Brent Blackwelder, a Ph.D., is president Emeritus of Friends of the Earth U.S., a national environmental organization dedicated to preserving the health and diversity of the planet for future generations.
Articles by this author
Saturday, October 31, 2015
Time to Stop Worshipping Economic Growth
There are physical limits to growth on a finite planet. In 1972, the Club of Rome issued their groundbreaking report— Limits to Growth (t welve million copies in thirty-seven languages). The authors predicted that by about 2030, our planet would feel a serious squeeze on natural resources, and they...
Saturday, May 07, 2011
Obama Should Back Off Risky Nuclear Loan Guarantees
Well before the catastrophe at Fukushima began unfolding, a familiar word was heard in discussions about plans to build a new generation of reactors in this country. That word: risk. With President Barack Obama and Congress pushing ahead with efforts to offer up federal construction loan guarantees totaling $54.5 billion, what was the risk of taxpayers getting stuck holding the bag in the event these nuclear projects defaulted? And, why should taxpayers even be expected to assume such a risk?