Conservative groupthink afflicts US nuclear energy industry

Though I have a deep and abiding respect for the vast majority of the people I have met who work in the nuclear energy industry, it is time for me to risk losing a few friends with some brutal honesty. Decision making has become unbalanced in the “conservative” direction to a point of a dangerous […]

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Would a third party candidate use “N” word in debates on energy alternatives?

I stayed up past my normal bedtime to watch the President and his one Establishment challenger engage in a carefully staged and poorly moderated “debate” last night. The supposed topic was domestic policy. One of the largest components of our domestic economy is the energy industry and one of the most significant contributors to our […]

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NRC leaders must hear from all sides, not just antinuclear activists

It worried me to learn that on Saturday, September 22, Allison Macfarlane, the Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and William Magwood, one of the four Commissioners who serve with Dr. Macfarlane on the five member Commission, held a private meeting with six representatives of groups that oppose the use of nuclear energy. From […]

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Atomic Show #189 – Energy Subsidies

Dr. Jim Conca recently published an article titled What’s Better? A Carbon Tax or Energy Subsidies? for his column on Forbes.com. I invited him, along with Cal Abel, a nuclear engineering PhD candidate at Georgia Tech with a strong interest in energy economics, for a chat on the Atomic Show. We got a little off […]

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Update on Jaczko Legal Defense Fund

As promised, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s political action committee (PAC), the Searchlight Leadership Fund, has donated $10,000 to a legal defense fund set up to pay the expenses incurred by Dr. Greg Jaczko while he was serving Reid as the Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Of course, there would not be a need […]

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Challenging NYAS Decision to Keep Yablokov’s Chernobyl Fiction Online

In December 2009, the editor of the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences decided to provide printing services for a small group of people who had a history of pursuing an agenda against the use of nuclear energy. They had translated a book titled Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the […]

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Waste Confidence – A Classic Case of Failed Leadership (Part 2 of 2)

By Paul T. Dickman Paul Dickman was a career Federal environmental scientist specializing in nuclear waste and nuclear materials management. He served as Chief of Staff to NRC Chairman Dale E. Klein. Part 2 of 2 NRC’s Draft Waste Confidence Decision Update of October 2008 was based on an understanding of that the DOE would […]

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Waste Confidence: A Classic Case of Failed Leadership (Part 1 of 2)

By Paul T. Dickman Paul Dickman was a career Federal environmental scientist specializing in nuclear waste and nuclear materials management. He served as Chief of Staff to NRC Chairman Dale E. Klein. Part 1 of 2 The 12th paragraph below has been revised to clarify that the 1998 rule was a reaffirmation of a 1990 […]

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President Carter’s opinion of whether Jaczko exceeded authorities granted by Reorganization Act

I know that some people want to declare the Jaczko era over and to move on to other items, but there is still a good deal of information about the reign and its long term effects that has not been fully exposed or discussed. Though Jaczko and his patrons have declared that the OFFICIAL USE […]

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Harry Reid’s thermonuclear attack on Commissioner Magwood

The Wall Street Journal has published an interesting commentary on Senator Harry Reid’s personal attack against Commissioner Bill Magwood of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Hat tip to Dan Yurman of Idaho Samizdat, who provide a link to the above video with the following tweet: Dan Yurman ‏@djysrv WSJ video: Sen Harry Reid’s crack up over […]

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Harry Reid is confused between “loyalty” and “integrity” – Bill Magwood is a man of integrity

A post titled Bill Magwood, NRC Democrat, Is ‘Treacherous, Miserable Liar’ And ‘First-Class Rat,’ Says Harry Reid offers an illuminating view of political thinking coming from inside the Washington, DC beltway. That way of thinking, in this case, can be traced back to Las Vegas, NV and the mob-influenced power politics that played a role […]

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Does “highly” enriched uranium make it easier to build more compact reactors?

It is easier to design and build compact nuclear reactors with uranium that has a higher fraction of U-235. The higher the U-235 content, the easier it is to overcome the effects of impurities in the coolant and cladding and the easier it is to overcome the inevitable effects of fission products that absorb neutrons. […]

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