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The earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan raised new concerns about the risk of another nuclear reactor disaster.  The explosion of the FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR POWER PLANT gives our citizens cause to re-examine the risk assumed by the public. At this writing, the full extent of the damage to the plant, the community, and the environment is unknown - it will take years.

At the same time concerns over the high risks associated with extracting natural gas and as noted in a Financial Times article is "energy that comes from the same place as our drinking water. Extracting it had better be safe. The political fault lines over hydraulic fracturing (hence the term fracking) have been easy to predict for anyone paying attention to the controversies over climate change and genetically modified organisms. France’s national assembly voted to ban fracking while in the US its been full steam ahead in 32 states. These are high risk alternative energy sources. 

 

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Last U.S. Nuclear Test by Konstantin Kakaes

Konstantin Kakaes is a Future Tense fellow at the New America Foundation, where he is studying the causes and consequences of technological innovation. Here, in a well organized minute, he provides a review  of U.S. nuclear testing, the last one being twenty one years ago, and brings the viewer up to date on the status of the 1996 ban on all nuclear weapons testing.

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