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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    

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