"We have to understand the ubiquity of energy in everything we do. Energy is core to our economy and it brings with it environmental challenges, and it's core to our security challenges." -Ernest Moniz In 1953, then-President Eisenhower, in the aftermath of World War II and with rising tensions between the USA and the Soviet Union resulting in a nuclear arms race, began the “Atoms For Peace” plan. The idea was that all nations should be able to reap the benefits of nuclear power, while simultaneously keeping the world safe from nuclear war. While the same ingredients can be used for both reactors and weapons, uranium and plutonium, there’s are big differences reactor-grade and weapons-grade materials. Reactor nuclear experimental RA-6 (Republica Argentina 6), en marcha. As long as there's the right nuclear fuel present, along with control rods and the proper type of water inside, energy can be generated with only 1/100,000th the fuel of conventional, fossil-fuel … [Read more...] about Ask Ethan: How Can A Nation Have Nuclear Power Without The Danger Of Nuclear Weapons? (Synopsis)
Iran nuclear weapons
It’s time to start worrying about nuclear weapons again. Sure, the nuclear ambitions of North Korea and Iran have been major headaches for the last several U.S. presidents. But important as they might be, they’re a far cry from the pervasive Cold War-era fear that humanity was one miscalculation from annihilating itself. Instead, Washington and Moscow slowly built some trust through arms control treaties. Then, the end of the Cold War seemingly put all that behind us. Even if they each retain more than 6,000 warheads, few people really worry that the United States and Russia might actually use them. We focus much more now on climate change as an existential threat. But the arms control edifice is breaking down. It’s true those treaties are products of a bygone age, in need of updating and rethinking. That’s not what’s happening, however. They are being torn up, violated, or they are at risk of simply expiring. Meanwhile, China must increasingly be part of … [Read more...] about You can now add nuclear weapons to the list of things to start worrying about again
DONALD Trump described the Iran nuclear deal as the "worst ever" agreement negotiated by the US. The US President claimed Iran was still developing its nuke programme. ere's what you need to know. Why has Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal? Announcing his decision to withdraw in July 2018 to announce his decision, he said: “The so-called Iran deal was supposed to protect the United States and our allies from the lunacy of an Iranian nuclear bomb, a weapon that will only endanger the survival of the Iranian regime. “In fact, the deal allowed Iran to continue enriching uranium and over time reach the brink of a nuclear blackout.” “Today, we have definitive proof that this Iranian promise was a lie." The Republican, who called the agreement "rotting and decaying", said he would impose the "highest level" of economic sanctions on Iran. He said: "The United States no longer makes empty threats. When I make promises, I keep them."What sanctions are … [Read more...] about Why did Donald Trump pull out of the Iran nuclear deal and what sanctions are the US reinstating?
THERESA May has today slammed Vladimir Putin for his country’s “desperate fabrication” over the Salisbury spy poisoning. The Prime Minister, 61, was speaking at the UN General Assembly in New York and said Britain set out detailed evidence about the prime suspects in the nerve agent attack. She said the UK has taken “appropriate action” after former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned in March this year. The PM described the incident as a "sickening" attack and said Russia is "blatantly" violating a range of international norms. She highlighted that the UK had identified two key suspects but added Russia has only sought to “obfuscate” the evidence set out by Britain and its allies. She also took a swipe at President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal. The PM told the United Nations Security Council: “We have taken appropriate action, with our allies, and we will continue to … [Read more...] about Theresa May slams Vladimir Putin for Russia’s ‘desperate fabrication’ over Salisbury spy poisoning and blasts Donald Trump for pulling out of Iran nuclear deal
Updated 5:01 pm CDT, Thursday, September 20, 2018 U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley addresses the United Nations Security Council, Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at U.N. headquarters. U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley addresses the United Nations Security Council, Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at U.N. headquarters. Photo: Richard Drew, AP Photo: Richard Drew, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley addresses the United Nations Security Council, Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at U.N. headquarters. U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley addresses the United Nations Security Council, Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at U.N. headquarters. Photo: Richard Drew, AP Trump to address drugs, nuclear weapons in UN speeches 1 / 1 Back to Gallery … [Read more...] about Trump to address drugs, nuclear weapons in UN speeches