Environmental Catastrophe

Fort McMurray, Alberta Canada. The tar sands boom is going down in flames; going up in smoke. The fire, which started May 1, 2016, has burned 156,000 hectares, which is 15.6 million acres, 602 square miles or 1,560 square kilometers. As is evident in the image the flames are taller than the trees. 

11 Crew were lost in the explosion and fire on the Deepwater Horizon rig on April 20, 2010. In addition, roughly 5.2 million barrels of oil poured into the Gulf of Mexico during the 87 days between April 20, 2010 when the explosion occurred and July 15, 2010 when the well was capped. BP, found […]

The Fort Calhoun nuclear plant reopened in December, 2013. The plant, on the west bank of the Missouri River about 20 miles north of Omaha, Nebraska, closed for refueling in April, 2011, and was flooded in June, 2011. Refueling a nuclear plant typically takes about 6 – 12 weeks. Due to the flooding, the Fort Calhoun […]

“You can’t have oil without oil spills.” – Markwayne Mullin, R, Oklahoma. (Official / GovTrack) Wind and Sun Won’t Spill In a period when the Dow Industrials rose 30%, the S&P 500 rose 40%, and the Popular Logistics “Sustainable Energy Portfolio” rose 223%, the “Fossil Fuel Portfolio” rose 21%. This suggests that a paradigm shift […]

A lot of people have been talking about a new dawn of nuclear power (Telegraph, article from 2013 here).  “Fukushima,” they say, perversely, “proves nuclear is safe because only 3 reactors melted down.” They also say, “a culture of safety can make or break nuclear power.” (Japan Times, op-ed, here). I think these people are […]

Fukushima Steam    Rising from Sarcophagus Rad-Waste flows to clouds Rad-waste flows thru EAARTH Carried on the  Jet Stream’s winds any-every-where NYTimes … ABC … BBC … Guardian, UK With Nuclear power, an accident anywhere is an accident everywhere.” If the cheapest unit of energy is the one that we don’t need, the “Nega-Watt,” then […]

Back in the 1960’s Nuclear Power was pitched as “Too Cheap to Meter.” Today  the state of the art can be summarized in 15 words: Chernobyl, Fukushima, San Onofre, Fort Calhoun, Indian Point, Radioactive Waste, Evacuation Plans and Emergency Response.

Two Years Ago, April, 2011, the Fort Calhoun nuclear power station, on the banks of the Missouri River, north of Omaha, Nebraska, was shut down for refueling. It should have been a routine operation. According to the Nuclear Energy Institute, NEI.Org, here, “U.S. nuclear reactors shut down once every 18 to 24 months to refuel […]

Jeff Hanson, spokesman for the Omaha Public Power District, OPPD, in discussing the Fort Calhoun reactor, closed since April, 2011 for refueling then, in June, 2011, due to flooding, said, “[Nuclear power is] a reliable source of electricity that’s carbon-free. That becomes more valuable going forward,” OPPD spokesman Jeff Hanson said. This assertion that nuclear power […]

In “The World Will Not End and Other Predictions for 2012,” I developed a set of predictions for 2012, the accuracy of which were described by me in 2012 Revisited. Here are my predictions for 2013. As noted last year, I am extrapolating from patterns that I see – also known as reading tea leaves. […]

Back in April, 2011, the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant, on the banks of the Missouri River about 19 miles north of Omaha, was shut down for refueling. The timing was perfect because in June, 2011, the Missouri River flooded. As pictured above, the plant that had been on the shore of the river was […]

Indian Point’s two reactors, operating since 1974 and 1976, generate up to 30 percent of New York City and Westchester’s power. Yet the plant remains controversial. March 1, 2012, Michael Gerrard, director of the Center for Climate Change Law, moderated  the Forum on the Future of Indian Point held at Columbia Law School. The forum […]

Rather than “Can we get away from Nuclear Power?” The real questions we need to ask ourselves are: How quickly can we phase out nuclear power? What will it cost? Given that a definition of insanity is doing the same behavior but expecting different results,

Did the Japanese (and the rest of the world) NEED Fukushima?   Happy Earth Day.  Think for the Future. Do We Need Nuclear Power, Part 1, L. Furman, 4/20/12, here. Do We Need Nuclear Power, Part 2, L. Furman, 4/20/12, here. Do We Need Nuclear Power, Part 3, L. Furman, 4/21/12, here.     US […]

Matthew L. Wald, writing in the New York TImes, covers a new modeling technique to assess seismic risk to nuclear power plants.  Quakes and U.S. Reactors: An Analytic Tool With the release of a computer model of all known geologic faults east of Denver, nearly all of the nuclear power plants in the United States […]