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As a Solution for Climate Change - Nuclear Power is Falling Behind

Recently, the 2014 edition of the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Energy Technology Perspectives (ETP) was issued. The ETP is issued on a two year cycle; the current edition takes the World Energy Outlook 2013 forecasts and looks to the longer...

Posted July 3, 2014    

Changing the Discussion: It's All About People

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

Posted May 15, 2014    

It's Passion That Will Lead to Brighter Nuclear Future

Last month I talked about innovation in the nuclear industry focusing on the perception that nuclear is not innovative.  Since then I attended the Canadian Nuclear Association annual conference.  Its theme this year was “Developing the...

Posted March 31, 2014    

The Importance of Innovation to the Nuclear Industry

A comment caught my attention at a recent nuclear industry event.  The comment was that a hi-profile agency with a mandate to do research in advanced technology across industries had no interest in attending any events to learn more about...

Posted February 13, 2014    

When it Comes to Our Need for Electricity, Reliability is Essential

As we come to the end of another year, it is not a nuclear issue that I want to discuss but rather the broader issue of our need for reliable electricity.  Last month I started with a quote from the IEA’s World Energy Outlook 2013 highlighting...

Posted December 31, 2013    

Meeting the Energy Needs of the 21st Century: Is it Time for a Real Nuclear Renaissance?

As I started to read this year’s World Energy Outlook (WEO 2013) from the International Energy Agency (IEA), it was the very first line in the executive summary that caught my interest.  The report starts out with “Many of the long-held tenets...

Posted December 5, 2013    

The British are Coming: New Nuclear Committed in the UK

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...

Posted October 29, 2013    

While the Press Reports Doom and Gloom in Japan, Progress is Made

Over the summer we talked about Pandora’s Promise, where 5 prominent environmentalists had changed their mind from being against to being supportive of nuclear power.  They visited Chernobyl and Fukushima, explored the realities of the...

Posted October 1, 2013    

If We Don't Decide Based on Science, What Else is There?

I have written much about the strength of our beliefs and how they influence important decisions.  A case in point is the decision to close nuclear stations early in Germany.  As we in the rest of the western world try and understand the...

Posted August 1, 2013    

Nuclear Energy: Whatever Happened to Searching for the Truth?

Finally this week, we are feeling the heat of summer.  I am off next week to teach for the WNU in Korea and China.  I always enjoy these summer courses and find the interest of those attending to be inspiring.That being said I thought I...

Posted July 1, 2013    

Nuclear Energy: Truth vs Fear

As I was thinking about what to write this month, I was invited by my dry cleaner to attend a protest in a nearby park against genetically modified food. This somewhat infuriated me as I know without doubt that GMO has helped millions around the...

Posted June 3, 2013    

Learning the Right Nuclear Energy Lessons: A New Paradigm for the Future

Last month we talked about Fukushima two years on and focused our discussion on making sure we remember the real people whose lives continue to be severely impacted by this accident.  This month, as we also remember Chernobyl on its 27th...

Posted May 2, 2013