On too many occasions, politics and vested interests have trumped the solid scientific evidence we need to help make decisions at the state and federal level. Here, from the Got Science desk, is a roundup of the month's top five reasons it's high time to stand up for science.
Exelon's brazenly dishonest campaign against wind and other renewables has outraged environmentalists and nuclear watchdog groups. But it also has aroused the ire of some of its own industry fraternity members.
Nuclear Matters is just the latest gambit of a very powerful political player. Over the last five years, Exelon has spent millions on political candidates and tens of millions on lobbying, and has taken advantage of its close ties with the Obama administration to weaken or stymie stronger nuclear plant safeguards.
Just because the proposal is located in the ocean, presumably out of sight, it must not be out of mind. The reviews and guarantees must be more strict, not less. There is much at stake, not just the health and safety of human life, but the health and safety of a natural system on which the whole earth depends.
What is good for Turkey, and what is good for the world? People understandably don't want a nuclear power plant in their backyard, or for their land to be flooded or their rivers destroyed. But a country like Turkey is likely going to need more energy, even if it manages to become far more efficient.
The planet has safer, cheaper options for energy that do not emit greenhouse gases and do not present the same dangers as nuclear power.
Wouldn't the world be a better place if political candidates were held accountable for lies, intentional distortions, character assassination and over-the-line hyperbole? And wouldn't it be interesting if entire industries were held to the same higher standard?
Dr. James Hansen, a leading world expert on climate change, has brought me great disappointment. On Nov. 3, 2013, Dr. Hansen decided to support the construction of large numbers of nuclear plants as a way to save the day for climate change.
Renewables are now a lot cheaper and better than they were when the last IPCC report came out seven years ago. It's time to put them to use.
Earth Day 2014 provides an opportunity to look at what nuclear science and technology has done to establish sustainable development by improving health and the quality of life.
The road to a comprehensive Nigerian nuclear energy program may encounter both specialist shortages and salary funding issues.
On the standard, commercial television channels we hear about extreme weather virtually every single day. Droughts in the southwest hardly seen since...
Being held hostage to foreign energy sources is a terrible energy plan. Fuel diversity involving all forms of energy is essential for price stability as well as for preserving a reliable flow of and access to affordable energy.
Most Americans understand that by the middle of the century most of our energy will have to be supplied by renewables -- wind, water and solar -- but we seem content to use natural gas for the foreseeable future. Unfortunately, this is not a realistic policy.
The safe storage of nuclear waste has a long history, dating back to World War II. On February 14, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant facility near Carlsbad, New Mexico, admitted that it had its first radiation leak in 15 years.
The word nuclear is a doomed one, no pun intended, often associated with danger, explosion, contamination, Armageddon, and other disaster scenarios. I...