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More Non-Nuclear Prescriptions from Shell

August 22, 2014 by Rod Adams
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Shell and Nuclear Energy

Shell, one of the world’s largest natural gas and oil companies, is spending large sums of money creating and distributing beautifully produced ads aimed at convincing us all that natural gas can provide increasing supplies of clean electricity, clean heat, and clean transportation fuel.[read more]

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A Path to Carbon-Free Ammonia?

August 14, 2014 by N Nadir
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Ammonia and Carbon

The synthesis of the agricultural and chemical commodity ammonia, which is of critical importance to humanity, is currently inextricably involved with fossil fuels. This post discusses a publication in the primary scientific literature that suggests a path to decoupling ammonia synthesis from the industrial use of carbon.[read more]

Shell's Future Scenarios Ignore Nuclear Energy [VIDEO]

August 8, 2014 by Rod Adams

Shell, Nuclear Energy, and the Future

One of the reasons I am so certain that hydrocarbon producers dislike the idea of competing with nuclear energy is the fact that their ads, stockholder communications, and predictions of future energy supply scenarios virtually ignore nuclear energy.[read more]

Nuclear Energy: the Debate Australia Has to Have [VIDEO]

August 8, 2014 by Barry Brook

Australia and Nuclear

On July 28, I was an invited participant in a public discussion and Q&A session on the future of nuclear energy for electricity generation in Australia. It was organised and hosted by the Inspiring Australia initiative, and ran at the National Library of Australia in Canberra.[read more]

Can Nuclear Make a Substantial Near-Term Contribution?

July 31, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Nuclear Future in the Short-Term

The short to medium term future of nuclear energy is a topic of intense debate and will be heavily influenced by China. This article uses data on the Chinese nuclear construction pipeline to compare the potential near-term impact of the successful completion of these plants against that of wind and coal buildouts.[read more]

NRC Commissioner Candidates Stephen Burns and Jeffery Baran

July 29, 2014 by Rod Adams

Filling NRC Vacancies

With some trepidation and caution, I recommend that the Senate confirm Stephen Burns as an NRC Commissioner. He will not require a lengthy acculturation process or any significant training time to come up to speed as a fully functioning Commissioner.[read more]

Why we Need CCS - Part 5: Bridge to a Sustainable Energy Future

July 22, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Carbon Capture and Sustainable Energy

If climate science is correct, the world has little choice other than aggressive pursuit of the bridge technologies of CCS and bio-energy through a true technology-neutral CO2 mitigation framework. Pursuing renewables and nuclear power as a primary climate change mitigation strategy can do much more harm than good in the long run.[read more]

Opportunity to Use Science to Establish Radiation Standards

July 12, 2014 by Rod Adams
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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) to solicit comments from the general public and affected stakeholders about 40 CFR 190, Environmental Radiation Protection Standards for Nuclear Power Operations.[read more]

Jeb Handwerger: Are You Ready for Doubles and Triples in Uranium Mining Stocks?

July 12, 2014 by Jim Patrick

Uranium Mining Jump

Jeb Handwerger is an author, speaker and founder of Gold Stock Trades. He studied engineering and mathematics at University of Buffalo and earned a master's degree at Nova Southeastern University. Handwerger began a daily newsletter, which grew to include thousands of readers.[read more]

Top 5 EU Energy Issues: All You Need to Know for the Italian Presidency [VIDEO]

July 11, 2014 by Kasper Peters

Energy and the Italian Presidency

Hughes Belin, leading energy journalist for viEUws - the EU Policy Broadcaster, picks out the top 5 energy issues that will be discussed by the European institutions under the Italian Presidency, including the security of supply as the crisis between Ukraine and Russia continues.[read more]

Shell Oil and Gas Company Perspective on Energy Futures

July 8, 2014 by Rod Adams
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Oil Companies and Nuclear Energy

There was a time when the Royal Dutch Shell corporation demonstrated strong interest in nuclear energy. In 1973, it was approached by Gulf Oil Company, the owner of Gulf General Atomics, as a capital partner for an aggressive expansion program.[read more]

As a Solution for Climate Change - Nuclear Power is Falling Behind

July 3, 2014 by Milton Caplan
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Nuclear Falls Behind

Recently, the 2014 edition of the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Energy Technology Perspectives (ETP) was issued. The ETP is issued on a two year cycle; the current edition takes the World Energy Outlook 2013 forecasts and looks to the longer term out to 2050.[read more]

Russia Continues Sustained Fast Breeder Reactor Effort

July 1, 2014 by Rod Adams
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Russia Reactor Development

On June 26, 2014, the 60th anniversary of the start of the 5 MWe Obninsk reactor that was the first reactor in the world to routinely supply electricity to a commercial power grid, Russia started up the latest in a series of sodium-cooled fast reactors, the BN-800.[read more]

HTR-PM: Nuclear-Heated Gas Producing Superheated Steam

June 28, 2014 by Rod Adams
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New Reactor Designs

The first HTR-PM (High Temperature Reactor – Pebble Module), one of the more intriguing nuclear plant designs, is currently under construction on the coast of the Shidao Bay near Weihai, China. This system uses evolutionary engineering design principles that give it a high probability of success.[read more]

Hollande's Proposed "Cap" on Nuclear Electricity Capacity

June 26, 2014 by Rod Adams
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France’s President Francois Hollande and his Socialist Party ran on a platform that included scaling back France’s dependence on nuclear energy. It was not a very popular part of his campaign pitch. Hollande is trying to follow through on his promise, but there are well-connected people who oppose the idea.[read more]