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Ellen Cantarow

Entries by Ellen Cantarow

A Fukushima on the Hudson?

(18) Comments | Posted March 31, 2016 | 12:02 PM

The Growing Dangers of Indian Point Cross-posted with

It was a beautiful spring day and, in the control room of the nuclear reactor, the workers decided to deactivate the security system for a systems test. As they started to do so, however, the...

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Dirty Energy vs. Clean Power: The Past Battles the Future at Seneca Lake

(25) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 10:52 AM

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Let’s amend the famous line from Joni Mitchell’s “Yellow Taxi” to fit this moment in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. There, Big Energy seems determined to turn paradise, if not into a parking lot, then into a massive storage area for...

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The Passing of a Great Man

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 10:35 PM

When I am not writing, I am an amateur pianist and singer. My greatest teacher -- greater than any of the faculty in my undergraduate years at Wellesley College, which is renowned for its teachers -- and a very dear friend, was also a great human being. Readers should look...

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Giant Gas Pipeline to Flank NY Nuclear Plant

(92) Comments | Posted April 25, 2015 | 6:32 PM

A very large gas pipeline will soon skirt the Indian Point Energy Center (IPEC), an aging nuclear power plant that stands in the town of Cortlandt in Westchester County, New York, 30 miles north of Manhattan. The federal agencies that have permitted the project have bowed to two corporations --...

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Is Fracking About to Arrive on Your Doorstep?

(5) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 8:38 AM

No Pipe Dream

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For the past several years, I’ve been writing about what happens when big oil and gas corporations drill where people live. “Fracking” -- high-volume hydraulic fracturing, which extracts oil and methane from deep shale -- has become my beat....

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The Downwinders

(63) Comments | Posted May 2, 2013 | 10:49 AM

Fracking Ourselves to Death in Pennsylvania

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More than 70 years ago, a chemical attack was launched against Washington State and Nevada. It poisoned people, animals, everything that grew, breathed air, and drank water. The Marshall Islands were also struck. This formerly pristine Pacific...

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Frack Fight

(90) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 8:45 AM

A Secret War of Activists -- With the World in the Balance

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There’s a war going on that you know nothing about between a coalition of great powers and a small insurgent movement.  It’s a secret war being waged in the shadows...

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How Rural America Got Fracked

(18) Comments | Posted May 21, 2012 | 11:53 AM

The Environmental Nightmare You Know Nothing About

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If the world can be seen in a grain of sand, watch out.  As Wisconsinites are learning, there’s money (and misery) in sand -- and if you’ve got the right kind, an oil company may...

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(54) Comments | Posted January 23, 2012 | 11:44 AM

Fracking Gets Its Own Occupy Movement

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This is a story about water, the land surrounding it, and the lives it sustains. Clean water should be a right: there is no life without it. New York is what you...

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Energy Is Ugly: Tar Sands Make Their Mark

(39) Comments | Posted April 7, 2011 | 1:50 PM

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For years, “not in my backyard” has been the battle cry of residents in Cape Cod who stand opposed to an offshore wind farm in Nantucket Sound.  The giant turbines will forever mar the beauty of the landscape, they say. 

Energy is ugly.  Some...

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Big Oil Makes War on the Earth

(18) Comments | Posted July 19, 2010 | 2:24 PM

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If you live on the Gulf Coast, welcome to the real world of oil -- and just know that you’re not alone.  In the Niger Delta and the Ecuadorian Amazon, among other places, your emerging hell has been the living hell of local populations for...

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A Portrait of Nonviolent Resistance in One Palestinian Village

(36) Comments | Posted December 8, 2009 | 4:42 PM

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At no time since its 1967 West Bank occupation have Israel’s seizures of Palestinian land and water resources seemed as shocking as the ones attending its construction of “the wall,” begun in 2002. Vast, complex, and shifting in form, the wall appears...

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