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  • Leading warmist admits he was bamboozled by fear-mongers - on nuclear power

    04/19/2011 9:49:44 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 19, 2011 | Thomas Lifson
    The original moonbat, GeorgeMonbiot, columnist for the left wing UK Guardian, now admits that he was bamboozled by fearmongers whipping up anti-nuclear fears. Over the last fortnight I've made a deeply troubling discovery. The anti-nuclear movement to which I once belonged has misled the world about the impacts of radiation on human health. The claims we have made are ungrounded in science, unsupportable when challenged, and wildly wrong. We have done other people, and ourselves, a terrible disservice. I began to see the extent of the problem after a debate last week with Helen Caldicott. Dr Caldicott is the...
  • Va. Nuclear Power Plant Shuts Down After Storm

    04/18/2011 8:01:47 AM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 14 replies
    WAMU (American University Radio) ^ | 18 April 2011 | Elliott Francis
    April 18, 2011 - Officials from the Surry nuclear power station in southeastern Virginia say this weekend's strong storms forced a shutdown of the facility's reactors. Download Dominion Virginia Power reports that an apparent tornado touched down on the switchyard supporting the Surry Power Station and the facility's access road Saturday. The storm cut off the electrical feed from the grid to the station, which is located in Surry County, Va. Both reactors at the station shut down automatically as designed and backup diesel generators started immediately to provide the electricity necessary to maintain both units. A spokesperson for the...
  • Entergy Corp. sues to keep Vermont Yankee nuclear plant open

    04/18/2011 2:51:11 PM PDT · by matt04 · 5 replies
    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The owners of Vermont's troubled nuclear plant sued state officials Monday to stop them from closing the plant down next year, setting up a court fight about who has jurisdiction — the state or federal nuclear regulators. Entergy Corp. has a new federal license in hand for the Vermont Yankee power plant, but state officials are vowing to shut it down next year. The company's federal lawsuit says Vermont's law giving it the power to block relicensing violates the Atomic Energy Act and the commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution. Vermont contends it has the power...
  • Bjorn Lomborg: No Nukes?

    04/14/2011 8:47:14 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies
    Project Syndicate ^ | April 13, 2011 | Bjorn Lomborg
    NEW YORK - When parts of Japan were devastated recently by an earthquake and subsequent tsunami, news of the human toll was quickly overshadowed by global fears of radioactive fallout from the Fukushima Daichi nuclear power plant. The concern was understandable: radiation is very frightening. I grew up in Denmark at a time when fear of nuclear power was pervasive. But our latest nuclear fears have broader implications, especially for energy supply and our desire to shift away from reliance on fossil fuels. It is difficult to step back at the time of a natural disaster to gain a broader...
  • Yes, Nukes. The tragedy in Japan shouldn't cause us to abandon nuclear power.

    04/14/2011 7:09:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Slate ^ | 04/14/2011 | Bjorn Lomborg
    When parts of Japan were devastated last month by an earthquake and subsequent tsunami, news of the human toll was quickly overshadowed by global fears of radioactive fallout from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The concern was understandable: Radiation is very frightening. I grew up in Denmark at a time when fear of nuclear power was pervasive. But our latest nuclear fears have broader implications, especially for energy supply and our desire to shift away from reliance on fossil fuels. At the time of a natural disaster, it is difficult to step back and gain a broader perspective; even...
  • Tax Battle Could Shut Down Millstone

    04/11/2011 4:13:18 PM PDT · by matt04 · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Waterford is Connecticut's home of nuclear power. The town relies on the two reactors at Millstone for jobs and tax revenue. "I like Millstone, get power from it, and I have no problem with 'em," said Steve Byrne of Waterford. Still, after the havoc in Japan two state legislators wanted to give townspeople a forum to ask questions about safety at Millstone with officials of the plant's operator, Dominion. "I think you have to understand that in our community, in Waterford, we've hosted the power plant of course for decades and are very used to conversations like this," said Rep....
  • If the Japanese can’t build a safe reactor, who can?

    04/08/2011 4:35:37 PM PDT · by matt04 · 79 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 14, 2011
    In the aftermath of a disaster, the strengths of any society become immediately visible. The cohesiveness, resilience, technological brilliance and extraordinary competence of the Japanese are on full display. One report from Rikuzentakata — a town of 25,000, annihilated by the tsunami that followed Friday’s massive earthquake — describes volunteer firefighters working to clear rubble and search for survivors; troops and police efficiently directing traffic and supplies; survivors are not only “calm and pragmatic” but also coping “with politeness and sometimes amazingly good cheer.” Thanks to these strengths, Japan will eventually recover. But at least one Japanese nuclear power complex...
  • Japan: Core of Stricken Reactor Probably Leaked, U.S. Says

    04/07/2011 5:01:01 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    NYT ^ | 04/06/11 | MATTHEW L. WALD and ANDREW POLLACK
    April 6, 2011 Core of Stricken Reactor Probably Leaked, U.S. Says By MATTHEW L. WALD and ANDREW POLLACK WASHINGTON — The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Wednesday that some of the core of a stricken Japanese reactor had probably leaked from its steel pressure vessel into the bottom of the containment structure, implying that the damage was even worse than previously thought. The statement came as the Tokyo Electric Power Company, the operator of the Fukushima Daiichi plant, started to inject nitrogen into the reactor containment vessel of unit No. 1 to prevent a possible explosion. The Nuclear Regulatory...
  • Fear of nuclear power is out of all proportion to the actual risks. Unlikely to kill anyone.

    04/04/2011 7:56:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 81 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 04/04/2011
    Pollution from coal-fired power plants is responsible for more than 100,000 deaths per year, whereas the crisis at the Fukushima nuclear plant is unlikely to kill a single person. People are getting nervous about nuclear power in the wake of the problems at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan, questioning whether nuclear power is a sensible option for energy production in light of the perceived risks. It has been three weeks since the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. There have been problems at the Fukushima plant with cooling, gas explosions (not nuclear), and radiation leaks – all serious issues,...
  • Pass the Plutonium. Paradoxically, Fukushima could make us more comfortable with Nuclear Power.

    04/01/2011 8:06:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 88 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 04/01/2011 | William Tucker
    People think that Fukushima will mean the end of nuclear power, but I'm convinced it's the opposite. We're going to lose our nuclear virginity over this accident and start seeing the world as adults. In fact it's already happening. Exhibit A is George Monbiot, the left-wing British columnist and global warming fanatic with the Guardian who explained to readers three days after the earthquake, "Why Fukushima made me stop worrying and love nuclear power." You will not be surprised to hear that the events in Japan have changed my view of nuclear power. You will be surprised to hear how...
  • Fires, Cars: More Deadly Than Nuclear Power!

    04/01/2011 7:21:59 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 1 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | April 1, 2011 | Dan Miller
    The extraordinarily powerful magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami in Japan were truly terrible — many lives were lost and there was great destruction. President Obama’s heart went out to the people of Japan and he did his presidential best “during this enormous tragedy, please know that America will always stand by one of its greatest allies during their time of need.” We know that’s true because he wrote it and because he told us, compassionately, to assist the Japanese while filling out brackets for the NCAA basketball tournaments. . . . As White House press secretary Jay Carney stated, it...
  • Japan says battle to save the nuclear reactors has failed [Scrap 1-4]

    03/30/2011 9:04:55 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 131 replies
    guardian.co.uk, ^ | Thursday 31 March 2011 04.43 BST | Justin McCurry in Tokyo
    Japanese officials have conceded that the battle to salvage four crippled reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant has been lost. The plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power [Tepco], said the reactors would be scrapped, and warned that the operation to contain the nuclear crisis, now well into its third week, could last months. Tepco's announcement came as new readings showed a dramatic increase in radioactive contamination in the sea near the atomic complex. Tens of thousands of people living near the plants have been evacuated or ordered to stay indoors, while the plant has leaked radioactive materials in to the...
  • Power To Spare

    11/05/2009 5:11:44 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies · 450+ views
    Investors.com ^ | November 5, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Leadership: As Palin jousts with Biden on energy independence, the government reports that we lead the world in energy reserves. From oil to gas to coal, we are sitting on prosperity. So why are we importing anything? One of the interesting sidelights of the NY-23 race was an exchange on energy independence between Vice President Joe Biden and the former governor of energy-rich Alaska, Sarah Palin. Biden, who came in to campaign for Democrat Bill Owens, was reminded of the issue of energy. "The fact of the matter is that Sarah Palin thinks the answer to energy was 'Drill, baby,...
  • Fukushima Makes Case For Yucca Mountain

    03/29/2011 5:46:13 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | March 29, 2011 | Staff
    Nuclear Power: The greatest danger at Fukushima was and is the spent fuel stored at the reactor sites. So why are we doing the same thing when we have a safe place to store it? Before a 9.0 axis-shifting earthquake damaged the nuclear reactors at Fukushima, Japan, legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives endorsing the construction of 200 nuclear power reactors in the U.S. by 2040, tripling current megawatt generating capacity. H.R. 909, co-sponsored by 64 Republicans, also endorsed the completion of the spent fuel storage facility at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. That facility, which was supposed to...
  • Workers evacuated as radiation soars at Japan reactor (Fukushima Dai-Ichi)

    03/26/2011 11:34:36 PM PDT · by SteveH · 124 replies
    AFP ^ | 3/27/2011
    OSAKA (AFP) - Extremely high levels of radiation were detected in water leaking from reactor two of the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, forcing the evacuation of workers, its operator said Sunday. A spokesman for Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) said the level of radiation found in the leaked water in the turbine room was 10 million times higher than it should be for water inside the reactor, indicating damage to the fuel rods. "We detected 1,000 millisieverts per hour of radiation in a puddle of water at the reactor number two. This figure is 10 million times higher than water usually...
  • Why Fukushima made me stop worrying and love nuclear power

    03/25/2011 1:54:53 PM PDT · by fightinJAG · 13 replies
    Guardian ^ | March 21, 2011 | George Monbiot
    You will not be surprised to hear that the events in Japan have changed my view of nuclear power. You will be surprised to hear how they have changed it. As a result of the disaster at Fukushima, I am no longer nuclear-neutral. I now support the technology. A crappy old plant with inadequate safety features was hit by a monster earthquake and a vast tsunami. The electricity supply failed, knocking out the cooling system. The reactors began to explode and melt down. The disaster exposed a familiar legacy of poor design and corner-cutting. Yet, as far as we know,...
  • Japan Encourages a Wider Evacuation ... (Japan Raises Possibility of Breach in Reactor Vessel)

    03/25/2011 3:33:38 PM PDT · by SteveH · 64 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 25, 2011 | HIROKO TABUCHI, KEITH BRADSHER and DAVID JOLLY
    TOKYO — New signs emerged on Friday that parts of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant are so damaged and contaminated that it will be harder to bring the plant under control soon. [...] Hidehiko Nishiyama, deputy director-general of the Japan Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, mentioned damage to the reactor vessel on Friday as a possible explanation of how water in the adjacent containment building had become so radioactive. A senior nuclear executive who insisted on anonymity but has broad contacts in Japan said that there was a long vertical crack running down the side of the reactor vessel...
  • Japan reactor nuclear core may have breached

    03/25/2011 12:25:59 AM PDT · by Lazlo in PA · 857 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 03-25-11 | AP
    TOKYO – Japanese nuclear safety officials said Friday that they suspect that the reactor core at one unit of the troubled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant may have breached, raising the possibility of more severe contamination to the environment. "It is possible that somewhere at the reactor may have been damaged," said Hidehiko Nishiyama, a spokesman for the nuclear safety agency. But he added that "our data suggest the reactor retains certain containment functions," implying that the damage may have occurred in Unit 3's reactor core but that it was limited.
  • Book Review: FERRARIS FOR ALL: IN DEFENCE OF ECONOMIC PROGRESS by Daniel Ben-Ami

    03/24/2011 2:57:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    Nuclear Street - Nuclear Power Industry News ^ | February 4, 2011 | Randy Brich
    Imagine a world where everyone lives up to their potential and creates an environment that satisfies all of their material wants. What would such a world look like? Although the specifics are fuzzy, it is certain that this world of the future would run on an environmentally friendly power source, like nuclear, which would provide inexpensive energy to propel the machines of commerce. And there are a lot of machines that require power to function, from the Mac upon which I’m typing this review to practically every modern convenience known to the western world. According to Daniel Ben-Ami, in his...
  • Why Fukushima made me stop worrying and love nuclear power

    03/23/2011 7:34:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 03/23/2011 | George Monbiot
    You will not be surprised to hear that the events in Japan have changed my view of nuclear power. You will be surprised to hear how they have changed it. As a result of the disaster at Fukushima, I am no longer nuclear-neutral. I now support the technology. A crappy old plant with inadequate safety features was hit by a monster earthquake and a vast tsunami. The electricity supply failed, knocking out the cooling system. The reactors began to explode and melt down. The disaster exposed a familiar legacy of poor design and corner-cutting. Yet, as far as we know,...