Nuclear Power

The 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan forced many countries to revisit their nuclear energy policies. Some, like Germany and Italy have decided to close their reactors. In California at the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant, serious leaks were discovered not long after the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. The articles in this section discuss this energy source and the policies that govern.

Keep San Onofre Closed

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“We must win this battle for health, safety, economy, environment as well as rate and regulatory issues” Wasserman claimed, “Southern California Edison wants to impose a cost of $765M on its customer base for steam generators at San Onofre that don’t work.”

Shut Down, Not Meltdown: Keep Japan Nuclear-Free! — June 22

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A coalition of groups – calling for a closure of California nuclear power plants – will target the Japanese Embassy in downtown Los Angeles Friday (June 22) to protest the re-opening of the nuclear power reactors in Japan.

How Mossad Justified Its Murder of an Innocent Iranian Electrical Engineer

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Gareth Porter: Rezaeinejad was the fourth Iranian scientist whom the Israelis had tried to assassinate, but what was different about his assassination is the subsequent effort by the Israelis to justify it after the fact.

The Fukushima Story You Didn’t Hear on CNN

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Greg Palast: The warning was in what the investigations team called The Notebook, which I’m not supposed to have. Good thing I’ve kept a copy anyway, because the file cabinets went down with my office building

The High Cost of Freedom from Fossil Fuels

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Walter Brasch: For more than six decades, this nation essentially sold its soul for what it thought was cheap energy that may not be so cheap, and clean energy that is not so clean.

Kansas City, Here It Comes: A New Nuclear Weapons Plant!

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Should the U.S. government be building more nuclear weapons?  Residents of Kansas City, Missouri, don’t appear to think so, for they are engaged in a bitter fight against the construction of a new nuclear weapons plant in their community. The massive plant, 1.5 million square feet in size, is designed to replace an earlier version, [...]

How to Save $250 Billion: Axe “Missile Defense”

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Lawrence Wittner: By scrapping plans for nuclear weapons “modernization” and for national missile defense—programs that are both useless and provocative—the United States would save $271 billion (well over a quarter of a trillion dollars) in the next ten years.

Reconsidering the Nuclear Power Industry Bailout

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Tracy Emblem: the United States should consider phasing out its nuclear power plants over the next generation and begin investing in other safer renewable energy sources. We can lead the world in clean energy technology.

Nuclear Power Madness

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Norman Solomon: Like every other president since the 1940s, Barack Obama has promoted nuclear power. Now, with reactors melting down in Japan, the official stance is more disconnected from reality than ever.

The Peace Movement Today

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Lawrence Wittner: Despite the President’s rhetorical support for nuclear abolition, it looks like the United States and other nations are on a very slow track to ridding the world of the nuclear menace.

Russian Arms Control Proposals Worth Considering

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Ivan Eland: Missile defense is an expensive relic of the Cold War, which the U.S. can no longer afford given its huge budget deficits and high debt levels. Keeping the program alive are Republicans who want to preserve this white elephant to realize the grandiose “Star Wars” dream of their hero, Ronald Reagan.

Extending Nuclear Umbrella Is a Bad Idea

Ivan Eland: Extending the U.S. nuclear shield to the much more unstable and violent region of the Middle East seems supremely foolhardy. The U.S. could more easily get dragged into an unplanned and unneeded future nuclear exchange there than in any other area of the world.

Will Senate Republicans Produce Another International Disaster?

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Lawrence Wittner: As the U.S. Senate prepares to vote this December on ratification of the New START Treaty, Republican legislators appear on the verge of producing an international disaster.

Public Mobilization for a Nuclear-Free World

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Lawrence S. Wittner: One of the ironies of the current international situation is that, although some government leaders now talk of building a nuclear weapons-free world, there has been limited public mobilization around that goal—at least compared to the action-packed 1980s.

Defying Progressives, Obama Revives Nuclear Power

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Randy Shaw: Many progressives are so excited that Obama is not Sarah Palin that they accept any small step as a great leap forward. The irony is that many of these progressives saw a night and day difference between Obama and Clinton in the primaries, yet now accept policies from Obama that are virtually identical — if not more conservative — than those we feared from a President Hilary Clinton.

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