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Greg Jaczko – Lame Duck Press Conference At Nuclear Energy Assembly

 I had the opportunity to attend the Nuclear Energy Assembly held in Charlotte, NC during the period from May 21-23. Dr. Gregory Jaczko submitted his resignation as the Chairman of the NRC on May 21, but he did not change his plans to address...

Posted June 4, 2012    

Nuclear fission qualifies as “ultra low carbon” power; natural gas does not

 In the power system marketing wars, both nuclear fission and natural gas are currently labeled as “low carbon” sources of electricity. Even though nuclear fission reactors can be clean enough to run inside sealed submarines, the forces who...

Posted May 7, 2012    

ExxonMobil is betting that natural gas will NOT remain cheap

  During my recent low production periods for new posts on Atomic Insights, I received some well intentioned advice from a frequent commenter – he told me that it would be less frustrating for me to maintain Atomic Insights if I focused...

Posted April 19, 2012    

Powering America (and the world) with nuclear energy

The Heritage Foundation has produced an inspiring, visually appealing documentary titled Powering America. As the title suggests, it is focused on the United States and our energy choices, but the need for power is universal and the options are...

Posted March 9, 2012    

Combining Domestic Coal with Nuclear Energy to Make Oil?

As a South Central Virginia resident, I have something in common with the people in the Pacific Northwest who are concerned about the impact of coal exports from the US. Numerous coal laden trains pass through Lynchburg every day, many of them...

Posted March 3, 2012    

Sierra Club admits taking money to promote natural gas over coal

On February 2, 2012, the Sierra Club allowed a Time magazine blog to break a poorly kept “secret” whose existence had threatened to get out of hand. In a post titled Exclusive: How the Sierra Club Took Millions From the Natural Gas Industry—and Why...

Posted February 7, 2012    

ExxonMobil aiming to capture growth in US electricity market

On January 9, 2012, The Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University held a hydrofracking workshop. The organizers invited a number of speakers from both industry and academia to discuss a contentious, but important energy issue from a...

Posted January 24, 2012    

Media’s Scant Attention to Royal Shell’s 1.68 Million Gallon Spill

Mainstream media outlets treat nuclear energy in a way that is diametrically different from energy sources that advertise heavily.Advertiser supported media sources wrung their collective hands and did everything they could to promote and extend the...

Posted January 3, 2012    

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab: Breakthrough Study of Low Radiation Dose Effects

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory issued a press release on December 20, 2011 titled New Take on Impacts of Low Dose Radiation: Berkeley Lab Researchers Find Evidence Suggesting Risk May Not Be Proportional to Dose at Low Dose Levels.The...

Posted December 21, 2011    

Fukushima Happened. Now What?

In the months and years to come, post-Fukushima, people who influence power plant construction decisions will be making choices that will have a large impact on future generations. In this reflective time of the year, it is important to gather the...

Posted December 19, 2011    

Jaczko Must Go

My professional work habits and standards were formed by 33 years in the US naval service, an organization with a proud tradition of developing independent decision makers who could be entrusted with billions of dollars worth of national assets and...

Posted December 14, 2011    

Reducing Nuclear Operational & Capital Costs By Improved Technology

I received a link from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to a fascinating video about their recent efforts to develop CoSecTM, a new resin technology that is more effective at capturing cobalt-60. Most of the radiation doses that nuclear...

Posted December 1, 2011