Located in Washington State, near the majestic Columbia River, the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is a site of grimly historic significance, linked to the bombing of Nagasaki and the Cold War nuclear arms race. The site was chosen in 1943 because its ample supply of water could be used to cool the nine atomic reactors designed to make Plutonium for A bombs. That water was drawn from the majestic Columbia River that further downstream creates the border between Washington and Oregon.Read More
We at Fairewinds think it’s time to further reframe the conversation around nuclear energy and the myths and misconceptions it perpetuates.
For far too long, spin doctors within the nuclear energy industry have successfully obscured bad news about their product by carefully controlling the language chosen for public consumption. It is called “Nukespeak”.Read More
Today we live in a world that pushes limits, even necessary ones. When it comes to fostering industrial and economic growth, we humans have the tendency to become blinded by the assurance of big business and lose sight of what is really at risk.Read More
"... chemical spraying so heavy and contaminating that the men doing it were wearing hazmat suits and respirators, something I only think about in terms of atomic power plants and radioactive waste storage sites."Read More
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...Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Setting aside the critical lessons of the flawed nuclear paradigm that created the Fukushima Daiichi triple meltdown in order to preserve corporate profitability flies in the face of Japan’s traditional wisdom and invites intercession by the scolding hand of nature.Read More
Seventy years ago the United States forced the world into the nuclear age by dropping the world’s first atom bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, August 6, 1945. A second atomic bomb was dropped three days later on the city of Nagasaki, Japan, August 9, 1945.Read More
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).Read More
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.Read More
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.
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...Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More