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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    

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