Obama Backing Key to Nuclear Power

President Obama confers with senior advisors in the Oval Office. Photo: Pete Souza

Washington – At a press conference entitled “The Future of Nuclear Power,” financial expert Kevin Book said that President Barrack Obama is a “resolute advocate” for nuclear power, supporting the industry even after the Fukushima Daiichi power plant disaster. Book, an energy analyst with ClearView Energy Resources, said Obama’s support does more to preserve the future of nuclear power than any other politician in Washington. Book believes that as a result of the Japanese tragedy, the nuclear power industry will have trouble raising money in private markets because of costs, concerns about liability and the slowness of the regulatory process.

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No Peace Talks with Taliban

McClatchy News is reportning that news reports about U.S. negotiations with Taliban leaders are false and were part of a disinformation campaign that “blew back” to American news outlets.


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ENS: Deaf to ‘Music Saves Mountains,’ EPA Approves New Surface Coal Mine

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has given its conditional approval to a new mountaintop removal coal mining permit, as long as the mine operator makes changes to protect downstream water quality.

Community efforts to call a halt to mountaintop removal mining and the pollution that comes with it have attracted the support of well known musicians Dave Matthews, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Patty Griffin, Kathy Mattea, Patty Loveless, Big Kenny and Buddy Miller, who held a sold-out benefit concert for the cause during May in Nashville.

The coal companies on one side and the musicians, environmental groups and affected communities are locked in a battle that is not going to end anytime soon.

But the Music Saves Mountains participants say their campaign is not an anti-coal industry movement. Rather, it seeks to raise awareness and put an end to just one destructive form of coal mining, mountaintop removal. Less than seven percent of the coal mined in the United States comes from mountaintop removal, its opponents point out.


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AP: General: Kandahar operation will take longer

A military and civilian campaign to neuter the Taliban that began in the Kandahar region this spring had been expected to ramp up in June and conclude by August. It will now probably stretch far into the fall.

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