Earth Day's Importance and Evolution Since 1970

April 23, 2015 by Steven Cohen

This Wednesday was Earth Day, an event that began in 1970 with the goals of educating the public about environmental pollution and generating political support for environmental protection. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was established that same year.[read more]

Deepwater Horizon Disaster: Five Years Later

April 22, 2015 by Ripudaman Malhotra

Five years ago the BP Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil well in the Gulf of Mexico burst into flames following a blow out. Eleven workers died in the accident and 11 others were injured. Oil and gas gushed out for months from the broken pipe at the floor of the sea.[read more]

A 50th Anniversary Few Remember: LBJ's Warning on Carbon Dioxide

February 10, 2015 by Marianne Lavelle

President Johnson on Carbon Dioxide

Fifty years ago this month President Lyndon Baines Johnson voiced concern over invisible fossil fuel emissions in a special message to Congress. It was the first time a United States president warned the nation about the possible dangers of our carbon habit.[read more]

Nuclear Energy: Past, Present, and Future

March 31, 2014 by Rod Adams

Nuclear Energy History

On March 28, I had the privilege of attending a symposium at Dartmouth College, 'Three Mile Island 35th Anniversary Symposium: The Past, Present, and Future of Nuclear Energy.' If you are curious and have a free nine hours, you can even watch a copy of the main event on YouTube.[read more]

Anniversary: 80 Years Ago Leo Szliard Envisioned Neutron Chain Reaction

September 21, 2013 by Rod Adams

On September 12, 1933, slightly more than 80 years ago, Leo Szilard was the first person to imagine a reasonable mechanism for releasing the vast quantities of energy known to be stored in atomic nuclei. His concept worked the first time it was tried on December 2, 1942.[read more]

US Energy Transitions: 1776 to 2076

July 5, 2013 by Eric Wesoff

History of Energy

In 1776, Britain's thirteen American colonies ran on a 100-percent renewable portfolio standard and a distributed (wood- and horse-based) energy economy. Today, natural gas is ascendant while coal is in decline.[read more]

The Origins of Solar Energy Reliability

June 19, 2013 by Herman Trabish

Solar Energy Origins


As the solar industry wrestles with issues of quality and reliability that may be its biggest challenges, an engineer looked back to the first reliability standards and discovered a crucial lesson the industry still has not learned.[read more]

Whales, Electricity, and Sustainability

August 30, 2011 by Lynne Kiesling

A few weeks ago I was thrilled to speak at the inaugural Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy, organized by the University of Illinois-Chicago in partnership with Argonne National Laboratory, Northwestern University, Illinois Institute of Technology, and the University of Chicago. The students were from diverse fields and...[read more]

A Climate Change Reminder From 1956

March 24, 2011 by Lou Grinzo

I’ve often linked to videos from Pete Sinclair’s Climate Denial Crock of the Week video series, because I think he does an outstanding job of focusing on specific topics in educational and often very entertaining ways. But one of his videos really stands out for me, Climate Science 1956: A Blast from the Past, which I’ve linked to here...[read more]

The MSR, LMFBR decision: Reason and Science Take a Back Seat

May 24, 2010 by Charles Barton

Nuclear Green has in the past offered sketches of the early history of reactor design. The classic reactor design was created by Enrico Fermi, and featured a solid core. Fermi was a physicist, and in a way designed his first reactor as a physics experiment. From the view point of process, materials were placed in the nuclear core and...[read more]

Means, Motive and Opportunity - Who Discouraged US Nuclear Developments?

November 30, 2009 by Rod Adams

Conventional wisdom tells us that "Environmentalists" worried about one or more of the below complaints have influenced world opinion and encouraged the current negative investment perception that surrounds new nuclear power plants: Nuclear plants are not completely safe Nuclear energy technology leads to dispersal of nuclear weapons...[read more]