Christian Parenti, a Nation contributing editor and visiting scholar at the CUNY Graduate Center, is the author of Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence (Nation Books, June 2011).
Even if reactor containment vessels hold, pools of spent fuel rods could combust and release clouds of radioactive cesium into the air—a calamity that could happen at US nuclear plants as well.
The US has twenty-three reactors of the same design as the Fukushima No. 1 reactor that is now in partial meltdown, and our federal regulators are captives of the nuclear industry.
After the demise of climate legislation, environment groups are going local—and confrontational.
How Obama can use the government's purchasing power to spark the clean-energy revolution.
With the Olympics coming to town, the state seeks to reclaim the favelas.
The agency has the tools to regulate greenhouse gases—if Congress doesn't take them away.
The real purpose of sending 30,000 soldiers to Afghanistan is to make Obama look tough as he heads toward the next US presidential election.
Our crumbling atomic power stations and the government agency that loves them.
The planet's future depends largely on the fate of China's nascent wind sector.
Thirty years after the Three Mile Island partial meltdown, the real nuclear power threat is the relicensing of old plants.