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Israel’s Crimes Must Be Met With Arms Embargo

Maureen Clare Murphy The Electronic Intifada
Palestinian children sitting in the dark due to power outage The complicity of Western governments such as the US, UK and the European Union allows Israel’s “crimes against a captive civilian population” in Gaza to proceed with impunity.

Why Tesla Is Building City-Sized Batteries

Giant batteries are crucial to the future of power grids everywhere, but they are only one of the zanier forms of energy storage already in use around the country.

Catching a Breeze

Derrick Z. Jackson The American Prospect
America's belated push to develop offshore wind energy

Watts Bar Unit 2, Last Old Reactor of the 20th Century: A Cautionary Tale

Don Safer and Sara Barczak Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
More than four decades after construction began in 1973, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is finally getting close to starting up the Watts Bar Unit 2 nuclear reactor. While the TVA and the nuclear industry describe Watts Bar 2 as “the first new nuclear generation of the 21st Century,” in fact the TVA resuscitated a demonstrably unsafe 1960s-era ice condenser design that was abandoned decades ago by the rest of the nuclear industry.

Electrifying Africa–But at What Cost to Africans?

Emira Woods, Janet Redman and Elizabeth Bast Foreign Policy in Focus
Two U.S. initiatives to provide Africans with electricity seem likely to lead to large, climate-polluting projects rather than the locally sourced renewable energy rural Africa needs.

Detroit Emergency Manager Created Black Out To 'Teach A Lesson'

Diane Sweet Crooks and Liars
If you ever had any doubt that Michigan has been taken over by a group of dangerous, radical extremists, what happened in Detroit on September 11th, 2013 should be enough to wake you up. On September 12th, 2013, Bill Nowling casually stated that the city’s power outages were intentional to “send a message” to the people of Detroit. Many believe the deliberate power outage was carried out because Orr’s office has been pushing for the privatization of the city power grid.

To Improve Access, Break Up Monopolies

Dipak Gyawali Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Unresponsive power institutions are a bad legacy of the 20th century. And they are the biggest obstacle to improved electricity access for the developing world's poor people -- whether women, children, or men.
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