Archive for the “Nuclear Power” Category

There’s a lot of buzz about Mark Lynas having done an about face on GMOs: In a January 2013 lecture to the Oxford Farming Conference, Lynas detailed his conversion from an organizer of the the anti-GMO food movement in Europe to becoming a supporter of the technology.

This reminds me of the old anti-nuclear power bumper sticker, which read You can’t make anything foolproof, because fools are too ingenious. Now we read about “murky hiring” at the utility running the Fukushima nuclear power plant, which had that pesky meltdown and such not too long ago. It seems that, in a recent survey, […]

Presumably within the next few thousand years, we’ll figure something out. Meantime, there was a plan afoot to temporarily store large quantities of high-level nuclear waste near the  Skull Valley Band of Goshute Indians Reservation in Utah. That plan for interim storage, according to the Salt Lake Tribune, has been officially terminated. I’m not sure […]

Led by a Nobel Prize winner, AP reports that a group in Japan aims to collect 10 million signatures and submit them to the government next March demanding of the government, among other things

Calling it “radioactive water” at Fukushima really does readers a disservice, because not only is it incorrect, it omits important implications of the problem. Water is H2O, right, as we all know (I hope).  So H2O is only radioactive if one of the hydrogens or the oxygen atom is a radioisotope. What we have at […]

So, it’s official, there was a melt-down at Fukishima, although they are mincing words: Japanese authorities have admitted the possibility that the fuel suffered “melt-through” … Some are calling a “melt-down” something different than what I’m used to, as in the wikipedia entry:

TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company) shares plummet. Why didn’t I short it?

It’s what the vast majority of the German public wants, and now the government of Germany is responding. Germany plans to shut down all its nuclear power plants by 2022. As Reuters reports, the government said it planned to cut power use by 10 percent by 2020 and further expand the use of renewables such […]

Rural areas in Japan were basically bought off to allow nuclear power plants in their back yards. It’s difficult to explain otherwise how Japan would go nuclear after WWII.