Christian Science Monitor says "Europe warms to nuclear power"

There is a thoughtful article in the 6 January 2006 edition of the Christian Science Monitor titled Europe warms to nuclear power. The author, Mr. Peter Ford, reports on the changing perceptions and plans regarding nuclear power in a number of different European countries including Switzerland, the UK, Germany, Finland, Bulgaria, and even Italy. He […]

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Lithuania’s desire to operate nuclear power plants

Several days ago, in my initial post about the Russian-Ukrainian gas dispute, I alluded to the fact that the European Union leaders must accept some of the blame for the Europe’s growing vulnerability to aggressive use of easily interrupted natural gas as a political weapon. I made a comment that deserves some follow-up. Here is […]

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Michael Glos, German Economics Minister, suggests review of atomic power

On 2 January 2006, Deutsche Welle published an article on their web site titled Gas Dispute Reignites Atomic Energy Debate. In that article, the German Economics Minister, Michael Glos, is described as wanting to initiate a discussion about Germany’s planned shutdown of its nuclear power plants. He is careful to indicate that he does not […]

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Financial Times – Gas dispute may encourage nuclear developments

On 2 January 2006, the Financial Times published an article by Thomas Catan titled Dispute likely to boost arguments for nuclear power. It looks like I am not the only one who thinks that the development of favorable opinions about new nuclear power projects is a logical result of the controversy over Russian natural gas […]

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Financial Times Comment about Russian/Ukrainian gas dispute

At 2:00 am on 3 January 2006, the Financial Times web site published a commentary about the Russian-Ukrainian natural gas dispute titled The Kremlin tightens the energy screw. Fascinating analysis that even mentions the related fact of Gerhard Schroder’s new job at Gazprom. Certainly worth a read! Here is a sample quote: As a first […]

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Who will blink – Russia, Ukraine or someone else

There is a fascinating game being played today that has nothing to do with American college football. The results of the contest will have far reaching, long term implications that will affect the lives and livelihoods of millions of people. Some of the effects have already begun. The Game pits the Russians, led by Vladimir […]

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Yevgeny Adamov, former Russian nuclear minister, sent back to Russia

On 29 December 2005, the Washington Post reported that Yevgeny Adamov, the former head of Minatom – the Russian nuclear ministry – will be sent back to Russia, reversing an earlier decision to send him to the United States to face trial for conspiracy, money laudering and tax evasion. The charges stem from accusations that […]

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AP1000 granted NRC Design Certification

The Westinghouse AP1000 reactor plant design has been awarded a Design Certification by the US NRC. The decision was published in the Federal Register on 30 December 2005 and will become final 30 days after publication. Westinghouse Senior Vice President Daniel S. Lipman made the following statement about the AP1000 design: “The AP1000’s reliance on […]

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