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Obama's Nuclear Policy: Modest but Important Steps in the Right Direction

William Hartung | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Hartung

President Obama has focused thus far on practical, achievable steps, not sweeping, visionary leaps in policy.

Why Netanyahu Canceled His DC Visit, and Why the GOP Is Applauding

Daniel Levy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daniel Levy

Ever since Netanyahu's government took office, there has been a never-ending stream of stories from unnamed sources taking shots at the Obama administration, trying to undermine its standing with the Israeli public.

New START: Now Comes the Hard Part

Tom Halsted | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Halsted

The "New START" nuclear arms control treaty signed by Presidents Obama and Medvedev is now moving towards ratification by each government. Now comes the hard part: selling it to the American people.

Signing of New START Treaty: Proof of the Reset in Action

Andranik Migranyan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andranik Migranyan

The ratification process is sure to be challenging, but the fact that Presidents Medvedev and Obama achieved such a complex and globally significant deal should be lauded as a genuine achievement.

Palin, Bachmann On Hannity: Palin Blasts Obama Nuclear Strategy, Defends Michael Steele, Talks 2012 Election (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sarah Palin joined a campaign rally for Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) in Minneapolis on Wednesday. As reported earlier in the Huffington Post: Palin c...

What Obama Didn't Tell Us About Energy

Ernest Istook | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ernest Istook

"According to the U.S. Department of Energy, when subsidies are measured according to how much electricity is generated, it's $.44 per megawatt for co...

Is the New START Just the Nuclear Version of Health-Care Reform?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

Thus far, the Obama administration's ideas of financial and health-care reform are, at best, tweaks to systems that cry out to be razed to the ground before reconstructing.

Nuclear Deterrence: Hardest Argument in the World to Refute

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

Not a difficult concept, nuclear deterrence means what it sounds like: We don't intend to attack anyone with our nukes, but woe unto he who dares attack us. Still there are subtleties.

How Did Extraterrestrials Survive Their Nuclear Age?

Russ Wellen | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Russ Wellen

Peaceful or malevolent in intent, extraterrestrials have succeeded, at the very least, in not destroying their species with the advanced weaponry they inevitably developed.

Energy Secretary Steven Chu Discusses Gulf Oil Spill And Energy Policy With Maddow (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

"Welcome to the brutal world of the most important policy issue in the world that no one can stand to talk about for very long. What cause for optimis...

Anti-Nuke U.

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

Research organizations have devised promising approaches to "framing" and "messaging" in order to divert members of the public from viewing deterrence as the ultimate defense against an enemy.

'Nuclear Weapons Are a Gift From God'

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

Since nuclear weapons were developed, the bulk of the reflection has been over the strategy adaptations for a weapon that can't be used, rather than our tendency to resort to mass warfare.

Environmental Groups: Stop the Push for Global Warming Legislation

Michael Kieschnick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Kieschnick

This is a terrible political climate to insist that there must be a vote on climate change legislation. Anything that could get a supermajority would be a terrible bill.

Nuclear Weapons: When Our National Security Makes Us Insecure

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

Many of us who'd just like the world to be free of the nuclear weapons have noticed that President Obama seems to have a soft spot for disarmament. Finally, we can take a deep breath and relax. Right? Uh, no.

Ensuring Coal's Future (to Kill)? Questions for Sen. John Kerry from the Coal Wars Frontlines

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

In a line: Kerry knows that coal kills. So, are we going to phase out our deadly old coal-fired plants (and deadly coal mining) by a certain date -- or just add more regulations?

Iran Crisis Needs a Firm Response

Ali Safavi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ali Safavi

In his 35-minute speech, the firebrand president of the Iranian regime defied logic and overstepped all bounds of deceit. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called on the US to join a "humane movement" to abolish all nuclear weapons.

What's It Feel Like to Be Well and Promptly Globally-Struck?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

What good is disarmament when what replaces nuclear weapons doles out a quality of death that's at last as nightmarish as from a nuclear attack? Our overarching mission is clear.

Nuclear Posture Review: Obama Rethinking U.S. Nuclear Weapons Policy

New York Times | DAVID E. SANGER and THOM SHANKER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As President Obama begins making final decisions on a broad new nuclear strategy for the United States, senior aides say he will permanently reduce Am...

President Obama: Nuclear Power Is Neither "Safe" nor "Clean

John Rosenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
John Rosenthal

Nuclear technology has not substantially improved since the late 1970's when the last reactors were proposed -- all that has changed is that unsolved problems have grown worse.

Time to Change Ronald Reagan's 'Trust, But Verify' to 'Verify, But Trust'?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

Has the time come to reverse Reagan's saying and declare "Verify, but trust"? Even David Kay, who led inspections in Iraq, believes that for a weapons-inspection program to work, "a prerequisite is trust."

The Hidden Costs of Nuclear Power

Alec Baldwin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Alec Baldwin

Often when discussing the advent of a new era in nuclear power generation, advocates for nukes tread lightly over certain subjects, such as waste disposal and security issues.

Israel's New Drone Not for Use Against Iran

Jeremy White | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeremy White

While I am sure that hinting at proof that Israel is gearing up to carry out a military strike against Iran sells newspapers, this is certainly not any such proof.

Weekly Mulch: Green products, green energy

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
The Media Consortium

By Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium Blogger Ed. note: This week's Mulch is pint-sized and will run on Monday rather than Friday. We'll be back to our re...

The Truth About Nuclear Power in Utility Reactors

Alec Baldwin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Alec Baldwin

A true knowledge of what goes on in Tom's River, combined with unbiased knowledge about nuclear power in utility reactors would kill any of the talk about reviving this industry.

Why Nuclear Gets More Love than Natural Gas as a Bridge Fuel

Josh Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Josh Nelson

By way of this Steven Pearlstein article, Ezra Klein wonders why natural gas doesn't get as much attention as nuclear energy as a bridge fuel toward t...