Atomic Show #186 – SMRs, Climate Change, and Natural Gas Competition

On the evening of July 29, 2012, Suzy Hobbs-Baker, Director of the Nuclear Literacy Project and founder of PopAtomic Studios, Dan Yurman, who blogs at Idaho Samizdat and writes for Fuel Cycle Week and the ANS Nuclear Cafe, Margaret Harding, an independent nuclear energy consultant who blogs at 4 Factor Consulting, and Cal Abel, a […]

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Deconstructing Coal Industry Misinformation Campaign

A good friend sent me a link to an article by Brian Dockstader titled The Coal Industry Wants You In The Dark that does a reasonably good job of deconstructing the messages in the following 30 second television ad, which was paid for by a coal industry lobby group called “American Coalition for Clean Coal […]

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112th Carnival of Nuclear Energy Bloggers – Back At Atomic Insights

Every week, people who write articles about nuclear energy gather their favorites together in a single post called the Carnival of Nuclear Energy Bloggers. We’ve been doing this regularly for more than two years; it is my pleasure to host the 112th issue of the Carnival. Here are our favorite posts from the first week […]

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IQ2 Debate – No Fracking Way: The Natural Gas Boom is Doing More Harm Than Good

Intelligence Squared US, an Oxford style debate program modeled after a London program of the same name, recently chose to discuss the following motion – No Fracking Way: The Natural Gas Boom is Doing More Harm Than Good. In between trips to the Children’s Museum of Richmond, across Southside Virginia to toss out the contents […]

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Brief summary of recent natural gas price history

Natural gas prices are volatile. Their price pattern can generate large fortunes. The volatile pattern can also generate painful bankruptcies for those on the wrong side of the bet. People who bet on those prices need to recognize the risk. Most people assume that power generators who are planning to meet demand in the next […]

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John Rowe explains how Exelon’s self-interest is served by promoting natural gas

John Rowe is the recently retired CEO of Exelon, an electric power generation and natural gas delivery company with the largest fleet of nuclear power plants in the United States. Exelon just completed a merger with Constellation Energy, bringing the total number of nuclear reactors in its fleet to 22 (17 from Exelon and 5 […]

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Christian Science Monitor – With all this gas, who needs oil?

On April 22, 2012, the Christian Science Monitor published a lengthy feature article titled With all this natural gas, who needs oil? that helps illustrate the extent of America’s current love affair with methane, a fuel that we have been using commercially for about 150 years. According to some of the people quoted in the […]

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ExxonMobil is betting that natural gas will NOT remain cheap

During my recent low production periods for new posts on Atomic Insights, I received some well intentioned advice from a frequent commenter – he told me that it would be less frustrating for me to maintain Atomic Insights if I focused more on innovations in nuclear energy than on the efforts of competitive energy suppliers […]

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Why is natural gas such a popular answer to energy challenges?

Ben Heard at DecarboniseSA.com posted a thought-provoking question on April 4, 2012 – Why Gas? Good Question… Here is the introduction of Ben’s post. “Why gas?” Good question… It was meant to be a jingle, not a prophecy… In Australia back in 1990, we were subjected to a saccharine , family friendly bit of advertising […]

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Like cheap gas? Enable new supplies & stop rattling swords

The world would be a better place if more people thoroughly understood how the balance between supply of a commodity and demand for that commodity worked to establish market prices. The improvement would be even more impressive if customers learned how to take action to shift the balance into their favor instead of allowing the […]

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Has the MIT Energy Initiative been captured by natural gas industry money?

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is one of the most venerated engineering institutions in the United States. Its pronouncements and considered opinions have a significant influence on our government’s policy, especially in such important fields as energy. In recent years, the MIT Energy Initiative, a multi-disciplinary team led by Professor Ernie Moniz has issued […]

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