As concerns over leaking radioactive materials from the Fukushima Daiichi plant persist, workers continued Tuesday to try to cool the plant's reactors with water. But, the situation has become more complex as workers must find somewhere to dispose of the contaminated water used to cool the reactors. Additionally, highly toxic plutonium has been found in the soil surrounding the plant, causing concern.
Joe Cirincione is the President of the Ploughshares Fund, a public grant-making foundation focused on nuclear weapons policy. Cirincione talks to American Morning about the situation in Japan.
As the nuclear crisis in Japan continues, many companies are looking into their own emergency preparations in the event of a natural disaster.
Timothy Mitchell, senior Vice President of Engineering and Tech Services of Entergy Nuclear, which owns and operates many nuclear plants in the U.S.
Mitchell talks to American Morning's Kiran Chetry about the precautions his company has taken and the procedures they have put in place if any of his plants were struck by a natural disaster. He also discusses evacuation plans for the entire population of the New York metro area if the Indian Point Energy Center were to be compromised.
In wake of the Japanese nuclear crisis, President Barack Obama has called for a comprehensive safety review at 104 nuclear reactors in the U.S. This review comes on the heels of the crippled Japanese Nuclear complex that U.S. officials have reported to be under control and in no fear of leaking radiation to the western United States or its Pacific Territories.
Daniel Poneman, Deputy Secretary of Energy, talks with American Morning's Kiran Chetry and Christine Romans about the state of the crippled Japanese Nuclear complex, and how the U.S. could be preparing for a similar situation.
Oil jumped 6% Tuesday, at one point spiking to $98/barrel, due to concerns over spreading turmoil in oil-producing Middle Eastern and African nations.
New reports say Col. Gadhafi is ordering security forces to sabotage oil fields throughout the country, a move that could potentially affect the global oil market.
Though Libya only produces 2% of the world's oil, the growing unrest in the North African nation sparked concern over what might happen if the political turmoil were to spread. American Morning's Kiran Chetry talks to James Burkhard, Managing Director at Cambridge Energy Research Associates, about oil and international politics.
Oscar nominees Mark Ruffalo and Josh Fox have a little more than a week before they find out whether or not they'll be taking home gold statuettes. In the meantime, however, the two Hollywood giants are staying busy; Ruffalo and Fox are on Capitol Hill speaking out against a method of natural gas drilling called fracking, which they say is dangerous.
Ruffalo owns a house that has been affected by fracking and Fox's Oscar-nominated documentary "Gasland" explores the drilling process. The two sit down with American Morning's Kiran Chetry and explain their campaign.