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Is the UCS a friend to nuclear power?

One of my readers complained about my criticism of the Union of Concerned Scientists in a rather harshly worded comment. That comment did not end up being posted, not because I censored it, but because of a technical problem with posting it. I am...

Posted April 2, 2011    

Does Nuclear Grade Graphite Burn?

Does Nuclear Grade Graphite burn?The Union of Concerned Scientists's Ed Lyman never met a reactor he liked, despited his profession that he is not prejudiced against nuclear power in principle. Are Lymans concerns about nuclear safety sound? Or is...

Posted April 1, 2011    

Fukushima Dai-ichi: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Fukushima Dai-ichi crisis is like a horror movie, in which a very bad man, the very embodiment of evil goes on and on committing evil deeds. Nothing the victims and potential victims do to stop him is in the slightest effective. Yet despite the...

Posted March 31, 2011    

Nuclear Accidents and Public Perception Of Nuclear Safety

Nuclear safety is both about public perception, the viewpoint of the enemies of nuclear power, and about actual industrial design and practice. Relative to other industries the safety practices of the nuclear industry are very good. This...

Posted March 25, 2011    

5 Lessons from Fukushima Dai-ichi

Last Saturday, I began to form the opinion that one or more of the Dai-ichi reactor cores had experienced a partial melt down. I was by no means sure of this view because it assumed that the explosion had been a hydrogen explosion. My study of...

Posted March 18, 2011    

My Father's Last Report (Revised and Updated)

 div>I originally wrote this post hours before my father's death in January 2009.   It was followed in the Nuclear Green sequence of posts by a notice of my father's death and then by his obituary.   Of all Nuclear Green posts,...

Posted March 15, 2011    

Nuclear Safety and the Fukushima Dai-ichi Explosion

The explosion at the Japanese Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, will undoubtedly and other events that are still unfolding will no doubt lead to further debates about nuclear safety. We know that the explosion was probably a hydrogen explosion...

Posted March 12, 2011    

Industrial Process Heat and the SmAHTR

Current energy plans, and energy discussions largely ignore several future energy problems. For example, may industrial processes require significant heat. About 2/3 of the energy used in industry is used in the form of heat. The other third is...

Posted March 10, 2011    

Should Nuclear Energy Be A Panacea?

Thus guest post is by NNadir, who cross posts on Nuclear Green, posts from his Daily Kos blog (http://www.dailykos.com/user/NNadir).  NNadir is legendary among pro-nuclear bloggers. Part of my paen to consumerism this Christmas,...

Posted February 21, 2011    

Is the Obama Administration getting the message? I say, "NO"

From NPR's Ira Flatow, February 18, 2011:JEFF (Caller): Thank you. Tons of questions but one pops out is what can you say about these thorium-based nuclear reactors? I've heard - I've read good things about them, but no one wants to get it off the...

Posted February 19, 2011    

The Liquid Flouride Thorium Reactor in Social Media and in the Media

A couple of years ago Kirk Sorensen traveled to England to speak before a pnel gathered by the English newspaper, the Guardian. The panel was looking for innovative solutions to the problem of global warming, Part of the deal with the Guardian was...

Posted February 17, 2011    

Texas Power Blackouts and Green Energy

My brother David was in his Greenville Texas home, talking with me on the telephone when a rolling blackout cut off our conversation. When we resumed the conversation, David mentioned that not only were there rolling power outages all over texas,...

Posted February 4, 2011