IN TODAY'S SPECIAL RADIO REPORT: Natural disaster, humanitarian disaster, and now man-made disaster, as 50 nuclear plant workers are all that stand in the way of full nuclear meltdown at Fukushima in Japan ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Politifact says GOP lies about gas prices; 5 myths about EPA agenda; House GOP votes to discard science; CA farmers: pesticides vs. new bike paths; Feb. 2011 the 17th warmest on record; New rare earths mines slated for NM; CA high-speed rail project hits another snag; Photograph farms, go to jail; Air pollution from coal kills 13k a year; Russian heat waves to become more frequent by 2060; Naomi Klein: Global warming & the Shock Doctrine... PLUS: How to get to 100 percent renewables globally by 2050....
STORIES DISCUSSED IN TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- Natural Disaster, Humanitarian Disaster, Man-Made Disaster in Japan:
- UPDATED Live Coverage of Japan's Nuclear Disaster at BRAD BLOG.COM
- PM ADDRESSES NATION: RADIATION LEVELS RISING, EVAC ZONE EXPANDED, FIRE AT UNIT 4, ASKS FOR CALM | THIRD EXPLOSION AS BLAST HEARD AT FUKUSHIMA UNIT 2 (BradBlog.com):
LATEST: PM: 'Radiation levels now danger to human health'
All but 'critical' workers evacuated from plant
Evacuations expanded, citizens asked to remain indoors
Fire at Unit 4
Unit 2 explosion confirmed in suppression chamber
Fuel rods half exposed
Core containment vessel may have been damaged...
- Updated Full Coverage: JAPAN NUCLEAR CRISIS (Kyodo News)
- Japan Faces Potential Nuclear Disaster as Radiation Levels Rise (NY Times) [emphasis added]:
“We are on the brink. We are now facing the worst-case scenario,” said Hiroaki Koide, a senior reactor engineering specialist at the Research Reactor Institute of Kyoto University. “We can assume that the containment vessel at Reactor No. 2 is already breached. If there is heavy melting inside the reactor, large amounts of radiation will most definitely be released.”
- UPDATED: Status of quake-stricken reactors at Fukushima nuclear power plants (Kyodo News)
- Spent nuke fuel pool may be boiling, further radiation leak feared (Kyodo News)
- How a Reactor Shuts Down and What Happens in a Meltdown (Interactive) (NY Times)
- Japan's Nuclear Emergency Explained (UPDATED) (Kate Sheppard, Mother Jones)
- Q&A: Dangers posed by Japan's quake-hit atom plant (Scientific American)
- Millions Saved in Japan By Government Building Codes (Treehugger)
- Millions saved in Japan by good engineering and government building codes (Scienceblogs)
- Seawalls Offered Little Protection Against Tsunami's Crushing Waves (NY Times)
- Crisis in Japan: Earth Institute Reactions (Earth Institute, Columbia Univ.)
- NRC: Fact Sheet on Biological Effects of Radiation (US Nuclear Regulatory Commission)
- CNBC's Larry Kudlow Devalues Human Life With Japan Earthquake Freudian Slip (Vanity Fair)
- Economic & Political Impact: Criticism of Nuclear Energy & Safety Worldwide, While Clean Tech Stocks Jump:
- The Safety of Nuclear Power and Death of the Nuclear Renaissance (Oil Drum)
- Electricity too lethal to meter: So much for all that new nuclear energy we were going to build (Grist)
- Nuclear energy lobbyists scramble on Capitol Hill (CNN)
- S&P Warns Clients of Risks of Nuclear Energy Investments (Reuters)
- Nuclear renaissance melts down over Japan disaster (Globe & Mail UK):
After more than two decades of stagnation, the global nuclear power industry was just coming back to life. Power utilities had launched proposals for more than 300 new reactors, most of them in Asia, and dozens were under construction.
Then came the Japanese nuclear disaster, shocking the world with images of two explosions at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in northeast Japan, near the epicentre of Friday’s earthquake. The disaster threatens to end the nuclear renaissance. A slowdown has already begun.
- Japan disaster could wreak havoc on the global supply chain
- Bingaman wants fast NRC reactor safety review, eyes hearing (The Hill)
- Clean-energy shares jump for 2nd day after Japanese atomic accident (Bloomberg)
- Nuclear Power Stocks Get Killed All Over Again, Japan-Watch (PKN, NUCL, URA, USU, CCJ, SHAW, URRE, GE) (Wall St. 24/7)
- European Leaders Put the Brakes on Nuclear Power --- but Not U.S.:
- European leaders backing away from nuclear power. Obama and DOE's Chu are doubling down on it
- White House says Obama won't back off nuclear energy (The Hill)
- Germany to Reconsider Nuclear Policy: PM Merkel Sets Three-Month 'Moratorium' on Extension of Lifespans (Der Spiegel)
- With 34 Reactors in At Risk Zones, France Wonders If It's Hostage to Nuclear Power (Treehugger):
Those who have long opposed the use of nuclear power have been outspoken in the last few days, presenting the disaster in Japan as a cautionary tale. Cecile Duflot, the National Secretary of the French ecological party Europe Ecologie-Les Verts (whose website bears the headline: "Act Today to Not Be Radioactive Tomorrow") told Reuters: "The nuclear risk cannot realistically be mastered. We are hostages of nuclear power in our own country."
- Nuclear Plants in Europe Are Delayed (NY Times)
- In Light of Fukushima, Switzerland and Germany Say No More Nuclear (Video) (Treehugger)
- Critics Question Safety of US Nuclear Plants, Esp. in Earthquake-Prone California:
- G.O.P. Cuts Could Hit Tsunami Warning System, Foes Say (NY Times)
- Taxpayer Meltdown?: Taxpayers, Not Utilities, Liable for Most of the Bill (National Journal)
- Greg PALAST: Tokyo Electric to Build US Nuclear Plants: The No BS Info on Japan's Disastrous Nuclear Operators (Truthout.org)
- Between BP and Japan, is Barack Obama snakebit on energy policy? (Politico):
President Barack Obama’s energy agenda appears to be jinxed.
While Japan’s nuclear meltdown may be an ocean away, the industry has quickly become the latest example of a policy in peril not long after the White House embraced it.
- Remembering California’s Nuclear Meltdown: Background and context for the nuclear-power crisis in Japan. (Miller-McCune)
- Bingaman wants fast NRC reactor safety review, eyes hearing (The Hill)
- Critics Question Safety at CA Nuclear Plants (Riverside Press-Enterprise)
- Southern Cal. nuke plant is right on water
- SoCal Nuclear Plant Built for 7.0 quake, 25-ft tsunami
'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (Stuff we didn't have time for in today's audio report)...
- Politifact finds Republican claim to be false; Republicans don't give a sh*t (Grist)
- EPA's Jackson lays out five 'fictions' about the agency's agenda (The Hill)
- House GOP rejects amendment that says climate change is occurring (The Hill)
- Rep. Burgess (R-TX) cites unscientific online poll as evidence against climate science (Climate Progress)
- Fresno Co. farmers push to halt new bike paths (b/c their pesticide spraying would make passerby-bikers sick) (High Country News)
- OAA's NCDC: combined global land & ocean avg. surface temperature for Feb. 2011 - 17th warmest on record
- Rare earth mining claims staked out on NM's Otero Mesa (High Country News)
- CA High-Speed Rail Project Suffering Communications Breakdown (High Country News)
- Iowa Bill Would Send You To Jail For 10 Years For Exposing Animal Cruelty on Farms (Treehugger)
- Air Pollution From Power Plants Kills 13,000 People Per Year (Huffington Post Green)
- “My Fear is that Climate Change is the Biggest Crisis of All”: Naomi Klein Warns Global Warming Could Be Exploited by Capitalism and Militarism (Democracy Now!)
- NOAA: Monster crop-destroying Russian heat wave to be once-in-a-decade event by 2060s (or sooner): Exclusive: NCAR's Trenberth challenges the attribution analysis, "Many statements are not justified and are actually irresponsible." (Climate Progress)
- How to get to 100 percent renewables globally by 2050 (Grist)