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On Atomic Insights Blog, Rod Adams discusses energy supplies, energy technology, and energy politics from an atomic point of view.
  • UAMPS stepping forward to serve customers

    The established nuclear energy industry has taken a wait-and-see approach to the idea of developing and deploying smaller, simpler fission power stations that can take advantage of the economy of series production. The industry’s trade organization, the Nuclear Energy Institute, has expressed cautious...
  • Prospective customers lining up at NuScale

    UAMPS plans to own. Energy NW plans to operate A few days ago, Dan Yurman at Neutron Bytes published a blog post that is now titled Flash: NuScale executive says firm may build SMRs at Idaho lab . It was a follow-up to an earlier post in which Dan speculated about the Idaho National Lab’s potential...
  • Disneyland 3-14 – Our Friend, The Atom

    On Sunday, January 23, 1957, a large American audience gathered around their television sets to watch the weekly episode of Disneyland, a popular show created and hosted by Walt Disney in return for an investment from ABC that he used to build Disneyland. On that evening, the audience was treated to...
  • Paterson’s plan for CO2 emission reductions

    Owen Paterson, who served as the UK’s environment secretary until a cabinet realignment during the summer of 2014, is planning to begin advocating a dramatic course change for his country’s energy policy. Instead of the wind-heavy plan that was developed by the Department of Energy and Climate...
  • FOE’s manipulative legal strategy for closing nuclear reactors

    During a recent discussion on James Conca’s article titled Are California’s Carbon Goals Kaput? , Paul Gunter of Beyond Nuclear accused Conca of trying to revise history . Gunter’s comment includes a lengthy interpretation of the events surrounding the closure of San Onofre from the...
  • The Canadians are coming

    Hugh MacDiarmid, the Chairman of the Board for Terrestrial Energy, Inc. , gave a talk to the Economic Club of Canada on September 24, 2014. That talk included a brief description of TEI’s integral molten salt reactor technology, but most of the talk was visionary in nature and aimed at exciting...
  • Reusable nuclear fuel is an asset for future generations

    It’s time to stop talking about the material removed from commercial reactors as “nuclear waste” and to stop looking at the inventory as a burden on future generations. That labeling and that characterization of the material is a costly legacy imposed on us by people who do not like...
  • Inside a German Lignite Mine

    The BBC made a visit to a German lignite (brown coal) mine. I’d like the people who favor the EnergieWende to explain how they can like this energy source better than nuclear power. The post Inside a German Lignite Mine appeared first on Atomic Insights . ...read more
  • Antinuclear activists are too modest

    Jim Conca has published a couple of recent posts on Forbes.com about the premature closure of nuclear power plants in the United States. One titled Are California’s Carbon Goals Kaput? focuses on some of the environmental aspects of the San Onofre debacle; the other, titled Closing Vermont Nuclear...
  • Nuclear energy getting attention on No Agenda podcast

    No Agenda , staring Adam Curry and John C. Dvorak bills itself as “The Best Podcast in the Universe.” It is the best, most entertaining, most thought-provoking, and most professionally-produced podcast I listen to, so I cannot argue with the frequently repeated claim. On Episode 656 , recorded...
  • Purposeful price pumping by constraining supply

    James Conca recently published a commentary on Forbes titled Closing Vermont Nuclear Bad Business For Everyone . A major thrust of Conca’s initial post was highlighting the rapidly rising prices of electricity in New England that are being driven by an increasing reliance on natural gas as reliable...
  • Antinuclear activists don’t like continued storage rule

    Several of the usual suspects — including Dr. Mark Cooper , Dr. Arjun Makhijani , and Diane Curran — have banded together to assert their opinion that the NRC’s recently issued NUREG-2157 , Generic Environmental Impact Statement for Continued Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel , violates...
  • Robert F. Kennedy Jr. disavows need for individuals to change behavior

    During the march held in New York City on September 21, PJTV reporter Michelle Fields spoke with Robert F. Kennedy about his plans to change his personal consumption habits. The good news is that RFK Jr. has absolved all of us of having to make any changes in our personal choices; the bad news is that...
  • National Academy of Sciences moving towards BEIR VIII

    As has been reported in numerous articles here, there has been a large body of scientific research on the health effects of low level radiation published in the period since the last time the National Academy of Sciences produced a report on the Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation. The BEIR VII...
  • Another blogger for nuclear energy – Nuclear Layperson

    An Atomic Insights reader sent me a link to a blog started in July of 2014 titled Nuclear Layperson . The blogger, using the nom de plume of “millysievert” provides the following on her “About” page: Bio: Professional nuclear layperson, a.k.a. Executive Assistant to the World...
  • Fukushima is not contaminating Pacific

    By Les Corrice It is widely reported that hundreds of tons of highly contaminated Fukushima Daiichi groundwater pours into the Pacific Ocean every day. But, an objective look at the evidence tells a completely different story. It’s long-past time for the Tokyo Electric Company (Tepco) and the Nuclear...
  • What should we do with the waste?

    It’s time to declare that the default argument against nuclear energy has been proven invalid. We know how to effectively store and protect used nuclear fuel. We do it routinely. It is not unusually costly or a burden on future generations. They should be free to make their own decisions about...
  • Continuing conversation with NRC Chairman Macfarlane

    On September 11, 2014, the American Nuclear Society hosted a roundtable discussion for nuclear bloggers with Allison Macfarlane, the Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The meeting was broadcast as a webinar, but there were also seats available in the conference room from which Dr. Macfarlane...
  • David MacKay asks his audience to use arithmetic to understand energy challenges

    After posting a couple of videos with Amory Lovins providing his energy mirage, several commenters indicated they would like to hear and see a different point of view. Unlike Amory, David MacKay is a physicist who likes to use real numbers and simple arithmetic to illustrate the scale of the challenge...
  • Atomic Show #223 – Diablo Saudi UAE Ukraine S Korea

    On September 7, 2014, I gathered a group of nuclear energy observers to discuss a variety of topics of interest to people who believe energy is important. We talked about Diablo Canyon’s earthquake resilience, Saudi Arabia’s interest in a rapid growth in nuclear energy production, the certification...
  • Crowd sourced analysis of a Lovins sales pitch

    I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing an Amory Lovins talk in person three times. Each time, I left the venue with the feeling that an agnostic must have had after attending an Elmer Gantry revival. The audience for two of the events should have been more skeptical — those talks were part...
  • Is it really necessary to have a deep geologic repository for used nuclear fuel?

    Though I have often received quizzical, almost uncomprehending looks from my type ‘A’ colleagues on submarines and in my other jobs, I’ve often been guided by a simple principal of decision-making – “If it’s too hard, quit.” Please don’t think that means...
  • Helping people understand the power grid

    Yesterday, the Institute for Energy Research launched a project to help people gain a better understanding of the electric power grid, a marvel of modern society that most people take for granted — unless its product delivery is interrupted for more than a few minutes. This information project...
  • Terrestrial Energy – Molten Salt Reactor Designed to Be Commercial Success

    There is a growing roster of innovative organizations populated by people who recognize that nuclear technology is still in its infancy. Terrestrial Energy is one of the most promising of those organization because of its combination of problem solving technology, visionary leadership, and strong focus...
  • A Veteran Blogger for Nuclear Energy Has Returned – Dan Yurman Now Publishing “Neutron Bytes”

    A familiar hand has returned to the nuclear energy information challenge. Dan Yurman who published the outstanding and popular blog titled Idaho Samizdat has published his first post on the newly created Neutron Bytes . The post, titled NRC to Spent Nuclear Fuel: Stay Put for Now discusses the recently...