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Is Nuclear Safer Than Coal?

Nuclear accidents and all, coal is our deadliest energy source. Energy expert Jesse Jenkins and our publisher discuss on the Dylan Ratigan Show.

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Remember: Elizabeth Taylor Fought AIDS Before Even President Reagan

While most Americans sat in silence behind a silent president, Elizabeth Taylor fought AIDS from the very beginning.


While many are marking Elizabeth Taylor's passing today by pointing out her great beauty or talent as an actor, we here at GOOD would be remiss if we didn't note the tremendous strides Taylor made in the fight against AIDS.

While then President Reagan remained shamefully mum at the outset of America's AIDS crisis—which is 30 years old this year—Taylor partnered with Dr. Michael Gottlieb and others to form the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR). With that organization as her lifelong platform, Taylor raised awareness of AIDS like no one before her—and also raised more than $100 million to combat the disease.

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Interactive Chart: Deaths per TWh by Energy Source

Coal is the most lethal energy source, while natural gas and nuclear stack up relatively well.

This interactive visualization, found at the IBM research site Many Eyes, allows you to compare the number of deaths, measured per terawatt-hour (TWh), that can be attributed to each of the main sources of energy worldwide—coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear, hydro, and peat or biomass—against the proportion that each contribute to global energy production.

Click on the button on the top-left of the graphic below to open it up. The left column represents the percentage of global energy production for each source. The right column reflects the deaths per TWh that are attributable to each source.

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