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Cost of Closing San Onofre Nuclear Plant: 13.6 Billion

Dan McSwain, a business columnist and investigative reporter for U-T San Diego, has published an article titled The secret decision to kill San Onofre nuke. McSwain estimates that consumers will be required to pay least $13.6 billion in additional...

Posted July 29, 2013    

Nuclear Energy: Who Owns the Plutonium? How Much is it Worth?

Galen Winsor was a hands-on nuclear expert in the fullest sense of the phrase. Before irrational radiation protection rules were imposed, he and his colleagues directly handled used fuel. They limited their exposure time and depended on just one of...

Posted July 28, 2013    

Can Nuclear Energy Save Detroit?

In 1966, the Fermi I nuclear power plant, the only liquid metal cooled breeder reactor that provided commercial electricity in the United States, suffered a partial melt when an internal reactor component moved and partially blocked coolant flow....

Posted July 25, 2013    

Nuclear Energy Criticism May Awaken Industry's Competitive Spirit

Dr. Mark Cooper is strongly opposed to the use of nuclear energy, but on July 18, 2013, he issued a report sponsored by the Vermont Law School titled Renaissance in Reverse: Competition Pushes Aging U.S. Nuclear Reactors to the Brink of Economic...

Posted July 23, 2013    

Nuclear Energy: Steam Generators Are an Option, Not a Necessity

The US Nuclear Regulator Commission (NRC) recently posted a blog written by Kenneth Karwoski, Senior Advisor for Steam Generators that attempts to help people understand a little more about steam generators. The blog post was titled Where There’s...

Posted July 22, 2013    

Global Corruption in Natural Resource Industry [VIDEO]

Though there are many admirable people working in the oil and gas industry, the global enterprise of extracting hydrocarbons has a long history that continues to present in which incredible sums of money are concentrated into the hands of unsavory...

Posted July 15, 2013    

Demonizing Existing Nuclear Energy Tech is a Poor Communications Tool

A good friend shared a link to a blog titled Taking physics to new audiences: a realisation. It is a wonderful story about a particle physicist who has a twin sister who is a professional historian.Following a conversation about nuclear energy, the...

Posted July 11, 2013    

Are Nuclear Energy Costs Higher Than They Should Be?

Nuclear energy in the United States and Europe is far more expensive that it should be. There is plenty of blame to spread; nuclear professionals have to accept some of the responsibility. If you want to do something about the high cost of nuclear...

Posted June 23, 2013    

German Analyst Prefers Russian Gas to German Nuclear Energy

There is no doubt that the Russian natural gas supply industry is a major interest group that expects to be a big winner in Germany’s Energiewende (energy transformation). The only news here is the concise clarity with which this Deutsche Bank...

Posted June 21, 2013    

Harming Humans by Reinforcing Nuclear Energy Fearmongering

Correction: (Posted at 6:43 on 6/16/2013) I made a boneheaded error in the below computation and dropped an important prefix in my units. That error resulted in my final number being off by a factor of 1000; I wrote 0.001 mrem when it should have...

Posted June 16, 2013    

Nuclear Energy Doc Pandora's Promise Getting Mixed Reviews

If Robert Stone’s primary purpose in creating Pandora’s Promise was to generate discussion about nuclear energy, it appears that he has succeeded. If his underlying purpose was to generate heated and uncomfortable reactions from people who have...

Posted June 15, 2013    

Climate Change and the Price of Carbon vs. a Price on Carbon [VIDEO]

While browsing AdWeek, I came across a video titled The Price of Carbon and thought it would be worth sharing as a conversation starter. It’s a pretty concise way to encourage the continuation of a complex discussion about a topic with immediate and...

Posted May 23, 2013