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Environment / Nuclear power


5 April 2017

Fukushima nuclear disaster - a terrifying legacy

It is six years since the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan. On 11 March 2011 - '3/11' - a devastating earthquake and series of tsunamis destroyed the cooling systems at the Fukushima power plant, one of 50 nuclear plants in the earthquake prone country.

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24 February 2017

Byelections: Break with Labour Blairism wasn't on offer

It is Blair's own toxic legacy that has led to the decline of the Labour vote in Copeland and Stoke

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22 September 2016

Hinkley Point C: wasteful, dangerous and polluting

Theresa May has given the go-ahead to the 18 billion 'Hinkley Point C' in Somerset

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20 April 2016

Chernobyl nuclear disaster - 30 years on

On 26 April 1986, an explosion destroyed the nuclear power station in Chernobyl. This explosion, the worst 'nuclear incident' in history, set back confidence in 'clean' nuclear energy for a generation.

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25 November 2015

Socialist change not climate change

The climate summit in Paris meets as evidence continues to grow of the threat of global warming.

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11 November 2015

Can biomass energy be part of a socialist plan of production?

A reader criticised the idea of using 'biomass' as part of green, socialist energy production. We publish this letter, along with a reply.

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29 October 2015

Hinkley deal - no point in nuclear

The recent visit of Chinese Premier Xi Jinping seems to have sealed the deal on the Hinkley Point C nuclear reactor - a deal which is disastrous in every aspect.

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2 September 2015

Nuclear Secrets: a dangerous dead end

TV review: Geoff Jones reviews the BBC4 TV programme Britain's Nuclear Secrets - Inside Sellafield (on BBC iPlayer until 10 September).

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14 August 2015

TV review: Britain's nuclear secrets

In what was obviously intended as a positive story on the nuclear industry, respected physicist Jim Al-Khalili took a camera crew into the nuclear complex at Sellafield in Cumbria

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5 August 2015

Hiroshima - 70 years on

Can a future nuclear conflict be avoided?: Seventy years ago, on 6 August 1945, a single bomb dropped by a US bomber on the Japanese city of Hiroshima killed between 90,000 and 166,000 men, women and children.

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11 December 2013

Cameron 'kowtows' to Chinese dictatorship

Western capitalist leaders put business before lofty 'principles': David Cameron, like many other Western leaders visiting China, abandoned any pretence of defending 'democracy' or 'human rights' in order to secure new profitable deals for British capitalism, writes Vincent Kolo, chinaworker.info.

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Energy bills - Dividend payout rate - percentage of profits paid in dividends as a proportion of net income, photo The Socialist

Energy bills - Dividend payout rate - percentage of profits paid in dividends as a proportion of net income, photo The Socialist

23 October 2013

Energy for the millions ...not the millionaires

People ask what on earth is going on in the energy industry? Kate Jones of Llanelli and West Wales Socialist Party investigates.

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23 October 2013

Big business lines its pockets from nuclear power

You want generous, guaranteed energy prices, fixed for 35 years? No problem if you own a French or Chinese multinational company. Bad luck if you're an ordinary consumer, writes Pete Mason.

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16 October 2013

SSE: So Sodding Expensive!

An estimated 7,000 pensioners died between December 2011 and March 2012 because their homes were too cold. 6.7% of the population live in fuel poverty - up 50% since 2010, writes John Sharpe.

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Profit at all cost, cartoon by Alan Hardman

Profit at all cost, cartoon by Alan Hardman

6 June 2012

Energy bill puts profits before the planet

Socialist planning needed: A recent poll has shown 68% support - 80% among 18-44 year olds - for building wind farms across Britain...

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Polar bear on sea ice, photo by NASA

30 May 2012

Needed: a socialist plan for the environment

Global warming: threat critical: Global warming is the overriding environmental issue facing the world. 20 years have passed since the UN 'Earth Summit' in Rio de Janeiro highlighted the problem, yet emissions have rocketed

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13 April 2011

No to nuclear power - nationalise the environment-unfriendly energy giants

After the tsunami hit on the reactors at Fukushima power plant, the Japanese government is raising the nuclear alert level to seven, on a par with the horrors of Chernobyl a quarter of a century ago, writes Ben Norman.

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30 March 2011

Fast news

Pay squeeze Average take home pay is lower today than in 2004, according the BBC's Panorama TV programme - The Big Squeeze - shown on 28 March. It reckoned that the average worker takes home 1,088 a year less than two years ago after adjusted for inflation.

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Fukushima I courtesy of Digital Globe

Fukushima I courtesy of Digital Globe

23 March 2011

Nuclear power, no way!

After Japan's tsunami disaster -: The earthquake off Japan's east coast and the giant tsunami wave that followed on 11 March has, at the time of writing, officially killed over 8,500 people with another 13,000 people still missing...

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Japan: earthquake and tsunami: an aerial view of tsunami damage in Tōhoku, photo from Wikipedia

16 March 2011

Workers hit hard by earthquake and tsunami

Exclusive report from Japan:
Take over the power and building industries!
Millions around the world watched, read and listened in horror to the reports coming from Japan on 11 March and the days that followed...

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