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Thank you so much to all who have donated this summer to support our site! 

The Fairewinds Crew greatly appreciated the generosity of our viewers, by way of monetary donations, and through increased viewership, social media support, and encouraging notes and emails. Thank you all for being a part of the Fairewinds community. Once again it was a treat to work with best-selling author Chris Bohjalian, who joined us for this year's Summer FUNdraising Raffle. Fairewinds is excited to announce the winners who will be receiving a signed copy of Mr. Bohjalian's critically acclaimed novel, Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands. 

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Fukushima Daiichi Decommissioning: Follow The Money



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Are the meltdowns at Fukushima Daiichi over? The answer is no. In Fairewinds’ latest video, Chief Engineer and nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen updates viewers on what’s going on at the Japanese nuclear meltdown site, Fukushima Daiichi.  As the Japanese government and utility owner Tokyo Electric Power Company push for the quick decommissioning and dismantling of this man-made disaster, the press and scientists need to ask, “Why is the Ukrainian government waiting at least 100 years to attempt to decommission Chernobyl, while the Japanese Government and TEPCO claim that Fukushima Daiichi will be decommissioned and dismantled during the next 30 years?”

Like so many big government + big business controversies, the answer has nothing to do with science, and everything to do with politics and money.  To understand Fukushima Daiichi, you need to follow the money.

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Part Two: Economics of Nuclear Power with Mycle Schneider



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In April of 2015, Fairewinds’ Chief Engineer, Arnie Gundersen and the Fairewinds Crew headed to Quebec City for the World Uranium Symposium. Attended by more than 300 delegates from 20 countries that produce uranium for nuclear power and weapons, the symposium brought together experts who are calling on governments throughout the world to end all uranium mining.

In this presentation, Part Two: Economics of Nuclear Power, Mycle Schneider, an independent international energy and nuclear policy consultant and lead author of the annual World Nuclear Industry Status Report, provides an economic analysis of the cost of nuclear power including data using charts and graphs.

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Part One: Economics of Nuclear Power with Arnie Gundersen

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In April of 2015, Fairewinds’ Chief Engineer, Arnie Gundersen and the Fairewinds Crew headed to Quebec City for the World Uranium Symposium. Attended by more than 300 delegates from 20 countries that produce uranium for nuclear power and weapons, the symposium brought together experts who are calling on governments throughout the world to end all uranium mining.
In this video, Part One: Economics Of Nuclear Power, Arnie presents an economic analysis of the cost of nuclear power.

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Decommissioning Our Nuclear Power Stations: Mission Impossible?

Review by Caroline Phillips, Fairewinds Administrator

As most of you, our followers and viewers, know, Fairewinds Energy Education has real concerns about nuclear waste abandonment as nuclear corporations begin the process of decommissioning and dismantling nuclear power plants. Sponsored by the Lintilhac Foundation, Fairewinds issued a major report about decommissioning Vermont Yankee in March 2015.  Beyond Nuclear, Vermont Yankee Decommissioning Alliance, and Vermont Citizens Action Network invited Fairewinds Energy Education to speak at the United States premiere of Decommissioning Our Nuclear Power Stations: Mission Impossible? in Montpelier, VT, Wednesday, June 3rd.

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Fairewinds Energy Education's Summer FUNdraiser Raffle

Close Your Eyes, Hold Your Hands

For the month of June, all who donate $60 or more to Fairewinds will be entered to win a copy of our book of the month, Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands, signed by the author Chris Bohjalian, Fairewinds President Maggie Gundersen, and Fairewinds Chief Engineer Arnie Gundersen. Recurring donors who contribute $5/mo. or more to Fairewinds will also be eligible to win a book!
Books will be sent out in July to the winners of this Summer FUNdraiser Raffle.

 This is an important time for Fairewinds because a gracious donor will give us $3 for every dollar you contribute. That means your $100 donation becomes $300, or a $50 donation is actually $150. The success of this June fundraiser begins and ends with you. So please, click the Support Our Site (SOS) button and make a donation. And, thank you - from all of us on the Fairewinds crew!

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Give Us 3 Minutes



Fairewinds Crew

 When you turn to Fairewinds for news, you expect accurate and undistorted analysis of nuclear energy issues and risks. That kind of analysis is hard work for the Fairewinds crew. Every video, podcast, newsletter and presentation we do takes research and planning. The enthusiasm and creativity of Fairewinds’ crew enables us to bring you the most accurate information possible in a timely manner.
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What's life like after nuclear disaster?



Chris Bohjalian
 What if a nuclear disaster destroyed your life?

 It would not take an atomic bomb laced with lethal doses of radiation to contaminate your homeland, and cause such chaos. When nuclear power plants fail and nuclear reactors experience leaks, explosions, and overheat, radiation is carried by the wind and contamination and chaos ensue. Since Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania, Chernobyl in the Ukraine, and now the Fukushima Daiichi triple meltdown in Japan the lives of thousands of innocent people have been turned upside down and destroyed due to nuclear power risks becoming reality.

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World Uranium Symposium 2015 - TMI & Chernobyl Workshop

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In April of 2015, Fairewinds’ Chief Engineer, Arnie Gundersen and the Fairewinds crew headed to Quebec City for the World Uranium Symposium. Attended by more than 300 delegates from 20 countries that produce uranium for nuclear power and weapons, the symposium brought together experts who are calling on governments throughout the world to end all uranium mining.  In this presentation, Arnie shares how the nuclear industry refused to learn from their own mistakes and repeated the same failures at Fukushima Daiichi that caused widespread devastation at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl. 

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Forbes Flips


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Forbes Flips
By Sue Prent

In case you missed the May Day bulletin, the financial world just tipped on its axis a bit more toward clean energy.

 In Forbes, that bastion of conventional wisdom on Wall Street, Jeff McMahon posed the following question in a bold headline:

 “Did Tesla Just Kill Nuclear Power?”

 The gist of the story is that, at a divestiture debate held at Northwestern University in Chicago on Thursday, “famed nuclear critic” (McMahon’s characterization, not mine) Arnie Gundersen (aka: a member of the Board of Directors of Fairewinds Energy Education), stopped Argonne Laboratories director Dr. Jordi Roglans-Ribas dead in his tracks when he based his case for nuclear energy on that tired old saw with which we are all so familiar:

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