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Elliott Negin
Elliott Negin, the director of news & commentary at the Union of Concerned Scientists, was a foreign news editor at National Public Radio, the managing editor of American Journalism Review, and the editor of Nuclear Times and Public Citizen magazines.

Entries by Elliott Negin

Montana: Big Sky Country, Big Climate Problems

(6) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 9:30 AM

Entomologist Diana Six and some dead whitebark pines in Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, about 40 miles southwest of Butte. (Photo: Krysti Shallenberger)

No matter how far you go on vacation, sometimes you can't get away -- especially if you write about science policy...

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U.S. Nuclear Power Agency Still Playing With Fire

(10) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 3:40 PM

A fire started in Arkansas Nuclear One's electrical switchyard last December after a transformer exploded. It took an hour and a half to bring it under control.

Last week marked the 10th anniversary of a federal reactor fire safety...

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Red States Are Way Ahead of Congress on Global Warming

(25) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 9:35 AM

If lawmakers paid more attention to their constituents than their campaign contributors, there would be more Kumbaya moments like this one on Capitol Hill.

Congress is more deeply divided today than it has been in the last two decades on a wide...

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Industry Complaints About the New EPA Carbon Pollution Rule? We've Heard It All Before

(1) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 10:24 AM

U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue commissioned economic research firm IHS to produce another fact-challenged, anti-environmental study.

The argument industrial polluters and their friends in Congress are making against the new Environmental Protection Agency plan to curb power...

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Nuclear Giant Exelon Blasts Wind

(63) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 9:16 AM

Exelon's Christopher Crane wants Congress to kill a wind tax break, despite the fact the nuclear industry wouldn't be viable today without decades of federal subsidies.

Corporate executives often tout the benefits of competition in a free-market economic system,...

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Nuclear Giant Exelon Launches Front Group to Cover Its Assets

(5) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 10:10 AM

Former Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) is co-chairman of Nuclear Matters, a new front group created by Exelon, the country's largest nuclear plant owner.

Nuclear power, which accounts for 19 percent of the nation's electricity generation, is facing some serious challenges....

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The Time for Wind and Solar Energy Is Now

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2014 | 9:54 AM


The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's latest report, which explores ways to cut carbon emissions, put the world on notice. Despite efforts in the United States, Europe and developing countries such as China to ramp up energy efficiency and renewable...

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Memo to Congress: Protect Public Health, Not Toxic Chemicals

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 10:06 AM

How much would the draft Chemicals in Commerce Act recently proposed by Illinois Rep. John Shimkus (above) protect public health? Not much.

Americans have long been unwitting subjects in an uncontrolled experiment.

For decades, U.S. manufacturers -- with the federal government's...

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Congress Deep-Sixes Flood Insurance Reform

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 9:27 AM


On March 10, 30 members of the new Senate Climate Caucus held an all-night talkathon on the Senate floor to highlight the urgency of global warming. Later that week, all but one voted to roll back a law that actually does something about...

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Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster Warns It Could Happen Here

(32) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 4:01 PM


The U.S. nuclear industry's prospects looked pretty rosy back in February 2011. Republicans had placed the nuclear "renaissance" at the top of their agenda and introduced legislation to streamline regulatory oversight at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Meanwhile, President Obama's fiscal year 2012...

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Coal Baron Digs a Deeper Hole

(2) Comments | Posted February 2, 2014 | 4:11 PM


Robert E. "Bob" Murray, the pugnacious owner of Ohio-based coal giant Murray Energy Corp., keeps his lawyers busy. Besides appealing safety fines, over the past few years his company has sued two news organizations -- the Charleston Gazette and...

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A New Year's Resolution That Saves Money, Improves Health, and Reduces Global Warming Pollution

(3) Comments | Posted January 16, 2014 | 8:31 AM


Only 18 percent of the 140 million Americans who usually make New Year's resolutions keep them, according to the latest stats. But that's still a lot of people. More than 25 million, in fact. And, as you may have guessed, the...

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Who's to Blame for Climate Change?

(153) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 8:14 AM


The Climate Accountability Institute's new study documenting that just 90 companies are responsible for two-thirds of manmade carbon emissions since the Industrial Revolution triggered some pushback in the blogosphere.

Blame the likes of BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil and...

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The Koch Brothers Are Still Trying to Break Wind

(110) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 11:46 PM

Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kansas) is the Koch brothers' point man in the House. (AP photo)

As Congress dithers for the umpteenth time over extending a key subsidy for wind energy, the industry once again is up in the air. Called the...

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Wind Energy Threat to Birds Is Overblown

(131) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 8:07 AM


Wind energy is one of the cleanest, most abundant, sustainable -- and increasingly cost-effective -- ways to generate electricity. It is also one of the fastest growing electricity sources around the globe. In the United States alone, more than 13,000 megawatts...

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Don't Take Federal Science for Granted

(26) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 9:12 AM

The U.S. Army built the first programmable electronic digital computer in the mid-1940s.

There were a spate of news stories last week about the temporary -- and potentially permanent -- damage the federal government shutdown did to science....

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Obama's Upside-Down Nuclear Weapons Policy

(23) Comments | Posted October 17, 2013 | 9:05 AM


At the same time President Obama has been pressing for further reductions in U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)--a semi-autonomous agency within the Department of Energy--is planning to spend $60 billion over the next 25 years to replace existing...

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Small Reactors, Big Hype

(182) Comments | Posted September 26, 2013 | 9:13 AM

Small modular nuclear reactors, such as one above illustrated by Babcock & Wilcox, will bring together components that are housed separately at most larger, conventional plants.

Nuclear power proponents pinning their hopes on small modular nuclear reactors to resurrect the industry's...

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The Oil & Gas Industry's Fractured Fairy Tales

(434) Comments | Posted September 23, 2013 | 9:46 AM


What if I told you that a recent study found that relatively new, unconventional ways to produce oil and gas--horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking"--added an average of $1,200 to U.S. household disposable income in 2012? And that this drilling "revolution,"...

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Dr. Barrasso Goes to Washington ... to Kill Federal Health Protections?

(18) Comments | Posted August 22, 2013 | 9:10 AM

Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso, an orthopedic surgeon, left his medical scruples back home.

Virtually all U.S. medical school students swear fealty to the Hippocratic Oath, which has been updated numerous times since it was written some 2,400 years ago. Like the original,...

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