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A Nuclear Future Means Clean, Economic Electricity; Yet Fossil Fuels Reign

This past month, following the fourth anniversary of the Fukushima accident, it is good to see there is less emphasis on the nuclear accident and more discussion of the significant natural disaster – the tsunami and earthquake that killed some 20,...

Posted April 14, 2015    

How Can Nuclear Energy Build Trust in a Time When Denying Science is Rampant?

Recent public outcry as a measles outbreak has managed to impact much of North America has once again showed the nature of public deniers of science. In this case it is concerns about vaccinations that have led to numerous children falling sick with...

Posted February 24, 2015    

As 2014 Has Come to a Close, Nuclear Energy is at a Crossroads - Again!

The world needs nuclear power – so says the latest edition of the World Energy Outlook (WEO) issued in November:“Nuclear power is one of the few options available at scale to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions while providing or displacing other forms...

Posted January 1, 2015    

If We are Serious About Carbon-Free Electricity, There Must Be More Nuclear Energy

Last month, we wrote about the ongoing push by the United Nations to combat climate change and its underwhelming support for nuclear power as an important part of the solution. To no one’s surprise, the final volume of the current IPCC report on...

Posted November 10, 2014    

Attention to Climate Change is On the Rise. Nuclear Energy is an Essential Part of the Solution

September 2014 was a most interesting month in the fight against climate change. As world leaders prepared to meet at the United Nations Climate Summit on September 23, there was a large global march in New York on September 21 to bring public...

Posted October 7, 2014    

Can Nuclear Energy Secure Financing? Nuclear Power and the Capital Challenge

Quite often we hear about the problem of attracting financing to support new build nuclear projects. In fact financing will be a topic of major interest at a number of upcoming nuclear conferences. While it is easy to agree that financing nuclear...

Posted August 26, 2014    

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