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Reactor Reax: Roundup of Stories About Nuclear PowerSalem-News.com
Problems relating to this non natural supply of power are diverse and widespread.
(WASHINGTON D.C.) - Is the writing on the wall, visible to all? I have to ask that question, as we mire through the mindless mire of corporate thinking in a modern age that is in so many ways, not even close to an age of awareness and understanding.
There will always be reasons that big business and deep pocketed men want to boost their earnings and further their power in the world, but back to that writing on the wall.
We knew about the inherent dangers of nuclear power long before the first power plant was ever constructed. It is perverse that even in Japan, corners were cut to save money in the construction of the Fukushima nuclear facility.
Alas, just like with Deepwater Horizon, neither government nor business can truly be trusted. They will always cut corners to save money and they are only in their line of work for the money anyway.
As you will learn in this latest roundup of nuclear related stories from Physicians for Social Responsibility, problems relating to this non natural supply of power are diverse and widespread.
- forward by News Editor Tim King
Nuclear power: Learn from Florida's mistakes, (op-ed by Florida state Sen. Mike Fasano is a Republican who has represented the 11th District since 2002), Cedar Rapids Gazette, May 6, 2011. "I understand that the Iowa General Assembly is considering legislation to allow early cost recovery for new nuclear power generation. I write to share how we in Florida learned the hard way that such legislation is bad for consumers and bad for our state and why I went from being a supporter of similar legislation to the prime sponsor of legislation to repeal it."
Japan's Nuclear Catastrophe Leaves Little to Celebrate on Children's Day, (op-ed by Robert Alvarez, senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies), Huffington Post, May 6, 2011. "On April 19, the Japanese government sharply ramped up its radiation exposure limit to 2,000 millirem per year (20 mSv/y) for schools and playgrounds in Fukushima prefecture. Japanese children are now permitted to be exposed to an hourly dose rate 165 times above normal background radiation and 133 times more than levels the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency allows for the American public. Japanese schoolchildren will be allowed to be exposed to the same level recommended by the International Commission on Radiation Protection for nuclear workers. Unlike workers, however, children won't have a choice as to whether they can be so exposed."
Nuclear meltdowns are bad for returns, (op-ed by Raj Thamotheram and Maxime Le Floch, members of the Network for Sustainable Financial Markets, and co-authors of a forthcoming book on corporate failures in light of the BP oil spill), Financial Times, May 1, 2011. "These are not new insights. But common sense does not automatically translate into common practice. The global financial crisis had already shown that lessons learned from the dotcom bubble and Enron were not put into practice to any great extent. It is important we do not ignore the lessons of the Gulf of Mexico and Fukushima."
Exclusive: Renewable energy to leap, costs to fall: UN, Reuters, May 4, 2011. Renewable energies such as wind or solar power are set to surge by 2050, and expected advances in technology will bring significant cost cuts, a draft United Nations report showed on Wednesday."
Heat Waves Putting Pressure on Nuclear Power's Outmoded Cooling Technologies, SolveClimate News, May 4, 2011. "All existing nuclear plants use vast amounts of water as a coolant. But in recent years — often far from the public eye — hot river and lake temperatures have forced power plants worldwide to decrease generating capacity."
NRG Energy 1Q Swings To Loss On Texas Nuclear Project Pullout, Dow Jones, May 5, 2011. "NRG Energy Inc. (NRG) swung to a first-quarter loss as political risks surrounding two planned nuclear reactors in Texas prompted the power producer to withdraw from the project."
Nuclear Fuel in Dry Casks Needs Better Security, Watchdog Says, Bloomberg, May 4, 2011. "U.S. regulators need to improve the security for used nuclear fuel stored in steel and concrete containers, a government watchdog said in a report. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has no central database of security-related information for so-called dry cask storage, and doesn't have a comprehensive document outlining the roles and responsibilities of staff, according to a report by the agency's inspector general."
Experts Divided Over Safety of Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant, Reuters, May 2, 2011. "A recent MSNBC investigation based on Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) figures reveals that among the country's 104 nuclear power plants, Indian Point carries the greatest risk of reactor core damage from an earthquake."
"Reactor Reax" is featured on www.NuclearBailout.org, a Web site maintained by Physicians for Social Responsibility.
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