Stark warnings about reviving nuclear energy

Stephanie Cooke, author of “In Mortal Hands: A Cautionary History of the Nuclear Age,”  and a former editor of Nuclear Intelligence Weekly, has written an opinion piece (free with email) in the New York Times on how nuclear power will likely continue to fail us as we attempt to address our climate crisis: “World leaders…

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Nuclear industry avoiding accountability for climate crisis impacts

An April 23, 2024 article published by the Yale School of the Environment probes the nuclear industry’s effort to extend the operating licenses of its aging atomic power stations while avoiding accountability to the cost and risks associated with doing business in an accelerating climate crisis. Author James Dinneen asks “Can aging US nuclear power…

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National security risks grow with new nuclear energy

“Proliferation of nuclear weapons, nuclear terrorism, sabotage, coercion and military operations – these [national security] risks associated with nuclear energy can all be expected to grow as countries seek to implement their new nuclear energy objectives, according to a new report [“New Nuclear Energy: Assessing the National Security Risks,”] published today by George Washington University’s…

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Renewables exceed electricity demand

Mark Z. Jacobson, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University and author of No Miracles Needed: How Today’s Technology Can Save Our Climate and Clean Our Air, has written a piece in Scientific American delineating the renewable revolution happening in California. He states: “California has hit record-breaking milestones in renewable electricity generation, showing…

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The government is spending billions to restart Michigan’s Palisades reactor. Why?

[Yard sign design by Michigan Safe Energy Future-Kalamazoo Chapter and Palisades Shutdown Campaign; photo by Kevin Kamps] An op-ed published on April 16, 2024 in the Detroit Free Press, written by Roger Rapoport. Rapoport hosted a recently published, four-part podcast interview with Beyond Nuclear’s radioactive waste specialist, Kevin Kamps, a 32-year watchdog on the Palisades…

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Systemic cover-up: New book profiles radiation risks and scientists

The Scientists Who Alerted us to Radiation’s Dangers by Ian Fairlie, PhD and Beyond Nuclear’s Cindy Folkers, MS, has just been published by The Ethics Press. The book profiles 23 radiation scientists over the previous half-century or so, who revealed that radiation risks were higher than thought, but who were victimized by governments and the…

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First SMR domino falls, potentially to start cascade

Same financial risks viewed as generic to entire reactor type The nuclear industry is rattled by an Opinion piece appearing in the January 31, 2024 edition of the energy trade journal Utility Dive. The article, astutely entitled “The collapse of NuScale’s project should spell the end for small modular nuclear reactors,” is an extensively documented…

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Mass Nuclear Layoffs

In Victorian times, cautionary tales were popular for deterring naughty behavior amongst children. Today, we are awash in such stories in the nuclear power sector — the latest regarding layoffs — and our politicians should be reading them. The latest example is NuScale, the company whose small modular reactor design was considered most likely to…

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