Pronuclear videos continuing to proliferate – The Nuclear Option

With a hat tip to Ben Heard at Decarbonize SA, I thought it might inspire you to see two videos side by side. These videos were created in geographic locations that are about as far apart as you can get and still be on Earth. As far as I can tell, neither creative team knew […]

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Earth Day 2012 – terrific PSA by Energy-Northwest employees

Happy Earth Day, everyone. Here is a message from the employees at Energy Northwest that should start your day off right. After watching, please celebrate the day by planting a tree. If planting a tree just does not seem to be enough to make the world the kind of place that you want for your […]

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Bill Gates describes 4th generation nuclear energy to explain his investment decision

On March 23, 2012, Bill Gates was interviewed as part of the Wall Street Journal ECO:nomics conference. There is little doubt that he understands the technology and the opportunity. My main question is why he is not investing more in order to drive the technology even faster. After all, he is one of the world’s […]

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Nuclear energy’s unpopularity on Wall Street should be ringing endorsement

People lined up to oppose nuclear energy development often resort to an interesting argument to use against it. According to the frequently repeated line, nuclear energy investments are so risky even Wall Street is not interested. Here is an example quote from an article titled Senators warn nuke plan poses severe risk Sens. Rob Hogg […]

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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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