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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    

China Can Build Safe Low Cost Nuclear Plants Quickly Says Steve Kidd of The World Nuclear Association

A few days ago, I mentioned my competitive concern about the progress being made in China in its program to build new nuclear power plants. Unlike the US, which has stimulated banks and consumption to try to jump start its economy, China is taking...

Posted September 12, 2009    

"The Coal Nightmare" on ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

On September 7, 2009, ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) first aired a detailed, 45 minute investigative report on the current status of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technology around the world. The segment, titled "The Coal...

Posted September 12, 2009    

"Cheap" Natural Gas Soars by 15% in a Single Day Based on Better Economic News and Less Gas Going to Storage

As a long time observer of energy markets, I have maintained a continuing skepticism as many people assured the world that we were entering into a lengthy period of low, well-behaved natural gas prices. I have heard that before and watched as the...

Posted September 11, 2009    

Customers Might Prefer to Be Shareholders in New Nuclear Plant Construction

Over the past several days, I have read a number of stories about the political and legal challenges that companies like Southern Co., FPL, and CPS are facing as they attempt to roll some of the costs of efforts to expand their nuclear plant...

Posted September 9, 2009