five percent. The Iranian diplomat said that he was “not interested” in playing verbal games, while the White House was engaged in “underplaying its concessions and overplaying Iranian commitments.”...
  • Iran Foreign Minister: WH Wrong About Deal, 'We Did Not Agree to Dismantle Anything' [Video]

    01/22/2014 3:52:30 PM PST · by bimboeruption · 39 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 1/22/2014 | Daniel Halper
    Foreign Minister Zarif of Iran said on CNN that the White House is getting the nuclear deal wrong -- and that they don't have to give up anything: Said the Iranian foreign minister, "The White House version both underplays the concessions and overplays Iranian commitment. And I'm not interested in that. I'm simply saying, why don't we all stick to what we agreed? Why do we need to produce different texts?" CNN reporter: "Explain, then, to our viewers, what's different in terms of Iran's commitment to what you agreed to and what the White House says you agreed to?" The...
  • Netanyahu: Nuke Deal Won't Stop Iran Bomb

    01/21/2014 5:25:21 PM PST · by Dave346 · 11 replies
    CBN News ^ | Tuesday, January 21, 2014
    JERUSALEM, Israel -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shrugged off Iran's purported agreement to stop enriching uranium above 5 percent. Speaking before Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper addressed the Knesset, Netanyahu told parliamentarians the Islamic Republic will resume uranium enrichment at a time of its choosing. "The agreement in Geneva did away with the 20 percent stop, but left the train on its track and enables Iran to upgrade the locomotive by developing new centrifuges so when the day comes, it can leap in a very short time to the final stop on an express track, without stopping at an...
  • Sabotage may have started Three Mile Island accident

    01/19/2014 10:12:01 AM PST · by Pontiac · 34 replies
    ATOMIC INSIGHTS ^ | 1/18/2014 | Rod Adams
    Updated (Jan 19, 2014 at 01:45 am) The pattern is not completely clear, and there are pieces missing from the puzzle, but I have found enough bits of evidence to convince me that it is more likely than not that someone purposely initiated the Three Mile Island (TMI) accident. This is a difficult story to tell; it’s not easy to revise history. It’s even harder to it successfully when there is sure to be disbelief, dismissal, and efforts to discredit. I prefer being respected and strive to avoid the potential of being marginalized as a crackpot. However, I feel a...