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Entertaining and Informative Look Back On Energy Development Decisions Since 1973

Llewellyn King, founder of "Energy Daily" is one of the more knowledgeable and entertaining commentators on energy issues. He recently sat down with Margaret Ryan of Clean Skies News to talk about some of his observations of American energy policies...

Posted October 16, 2009    

Kerry - Graham Op-Ed Piece Reinforces the Importance of Nuclear Energy as a Climate Change Mitigation Tool

During the weekend, while I was climbing over rocks and mountain summits on the Appalachian Trail, Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) published an Op-Ed in the New York Times titled Yes We Can (Pass Climate Change Legislation) that...

Posted October 14, 2009    

A Visual Example of Why There is Growing Interest In Smaller Reactors

Over the past 15 or more years of trying to talk to people in the nuclear industry about smaller power systems, I have frequently confronted with the "economy of scale" argument. When I try to explain that there are also "diseconomies of scale" that...

Posted October 13, 2009    

"Small and Medium Reactors" or "Small Modular Reactors" - Either Way, The US NRC and US DOE Notice a Growing Interest in SMR, Are Listening Carefully and Ready to Engage

On Thursday, October 8 and Friday, October 9, the US Nuclear Regulator Commission hosted a workshop to discuss generic issues related to licensing of small and medium-sized nuclear reactors. The meeting was billed as the first in a series on the...

Posted October 13, 2009    

Blog Action Day - October 15, 2009. This Year's Topic - Climate Change

Oops - my blog title might have provided a spoiler to the punchline for the below video. Never mind, it is only a minute and a half long, so the there is not much time to build up suspense anyway. However, please watch the video. If you have a blog...

Posted October 13, 2009    

NY Times Describes How Inclusion of Nuclear May Enable Climate Bill Success

The New York Times has published an encouraging story about how some Senate Democrats See Nuclear as a Way to Gain Votes on Climate Bill. It seems that there really is hope for logic and a reasonable political process to work in America.

Posted October 8, 2009    

Why Am I So Pro-Nuke?

Last weekend, a friend who regularly publishes diaries on Daily Kos asked permission to reprint my Atomic Insights post titled Charleston (West Virginia) Daily Mail Warns Readers - Proposed Nuclear Plants Could Affect WVa Coal. Knowing that Daily...

Posted October 8, 2009    

Nuclear Energy Plus Tax and Return Could Produce a Workable Climate Bill

Several months ago, I attended a talk by a representative of the Natural Resources Defense Council who demonstrated one of the debating techniques that has always frustrated me - he categorically stated that "no one" wants a carbon tax but that it...

Posted October 6, 2009    

Charleston (West Virginia) Daily Mail Warns Readers - Proposed Nuclear Plants Could Affect WVa Coal

One of the best explanations of electricity supply dispatch curves that I have ever read is available in the Saturday, October 3, 2009 edition of the Charleston Daily Mail under the headline of Proposed nuclear plants could affect WVa coal. That...

Posted October 4, 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    

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    

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