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The Bottom Line on Nuclear Energy

March 5, 2015 by David Hess
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Existing nuclear power plants are extremely valuable societal assets. Shutting them down in the absence of compelling economic or technical reasons is folly. Make no mistake. Closing well-performing nuclear plants before it is technically necessary costs society dearly.[read more]

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$43 Billion: Current and Rising Cost to Canada of Environmental Inaction

March 4, 2015 by Jim Baird
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Canada and Environmental Action

Instead of seeing our economy contract as a result environmental inaction, it is a fact that Canada could actually be currently expanding its economy through the implementation of indigenous innovation that addresses the growing issues related to climate change.[read more]

Be Careful About Rose-Colored Glasses When Viewing the Future of SMRs

March 3, 2015 by Dan Yurman
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Following another year of turbulence a casual observer of the nuclear industry may be forgiven for concluding that Small Modular Reactor (SMR) development has stalled, but a new report a new sense of clarity and purpose is emerging around the technology’s commercialization.[read more]

Nuclear Communication

March 2, 2015 by Suzanne Waldman
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Whenever I tell people that I research nuclear communication, they almost invariably say the same thing: "Now there is an industry that could very much learn to communicate better.” It’s a realization coming home to the nuclear industry itself.[read more]

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Can a Nationwide Conversation Ignite a New Era of Nuclear Energy Innovation?

March 2, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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NuScale Modular Reactor cutout

Experts from across the United States will gather March 3-5th for a unique, nationwide dialogue on the future of nuclear energy. Simultaneous workshops in six cities will craft a new vision for the role of nuclear energy and generate innovative solutions to some of the toughest challenges facing the sector today.[read more]

Japan's Largest Nuclear Power Station Moves to Center of Reactor Restart Efforts

February 27, 2015 by Dan Yurman
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The Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant, composed of seven nuclear reactors, is one of the world’s largest power stations. Getting all of the reactors at the site online again is emerging as a key priority for the government and for TEPCO which owns and operates the plant.[read more]

The Argument For Nuclear Energy In Australia

February 26, 2015 by Barry Brook
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Australia and Nuclear Energy

The Premier of South Australia, Labor’s Jay Weatherill, has announced a Royal Commission into an expanded future role for the state in nuclear energy. For people those of us who are both strongly focused on tackling climate change and who consider nuclear to be an essential tool, this is real progress.[read more]

How Can Nuclear Energy Build Trust in a Time When Denying Science is Rampant?

February 24, 2015 by Milton Caplan
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Science and the Nuclear Industry

Building trust in science is a task that goes well beyond the nuclear industry. Yes, scientists have much work to do to build that trust with the public and government, but governments must then ensure that they use science as a basis for policy.[read more]

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New Coal Plants in China: A (Carbon) Bubble Waiting to Burst

February 23, 2015 by Lauri Myllyvirta
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A Chinese Carbon Bubble?

While China’s coal consumption growth has slowed down, coal capacity still grows. This has led some to conclude that China’s coal consumption growth will resume. But continued buildup of coal-fired plants represents an investment bubble that will burst as overcapacity becomes too large to ignore.[read more]

How Do Fast Reactors Respond to Rapid Reactivity Insertion Events?

February 20, 2015 by Rod Adams
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Fast Reactor Response

Fast neutron spectrum reactors offer one answer to the trump question that is often used to halt informative discussions about using more atomic energy to reduce our excessive dependence on burning hydrocarbon based fuels — “What do you do with the waste?”[read more]

Nuclear Energy: The Sixty-Year Pitch

February 18, 2015 by Peter Dykstra
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Nuclear Energy Planning and History

In 1954, Atomic Energy Commission Chair Lewis Strauss envisioned a day when “our children will enjoy in their homes electrical energy too cheap to meter.” Strauss was placing his bets on nuclear fusion, which, sixty years later, is still on the drawing board. And the meters are still ticking away.[read more]

Atomic Balm: Some Prominent Environmental Veterans are Talking up Nuclear Power as a Climate Change Solution

February 16, 2015 by Peter Dykstra
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Environmentalism and Considering Nuclear

In recent years, some major science and environmental players have come forward to endorse nuclear power. Former EPA Administrator and Obama climate czar Carol Browner, for examples, signed up for the newest effort to sell nuke plants, the year-old Nuclear Matters, founded by electric giant Exelon in 2014.[read more]

The Core Issues in the Paris Climate Talks

February 16, 2015 by Elliot Diringer

Paris Agreement Issues and Risks

 

It’s dangerous to venture predictions about COP 21. But if the political will among the major economies keeps strengthening, Paris could prove our best chance since the UNFCCC’s launch more than 20 years ago for a balanced, durable agreement that, while it won’t solve climate change, will help put us on track.[read more]

Comparing the Costs of Renewable and Conventional Energy Sources

February 12, 2015 by Energy Innovation LLC
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Energy Source Comparison

You can’t get far in a discussion about the nation’s electric power sector without running into the question of costs. How do renewable sources, such as solar and wind, stack up against fossil fuels, such as coal and natural gas? How much will it cost utilities and ratepayers to build—and operate—a new power plant?[read more]

Japan Plans to Restart Some Nuclear Plants in 2015 After Fukushima Shutdown

February 12, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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Japan and Nuclear Energy

Previously one of the world's largest producers of nuclear-generated electricity, Japan has relied heavily on fossil fuels following Fukushima and subsequent shutdown of the country's nuclear fleet. In 2014, Japan's nuclear generation was zero. The government anticipates bringing online a few nuclear facilities in 2015.[read more]