Atomic Show #236 – Local Nuclear NW, NE, Canada

On March 30, 2015, I gathered a few of my pro-nuclear blogging friends together for a chat about recent events and activity in three separate areas, the Pacific Northwest, the US Northeast, and the eastern provinces of Canada.

We also chatted about recent budget hearings for the DOE and the NRC and the way the proposed budgets help to illuminate the Administration’s real priorities. Spending plans often do not mirror political rhetoric, but they help indicate actual prioritization choices.

Based on the submitted budget, the Administration’s interest in helping to reduce the upfront costs of working through the thicket of federal regulations for small modular reactors (SMRs) fell by 33%.

It’s interest in that loudly touted program is 100 times less than its interest in supporting a $6 billion/year expenditure for tax credits for industrial wind development that return 30% of the project cost to the developer about one year after the turbines start spinning.

My guests were

Steve Aplin, who blogs at Canadian Energy Issues

And

Meredith Angwin, who blogs at Yes Vermont Yankee and Northwest Clean Energy

Here is a photo that includes both Steve and Meredith (along with Jarrett Adams, Gwyneth Cravens, Jack Gamble, and our Avignon tour guide) in Avignon France in June 2010. Great memories made with some terrific people.

Avingon France Jun 2010

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Diablo green

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Nuclear industry must remember that all politics are local

Copyright 2005 Jim Zimmerlin. All rights reserved

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Sweet Briar College announced its closure on March 3, 2015

SWC mug

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Discussion strategy on Atomic Insights

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Atomic Show Bonus Audio – Ben Heard’s Answers to Audience Questions

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