Demystifying Nuclear Power: Problem: In a post-Fukushima-triple-meltdown world, do the numbers work for atomic power?

Demystifying Nuclear Power: Problem: In a post-Fukushima-triple-meltdown world, do the numbers work for atomic power?

With a giant blot still spreading over the page of its public safety record, the multi-national, multi-billion dollar atomic power industry faces the stark economic reality that it can’t successfully compete financially with sustainable methods of generating electricity...

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Demystifying Nuclear Power: I'm an Energy Voter

Demystifying Nuclear Power: I'm an Energy Voter

November 2015 is an election month at many locations in the United States. Most Americans have seen the slick ads, paid for by the fossil fuel industry, urging voters to demand more and more dirty energy. 

Personally, I’d like to see this message stripped of its cynical agenda and appropriated by clean energy advocates.

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Demystifying Nuclear Power: Nuclear IS Atomic

Demystifying Nuclear Power: Nuclear IS Atomic

Fairewinds Energy Education Board Member Chiho Kaneko is this week’s special guest blogger. Chiho worked as a volunteer interpreter at the United Nations in April 2015 on behalf of the Nihon Hidankyo (The Japan Confederation of A- and H-Bomb Sufferers Organizations). Stunned by the personal stories of A-bomb survivors' acting as delegates to the Non-Proliferation Treaty Conference, Chiho shares their accounts of "The Day" and what followed during the ensuing days, weeks, months, and years.

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Demystifying Nuclear Power: Coast-to-Coast Reflections and Summer FAQs

Demystifying Nuclear Power: Coast-to-Coast Reflections and Summer FAQs

We at Fairewinds decided to use this opportunity to address some of the key areas people are asking about post C2C.  Some of these questions were answered in full on other portions of the show, and some we only briefly mentioned.  Other questions raised have been discussed and/or answered on Fairewinds site via video, podcast, or FAQs (frequently asked questions).

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Review: Japan's Tipping Point: Crucial Choices in the Post-Fukushima World

Review: Japan's Tipping Point: Crucial Choices in the Post-Fukushima World

A review by Fairewinds' president Maggie Gundersen of Mark Pendergrast's book, Japan's Tipping Point. Japan was at a crucial tipping point in its energy paradigm when Mark first wrote this book after the March 2011 triple meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi.  

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Downstream

Downstream

The once pristine watershed of the Great Lakes is now home to 30 nuclear power reactors. Several temporary nuclear waste storage sites on Lake Huron near the Bruce site are in imminent danger of becoming permanent nuclear waste dumps that will be abandoned underground within one mile of the Lake. 

 

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The Economics of Nuclear

The Economics of Nuclear

Here at Fairewinds Energy Education, we believe that this year, 2015, marks the tipping point for our energy future. For years, we have heard visionaries like Amory Lovins, Mycle Schneider, and Dr. Mark Cooper present real data and economic analyses that show a renewable energy-future is more feasible than the current paradigm of coal, oil, nuclear, and gas.  Now we see their projections come to fruition...

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Anticipating the Unthinkable

Anticipating the Unthinkable

NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) reports that in March of this year, Planet Earth broke the all-time high record on carbon dioxide concentrations at 400 parts-per-million, leaving the most optimistic limit of 350 in the distant dust.  It is an ominous landmark, to say the least, and there are constant reminders that something big and unpleasant is transforming the world around us.

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Generational Transfer Of Risk

Generational Transfer Of Risk

As most of you, our followers and viewers, know, Fairewinds Energy Education has real concerns about nuclear waste abandonment as nuclear corporations begin the process of decommissioning and dismantling nuclear power plants. Sponsored by the Lintilhac Foundation, Fairewinds issued a major report about decommissioning Vermont Yankee in March 2015.  Beyond Nuclear, Vermont Yankee Decommissioning Alliance, and Vermont Citizens Action Network invited Fairewinds Energy Education to speak at the United States premiere of Decommissioning Our Nuclear Power Stations: Mission Impossible? in Montpelier, VT, Wednesday, June 3rd.

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Chernobyl – A Human Perspective

Chernobyl – A Human Perspective

It’s been nearly 30-years since the tragic nuclear meltdown at the former Soviet Union Chernobyl nuclear plant in Ukraine near the Belarus border. The massive amounts of radioactivity spewed during this catastrophe immediately destroyed thousands of lives, and the Soviet government’s inaction and cover-up of the amount of radiation has left thousands more with severe birth defects, cancers, and other life-long disabilities.

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Chernobyl Tragic Truth

Chernobyl Tragic Truth

I was an expectant mother here in the United States in 1986 when news of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster began to seep through the veil of secrecy surrounding the Soviet Union. Though the events leading to the meltdown began unfolding on April 26 of that year, news of any potential for international impacts was well-off the radar of average Americans like me until the warmth of approaching summer drew us into our gardens.

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Three Mile Island Opera

Three Mile Island Opera

I was startled in October 2011, when I received a phone call and email from Karl Hoffmann, a German Public Radio and Television (ARD) correspondent and freelance journalist, requesting an opportunity to interview and film Fairewinds’ chief engineer Arnie Gundersen for an opera about the 1979 meltdown at Three Mile Island (TMI).

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Cry Me A River Exelon

Cry Me A River Exelon

Who is providing for whom? The federal government has allowed nuclear plant operators to expect American taxpayers to foot the bill to build their facilities, subsidize their insurance to the advantage of their investors, and sympathize with their complaints that clean renewables are enjoying too much support in the energy marketplace. Meanwhile, we, the people, are supposed to ignore the dirty, dangerous fuel sourcing practices of the nuclear industry, the even more hazardous, unresolved issue of nuclear waste management, and the overarching potential for terrorist exploitation.

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