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Colorado town on verge big changes amid Superfund cleanup

Posted by on Friday, 9 September, 2016

DENVER (AP) — A historic Colorado mountain town is on the threshold of a transformation after the federal government announced it will embark on an ambitious campaign to stanch the flow of acidic wastewater cascading from abandoned mines.

The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday designated an area north of Silverton as a Superfund site, clearing the way for a multimillion-dollar cleanup that could last years.

“I think we’re all in for one heck of an adventure,” said Mark Esper, editor of the Silverton Standard newspaper.

Tainted wastewater has been flowing from idle mines in the San Juan Mountains for years, but some of Silverton’s 600-plus residents resisted a Superfund designation, worried it would discourage tourists and skiers. Silverton is best known for the steam-powered Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and the Silverton Mountain ski area.

But when the EPA accidentally triggered a 3-million-gallon wastewater spill from the Gold King Mine in August 2015, contaminating rivers in three states, public opinion shifted. Silverton and surrounding San Juan County got behind the Superfund listing.

“It has been a stunning turnaround,” Esper said. He said he wasn’t sure of all the reasons for the reversal, but others have said residents recognized that a long-term solution was urgent and only the federal government could afford it.

“People I thought never would be supporting Superfund totally reversed,” he said.

Silverton Town Administrator Bill Gardner said he was “tremendously happy” with the Superfund listing.

“What a great benchmark for this community and for our downstream partners,” he said.

He praised the EPA for listening to the town’s concerns.

“I think the EPA deserves a lot of credit,” he said. “I think they’ve worked very hard with the voice of the community.”

The agency calls the project the Bonita Peak Mining District Superfund Site. It includes 47 other sites besides the Gold King, most of them mining-related.

The EPA has already been at work in the area, building a temporary treatment plant to clean up water still flowing from the Gold King, sampling water and sediment and assessing fish and wildlife habitat.

That process will probably end next year, said Rebecca Thomas, EPA’s manager for the project.

The agency will then study different cleanup methods, choose a preferred option and ask for public comment. Work would then start on designing and implementing the cleanup.

Fixes could include water treatment plants for acidic waste draining from the site, plugging abandoned mines that are leaking and moving mine waste piles away from streams, Thomas said.

It’s too early to say how long the cleanup will take or what it will cost, Thomas said.

The EPA estimated that the Gold King blowout sent 880,000 pounds of metals into the Animas River in Colorado, including arsenic, cadmium, copper, lead, mercury, nickel and zinc.

Utilities and farmers temporarily stopped drawing water from the rivers for drinking and irrigation. The EPA said water quality quickly returned to pre-spill levels.

Public pressure on the EPA has been intense.

An investigation last year by the Interior Department, which is independent of the EPA, said the cleanup crew could have avoided the spill but rushed its work.

Interior officials said they found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing. A separate criminal investigation is still underway, along with an internal EPA inquiry.

Congress has conducted multiple hearings.

New Mexico has sued both the EPA and Colorado over the spill, while the Navajo Nation sued the federal government. Utah officials say they also plan to sue.

Acting New Mexico Environment Secretary Butch Tongate said his state and other downstream jurisdictions were excluded from some of the Superfund planning. “We will persist in our fight to protect New Mexicans and to hold EPA fully accountable,” he said in a written statement.

Esper said Silverton could become a research center for cleaning up leaking mines across the nation. The Government Accountability Office estimates that at least 33,000 abandoned mines across the West and in Alaska are contaminating water or causing other environmental problems.

The Colorado cleanup might also improve the town’s finances, which have been in decline since a mine and mill closed in 1991, Esper said.

“I think people are really optimistic in the future of Silverton. I don’t think we see Superfund as being a hindrance to that,” he said.


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‘I don’t speak for Donald Trump,’ says RNC Chair Reince Priebus

Posted by on Friday, 2 September, 2016

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said that if you want to know the specifics of Donald Trump’s immigration policy, you’ll have to ask the real estate magnate himself.

The GOP leader declined to spell out what his party’s presidential nominee planned to do about the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday.

This distancing comes after a week of Trump softening his anti-illegal-immigration stance, which had included calls for a deportation force to kick out every undocumented immigrant. The reality TV star now says that he will immediately deport violent criminals and put the rest through a fair but humane process.

On the morning news show, Chuck Todd asked Priebus what Trump’s position is specifically on undocumented immigrants.

“Well, you’re going to find out from Donald Trump very shortly,” Priebus said. “He’s going to be giving prepared remarks on this issue, I think, very soon. I don’t want to give a date.”

Todd replied, “We don’t know? I mean, it is sort of remarkable that we don’t know.”

“I don’t speak for Donald Trump. That’s what I do know,” Priebus said. Then he broke down what his party’s standard-bearer has promised to do about the U.S.-Mexico border and deporting violent criminals but declined to elaborate on the presidential candidate’s plans for nonviolent undocumented immigrants.

“Here is what I know: His position will be tough. His position will be fair, but his position is going to be humane,” he said. “He’s going to build and complete the border wall that was set in place in 2006 by Congress. It’s going to be paid for. I believe that he is going to — when he talks about deportation — he’s going to go after people here who are criminals and shouldn’t be here.”

Priebus conceded that Trump had simplified his immigration policy during the primaries but is now reflecting on it. Regardless, he said, Trump would be tougher on illegal immigration than any presidential candidate the U.S. has ever had and will be a “law and order president.”

Todd asked what Priebus thinks of political analysts who argue that Trump has backed down from his radical policy to something that’s more or less former presidential candidate Jeb Bush’s policy.

“No, I really don’t [think this is Bush’s policy], because I think that you’re not going to see an easy path to legalization. You’re not going to see that in a Donald Trump plan,” Priebus said. “That’s off the table. There is no method by which someone is here illegally that is going to become a citizen and jump the line as [Democratic presidential nominee] Hillary Clinton wants to do.”

Just as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday, Priebus said people should focus on the real issue: the difference between the immigration policies of Clinton and Trump.

“She wants to put [President] Barack Obama’s immigration plan on steroids. She wants millions of people who are here illegally to cut the line,” Priebus said.

Todd pointed out that Donald Trump’s official campaign website still says he will end birthright citizenship and asked Priebus if that should be the Republican Party’s stance on this issue.

“I believe in the interpretation of the Supreme Court on the issue,” he replied. “I’m comfortable with [birthright citizenship]. I’m comfortable with it. I’m comfortable with it, with the Supreme Court rulings on the issue.”

Priebus added that a Republican presidential nominee is not obligated to toe the party line on every issue. He speaks with Trump every day and knows what he thinks about a lot of these issues, he said.

“This is a good and decent man that wants to do the right thing,” Priebus said.

Harley-Davidson in $15m pollution settlement with US

Posted by on Friday, 19 August, 2016

Washington (AFP) – US motorcycle giant Harley-Davidson on Thursday entered a $15 million settlement with US authorities who accused the company of making and selling illegal devices that increased air pollution from its bikes.

The company, the iconic American manufacturer of large and loud motorcycles, agreed to buy back and cease selling so-called “super tuners,” which improved performance but increased hydrocarbon and nitrogen oxide emissions.

The company has produced and sold about 340,000 of the devices, which are prohibited under the US Clean Air Act, the Justice Department said.

The announcement comes as the German automaker Volkswagen faces continuing legal woes after admitting that it had installed emissions cheating devices on 11 million diesel-powered automobiles worldwide.

Last year, the company sold about 265,000 motorcycles worldwide and 168,000 in the US.

Assistant Attorney General John Cruden, head of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, said in a statement that other manufacturers should consider themselves warned.

“Anyone else who manufactures, sells or installs these types of illegal products should take heed of Harley-Davidson’s corrective actions and immediately stop violating the law,” Cruden said.

The settlement involves both the Justice Department and the US Environmental Protection Agency.

In a statement, Harley said it had not admitted liability and took issue with the government’s legal positions.

“This settlement is not an admission of liability but instead represents a good faith compromise with the EPA on areas of law we interpret differently, particularly EPA’s assertion that it is illegal for anyone to modify a certified vehicle even if it will be used solely for off-road/closed-course competition,” Ed Moreland, head of government affairs, said in the statement.

Under its terms, Harley will pay a $12 million civil penalty and devote another $3 million to a project to replace conventional woodstoves with cleaner-burning stoves in local communities, according to the statement.

The Unconventional Diaries: Two wild weeks in Cleveland and Philadelphia

Posted by on Wednesday, 3 August, 2016

Yahoo News enlisted participants at the Democratic and Republican national conventions — representing different viewpoints and roles — to file daily diary entries about their on-the-ground experiences in Philadelphia and Cleveland. Our diarists included an anti-Trump protest organizer, rival party operatives, a millennial vote director for an environmentalist group, and a host of delegates both disappointed by and thrilled with their respective nominees.

These diarists were your eyes and ears at two of the most unconventional political gatherings in generations, offering a front-row seat on the convention floor, behind-the-scenes access to key political meetings, and a vivid picture of what conventions are really like, both inside and outside the arena.

Read below for some of the best diaries from each day of the two conventions.



Sunday, July 17

View the full diaries from that day.

I remember when Stand Together Against Trump started. It was a Monday morning and Trump announced that he was doing a pre-Ohio primary rally at the I-X Center in Cleveland later that week. I got an email from my friend Nate that said, “We have to do something when he comes to town.” And from there we organized, and I think we had 15-20 physicians and residents outside wearing shirts saying, “Muslim Doctors Save Lives.” And Nate and I felt compelled to go inside and interrupt the speech and chant, “Stop the bigotry.”

We thought Trump was done, he would fizzle out, Republicans would nominate Cruz or Kasich and we would go back to our normal lives. And that didn’t happen. The Indiana primary happened, and he was all of a sudden the nominee. And it hit a lot of people like a wall, this thing we didn’t think could happen, that an overtly racist person would be a major party’s nominee for president. It just stopped us in our tracks.

We always thought: Well, we’ll start organizing and we would join a bigger group, a national organization that is well and well organized. We’d have our group of doctors and join something bigger. But no one else had anything for the Thursday night when Trump accepts the nomination. And then, over the past few weeks, we’ve gotten emails from groups that are saying, “We want to join you and come be a part of this.” And so it has expanded beyond a group of just doctors and nurses to a whole host of young professionals, a whole bunch of individuals around the country who are looking for something. It has been wonderful, but I’ve also been busy!

Bryan Hambley, left, in the crowd as Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Cleveland, March 12, 2016. (Photo: Aaron Josefczyk/Reuters)

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Bryan Hambley, left, in the crowd as Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Cleveland, March 12, 2016. (Photo: Aaron Josefczyk/Reuters)

We’re not here to yell at Trump delegates or supporters. We think they should have their space to project their views. No one is going to be convinced by a yelling match. We are having daily peace and nonviolence trainings, and those will be focused on taking people — many of whom are first-time protesters — and preparing them for the chaos of a convention, of a busy city, of a hectic situation and to make sure they know how to react and make sure it is a peaceful event. That’s a fundamental thought of what we believe but also what we think is most effective. We think Trump wins when there is violence. We think he wins when there is dislike and hatred and anger. He is really very good at driving narratives when people don’t like each other. We think the message can be that we don’t dislike any one person but that we have different values. Our values are that we respect all people, regardless of their religion, regardless of where they came from, whether they are man or woman. And we think if we keep the discussion this week on that area, on a positive projection of values, we think we win. We think if it descends into hatred, Trump probably wins the week. It’s also strategic; it’s how we see the election evolving.

Black-footed ferrets return to where they held out in wild

Posted by on Saturday, 30 July, 2016

MEETEETSE, Wyo. (AP) — A nocturnal species of weasel with a robber-mask-like marking across its eyes has returned to the remote ranchlands of western Wyoming where the critter almost went extinct more than 30 years ago.

Wildlife officials on Tuesday released 35 black-footed ferrets on two ranches near Meeteetse, a tiny cattle ranching community 50 miles east of Yellowstone National Park. Black-footed ferrets, generally solitary animals, were let loose individually over a wide area.

Groups of ferret releasers fanned out over prairie dog colonies covering several thousand acres of the Lazy BV and Pitchfork ranches. Black-footed ferrets co-exist with prairie dogs, living in their burrows and preying on them.

In the weeks leading up to the release, biologists made extra sure the ferrets will have plenty of prairie dogs to eat by treating the local prairie dog population with insecticide and plague vaccine. Plague, which is spread by fleas, can kill off prairie dogs by the thousand.

Scientists recently found plague had killed some prairie dogs in the area but not nearly enough to interfere with the release. In fact, the pattern of prairie dogs killed by the disease suggests the plague vaccine works, said Zack Walker, a Wyoming Game and Fish Department biologist.

More plague control will be needed as wildlife officials plan more black-footed ferret releases next year and the year after.

“In the early years, it’s going to be important to keep it up,” Walker said.

The release completed the circle of a story that began in 1981, when a ranch dog named Shep brought home a dead black-footed ferret in the Meeteetse area. Local ranchers took the carcass to a taxidermist, who alerted them it was no ordinary weasel but a very rare specimen, indeed.

Five years later, biologists rounded up the remaining wild ferrets to launch a successful captive-breeding program. Tuesday’s release, in other words, brought the descendants of the last Meeteetse ferrets back to Meeteetse for the first time.

“We thank the ranch owners for their commitment to recovery of black-footed ferrets. The decades of hard work from Game and Fish and our numerous partners show in these recovery efforts,” Wyoming Game and Fish Department Director Scott Talbott said in a release.

The Fish and Wildlife Service breeds black-footed ferrets at a facility near Fort Collins, Colorado. There, the young ferrets go through a “boot camp” where they learn how to catch prairie dogs.

Ferrets have been released at 24 sites in Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, South Dakota, Arizona and Kansas, as well as Canada and Mexico. Recent release sites include the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge near Denver last fall.

This was the first ferret release in Wyoming in almost a decade. Last year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated all of Wyoming as a zone for “experimental, non-essential” populations of black-footed ferrets.

The designation indemnifies ranchers in case they accidentally harm any ferrets released on their property.

Biologists flocked to the Lazy BV and Pitchfork ranches in the 1980s to learn more about the last remaining black-footed ferrets in the wild, recalled Meeteetse Mayor J.W. Yetter, who worked in the local logging industry at the time.

“There was a whole crew of university people and wildlife biologists in training quartered up at the timber creek ranger station. They were the ones charged with tracking, capturing, radio collaring and generally discovering the extent of that colony and getting biologic information about the members of that colony,” Yetter said.

Bloody Leaves from King Albert's Deadly Fall Are Authentic, DNA Shows

Posted by on Tuesday, 26 July, 2016

Using DNA tests, scientists have confirmed the authenticity of a morbid souvenir: bloodstained leaves that were taken from the death site of Belgium’s King Albert I more than 80 years ago.

The results of the new study might help put to bed some conspiracy theories that claim Albert was the victim of murder, not a climbing accident.

Albert, who ruled from 1909 until his death, was celebrated for his role in World War I, as he refused to let German troops through Belgium to attack France. An avid mountaineer, he died on Feb. 17, 1934, when he was climbing alone near the village of Marche-les-Dames, southeast of Brussels. His body was found on a rock at the foot of a cliff. [Photos: Squash Contains Louis XVI’s Blood]

Deadly spectacle

The king’s death, at age 58, came as a shock for the public. People flocked to Marche-les-Dames to pay their respects —and to take part in the spectacle, according to news reports. An Associated Press report from Feb. 26, 1934, said the rock where Albert fell to his death had to be surrounded by barbed wire to protect it from “the depredations of thousands of curious visitors.” The site had become such an attraction that it was being “plucked bare of stones, leaves, branches and everything else removable by souvenir hunters.”

A journalist bought one of those supposed relics, a set of bloodstained tree leaves, at auction in 2013. That journalist then teamed up with scientists for an investigation. The researchers were able to find two of Albert’s living relatives who agreed to help confirm the authenticity of the bloody leaves: King Simeon II, the last tsar and former prime minister of Bulgaria, and a German baroness named Anna Maria Freifrau von Haxthausen.

“They gave up DNA samples that we compared with the DNA of the trails of blood,” the leader of the study, forensic geneticist Maarten Larmuseau of the University of Leuven in Belgium, said in a statement. “We found that the blood is indeed that of Albert I.”

End of conspiracy theories?

Rumors had cropped up about the circumstances surrounding King Albert’s death, suggesting that the king had committed suicide or was the victim of a politically motivated murder.

Even some public figures advanced these conspiracy theories: among them, British military officer Graham Seton Hutchison, an avowed fascist who came to sympathize with the Germans after World War I and to praise Adolf Hitler. Seton Hutchison, as quoted by The New York Times in May of 1934, claimed the story of Albert’s death was “the biggest piece of spoof put over on the world,” implying that the king was murdered because he actually wanted no part in the “devilry of France in conspiring for war against the defenseless Germans.”

Since there were no eyewitnesses to the king’s death, many of the conspiracy theories hinged on the idea that Albert’s body was never even at Marche-les-Dames, or that someone placed the body there after the king was killed by a blow to the head. So the positive identification of blood on leaves from the site helps add credence to the official account of Albert’s death.

“Eighty years after the fact, everyone involved has passed away, and most material is gone. We will probably never be able to dismiss all speculations concerning this ‘cold case,'”Larmuseau said in the statement. “The story that the dead body of the king has never been in Marche-les-Dames or was only placed there at night has now become very improbable. Furthermore, the results show that conducting a perfect legal investigation at the time was impossible right from the start, because souvenir hunters had disturbed the scene.”

The researchers said they wanted to protect the privacy of everyone involved in the study. Therefore, they had independent experts check the genetic profiles, but did not publish any of that sensitive personal DNA information.

Strangely enough, this isn’t the first time DNA tests have confirmed a death relic of a monarch. Three years ago, scientists found that a decorative gourd really did contain the dried blood of France’s King Louis XVI.

The new findings will be published in the journal Forensic Science International: Genetics.

Original article on Live Science.

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Melania Trump: The education of a first lady

Posted by on Thursday, 21 July, 2016

CLEVELAND — News that a portion of Melania Trump’s Republican convention opening night speech appeared to be plagiarized from Michelle Obama’s 2008 Democratic convention address threw the two women into vivid contrast Tuesday and led to fresh questions about Trump’s claims about her education.

Though Trump says on her website that she obtained a degree in design and architecture from a university in Slovenia, her biographers have made clear that she left college after her first year to pursue a career as a model.

Not finishing — or even attending — college is a first lady background that’s been more common in Republican administrations over the past 75 years, perhaps reflecting the greater gender traditionalism on the GOP side of the aisle.

Obama, for her part, is a graduate of Harvard Law School. And while her educational background is unusual in American first lady history, having earned a graduate degree is something Obama shares with Hillary Clinton, who also earned a law degree, and with Laura Bush, who holds a master’s degree in library sciences.

Melania Trump, should her husband win the White House, would represent the return of an earlier type of first lady, one who did not graduate from college and instead pursued a career in a less verbal, more visual arena.

The last first lady with that sort of arts-and-culture background was Betty Ford, who studied dance at the Bennington College School of Dance and later at Martha Graham in New York. Joining Ford in the non-bachelor’s degree-holding club are Mamie Eisenhower, who attended finishing school in an era when women rarely went to college, Barbara Bush, who dropped out of Smith College after one year to marry, and Rosalynn Carter, who attended Georgia Southwestern College before marrying and moving with her new husband.

The other recent first ladies are college graduates. Jacqueline Kennedy held a Bachelor of Arts degree from George Washington University, where she studied French literature. Lady Bird Johnson was issued two bachelor’s degrees, one in journalism, from the University of Texas. Pat Nixon earned a bachelor’s from the University of Southern California in merchandising after working her way through junior college. And Nancy Reagan graduated from Smith College.

The increasing educational attainment of first ladies in recent administrations mirrors the increasing educational attainment of presidents and the population at large. Starting with Bill Clinton, all U.S. presidents have been graduate degree-holders, and Ronald Reagan was the last U.S. president to not hold at least one degree from an Ivy League institution. Donald Trump would continue the Ivy League tradition as a holder of an undergraduate degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Unconventional #35: The senator who could sink Trump, Pence’s VP tryout, Clinton-Sanders awkwardness, and the most anti-immigration platform ever

Posted by on Friday, 15 July, 2016

Unconventional is Yahoo News’ complete guide to what could be the craziest presidential conventions in decades. Here’s what you need to know today.

CLEVELAND — And so it begins. Unconventional arrived here this morning after a series of delays and a redeye out of LAX. We could really use a good iced coffee. (Any local recs? Tweet them to @andrewromano.)

For the rest of the week, and the entirety of next, we’ll be filing from the Rock ‘n’ Roll Capital of World, where the GOP — or the portion of it that’s able to tolerate Donald Trump, at least — will be crowning its 2016 nominee. Then we’ll head directly to the Democratic convention in Philadelphia.

Instead of our usual Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule, we’ll be posting new installments of Unconventional every weekday from now until July 28. In addition to our usual reporting and analysis, each post will feature original, on-the-ground dispatches from the rest of the Yahoo Politics team. Our goal is to be the one thing you need to read to understand what’s really happening at the conventions.

To get the party started, today’s Unconventional will serve as an introduction to four of our crack convention correspondents — Jon Ward, Hunter Walker, Holly Bailey and Liz Goodwin — and the brilliantly “unconventional” reporting they’re already doing in Cleveland and elsewhere.

You’ll be reading a lot more of their work in the days ahead.



1. The tea party senator who could decide Trump’s fate in Cleveland

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By Jon Ward

CLEVELAND — This week, watch Mike Lee.

The mild-mannered first-term U.S. senator from Utah will arrive here Wednesday night or Thursday morning to cast a significant vote in the long-odds battle being waged by some Republican delegates to snatch the party’s presidential nomination from Donald Trump.

(Read the full story here.)

Lee, 45, is one of Utah’s two members on the convention Rules Committee, which will vote at the end of the week on a motion to unbind the 2,472 convention delegates next week. If the committee sends the resolution to the convention floor, the whole convention would vote up or down on the measure.

The obstacles facing the dump-Trump effort are high. Multiple Trump campaign officials said Tuesday their whip count indicated that the “conscience clause” would not get out of Rules, and that if it did, it would lose on the convention floor. There were no signs of nervousness in the Trump whip operation, one said.

Allies of the dump-Trump effort are more optimistic that the Rules Committee might pass the measure to the full convention, but less hopeful about their chances there. In addition, other observers of the process think that delegates trying to send the convention to multiple ballots by having a few hundred delegates abstain from voting on the first ballot is the better strategy.

Nonetheless, if the Rules Committee does keep the issue alive by sending the conscience clause to the floor of the convention, it could take on life in a way that’s hard to predict.

And Lee is at the heart of this battle. His support for or against the conscience clause proposal will send a powerful signal to those among the other 111 members of the Rules Committee who are wavering. Lee’s wife, Sharon — who, like her husband, was chosen by the other Utah delegates to represent them on the committee — is believed likely to follow his lead, so his decision could swing two votes of the 28 required to bring the motion to the floor. One member of the Rules Committee said many members believe that Lee’s support could be crucial.

A spokesman for Lee said Tuesday that the senator has made up his mind how he will vote and will share his decision with other members of the committee this week.

Israel Find May Help Solve Mystery of Biblical Philistines

Posted by on Tuesday, 12 July, 2016

ASHKELON, Israel (AP) — An archaeological discovery announced on Sunday in Israel may help solve an enduring biblical mystery: where did the ancient Philistines come from? The Philistines left behind plenty of pottery. But part of the mystery surrounding the ancient people was that very little biological trace of them had been found — until 2013. That’s when archaeologists excavating the site of the biblical city of Ashkelon found what they say is the first Philistine cemetery ever discovered. They say they have uncovered the remains of more than 200 people there. The discovery was finally unveiled Sunday at the close of a 30-year excavation by the Leon Levy Expedition, a team of archaeologists

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There's a gender divide on nuclear power, but it doesn't mean what you think it means

Posted by on Tuesday, 31 May, 2016

In 2015, Morning Consult did a survey on attitudes toward nuclear power, and according to reporter Davis Burroughs, nuclear reactors “face pronounced unpopularity among an unexpected bloc: women.” This is not unexpected at all: polls and surveys have consistently found a wide gender gap on nuclear power, going all the way back to the 1970s. Though overall public support for nuclear waxes and wanes, the gender gap stays steady. Said Gallup in 2012: Men and women have sharply different attitudes about nuclear power, differences that are larger than those found between partisan, ideological, age, and educational segments of the population. Men favor nuclear power as a source of electricity by a

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