Harvey Wasserman

Harvey Wasserman
Harvey Wasserman's latest book, America at the Brink of Rebirth: The Organic Spiral of US History, will be published in 2016.  His Solartopia Green Power & Wellness Show is at www.progressiveradionetwork.com, and he edits www.nukefree.org.

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Thursday, February 17, 2011
Big Nuke Billions Lurk in Obama's Budget
Barack Obama's 2012 budget marks a major escalation in the nuclear war against a green-powered future, whose advocates are already fighting back. Amidst massive budget cuts for social and environmental programs, Obama wants $36 billion in loan guarantees for a reactor industry that cannot secure sufficient private "marketplace" financing for new construction.
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Monday, January 24, 2011
Obama and Our Disney Nukes
Barack Obama is about to address a nation whose greatest potential liability is its Disneyesque illusion of atomic power. Despite the nation's huge debts and fears of foreign terror, America's 104 licensed reactors are the most dangerous threat to our future. After a half-century of operations, the industry still cannot get more than $11 billion in private insurance against possible accidents whose human and property damage could easily run from mere trillions to the simply incalculable.
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Thursday, January 13, 2011
The Second Amendment Demands Gun Control
The Second Amendment supports those of us who would CONTROL guns---and thus prevent the insane slaughter that compromises our security. James Madison and the Founders of this nation would be enraged to see the Second Amendment being used to put guns in the hands of the Tucson shooter and so many others like him. The debate over the violent hatespeak of Sarah "Lock & Load" Palin and her Foxist ilk is long overdue. But so is a careful national reawakening to what the Second Amendment actually says:
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Sunday, December 26, 2010
Another Astonishing Holiday No New Nukes Victory
The atomic energy industry has suffered another astonishing defeat. Because of it, 2010 again left the "nuclear renaissance" in the Dark Age that defines the technology. But an Armageddon-style battle looms when Congress returns next year. The push to build new nuclear plants depends now, as always, on federal subsidies. Fifty-three years after the first commercial reactor opened at Shippingport, Pennsylvania, no private funders will step forward to pay for a "new generation" of nukes.
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Saturday, December 18, 2010
Our Gay Commander-in-Chief
As "conservatives" scream and yell about gays in the military, they might remember that in all likelihood we have already had a gay Commander-in-Chief. His name was James Buchanan. He was the 15th President of the United States. A Democrat from Pennsylvania, Buchanan is discreetly referred to in official texts as "our only bachelor president." In fact, many historians believe that he may well have been "married" to William Rufus King, a pro-slavery Democrat from Alabama who was our only bachelor Vice President.
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Saturday, November 27, 2010
The War in Afghanistan is Not about Afghanistan
The war in Afghanistan is about perpetual war, not Afghanistan. It's about preventing democracy in the United States, not bringing it to Southwest Asia. And it is the tombstone of the Obama Presidency.
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Monday, November 15, 2010
America's Eggshell Nukes
The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has made it clear that America's 104 licensed atomic power reactors are not accidents waiting to happen. They are accidents in progress. And proposals to build a "new generation" of reactors are not mere scams. They comprise a predictable plan for permanent national bankruptcy.
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Saturday, November 06, 2010
Vermont Votes No Nukes
Vermont has elected a governor pledged to make the state truly green by shutting its decrepit, leaking nuclear plant. And the town closest to that reactor has voted to take it by eminent domain if necessary, a step unprecedented in world history. In reaction, the nuke's owner (Entergy) has turned tail and put the plant up for sale. (So far, no bidders).
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Saturday, October 02, 2010
Hey Tea Party-Republicans: The Founders Are Not Your Guys
This is a Greco-Roman nation, gathered in a Hodenosaunee longhouse. As they wrap themselves in the Constitution they mean to shred, that is the self-evident Truth the Tea/GOP Party ultimately cannot face. Our legal godfathers---the ones Glenn Beck loves to conjure---were Deistic liberal humanists whose core beliefs he hates. They dumped that tea because they despised the corporation that owned it and the idea of empire it (and today's corporate-military right) stood for.
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Friday, September 24, 2010
Another Feeble-Headed Nuke Drops Dead
As the "reactor renaissance" desperately demands new billions from a lame duck Congress, one of its shining stars has dropped dead. Other much-hyped "new generation" plans may soon die with it. For years "expert" reactor backers have touted the "Pebble Bed" design as an "inherently safe" alternative to traditional domed light water models. Now its South African developers say they're done pouring money into it.
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