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Vogtle: at $65 billion and counting, it’s a case study of nuclear power’s staggeringly awful economic

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Vogtle Units 3 (left) and 4, July 30, 2015. After 41 months of construction, the project is 39 months behind schedule. Photo by High Flyer, special to Savannah River Site Watch. By Michael Mariotte from GreenWorld Georgia is one state that you would think would be wary of nuclear power economics. The first two reactors at Georgia Power’s Vogtle site, which came online in the late 1980s, were a record 800% over budget. That is a number that is almost impossible to grasp. Nothing goes 800% over budget–in the real world,…read more

US Nuclear Expert “Appalled” By TEPCO’s Attitude By Potential Nuclear Catastrophe At Fukushima Unit #4

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The Japan Times: Sleeping dragon: Reactor 4 at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant is seen July 18, the day Tepco removed an unused nuclear fuel assembly from the spent-fuel pool to check the extent of damage its fuel rods sustained in the March 2011 disasters. KYODO Global help urged to avert reactor 4 pool fire U.S. expert appalled by Tepco’s attitude over ‘sleeping dragon’ risk By ERIC JOHNSTON Staff writer KYOTO — The risk of a fire starting in reactor 4’s spent-fuel pool at the Fukushima No. 1 plant continues to…read more

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Germany sets solar power record, institute says

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German solar power plants produced a world record 22 gigawatts of electricity – equal to 20 nuclear power stations at full capacity – through the midday hours on Friday and Saturday, the head of a renewable energy think tank said. The German government decided to abandon nuclear power after the Fukushima nuclear disaster last year, closing eight plants immediately and shutting down the remaining nine by 2022. They will be replaced by renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and bio-mass. Norbert Allnoch, director of the Institute of the Renewable Energy Industry (IWR)…read more

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Günter Grass: ‘What Must Be Said’

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What must be said Why have I kept silent, held back so long, on something openly practised in war games, at the end of which those of us who survive will at best be footnotes?   It’s the alleged right to a first strike that could destroy an Iranian people subjugated by a loudmouth and gathered in organized rallies, because an atom bomb may be being developed within his arc of power.   Yet why do I hesitate to name that other land in which for years – although kept…read more

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