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Nuclear Industry Subsidies Part IV: Conclusions

This is Part IV of my review of Doug Koplow's "Nuclear Power: Still not viable without subsidies." In Part I, I examined the definition of subsidies and looked at several limiting cases, including subsidies to an energy related project, the Cape...

Posted July 6, 2011    

Google.org Is Confused About Paths To The Energy Future

Computer modelers can trip up in two ways. The model may be poorly designed in the first place. Secondly the data input may be flawed. As the old saying goes, "garbage in, garbage out." Models need to be tested, but if your model is designed to...

Posted July 5, 2011    

Nuclear Industry Subsidies Part III: The Military Connection

This is the Part III of my review of Doug Koplow, Union of Concerned Scientists report titled, Nuclear Power: Still not viable without subsidies. Part I offered some definition of subsidies, and noted that very large government subsidies to the...

Posted July 1, 2011    

Nuclear Industry Subsidies Part II: The Mining Sector

Nuclear Industry Subsidies Part II: The Mining Sector Doug Kaplow, in a Union of Concerned Scientists report titled, Nuclear Power: Still not viable without subsidies," has offered us an attempt to assess subsidies offered by the Government to the...

Posted June 28, 2011    

Nuclear Industry Subsidies Part I: Definitions

Any analysis of nuclear industry subsidies should begin with definitions of the terms "Nuclear Industry" and "subsidy." We need to understand what it is we are talking about before we can talk intelligibly.The broadest meaning of term "nuclear...

Posted June 27, 2011    

Doing Something About The Weather

Everyone talks about the weather, but no one does anything about it. - Mark TwainOn the evening of June 21, 2011, Knoxville, Tennessee experienced a strange onslaught from Mother Nature. A relatively small thunder shower moved through the area and...

Posted June 23, 2011    

Are Safer Reactors Possible?

Critics of nuclear power argue that all reactors are inherently dangerous, and point to nuclear accidents such as Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima as evidence of the danger. The primary worry about nuclear power stems from the release...

Posted June 17, 2011    

Why Is Renewable Energy So Expensive, While Molten Salt Reactors will be So Cheap?

Sometimes the most important information comes from seemingly boring sources. Scholars are said to have the souls of ants because they look at seemingly boring material. But sometimes that boring material yields interesting and useful information...

Posted June 9, 2011    

Harnessing Variable Renewables: Where is the Beef?

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has just published a book titled "Harnessing Variable Renewables: a Guide to the Balancing Challenge." Variable renewables refers to solar and wind power generated electricity. Balancing refers to making the...

Posted June 3, 2011    

Efficient Cars and Nuclear Power Efficiency

I must confess that I am of two different minds on the topic of efficiency. On one hand I am critical of the notion that efficiency can replace post carbon energy generation, yet I also have devoted a considerable effort to increasing the...

Posted June 2, 2011    

Third Thorium Energy Alliance Marks Rapid Progress Toward Fulfillment of Dreams

My health, although still not as good as I would like has been improving since my hospitalization last December. I am, however, not in good enough health to travel. This is unfortunate because I would very much have liked to attend the Third...

Posted May 25, 2011    

Joplin and Climate Change

I am wondering at what point extreme weather events are going to be seen as harbingers of climate change. Climate scientists have for some time noted that Anthropogenic Global Warming will produce extreme weather events The question is how do we...

Posted May 24, 2011