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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    

Realistic Look at Small Modular Reactors in Idaho

From October 30 through November 1, 2013, a group of about 150 people with questioning attitudes about small, modular reactors (SMRs) met in Idaho Falls, Idaho.  They were treated to a number of presentations that described the technical...

Posted November 8, 2013    

I Want a Nuclear Energy Plant in My Backyard, and So Do Some of My Neighbors

Though I sometimes suffer from the blues, I am not crazy — I swear. Even though I am just a guy who often blogs in my PJs, I’m also pretty sure that I am not a nobody. In fact, none of us are nobodies, we are all somebody to our friends, families...

Posted November 7, 2013    

Big Bets in Energy Technology From "Beyond Petroleum"

As an energy industry observer with a long memory, I was somewhat bemused by a recent interview aired on Platts Energy Week. Bill Loveless sat down with David Eyton, BP’s head of technology, to talk about the exciting new technologies that his...

Posted October 31, 2013    

Tour of Fukushima Daiichi as of September 2013 [VIDEO]

Though I would dearly love to have the opportunity to visit Fukushima Daiichi to obtain a first hand view of the efforts being undertaken to clean up after the effects of the tsunami and earthquake, this video is the next best thing to a personal...

Posted October 26, 2013    

Bruce Power: Unique Public-Private-Trade Union Partnership to Enhance and Restore Assets

Bruce Power has successfully restored the four units at Bruce A with the cooperation of private industry, trade unions and the provincial government. The relatively compact site now houses 8 large nuclear units with a total generating capacity of 6,...

Posted October 23, 2013    

European Renewable Energy Subsidies Under Fire From Major Power Generators

The leaders of electric power companies owning half of Europe’s generating capacity have joined together to inform the European Union that its policies are leading to a dangerously unstable power grid. According to GDF Suez CEO Gerard Mestrallet,“...

Posted October 17, 2013    

Robert Stone Addresses Anti-nuclear Heckler at Australian Showing of Pandora's Promise

From the moment he first started thinking about producing a documentary that showed nuclear energy in a favorable light, Robert Stone, the director of Pandora’s Promise, recognized that he was going to be under intense scrutiny from people that...

Posted October 16, 2013    

Turning Small Modular Reactor Concepts Into Reality in Idaho Falls

In the past half dozen years, the term “small modular reactor (SMR)” has entered the nuclear energy lexicon. Numerous projects have been initiated to develop various concepts, all aimed at producing nuclear reactor based power plants that are small...

Posted October 14, 2013    

McMurdo Station: The New York of the Deep Freeze South [VIDEO]

(Note: If you are impatient and do not want to watch cute photos of penguins, skip to 19:06 to learn more about the reasons why the PM-3A, a 1,500 kilowatt nuclear electricity generator and process heat supply system, was such a valuable contributor...

Posted October 10, 2013    

Cutler Plant Demolition: Memorable Smokestacks Knocked Down [VIDEO]

While preparing a presentation for delivery at a local college, I ran across a video of Florida Power & Light’s August 10, 2013 demolition of the historic Cutler power plant in Palmetto Bay, Florida. Cutler Plant’s tall smokestacks played a role...

Posted October 9, 2013    

How Painful Will the Coming Spike in Natural Gas Prices Be?

There is a good reason for American nuclear energy professionals to learn more about the dynamics of the natural gas market. We have been told numerous times that cheap natural gas is making our technology less and less viable in the competitive...

Posted October 3, 2013