nuclear power

America Will Be Energy Independent By 2030

The energy situation is looking pretty grim for much of the world. But here in North America? We're sitting pretty. Thanks to a boom in natural gas production from shale, and oil production from Canada's tar sands, North America will become an energy exporter over the coming decades.

Japan Disaster Disrupts Global Seafood Industry

Japan, both a major buyer and processor of fish, is an important link in the global seafood distribution chain. So the effects of the disaster -- including the ruined ports, roads, fisheries and processing centers -- have taken their toll on the seafood industry worldwide.

Japan's Nuclear Crisis: U.S. Sales of Radiation Pills Boom

Amid panic about the possibility of a radioactive fallout from Japan, Geiger counters and potassium-iodide pills -- which can help prevent radiation-caused thyroid cancer -- have been flying off the shelves, sometimes at unscrupulous prices.

Toyota to Keep Japanese Plants Idle Into Next Week

The Japanese automaker has extended its halt on vehicle production at its plants in Japan through March 22, as the country continues to reel from the devastation of last week's massive 9.0 earthquake and ensuing tsunami.

What U.S. Energy Policy Needs: Less Coal, More Uranium

With cleaner air and energy self-sufficiency high on America's list of priorities, our irrational dislike of nuclear power looks increasingly imprudent. China, France and the U.K. have raced ahead safely on nuclear power: It's well past time for the U.S. to start catching up.

Natural Gas Boom: Cheap, Clean Fuel Presents Problem, Too

A natural gas boom is coming in the U.S, but while consumers are likely to benefit from the cheap energy source, investors may not. Huge new discoveries of domestic reserves may keep prices down, and the political push toward renewable energy sources could cut into producers' profits.

Why Oil Services Stocks Are Starting to Get Hot

As rapid economic development and a population boom take place in the developing world, oil will play an increasingly vital role, no matter what its drawbacks. That puts the likes of Schlumberger, Weatherford and Baker Hughes in a sweet spot.

GE-Hitachi Nuclear: A Global Sales Push

Hitachi and General Electric's nuclear power unit will open five new sales offices around the world by the end of this year. Target markets include the U.S., Vietnam, the U.K., Spain and Poland.

As Nuclear Power Is Revived, Health Concerns Remain

The nuclear power industry is battling activists over the question of increased cancer risk. Reactors are carbon-free, making them especially attractive as the U.S. seeks to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

Legal Briefing: Faked Evidence in a Chevron Pollution Case?

Chevron is facing billions in potential liability stemming from its alleged contamination of the Ecuadorian rain forest. However, one particularly damning report of the pollution appears to be a forgery. Chevron just released a deposition by Charles Calmbacher, in which he says he had found contamination, but none as bad as in the reports written above his signature.

Obama's Nuclear Power Play Lacks Economic Voltage

When Obama approved the first $8.3 billion in a nuclear loan guarantee program Tuesday, he helped unite interest groups ranging from the ultra-conservative National Taxpayers Union to the left-wing Greenpeace. All of whom agree that the program doesn't make economic sense.

Obama Pledges $8B For Nuclear Power

President Barack Obama on Tuesday championed nuclear energy expansion as a way that feuding parties can move beyond the "broken politics" of Washington. He announced more than $8 billion in loan guarantees to build the first nuclear power plant in nearly three decades.