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Luis Reyes, Regional Administrator for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Commenting on AP1000 Shield Design Concerns

During the Nuclear Construction Summit being held at the Dupont Hotel in Washington, DC on October 26 and 27, I had the opportunity to listen to a talk by Luis Reyes, the Regional Administrator for NRC region II in Atlanta, GA. Under the current...

Posted October 27, 2009    

Atomic Energy Promoted During President Obama's Clean Energy Speech at MIT; It Is No Longer Included as a Reluctant Last Choice

I watched the Clean Energy speech that President Obama gave to students, faculty and assembled dignitaries at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on Friday, October 23, 2009. Though some of my friends and colleagues in community of pro-...

Posted October 25, 2009    

WSJ Quotes ENI Spa As Seeing Long Period of Low Natural Gas Prices - One of Several Reasons is German Decision to Keep Nuclear Plants

This does not qualify as a smoking gun because it does not include a specific anti-nuclear comment from someone who has a visible connection to finding, extracting, transporting, trading or marketing coal, oil or natural gas. However, a recent...

Posted October 22, 2009    

Financing For Wind Power - Not Exactly the "Private Capital" That Lovins Describes

Amory Lovins often derides the investment picture associated with nuclear energy projects. As he states it in his recent Grist article titled Stewart Brand’s nuclear enthusiasm falls short on facts and logic."They cost too much to build and incur...

Posted October 21, 2009    

Challenging Amory Lovins Critique of Stewart Brand's Support For Nuclear On Gristmill

Last week, I got involved in a discussion on Grist following the publication of an article by Amory Lovins titled Stewart Brand's Nuclear Enthusiasm Falls Short on Facts and Logic. As a long time skeptic when it comes to words published by Amory...

Posted October 19, 2009    

Climate Change Causing Cognitive Dissonance For Long Time Anti-Nuclear Campaigners

I am a strong believer in the idea that dumping roughly 20 billion tons of gaseous garbage into the atmosphere every year from fossil fuel combustion is a very bad idea. There are some details in widely used climate models that can be called into...

Posted October 17, 2009    

Entertaining and Informative Look Back On Energy Development Decisions Since 1973

Llewellyn King, founder of "Energy Daily" is one of the more knowledgeable and entertaining commentators on energy issues. He recently sat down with Margaret Ryan of Clean Skies News to talk about some of his observations of American energy policies...

Posted October 16, 2009    

Kerry - Graham Op-Ed Piece Reinforces the Importance of Nuclear Energy as a Climate Change Mitigation Tool

During the weekend, while I was climbing over rocks and mountain summits on the Appalachian Trail, Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) published an Op-Ed in the New York Times titled Yes We Can (Pass Climate Change Legislation) that...

Posted October 14, 2009    

A Visual Example of Why There is Growing Interest In Smaller Reactors

Over the past 15 or more years of trying to talk to people in the nuclear industry about smaller power systems, I have frequently confronted with the "economy of scale" argument. When I try to explain that there are also "diseconomies of scale" that...

Posted October 13, 2009    

"Small and Medium Reactors" or "Small Modular Reactors" - Either Way, The US NRC and US DOE Notice a Growing Interest in SMR, Are Listening Carefully and Ready to Engage

On Thursday, October 8 and Friday, October 9, the US Nuclear Regulator Commission hosted a workshop to discuss generic issues related to licensing of small and medium-sized nuclear reactors. The meeting was billed as the first in a series on the...

Posted October 13, 2009    

Blog Action Day - October 15, 2009. This Year's Topic - Climate Change

Oops - my blog title might have provided a spoiler to the punchline for the below video. Never mind, it is only a minute and a half long, so the there is not much time to build up suspense anyway. However, please watch the video. If you have a blog...

Posted October 13, 2009    

NY Times Describes How Inclusion of Nuclear May Enable Climate Bill Success

The New York Times has published an encouraging story about how some Senate Democrats See Nuclear as a Way to Gain Votes on Climate Bill. It seems that there really is hope for logic and a reasonable political process to work in America.

Posted October 8, 2009