I was wrong. FOE UK has already decided to ignore evidence about nuclear benefits

A couple of days ago, I happily reported on an article by Mark Lynas indicating that Friends of the Earth (FOE) UK was reconsidering its stance on nuclear energy. Aside Mark’s article reminded readers that FOE is a federation, not a monolithic organization; each country’s chapter can produce its own policies. End Aside. Mark based […]

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Advice to Fairfield County SC – DO NOT expunge criminal records

I noted a disturbing comment in an article titled Fairfield County hopes reactors will boost economy The article is about the understandable desire among leaders in Fairfield County, SC to ensure that the construction of VC Summer units 2 and 3 result in local benefits. They want local people to have a shot of landing […]

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Friends of the Earth (UK) considering evidence regarding nuclear. May change long held position

Mark Lynas has published a remarkable interview with Mike Childs, the head of policy, science and research for Friends of the Earth UK. The article includes a full transcript of the audio interview so that people cannot claim that Lynas has taken Mr. Childs’s views out of context. The bottom line is that FOE UK […]

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IB Times – Covering a 300 person protest of nuclear plant restart

It is difficult to organize pronuclear rallies because happy, prosperous, employed people can rarely be bothered to get out on the street, shout and shake signs. However, Meredith Angwin and Howard Shaffer have done a pretty fair job of organizing some interesting pronuclear rallies in Vermont, but they have generally received just local coverage. It […]

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The fix is in – Macfarlane will be confirmed, despite lack of ANY technical or management experience

I just finished watching the archived video of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on the nominations of Dr. Allison Macfarlane to be a Commissioner and Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Kristine Svinicki to serve an additional five year term as a Commissioner. It was disheartening to see that the Senate’s […]

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Transcript of Atomic Show #61 – Allison Macfarlane, Atomic Agnostic (June 15, 2007)

On June 13, 2012, Allison Macfarlane will be a witness in her confirmation hearing as a new commissioner and the prospective Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Commissioner Kristine Svinicki will also be a witness in her quest to be confirmed for a second term as a commissioner. In June 2007, I had the opportunity […]

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How will falling petroleum prices affect US shale play production “boom”

North Dakota recently passed Alaska as the second leading oil producing state in the United States. It boasts one of the lowest unemployment totals in the nation, a fact that is driven by the state’s small population and very large job of building the infrastructure required to extract oil from the Bakken shale formation. That […]

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Pronuclear environmentalists present to 100 curious citizens in Walkerville, SA

I am running a little late this morning, so I do not have a new post for you. Instead, I would like to recommend that you spend a few minutes reading Walking the talk- pro-nuclear advocates stand together at Ben Heard’s Decarbonise SA. It is an important report about an event where four pronuclear environmentalists […]

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Virginia Uranium – Waiting Patiently to Create 325 Family Wage Jobs In Southside

My wife has known for many years that I have rather eclectic tastes in tourist destinations, but even with that history, she gave me a rather odd look when I suggested that we spend my day off by driving to Chatham to visit Virginia Uranium. When I pointed out how close Chatham is to our […]

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Congressman Markey attacks NRC Inspector General; expect its Jaczko report within days

I’ve noticed an interesting pattern. A day or two before something negative about Dr. Greg Jaczko is released to the press, Congressman Ed Markey (D-MA) goes on the offensive against the source providing the negative news. It happened on December 9, 2011. On that day, Congressman Markey released a report that was harshly critical of […]

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Brief summary of recent natural gas price history

Natural gas prices are volatile. Their price pattern can generate large fortunes. The volatile pattern can also generate painful bankruptcies for those on the wrong side of the bet. People who bet on those prices need to recognize the risk. Most people assume that power generators who are planning to meet demand in the next […]

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Greg Jaczko – Lame Duck Press Conference At Nuclear Energy Assembly

I had the opportunity to attend the Nuclear Energy Assembly held in Charlotte, NC during the period from May 21-23. Dr. Gregory Jaczko submitted his resignation as the Chairman of the NRC on May 21, but he did not change his plans to address the annual nuclear industry gathering on May 23. Following that talk, […]

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