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Overheated rods & rhetoric

A little knowledge is sometimes a dangerous thing - particularly when fundamentally incomplete technical knowledge is used to make sweeping engineering recommendations. The latest example of this is the concern over the spent fuel storage pools at...

Posted May 8, 2012    

Minding the (partisan) gap: partisan divisions in support for nuclear

Via NEI's twitter feed comes this story of a new Gallup poll on energy and environmental issues similar to that released by Pew which I dissected a few weeks ago.Image via GallupFor the most part, the trends are indeed quite similar -...

Posted April 12, 2012    

The EPA's coal mandate: An opportunity for nuclear, a giveaway for natural gas

Today the EPA issued its first-ever regulation on carbon dioxide emissions from new power plants, limiting emissions to 1000 pounds of CO2 per megawatt-hour of electricity produced. Given the fact that the average coal plant vastly exceeds this...

Posted March 28, 2012    

Not all energy is fungible - and it matters

Via the NYT Green blog comes a new survey by the Pew Center indicating that a smaller majority of Americans now prefer further federal funding of research into alternative energy technologies (specifically, wind, solar, and hydrogen) as a priority...

Posted March 22, 2012    

Looking back at Fukushima one year later

It's been a year now since the Great Tōhoku Earthquake and tsunami which struck Japan, leaving over twenty thousand dead and tens of thousands more homeless and displaced. On top of this was the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility...

Posted March 13, 2012    

Small modular reactors in Iowa?

The land of Iowa - home of hogs, corn, windmills, and... SMRs (i.e., small modular reactors). Or at the least, that last part may be true pending a proposal before the Iowa Legislature (HF 561) is passed, allowing for among other things,...

Posted February 28, 2012    

The other thing Vogtle has revived: Nuclear hysteria

Editor's note: This is a modified version of Steve's orginal post which you can find in it's entirety here.They say no one likes a buzzkill, but almost as if on queue, the NRC's announcement of its issue of the first combined operating license (COL...

Posted February 22, 2012    

The End of Natural Gas Price Volatility?

We hear it all the time - natural gas prices are volatile. Here are graphs for natural gas prices and crude oil prices over time that I uploaded to Wikipedia a while ago to illustrate this exact point.Natural GasCrude OilBut firstly, we need to make...

Posted February 13, 2012    

Vermont Yankee Lives to Power Another Day

The Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, supplier of 73% of Vermont's emission-free electricity (and approximately one-third of the state's total electricity), won its day in federal court today, thus granting it the right to keep the doors open and...

Posted January 20, 2012    

Effective vs. Ineffective Nuclear Advocacy

Recently, there's been a push among supporters of nuclear energy to try and promote nuclear energy-related petitions in the White House's recent propaganda stunt online citizen petition initiative, "We the People". Some of these petition topics...

Posted October 31, 2011    

The GOP Debate: Don't Bet on Yucca Mountain

The Obama administration's controversial decision to zero-fund (and effectively cancel) the Yucca Mountain spent fuel repository - in violation of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act - was generally regarded as a decision which would only be reversed by a...

Posted October 20, 2011    

Civilian Nuclear Energy Programs as a 'Fig Leaf' for Proliferation: Does It Matter?

The Washington Post today featured an interesting article detailing many of the difficulties and setbacks encountered by Iran's enrichment program, post-Stuxnet. In part what it illustrates is the technical difficulty of actually attempting to...

Posted October 19, 2011