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How Can Nuclear Energy Build Trust in a Time When Denying Science is Rampant?

February 24, 2015 by Milton Caplan
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Science and the Nuclear Industry

Building trust in science is a task that goes well beyond the nuclear industry. Yes, scientists have much work to do to build that trust with the public and government, but governments must then ensure that they use science as a basis for policy.[read more]

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Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Bioenergy

February 23, 2015 by Schalk Cloete
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Bioenergy and Discussing Internalized Costs

This article will gather some data about TEC community views on the global average internalized cost of bioenergy. Please chip in with your opinion so that we can gather a statistically significant sample size and get a meaningful indication of the current consensus (or lack thereof).[read more]

Nuclear Energy: The Sixty-Year Pitch

February 18, 2015 by Peter Dykstra
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Nuclear Energy Planning and History

In 1954, Atomic Energy Commission Chair Lewis Strauss envisioned a day when “our children will enjoy in their homes electrical energy too cheap to meter.” Strauss was placing his bets on nuclear fusion, which, sixty years later, is still on the drawing board. And the meters are still ticking away.[read more]

Atomic Balm: Some Prominent Environmental Veterans are Talking up Nuclear Power as a Climate Change Solution

February 16, 2015 by Peter Dykstra
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Environmentalism and Considering Nuclear

In recent years, some major science and environmental players have come forward to endorse nuclear power. Former EPA Administrator and Obama climate czar Carol Browner, for examples, signed up for the newest effort to sell nuke plants, the year-old Nuclear Matters, founded by electric giant Exelon in 2014.[read more]

Why (Some) People Don't Believe in Climate Science

February 14, 2015 by Tom Schueneman
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Climate Denial and Human Behavior

Why is it so hard to wrap our brains around global warming? It’s a hoax, it’s the sun, it’s scientists after grant money, it’s a play for world domination. One thing is clear, facts don’t matter. A climate change narrative based solely on facts hasn’t worked and won’t work. Why is this?[read more]

Beyond Technology Tribalism

February 11, 2015 by Alex Trembath
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Tribalism is the biggest problem with clean energy debates today. Support for one tech is interpreted as opposition to another, and attempts to grapple with any tech’s challenges are dismissed as trolling. Getting past this requires honest engagement on the promises and perils of different technological pathways.[read more]

Off-Grid Solar Power for Rural India: What Say the Customers?

January 7, 2015 by Johannes Urpelainen
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In the past five years, off-grid solar power as a strategy of rural electrification has become a popular idea — and for a good reason. And while off-grid solar power is far from replacing grid extension as the main mode of rural electrification, it can no longer be dismissed as a trivial strategy.[read more]

Exploring U.S. Seniors' Perspective Toward the Smart Grid

January 3, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Seniors and the Smart Grid

Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) recently completed a new consumer analysis, Consumer Pulse: Focus on Seniors, which takes a deeper dive into the data collected from SGCC’s national flagship research series, Consumer Pulse Wave 1-4, which was collected during 2011–2013.[read more]

The Growing Level of Environmental Awareness

December 30, 2014 by Steven Cohen

While it is far from universal, more and more people understand that we need to sustainably manage our planet's resources and ecosystems. This awareness has been growing for about a century, but has picked up momentum over the course of the past decade.[read more]

Prevention is Easier and Less Painful Than Cure: Keep Vermont Yankee Operable

December 30, 2014 by Rod Adams
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Vermont Yankee and Future Planning

For many reasons, including lack of focused attention by some of the people who will be most affected, the Vermont Yankee saga is in the bottom of the ninth, the home team is behind by a run or two, there are two outs, and there is already one strike on the batter at the plate.[read more]

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Thoughts on Climate Change After Crossing Asia

December 16, 2014 by David Kroodsma

Climate Change Views in Asia

Six months after leaving Istanbul, and cycling 5,500 miles, we reached the coast of China, thus officially crossing Asia with our bicycles. In addition to enjoying the open road and making friends with farmers, yak herders, and businessmen, we've talked to people we've met along the way about climate change.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: The New Slogan for Action to Address Global Warming

December 14, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Global Warming Action

With the global climate talks in Lima, Peru almost done, climate observers are watching with baited breath to see how far countries get to hammering out a draft agreement that can be formalized next year in Paris. However, there are lots of steps being taken to address greenhouse gas emissions at the local level.[read more]

Newspapers Nationwide See Benefits of Continuing Investment in Wind Power

December 13, 2014 by Shauna Theel
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Wind Industry Growth

Newspapers across the country came out over the course of this fall in strong support of extending the renewable energy Production Tax Credit (PTC), which is the primary federal policy supporting development of new wind farm development.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: On NIMBY, Free Lunches, and Pipelines

December 13, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Pipeline Routes and Planning

Kinder Morgan is submitting a revised route for a natural gas pipeline designed to bring additional supplies of natural gas into Massachusetts, where gas and power prices spiked last winter due to a combination of physical supply issues and market factors. The company changed the route due to public opposition.[read more]

Examining Nuclear Power as Climate Option, Part II

November 12, 2014 by Suzanne Waldman
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In this second half of my essay, I will move on to the other factors habitually cited as barriers to the use of nuclear power as a climate mitigation option: the actual risks of nuclear power and its concomitant waste, and the current public image of nuclear power.[read more]