Denise Rednour of Long Beach, Mississippi, has been sick with chemical poisoning since July [Erika Blumenfeld]
Investigation by Al Jazeera online correspondent finds toxic illnesses linked to BP oil dispersants along Gulf coast.
Dahr Jamail Last Modified: 29 Oct 2010 16:01 GMT Al Jazeera
Two-year-old Gavin Tillman of Pass Christian, Mississippi, has been diagnosed with severe upper respiratory, sinus, and viral infections. His temperature has reached more than 39 degrees since September 15, yet his sicknesses continue to worsen.Read more
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U.S. Nuclear Industry Will Remain Ward of the State, as in France, Report Warns
Thu, Sep 16 2010 Reuters
Government subsidies of nuclear power plans could hitch U.S taxpayers to a technology that suffers out-of-control costs while pushing aside renewable energy development, according to a study released last week by the Vermont Law School's Institute for Energy and the Environment.
The study looks at the nuclear energy industry in France, where an aggressive nuclear program has resulted in three-quarters of the country’s power coming from nuclear sources. But it says that what has been hailed as a “nuclear miracle” in the European nation should serve as a cautionary tale of over-dependence on nuclear power.
"This analysis shows the greatest danger is not that the U.S. will import French technology, but that it will replicate the French model of nuclear socialism," said Mark Cooper, the report’s author and a senior research fellow for economic analysis at the Vermont Law School Institute. "Nuclear power will remain a ward of the state, as has been true throughout its history in France." Read More
Suit seeks to stop work on CMRR at Los Alamos
The Los Alamos Study Group announced today that it had a filed a suit in Federal Court in Albuquerque, N.M., seeking to halt further design and other activities on a plutonium processing facility known as the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement (CMRR) project at Los Alamos National Lab. Read More
Citizens call on nuclear agency to abide by environmental laws, analyze impacts of proposed warhead factory and alternatives
Santa Fe -- A New Mexico citizen's organization has written a letter calling on the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to follow the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) before proceeding further with a proposed $3.4 billion factory annex for plutonium warhead cores ("pits") at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).
The proposed facility, to be built mostly underground over the next decade or longer, is awkwardly-named the "Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement Nuclear Facility" (CMRR-NF). Further information about the CMRR-NF is available at http://www.lasg.org/CMRR/open_page.htm.
This proposed facility is the largest nuclear infrastructure project in President Obama's proposed nuclear weapons spending "surge" and if built would be by far the largest public infrastructure project in the history of New Mexico except for the interstate highway system.
The estimated cost of the proposed building has risen by a factor of ten... Read More
Large portions of Recovery Act spending fail to stimulate New Mexico's economy
Nuclear and military controlled funds generate few jobs and accrue benefits to a relatively small number of corporate contractors, institutions, and privileged communities; Recovery Act experience suggests need for broad-based, not centralized “trickle-down,” economic development path
By Darwin Bond-Graham or Greg Mello
Albuquerque — An analysis of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) contracts and grants in New Mexico reveals that the intended effects of the legislation —to stimulate the economy and protect communities hit hard by job losses— have been blunted by prevailing patterns of federal spending in the state. Entitled "Nuclear and Military Maldistribution and Inefficient Use of Recovery Act Funds in New Mexico," the brief is available through the Los Alamos Study Group's web site.
"Regardless of what Congress and the Obama administration intended with the Recovery Act a serious portion of its dollars have been wasted in the state of New Mexico," explains Darwin BondGraham, a board member and visiting researcher with the Los Alamos Study Group, and author of the analysis. "If the goal was to create large numbers of good jobs, jobs involving dignified work in areas like clean energy, transportation infrastructure, education, and industry, then Recovery Act dollars have been poorly allocated in this state." ...READ MORE
American political culture has moved into a period of stagnation that has no end in sight. So has New Mexico’s. The status quo won’t budge. Nor will the dead weight of the recession. It looks like we’re in for a grinding transition from an old world of cheap energy, stable weather, and clean water, ...
If you haven’t seen Food, Inc and plan to eat again in the forseeable future, you probably should . You just might not want to, however; eat again, that is. It’s the perfect leadup for a New Year’s resolution to lose weight. It could be called the Think Before You. Eat Diet...
Since the summer of 2003, I’ve crisscrossed the country speak-strated, and they didn’t listen to us.” Even the activists ing at colleges and theaters and bookstores, first with among them became demoralized as numbers
According to Richard Bavier, a former analyst for the federal Office of Management and Budget,... READ MORE
U.S. Dancing to India's Tune
It is an amusing photograph, and one can readily empathise with its subject. Politicians, after all, are always being pressed to do undignified things at public appearances, whether it is wearing silly hats or kissing squalling babies. But despite the insistent entreaties of the dance troupe at Mumbai's Holy Name High School this past week, Barack Obama, the US president, really ought to have kept his seat. For in taking the stage to engage in some slightly awkward gyrations before the press cameras, he was unintentionally providing an apt metaphor for current US policy: the US is dancing to India's tune. READ More
Study: CMRR is especially dispensable
By Roger Snodgrass
A decision to save rather than spend billions on new nuclear weapons research and production capabilities could spell doom for the multibillion-dollar Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement (CMRR) facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory and other big-ticket construction projects across the nuclear weapons complex.
An important new study identified a trillion dollars or more in potential military savings over the next ten years, including further reductions in the nuclear arsenal ($113.5 billion) and limits on modernizing the nuclear weapons infrastructure ($26 billion). READ MORE
DC-Area County Passes Carbon Tax on Coal Plant in Absence of Federal Carbon Cap
May 19, 2010 Supporters Now Urge Every County in America to Follow Suit
CONTACT: Mike Tidwell, 240-460-5838, firstname.lastname@example.org
TAKOMA PARK, MD (5/19/10)—A Maryland county bordering Washington, D.C., today passed a $15 million “carbon tax” designed to show that other counties and cities can – and should – move forward against coal in the wake of federal gridlock on global warming.
The Montgomery County Council voted 8-1 today to adopt the carbon tax. In a county of nearly one million people the tax will apply to only one entity: the 850 megawatt coal-fired power plant owned by Mirant Corporation just 40 miles from the U.S. Capitol. At least half of the money will be used to fund county energy efficiency programs. The local utility, Pepco, has said the bill will have no discernible effect on ratepayers. Mirant had spent the past two years lobbying against any kind of strong federal carbon cap. Read More>>
Protesters Bail Set at $100,000 for Protesting at Massey Energy
Madison, W.Va. 5/18/2010 – EmmaKate Martin and Benjamin Bryant were arrested this morning while blockading the driveway to Massey Energy’s regional headquarters in Boone County, W.Va. Magistrate Snodgrass set their bails at $100,000 each for misdemeanor charges of trespassing, conspiracy to commit a misdemeanor, obstructing an officer, and littering.
Nick Martin, EmmaKate’s older brother and participant in Climate Ground Zero’s campaign of civil resistance, stated “As I hugged my little sister following her arraignment this morning, I was awed by her calmness and high spirits. I admire her courage, and her willingness to put her freedom on the line for the well being of Appalachian communities and the environment. I will worry about her constantly until she is free. My sister is my hero!”
EmmaKate Martin was perched on a platform suspended in a tripod, a structure built with rope and three log poles, and Bryant was locked to the base of a pole. Both Martin and Bryant underwent extensive non-violence training prior to their action. Their banner read “Massey, Profits Before People & Mountains, Fight Back!”
My name is Tom B.K. Goldtooth, Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network. Our Indigenous network represents indigenous communities throughout the world experiencing the affects of climate change. The Indigenous Environmental Network is based in Minnesota, USA.
I am here at United Nations headquarters as part of an international delegation of civil society and social movements invited by President Evo Morales Ayma of the Plurinational State of Bolivia to lift up the importance of the Peoples’ Agreement and the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth, that are outcomes of the People’s Global Summit on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth.
Patient laments being foolish enough to live in U.S. By Maggie Fox, Reuters
(Reuters) - Americans spend twice as much as residents of other developed countries on healthcare, but get lower quality, less efficiency and have the least equitable system, according to a report released on Wednesday.
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