• Fri, Jan 29 2010

    The Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future Arrives

    And that’s what they’re calling it: The Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future. Announced today during a telephone conference with Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Presidential Advisor Carol Browner, the commission’s charge is to provide recommendations for developing a safe, long-term solution to managing the nation’s used nuclear fuel. The commission will be headed by former House member ...read more
    • Thu, Jan 28 2010

    The State of the Union: The Reaction

    President Barack Obama essentially led with nuclear energy while discussing energy last night, a move that surprised many, delighted us (and more besides us) and distressed a few. It may prove to be one of the “discussed” points of the speech. Take this bit from CNET’s coverage: "One surprise that few people would have anticipated only a few years ago: A mention of biofuels and clean coal received ...read more
    • Thu, Jan 28 2010

    The State of the Union

    Here’s the energy portion of President Barack Obama’s first State of the Union address. The third paragraph is the keeper: in discussing more jobs – the theme of this year – Obama led with nuclear energy: Next, we need to encourage American innovation. Last year, we made the largest investment in basic research funding in history, an investment -- an investment that could lead to the world's cheapest ...read more
    • Thu, Jan 28 2010

    Lord Love a Nuclear Plant

    Now, we admit we can be a little provincial when it comes to viewing the activities. We’ve travelled and had longer than vacation-length stays in other countries – still, a little provincial. So whenever we read a story about a British Lord, we inevitably think of a twit or a criminal rotter hiding under robes and a wig. But consider Lord Hunt: “We have some fantastically skilled people and in terms ...read more
    • Tue, Jan 26 2010

    The More Molybdenum the Merrier

    Yesterday, we mentioned GE Hitachi is putting together a radioisotope reactor to cover the short fall from the temporary shuttering of Canadian and Belgian plants. We also teased the notion there might be more announcements of a similar sort. We didn’t expect the similar sort of announcement to, um, be announced so quickly : One year after Babcock & Wilcox announced that it would seek to produce ...read more
    • Mon, Jan 25 2010

    John Rowe and GE’s Radioisotopes

    In an interesting story in today’s USA Today , Julie Schmit profiles Exelon’s chairman, John Rowe. He’s always worth attending to on nuclear issues, though the selection of quotes here is, shall we say, a little strange: "I'm very depressed." "My dad felt about cows the way I feel about nuclear plants. They're a business, not a passion." "We're constantly looking ...read more
    • Fri, Jan 22 2010

    Union of Concerned Scientists Needs to Do a Bit More Research on Their Nuclear Claims

    Mr. Elliott Negin, media director for the Union of Concerned Scientists, published the same jaded piece at Seeking Alpha and Greentech Media on how nuclear power is “Too Costly to Revive.” He begins by painting a somewhat rosy picture of the nuclear industry but then begins to dish it out by discussing the “industry’s Achilles’ heel” (cost of construction). The nuclear industry likes to point out that ...read more
    • Fri, Jan 22 2010

    Steven Chu and The Senators

    Secretary Steven Chu was on Capitol Hill yesterday talking to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee. The discussion was wide ranging, but there’s no question the nuclear sections were the most pointed, especially notable in that Chu did not mention nuclear energy in his opening comments. Now, we should say that Chu is notably nuclear friendly. Energy Daily (which is behind a pay wall) reported ...read mor...
    • Thu, Jan 21 2010

    Daily Kos Diarist Tells What Life is Like Working in a Nuclear Plant

    Blubba , an occasional contributor at Daily Kos , began an entertaining series of posts describing the unique experiences that occur at a nuclear plant. Story #4, my favorite, highlights the interesting situations nuclear workers can find themselves in when changing in and out of anti-contamination suits (aka Anti-C): Around 1987, just a few years out of college, I was given the job of Containment ...read more
    • Wed, Jan 20 2010

    Scott Brown on Nuclear Energy

    Congratulations to Scott Brown (R-Mass.) on his election to the Senate yesterday. We were, as always, interested to know where he stands on nuclear energy. Answer: in a good place . I support common-sense environment policy that will help to reduce pollution and preserve our precious open spaces. I realize that without action now, future generations will be left to clean up the mess we leave. In order ...read more
    • Tue, Jan 19 2010

    Helping in Haiti

    The USS Carl Vinson, a nuclear-powered supercarrier, steamed over to Haiti last week. It is providing considerable help: The Vinson had arrived to Haiti loaded with thousands of bottles of water and energy drinks, 8,000 sheets and hundreds of camp beds. And: It also brought equipment to purify 100,00 gallons of water a day, by reverse osmosis. (Our friends over at Pro-Nuclear Democrats have an excellent ...read more
    • Tue, Jan 19 2010

    U.S. May Be Able to Produce Its Own Medical Isotopes at the Clinton Nuclear Power Station

    The NRC just approved a license amendment at the Clinton nuclear plant in Illinois for a pilot program “to explore the production of Cobalt-60… Cobalt-60 is a radioactive material licensed by the NRC for applications such as commercial irradiators and cancer treatment.” As you may or may not know, there is a medical isotope shortage in the world because the reactor that produces 30-40% of the isotopes ...read more
    • Tue, Jan 19 2010

    Anti-Nuke Hypocrisies

    Barry Brook published a great piece on the contradictory thinking of anti-nuclear environmentalists . It was posted a few days ago and is now up to almost 100 comments. He’s found 32 hypocrisies so far (with the help of others) and below is a taste of a few: 1. They claim renewables can replace fossil fuels, then can’t see the problem with leaning on fossil fuel gas to back them up when they fail to ...read more
    • Thu, Jan 14 2010

    The Wind and The Sound

    Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has promised Cape Cod a decision on a proposed wind farm off its coast: Calling the nearly decade-long review of Cape Wind a "bad process" for everyone involved, Salazar said certainty was now required. U.S. Minerals Management Service — a division of the Interior Department — is the lead federal agency to review Cape Wind, leaving the final decision on permitting ...read more
    • Thu, Jan 14 2010

    YouTube Videos on Ionizing Radiation

    Yesterday, a commenter by the name of Georg provided links to seven YouTube videos about ionizing radiation that he and Kansas State University members just created. After viewing them, I highly recommend for anyone to take a gander on over . The voice of the videos is alluring and the graphics are simple and creative. For me, the video on Quantities and Units of radiation (below) was the best of the ...read more
    • Wed, Jan 13 2010

    Browner, Korea and the Chamber

    Carol Browner, President Obama’s energy and climate advisor, said some nice things about nuclear energy: "We have not built a nuclear plant in this country in a long time but we want to work with the industry to make that happen in the not too distant future," Browner said in a live chat on the White House website. "We have been working with the nuclear industry to understand exactly ...read more
    • Tue, Jan 12 2010

    The Pope on COP15

    In his role as Sovereign of Vatican City, the Pope gives a speech to ambassadors each year to indicate the positions the state holds on various topics. In this year’s speech, Pope Benedict made it clear he was unhappy with the result of COP15: Speaking in French, he said he shared "the growing concern caused by economic and political resistance to combating the degradation of the environment." ...read more
    • Tue, Jan 12 2010

    Anyone Listening to Dr. Caldicott Anymore?

    Doesn’t look like it . Apparently she’s trying to create controversy with many in the environmental community over nuclear. Maybe nuclear really isn’t as bad as she believes . . . ...read more
    • Tue, Jan 12 2010

    A Nuclear Tussle in Minnesota

    The Duluth News tries a pro-con pair of op-eds on nuclear energy that would have benefitted considerably from a more direct match-up. John LaForge of Nukewatch takes the con and Rolf Westgard, a professional member of the Geological Society of America and of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, takes the pro. Both writers make points well worth arguing, but since they don’t engage each ...read more
    • Tue, Jan 12 2010

    The Simpsons Turn 20. Happy Anniversary!

    If you weren’t among the 13 million viewers who tuned in to watch the Simpsons 20th-anniversary special on Sunday night, here’s a clip containing the nuclear nuggets. The full episode can be seen on Hulu here . Congratulations to Matt Groening and James L. Brooks for creating what is now the longest-running primetime program in American history. And a big thank you to the all of the talented writers ...read more
    • Mon, Jan 11 2010

    The Whole Shocking Truth About Nuclear Energy

    Nuclear Energy is never going to get an awful lot of love from Mother Jones magazine – unless the tide of support it’s seen from more progressives that way. But not yet. In a small piece, Mariah Blake shows that the nuclear energy industry would really like nuclear energy to be considered amongst other technologies in the energy bills going through Congress – shocking, we know, but true enough – and ...read more
    • Mon, Jan 11 2010

    2009 Was a Productive Year for Nuclear Energy

    From a new administration in Washington, D.C., to the debate on climate change, 2009 was a busy year for the nuclear industry as the domestic fleet continued to operate at near-record capacity. The following summary of nuclear energy in 2009 was eloquently written and compiled by one of NEI’s writers, TJ Swanek. Hope you enjoy and find it useful! BIG CHANGES IN WASHINGTON At the federal level, many ...read more
    • Fri, Jan 8 2010

    2009 Was a Strong Year for Reactor Construction Worldwide

    One of NEI’s knowledgeable writers, Chris Charles, tallied up some promising world nuclear numbers in NEI’s weekly member newsletter. Below is his text that you may find useful. Jan. 7, 2010—The year 2009 ended with two new nuclear reactors beginning operation worldwide and a total of 55 new units under construction, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency . In 2009, 11 units began construction ...read mo...
    • Fri, Jan 8 2010

    Lindsey Graham: As Bold As The French

    We were in the mood for cheese, so of course had to look in on Wisconsin, where the mood is cheddery smooth : A proposal that would relax Wisconsin's ban on nuclear reactors and mandate increasing use of renewable energy began its journey through the Legislature on Thursday, with Gov. Jim Doyle asserting that it could create more than 15,000 jobs. Apparently, the legislation to do this has a problem ...read more
    • Fri, Jan 8 2010

    Four Updates to Our Nuclear Blogroll

    Thanks to Dan and Rod , we have four new blogs added to our blogroll. First is Yes Vermont Yankee whose writer, Meredith Angwin, has put herself through the angst and some joys of going to anti-nuclear shindigs. Her latest experience at an anti-nuclear potluck was a bit inspiring in the fact that the two sides were able to get along quite well. Next is Nuke Power Talk which is written by Gail Marcus ...read more