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Plutonium power for the people
One of the biggest threats to the continued wealth and power held by the global fossil fuel industry is a “plutonium economy” fueled by abundant resources of uranium that can be converted into fissile plutonium in a breeder reactor. (Yes, I know that a thorium economy is just as big of a...
Tue, Sep 11 2012
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...
Tue, Jun 12 2012
Bill Gates describes 4th generation nuclear energy to explain his investment decision
On March 23, 2012, Bill Gates was interviewed as part of the Wall Street Journal ECO:nomics conference. There is little doubt that he understands the technology and the opportunity. My main question is why he is not investing more in order to drive the technology even faster. After all, he is one of...
Tue, Apr 3 2012
Pursuing the unlimited energy dream – history of the Integral Fast Reactor
Note: Len Koch, whose participation in nuclear energy research started in the 1940s, wrote the below open letter to colleagues who are striving to restore interest in the progress that they made in research and development of the Integral Fast Reactor during the period from 1954-1994 the year that President...
Wed, Feb 8 2012
What do you do with the waste? – Kirk Sorensen’s answers
Gordon McDowell, the film maker who produced Thorium Remix, has released some additional mixes of material gathered for that production effort. One in particular is aimed at those people whose main concern about using nuclear energy is the often repeated question “What do you do with the waste...
Thu, Oct 13 2011
United States Transuranium & Uranium Registries - What Does the Science Say About the Hazards?
In the category of "you learn something new every day - if you pay attention" I have just spend a pleasant couple of hours geeking out on presentations full of graphs of plutonium exposures and depositions of other transuranic elements. The experience helped me to refresh my understanding of...
Thu, Nov 4 2010
Reactor and Fuel Cycle Technology Subcommittee Meeting - Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future - Part I
I have just had the pleasure, and sometimes the frustration, of observing two days worth of hearings by the Reactor and Fuel Cycle Technology Subcommittee of the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future. The venue for the sessions was the Washington Marriott Hotel on 22nd Street, NW, just...
Tue, Aug 31 2010
Proving a Negative - Why Modern Used Nuclear Fuel Cannot Be Used to Make a Weapon
I have been struggling for the past couple of weeks with trying to figure out how to convince some curious and skeptical people that they should stop worrying about the possibility that a nefarious group or country will make a weapon from used nuclear reactor fuel. My position is that there is no way...
Sat, Jul 24 2010
There is a Silver Bullet - It is Made of Heavy Metals Like Uranium, Plutonium and Thorium That Will Fission To Produce Heat
During the Senate Republican Conference Hearing on building 100 new nuclear plants over the next 20 years, Senator Robert Bennett asked the witnesses if there were any additional options that should be considered for an American economy that has always been blessed with access to abundant, cheap energy...
Thu, Jun 25 2009
Two interpretations of the fight against the plutonium economy
A few days ago, I posted a comment pointing to President Ford's Statement on Nuclear Policy dated October 28, 1976 . I put that up on the same day as I posted episode 80 of The Atomic Show , which was an interview with Charles Ferguson a nuclear nonproliferation policy analyst from the Council on...
Sat, Feb 2 2008
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