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West Coast of North America to Be Hit Hard by Fukushima Radiation

Radiation Levels Will Concentrate in Pockets In Baja California and Other West Coast Locations An ocean current called the North Pacific Gyre is bringing Japanese radiation to the West Coast of North America: The leg of the Gyre closest to … Continue reading

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Letting Tepco “Clean Up” Fukushima Is Like Letting a Murderer Do Brain Surgery On a VIP

In 3 Months, Do We Want to Entrust U.S. “National Security” and Perhaps Even “Human Survival” In the Northern Hemisphere to These Guys? If an incompetent doctor killed numerous patients doing routine surgery – and then lied and tried to … Continue reading

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Scientists Gain New Insight Into Climate Change … And What To Do About It

Frack That “Clean natural gas” from fracking has been touted for years as a cure for global warming. But scientists say that fracking pumps out a lot of methane … into both our drinking water and the environment. Methane is … Continue reading

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Nuclear Regulatory Commission Is Using Obviously Faulty Models to Pretend Crumbling Nuclear Reactors Are Safe

Ignoring Basic Engineering Science Puts Us All At Risk Faulty assumptions by America’s financial regulators led to the 2008 crash … and many other disastrous results. Similarly, America’s main nuclear regulator – the Nuclear Regulatory Commission -   made numerous assumptions … Continue reading

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Official: Tepco Plan Could Cause Fukushima Reactor Buildings to “Topple”

Japan’s Nuclear Accident Response Director Warns that Tepco’s Actions Might Cause Reactor Buildings to Collapse Tepco’s ill-considered efforts to change soil permeability and water flow have caused severe problems at the site … including highly radioactive groundwater bubbling up to … Continue reading

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American Nuclear Industry Suffers a Meltdown

American Nuclear Power Fizzles Even though the American government has done everything possible to encourage nuclear power – by wholly subsidizing nuclear power, reducing safety standards after Fukushima, forcing Japan to re-start its nuclear program, covering up the severity of … Continue reading

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You Won’t BELIEVE What’s Going On at Fukushima Right Now

Tepco Has No Idea How to Stabilize the Reactors You’ve heard bad news about Fukushima recently. But it’s worse than you know. The Wall Street Journal notes that radiation levels outside the plant are likely higher than inside the reactor: … Continue reading

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Radiation Levels Skyrocket at Fukushima

Painting by Jonathan Raddatz The Accident Is NOT Contained Record high levels of radioactive tritium have been observed in the harbor at Fukushima. Japan Times notes: The density of radioactive tritium in samples of seawater from near the Fukushima No. … Continue reading

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Is Your Smart Meter Spying On You?

  Preface: The original intent of smart meters may been good … conserve energy by setting up a “smart grid” to maximize the efficiency of energy distribution. But there are questions about potential health effects from smart meters.  And – … Continue reading

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The American “Nuclear Renaissance” Is Over: “The Change in Nuclear’s Fortunes is Staggering” … a Horrible “Cauldron of Events” Has [Brought] the Nuclear Push to a Standstill”

American Nuclear Power Suffers Series of Setbacks CNBC reports: Once touted as a successor, or at least a competitor, to carbon-based power, the nuclear sector has taken a beating as the momentum behind new projects stalls and enthusiasm for domestic … Continue reading

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Tech Breakthrough: Will Open Air Plasma Pave the Way for Practical Fusion Energy?

Exclusive Interview Regarding Exciting Breakthrough University of Missouri engineer Randy Curry has made a fascinating technology breakthrough: the ability to transmit high-energy plasma through the air. The University’s website reports: University of Missouri engineer Randy Curry and his team have … Continue reading

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Government Reacts to Fukushima Radiation Crisis By Raising Acceptable Radiation Standards … Instead of Fixing Anything

Just Like the Financial Crisis, the Gulf Oil Spill, and All Other Crises, Government Covers Up Instead of Addressing the Real Problems 2 weeks after the Fukushima accident, we reported that the government responded to the nuclear accident by trying … Continue reading

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Nuclear Is NOT a Low-Carbon Source of Energy

Why Do People Claim that Nuclear Power is a Low-Carbon Source of Energy? Even well-known, well-intentioned scientists sometimes push bad ideas.   For example, well-known scientists considered pouring soot over the Arctic in the 1970s to help melt the ice – … Continue reading

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Exxon Mobil Cleans Up Major Tar Sands Oil Spill with PAPER TOWELS

(The above is video shot by a local resident in Mayflower, Arkansas.) And take a look at these must-see pictures of the spill. No one is admitting how much oil was released.  Instead, the FAA declared a no fly zone … Continue reading

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Fukushima Falling Apart … Because Plant Operator Has No Incentive to Spend Money to Fix It

Mainstream Media Awakens to the fact that Fukushima Is Still a Total Mess After visiting Fukushima a year ago, Senator Ron Wyden warned that the situation was worse than reported … and urged Japan to accept international help to stabilize … Continue reading

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For the Price of the Iraq War, The U.S. Could Have a 100% Renewable Power System

What Are We Choosing for Our Future? Wind energy expert Paul Gipe reported this week that – for the amount spent on the Iraq war – the U.S. could be generating 40%-60% of its electricity with renewable energy: Disregarding the … Continue reading

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Nuclear Plant Operator’s Recklessness Leads to Massive New Leaks

Massive New Water Leaks at Fukushima An official Japanese Parliamentary inquiry found that recklessness by the operator of the Fukushima nuclear reactors caused the Fukushima disaster. Tepco subsequently admitted as much. Tepco’s recklessness – and nickel-and-diming cheapness – in dealing … Continue reading

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Former U.S. Nuclear Chief: American Nuclear Plants Should Be Phased Out — “Can’t Guarantee Against Accident Causing Widespread Land Contamination”

Nuclear Regulators Just “Rolling the Dice” Energy intelligence reports: Former Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Chairman Gregory Jaczko says that the current fleet of operating plants in the US should be phased out because regulators can’t guarantee against an accident causing … Continue reading

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Fukushima: Massive Leaks Continuing On a Daily Basis … For Years On End

Is Fukushima Leaking … Or Are the Reactors Wholly Uncontained? You may have heard that Tepco – the operator of the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plants – announced a large leak of radioactive water. You may have heard that the … Continue reading

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Study: 28% Increase In Thyroid Problems In Babies Born After Fukushima in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington

Is Fukushima Causing Health Problems In the United States? Infants are much more vulnerable to radiation than adults. And see this. However, radiation safety standards are set based on the assumption that everyone in the world is a healthy man … Continue reading

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(Updated) Ending Nuclear Power DECREASED Carbon Dioxide Output In Germany

  Nuclear Power INCREASES Carbon Dioxide There has been a tremendous amount of voodoo science pushing the claim that radiation isn’t harmful.  (It is.) Similarly, a new report published by Environmental Science & Technology claims that nuclear power saves more … Continue reading

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Arkansas Hit with Nuclear Accident AND Major Oil Spill

Arkansas Nuclear One Reactor and ExxonMobil Pipeline Both Suffer Major Accidents The Arkansas Nuclear One nuclear reactor – operated by Entergy – suffered an accident yesterday which killed one and injured 8 workers. The plant vented steam to cool the … Continue reading

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Fake Science Alert: Fukushima Radiation Can’t Be Compared to Bananas or X-Rays

Nuclear Energy Apologists Are Going Bananas Nuclear apologists pretend that people are exposed to more radiation from bananas than from Fukushima. But the EPA explains: The human body is born with potassium-40 [the type of radiation found in bananas] in … Continue reading

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Is Fukushima Radiation Causing the Epidemic of Dead and Starving Sea Lions In California?

Painting by Jonathan Raddatz  What’s Causing the Mass Die-Off and Starvation of California Sea Lions? Associated Press reports: At island rookeries off the Southern California coast, 45 percent of the pups born in June have died, said Sharon Melin, a … Continue reading

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Was the Iraq War About Grabbing Oil … Or Keeping It Off the Market?

Was the Real Purpose of the Iraq War to Restrict Oil … So As to Raise Oil Prices? U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, 4-Star General (and CENTCOM commander with responsibility for Iraq) John Abizaid, Fed boss Alan Greenspan, President … Continue reading

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Congress Passes “Monsanto Rider”, Pushing Genetically Modified Foods Onto Our Plates

Painting by Anthony Freda: www.AnthonyFreda.com. … And Stripping Courts of Power We warned a little more than a week ago that Congress was poised to pass a bill that would make it more likely that genetically modified food ends up … Continue reading

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Fukushima Spews More Radiation … Due to Tepco’s Carelessness

Fukushima Still Pumping Out Massive Amounts of Radiation Power was lost to the cooling systems to virtually all of the spent fuel pools at Fukushima for more than a day. Some of these fuel pools have lost containment, and are … Continue reading

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Action Alert: We Have 1 Week Or Less to Stop Genetically Engineered Foods and Destruction of the Separation of Powers

Painting by Anthony Freda: www.AnthonyFreda.com. Bill Would Strip Courts of Power … And Push Genetically Modified Foods Onto Our Plates America has been decimated by the breakdown of the separation of powers between different branches of government. For example, the … Continue reading

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A Nuclear Accident Could Cost Trillions of Dollars and Bankrupt Us

Socialism for the Rich … But Taxpayers Eat the Losses We’ve reported for years that – according to government reports and mainstream media – a nuclear catastrophe could cost ten trillion dollars or more (many times more than the insurance … Continue reading

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Want to Reduce the Debt? Cut the Billions a Year In Nuclear Subsidies

We Could Offset the Need for the “Sequestration” Budget Cuts By Stopping Nuclear Subsidies We’ve previously documented that even top nuclear executives admit that nuclear energy is expensive, and only survives due to massive government subsidies. Time noted in 2008: … Continue reading

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2 Year Anniversary of Fukushima: The Accident Is NOT Contained

Worse Than Ever? Nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen said today that the containment vessel at Fukushima reactor 2 has a large crack in it. Reactors 1, 2 and 3 all exploded. BBC reports today: They know very little about what’s going … Continue reading

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Nuclear Expert: “The Melted Core Cracked The Containment Vessel … There Really Is No Containment” At Fukushima Reactors

Nuclear Cores and Spent Fuel Pools Have Both Lost Containment Steven Starr – Director of the Clinical Laboratory Science Program at the University of Missouri/Senior Scientist at Physicians for Social Responsibility – said: The Japanese basically lied about what happened … Continue reading

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Scorecard: How Many Rights Have Americans REALLY Lost?

Painting by Anthony Freda: www.AnthonyFreda.com How Many Constitutional Freedoms Do We Still Have? Preface: While a lot of people talk about the loss of our Constitutional liberties, people usually speak in a vague, generalized manner … or focus on only … Continue reading

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Food Manufacturers are Fraudulently Diluting High-Quality Food with Inferior Quality Junk

Some of the Fake Ingredients Added to Food May be DANGEROUS In a predictable trend, food manufacturers are fraudulently diluting high-quality food with inferior quality items. As ABC News reports: A new scientific examination by the non-profit food fraud detectives … Continue reading

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Mainstream Leaders Say Blogs Are Valuable News Sources

The President of the United States, Head of the Federal Reserve and Others Say Blogs Are Good Sources of News President Obama said: Blogs are best at debunking myths that can slip through a lot of the traditional media outlets. … Continue reading

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Government to Dispose of Radioactive Waste By Putting It In Our SILVERWARE

www.andrelassen.com* Department of Energy Wants to Let Radioactive Scrap Metal Back into Consumer Products The overwhelming scientific consensus is that any amount of radiation – no matter how small – can cause cancer and other serious health effects. (Current safety … Continue reading

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Huge New Slick at Site of BP’s 2010 Gulf Oil Spill

Wings of Care provided new photos of an oil slick in the area of the Gulf oil spill, noting: Here is the large surface slick that has been sitting over the Macondo area since last autumn, with as yet no … Continue reading

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NASA: We May Be On the Verge of a “Mini-Maunder” Event

Is a Planetary Cooling Spell Straight Ahead? All climate scientists agree that the sun affects Earth’s climate to some extent.   They only disagree about whether or not the effect from the sun is minor compared to man-made causes. We noted … Continue reading

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Fukushima “Decontamination” Measures Are Making Things WORSE

Corruption and Cover-Up Lead to SPREAD – Rather than Containment – of Radiation from Fukushima Disaster We’ve previously noted: Japan has severely underplayed the amount of radiation from Fukushima, putting Japanese residents and U.S. navy sailors in jeopardy Experts call … Continue reading

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American Sailors Sue Tepco for Lying about Fukushima

On the USS Ronald Reagan for Rescue Work Preface:  Before you get too mad at the Japanese, remember that the U.S. government and nuclear industry are just as bad.  And America is largely dictating Japanese nuclear policy. Courthouse News Service … Continue reading

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Tokyo Almost As Irradiated As Fukushima

Tepco – and West Coast of America – Slammed with Radiation We’ve documented the spread of radiation from Fukushima to Tokyo for a year and a half.  See this, this, this, this, this and this. Unfortunately, as the following recent … Continue reading

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A Case to Indict Barack Obama

Preface: Background here. Guest post by investigative historian Eric Zuesse, author – most recently – of They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity. I am a proud Democrat, and … Continue reading

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Amazing Chi Energy “Iron Shirt” Demonstrations

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7.3 Earthquake Rattles Fukushima

Government Warns 8.0 Quake Possible A 7.3 earthquake hit near Fukushima. That is large earthquake … bigger than the 1989 San Francisco earthquake (But it is much smaller than last year’s 9.0 Japanese earthquake, which produced almost 1,000 times more … Continue reading

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Preventing Armageddon Would Cost Only $100 Million … But Congress Is Too Thick to Approve the Fix

Government Spends Tens of Trillions On Unnecessary, Harmful Projects … But Won’t Spend $100 Million to Prevent the Greatest Threat The government has thrown tens of trillions of dollars at the big banks, even though bailing out the big banks … Continue reading

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War in Gaza = War Over Natural Gas?

Israel v. Palestine: Yet Another Gas War? We extensively documented that the wars in the Middle East and North Africa are largely about oil and gas.  (Update: Iran has just started building its gas pipeline to Syria.) As Professor Michel … Continue reading

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Meta-Review of 46 Studies: Even the Lowest-Level Radiation Is Damaging to Human Health

Even Miniscule Amounts of Radiation Can Be Dangerous A major new scientific study proves that low-level radiation can cause huge health problems. Science Daily reports: Even the very lowest levels of radiation are harmful to life, scientists have concluded in … Continue reading

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New Mile-Long Oil Slick from BP’s Gulf Macondo Well

Debunks BP’s Claim for Source of Leaking Oil The Times-Picayune reported Wednesday: An overflight inspection of the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster site 40 miles south of Grand Isle this past weekend found a new, mile-long oil sheen, which has prompted … Continue reading

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BP Hit with the Largest Criminal Penalty In U.S. History Over Gulf Oil Spill

BP Employees Indicted for Manslaughter and Lying to Federal Investigators As we’ve documented for years, BP was criminally negligent in connection with the Gulf oil spill, and has gone to great lengths to cover up the scope of the disaster … Continue reading

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Major Study: Exposure to Low-Level Radiation Can Cause Leukemia

Numerous Studies Show that Low-Level Exposure Causes Cancer Japan Times reports: Protracted exposure to low-level radiation is associated with a significant increase in the risk of leukemia, according to a long-term study published Thursday in a U.S. research journal. The … Continue reading

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Time: “Superstorm Sandy’s Unexpected Wrath Makes a Powerful Case For Revisiting Fukushima and the Dangers to Nuclear Energy From Natural Disasters”

Conditions at 3 US Reactors Were Similar to What Caused the Fukushima Disaster We barely dodged a nuclear crisis from Hurricane Sandy at the Oyster Creek, Nine Mile and Salem plants. For example, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission confirmed loss of … Continue reading

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The FDA Doesn’t Even TEST the Safety of Genetically Engineered Foods

GMO Food Producers “Voluntarily Consult”, But There Is NO Real Safety Testing Many people assume that the Food and Drug Administration tests genetically engineered foods for safety. But as USA Today reports: Q: Does the FDA test these foods before … Continue reading

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Bulletin of Atomic Scientists: Dropping Nuclear Power Brought Economic and Environmental Benefits to Germany

Case Study Proves that Nuclear Is Bad for the Economy and Environment We’ve previously documented that nuclear power is expensive and bad for the environment.  Investing in nuclear technology crowds out developing clean energy.   And people that think that nuclear … Continue reading

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Oyster Creek Nuclear Plant Exits Alert Status

Everything Apparently Back to Normal The floodwaters receded, and Oyster Creek nuclear plant is back to normal. The Director of the Office of Public Affairs at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission sent us (and probably a lot of other writers)  the … Continue reading

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There Are THREE – Not One – Wellheads at BP’s Macondo Gulf Oil Spill Site

Update: The two additional wells shown in the video might be relief wells drilled after the BP accident.  Even if that ends up being the case, the points raised by Dr. Bea and BK Lim are still worth considering. BP … Continue reading

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Fuel Pool Crisis Narrowly Averted at Oyster Creek Nuclear Plant

Problems at 4 Other Nuclear Plants … Apparently None Were Severe We reported last Friday that Hurricane Sandy could cause problems at Oyster Creek, Salem, Indian Point, Limerick and other nuclear plants in the Northeast. We noted yesterday that Oyster … Continue reading

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Nuclear Regulatory Commission Declares Alert at Oyster Creek Nuclear Plant

Alert Issued at Oldest Nuclear Plant in the U.S. As we explained earlier today, the Oyster Creek plant in New Jersey is most likely to be affected by Hurricane Sandy. At around 8:30 p.m. tonight, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission … Continue reading

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Manhattan Subway Floods … Cars Float Down Wall Street

New York City Swamped by Hurricane Sandy As of 8:48 p.m. East Coast time, the tide height at New York Harbor at the Battery is 13.72 feet … and rising: This is not only more than 7 feet above flood … Continue reading

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Hurricane Sandy May Score a Direct Hit On Spent Fuel Pools at Nuclear Plant

New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut Nuclear Plants In Path of Storm Preface:  We hope and expect that the severity of the hurricane is being overblown, and that the nuclear plants in the Northeast will ride out the storm without any … Continue reading

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New Video Contradicts BP Claim About Oil Spill

BP Continues to Hide Potential Oil Leak from Seafloor In response to the outcry about new oil leaking from BP’s Gulf macondo field, BP sent a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) down to the seafloor to investigate the source of the … Continue reading

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More than a Dozen Nuclear Plants Near Hurricane Sandy’s Path Brace for Impact

North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and Connecticut Bloomberg reports: “Because of the size of [Hurricane Sandy], we could see an impact to coastal and inland plants,” Neil Sheehan, a spokesman based in Philadelphia for the U.S. … Continue reading

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Earthquake-Causing Fracking to Be Allowed within 500 FEET of Nuclear Plants

Nuclear Plants Vulnerable to Earthquakes The American government has officially stated that fracking can cause earthquakes. Some fracking companies now admit this fact The scientific community agrees. See this, this, this, this and this. Earthquakes can – of course – … Continue reading

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Fukushima Update: Unit 4 Is Sinking … Unevenly

… And May Begin Tilting The spent fuel pool at Fukushima Unit 4 is the top short-term threat to humanity, and is a national security issue for America. As such, it is disturbing news that the ground beneath unit 4 … Continue reading

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NRC Whistleblowers: Risk of Nuclear Melt-Down In U.S. Is Even HIGHER Than It Was at Fukushima

Massive Cover-Up of Risks from Flooding to Numerous U.S. Nuclear Facilities Numerous American nuclear reactors are built within flood zones: As one example, on the following map (showing U.S. nuclear power plants built within earthquake zones), the red lines indicate … Continue reading

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BP Oil Spill: Case NOT Closed

BP Says Everything Is Fine … Scientists Aren’t So Sure Today, BP and the Coast Guard attributed the new oil sheen to a leak from the “cofferdam”. We will give some background on what the cofferdam is, and then explain … Continue reading

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Tepco Admits It Knew of Problems at Fukushima BEFORE the Earthquake Hit

Tepco Finally Comes Clean … But Tries to Blame Anti-Nuclear Movement Ever since the Japanese earthquake hit a year and a half ago, we have reported on Tepco’s criminal negligence in failing to prevent the Fukushima disaster. See this, this … Continue reading

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No, the Gulf Oil “Sheen” Is Not Oil Coming from the BP Wreckage

BP’s Explanation Is Incorrect Now that the new oil “sheen” has been confirmed by the government as coming from BP’s crippled Macondo well, BP’s fallback position is that the new sheen is just oil leaking from the wreckage of the … Continue reading

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A Primer On the REAL Global Geopolitical Battle

Are the Wars in the Middle East and North Africa Really About Oil? The Iraq war was really about oil, according to Alan Greenspan, John McCain, George W. Bush, Sarah Palin, a high-level National Security Council officer and others. Dick … Continue reading

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The AMERICAN Government Is Dictating Japanese Nuclear Policy

Americans Are Largely Responsible for Japan’s Ongoing Nuclear Policy We’ve repeatedly slammed the Japanese government for corruption in allowing unsafe nuclear reactors and covering up the severity of the Fukushima disaster. But – as this article shows – the American … Continue reading

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NEW 4-Mile Long Oil Slick Near BP’s Gulf Oil Well

BP’s Macondo Well May Leak for Years CNN reports: An oil sheen about four miles long has appeared in the Gulf of Mexico near the site of the worst oil spill in U.S. history, a Coast Guard spokesman said Thursday. … Continue reading

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Top Nuclear Experts: Technology Doesn’t Yet Exist to Clean Up Fukushima

Containing Fukushima Is Beyond Current Technology World-renowned physicist Michio Kaku said recently: It will take years to invent a new generation of robots able to withstand the radiation. (The radiation inside the reactors is too hot even for robots.) AP reports: … Continue reading

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AMERICAN Government Forces Re-Start of Japanese Nuclear Reactors

Americans Are Largely Responsible for Japan’s Ongoing Nuclear Policy Archaic nuclear reactor designs such as those used at Fukushima – built by American company General Electric – were chosen because they were good for making nuclear bombs.   The U.S. … Continue reading

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Fukushima Radiation: Japan Irradiates the West Coast of North America

Painting by Jonathan Raddatz Radiation from Japan’s nuclear accident has turned up in seaweed on the coasts of California, Washington and other parts of the West Coast of North America. The ocean is so big … how could this be … Continue reading

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Scientific Paper: “The Fukushima Radioactive Plume Contaminated the Entire Northern Hemisphere During a Relatively Short Period of Time”

“Little Dissipation Occurred … Due to the Nature of the Rapid Global Air Circulation System” We warned mere days after the Japanese earthquake that the West Coast of North America could be hit with radiation. Our concerns – unfortunately – … Continue reading

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Nuclear Regulatory Commission Engineers Charge Government Coverup: Reactor Meltdown “Absolute Certainty” If Dam Fails … 100s of Times More Likely than Tsunami that Hit Fukushima

Massive Cover-Up of Risks from Flooding to Numerous U.S. Nuclear Facilities Numerous American nuclear reactors are built within flood zones: As one example, on the following map (showing U.S. nuclear power plants built within earthquake zones), the red lines indicate … Continue reading

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Russia Dumped 19 Radioactive Ships Plus 14 Nuclear Reactors Into the Ocean

Government Dumping of Nuclear Waste Still Poses a Threat … Decades Later Governments – including both Russia and the United States – have been covering up nuclear meltdowns for 50 years and covering up the dangers of radiation for 67 … Continue reading

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Radiation Danger Covered Up Ever Since Nuclear Weapons Invented

Government Has Been Covering up Radiation Danger for 67 Years The U.S. and other governments have been covering up nuclear meltdowns for fifty years to protect the nuclear power industry. It turns out that the U.S. tried to cover up … Continue reading

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America’s Great 2012 Drought

As Bad as During the 1930s Dust Bowl? The progress of the drought has been horrific: The current drought is covering almost as much of the U.S. as during the 1930s dust bowl: As the Weather Channel  pointed out last … Continue reading

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Nobel Prize Winning Economist: Core Problem Is Too Much Centralization … In Both Government AND the Private Sector

Leading Economist: Centralization Is the Problem Nobel prize winning economist Ed Prescott has previously said that we have to break up the big banks. Prescott notes in a new interview that centralization – of either government or banking – is … Continue reading

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Nuclear Industry Routinely Forces Workers to Disable their Radiation Detectors

Criminal Fraud in the Nuclear Industry One of Japan’s leading newspapers – Asahi – reports: The long and the short of it is this: Nuclear power plants probably would not operate properly in Japan if workers were not willing to … Continue reading

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Radiation On West Coast of North America Could End Up Being 10 Times HIGHER than in Japan

In 10 Years, Peak Cesium Levels Off West Coast Could Be 10 Times Higher Than at Coast of Japan We’ve extensively documented the fact that ocean currents bring Japanese radiation to the West Coast of North America, and that – … Continue reading

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Japanese Parliamentary Inquiry: Fukushima Disaster Caused by “Collusion” Among Government, Regulators and Tepco

Official Investigation Found Earthquake Caused Damage, Reactor Design Dangerous … It Was a “Man-Made” Disaster Experts have noted for well over a year that the Fukushima reactors were damaged by the earthquake before the tsunami hit, showing that the entire … Continue reading

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Massive Protests Against Tomorrow’s Restart of Japanese Nuclear Reactor

Above is livestream from the protests outside the Ohi nuclear plant, which is slated to be restarted tomorrow. This comes on the heels of massive anti-nuclear protests outside of the prime minister’s office in Tokyo … the largest in 50 … Continue reading

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Radioactive “Dirt” Hits Tokyo

Tokyo Residents: Don’t Touch the Black or Blue Dirt Fukushima has been decimated by radiation. But Fukushima City has less than 300,000 residents.  And all of Fukushima prefecture has 2 million.  On the other hand, greater Tokyo – the world’s … Continue reading

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Due to International Pressure, Tepco Agrees to Start Removing Radioactive Fuel from Fukushima Fuel Pool a Year Early

Good News … For a Change Tepco was going to wait until late 2013 to even begin to start addressing the greatest threat to humanity. There is some good news. Specifically – due to international pressure – Tepco has agreed … Continue reading

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Estimating the Potential Impact of Failure of the Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4 Spent Fuel Pool

What Would Be the Fallout from an Accident at Fukushima’s Fuel Pools? Dr. Paul Gailey sent me the following email: Because so many claims were flying around with regard to Fukushima’s spent fuel pool number 4, we performed a technical … Continue reading

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Previously-Secret 1955 Government Report Concluded that Ocean May Not Adequately Dilute Radiation from Nuclear Accidents

Fukushima Likely to Produce “Pockets” and “Streams” of Highly-Concentrated Radiation The operator of the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant has been dumping something like a thousand tons per day of radioactive water into the Pacific ocean. Remember, the reactors are “riddled … Continue reading

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“Absolutely Every One” – 15 Out of 15 – Bluefin Tuna Tested In California Waters Contaminated with Fukushima Radiation

California Fish Contaminated with Fukushima Radiation We noted more than a year ago: The ocean currents head from Japan to the West Coast of the U.S. *** Of course, fish don’t necessarily stay still, either. For example, the Telegraph notes … Continue reading

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Fraud and Earthquake Risks at California Nuclear Plants Jeopardize Safety

Fraud Makes Nuclear Plant Unsafe California’s San Onofre nuclear plant suffered a “very significant” event in February: a steam tube rupture and nuclear leak.  The plant has been shut down ever since. In fact, San Onofre has been riddled with … Continue reading

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Nuclear Cheerleaders Use Voodoo Science to Pretend Low Levels of Radiation Are Safe … Or Even Good For You

Department of Energy Pretends that Low Levels of Radiation Are Safe Dr. Peter Karamoskos – a nuclear radiologist and a public representative on the radiation health committee of the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency – wrote in the … Continue reading

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Oil Companies Buy Oil at West Texas Intermediary Price, and then Sell It at the Higher Brent Crude Price Used In Europe

  We noted yesterday that major U.S. oil companies are artificially raising gas prices to U.S. consumers by using the European Brent crude oil pricing yardstick. USA Today touched on one side of this issue in February: For the first … Continue reading

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The U.S. Is Now EXPORTING Refined Petroleum Products, But the Oil Companies Are Gaming the System By Switching To a Different Benchmark to Keep U.S. Fuel Prices HIGH … And the Keystone Pipeline Will Create Even HIGHER U.S. Prices

Big Oil Is Gaming the System to Keep Domestic U.S. Prices High Leah McGrath Goodman – who has written for the Financial Times, Barron’s, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and Fortune – notes that the U.S. is now an exporter … Continue reading

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Scientists: Dinosaur Farts Caused Global Warming

Did Dinosaur Farts Cause Global Warming? The Telegraph noted in 2010 that scientists believe that wooly mammoth farts helped create a warming period 13,000 years ago: Mammoths helped to fill the atmosphere with methane and keep the Earth warm more … Continue reading

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Senator: Fukushima Fuel Pool Is a National Security Issue for AMERICA

Fukushima Fuel Pools Are an American National Security Issue After visiting Fukushima, Senator Ron Wyden warned that the situation was worse than reported … and urged Japan to accept international help to stabilize dangerous spent fuel pools. An international coalition of … Continue reading

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Our Country Is Being Fracked by the Merger of Government and Big Business

The Government Is Using Its Police Powers to Protect Fracking Fracking is polluting water all over the country. A new study published in the journal Ground Water predicts that the highly-toxic fluids used in fracking can migrate to aquifers within … Continue reading

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Report: Repeated Low Doses of Radiation Can Cause More Damage than High Doses

Can Low Doses of Radiation Cause More Damage than High Doses? The New York Times’ Matthew Wald reports today: The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists[’] May-June issue carries seven articles and an editorial on the subject of low-dose radiation, a … Continue reading

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The Best Way to Stop the Melting of Arctic Ice and Himalyan Glaciers: Reduce Soot

“The Only Way to Significantly Slow Arctic Warming Over the Next Two Decades” Preface: Climate activists and skeptics can agree on 6 things. This is one of them. Professor Mark Jacobson – director of Stanford’s Atmosphere and Energy Program and … Continue reading

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Mad Cow Found in California … Because Cows Are Being Fed Blood, Animal Parts and Feces

Image by William Banzai Cows Being Fed Blood, Animal Parts and Feces … So More Cases of Mad Cow Are Guaranteed A central California cow tested positive for mad cow disease. As we’ve previously noted, the government’s policy is ensuring … Continue reading

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Are We Smart Enough to Survive … Or Will Humanity Win a Darwin Award?

Are We Smart Enough to Survive As a Species? The Darwin Award is a humorous award for people who kill themselves by doing really stupid things. Will humanity as a whole win a Darwin Award? We’ve sounded the alarm for … Continue reading

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The Hidden Influence of the Nuclear Lobby on Climate Change Legislation

Is The Nuclear Lobby Behind Bad Climate Legislation? Nuclear power is expensive and bad for the environment. Investing in nuclear technology crowds out developing clean energy. But the nuclear industry spends huge sums on lobbying.  Indeed, it spends more on … Continue reading

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