Socialists debate whether nuclear can generate the power needed to improve the economic well-being of the vast majority of people, without carbon emissions.
Some environmentalists want both nuclear power and renewables. Richard Seymour says that’s an evasion. We must choose, and the choice isn’t easy.
In ‘Energy: A Human History,’ Richard Rhodes trivializes the dangers of nuclear power and plunges into the abyss of ecomodernist technobabble.
Eco-modernists promise that technology can solve all environmental problems and provide abundance for all. There is no sustainable way to do that.
Climate & Capitalism readers David Schwartzman and David Walters respond to criticism of Jacobin magazine’s special issue on climate change.
Climate and growth in Vietnam; Tar sands in Quebec; Obama’s emissions plan; Oil-by-rail on trial; Nuclear energy; Climate change and carbon trading
300+ groups write: “It is simply not feasible for nuclear power to be a part of a sustainable, safe and affordable future for humankind.”
Continuing our discussion of nuclear energy, Steve Ongerth of the IWW says it’s no coincidence that many of the same forces that are fighting to deny climate change and hold back renewables are also pushing nuclear power.
Continuing our discussion on atomic energy. Chris Williams says nuclear is no solution to global warming — it’s dangerous, expensive, and can’t be deployed quickly enough.
Michael Friedman says our primary task is not to offer technological solutions to capitalist ills, but to offer social solutions that incorporate the technologies most amenable to our social goals. Nuclear doesn’t fit the bill.
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A contribution to an important debate. Is nuclear power essential or an unacceptable threat?
Some environmentalists champion nuclear power as an answer to global warming. An important new book argues that the dangers far outweigh any benefits.
These nuclear corporations helped to destroy a town and its people. They left behind contaminated land and water and sick and dead residents … and now they are attacking the victims
“We are determined to protect our way of life against the unique and grave threat posed by uranium mining and waste, today and for thousands of years to come.”
Chris Williams:Conscious actions by the ruling elite, not natural causes, led directly to the triple nuclear meltdowns. The decisions they made were dictated by the prime directive of capitalism: there is no higher power than the God of Profit.
“This disaster was predictable and predicted, but happened because of the age-old story of cutting corners to protect profits over people” [Common Dreams, Feb 28, 2012] A new report released today by Greenpeace argues it was neither the 7.1 magnitude earthquake nor the raging tsunami that followed which deserve the real blame for the nuclear disaster at Japan’s […]
“We now stand at a crossroads. We have the choice to break out of the nuclear fuel chain and move towards efficient, renewable and sustainable energy that does not threaten health or environment.” The Global Conference for a Nuclear Power Free World was held at Pacifico Yokohama on 14 and 15 January 2012. 6000 people […]
Report endorsed by MPs from four parties says that governments misled Parliament to win support for new nuclear power stations +++++++++++++ by Fiona Harvey Guardian, January 31, 2012 Ministers misled parliament over the need to build a new fleet of nuclear power stations, distorting evidence and presenting to MPs a false summary of the analysis […]
In Fukushima people discuss radiation levels and how their land has become polluted with an invisible, enduring danger–and how they have become fearful as the government tries to convince them that it is now safe. (more…)