Fukushima

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.

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. […]

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 […]

In the 54 years between 1957, when the Price Anderson Act was passed, and 2011 we have: Experienced four melt-downs and one partial melt-down at nuclear power plants, An increasing amount of radioactive waste that we really don’t know how to deal with, but must manage for hundreds of years – or thousands.   Security Concerns. […]

Mycle Schneider, describing the Worldwatch Report he wrote on nuclear power last year (Press Release / Report) said: “The industry was arguably on life support before Fukushima. When the history of this industry is written, Fukushima is likely to introduce its final chapter.” Amory Lovins, of the Rocky Mountain Institute, in the foreword to the […]

On March 11, 2011, the Fukushima nuclear disaster shocked the world. Sadly, the thinkers in the anti-nuclear world were not complete surprised. We were startled, but we know that disasters, while unpredictable, are inevitable. Disasters are built into the nuclear power system. The best engineers are fallible. (Anyone who drives a car or uses a […]

I drew four conclusions after reading Hiroko Tabuchi’s article, A  Confused Nuclear Cleanup, in the NY Times, and looking at the US Government’s evacuation map, pictured above (obtained at the National Post, here. The Fukushima disaster is bad, really bad. The Japanese want to clean it up; but don’t know how. The nuclear industry in […]

Tweet   While it ain’t over till it’s over, 2011 is over. A lot that could have happened, didn’t.  Obama didn’t resign, Donald Trump didn’t throw his hat into the ring or divorce his current wife and marry one or more Kardashians.  Newt Gingrich threw his hat into the ring, but also didn’t divorce his […]

Tweet I am presenting “Beyond Fuel: From Consuming Natural Resources to Harnessing Natural Processes,” a discussion of the hidden costs, or “economic externalities,” of nuclear power, coal, and oil, and the non-obvious benefits of wind, solar, marine hydro and efficiency at the Space Coast Green Living Festival, Cocoa Beach, Florida, Sept 17, 2011. The festival  […]

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