Posts Tagged ‘nuclear energy’

Trump’s Secret Saudi Nuclear Tech Transfer

April 2, 2019

Trump's Secret Saudi Nuclear Tech Transfer

Secretary of Energy Rick “Oops” Perry secretly authorized seven U.S. companies to export nuclear energy technology and services to Saudi Arabia. This came to light last week when Mr. Perry testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee. The Trump Adminstration has been working on these deals in secret for over a year, without consulting Congress, which is not pleased.

Hey, what could possibly go wrong?

More:

“Trump administration authorized nuclear energy companies to share technological information with Saudi Arabia,” Steven Mufson, Washington Post

“If You Cannot Trust Saudis With Bone Saw, Says US Lawmaker, ‘You Should Not Trust Them With Nuclear Weapons,'” Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams

“A Saudi nuclear deal is causing lawmakers from both parties to worry,” Rachel Oswald, Roll Call

Updates:

“Report: Saudi Arabia Making Brisk Progress on Experimental Nuclear Reactor,” Tom McKay, Gizmodo

“Why Is President Trump Attempting to Build Saudi Arabia’s Nuclear Energy Program?” Kate Wheeling, Pacific Standard

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Kid Senator Pens ‘Cheeky’ Letter to Iran; International Crisis Ensues

March 11, 2015

Kid Senator Pens 'Cheeky' Letter to Iran; International Crisis Ensues

In office for a couple of months, young freshman Senator Tom Cotton (AR-R) wrote an open letter to the leaders of Iran, saying that any nuclear agreement they sign with the current administration won’t be worth a bucket of warm spit in two years when the Tea Party takes over the White House. That’s misleading, but 46 other GOP senators signed on anyway, some of them older guys who really don’t know what they’re signing. These political pen pals are being hailed as … traitors, reckless, dumb, dangerous and irresponsible, trolls, saboteurs, and so on.

Secretaries of State past and present denounced the letter as a dangerous political stunt. Iran blew it off, but there’s been a strong, substantial public backlash in the USA. Now the GOP letter writers claim it was all a joke, that they were just being “cheeky.” After all, what’s more fun than jeopardizing a critical nuclear weapons agreement?

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Radioactive Recipe in Sweden

August 7, 2011

Radioactive Recipe in Sweden

There’s nothing like Swedish home cooking (husmanskost). Kroppkakor (potato dumplings). Blåbärssoppa (blueberry soup). Kärnenergi (nuclear energy).

Richard Handl of Ängelholm in Skåne (home of the UFO Memorial) is 31 and unemployed, so he used his involuntary free time to exercise his joy of cooking. He tried to cook up a nuclear reactor in his kitchen. Not finding Americium, Radium and Beryllium in his local supermarket, Mr. Handl bought them on eBay. Simmering these ingredients in a 96% reduction of sulphuric acid was not entirely successful, and resulted in a stove-top explosion.

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