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Reflection: And God said “No”

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

by Tracy Jamison* Mark Lynas is an optimist. On February 29th, Mr. Lynas lectured here at OSU at LaSells Stewart Center on his book, The God Species. According to Mr. Lynas, humans are a God species and consequently we have to “run the planet as if we were gods”. Not the kind of Gods found [...]

Reflection: Cleaning Up Hanford’s Waste

Monday, February 27th, 2012

by Jindan Chen* What’s in Hanford’s backyard? What cleanup has been accomplished, and what are the current challenges? What can you do about Hanford? These questions were presented to the Feb 23 open forum here at Oregon State University about the former plutonium production facility in Hanford, Washington.  Participants in the forum included representatives from [...]

What Will Our Energy Legacy Be?

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

By Jacob Darwin Hamblin The earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis in Japan is a potent reminder of how vulnerable humans are to the shrugs and twitches of nature. Nuclear power advocates are quick to say that the compromised Japanese reactors were of an old design. But Japan is a sophisticated, technologically savvy nation. If a [...]

Echoes of Another Oil Spill

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

By Anita Guerrini President Obama’s June 15 speech about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill outlined government actions to deal with the immediate crisis, and also, though less precisely, outlined a new energy policy. We have been here before – in 1969. From the air, the Santa Barbara Channel platform looked “like the metal handle [...]

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