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Are Natural Gas Suppliers Purposely Overproducing?

On December 27, 2013, Matt Wald published a piece in the New York Times titled New Energy Struggles on Its Way to Markets that points to the predictable consequences of having too many energy options chasing too few customers.When there is excess...

Posted December 29, 2013    

Cape Wind Scrambling to Meet Deadline to Qualify for $780 Million Taxpayer Gift

Cape Wind is the leading offshore wind energy project in the United States. In 2001, more than 12 years ago, Jim Gordon, the project founder, started the process of promoting his vision of a building a 430 MWe (peak capacity) field of 130 massive (...

Posted December 28, 2013    

Reuters Breakout Series Focuses on China's Interest in Thorium

Reuters is running a series titled Breakout: Inside China’s Military Buildout. Installment number 6 is titled The U.S. government lab behind Beijing’s nuclear power push. The title is misleading; it is not about China’s world-leading, multibillion-...

Posted December 23, 2013    

NuScale Wins Second Round of DOE SMR Funding Under FOA

On December 12, 2013, the US Department of Energy (DOE) announced the selection of NuScale as the winner of the second round of funding under the Department of Energy Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). That announcement, which had been due...

Posted December 19, 2013    

60 Years Ago, Ike, the Most Visionary President of the 20th Century, Gave Atoms for Peace Speech

On December 8, 1953, Dwight D. Eisenhower gave his forward-leaning Atoms for Peace speech at a gathering of the United Nations General Assembly in Bermuda. His vision for the world has not yet been realized, but remembering some of his thoughts...

Posted December 10, 2013    

The First Critmass: December 2, 1942

Seventy one years ago — on December 2, 1942, at 3:25 pm — Enrico Fermi and his team achieved the first controlled, man-made, self sustaining chain reaction in a simple reactor. In recognition of that historical event, several of my nuclear...

Posted December 5, 2013    

Climate Scientists Propose Radical Solutions, Including Nuclear Energy

The best chance for humans to avert the worst risks of both accessible fossil fuel depletion and global climate change is for people who generally agree on those risks to begin working together to improve our ability to use nuclear energy. That will...

Posted December 2, 2013    

Implications of Nuclear Agreement With Iran

This afternoon, one of my correspondents asked me the following question:What’s your put on the new Iranian agreement, can the weapon program be capped and verification assured?Here was my response:I am happy that there is an interim agreement. It...

Posted November 27, 2013    

Limitations of Unreliable Energy Sources, aka 'Renewables'

As part of the discussions stimulated by their airing of Pandora’s Promise, CNN hosted a debate between Michael Shellenberger of the Breakthrough Institute and Dale Bryk of the Natural Resources Defense Council.That debate included some commentary...

Posted November 22, 2013    

Naval Reactors Should Be Empowered to Show the Way Again

President Obama should task John Richardson with a mission similar to the one that President Dwight Eisenhower gave Hyman G. Rickover. Richardson is the current leader of Naval Reactors (NR), the organization that Rickover built. If directed, NR...

Posted November 14, 2013    

Nuclear Energy and Nuclear Weapons Are Not Inherently Linked As a Single Enterprise

I was disappointed by the speeches given during the plenary session of the 2013 American Nuclear Society Winter Meeting. There is no value in trying to say that more gently.The advertised theme of the still on-going conference is a celebration of...

Posted November 13, 2013    

Michael Brune of Sierra Club Calls Nuclear Energy Irrelevant, While Robert Stone Says it’s Vital

During the promotional period leading up to CNN’s initial airing of Pandora’s Promise, Michael Brune, executive direction of the Sierra Club, and Robert Stone, the director of Pandora’s Promise, engaged in a meaningful discussion about nuclear...

Posted November 12, 2013