Civilization and the Significance of Nuclear Development

Reprinted with permission of the author by Richard Rhodes, author of Making of the Atomic Bomb and Nuclear Renewal (Prepared for delivery at the Opening Session of the 34th Japan Atomic Industrial Forum Annual Conference, Aomori City, Japan, 25 April 2001) Conferences such as this are appropriate occasions to remind ourselves of the deep connections […]

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Time for a Second Look at Nuclear Power

Reprinted with permission of the author By Tom McClintock The newspaper’s front page contained one of those jigsaws of incongruity that one comes to expect these days in California. One article reported that the California Independent System Operator had just declared the latest in a long series of Stage Two electricity shortages, while another reported […]

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Long-term effects of Chernobyl debated

People who oppose nuclear power often use the words “Three Mile Island” and “Chernobyl” as shorthand to imply that there are safety concerns relating to the technology that cannot be overcome. The great news, however, is that Three Mile Island happened more than 22 years ago, while the 15th anniversary of Chernobyl occurred Thursday, April […]

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Atlas is Shrugging in the People's State of California

I have developed a morbid fascination with reading stories about California’s energy supply situation. I am also working my way through a second reading of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. It is a good thing that the news stories appear as text on my computer screen while Rand’s book is a three-inch thick 35th Anniversary hardback […]

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Socialized Electricity

Guest Letters By Tom McClintock Reprinted with permission of the author Sacramento, where bad ideas never die. Sacramento is once again host to a variety of plans for the government takeover of California’s power system. The private sector, it is said, has done such a terrible job of providing electricity that government must now step in to […]

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The 760 Million Mile Per Gallon (MMMPG) Carburetor

There is an old story that goes something like this. An inventor once came up with a revolutionary carburetor so effective that it enabled a typical American car to travel 100 miles on a single gallon of gasoline. The carburetor never made it to the market because “Big Oil Companies” purchased the patent on the […]

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Bringing Back the Gold Medallion, All-Electric Home

The City of Thousand Oaks was a brand-new suburb of Los Angeles in 1965, with fresh, modern tract homes springing up everywhere. As a 9-year-old transplant from stogy New York, I coveted my neighbor’s house, the newest and the most modern on the block. It displayed an emblem near the front door proclaiming that the […]

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Cenfuel could burn well in California

The news from California is frightening. The electricity supply has become so tenuous that it took quick action by the Water Resources Board to avert rolling blackouts yesterday, Sunday January 21, 2001. When supplying normal loads on a Sunday is an emergency, things are very, very, very bad. (My high school English teacher would be […]

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