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Are Fast-Breeder Reactors A Nuclear Power Panacea?

August 6, 2012 by Breakthrough Institute

Plutonium is the nuclear nightmare. A by-product of conventional power-station reactors, it is the key ingredient in nuclear weapons. And even when not made into bombs, it is a million-year radioactive waste legacy that is already costing the world billions of dollars a year to contain. And yet, some scientists say, we have the technology to burn plutonium in a new generation of "fast" reactors.[read more]

How green is your EV?

April 18, 2012 by Michael Giberson

On Monday the Union of Concerned Scientists released an analysis estimating the MPG equivalence of electric vehicles. The point of the analysis is this: taking as given an objective of greenhouse gas emission reduction, how do electric vehicles compare to internal combustion vehicles in that dimension? To do such an analysis requires...[read more]

Power Plants Suffer Water Woes

December 5, 2011 by Jonathan Smith

Union of Concerned Scientists Image via Wikipedia A previous reprint of an article originally published in Ecocentric noted that power plants need lots of water primarily for cooling. “Several Texas power plants that rely on cooling ponds are in a tough spot because their reservoirs aren’t being replenished, and that lack of cooling...[read more]

Rick Perry, Lyin’ and Denyin’

September 2, 2011 by Marc Gunther

 How can Texas governor and presidential candidate Rick Perry talk so irresponsibly about global warming–and get away with it? Have we really reached a point where, in order to appeal to the hard core of the Republican Party, candidates have to ignore the fact that the earth is getting warmer, and that human activities are...[read more]

Nuclear Industry Subsidies Part II: The Mining Sector

June 28, 2011 by Charles Barton

Nuclear Industry Subsidies Part II: The Mining Sector Doug Kaplow, in a Union of Concerned Scientists report titled, Nuclear Power: Still not viable without subsidies," has offered us an attempt to assess subsidies offered by the Government to the Nuclear Industry. Koplow charges that one form of government subsidy has to do with...[read more]

Nukes: Can't Live With Them, Can't Live Without Them

June 28, 2011 by Marc Gunther

I hate to paraphrase a terrible sexist joke but when it comes to nuclear power, I sometimes feel like we can’t live with it and we can’t live without it. There are lots of reasons to worry about nuclear power. No. 1 may be cost. As I noted last week,  a recent report from the Union of Concerned Scientists tallied up the costs of...[read more]

Finding journalistic excellence in the nuclear industry: my proposal

January 1, 2011 by Dan Yurman

There is no shortage of coverage. The question is how good is it? This is a proposal for the American Nuclear Society (ANS) to annually make awards to the mainstream news media for excellence in coverage of nuclear science, engineering, and the global industry. (see disclaimer below) The purpose of the award(s) is to recognize...[read more]

Fission Fiction – or how David Lochbaum got it wrong

August 28, 2010 by Margaret Harding

On August 24th, Mr. Lochbaum posted a story on the Union of Concerned Scientists website about an event in 1988, then proceeded to link it to a 2005 event at a different plant and makes the case that the nuclear industry is filled with screw-ups and near misses. You can read the original article here. As it happens, my career has...[read more]

Superfreakeconomics and the glory of contrarianism

October 17, 2009 by Simon Donner

The Union of Concerned Scientists, Joe Romm at Climate Progress, William Connolley and Tim Lambert have done a fine job rebutting the cynical and lazy "global cooling" section of the upcoming book Superfreakonomics*.Of the criticisms that climate scientists receive from those skeptical of climate change, the most ridiculous by far is...[read more]

Permafrost’s shadow

July 16, 2009 by Lou Grinzo

Most of you have probably seen the news already that a recent study can’t explain all the warming that we know happened in the geologic past purely from atmospheric CO2 emissions. What’s that–there’s Something Else that could be causing warming besides CO2??? Is it time to raid the palatial headquarters of the IPCC and Al Gore’s home...[read more]

An opportunity for climate activism amongst economists in Pennsylvania

June 17, 2009 by John Whitehead

From the inbox ("I've been reading your blog almost daily ... I've learned a lot there ... Would you please consider posting the following?"):The Union of Concerned Scientists is engaging Pennsylvania scientists and economists to emphasize the importance of taking action to mitigate the worst effects of climate change in the...[read more]

U.S. Scientists and Economists' Call for Swift and Deep Cuts in Greenhouse Gas Emissions

April 30, 2008 by John Whitehead

From the RESECON listserv (see below) comes an opportunity to sign a U.S. Scientists and Economists' Call for Swift and Deep Cuts in Greenhouse Gas Emissions petition: There is growing momentum in the United States to establish policies that cap and reduce our nation's heat-trapping emissions. A central feature of the policy debate—in...[read more]