Archive | May, 2011

Japanese Nuclear Regulation: A Call for Change

After writing a blogpost last week on the Japanese government and nuclear power activities, I realized I might have more insights to offer over time, based on my experiences living and working in Japan. However, I did not think I’d be writing again on that topic so soon. A recent article in a Japanese publication […]

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Fukushima and Amakudari: A Problem with a Long History

A number of news articles have been published since the Fukushima accident pointing to the sometimes overly close relationship that exists between the nuclear industry in Japan and its regulators. Since I have lived and worked in Japan, I thought I might be able to help shed some light on these relationships and the reasons […]

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No Concessions from Chevron on Environmental Issues

Among the developments  at Chevron’s recent raucous annual shareholder meeting was the oil company’s stubborn refusal to settle an $18 billion lawsuit over oil pollution in Ecuador. Chevron is on trial in Ecuador for widespread contamination of Amazonian land and water resources in the 1970s by Texaco, which Chevron purchased in 2001. Plaintiffs suing Chevron […]

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DOE Announces Nearly $170 Million in Available Funding to Advance Solar Energy Technologies

Investments will Help Achieve Cost-Competitive Solar Energy by 2020 Photo courtesy of DOE/NREL WASHINGTON, DC – As part of the Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today nearly $170 million in available funding over three years to support a range of solar photovoltaic (PV) technology areas.  The SunShot Initiative aims to reduce […]

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