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Paducah Closure Throws Nuclear Policy into Chaos

Paducah Closure Throws Nuclear Policy into Chaos

  Geoffrey Sea   Environmentalists should be jubilant as the dinosaurian uranium enrichment plant at Paducah, Kentucky, nears expiration as soon as May. Based on antiquated gaseous diffusion technology, the facility is the largest single-meter power consumer on the planet, eating as much electricity as the city of St. Louis. It is likely the largest […]

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    Profligate Use of Fossil Fuels Threatens Humankind

    Profligate Use of Fossil Fuels Threatens Humankind

    In my line of work it’s easy to harp on what’s wrong. Problems with our water, air, food and land are vast. It seems two steps forward is always followed by ten steps back. We’re constantly fighting for protection of natural resources and trying to show that we can live in harmony with nature instead […]

    Got Milk?

    Got Milk?

    Marc Yaggi In his State of the Union address, President Obama discussed changes that he made to a regulatory scheme to declassify milk from being considered an oil, which required dairy farms to implement containment measures to prevent spills. Many people might question how seemingly benign substances like milk could have an adverse impact on […]

    Top Five Environmental Events of 2011

    Top Five Environmental Events of 2011

    Stefanie Penn Spear This year certainly had its big eco-news events. From natural disasters that led to one of the worst nuclear meltdowns on record to an unprecedented assault on environmental protections and regulations in Congress, 2011 felt like we took 10 steps backward on the protection of human health and the environment. Personally, I’m […]

    Big Coal and Oil Play Dirty but EPA Keeps It Clean

    Big Coal and Oil Play Dirty but EPA Keeps It Clean

    Phil Radford Starting today, we can begin to breathe, eat and drink a bit easier. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) begins enforcement of the Mercury and Air Toxics standard, a 20-year-old mandate that set limits on mercury emissions from coal and oil-fired power plants. These safeguards are not for show. They reflect a raft […]

    Facebook ‘Friends’ Renewable Energy

    Facebook ‘Friends’ Renewable Energy

    Phil Radford Today is a great day for the future of the IT sector. Over the past few years, we’ve campaigned hard against Facebook to get them to commit to clean energy—specifically, we wanted them to change their siting policy—the decisions that they make about how to power their massive football-stadium-sized data centers. When you […]

    Noble Causes Everyone Should Support

    Noble Causes Everyone Should Support

    Stefanie Penn Spear This Thanksgiving, the grassroots environmental movement had many reasons to be thankful. November brought many victories including the delays on the Keystone XL pipeline and fracking the Delaware River Basin. But perhaps what’s most exciting to celebrate is the growing collaboration and current momentum of the environmental movement. I’ve been working at […]

    Uranium Barter Revealed as USEC Bailout Scam

    Uranium Barter Revealed as USEC Bailout Scam

    Geoffrey Sea In the Cold War satire The Mouse that Roared—a 1955 novel also titled The Wrath of Grapes and a 1959 film starring Peter Sellers—the potentates of the Duchy of Grand Fenwick (all played by Sellers) realize that their best chance to avert economic collapse would be to declare war on the U.S., so […]

    Reframing the Energy Conversation

    Reframing the Energy Conversation

    Richard Heinberg Every activist engaged in combating human-caused climate change or specific elements of the current energy economy knows that the work is primarily oppositional. It could hardly be otherwise. For citizens who care about ecological integrity, a sustainable economy and the health of nature and people, there is plenty to oppose—biomass logging in Massachusetts, […]