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Nuclear Power

Nuclear power cannot address climate change effectively or in time. Reactors have long, unpredictable construction times are expensive - at least $12 billion or higher per reactor. Furthermore, reactors are sitting-duck targets vulnerable to attack and routinely release - as well as leak - radioactivity. There is so solution to the problem of radioactive waste.

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Sunday
Nov122017

News of the Atom, from Harry Shearer on Le Show

Mr. Burns in a radiation suit hands out chunks of radioactive waste (well, Atomic Fireball candies) to Radioactive Man and other participants in a protest against the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Nuke Waste Con Game session in Perrysburg, OH in late 2013.Harry Shearer, the voice behind Mr. Burns in The Simpsons (and many of the other characters too; see photo, left), regularly reports on "News of the Atom" on his weekly Le Show.

This week's News of the Atom is regarding Diablo Canyon -- the twin reactor nuclear plant built on a web of earthquake fault lines in San Luis Obispo, CA. Plant owner Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), in a historic agreement with environmental groups (NRDC, FOE, Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility) and labor unions, has decided to not seek a 20-year license extension for the two reactors. PG&E determined this would be un-economic, in the face of ever more affordable efficiency and renewables such as wind and solar. Thus, Diablo Canyon Unit 1 and Unit 2 will permanent shut at the end of their 40-year operating licenses, in 2024 and 2025, respectively. At that point, CA will be atomic reactor-free, although there are many thousands of tons of highly radioactive irradiated nuclear fuel still stored on-site at several closed reactors (San Onofre 1, 2, and 3 in s. CA; Rancho Seco in Sacramento; Humboldt Bay in n. CA).

Sunday
Oct292017

Harry Shearer's Le Show "News of the Atom"

Harry Shearer, voice of Mr. Burns on The Simpson's, reported on Tokyo Electric Power Company's decision to scrap more than a thousand vehicles radioactively contaminated during the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe. He also reports on thousands of gallons of radioactively contaminated water poured onto the ground at Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington State, near the Columbia River, just this past August.

Sunday
Oct222017

"Our Friend the Atom" report by Harry Shearer on Le Show

Harry Shearer, the voice of Mr. Burns on The Simpsons, reported on an emergency diesel generator mishap at the Catawba nuclear power plant in South Carolina, during his "News of the Atom" on his radio program Le Show.

Sunday
Oct152017

"Clean, safe, too cheap to meter..." -- Harry Shearer's sarcastic "News of the Atom," on Le Show

Shearer, voice of Mr. Burns on The Simpson's, reported on: dangerous embrittlement of pipes at the Pilgrim reactor near Boston...hazardous rock falls at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico...and the risk of a reactor meltdown at Tricastin nuclear plant in Provence, France due to human error leaving the reactor vulnerable to catastrophic flooding.

Sunday
Sep242017

Japanese "News of the Atom" from Harry Shearer on Le Show

Harry Shearer, voice of Mr. Burns on The Simpsons, reports on nuke news from Japan: debris is so complex, and radiation levels so high, at Fukushima Daiichi Units 1 and 2, that operations to remove highly radioactive irradiated nuclear fuel pools at the ruined reactors will be delayed for three years; a court in Chiba, Japan ruled in favor of plaintiffs harmed by the nuclear disaster, requiring Tokyo Electric to pay them $3.3 million in compensation (but holding the Japanese government not responsible); and key chains and compasses, manufactured in China and the U.S., sold in Japan, were four to eleven times too high in radioactive tritium content, and had to be reclaimed from consumers.