The Atomic Show #033 – Pebble Power (pebble bed reactors)

Pebble bed reactor history and future At the request of several listeners and blog readers, Shane and I decided to focus this podcast on the graphite and heavy metal “pebbles” that form the basic fuel element for a number of currently proposed reactor types. We talk a bit about the inventor of the pebble bed […]

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Smoking Gun Part 4 (direct anti-nuclear comment from Dick Armey, who is advocating coal instead)

Dick Armey is a former US Congressman (Republican) who now serves as the chairman of FreedomWorks, a conservative, issues-based organization founded in 1984 that includes “full time staff in ten states and over 800,000 grassroots volunteers nationwide.” (quote from the organization’s “About Us” page). The tag line for the group’s web site is “Lower taxes, […]

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The Atomic Show #032 – Uranium mineral collector – Ruth Sponsler

Chat with a uranium mineral collector and nuclear power supporter Ruth Sponsler is an amateur mineral collector, a resident of the beautiful mountains of North Carolina and an active supporter of the use of nuclear energy. She blogs at We Support Lee. Shane and I invited her onto the show to talk about her unusual […]

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BP's Alternative Energy vision versus Adams Atomic Engines's vision

While catching up on some reading on The Energy Blog, I came across a post about a speech given on September 27, 2006 by BP’s Vivienne Cox. Ms. Cox was speaking to the Los Angeles World Affairs Council about her company’s investments in “clean electricity”. The speech is enlightening and I encourage you all to […]

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The Atomic Show #031 – Uranium resources and mining techniques

Uranium resources and mining Uranium is a relatively common metal. The quantity that is readily available for human use is far larger than the quantity that would be required to fuel a vastly larger base of nuclear reactors than the one that is in operation today. The Uranium Information Center has published an excellent briefing […]

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Helen Caldicott explains her antinuclear positions

Dr. Helen Caldicott has been an effective leader in the antinuclear movement for several decades. I disagree strongly with her position on nuclear power, though I do not have quite a strong a disagreement with her stance on nuclear weapons. However, I recognize that she is a formidable woman with a large following and I […]

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Exelon may join the Texas nuclear plant rush

Texas seems to be the destination of choice for major investments in nuclear power plants. I came across a story in the Chicago Tribune titled Nuclear power push revs up; paperwork keeps ‘option open’ about Exelon’s recent announcement that they are looking at about eight different sites in Texas with the idea of building a […]

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