January, 2010

Pro-Nuclear Power Blogs

Pro-Nuclear Power Blogs
Blogs written by individuals, companies, and government agencies about nuclear power.

Nuclear Energy Institute

NEI Nuclear Notes News and commentary on the commercial nuclear energy industry.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • 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 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...