Chevron’s John Watson should follow pronuclear words with nuclear energy investments

During an OPEC meeting in Vienna held in early June 2015, John Watson, the CEO of Chevron, the second largest oil and gas company in the United States, made a comment that deserves more attention and follow up from journalists. The context of the below comment was that Watson was explaining why his company will […]

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ANS 2015 Plenary Talks – Part 5 Scott Tinker, Texas state geologist and star of the documentary “Switch”

Scott Tinker, Director, Bureau of Economic Geology and creator of Switch was the final speaker during the plenary session on June 8, 2015 at the American Nuclear Society (ANS) annual meeting. As usual, his talk was face paced, well delivered and full of important information about energy. His segment about the challenges and opportunities associated […]

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ANS 2015 Plenary Talks – Part 4 David Scott, architect of UAE nuclear program

The UAE has made amazing progress in moving from a country almost totally dependent on burning natural gas (some of which is imported) to provide domestic electricity to one where a rapidly growing portion of its electricity from 2017 onward will be produced in zero fossil fuel, no CO2 emission nuclear fission reactors. In 2009, […]

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ANS 2015 Plenary Talks – Part 3 Tom Fanning, President, Chairman and CEO of Southern Company

Tom Fanning is always a good choice to speak to a gathering of nuclear professionals who might need a little bit of confidence building. Here is a quote from the start of his talk during the ANS 2015 opening plenary session. I’m going to give you the punchline and that is that nuclear must be […]

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ANS 2015 Plenary Talks – Part 2 Welcome from Doyle Beneby, Chairman and CEO of CPS Energy

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Doyle Beneby, the Chairman and CEO of CPS Energy, welcomed the ANS meeting attendees to San Antonio. He talk was partly the traditional greeting provided by the electric utility that supplies power in the service territory hosting the meeting, but he also spoke about his vision for the future of energy. He was not an […]

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Romance of Radium – How did our relationship with radioactive material sour?

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Note – This post was initially published on February 23, 2013. After attending the ANS President’s Special Session about the way we should communicate about radiation, I thought it would be worth repeating. Sometimes, we need to look outside of our immediate time and place to find “best practices” that we should emulate. Hitting road […]

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Musings from San Antonio, site of 2015 ANS meeting

This post brought to you by the generous readers who provided support for my travel and lodging in San Antonio. I hope you enjoy the resulting reports. My first observation is to note that Texans drive fast. The Texas segment of I-10 between the eastern border and San Antonio is the first road I’ve been […]

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Stanford climate scientists promote 100% renewable revolution using natural gas money

We’ve been repeatedly told that 97% of climate scientists agree that CO2 emissions from human activity are a major cause of climate change. Scientists who question that assertion are villified as “climate change deniers” and marginalized as representing a fringe point of view. They’re frequently accused of being paid by fossil fuel interests. Politicians, journalists […]

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Following the money: who’s funding Stanford’s Natural Gas Initative

A few days ago, I wrote about Stanford University’s new Natural Gas Initiative (NGI) and described why I thought the existence of that program helped to explain why some prominent Stanford professors — like Mark Z. Jacobson — actively promote an unrealistic energy supply system dependent on 100% renewable energy. It’s my contention that the […]

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Nuclear – An essential part of the solution

In just a few days, nuclear scientists, engineers and technologists will begin arriving in San Antonio, Texas for the 2015 annual meeting of the American Nuclear Society. The theme for this year’s meeting is Nuclear Technology: An Essential Part of the Solution. Dr. Dale Klein, a former Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and currently […]

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Hero worship of a corporate welfare king – Elon Musk

A May 30, 2015 story in the Los Angeles Times titled Elon Musk’s growing empire is fueled by $4.9 billion in government subsidies provides an enlightening look at the basis for Musk’s recent business success. His visionary — and generously subsidized — enterprises including Tesla, Solar City and SpaceX have resulted in his elevation to […]

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