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How Much Material Does a 3600 MWe Coal Plant Really Use? [VIDEO]

Utility companies that operate both coal and nuclear power plants rarely use the important communications techniques of comparison and contrast to help people understand the benefits of nuclear energy. There is some business logic behind that policy...

Posted March 24, 2013    

Faint Praise for Nuclear Energy in New Documentary [VIDEO]

A colleagues who used to work in the oil and gas industry pointed me to an article from the November 2012 issue of the Journal of Petroleum Technology titled Switch: The New Documentary on Energy’s Future. The article describes a video research...

Posted March 13, 2013    

Kewaunee Nuclear Power Station: Employee Buyout a Win-Win-Win Solution?

Dominion’s October 2012 announcement that it is closing the Kewaunee Nuclear Power Plant took the nuclear industry by almost complete surprise. My friends who write about nuclear topics on a regular basis had no clue about the possibility before it...

Posted March 11, 2013    

Is Bill McKibben Really Serious About Climate Change?

Andy Revkin recently published a post on his Dot Earth blog titled A Communications Scholar Analyzes Bill McKibben’s Path on Climate. In one of the videos that is embedded in the article, Matthew Nisbet describes Bill McKibben as a public...

Posted March 8, 2013    

Fission Fast! New Slogan for Nuclear Energy Revolution

My creative juices were inspired this morning by an article titled Climate is not a mass movement. The piece comes from Randy Olson, the filmmaker turned scientist who is most famous among my pro-nuclear communication friends as the author of Don’t...

Posted February 27, 2013    

How Did Our Relationship with Radioactive Material Sour?

My lovely wife, knowing my atomic energy obsession, thought that I might enjoy watching Romance of Radium a 1937 movie short (10 minutes) from MGM Studios that TCM (Turner Classic Movies) is occasionally running to fill time between full length...

Posted February 24, 2013    

Recycling Used Nuclear Fuel – [Video]

One of the most frequently used arguments against using nuclear energy is “the waste issue.” When people ask me, “what do you do with the waste”, my standard answer is “recycle it.” The truly curious then ask for more information. A few days ago,...

Posted February 23, 2013    

Biofuels Are a Loser, Despite the Hope and Hype

I’ve been spending the past hour or so reading an excellent paper written by a US Naval aviator titled Twenty-First Century Snake Oil: Why the United States Should Reject Biofuels as Part of a Rational National Energy Security Strategy. Though there...

Posted February 21, 2013    

Increasing Evacuation Zones May Increase Risk

Carefully conducted analysis conducted over a multiyear study suggests that expanding evacuation zones around nuclear power plants may increase the risk of latent cancer fatalities (LCF) in the unlikely event of an accident that releases radioactive...

Posted February 10, 2013    

Can Natural Gas Push Nuclear Out of Energy Market?

Rebecca Smith asked an interesting question in a recent Wall Street Journal article titled Can Gas Undo Nuclear Power? She describes how financial analysts are wondering whether or not certain nuclear plants are at risk of being shuttered as being...

Posted February 3, 2013    

Risk Assessment: Are Our Regulators Going Too Far?

Edward Calabrese has published a fascinating and terribly important paper in the University of Chicago Law Review titled US Risk Assessment Policy: A History of Deception that needs to be widely distributed and discussed. Here is the quoted...

Posted January 9, 2013    

A Revolution in Radiation Protection?

Dr. Wade Allison, author of Radiation and Reason, recently shared a short paper titled A revolution in radiation protection that would lead to safer and cheaper nuclear power. He described it as “reference light”, explaining that his intended...

Posted January 7, 2013