Nuclear Energy: Fading Away or Powering Up?

July 11, 2013 by Joseph Koblich

In a lively interview Richard K. Lester, Head of the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology gives his views on what’s happening in nuclear energy now.[read more]

Map of Hybrid/Electric Vehicle Sales Across the US

November 23, 2011 by Tom Konrad

NPR is doing a series looking at automakers’ push to meet the new CAFE standards. Included is this map of hybrid/electric vehicle sales across the US by market:,npr.hybrid-sales/mm/zoompan,tooltips,legend,share.html#4/36.65000000000001/-96.96999999999997 I thought it would be interesting...[read more]

TEPCO Did Not Adopt a Key Lesson Learned from the Accident at Three Mile Island

July 11, 2011 by John Wheeler

Unlike their American counterparts, not all control room operators in Japan have access to plant specific training simulators.  Instead, according to a report by NPR, they use “generic” simulators that are similar to, but not identical to their plant.  This difference may have contributed to the difficulties operators had at...[read more]

WattHead's Jesse Jenkins on NPR: Nuclear as Usual

March 29, 2011 by Jesse Jenkins

Lost in the hyperbolic claims of nuclear opponents, the defensive reactions of the nuclear industry, and the carefully calibrated repositioning of politicians and policymakers is the reality that Fukushima is unlikely to much change the basic political economy of nuclear power.[read more]

Climate Change Groups Need to Rethink Their Approach

December 6, 2010 by Scott Edward Anderson

Yesterday morning I awoke to NPR Weekend Edition Sunday's report on how climate groups are retooling their arguments for global warming. It was music to my ears. (And, yes, once you get over the shock that I've been a loyal NPR listener for 20+ years, you can read on.) "The number of Americans who believe that global warming is a...[read more]

The green wave persists

September 11, 2010 by Rich Maltzman

  One of the themes of our book is the coaching for Project Managers to get themselves “smart” – or should we say “smartER” (that’s the regular SMART plus Environmentally Responsible).  But we recommend this not only for altruistic reasons.  We preach the idea of SMARTER because we assert that it will help you in your...[read more]

Your Parents Now Know More About Green Building: NPR Back For More On LEED

September 10, 2010 by Stephen Del Percio

Earlier this week, we all felt the warmth when green building’s two-part special on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered kicked off. Obviously, green building is neither obscure nor fringe-y at this point — billion-dollar industries tend not to be — but breaking through onto NPR was a big deal. It helped, of course, that part...[read more]

Planet Money: Do smart meters curb energy use?

January 13, 2010 by Lynne Kiesling

Last Friday National Public Radio ran a Planet Money story called “Do smart meters curb energy use?” (first link is to program listing, second is to story transcript) Members of the KP community will not be surprised by any of the content in the report, but it does provide a good introduction to the “information and energy efficiency”...[read more]

Kyoto Pronounced Dead, Makes Room for New Kaya-Direct Framework

October 20, 2009 by Yael Borofsky

Originally posted at the Breakthrough InstituteMore than a year after Breakthrough's Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger pronounced the Kyoto Protocol dead in "Scrap Kyoto," the rest of the world may be catching on as pressure mounts to produce a workable climate treaty that will encourage global action. National Public Radio wrote...[read more]

More "Little Guys" Rallying The Troops for Natural Gas

September 27, 2009 by Rod Adams

A couple of days ago, I blogged about the interesting way that National Public Radio (NPR) produced a three part feature piece on natural gas that portrayed the extraction businesses involved in natural gas as powerless "little guys". That blog post, like all Atomic Insights blog posts, was republished at The Energy Collective, where it...[read more]

Fuel Cell Trains

September 14, 2009 by Geoffrey Styles

I often use my gym time to catch up on interesting podcasts, and NPR's excellent Science Friday series is one of my favorite sources. I just caught up with a recent segment on the development of hydrogen-powered trains, which seem like a particularly clever application of a promising technology that must still overcome serious obstacles...[read more]

NPR takes on ‘clean coal’ astroturfers

August 23, 2009 by Joseph Romm

If imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery, organizers of those town hall meetings protesting any overhaul of health insurance can take this next story as a big fat compliment. Big oil and coal companies are using their trade associations to organize what would appear to be grass roots protests against the climate bill working...[read more]