Author Archives: Richard Bell

Radioactive water and the 2013 VA Governor’s Race

I have an article in today’s National Memo on the politics of uranium mining in this year’s race for the governorship of Virginia: Radioactive?: “Uranium Mining Ban May Become Hot Issue In Virginia’s Election.” There’s a huge uranium deposit in … Continue reading

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Transmuting language: changing “risks” to “safety”

What is the basis of the claim by proponents of nuclear power that nuclear power plants can be operated safely? For decades, nuclear proponents have defended the safety of nuclear plants using what they claimed were mathematically-sound probability estimates of … Continue reading

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Obama Misses the Boat on Renewables in Inaugural

Just how fast can we get renewable sources of electricity online? Nuclear power propagandists like to argue that we need a crash program to build hundreds of new nuclear plants because such a program is the only way to quickly … Continue reading

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An Ocean of Subsidies

Reader Michael Ingram reminds us that there are four investors in the two new nuclear plants in Georgia– Southern (Georgia Power), Oglethorpe, MEAG, and Dalton Utilities—and that the federal government’s loan would be shared proportionally among them. But distributing the … Continue reading

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Nuclear Socialism Strikes Again

The nuclear industry is all atwitter (in the ancient sense of the word) at the possibility that an American utility may soon receive permission to build the first new nuclear plants in more than 30 years. These plants may get … Continue reading

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Nukespeak is a classic!

Award-winning investigative journalist Karl Grossman interviews Nukespeak co-author Rory O’Connor on Grossman’s nationally-aired TV program, Enviro-Close-Up. Grossman has been a journalist for more than 40 years, and is a professor of journalism at the State University of New York/College at … Continue reading

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Talking Nukespeak with The Catskill Review of Books

WJFF radio host Ian Williams interviews Rory O’Connor on his December 17, 2011 radio show, The Catskill Review of Books. Williams notes that he has a personal connection to the 1986 accident at Chernobyl, subject of one of the four … Continue reading

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Unthinking the Thinkable

Nukespeak co-author Rory O’Connor joins long-time anti-nuclear campaigner and author Harvey Wasserman for the first studio interview on Wasserman’s Green Power & Wellness Show on the Progressive Radio Network. O’Connor and Wasserman review recent developments from the on-going catastrophe in … Continue reading

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Coal Swamping Nuclear in China

China is a poster child for the nuclear industry’s argument that “there isn’t any choice” but to build hundreds of new nuclear reactors worldwide if we want to stop global warming. The country has 14 reactors in operation, and more … Continue reading

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Please Don’t Drink the Water

Japanese officials are hell-bent on using their own bodies to demonstrate how well the Japanese government is managing the fallout from Fukushima. Last April, we wrote about Japanese officials eating at a government cafeteria where the chef had topped the … Continue reading

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