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Big Shifts in Energy and Environment Policy - Part I

Elizabeth McCulley Gore | Posted 11.22.2016 | Green
Elizabeth McCulley Gore

The Republican electoral victory will result in dramatic shifts in energy and environmental policy. A complete reversal of climate change policy has d...

Spring Fever: Nuclear Energy Madness

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 03.27.2016 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

How do these events inform us about the future of nuclear power, or its place in addressing climate change? One view is that nuclear power is safe and cost-effective, with long periods of stability and reliability interrupted infrequently by accidents. The other view is that power from the atom is unsafe and costly, with catastrophic accidents separated by periods of stability leading to a false sense of security.

U.S. Loves Engineers, Treats Them Badly

Llewellyn King | Posted 08.20.2016 | Politics
Llewellyn King

We do not treat engineers very nicely -- at least not those who are federal employees or contractors. The very politicians who lead in exhorting our young to become engineers are those who treat engineers as disposable workers

The Senator From Searchlight

Carl Pope | Posted 05.30.2015 | Green
Carl Pope

Harry Reid's announcement that he will not stand for reelection to the Senate from Nevada in 2016 is a major loss for the climate movement -- and yet another signal that the U.S. Senate is being transformed by today's bifurcated, parliamentary politics into an institution almost unrecognizably different from its traditions.

Amber Ferguson

These Republicans Prove You Don't Have To Be A Scientist To Have A Lot To Say About Science | Amber Ferguson | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- There was a time when many Republican candidates would say that climate change wasn't real, or at least, wasn't being caused by human ...

Kate Sheppard

Is Mississippi The Next Yucca Mountain? | Kate Sheppard | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Mississippi may be the latest battleground in the debate over what to do with nuclear waste. A state-based energy group presented a plan...

Ryan Grim

Ex-Reid Aides Raising Cash For Ousted Nuclear Chairman | Ryan Grim | Posted 07.16.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A cadre of veterans from the office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) are organizing an effort to pay down the legal debts t...

Ryan Grim

Under A Withering Industry Assault, Nuclear Safety Chief Resigns | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.22.2012 | Green

WASHINGTON -- Under a withering assault from the industry, Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko is stepping down, effective upon the ...

GOP Candidates Face Contentious Nuclear Issue In Key State

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 02.01.2012 | Politics

Nearly every state has a pet issue likely to trip up presidential contenders. In Nevada, it's the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository. Work on ...

A Democratic Solution to the Problem of Nuclear Waste

David Ropeik | Posted 04.02.2012 | Politics
David Ropeik

To little notice, an advisory commission charged with figuring out a permanent solution for America's nuclear waste has issued a new approach for siting a waste repository that just might work.

Tom Zeller Jr.

Critics Question Competency Of Inspector General's Office At Nuclear Regulatory Commission | Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 03.14.2014 | Green

George Mulley, a retired investigator with the Office of the Inspector General at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, leans across a footstool in his s...

Tom Zeller Jr.

House Republicans Grill Nuclear Watchdog Over Yucca Mountain Probe | Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 08.15.2011 | Green

Members of a Congressional subcommittee grilled the inspector general of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Tuesday over a report in which he and...

NRC Head Withheld Information Related To Radioactive Dump: Report

Posted 08.10.2011 | Green

(AP) WASHINGTON — While he apparently broke no laws, the head of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission withheld and manipulated information to make the ...

Marcus Baram

Watchdog: Nuclear Waste Storage Remains Risky, Continues To Vex Government | Marcus Baram | Posted 07.13.2011 | Green

Welcome to "The Watchdog," which will keep a close eye on regulatory agencies and how their actions impact the lives of everyday Americans. Though the...

$24 Billion Remains Untouched In U.S. Nuclear Waste Fund

Posted 05.30.2011 | Green

From ProPublica's Joaquin Sapien: While the nuclear crisis in Japan has focused attention on the risks of spent fuel piling up at the U.S.'s reacto...

What's a Million Years?

Bob Ostertag | Posted 05.27.2011 | Politics
Bob Ostertag

It may comfort you to know that our government has plans to keep America's nuclear waste safe for a million years. What a relief! Good to know that America's rulers have thought this stuff through.

Will We See Nuclear Progress in Japan?

Lee Schneider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Lee Schneider

Will the future of power generation be nuclear? I hope not. Will the future of science involve truly respecting the Earth? I hope so.

Controversial Nuclear Waste Site Still Alive Under GOP Plan

McClatchy | Rob Hotakainen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Yucca Mountain is still breathing. It's been 24 long years since Congress first designated the desert locale in southern Nevada as the best place to ...

Americans Are Not Angry, But Worried

David Ropeik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Ropeik

Is it accurate, or arrogant, to say that people who are afraid can't think straight? Is it condescending, or correct, to say that people who are worri...

Green News Report: July 6, 2010 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app! IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: A solar boost...

Nuclear Power? 8 Questions Need to Be Answered

Brendan Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brendan Smith

With the arguments against fossil fuels continuing to pile up it's no wonder people have latched onto nuclear power as an attractive solution.

Oil Spills and Nuclear Waste Dumps: Giving States Choice

David Ropeik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Ropeik

Giving states veto power over offshore drilling within 75 miles of shore doesn't make it any less likely that oil rigs might collapse, so why does it seem to make the risk of offshore different?

Obama's Bipartisan Olive Branch: Nuclear Energy

Tamara N. Holder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tamara N. Holder

Obama is in a position to save jobs, save lives, save America and save his job. He can achieve all of these goals with nuclear energy.

Common Sense and Hope for the Future: A Boy, A Mountain, and the Spirit of Thomas Paine

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Nina Sankovitch

Now it is up to Congress to act on pending clean energy legislation and for us to push them to do it. Two recent books illustrate, in very different ways, why.

Obama's New Nuclear War

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harvey Wasserman

Despite Congressional and White House support for these latest proposed loan guarantees, the grassroots fight over both old and new nukes continues to grow fiercer by the day.