Last week a technical glitch caused the loss of an entire show when GarageBand decided to hang just as we were finishing our chat. It caused some rather heated expletives but there was no recovery possible since I never bothered to hit “Save” during the course of the conversation. Lesson relearned.
This week, Shane and I decided that it was a good week to talk about the current situation in Europe with regard to nuclear power. Throughout the dark period in American nuclear plant construction, there has been a common tendency by some in the industry to look over the Atlantic and think that things are better there, but that really has not been true for the past 15 years or so.
Even in the vaunted French nuclear power system the newest plant started construction in 1992 and took about six years to become connected to the grid. There has been some focused opposition to nuclear power’s expansion and a few countries even have plans to begin shutting down their existing plants. Most of those plans are progressing more slowly than initially planned, partially due to resistance from energy intensive industries.
Here are some links to articles that formed part of the background for our conversation:
- Nuclear stations may stay on line to bridge the gap
- Nuclear power a contentious issue
- Russia defends its record on gas supply reliability
- The Gazprom nation