April 13, 2012 |
California's initiative process can be both a wonderfully democratic and perilously dumb way to make law. On no issue could that be more true than the proposed initiative to shut down nuclear power in the state. The initiative would shut down the Diablo Canyon and San Onofre nuclear plants until the federal government approves a permanent disposal site for nuclear waste. The issue is scientifically, environmentally and economically complex, and tangled with powerful emotions. Between the facts and those feelings, guess which will have more influence on the choice people make?
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 |
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 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 2000 |
In the next half-century there is a projected increase of world population from 6 billion to 10 billion people. If the 10 billion people use an average of only one-third the energy per person used today in the U.S., then there will be a tripling of world energy use. We face the possibility of international hostilities over scarce oil and gas supplies and possible disasters from global warming because of fossil fuel carbon dioxide emissions. It is hoped that none of these will happen.
July 10, 2007 |
General Electric Co. and Hitachi Ltd. on Monday launched a joint nuclear business to capitalize on rising demand for electricity and increasing concerns about carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants. John Krenicki, president and chief executive of GE Energy, said that nuclear plants produced virtually no carbon gases and that reactors could take the place of aging power plants that rely on fossil fuels.
November 28, 2009
As the Senate debates climate legislation that could reinvent the country's energy infrastructure, it is richly ironic that lawmakers who consider themselves rock-ribbed fiscal conservatives are among the strongest backers of nuclear plants -- a vastly expensive, inefficient and dangerous source of energy that requires massive taxpayer bailouts. Senate Republicans and many moderate Democrats are seeking to lard up prospective climate and energy bills with billions of dollars in loan guarantees and other subsidies for nuclear power, even though it makes no sense as a solution to climate change and is a terrible option from an economic, environmental and national-security standpoint.