Correcting a journalist’s excessive pessimism about US nuclear industry prospects

This morning I found an article titled Builders pessimistic about new nuclear plants published in the Tampa Bay Times, one of my former hometown newspapers. (As a retired naval officer, I have about a dozen former hometowns.) The author built his case about pessimism for new nuclear plant construction on the words of a single […]

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What’s This Stuff Called Radiation?

By Engineer-Poet What’s this stuff called radiation? What’s it doing here? People make a big sensation, want us all to fear. With Japan so far away, why do they raise alarm? Is there cause for great emotion, can it cause you harm? “Radiation” as a noun means “what is radiated” Radio is radiation, be it […]

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Understanding history of risk assessment models for chemicals and radiation

Edward Calabrese has published a fascinating and terribly important paper in the University of Chicago Law Review titled US Risk Assessment Policy: A History of Deceptionthat needs to be widely distributed and discussed. Here is the quoted introduction: Strategies to limit the  general  public’s  exposure  to toxic  substances—via national standards such as community-based drinking water […]

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Groups fighting nuclear energy and advocating industrial wind and solar are not environmentalists!

Another Environmentalist for Nuclear Energy

I’m mad as hell and I don’t want to take it any more. Groups that fight any and all use of nuclear energy and also spend time advocating for the increased use of massive, industrial scale energy collectors on undeveloped, virgin land should NEVER be called “environmental groups”. I am not saying that the groups […]

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Atomic Show #194 – What do you do with the waste?

The first Atomic Show of 2013 is a geeky, chemistry laden discussion aimed at helping to answer the question that many people who fight nuclear energy try to use as their trump card “What do you do with the waste.” It often makes their head spin or makes them put their fingers into their ears […]

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Anti abundance is common link between anti GMO and anti nuclear

A couple of days ago, Mark Lynas, author of The God Species, gave an impassioned speech to the Oxford Farming Conference during which he apologized profusely for his former actions against genetically modified organisms (GMO). He stated that he now deeply regretted his participation in organized protests and direct actions to destroy experimental crops. He […]

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Dr. Wade Allison – A revolution in radiation protection

Dr. Wade Allison, author of Radiation and Reason, recently shared a short paper titled A revolution in radiation protection that would lead to safer and cheaper nuclear power. He described it as “reference light”, explaining that his intended audience for this work is not the journal-reading academic community but the kind of people who want […]

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Prediction: Some wind developers will defraud the government in 2013

When the Congress decided to extend the Production Tax Credit for wind energy projects, they made a couple of changes to the law that provide a substantial temptation for unscrupulous developers to take the money and run. While many sources describe the PTC as a $22 per megawatt-hour (indexed for inflation) tax credit provided to […]

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Wired UK seems surprised that Japan’s Abe is considering new nuclear

An article posted on Wired.co.uk titled Japan’s new government to ‘consider’ more nuclear power indicates that the author is almost surprised to hear that the recently elected Japanese government is considering the construction of new nuclear power plants. While it may be understandable for the Japanese people to turn against nuclear power, there are several […]

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Responding properly to nuclear plant accidents involving radiation releases

In the 21 months since three the fuel cores in three nuclear reactors melted at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power station, there has been a substantial investment made in learning lessons from the event. Nuclear trained people are members of a learning community, we generally try to make sure that we do not waste any […]

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John Hanger Credits Low Natural Gas Prices For Helping US Reduce CO2 Emissions in 2012

I ran across an end of the year post about energy worth sharing Counting Down Top 12 Energy Facts of 2012: 3, 2 & 1. It appears on a blog titled John Hanger’s Facts of the Day. Mr. Hanger claims to be “an expert on energy, environment, green economy, competitive electric markets, and utility regulation […]

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Atomic Show #193 – Nuclear Wrap Up 2012

On Sunday, December 30, 2012, I gathered a group of atomic advocates to talk about their favorite nuclear energy stories from 2012. Participants in the discussion included: Gwyneth Cravens, author of Power to Save the World: The Truth About Nuclear Energy Will Davis from Atomic Power Review, ANS Nuclear Cafe and Fuel Cycle Week Meredith […]

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