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Collection of videos that support nuclear energy available from Atomic Insights.

Wear green today in honor of St. Patrick and nuclear energy

Diablo greenLater today, March 17, 2015 (St. Patrick’s Day),

Californians for Green Nuclear Power will be donning the green and holding a rally at the plaza in front of the San Luis Obispo County building at 1055 Monterey from noon until 1:30 PM (PDT).

They want to show that the groups fighting to shut down the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant don’t represent the views of the majority of the local residents. The opposition is currently taking at least two paths aimed at forcing the plant to shut down.

One path is an effort to force the ocean front plant to stop using the abundant, readily available sea water for cooling the plant’s steam turbine condensers. They say that the plant should install enormous, ugly, fresh water consuming cooling towers at a cost in excess of a billion dollars plus an extended plant shutdown.

The other path is to claim, despite the judgement of the NRC, that the plant has insufficient safety margin against seismic movement. A former NRC inspector at the plant is fighting a lonely battle by insisting that the plant is in technical violation of its operating license; his view is a minority of one in a large, technically competent agency.

No power option can replace Diablo Canyon without a sharp increase in both electricity costs and air pollution, including a substantial increase in greenhouse gas emissions.

Another Environmentalist for Nuclear Energy

Another Environmentalist for Nuclear energy

Please join the Californians for Green Nuclear Power to show your support for their effort to save a valuable, environmentally friendly power plant. If I could be there, I have a perfect shirt to wear.

Wearing the green at a public meeting

When I was searching the Atomic Insights archive for the above image, I stumbled across a short speech that I made at an NRC-hosted public meeting wearing that tee shirt. The meeting took place in January 2012 in Gaffney, SC, the home of Frank Underwood, now the President of the United States on the Netflix show, House of Cards.

I enjoyed reliving the experience of participating in a civil public meeting, even thought my talk was not popular among all of the attendees. Following the meeting, I had some pleasant conversations with the antinuclear activists that had arrived by bus from Asheville.

I apologize for the quality of the video — the camera focus function was going wacky — but the audio worked pretty well.

PS – Not long ago, a drive-by commenter using the pseudonym “Name Withheld” suggested that I “might be a thin skinned wuss wearing a suit.”

That person doesn’t know me very well. I may occasionally wear a suit, and I might sometimes act as if I am thin-skinned, but few people would call me a wuss. :-)

Today Show cheers nuclear power by chanting “Go Nuke!”

Before readers get too excited, I need to acknowledge that the Today Show in the below video is broadcast from Sydney, Australia, not New York City. However, it is still kind of exciting to have a TV newscaster chanting “Go Nuke!” The broadcaster’s excitement is based on an announcement by Liberal Party Senator Sean Edwards […]

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Nuclear Energy – Tool to Empower Society and Address Atmospheric Chemistry Changes

On Tuesday March 3, 2015, I gave an invited talk to Sweet Briar College’s Engineering Club. The presentation I chose from my library as being the most appropriate for what I hope will be the introduction to a continuing series of talks for a growing audience at that school was Nuclear Energy: Important tool for […]

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Putting excitement back into nuclear technology development

Josh Freed, Third Way‘s clean energy vice president, has published a thoughtful, graphically enticing Brookings Essay titled Back to the Future: Advanced Nuclear Energy and the Battle Against Climate Change. It focuses on Leslie Dewan and Mark Massie of Transatomic Power, but it also makes it abundantly clear that those two visionary entrepreneurs are examples […]

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Ben Heard and Gordon McDowell collaborate to produce Nuclear Power for Australia

Ben Heard is one of the most articulate, skilled presenters working for the expansion of nuclear energy. Gordon McDowell is a skilled videographer who has produced a number of useful, informative videos about nuclear fission, normally with a focus on the potential of thorium fueled reactors. The two talented advocates have recently produced and published […]

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Wade Allison at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan

On December 3, 2014, Dr. Wade Allison was invited to give a speech to the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan. The title of that talk was The Fukushima nuclear accident and the unwarranted fear of low-dose radiation. After Dr. Allison gave his talk explaining why he believed that our current treatment of radiation is governed […]

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Paul Wilson & Bret Bennington vs Arnie Gundersen & Heidi Hutner on Nuclear Sustainability

On Nov 20, 2014, Hofstra University hosted its annual Pride and Purpose Debate. This year’s proposition was the following – “Should nuclear energy be expanded to help create a more sustainable future?” The debate included the following panelists: For – J Bret Bennington, professor of geology, Department of Geology, Environment and Sustainability at Hofstra University. […]

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Transatomic Power – Anatomy of Next

Dr. Leslie Dewan is a co-founder and the CEO of Transatomic Power, a venture capital-funded start-up based on research conducted at MIT. Along with Mark Massie, the other co-founder, Dewan is exploring a design that uses a molten salt fuel that enables materials currently classified as “nuclear waste” to provide the heat source for a […]

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Disneyland 3-14 – Our Friend, The Atom

On Sunday, January 23, 1957, a large American audience gathered around their television sets to watch the weekly episode of Disneyland, a popular show created and hosted by Walt Disney in return for an investment from ABC that he used to build Disneyland. On that evening, the audience was treated to a compressed course in […]

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Why radiation is safe and why all nations should embrace nuclear energy

Dr. Wade Allison — retired professor of physics and medical physics at Oxford University, author of Radiation and Reason and a founding member of the international SARI group (Scientists for Accurate Radiation Information — has recently published a video titled Why radiation is safe & all nations should embrace nuclear technology – Professor Wade Allison […]

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Discussing nuclear energy in Australia

On August 5, 2014, Professor Barry Brook, Ian Hore-Lacy and Professor Ken Balwin chatted with ABC [Australian Broadcast Corporation] 666 morning host Genevieve Jacobs about nuclear energy. Each member of the panel provided a brief statement and then there was a lengthy question and answer period lasting nearly an hour. You really should watch the […]

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Radiation is Safe Within Limits – Robert Hargraves

Dr. Robert Hargraves recently gave a talk to a chapter of the American Nuclear Society in New York. He recorded the talk and synchronized his words with the slides. It is quite informative. RadiationSafeWithinLimits from Robert Hargraves on Vimeo. Hargraves should be complimented and encouraged to keep working on his presentation, practicing the delivery and […]

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