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It's Time for Environmentalists to Give Nuclear a Fair Go

December 20, 2014 by Barry Brook
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Greens and Nuclear Energy

Should the development and use of nuclear energy be part of Australia’s (and many other countries’) future energy mix? We think so, particularly as part of a realistic solution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prevent dangerous climate change.[read more]

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U.S. Uranium Supplies, Part 2: Mitigating Future Energy Security Risks from Large Imports Disruptions

December 17, 2014 by John Miller
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Uranium Security and Supply Risk Prevention

In the previous ‘U.S. Uranium Supplies, Part 1’ report we covered current-future World & U.S. Nuclear Power generation, primary sources of nuclear fuels, and the growing risks to imported supplies. Here we will cover promising policies and strategies for mitigating future potential uranium fuel imports disruption risks.[read more]

DoE Announces $12.5B in Loans for Advanced Nuclear

December 17, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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DoE Advanced Nuclear Loans

The Department of Energy issued a loan guarantee solicitation for $12.5 billion on Wednesday for innovative nuclear projects. This comes on top of $8 billion for advanced fossil energy projects last December, and $6.5 billion for two nuclear reactors in February, the first new to be built in the U.S. in about 30 years.[read more]

Evaluating Fifteen Years of IEA Energy Forecasts

December 16, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Analyzing IEA Forecasts

This article takes a look at the accuracy and consistency of International Energy Agency forecasts by comparing a range of historical forecasts with actual data. The largest deviations are observed when looking at oil, coal and renewables other than hydro.[read more]

Putting Excitement Back into Nuclear Technology Development [VIDEO]

December 16, 2014 by Rod Adams

Nuclear Tech and Future Development

Josh Freed, Third Way‘s clean energy vice president, has published a thoughtful, graphically enticing Brookings Essay titled 'Back to the Future: Advanced Nuclear Energy and the Battle Against Climate Change.' It focuses on Leslie Dewan and Mark Massie of Transatomic Power.[read more]

60 Minutes on Coal Ash: Muted Outrage, Lots of Smiles and Nods

December 12, 2014 by Rod Adams
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Environmental Damage and Media Coverage

I’m not opposed to the political process and I recognize the important advantages to the adversarial system that is the foundation for our system of government. The nuclear industry needs to learn how to play the role that an industry is supposed to play in keeping regulatory reach and media coverage under control.[read more]

Almost All U.S. Nuclear Plants Require Life Extension Past 60 Years to Operate Beyond 2050

December 12, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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Nuclear Plant Life Planning

When nuclear plants are built, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has the authority to issue initial operating licenses for a period of 40 years. Beyond that, the reactors need license renewals, and the NRC has granted 20-year license renewals to 74 of the 100 operating reactors in the United States.[read more]

US-China Climate Deal Underscores Need for Substantial Energy Innovation

December 11, 2014 by Arthur Yip
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US, China, and Innovation

Talks at the UNFCCC COP 20 in Peru have been buoyed by the recent US-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change. While the pledges by the two largest players may represent a veritable political breakthrough, a new Breakthrough analysis of China’s energy plans shows there is reason for concern.[read more]

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Is the US-China Climate Change Deal a Game-Changer? An Interview with MIT's Valerie Karplus

December 11, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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US China Climate Partnership

Climate diplomacy made global headlines with a new partnership between the world's two largest carbon emitters: the United States and China. In this interview, I catch up with MIT's Valerie Karplus, an expert on both American and Chinese energy and climate policy, to dig into the details of the deal.[read more]

Why Cutting CO2 with Renewables Alone Means Betting Big on Efficiency: Behind the IPCC's Climate Stabilization Scenarios

December 9, 2014 by Suzanne Waldman
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Nuclear Energy and IPCC Climate Models

What is the problem with leaning on renewable energy as a solution to the consequences of climate change? All-RE scenarios show one thing in particular, which is they all depend on increasingly intensive demand reductions over time to avert climate change.[read more]

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U.S. Uranium Supplies, Part 1: Growing Energy Security Risks

December 1, 2014 by John Miller
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Uranium Supply and Risk

Nuclear Power is the largest source of U.S. ‘zero carbon’ electricity generation. Expansion of this baseload power generation capacity is needed to replace coal and enable future expansions of variable Wind and Solar Power. The U.S. unfortunately imports most nuclear fuels, which are subject to growing supply disruption risks.[read more]

Examining the Risks of Nuclear Terrorism

December 1, 2014 by Suzanne Waldman
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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]

Shaping Public Perceptions of Radiation Risk

November 29, 2014 by Rod Adams
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Radiation and the Perception of Health Risk

On Monday, November 17, the US House of Representatives passed H.R. 5544, the Low Dose Radiation Research Act, which called for the National Academies to “conduct a study assessing the current status and development of a long-term strategy for low dose radiation research.”[read more]

Comparison of Grid-Connected and Off-the-Grid Houses

November 26, 2014 by Willem Post
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Energy efficiency for buildings wasn't an issue until after the increase of crude oil prices in 1973. Building owners, seeing increases in energy costs, consulted engineers to make energy surveys of buildings, which, after implementing recommendations, usually resulted in decreases of energy consumption.[read more]

Embracing our Best Shot at a Low-Carbon Future

November 13, 2014 by Clean Energy Leadership Institute
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Low-Carbon Future with Nuclear Energy

Environmentalists and their critics often struggle to find common ground, but the one issue they agree on is their resistance to nuclear energy. Nuclear energy in the United States has invoked knee-jerk opposition since the Three Mile Island crisis in 1979.[read more]