Examining the Risks of Nuclear Terrorism

December 1, 2014 by Suzanne Waldman

The standard risk analysis algorithm for making risk comparisons is to multiply the severity and magnitude of hazards with their probabilities of occurrence. This algorithm is considered by some to be callous, as it can excessively minimize a dreadful hazard which has a small probability, dooming some to experience it.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Very, Very Safe'

June 13, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Iraq and Energy Risks

Analysts and traders have their eyes trained on Iraq, where an Al Qaeda splinter group known as the Islamic State in Iraq in the Levant seized control of Mosul – the country’s second largest city – and have reportedly made advancements toward a strategic oil refining center.[read more]

Will 'Guns, Guards, and Gates' Really Terror-Proof the Grid?

March 25, 2014 by Jeff St. John

It appears that 2014 is the year that the power grid’s physical security is going to come to the forefront of national attention. Now the question for utilities and regulators is whether they’re going to overreact, under-react, or find a balanced response.[read more]

Climate Change vs Terrorism and the Costs of Inaction

May 19, 2013 by Jim Baird

climate change future?

Terrorism seems to be the only actionable trigger in our leaders' minds. Perhaps we need to brand Mother Nature a terrorist to provoke action on climate change?[read more]


Indian Point. A slightly differerent view.

November 25, 2010 by David Lewis

 "Terrorists are not going to be able to harm the reactor by crashing an airplane into it".   This is what Dan Yurman and Gwyneth Cravens, in "Andrew Cuomo needs to take a second look at Indian Point", an op-ed published in the New York Daily News, tell us.  They say this newspaper has the biggest circulation of any...[read more]

Oil Infrastructure and Terrorism – Part III

October 7, 2010 by Robert Rapier

The secretary of Russia’s National Security Council is now warning that militants have joined forces with pirates to carry out attacks on key maritime oil transport hubs like the Strait of Hormuz and the Suez Canal. According to the EIA, the Strait of Hormuz “is the world’s most important oil chokepoint due to its daily oil flow of 16.5-...[read more]