Economist writer shares pessimistic view of nuclear energy

Oliver Morton recently wrote an article for The Economist titled The dream that failed. His comments in the below are fighting words for those of us in the nuclear field who recognize fission’s potential AND who have the competitive fire required to win in sports and business. Morton is not a very inspiring speaker or […]

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Powering America (and the world) with nuclear energy

The Heritage Foundation has produced a factual, inspiring, visually appealing documentary titled Powering America. As the title suggests, it is focused on the United States and our energy choices, but the need for power is universal and the options are essentially the same all around the world. Here is the trailer: Powering America Trailer from […]

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MidAmerican Energy uses YouTube video in response to FOE television ad

The Friends of the Earth (FOE) has developed a 30 second television advertisement that uses Fukushima as a hypnotic code word to spread fear, uncertainty and doubt about new nuclear power plants. It has purchased time slots in all of the major media markets in Iowa, where legislation is being considered to give the Public […]

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Fighting over fuels and markets – dumb & wasteful when we have essentially unlimited energy

I am deeply troubled by the sabre rattling over the issue of Iran developing nuclear energy capabilities. Tiny efforts like mine on Atomic Insights may not matter much, but it is time to do all I can to shift the conversation away from war mongering to something that is a more productive and positive use […]

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Senator Carper (D-DE) Commends NRC for Vogtle COL – Advocates Continued Nuclear Expansion

One of the myths that Atomic Insights is continually working to dispel is the idea that nuclear energy is a partisan issue with one party supporting it and one party fighting it. Not only is that perception untrue, but it is destructive to the nation and to the technology. Nuclear energy developments are not easy, […]

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NRC may FINALLY issue its first COL ever

At noon today, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission is scheduled to hold an affirmation session. The second item on the agenda is listed as “b. Southern Nuclear Operating Co. (Vogtle Electric Generating Plant, Units 3 and 4), Docket Nos. 52-025-COL & 52-026-COL – Draft Mandatory Hearing Decision (Tentative).” The meeting will be available via a […]

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Nuclear focused investment fund proposal

There was a thought provoking letter to the editor on DesMoinesRegister.com titled MidAmerican’s nuclear plant proposal puts risk on consumers that is worth bringing to the attention of nuclear industry decision makers and influencers. The author is a member of the Iowa Public Interest Research Group, a chapter of an organization that has been opposed […]

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Supporters of nuclear energy development face off with antinuclear activists in Gaffney, SC

On January 19, 2012, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Army Corps of Engineers held a joint public meeting to solicit comments about the draft environmental impact statement for the William States Lee nuclear power station that Duke Energy is proposing to build about 8 miles outside of Gaffney, SC. The meeting included two […]

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Public meetings about William S. Lee nuclear project near Gaffney, SC

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission is planning to hold two identical public meetings to discuss the draft environmental impact statement for the William States Lee nuclear power station units 1 and 2 that are proposed for a site near Gaffney, SC. The public will be allowed to present comments and ask questions. People who are […]

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Cautionary story for nuclear plant vendors and prospective plant owners

Florida state Rep. Mike Fasano (R-New Port Richey), who voted in favor of Florida’s 2006 Construction Work in Progress (CWIP) advanced cost recovery law, has become the prime sponsor of a new law to overturn that rule. According to a January 11, 2012 op-ed published by the Tampa Bay Times titled No more blank checks […]

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Markey is lying. The AP1000 design certification has been anything but “fast tracked”

A letter to the editor of the Asheville Citizen-Times published on January 6, 2012 got me riled up. The letter is intended to encourage people who live in Asheville to organize to resist the William States Lee nuclear power plant development project proposed for a site in Gaffney, SC., which is about 60 miles from […]

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Kirk Sorensen – Why didn’t molten salt thorium reactors succeed the first time?

Kirk Sorensen is the founder of Flibe Energy. He has been prospecting in libraries for years to learn more about a path not taken (yet). He is convinced that the way forward for energy in the United States and around the world is the molten salt thorium reactor that can produce an almost unlimited amount […]

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