While the days are getting longer, and we all know the spring is not far off, many of us are still facing snowy, rainy, and cold weather as we wait for spring. This is the time of year to dust off your reading list. To that end, and due to reader requests, we have updated our reading pages entitled Fairewinds’ Bookshelf: Our Nuclear Booklist.Read More
In a blow to the Coal and Nuclear Industries, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission dismissed Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s plan to further subsidize the ailing industries under the assumption that they allow for a more stable grid due to their ability to create large fuel reserves.Read More
Working in the environmental field has been an extremely challenging for all of us, as we see first-hand the seemingly daily rollback of crucial life-protecting U.S. environmental regulations.Read More
Today, almost on Christmas-weekend, Santa came early to Georgia Power (GP) with a multi-billion-dollar present, when the Georgia Public Service Commission (GPSC) gave GP’s Vogtle Atomic Power Project approval to continue construction!Read More
We at Fairewinds Energy Education want to give a shout-out to six University of Vermont journalism students in Community Development and Applied Economics: Clare Charlesworth, Audrey Tuck, Bridgette McShea, Olivia Jones, Emily von Weise and Kätchen McElwain. Their work has been selected for inclusion in an anthology of the best undergraduate investigative journalism. Congratulations!Read More
Arnie and I and the Fairewinds Crew are very thankful for you – all of our followers, viewers, and supporters. The work we do is inspired by the communities we work with all around the world; we see their plights and the horrors of environmental injustice.Read More
For us at Fairewinds Energy Education there is a lot to give thanks for: you – our followers and donors, and the foundations – all of whom help Fairewinds to achieve its mission.
Thanks to each of you, we continue to speak ‘truth to power’ about the increasing risk of operating old atomic reactors, the financial infeasibility and boondoggle fiasco of funding and construction attempts to build new nukes, and the current rush by newly created corporations to turn atomic power reactor shutdowns into a high-yield revenue stream.Read More
This week’s newsletter is all about energy: its production, the sources used, and the future of clean sustainable energy.
Learn about the now shuttered Vermont Yankee Reactor, Energy Production and the sources used to produce electricity and lastly, clean energy, sustainability, and economic vitality that offer us a hopeful future – also get briefed on November 1st by NIRS and noted energy economist Amory Lovins!
Filmed during the 5-year timespan the action was occurring, this feature-length documentary by filmmaker Robbie Leppzer highlights the heated politics involved in the state-wide community effort to close the aged Vermont Yankee (VY) atomic power reactor. The film chronicles the unfolding drama as citizen activists and elected officials – alarmed at ever increasing safety violations at VY – take on the federal government and one of the biggest nuclear power corporations in America demanding the closure of the reactor at the expiration of its original 40-year license.Read More
Late this week Arnie will return from Japan where he has been continuing his research and scientific analysis with Dr. Marco Kaltofen. Their trip has allowed them to meet with many of the organizations, citizen scientists, and Japanese heroes who have helped with their work. This trip also enabled Arnie to build on many of the relationships that Fairewinds Energy Education has developed during its 6-years of working with citizen scientists in Japan following the Fukushima Dai-ichi triple meltdowns.Read More
All of us at Fairewinds are saddened and dismayed about the suffering and long cleanup facing Texans with the severe impact of Hurricane Harvey. The Fairewinds Crew has been inundated with questions about Hurricane Harvey and the nuclear power plant in Texas. Here's our latest info...Read More
Today, the scientific journal Science of the Total Environment (STOTEN) published a peer-reviewed article entitled: Radioactively-hot particles detected in dusts and soils from Northern Japan by combination of gamma spectrometry, autoradiography, and SEM/EDS analysis and implications in radiation risk assessment. Co-authored by Dr. Marco Kaltofen, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), and Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds Energy Education, the article details the analysis of radioactively hot particles collected in Japan following the Fukushima Dai-ichi meltdowns.Read More
Atomic power plants are shutting down faster than they are being built. These reactors conceptualized in the 1960s are failing because they are old and they are being closed because they are not competitive with renewables and therefore economically unfeasible.Read More
During the past few weeks the U.S. government and the nuclear industry failed multiple times to keep workers and residents safe from the toxic radioactive waste that nuclear power produces. We witnessed the collapse of a storage tunnel at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation where highly contaminated radioactive material was being stored. In a case of Déjà Vu, another event occurred at a nuclear waste landfill in Idaho when an excavator was digging up highly radioactive material.Read More
Beginning in the 1950s, the United States nuclear power aficionados have attempted to build 250 atomic power reactors. Of those planned, purchased, or constructed reactors, 130 were canceled before they produced any electricity, 20 more have been closed for mechanical failures, defects due to aging components, or simply because they were no longer financially profitable for the corporations that owned themRead More
As I watch the official news coming out of Japan, it is obvious to me that Japanese government officials and TEPCO are trying to hide the ongoing and accumulating radiation exposure to the people of the Fukushima Prefecture.Read More
Each time we write to you during this Fairewinds fundraising campaign, we will talk with you about the work we do, are planning, have done, or the questions you ask us. We hope this gives you more of an idea of why we need your ongoing support.Read More
As the weather warms again, we are reminded how much our health and happiness are impacted by our natural environment. Most Vermonters relish the outdoors, and spring is the perfect time of year to appreciate the beauty of the new growth, especially for those of us cooped up indoors by a heavy dose of winter weather in northern climates!Read More
Today marks the 31st commemoration of the disastrous nuclear meltdown at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, originally located in the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). The atomic core exploded and then caught fire, burning for 9-days straight and spewing deadly amounts of radiation into the atmosphere over an area covering 58,000 square miles.Read More