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Help! I'm a prisoner in the Senate Office Building!

Dear Energy Collective Readers, Just thought you might like to know why you haven't seen anything from me in the past two weeks.  I am both regretful and happy to report that I won't be able to write for The Energy Collective anymore (or...

Posted June 4, 2009    

People of Plenty

In my book, Terrestrial Energy, I talk about historian David Potter’s 1956 book, People of Plenty, which redefined Frederick Jackson Turner’s “Frontier Thesis.”  Whereas Turner said that an abundance of land had been the defining experience in...

Posted May 8, 2009    

Windmills - America's New Samurai Sword

    In 16th century Japan, the national aristocracy, a coterie of priests and samurai warriors, decided that guns, which had been introduced a century earlier, were a threat to the established order and should not proliferate. ...

Posted April 30, 2009    

There's Plenty of Energy at the Bottom: Being a Meditation on Why Silicon Valley Won't Solve the Energy Crisis

[This article appears in the current issue of The American Spectator.]On December 29, 1959, on the threshold of the 1960s, Richard Feynman, "the best mind since Einstein" and interpreter of quantum mechanics, gave a lecture at the California...

Posted April 20, 2009    

As a Nuclear Advocate, I say "Let's Close Oyster Creek."

Right now there probably isn’t a bigger advocate of nuclear power in the country than I am.  I’ve just published a book, Terrestrial Energy: How Nuclear Power Will Lead the Green Revolution and End America’s Long Energy Odyssey and now spend my...

Posted April 7, 2009    

Poor T. Boone Pickens - He Means So Well

T. Boone Pickens held his “virtual march on Washington” this week with the millions of his army emailing their Congressional representatives about the Pickens Plan. The Plan, as I’m sure you know, goes like this: We’ll put up lots and lots of...

Posted April 2, 2009    

Three Mile Island - Thirty Years After

During these past few dates in 1979, a minor valve failed in the cooling loop of a power plant on a sand bar in the middle of the Susquehanna River and the world became familiar with the name “Three Mile Island.”  The country’s first major...

Posted April 1, 2009    

Carter Energy Plan, Part II

"We know the right thing to do," said President Barack Obama at his press conference last week on renewable energy.  “We’ve known the right choice for a generation.  The time has come to make that choice and act on what we know. . . .We...

Posted March 29, 2009    

Let's Have a Nuclear-Solar Alliance

In 2006, while researching my book, Terrestrial Energy, I visited the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. As luck would have it, I arrived the same morning as New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, who was shooting for his...

Posted March 19, 2009    

Shed No Tears for Yucca Mountain

“White House Buries Yucca,”read the headlines on Friday after Secretary of Energy Steven Chu told a Senate hearing that the Nevada repository is “no longer an option” for long-term storage of nuclear waste.Instead, Chu said, the Obama Administration...

Posted March 9, 2009    

Outsmarting the Smart Grid

The latest delusion about energy is the “smart grid.”  This bright new technological miracle will once again help us overcome the realities of physics and allow us to live in a world run on wind and sunshine.Al Gore, Thomas Friedman, Amory...

Posted February 18, 2009    

Proliferating Nonsense

It has often been said that declining aristocracies spend all their time reliving the glories of the past. I can think of no better example than American environmentalism's obsession that abstaining from nuclear power in this country will prevent...

Posted February 8, 2009