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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    

Risks to American Nuclear Energy from "Non-Proliferation" Excesses

Elaine Grossman has published a piece on Nextgov.com titled Former Defense Brass Object to ‘More Restrictive’ Nuclear Trade Policies that is critical of an effort led by John Hamre to question recent deliberations by the Obama Administration. The...

Posted May 19, 2013    

Pitching Nuclear Energy: The Value of New Plant Construction [VIDEO]

I returned last night from a short vacation to Washington, DC. I am such an atomic geek that my idea of a vacation is to spend a couple of days at the Nuclear Energy Assembly (NEA) in a dim hotel conference room surrounded by a crowd of business...

Posted May 17, 2013    

Nuclear Energy Plant Too Expensive to Compete With Natural Gas?

On Saturday, May 11, 2013, the Tampa Bay Times published a lengthy piece by Ivan Penn titled Levy Nuclear Plant More Costly Than a Natural Gas Facility that uses a detailed analysis with substantial “error bars” around cost estimates to show that...

Posted May 14, 2013    

What Nuclear Energy Can Learn From Spectra Natural Gas Pipeline Campaign [VIDEO]

If I lived in New York City, I would be campaigning against the installation of large, high pressure gas pipelines and for the continued operation of the well-built and well-maintained Indian Point Nuclear Power Station. I would also campaign for...

Posted May 6, 2013    

Nuclear Energy Kills More Birds than Wind Energy?

By Paul LorenziniIn the yin and yang of energy policy debates, we know some can get carried away. Normally we ignore the radical fringe, but sometimes their claims take on a life of their own and need to be addressed. One such charge has found its...

Posted April 30, 2013    

Rising Natural Gas Prices Not Enough to Save Kewaunee's Cheap Nuclear Energy

On May 7, 2013, the Kewaunee Nuclear Power Station is scheduled to stop generating emission free electricity for the last time. The plant is one of the better run and maintained facilities in the US, it has an operating license that is effective...

Posted April 22, 2013    

Nuclear Energy Innovation: NuScale Achieves Unlimited Coping Time

At the Nuclear Energy Insider SMR Conference in Columbia, S.C., Dr. Jose Reyes, a co-founder and the Chief Technology Officer of NuScale Power, announced that his team had achieved an impressive design breakthrough.Two years after the Fukushima...

Posted April 21, 2013    

Nuclear Energy Saves Lives [VIDEO]

I stumbled across the above video from DNews. Here is how DNews describes itself:DNews is dedicated to satisfying your curiosity and to bringing you mind-bending stories and perspectives you won’t find anywhere else.Though there are some points that...

Posted April 8, 2013