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On Atomic Insights Blog, Rod Adams discusses energy supplies, energy technology, and energy politics from an atomic point of view.
  • Protecting our shared environment is a conservative value and a liberal responsibility

    It is past time to move towards a broader view of our shared responsibility to protect our environment, seek improved prosperity, and leave a better world than the one to which we were born. The political boundary lines that seem to have been hardened in recent years are preventing us from cooperating...
  • ICYMI – James Webb is exploring a run for President in 2016

    James Webb is a successful author, lawyer, former Marine infantry officer, and graduate of the US Naval Academy class of 1968. In addition to his service in combat during the Vietnam war, he has a track record of civilian public service as an Assistant Secretary of Defense and Secretary of the Navy during...
  • Potentially huge news – Branson’s Carbon War Room merging with Lovins’s Rocky Mountain Institute

    Amory Lovins’s Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) is merging with Sir Richard Branson’s Carbon War Room. Unlike Lovins, who has been opposing nuclear energy since the early 1970s — an illogical position that is the primary source of my animosity towards him — Sir Richard recognizes...
  • Presentations from NAS BEIR VIII Planning Meeting Posted

    On November 17, 2014, I attended a meeting at the National Academy of Sciences building in Washington organized to determine if there is a need to convene an eighth committee on the Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation (BEIR VIII). The presentations given during that meeting have been published...
  • Putting excitement back into nuclear technology development

    Josh Freed, Third Way ‘s clean energy vice president, has published a thoughtful, graphically enticing Brookings Essay titled Back to the Future: Advanced Nuclear Energy and the Battle Against Climate Change . It focuses on Leslie Dewan and Mark Massie of Transatomic Power, but it also makes it...
  • Ben Heard and Gordon McDowell collaborate to produce Nuclear Power for Australia

    Ben Heard is one of the most articulate, skilled presenters working for the expansion of nuclear energy. Gordon McDowell is a skilled videographer who has produced a number of useful, informative videos about nuclear fission, normally with a focus on the potential of thorium fueled reactors. The two...
  • Atomic Show #230 – Alex Epstein, The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels

    Alex Epstein, the founder of the Center for Industrial Progress , recently published The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels . Trained as a philosopher, Alex describes himself as anti-pollution but pro-development. He believes that the standard of value for any development or technology should be its impact...
  • 60 Minutes on coal ash – muted outrage, lots of smiles and nods

    On December 7, 2014, 60 Minutes, the venerable investigative reporting television show that has been on the air since 1968, aired a segment about Duke Energy’s Dan River coal ash spill , which occurred on February 2, 2014. That large release of coal waste was a big topic in local newspapers and...
  • Wade Allison at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan

    On December 3, 2014, Dr. Wade Allison was invited to give a speech to the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan. The title of that talk was The Fukushima nuclear accident and the unwarranted fear of low-dose radiation . After Dr. Allison gave his talk explaining why he believed that our current...
  • Australia’s blinkered vision in China’s commitment to reduce global warming

    By Robert Parker President, Australian Nuclear Association Two of the most powerful nations on earth have concluded an agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Included in that agreement is reference to nuclear power being used to limit those emissions. Yet in Australia even discussion of nuclear...
  • Oil investors should learn about atomic energy opportunities

    On December 2, 2014, Bloomberg published an article titled Oil Investors May Be Running Off a Cliff They Can’t See in the Personal Finance section of their online publication. The article focuses on the risks associated with investing in companies that specialize in developing or financing fossil fuel...
  • Atomic Show #229 – Leslie Dewan and Mark Massie, Transatomic Power

    On December 1, 2014, I talked with Leslie Dewan and Mark Massie, the co-founders of Transatomic Power , a tiny nuclear reactor design company started up less than 3 years ago. Several weeks ago, I published an article here titled Transatomic Power – Anatomy of Next . That article, as expected, generated...
  • Is Chernobyl still dangerous or was 60 Minutes pushing propaganda?

    On November 23, 2014, 60 minutes, the venerable CBS News Sunday evening program that has been on the air since its launch in 1968, aired a segment titled Chernobyl: The Catastrophe That Never Ended . The show is full of fascinating contrasts between what the cameras show to the audience and what the...
  • Atomic Show #228 – Energiewende status

    On November 18, 2014, I participated in a round table discussion hosted by the Global American Business Institute (GABI) and the Korea Institute of Energy Research (KIER). The guest speaker for the round table was Georg Maue, First Secretary for Climate and Energy, Embassy of the Federal Republic of...
  • Atomic Show #227 – Carmen Bigles, Coqui Radiopharmaceuticals

    Coqui Radiopharmaceuticals is a start-up company founded in 2009 with a laser focus on solving a problem affecting the health of tens of thousands of people. The founder, Carmen Bigles, noticed that many of the patients arriving at her clinic had not been properly diagnosed and discovered that the reason...
  • Northwest wind takes a week-long vacation

    Some Atomic Insights readers don’t like it when I use the term “unreliables” to describe weather dependent power sources like wind and solar energy. They believe that word is demeaning and not entirely accurate, especially in certain system designs where wind turbines are partnered...
  • Paul Wilson & Bret Bennington vs Arnie Gundersen & Heidi Hutner on Nuclear Sustainability

    On Nov 20, 2014, Hofstra University hosted its annual Pride and Purpose Debate . This year’s proposition was the following – “Should nuclear energy be expanded to help create a more sustainable future?” The debate included the following panelists: For – J Bret Bennington...
  • Shaping public perceptions of radiation risk

    Note: The below is part of a longer work in progress. Comments and corrections are greatly appreciated. On Monday, November 17, the US House of Representatives passed H.R. 5544 , the Low Dose Radiation Research Act, which called for the National Academies to “conduct a study assessing the current...
  • Power In New England: Why are Prices Increasing so Rapidly?

    On October 20, IBM announced that it was spinning off its chip division by paying GlobalFoundries $1.5 billion. GlobalFoundaries appears to have won the deal with its geographic position of owning fabrication facilities in New York as well as in Germany and Malaysia. The move didn’t surprise many, as...
  • Atomic Show #226 – Nuclear tour de France reunion

    On Wednesday, November 12, I got together with two friends. The three of us were 60% of a group of five writers and bloggers given the opportunity to visit a sampling of nuclear facilities in France owned and operated by Areva. That experience helped form a strong bond. We missed our other two companions...
  • World Nuclear Association discussion on radiation protection

    I just received a link to a fascinating podcast from the World Nuclear Association about the risks associated with attempting to protect the public from low doses of radiation. It was posted almost a month ago on October 14, 2014. I apologize for initially missing this important recording and failing...
  • Atomic Show #225 – ANS Winter Meeting Leadership Perspectives

    The American Nuclear Society Winter Meeting is in progress in Anaheim, CA. I was not able to attend the meeting this year, but I was able to arrange to talk to a couple of people who were there. Guests on this episode of the Atomic Show include Gene Grecheck, the Vice President and incoming President...
  • Atomic Show #224 – Dr. John Boice NCRP

    On November 11, 2014, I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. John Boice , the President of the National Council on Radiation Protection. Dr. Boice has had a long and distinguished career in radiation protection and is currently leading a multi-decade effort known as the Million Worker Study to investigate...
  • Who fights energy abundance? Why?

    On November 6, 2014, immediately after the midterm election results became available, National Review Online published an article by Kevin D. Williamson titled With Energy, More Is More: An Economic Agenda for the New GOP Majority . Long time readers of Atomic Insights will know that I lean way to...
  • Open letter to advisory bodies about LNT consequences – revised

    Last week I pointed out that Scientists for Accurate Radiation Information (SARI) had submitted a letter to a number of scientific advisory groups requesting that they provide clear guidance to governments on the lack of harm associated with exposure to the residual radioactive materials released from...