March 16, 2011
The best news service on the Japan nuclear crisis is Beyond Nuclear. Check it often.
“The situation is very grim and not just for the Japanese people,” said Dr Helen Caldicott. “If both reactors blow then the whole of the Northern Hemisphere may be affected,” she said. “Only one reactor blew at Chernobyl and it was only 3 months old, with new cores holding relatively little radiation; these ones have been operating for 40 years and would hold about 30 times more radiation than Chernobyl’s.”
The US Republicans backing nuclear power aren't about to give up the struggle because of events in Japan. Meet Republican congressman Devin Nunes of California, who wants 200 new power plants and thinks the events in Fukushima strengthens the argument for more nuclear plants. Nunes has proposed a comprehensive energy bill that calls for 200 new nuclear power plants by 2040. The bill has more than 50 sponsors, including House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan. Citing the rarity of the disaster that caused the nuclear crisis in Japan, Nunes insists the catastrophe may actually strengthen the argument for building more reactors in the United States.
You'd think the world would have wised up by now to the risks of nuclear power, but that's not the case in our country and many others.
Lots of good info here. Watch the video or read the transcript here:
Canada's nuclear regulator said Wednesday there was a demineralized water leak at a nuclear power plant near Toronto late Monday after a pump seal failed.
After decades of lies, nuclear reassurances now fall on deaf ears
A year-long Queen's University study has concluded that nuclear power is simply not worth the risk when compared to solar energy.
The study concluded: "In light of these results and with the recent economic challenges, climate destabilization and a new-found emphasis on sustainability, U.S. energy policy needs to re-evaluate its options and appropriate available funds wisely by moving away from nuclear power and diversifying their energy portfolio to maximize the renewable (not alternative) energy potential."
The U.S. Department of Energy aims to make electricity from the sun cheaper than that from burning coal or natural gas
The surprising story of the atomic bomb's origins in Canada's North.
2 minute video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGUkma2qzhQ&feature=player_embedded
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Hope to see you there. And until then, our thoughts and prayers extend to the Japanese people and all those who will be affected by this disaster, now and into the future.
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