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Existing nuclear plants are valuable and worth saving

…ose plants old is ageism and contrary to sound environmental principles of reduce, reuse, repair, recycle. The well-supported actions to spread the message of nuclear energy’s value in our power system is coming just in the nick of time. I am pretty sure that the era of unsustainably cheap natural gas has ended and believe that the price increase shown during the past few months on the above Monthly Average Gas Prices for US Electric Generators gr…

Nuclear fission can help solve George Monbiot’s environmentalist dilemma

…dro or simple cycle natural gas plants. Displacing hydro does not directly reduce any fossil fuel consumption or emissions. Installing systems that lead to a greater need for simple cycle – and far less thermally efficient – gas turbines can significantly reduce any advantages from emissions reductions or fuel consumption. Renewable energy advocates do not like to discuss or quantify the financial and environmental costs of extending the grid to t…

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Nuclear energy makes a cameo appearance in Jeff Gibbs’s Planet of the Humans

…e industries. That path will end – whether we like it or not – with either reduced prosperity, reduced human population, or both. 2. We can reject the lessons we have been carefully taught by people with vested interests and develop a truly different kind of power source. Nuclear fission is here and available, but rich and powerful interests see it as a serious threat that must be fought, ignored or both. But fission opposition backers are billion…

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Russia is a primary beneficiary of well-marketed, illogical effort to slow nuclear energy

…decades while producing emission-free power. Remember the mantra – reduce, reuse, recycle. For a true environmentalist, throwing useful resources away violates a fundamental philosophy. I have to get back to the main point. When operating nuclear plants are illogically forced to shut down as a result of an overreaction to a natural disaster that destroyed vulnerably located plants but did not cause any negative health effects, the natural gas indu…

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Columnists declare nuclear to be uncompetitive

…nergy remains in used fuel assemblies. We’ve even found a few good ways to recycle and reuse it that have — so far — been blocked by a few oil & gas dependent governments. The US is included in that group, but changes are afoot. Rod Adams on May 02 2016 I was curious about one of Bob Wallace’s sources — Mycle Schneider — so I did what any internet user would do. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mycle_Schneider Here is a sample quote from the Book of…

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Hydrocarbon-fueled establishment hates idea of plutonium economy

…ck imagination and are not driven by a desire to use innovation to reduce, reuse and recycle valuable material — will require the construction of thousands of machines that turn the heat generated by the destruction process into electricity. He’s right: That fleet of thousands of 600 MW (thermal) waste-to-energy plants will need to run for hundreds of years just to get rid of the material that we have already stockpiled as either depleted uranium…

Lightbridge metallic alloy fuel provides upgrade path for LWRs
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Lightbridge metallic alloy fuel provides upgrade path for LWRs

…fuel assembly. This configuration eliminates the need for spacer grids and reduces flow resistance while still meeting seismic and vibration resistance requirements. 5 x 5 Assembly laid flat. Center element is a control rod guide tube The reduced core flow resistance produces increased reactor coolant flow rate when coolant pumps run at their designed power and speed. With higher coolant flow and constant core differential temperature, more therma…

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Solar energy salesman claims nuclear costs twice as much as solar

…R & D has rarely, if ever, been focused on the kinds of improvements that reduce cost. In fact, nearly all of the investments have resulted in additional rules, regulations, and requirements that have increased cost, since the industry is regulated by an entity that demands near perfection, “no matter the cost”. Aside: The phrase in quotes in the previous sentence is from a talk that I heard NRC Chairman Macfarlane give this afternoon at the ANS…

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Is nuclear industry guilty of “Failure to Launch?”

…on. Dan and I described how the industry’s initial plan was to recycle and reuse fuel. We explained how that option had been made fiscally risky by the Carter Executive Order that outlawed recycling just as the first real commercial facility was getting ready to start operating. Aside: Yes, I know that Reagan changed the law, but what investor in their right mind would be willing to risk billions on an industry that could be made illegal with the…

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Why Throw Away a Priceless Resource by Theodore Rockwell

…ls and plans to meet a dwindling energy supply. We are told to recycle and reuse everything else, but this special asset we are to throw away. Here, in a unique historical situation, we suddenly find ourselves with a limitless, proven, completely non-polluting energy source. Nuclear power produces no air pollution, no global warming gases, no acid rain, and its solid wastes are so small in volume that they can be canned, accounted for, and respons…

Recycling Does Not Necessarily Equal Reprocessing

…ry. There are plenty of other ideas for employing the concepts of “reduce, reuse, and recycle” to get a larger portion of the potential energy out of raw material inputs. Molten salt reactors that use fissile material initiators to convert fertile material into fuel, fast neutron liquid metal reactors, epithermal resonance absorption converter reactors, the DUPIC cycle, and traveling wave reactors that act more like a well managed community fire b…

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Letter from the Editor: Recycling: Practice What You Preach

Recycle, reuse, reduce. These are the watchwords of people who are concerned about reducing the impact that man and his activities have on the world’s natural resources. The ideas that the words embody are logical and can be reasonably applied to making the world a more prosperous place to live. I was introduced to the concepts at a very early age. As a family project we constructed a compost heap that received yard waste and selected kitchen scr…

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