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Moving Nuclear Energy Discussions Forward

On Wednesday, June 24 Bloomberg BNA (Bureau of National Affairs) conducted a morning meeting titled A Chain Reaction: The Role of Nuclear Energy in New England’s Energy Mix at the Westin Copley Place in Boston, MA. The timing was fortuitous for me,...

Posted June 30, 2015    

Chevron's John Watson Should Follow Pronuclear Words with Nuclear Energy Investments

During an OPEC meeting in Vienna held in early June 2015, John Watson, the CEO of Chevron, the second largest oil and gas company in the United States, made a comment that deserves more attention and follow up from journalists.The context of the...

Posted June 17, 2015    

Hero Worship of a Corporate Welfare King - Elon Musk

A May 30, 2015 story in the Los Angeles Times titled Elon Musk’s growing empire is fueled by $4.9 billion in government subsidies provides an enlightening look at the basis for Musk’s recent business success. His visionary — and generously...

Posted June 2, 2015    

"Greens" fighting Pebble mine are helping Rio Tinto, Anglo-American and BHP Billiton

I came across an interesting saga yesterday. My introduction came from a May 14, 2015 opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal titled The Greens’ Back Door at the EPA. (Hint: If you don’t have a WSJ subscription, copy and paste the article title...

Posted May 22, 2015    

Atom and the Fault

I came across a fascinating little book by Richard Meehan titled The Atom and the Fault: Experts, Earthquakes and Nuclear Power. It was published in 1984 by MIT University Press.Meehan is a geotechnical engineer who participated in several...

Posted April 16, 2015    

SMRs: Lots of Talk, but DoE's Budget is 1% of Yearly Wind Tax Credit [VIDEO]

I’ve been spending some time watching, rewatching and clipping interesting excerpts from the Senate Appropriations Energy and Water subcommittee hearings on the FY2016 Department of Energy budget.It’s not everyone’s idea of entertainment, but it’s...

Posted March 31, 2015    

Look Out for "Market Ingenuity" from Stressed LNG Project Developers

On Wednesday, March 18, 2015, a sobering LNG market analysis article from RBN Energy, LLC titled A Whole New World-Big Changes Coming to LNG Market concluded with the following prediction.Several industry forecasts suggest that, despite 2014’s pause...

Posted March 24, 2015    

South Australian Senator Believes There's Value in "Nuclear Waste"

South Australian Sen. Sean Edwards sees economic opportunity for his state by taking advantage of other countries’ irrational fear of radioactive materials.He wants to turn what some call “waste” into wealth.He and his staff recognize that there are...

Posted March 19, 2015    

All Cost, No Benefit: EPA Proposes 33 Year Monitoring Requirement for ISR Mining

Nominal In-Situ Recovery (ISR) well arrangementOn January 26, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that will have the effect — intended or unintended — of eliminating in-situ leach (ISL) uranium...

Posted March 18, 2015    

Nuclear Industry Must Remember that All Politics are Local

Copyright 2005 Jim Zimmerlin. All rights reservedThere aren’t very many people who can claim to more in favor of nuclear energy than I am. There are, however, many whose passion and amateur dedication to the technology equal mine. Unfortunately,...

Posted March 10, 2015    

How Do Fast Reactors Respond to Rapid Reactivity Insertion Events?

Fast neutron spectrum reactors offer one answer to the trump question that is often used to halt informative discussions about using more atomic energy to reduce our excessive dependence on burning hydrocarbon based fuels — “What do you do with the...

Posted February 20, 2015    

Slowly Accelerate Fast Reactor Development

In one corner are people who are certain that breeder reactors that can effectively use the earth’s massive supply of fertile isotopes — thorium and uranium 238 — should be pursued as rapidly as possible with the assistance of prioritized government...

Posted February 5, 2015