All Marketers are Liars – some worse than others

Yesterday I finished reading Seth Godin’s All Marketers are Liars, a fascinating book with terrific advice on how to build markets by being “remarkable”. Godin does not really believe that marketers are liars, he teaches that good marketers are storytellers that use ancient techniques to bond with their customers and meet their needs. The subtitle […]

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Alan Waltar on "Atoms for Peace Reactor"

Back in November, 2005, when I attended the American Nuclear Society (ANS) Winter Meeting, I listened to Alan Waltar talk about his current project called the “Atoms for Peace Reactor”. Alan is a Past President of the ANS, the author of “Radiation and Modern Life: Fulfilling Marie Curie’s Dream” and “America the Powerless: Facing our […]

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Westinghouse sale update December 23, 2005

Asahi.com published an article on 23 December titled Westinghouse sale could tilt balance in global nuclear power industry. The story mentions that the final decision for the sale of BNFL’s Westinghouse unit could come next month, and that the final price is now expected to range between 200 and 300 Billion yen. At today’s exchange […]

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PBMR (Pty) Ltd and Westinghouse sign protection system design contract

PBMR (Pty) Ltd continues to make progress in its effort to build a demonstration pebble bed reactor by 2010. In its latest step in the long journey, the company has signed a $2.6 Million USD contract with Westinghouse Electric Company for the basic design of the PBMR instrumentation and protection system. The work has an […]

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Will Ontario look away from CANDU?

In recent months there has been a growing awareness that Ontario, Canada needs new power sources, both to supply a growing demands and to replace old, coal-fired power plants. The provincial government has committed to retiring the coal plants because of their contributions to global climate change, acid rain, and other environmental problems. Nuclear power […]

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Russia slaps Ukraine with hike in natural gas prices

In an article titled Russia, Ukraine Quarrel Over Gas, published in the Washington Post on December 17, 2005, Peter Finn describes the relationship between natural gas supplies and Eastern European politics. Apparently, Russia is not too happy with recent efforts by its former proxy to establish a more independent political and economic infrastructure. In response, […]

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TXU planning a large lignite (brown coal) plant

In the 1980s, TXU began building a large electrical power plant designed to burn local lignite – brown coal – in Robertson County, Texas. The facility is called Oak Grove. J. B. Smith, a Herald-Tribune staff writer, published a story about the project titled Robertson County plant seen as an economic boost by some, polluter […]

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Ameren subsidiary speculating about new nuclear power plant

In an article in the Kansas City Star titled Atomic power finds new popularity, Gary Rainwater, the CEO of Ameren Corp is quoted as saying that his company is “seriously considering” adding a new nuclear power reactor at the Callaway Nuclear Plant. The article is quite lengthy and expresses some amount of excitement on the […]

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FP&L and Constellation merger update

Baltimore civic leaders may be able to stop worrying about losing the only remaining Fortune 500 company that has its headquarters in the city. According to a recent article in the Baltimore Sun titled Utility merger could include power-sharing deal for CEOs a merged FP&L and Constellation Energy would maintain two headquarters offices, one in […]

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PBMR (Pty) Ltd proposes pre-application review schedule

On Monday, 12 December 2005, I had the opportunity to attend a public meeting held at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) headquarters in Rockville, MD on the subject of pre license application reviews proposed by PBMR (Pty) Ltd. for their Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR). The company proposed a series of workshops and white papers […]

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SCC’s Elizabeth May threatens to raise "holy hell"

The Sierra Club of Canada (SCC) has confirmed its continued opposition to nuclear power. (Shocking!) In response to an expected announcement by the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) that Ontario should commit to building new nuclear power plants, Elizabeth May, the Executive Director of SCC has promised that her organization will “raise holy hell”. Those of […]

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