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June 30, 2012
Re "Planning for power without San Onofre," and "San Onofre's cloudy future," Editorial, June 24 It is indeed a fine mess with the steam generators at the San Onofre power plant just south of Orange County, but it is not an excuse to abandon the plant or nuclear energy. Regardless of the financial outcome, it will still be less expensive to fix or replace the steam generators, hopefully with a big contribution from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, than to build new plants of any kind or to buy power from out of state.
December 4, 2012 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Alexandra Sandels, Los Angeles Times
TEHRAN - His son is named after the river born where the Tigris and Euphrates meet. His wife once complained that he loved a rare species of yellow deer more than her. His realm runs from sprawling salt deserts to the snowcapped peaks of the Zagros Mountains, from southern marshes along the Persian Gulf to damp northern forests known as the "cloud jungle. " Mohammad Darvish, 47, is Iran's green gladiator, engaged in a quixotic, often lonesome quest to elevate his homeland's environmental IQ. In a nation where security and economic concerns overshadow threats to a varied and fragile ecosystem, he even dares to oppose nuclear power, sacrosanct to Iran's leaders.
May 11, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Key nations are putting together a broad package of incentives for Iran to suspend uranium enrichment, Russia's U.N. ambassador said Wednesday. Vitaly Churkin said the approach came about after meetings Monday and Tuesday among the foreign ministers of Russia, the U.S., China, Britain, France and Germany. Enriched uranium can provide fuel for reactors to generate nuclear energy, or material for bombs. Iran says its program is peaceful, but some Western powers suspect it seeks weapons.
February 23, 1991
The fact that the Administration's energy strategy features nuclear energy may surprise some people. Yet it fits in well with our efforts to find sensible alternatives for foreign oil. A study of those alternatives, by the World Resources Institute, found that electric vehicles were one of the best options. These vehicles, when charged with electricity from clean power plants, not only replace oil, but reduce air pollution. Over the past 30 years, nuclear energy plants have proven to be a steady source of electricity.
May 24, 1986 | From Reuters
This nation's center-left government may resign next week unless one of the coalition parties withdraws a proposal to scrap nuclear energy by the year 2000, Prime Minister Kalevi Sorsa said Friday. The proposal by the Rural Party, seen by Sorsa as a vote of no-confidence, is to be considered in Parliament on Tuesday and the party must take it back to avoid a government crisis or leave the coalition, political analysts said.
June 25, 1987
The increase in major industrialized countries during 1986 was reported by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which surveyed 24 member countries, including all the members of the European Community plus the United States, Japan, Australia and Canada. France continued to lead the world in nuclear energy production, generating 70% of its electricity at nuclear plants. nest in line were Belgium, with 67%, and Sweden, with 50%.
July 25, 2005
Re "The wrong India deal," editorial, July 22 Given the dangerous geopolitical and environmental side effects of nuclear technology, historically and currently, it is hard to imagine why our honorable president would consider such a request [to assist India in developing nuclear energy]. I thought we were attempting to put the genie back into the bottle, not give him an indefinite furlough. Yes, it's the wrong deal because it's the wrong dealer! Michael Adams Chicago
June 22, 1989 | From Associated Press
President Bush said Wednesday that he will nominate Victor Stello Jr., a top Nuclear Regulatory Commission official, to become assistant secretary of the Energy Department in charge of nuclear energy. Stello has been the NRC's executive director for operations since 1986. Bush said also that he will nominate John J. Easton Jr. as assistant secretary of energy for international affairs and energy emergencies. Easton is a former Vermont attorney general.
September 2, 1988 | From Reuters
President Jose Sarney liquidated Brazil's main state-run nuclear energy company Nuclebras on Wednesday as part of a drastic overhaul in the country's money-losing nuclear power program. In a series of decrees, Sarney liquidated Nuclebras and turned all its capital over to a new company, Industrias Nucleares do Brasi, or INB, which will come under the direction of a new National Nuclear Energy Council.
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