Importance of nuclear energy from perspective of developing world

This post originally appeared as a comment in response to an Atomic Insights post titled Global corruption in natural resource industry. It discusses energy issues from the perspective of someone deeply engaged in action to improve conditions for people in the developing world. It is too important to be buried in a comment thread. By […]

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Global corruption in natural resource industry

Though there are many admirable people working in the oil and gas industry, the global enterprise of extracting hydrocarbons has a long history that continues to present in which incredible sums of money are concentrated into the hands of unsavory people. The world’s banking industry often holds its collective nose and continues dealing with the […]

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Lorenzini rebuts Sovacool’s defense of nuclear bird kill paper as weak

By Paul Lorenzini Mr. Benjamin Sovacool claims my earlier article misrepresents his works and contains factual errors. Let me respond. He states: First, and most important: Paul has misstated the actual conclusion from my original study. It never advances the conclusion, as he claims, that “nuclear power causes more bird kills than wind.” Au contraire. […]

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Tina Gerhardt thinks Obama Administration likes nuclear energy – Huffington Post

Tina Gerhardt has published an almost sadly amusing article on the Huffington Post titled Obama’s Climate Action Plan: Nuclear Energy? in which she tries to make the case that President Obama’s climate action plan is an undeserved endorsement of nuclear energy. Gerhardt is apparently unaware of all of the barriers that the current administration has […]

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Pandora’s Promise and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. – What we missed

Author blurb: Paul Lorenzini earned his PhD in Nuclear Engineering from Oregon State University and later earned a JD. He had a distinguished career in the electric utility business and was the Chief Executive Officer for NuScale Power for its first five years. He is now retired and sharing some of his thoughts about energy […]

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Benjamin Sovacool takes issue with Lorenzini’s criticism of his work

Editorial note: I received an interesting note in my inbox from Dr. Benjamin Sovacool. Hi Rod/Atomic Insights, I believe you already know me as I see multiple posts attacking my research. One of the most recent ones is from Paul Lorenzini. Given that this post has a number of factual errors in it (and it […]

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Demonizing existing nuclear technology is a poor communications tool

A good friend shared a link to a blog titled Taking physics to new audiences: a realisation. It is a wonderful story about a particle physicist who has a twin sister who is a professional historian. Following a conversation about nuclear energy, the physicist has avoided talking to her sister about what she does at […]

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Oil exploration in Southwest Florida

I’m not sure how many people realize that there is a history of oil production in Southwest Florida. Though I grew up in Florida and have been studying energy issues for many years, I first heard of the Sunniland Trend this morning. Apparently, there is a “massive, onshore oil reserve” that stretches from Ft. Myers […]

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Finally – A simple, direct, pro-nuclear advertisement

I’ve been complaining about the lack of nuclear energy advertising for a long time. If you visit here regularly, you’ve seen the commercials from Bruce Power. You might even remember the Funkytown themed commercial from Areva. I think this commercial from Westinghouse is in the same league. Please let me know if you see it […]

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Confident response might have saved San Onofre

The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station never threatened public health and safety. Unit 2 could have been started as soon as its scheduled outage was completed in February of 2012. Unit 3 could have been restarted by mid-March 2012. The total cost of the repairs, including purchased replacement power, should have been less than $50 […]

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President Obama: We have emission free fuels available NOW.

President Obama has announced that he will be giving a speech on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at Georgetown University that will describe his administration’s plan to address climate change. Here is the video version of the announcement: Nuclear energy is conspicuously missing from both the sound track and the visual imagery. It is hard to […]

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Nuclear costs are higher than they should be – many people like it that way

Nuclear energy in the United States and Europe is far more expensive that it should be. There is plenty of blame to spread; nuclear professionals have to accept some of the responsibility. If you want to do something about the high cost of nuclear energy, it might be best to start with taking the actions […]

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