Although the Missouri River floods threatening Nebraska's Ft. Calhoun and Cooper nuclear power plants will put tremendous stress on both the systems and their operators, the immediate risk of a meltdown like Fukushima is small.
We can already suspect that Dimon's legacy will be written with the words "Jamie didn't know." Given the level of corporate malfeasance in his organization during his tenure as CEO, it seems that he's been a remarkably unobservant executive.
It's no surprise that much information received about how the crisis at Fukushima unfolded has been kept away from traditional and social media as long as possible. In the end, however, the truth does come out.
There may be a 'Japan Spring' emerging not only due to being told partial truths, but also because a comprehensive system for measuring radiation in food does not exist. How long will be before everyone has their own Geiger counter at the dinner table?
Documentaries tell us who we are, what our world is about, and give us the truth. But more and more these filmmakers find themselves, especially in the US, attacked by layer upon layer of lawsuits funded by corporations with deep pockets.
The storage pool failures at Fukushima are highly relevant to America. The United States currently has about 65,000 metric tons of spent nuclear fuel. More than two-thirds of that waste is stored in storage pools much like those at Fukushima.
Emissions dropped in 2009, but research now shows they rebounded quickly in 2010, setting a new all-time record. Economist Nicholas Stern said emissions are "now close to being back on a 'business as usual' path."
With Japanese government guidelines permitting youngsters to be exposed to "radiation doses that exceed twenty times the previously allowable level," parents have become proactive about the nuclear crisis.
Merkel's decision could have a ripple effect for the nuclear industry worldwide, given that Germany is the largest developed country to phase out nuclear energy, and could prove useful for a rethink of U.S. nuclear energy policy.
Despite Japanese government assurances that contaminated water would disperse in the ocean, the truth is that there is a significant, ongoing discharge from the damaged plant and it is having a damaging effect on marine life.
Ensuring nuclear safety is always challenging. We cannot guarantee the prevention of every possible accident and we seem to only make news when there are issues. But that is precisely our job -- to find problems and ensure they are resolved.
Before long, nuclear will no longer be a low-cost option for even Asia's most rapidly growing electricity markets. The U.S. is obviously not going to build many new nuclear plants but time is running out to jump on the clean-energy bandwagon.