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Floating Nuclear Plants Could Ride Out Tsunamis

April 17, 2014 by Energy @ MIT

Floating Nuclear Plants

When an earthquake and tsunami struck the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant complex in 2011, neither the quake nor the inundation caused the ensuing contamination. Rather, it was the aftereffects, the lack of cooling for the reactor cores due to a shutdown of all power, that caused the harm.[read more]

Climate Preparedness Task Force Should Use Water Infrastructure Funding to Protect Communities from Climate Risks

April 16, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Climate Preparedness

Recent disasters in U.S. communities illustrate risk from flooding and drought events. Downpours swept across the South recently, causing at least one death and widespread flooding. More than 60 percent of the West, including greater than 99 percent of California, now is facing drought conditions.[read more]

Shipping Oil by Rail: A Modern-Day Problem of Social Cost

April 15, 2014 by Meredith Fowlie
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Oil by Rail Risk

While environmental groups and other stakeholders have been working hard to delay, if not completely derail, major pipeline projects like Keystone, oil companies have also been working hard to find alternative ways to get their crude oil to market.[read more]

Nuclear Energy: Past, Present, and Future

March 31, 2014 by Rod Adams

Nuclear Energy History

On March 28, I had the privilege of attending a symposium at Dartmouth College, 'Three Mile Island 35th Anniversary Symposium: The Past, Present, and Future of Nuclear Energy.' If you are curious and have a free nine hours, you can even watch a copy of the main event on YouTube.[read more]

How Can US Natural Gas Reduce Europe's Dependence on Russia?

March 31, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles
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Russia's annexation of Crimea has drawn new attention to Europe's reliance on energy supplies from Russia. Lacking the means to force Russia's president to back down, US politicians and leading newspapers have latched onto the idea of exporting shale gas to reduce the EU's vulnerability.[read more]

16% of Natural Gas Consumed in Europe Flows Through Ukraine

March 15, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Ukraine and Natural Gas Flows

Europe, including all EU members plus Turkey, Norway, Switzerland, and the non-EU Balkan states, consumed 18.7 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of natural gas in 2013. Russia supplied 30% (5.7 Tcf) of this volume, with a significant amount flowing through Ukraine.[read more]

Why the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Matters for Climate Change

March 12, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Keystone and Climate Goals

Following the close of the thirty day public comment period, the National Interest Determination (NID) process will continue as federal agencies consider over 2 million comments concluding that the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is not the nation’s interest.[read more]

Cybersecurity is Key to our Clean Energy Future

March 10, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Noting that experts generally agree the risk of a large-scale cyber attack on America’s electricity transmission grid “is significant and must be addressed,” a new report recommends that government and industry work together to put strong protections in place.[read more]

Approval of Line 9B Puts Canadian Communities at Risk While Bringing Tar Sands Oil to New England's Doorstep

March 8, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch

Pipeline Construction

Canada’s energy and pipeline regulator, the National Energy Board, approved a pipeline project to transport tar sands eastward from Ontario to terminals just outside Montreal. This decision is a slap in the face to communities along the pipeline’s route who will bear the brunt of the risks pipelines create.[read more]

Can 'Impact Investors' Save the Day for Cleantech Entrepreneurs?

March 4, 2014 by Rob Day

I am writing this column while en route to a meeting of LPs on the subject of “impact investing.” Last week, I also attended a meeting of family office investors on the same subject. Impact investing is a growing trend and discussion topic. Can it make a difference for cleantech entrepreneurs and markets?[read more]

Can Coal Fly Ash Waste Be Put To Good Use?

February 24, 2014 by Edward Dodge
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Coal Fly Ash Waste

A huge coal ash spill was discovered on at the Duke Energy power plant in North Carolina that has caused significant damage to the Dan River. The spill was caused when a storm drain pipe that runs underneath the containment pond collapsed and allowed 82,000 tons of ash to flow into the river.[read more]

Charity Is the Best We Have to Offer In the Face of Our Energy Challenge?

December 31, 2013 by Jim Baird
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Really? Charity?

As it turns out, there’s a provision in the tax code that says that investments in startups can be counted as charitable grants—even if those investments could in the long term bring in huge returns. The catch? The startups have to be ones that are too risky for ordinary investors.[read more]

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Nineteen Straight Dry Holes

December 18, 2013 by Jim Baird
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Drilling for Oil

My late father’s old Air Force buddy related to me a few years back how he had drilled nineteen straight dry holes before finally bringing in a producer. Not only am I in awe of the man’s tenacity, I am amazed in the light of current events how he was able to raise the funds necessary to drill his twentieth well.[read more]

Thorium Reactors: Nuclear Redemption or Nuclear Hazard?

December 10, 2013 by Herman Trabish
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Thorium and Risk

Thorium is up to 200 times more energy dense than uranium and as common as lead. It could be a safer, cheaper nuclear fuel. Could thorium be the faltering nuclear industry’s salvation -- or is it a mirage? Is the U.S. missing an immense energy opportunity?[read more]

Natural Gas: Not All It's Fracked Up to Be?

December 10, 2013 by Meredith Fowlie

Natural Gas and Energy Worth

Natural gas is currently being touted in a number of circles as a “game changer” and a “bridge to a low carbon economy.” It is an abundant, made-in-America energy source. It is about half as carbon intensive as coal when burned.[read more]