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Subsidies for Nuclear Power: Is It Really A Tax?

Podcast Episode 115 - Download the mp3 file Play the PodcastMy first reaction was “Wow! Did I just read that correctly?!”It was one of those “ah-ha moments” when a seemingly mundane statement leapt out of the page and whacked me on the...

Posted December 27, 2012    

An Irrational Pro-Renewables Policy: Harming Spain's Economic Recovery?

Spain’s electrical supply industry is caught in a decade long death spiral of failed energy policy, over-reliance on imported fuels, and massive debt. Their new taxes on nuclear energy, an attempt to reduce utility debt, are likely to worsen their...

Posted December 20, 2012    

Seattle Monks Protest While Dalai Lama Supports Nuclear Energy

Last week a group of Buddhist monks joined the protest against San Onofre Nuclear Plant.  The local press made a big show of the spectacle as if the presence of members of a Seattle monastery somehow added stature to the demonstration and...

Posted December 5, 2012    

Whos' Really to Blame for Fukushima Health Impacts?

As is often the case, the passage of time yields clarity about events, and the nuclear power plant accident at Fukushima is no different.  It has become clear that the misinformation and hysterics by anti-nuclear groups and individuals were...

Posted March 12, 2012    

TEPCO Did Not Adopt a Key Lesson Learned from the Accident at Three Mile Island

Unlike their American counterparts, not all control room operators in Japan have access to plant specific training simulators.  Instead, according to a report by NPR, they use “generic” simulators that are similar to, but not identical to their...

Posted July 10, 2011    

MOX Fuel in Fukshima Daiichi Adds Little Risk to Public

There is a good deal of misinformation being circulated about the potential harm to people in Japan from plutonium present in mixed oxide (MOX) fuel in the unit 3 reactor at Fukushima Daiichi.  The real story comes from an independent group of...

Posted March 27, 2011    

NY Gov. Cuomo Reacts to Flawed Report on Earthquake Risk at Indian Point Nuclear Plant

Bloomberg.com and other news outlets reported yesterday that NY Governor Andrew Cuomo is meeting with the NRC today in Washington DC to discuss the risk of earthquake damage at the Indian Point Nuclear Plant.  According to Bloomberg, the...

Posted March 22, 2011    

Small Modular Reactors May Offer Significant Safety & Security Enhancements

Download the Audio File Here Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) are getting a lot of attention in the nuclear industry because they offer great potential for lower initial capital investment, scalability, and they come in sizes more appropriate for...

Posted November 21, 2010    

Boycotting Anti-Nuclear Activist Companies & Celebrities

  Podcast – download the MP3 File Here During a recent conversation over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a friend asked if anyone in the group was boycotting BP.  This led to a lively discussion about the effectiveness of boycotts and the...

Posted June 6, 2010    

NY State Gives Fossil Fuels Favored Treatment

Podcast – Download Audio File Here This is a follow up to the podcast titled “Water Wars in New York” on May 27, 2010 in which I discussed how NY State is using their authority to issue Water Quality Certificates to wage war against the Indian...

Posted May 31, 2010    

Tritium: Fuel for Antinuclear Reactions

Fast Fission Podcast #22 – Get the MP3 File Here There is a political and public relations cauldron boiling in Vermont over a recently discovered tritium leak at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.   Tritium is a mildly radioactive isotope...

Posted January 22, 2010    

Small Reactors May Reduce Combat Casualties

This Week in Nuclear #79 – MP3 File A Special note from John Wheeler: Today is Veteran’s Day in the United States – the day we stop to reflect about the men and women of our armed forces, to acknowledge their many sacrifices, and to thank them for...

Posted January 11, 2010