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Posted on: Oct 11, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Massive quantities of heavily contaminated water are pouring into the Pacific Ocean, dousing workers along the way. Huge, flimsy tanks are leaking untold tons of highly radioactive fluids.

Posted on: Jul 4, 2013, Source: AlterNet

As an indigenous activist, Peltier has been deemed a political prisoner by Amnesty International and numerous other human rights organizations.

Posted on: Jun 7, 2013, Source: AlterNet

This victory at San Onofre is a falling domino. Had the public not fought back, those reactors would have been “fixed” at public expense.

Posted on: Apr 15, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Southern California Edison is fighting off installing wind or solar generators, hoping to keep the public paying for its failures at San Onofre.

Posted on: Mar 1, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The decades have taught us that money spent on any form of atomic energy means vital resources stripped from renewable technologies we need to survive.

Posted on: Feb 18, 2013, Source: AlterNet

But will the demise of the industry come before there is another big disaster?

Posted on: Jan 7, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Two stricken California reactors may soon redefine a global movement aimed at eradicating nuclear power.

Posted on: Mar 11, 2011, Source: AlterNet

An 8.9 Richter-scale earthquake could have ripped apart at least four coastal reactors and sent a lethal cloud of radiation across the entire United States.

Posted on: Dec 29, 2010, Source: AlterNet

2010 again left the "nuclear renaissance" in the Dark Age that defines the technology. But an Armageddon-style battle looms when Congress returns next year.

Posted on: Nov 5, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Vermont's new governor pledged to shut its leaking nuclear site. And the town closest to that reactor has voted to take it by eminent domain if necessary.

Posted on: Oct 31, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Any law that allows the easy incarceration of any citizen any time those in power want to do it is the ultimate enemy of democracy.

Posted on: Oct 19, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Prop 19 will open up California to hemp, a multi-billion-dollar crop that has been a staple of human agriculture for thousands of years.

Posted on: Oct 1, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Not surprisingly, the 'nuclear renaissance' seems to have suffered a set back -- one of its shining stars has dropped dead and 'new generation' plants may go with it.

Posted on: Jul 25, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Nuclear energy is a Dark Age technology, defined by unsustainable costs, inefficiencies, eco-destruction, radiation releases and much more.

Posted on: Jun 10, 2010, Source: AlterNet

We just ignited a disaster beyond our technical control. Why are we on the brink of doing it again?

Posted on: Apr 20, 2010, Source: AlterNet

The global grassroots green movement must work to transform the pending climate bill into something that can actually save the planet.

Posted on: Mar 29, 2010, Source: AlterNet

The nuclear industry wants us all to pay hundreds of billions for the joy of living downwind from still more 3 Mile Islands for which they intend to assume no liability.

Posted on: Feb 25, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Over 10 years, the industry has spent $1 million per every U.S. Senator and Representative, plus another $100 million for the White House, courts and media.

Posted on: Feb 17, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Obama has announced some $8.3 billion in loan guarantees for two new reactors planned for Georgia, which are unable to withstand natural cataclysms like hurricanes.

Posted on: Feb 12, 2010, Source: AlterNet

At least 27 of America's 104 aging atomic reactors are known to be leaking radioactive tritium, which is linked to cancer if inhaled or ingested through the throat or skin.

Posted on: Feb 1, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Obama is poised to vastly expand a bitterly contested nuclear loan guarantee program that may cost far more than expected, both financially and politically.

Posted on: Jan 27, 2010, Source: AlterNet

The Supreme Court's atrocious Citizen's United green light for unlimited corporate campaign spending had a willing accomplice -- the American Civil Liberties Union.

Posted on: Jan 14, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Taken together, Mike Roselle and Jeffrey St. Clair are as good as it gets for a green one-two punch.

Posted on: Oct 21, 2009, Source: AlterNet

The Senate bill includes a "Clean Energy Development Administration" that could deliver virtually unlimited federal cash to build new reactors and fund other mega-polluters.

Posted on: Jun 17, 2009, Source: AlterNet

But they fail to address who will pay for and insure them, where will the fuel come from and the waste go and who will protect them from terrorists.

Posted on: Apr 28, 2009, Source: AlterNet

A little-known liability could derail attempts to revive our finances -- federal disaster insurance on 104 rickety atomic reactors.

Posted on: Apr 10, 2009, Source: AlterNet

The latest demand for a $50 billion taxpayer handout to the nuclear power industry has been sleazed into the Senate budget bill.

Posted on: Apr 6, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Thirty years after the melt-down, an Iron Curtain has formed between corporate and independent media, with nuclear power at its center.

Posted on: Mar 30, 2009, Source: AlterNet

We mourn the deaths that accompanied the biggest string of lies ever told in US industrial history.

Posted on: Jan 16, 2009, Source: AlterNet

As FDR did in 1933, Obama must now help end an utterly failed, socially destructive, reactionary crusade against marijuana.

Posted on: Jul 27, 2008, Source: CounterPunch

An unlikely source has dealt a devastating blow to the much-hyped revival of nuclear power: the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Posted on: Jun 25, 2008, Source: Huffington Post

Republicans are funneling billions into the coffers of their oil baron backers; it's no surprise Bush and McCain aren't pushing for renewable energy.

Posted on: Apr 30, 2008, Source: The Free Press

The US Supreme Court has just eliminated the voting rights of tens of thousands who generally vote Democratic.

Posted on: Nov 29, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Nuclear power isn't just an environmental nightmare, it is also a security nightmare. But Congress doesn't seem to take either concern seriously.

Posted on: May 11, 2007, Source: Free Press

From Ohio to Scotland, the controversy over electronic voting machines has become a global phenomenon.

Posted on: Mar 2, 2006, Source: AlterNet

Did 308,000 canceled Ohio voter registrations put Bush back in the White House?

Posted on: Dec 11, 2005, Source: Free Press

New legislation passed by Ohio Republicans may just institutionalize those famous "voting irregularities."

Posted on: Sep 16, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Though few are now talking about it, atomic power is high on the list of realities forever transformed by the terrorist nightmare of September 11.

Posted on: Apr 25, 2000, Source: deleted

As the 10th anniversary of Chernobyl approaches experts say that Chernobyl will ultimately cause roughly a million cancers worldwide. And that will eventually kill even more people -- especially small children -- than died during the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Harvey Wasserman writes: "But no single bomb has held a candle to what happened with deceptive, deafening silence April 26, 1986. Chernobyl was the ultimate historic sucker punch. After 41 years of living in terror from the possibility of a deranged but deliberate weapons exchange, we were blind-sided by a 'peaceful' technology. The best and brightest US and Soviet 'experts' promised such disasters could not happen. They were as wrong as the military madmen who said fallout killed no one at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This appalling anniversary screams out that these reactors -- all of them -- must be shut."