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Three Posts on Japan’s Ongoing Nuclear Crisis

Three posts on Japan’s ongoing nuclear crisis will give any reader a sense of why more and more people are saying no to constructing new nuclear power plants.

Japan’s Nuclear Woes Continue

Troubles at the stricken nuclear complex in Japan continue to multiply, from how to dispose of vast quantities of radioactive water to to trade worries in L.A. to airport checks in Brazil.
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Japan Sunset

Japan Sunset – Quatrain by Stephen C. Rose. The Devastation in Japan was Made Visible in the Shocking Pictures of the Tsunami’s Advance – Over Dry Land One Second Then Inundated the Next
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Japan Should Do More Than Freeze Nuke Plant Construction

Quatrain. Japan could lead the whole world away from nuclear, away from oil, away from automobiles and create a minimalist paradise made up of high tech matrix construction of weather-proof communities and social access areas. Truth in 4 lines.

 

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Four Posts on Nukes

Four posts on nukes is part of an effort to move beyond nuclear energy as the solution to our energy crisis. The liabilities are too great and the reality is that there are free sources that people now say are too expensive. This is only because we fail to add up the costs of what we not have in death, injury and general destructiveness to the environment.

Past Nukes

Past Nukes – Quatrain by Stephen C. Rose Reaction to the Japan nuclear crisis is dividing into apocalyptic speculation on one hand and moral calculus on the other. The third and vital subject is sustainable alternatives.
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Panflick Says Zap Nukes Risk God’s Gifts of Sun and Wind

Panflick opposes cars. He is nauseated by the Big Dig. He thinks driving is an endangered activity with all the distraction and road carnage. He is a man of the future.
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Epitaph for Nukes

Epitaph for Nukes – Quatrain by Stephen C. Rose. It’s time to say that all nuclear reactors should be phased out. They are not safe for the future of our world. They all have lethal potential. Energy for the future should be both safe and natural.
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Nuke Fix

Nuke Suicide – Quatrain by Stephen C. Rose. A peroration preceded by a quatrain on the sad reality of our sentence structure. We speak of fixing nuclear plants. There is one way. Dismantle them.
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President Obama Said It Straight Out

I see lots of bile being spread around about President Obama’s efforts to get a green economy bill through. Congress has passed a green bill. It’s the Senate’s turn.

Today I want to flag a statement by the President that I saw on TV so I do not have the exact language.

In essence he said, A green economy will put us in the lead in the 21st century and failure will leave us a declining nation.

This was the argument of this site before I went whole hog for Obama in Iowa. It is absolutely true.

Our recession has everything to do with the need to shift gears to green. Not just laws. Lifestyle. Spending less for junk and more for quality.We are being forced to build a new and more sustainable world.

There are prophets of this movement and I do not mean the obvious environmentalists. I mean writers like Robert Pirsig who elevated the word quality into the lexicon of politics and thinkers like Thorstein Veblen who dissected the consumer society before it became an obnoxious stain on the surface of the globe.

Robert Pirsig’s Metaphysic of Quality (MOQ) Relates to Nietzsche’s Revaluation of Values Project

Thorstein Veblen on the Web

President Obama is faced now with a huge choice. But happily it has already been made. He cares enough about his commitment to green and its value to the country to go with Democrats alone if he would otherwise have to throw the baby out with the bathwater.

David Brooks says the energy bill in the House version is a quilt of special interest concessions rather than a clean executive procedural bill.

I am sure the President wants the strongest of bills and if he has to muscle Republicans and Blue Dogs to get it, he will. And if, God forbid, these retrograde folk should succeed in watering down green, we will go at it incrementally with replacements at the polls for the Senators and Representatives who did not cotton to the Obama agenda.

The energy bill is important but similar things could be said about health care. Watch for a July 4 peaking of the Obama counterpunch on this issue. The President is just as adept at being President as he was at being a candidate. And the MO has not changed. Nor for that matter has media obtuseness in failing to recognize it.

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Things I have thoughts on but refuse to blog about:

Bernie Madoff
Sarah Palin and Family
Governor Sanford
Michael Jackson

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President Lauds Largest Solar Generator in Western Hemisphere in Nevada

From The President in Nevada: “We Come for the Sun”

You know, it’s always a pleasure to get out of Washington a little bit. Washington is okay, but it’s nice taking some time to talk to Americans of every walk of life outside of the nation’s capital. And there’s nothing like a quick trip to Vegas in the middle of the week. (Applause.) Like millions of other Americans, we come to this beautiful city for the sights and for the sounds — and today we come for the sun.

Because right now, we’re standing near the largest solar electric plant of its kind in the entire Western Hemisphere — the entire Western Hemisphere. More than 72,000 solar panels built on part of an old landfill provide 25 percent of the electricity for the 12,000 people who live and work here at Nellis. That’s the equivalent of powering about 13,200 homes during the day.
It’s a project that took about half a year to complete, created 200 jobs, and will save the United States Air Force, which is the largest consumer of energy in the federal government, nearly $1 million — $1 million a year. It will also reduce harmful carbon pollution by 24,000 tons per year, which is the equivalent of removing 4,000 cars from our roads. Most importantly, this base serves as a shining example of what’s possible when we harness the power of clean, renewable energy to build a new, firmer foundation for economic growth.

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Obama Gearing Up for A fight

Get ready. We are about to take on banks for real, insurance companies for real and the energy industry for real. If you thought the campaign was a struggle, do not even apply. This is long-term and real and each victory will require real work, not just a nod of support. Organization, letters to the editor, vigilant reporting of the evil these forces will unleash to try to replicate and exceed the work of swift-boaters and the generators of Harry and Louise. We have a stern advocate in our President. We had better be up to the task.

Today’s Daily Beast email has it right:

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1. Obama “Gearing Up For Fight”

Republicans have so far been the most rancorous about President Obama’s $3.6 trillion budget, but he is training his sights on a different opposition: the special interests. “I know these steps won’t sit well with the special interests and lobbyists who are invested in the old way of doing business, and I know they’re gearing up for a fight as we speak,” Obama said in his weekly radio address Saturday. “My message to them is this: So am I.” Obama singled out the insurance, banking, and energy industries. Politico notes it’s a return to Obama’s campaign rhetoric and, “having faced almost unanimous Republican opposition to his stimulus plan, the president is now embracing confrontation over
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[This should open up a Politico page with a video of President Obama. It starts a few seconds after you open the page, at least on my Firefox browser.]

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Straight Dope on The Recovery

Here is President Obama’s own outline of the high points of the Recovery.

* Doubling the production of alternative energy in the next three years.

* Modernizing more than 75% of federal buildings and improve the energy efficiency of two million American homes, saving consumers and taxpayers billions on our energy bills.

* Making the immediate investments necessary to ensure that within five years, all of America’s medical records are computerized.

* Equipping tens of thousands of schools, community colleges, and public universities with 21st century classrooms, labs, and libraries.

* Expanding broadband across America, so that a small business in a rural town can connect and compete with their counterparts anywhere in the world.

* Investing in the science, research, and technology that will lead to new medical breakthroughs, new discoveries, and entire new industries.

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Atomic Insights Calls Chu Choice Great

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Atomic Insights has “vetted” Dr. Stephen Chu and concluded he is a great choice for Energy Secretary in the Obama Cabinet. From what I can gather, he is not averse to using nuclear technology if the problem of waste can be radically reduced.

So far most if not all of Barack’s Cabinet choices have more than passed muster.

Via the source above, the following is from “A Sustainable Energy Future: The Essential Role of Nuclear Energy” August 2008/ Dr. Chu was one of the signers.

We believe that nuclear energy must play a significant role in our nation’s — and the world’s — electricity portfolio for the next 100+ years. Nuclear energy has great potential for contributing more to our broader energy needs, however. For example, nuclear energy could supplement or even supplant fossil fuels by providing the electricity for electric-powered vehicles, or it could be used to generate hydrogen for vehicles that utilize hydrogen fuel cells. Nuclear energy could also help to generate high-temperature process heat, provide a valuable input for feedstock to chemical production and aid in the production of freshwater from seawater and contaminated surface and groundwater sources.

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