Common Core Tests Fail Our Students Again

Originally posted on lisa's leaks:
New York State education officials are qualifying the newly released results of students’ Common Core-aligned test scores with statements such as “We’re in a period of transition,” and “We’ve invested millions of dollars in training to support educators to better prepare students.” In short, however, while students’ test scores…

California drought most severe in 1,200 years, study says

Californians are living through the most severe three-year drought in the last 1,200 years, according to a new study published this week in an American Geophysical Union journal. Although other three-year periods have been drier, 2012-14 stands as perhaps the worst drought in a millennium due in part to “anomalously low” precipitation and “record-high” temperatures,…

PETITION LAUNCHED OPPOSING OPENING MILLIONS OF ACRES OF CALIF. DESERT TO INDUSTRIAL-SCALE ENERGY PROJECTS

“Without significant input from the public, from you, this juggernaut will proceed relentlessly, sacrificing millions of acres of desert habitat, wasting precious groundwater, degrading air quality, and “taking” endangered species and other wildlife.” — David Garmon, Borrego Springs petition author November 28, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – Environmentalists have launched a PETITION  at Moveon.org…

Molten Salt Nuclear Reactors: Technology Revolution in Nuclear Power could slash costs below coal

Nuclear power basically comes down to two issues: Safety and cost. Nobody denies that mass nuclear has the raw production capacity to provide for our energy needs through the remotely foreseeable future, but some argue that doing so would either bankrupt us, sicken us, or both. While this is certainly a disputed interpretation, it’s one…

Distributive Generation and Nuclear Energy

Amory Lovins popularized the idea of Distributed electrical generation as a foil to the emerging nuclear power industry. Lovins argued that what was needed was not large nuclear generation facilities, but small localized generating facilities that drew their power from nature. Such facilities, Lovins maintained, would be low cost and more reliable than large generating…