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Hyperion Power Generation Announces Plans to Build a Nuclear Reactor Manufacturing Facility in the UK

Hyperion Power Generation, a company that has been covered extensively on Atomic Insights, has been talking for a couple of years about its plans to build hot tub sized reactors that can generate 70 MW worth of heat for 5-10 years without any new...

Posted October 2, 2009    

Nuclear Energy Aspirations Are Legitimate; Even if You Live in an Oil Producing Nation

I do not understand why there are people who believe that there is really anything that the world can or should do to discourage any particular country from using nuclear energy to supply the power needs of its own people. My personal experience...

Posted October 2, 2009    

Small is Beautiful, Even for Nuclear Fission Reactors

E. F. Schumacher published a book titled Small is Beautiful in 1973 that has become one of the reference sources for ecologists and people interested in living on a human scale. In part, that book was inspired by the steady trend in the post-war era...

Posted September 30, 2009    

German Nuclear Utility Stocks Rise; Solar-Related Companies Fall on German Election Results

MarketWatch.com posted a article titled Nuclear power plant operators rise on center-right win. Here is the article lede:FRANKFURT (MarketWatch) -- German stocks and nuclear power plant operators in particular rose, while solar-related companies...

Posted September 29, 2009    

More "Little Guys" Rallying The Troops for Natural Gas

A couple of days ago, I blogged about the interesting way that National Public Radio (NPR) produced a three part feature piece on natural gas that portrayed the extraction businesses involved in natural gas as powerless "little guys". That blog post...

Posted September 27, 2009    

Steven Chu Provides Clear Statements About The Importance of Nuclear Energy

I learned a lot time ago that it can be difficult, but not impossible to change the course of a very large vessel that has momentum going in a particular direction. Even when someone determines the necessity of a course change, the safe rate of...

Posted September 27, 2009    

Boxer-Kerry Bill (Sept 30) Likely to Include Nuclear Title. NEI's Alex Flint Discusses With Tyler Suiter of Clean Skies TV

Clean Skies TV's afternoon report for Friday, September 25, 2009 includes a substantial discussion between Tyler Suiter and Alex Flint, Senior Vice President of the Nuclear Energy Institute, about the politics of the Senate's climate bill, also...

Posted September 26, 2009    

NPR Focuses on The Little Guys Who Bring You Domestic Natural Gas

I have spent many hours listening to NPR radio stories while commuting back and forth from Annapolis to Washington since the summer of 2001. I enjoy the in-depth coverage and the lack of the usual kind of shouting commercials. There are times,...

Posted September 25, 2009    

Chinese Mentions Nuclear As Part of Its Response to Climate Change; American Leader Does Not

The recent climate summit at the UN offers an opportunity to contrast an understated, but effective approach to making a real difference in reducing the production of greenhouse gases and the approach taken by most of the countries in the world of...

Posted September 24, 2009    

World's Largest Off-Shore Wind Farm - 209 MWe Peak Capacity for $1 Billion

The Horns Rev 2 wind farm, which consists of 91 wind turbines each with a peak generating capacity of 2.3 MW of electricity, went on line with much fan fare off of the coast of Denmark on September 17, 2009. According to the news reports, the...

Posted September 18, 2009    

German Political Leaders Debate Nuclear Plant Phaseout

On September 13, 2009 current German Chancellor Angela Merkel debated with her Social Democratic Party challenger (and current coalition partner) Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Though most of the debate indicated broad areas of relative agreement on...

Posted September 15, 2009    

Australian Scientists Debate About Nuclear Energy

Barry Brook, who publishes the excellent Brave New Climate blog is also the Director of Climate Science at The Environment Institute, University of Adelaide. He was recently featured on an Australian Broadcast Company (ABC) - Stateline program...

Posted September 13, 2009