nuclear energy

Aditi Verma: A Multidisciplinary Take on Nuclear Policy

November 5, 2015 by Energy @ MIT

Nuclear Policy Innovation

Aditi Verma’s first encounter with nuclear policy was nearly her last. She represented Germany at a high school version of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and was frustrated by the debate on her group’s topic, nuclear waste. “Without a science and engineering background, we couldn’t negotiate.”[read more]

Changing the Discussion: It's All About People

May 15, 2014 by Milton Caplan

People and Changing the Discussion

“It’s always amazing when a United Nations report that has global ramifications comes out with little fanfare.” So starts an article in Forbes magazine talking about the most recent UNSCEAR report on the consequences of the Fukushima accident in Japan.[read more]

60 Years Ago, Ike, the Most Visionary President of the 20th Century, Gave Atoms for Peace Speech

December 10, 2013 by Rod Adams

On December 8, 1953, Dwight D. Eisenhower gave his forward-leaning Atoms for Peace speech at a gathering of the United Nations General Assembly in Bermuda. His vision for the world has not yet been realized, but remembering some of his thoughts might inspire some thinkers to take action.[read more]

The First Critmass: December 2, 1942

December 5, 2013 by Rod Adams

Merry Critmass!


Seventy one years ago — on December 2, 1942, at 3:25 pm — Enrico Fermi and his team achieved the first controlled, man-made, self sustaining chain reaction in a simple reactor. In recognition of that historical event, several of my nuclear colleagues refer to December 2 as “Critmass” (short for critical mass).[read more]

France: Land of Champagne, Cheese, and Carbon Taxes

November 24, 2013 by Jeremy Gottlieb

French President François Hollande presides over a nation that currently gets about 75% of its electricity needs from nuclear sources. He has stated that France will implement a carbon tax to lower polluting emissions and will also be placing a hard cap on the amount of energy from nuclear power.[read more]

Nuclear Energy and Nuclear Weapons Are Not Inherently Linked As a Single Enterprise

November 13, 2013 by Rod Adams

The use of uranium, thorium, and plutonium for massively powerful weapons continues to be fundamentally linked in a single enterprise with the beneficial use of those same elements for a wide range of purposes that have nothing to do with wanting to control, terrorize or kill people.[read more]

Realistic Look at Small Modular Reactors in Idaho

November 8, 2013 by Rod Adams

Small Nuclear Energy

From October 30 through November 1, 2013, a group of about 150 people with questioning attitudes about small, modular reactors (SMRs) met in Idaho Falls, Idaho. They were treated to a number of presentations that described the technical progress that has been made so far.[read more]

Nuclear Matinee: Can We Make a Star on Earth?

November 3, 2013 by Joseph Koblich

Nuclear Fusion Energy

The Sun is powered by the strongest source of energy in the universe – nuclear fusion – and teams of scientists and engineers around the world are working toward harnessing fusion to power the long-term future of civilization. In effect, they are working to “create a star” on earth.[read more]


Does Thorium Deserve a Role in Next-Generation Nuclear Energy?

November 1, 2013 by Jim Pierobon

Thorium and Next-Gen Nuclear

The advantages of thorium and liquid-fueled reactors deserve to be researched and developed in ways that would tackle climate challenges while sustaining and expanding a valuable industry. That's what China, India, Norway, South Korea, South Africa and other nations seem to have in mind.[read more]

The British are Coming: New Nuclear Committed in the UK

October 29, 2013 by Milton Caplan

After many years of effort, this month it finally happened. The UK government and EDF Energy, the French-owned UK integrated energy company, agreed to a strike price making the first new nuclear build in the UK in a generation, at Hinkley Point C, a reality.[read more]

UK Nuclear Deal Is A Bet on Baseload Power

October 24, 2013 by Geoffrey Styles

Monday's agreement between the UK government and French utility EDF and a pair of Chinese firms marks the start of the long-awaited turnover of the country's aging nuclear power infrastructure. The deal is controversial, not least for the power price guaranteed to the developers.[read more]


Impacts of Shutting Down Most US Coal Power, Part 2

October 21, 2013 by John Miller

Coal Shutdown Impact

Developing EPA regulations can substantially reduce future and eventually current Coal Power Plants’ carbon emissions. What are the more optimal solutions to minimizing costs and maximizing benefit impacts of shutting down most future U.S. Coal Power generation capacity?[read more]

Robert Stone Addresses Anti-nuclear Heckler at Australian Showing of Pandora's Promise

October 16, 2013 by Rod Adams

Nuclear Energy Discussion

From the moment he first started thinking about producing a documentary that showed nuclear energy in a favorable light, Robert Stone, the director of Pandora’s Promise, recognized that he was going to be under intense scrutiny from people that adamantly oppose nuclear technology.[read more]

McMurdo Station: The New York of the Deep Freeze South [VIDEO]

October 10, 2013 by Rod Adams

McMurdo and Antarctic Nuclear

Nearly all of the images that are used to describe the dangers of melting ice as a result of climate change come from the Arctic. Perhaps that is because it is a far more accessible place than the Antarctic. The Arctic is permanently inhabited and frequently visited.[read more]

Cutler Plant Demolition: Memorable Smokestacks Knocked Down [VIDEO]

October 9, 2013 by Rod Adams

Cutler Demolition

While preparing a presentation for delivery at a local college, I ran across a video of Florida Power & Light’s August 10, 2013 demolition of the historic Cutler power plant in Palmetto Bay, Florida. Cutler Plant’s tall smokestacks played a role in my early interest in nuclear energy.[read more]