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Vermont election win should spell closure of Vermont Yankee nuclear plant

The people have again spoken. Its now time for Entergy to live up to its agreement and shut down Vermont Yankee as scheduled……

Anti nuclear candidate wins Vermont Governor’s Race Greenpeace USA, by Jim Riccio – November 3, 2010 This afternoon we’re a step closer to shutting down Vermont Yankee!
In an extremely close race, Peter Shumlin (D) defeated Brain Dubie (R) and will be the next Governor of the Green Mountain State. Shumlin is an avowed opponent of extending the license of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon past its expiration in 2012, citing the plant’s leaks and other problems and its owners’ poor record in dealing with state officials…… Continue reading

November 4, 2010 Posted by | politics, USA, USA mid term elections 2010 | , , , | Leave a comment

Imagine Sarah Palin’s finger on the nuclear button

will this election introduce a political climate conducive to a Sarah Palin presidency in 2 years?….It is almost beyond belief to imagine the fair finger of Sarah Palin accessing the nuclear button but as Commander in Chief, that would indeed be her position

The Election, Huffington Post, by Helen Caldicott, (pictured, left,) 28 Oct 10,  This is seen by many as a highly contentious mid-term US election, and not just for the people of the United States.People in other countries like Australia watch apprehensively as the US political system is on the verge of unraveling and landing in the hands of people who have shown little in-depth understanding of the inordinate power and scientific sophistication of the present day world. Continue reading

October 28, 2010 Posted by | USA mid term elections 2010 | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

USA poll shows voter support for renewable energy

Americans in general are waking up to the possibilities of renewable energy sources and are ready to support positive change in energy legislation in the upcoming elections. ..

US Voters Warm Up to Renewable Energy Ecoinstitution,  October 26, 2010 by z1nemo “…..It looks like elections this year will hold good news for renewable energy. In a recent poll of voters conducted by Public Policy Polling for the NRDC Action Fund it was found that the majority of voters were in support of an energy bill with strong ties to renewable sources. Continue reading

October 26, 2010 Posted by | USA mid term elections 2010 | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Republicans threaten what little independence the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has got

“If you continue to shut down the Yucca Mountain license application, which can only be seen as a partisan act, we will reconsider the flexibilities which the NRC has long enjoyed due to its reputation as an independent body,” seven Republicans of the House Appropriations Committee told Mr. Jaczko in a letter dated Oct. 20.

Nuclear Explosion? Regulator Irks Republicans - Washington Wire – WSJ, October 26, 2010, Nuclear Explosion? Regulator Irks Republicans  By Stephen Power Gregory Jaczko hasn’t gotten much attention from Congress during his 16 months as chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. That appears likely to change if Republicans win one or both chambers next week. Continue reading

October 26, 2010 Posted by | USA, USA mid term elections 2010, wastes | , , , , | Leave a comment

Student challenge to Charles Koch on Climate Change

Joel Francis, a humble student from Cal State L.A., has issued a challenge to Charles Koch, the evil gazillionaire who has thrown millions into the Prop 23 effort and has a long history of funding the climate denial machine. Francis’s very simple request: Let’s debate the issue.

College Student Takes On Big Oil Billionaire in Prop 23 Fight, Change.org,  by Nikki Gloudeman October 22, 2010 In the fiery battle over Prop 23—Big Oil’s pet project to suspend California’s landmark clean energy and climate legislation—a David and Goliath battle is brewing. Continue reading

October 26, 2010 Posted by | USA mid term elections 2010 | , , | Leave a comment

European companies join USA ones in funding Climate Sceptics

It’s not just American energy companies that are trying to influence the midterms, however. According to a new analysis of campaign finance by the Climate Action Network Europe (CANE), BP and other European companies are funding very conservative candidates who oppose action on climate change.

Politics: European Energy Companies Funding Climate Skeptic Campaigns in the U.S. TIME by Bryan Walsh Monday, October 25, 2010 There’s been no shortage of attention paid to the vast amount of money being poured in the 2010 midterm campaigns by corporations—with the bulk of the cash going to conservative candidates. Continue reading

October 26, 2010 Posted by | USA mid term elections 2010 | , , , , | Leave a comment

Nevada opposes Yucca nuclear waste dump

Our entire Nevada delegation has opposed Yucca, but we had no clout until Senator Reid became majority leader,” said Bruce Breslow, a Republican and former Sparks mayor…The latest state survey on the issue, released last summer, showed that more than 58 percent of Nevadans oppose the Yucca Mountain dump,

Yucca’s future rides on senate race, The Reno Gazette-Journal, By Erin Kelly • Gannett Washington Bureau • October 24, 2010, WASHINGTON — If Harry Reid is no longer Senate majority leader after the election, Nevada will be in a much weaker position to stop the federal government from building the Yucca Mountain high-level nuclear waste dump, the executive director of the Nevada Agency for Nuclear Projects contends. Continue reading

October 25, 2010 Posted by | USA, USA mid term elections 2010, wastes | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Americans are urged to Vote Green

VoteGreenGov.com VoteGreenGov.com, We need leaders who do more than talk about the environment. We need champions for clean air, clean water and a sustainable economy. Leaders who know that protecting Vermont isn’t just about keeping our state beautiful, it’s about creating jobs and prosperity for everyone.The most important thing you can do right now to make that happen is VOTE for leaders like that. If you are ready to support a governor and Legislature who will work together to protect our air, land and water AND create clean energy jobs — Sign on below. By doing so you’ll send a message that we need action, not words, to all those candidates: VoteGreenGov.com

October 22, 2010 Posted by | USA mid term elections 2010 | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Vote of a minority in Vermont will impact on millions of people

One of the major issues on the campaign trail in Vermont is the relicensing of the state’s aging and dangerous nuclear reactor, Entergy Corporation’s Vermont Yankee plant

For Good or Ill, Vermont’s Election Will Impact Millions of Other New Englanders, THE HUFFINGTON POST, John Odum, 22 Oct 10, :Vermont has a population of 620,000. Of that, roughly 260,000 are expected to turn out to vote on Election Day.The combined population of New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut is 11,300,000, quite a bit more than 260,000, and yet those 260,000 are about to make a decision that could have tremendous impact on the lives of those other eleven-plus million. Continue reading

October 22, 2010 Posted by | USA mid term elections 2010 | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Nevada Candidates against Yucca nuclear waste dump

Angle “I have always voted against making Nevada the nuclear waste dump of the nation….Both of them, we are relieved to report, know how to pronounce “nuclear.”

Harry Reid – Sharron Angle debate: Nuclear power and Yucca Mountain   Los Angeles Times, 14 Oct 10, Reid: Yucca Mountain is not good for the country and it is really bad for Nevada. People said we couldn’t kill it. It’s dead. Continue reading

October 21, 2010 Posted by | USA mid term elections 2010 | , , , , | Leave a comment

Uranium interests a factor in Virginia election

The LCV and Sierra Club ad suggests that Hurt cast his vote because of “thousands of dollars” Hurt has received from “uranium interests” and the fact that his father — a retired Readers’ Digest editor — is an investor in a uranium company looking to mine in the state.

Green groups, Hurt spar over conflict of interest charges - The Hill’s E2-Wire, 20 Oct 10, The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) and Sierra Club on Tuesday unveiled a radio ad buy to counter Virginia Republican Robert Hurt’s efforts to unseat freshman Rep. Tom Perriello, one of the most endangered Democratic incumbents… Continue reading

October 19, 2010 Posted by | USA mid term elections 2010 | , , , , | Leave a comment

U.S. Republican candidates’ strategy of denial on Climate Change

The candidates are not simply rejecting solutions, like putting a price on carbon, though these, too, are demonized. They are re-running the strategy of denial perfected by Mr. Cheney a decade ago, repudiating years of peer-reviewed findings about global warming and creating an alternative reality in which climate change is a hoax or conspiracy.

In Climate Denial, Again  The New York Times, October 17, 2010 * Former Vice President Dick Cheney has to be smiling. With one exception, none of the Republicans running for the Senate — including the 20 or so with a serious chance of winning — accept the scientific consensus that humans are largely responsible for global warming. Continue reading

October 19, 2010 Posted by | politics, USA, USA mid term elections 2010 | , | Leave a comment

Solar energy a plus for re-election of Arizona congress rep

Incumbent U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords has made solar energy a centerpiece of her re-election campaign…..Residential solar energy systems have since become so popular that at least one solar rebate program has run dry for 2010, due to high demand

Solar Energy Heats Up Arizona Political Campaigns  GetSolar.com  , October 18th 2010 As mid-term elections approach, the race in Arizona for the state’s 8th Congressional District seat is demonstrating the growing role clean energy plays in Arizona’s political landscape — and beyond. Continue reading

October 19, 2010 Posted by | USA mid term elections 2010 | , , , | Leave a comment

Maine’s opportunity to lead in new green energy

“Here’s an opportunity for Maine to lead New England in terms of green and global power that has jobs,”
2010 Gubernatorial Race: Wind, nuclear and Maine’s energy future , Sun Journal, By Steve Mistler, Oct 18, 2010 “……..Libby Mitchell, 70, Democrat Mitchell doesn’t support offshore drilling or nuclear power.She does, however, support exploration of offshore wind.”It’s the equivalent of 40 nuclear power plants,” she said. “It’s clean, it’s renewable, it’s jobs for Maine people because we can also manufacture the blades.” Continue reading

October 19, 2010 Posted by | USA mid term elections 2010 | , , , , | Leave a comment

Unanswered questions about ‘blended’ nuclear wastes

Blending waste involves mixing higher- and lower-concentration waste, most of it from radiation-contaminated cleanups and rubbish from the nuclear industry.Matheson called for a united effort to stop blended waste from coming into the state, saying there are unanswered technical questions about it.

Matheson, Corroon say state should block hotter nuclear waste | The Salt Lake Tribune, By pamela manson Oct 17, 2010 Rep. Jim Matheson and Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon on Sunday urged state regulators and officials to maintain rules that block hotter radioactive waste from coming into Utah. Continue reading

October 19, 2010 Posted by | USA, USA mid term elections 2010, wastes | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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