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Center for American Progress Distorts the Loan Guarantee Program
On Monday, CAP attempted to provide some facts about DOE’s loan guarantee program that needless to say completely distorted the picture. After spending a few days dissecting their analysis, NEI came out with a 13 page response that rebuts CAP and clarifies the facts . Below the rest of this post are...
Thu, Mar 11 2010
Some Monday Morning Nuclear Blog Clips to Read
The two big posts everyone was raving about over the weekend come from Depleted Cranium’s Steve Packard and Brave New Climate’s Barry Brook. Steve clearly spent a great deal of man-hours providing a number of reasons Why You Can’t Build a Bomb From Spent Fuel . As well, Barry Brook always gets a heavy...
Mon, Feb 22 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...
Thu, Jan 28 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...
Thu, Jan 21 2010
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...
Tue, Jan 19 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...
Tue, Jan 12 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...
Mon, Jan 11 2010
Way Out West with Nuclear Energy
Make no bones about it : "Let there be no doubt. Let there be no mistake. Let there be no mischaracterization: I'm a strong advocate for the development of more nuclear energy in Arizona," [Gov. Jan] Brewer told the conference of elected officials and business leaders at the Arizona Biltmore...
Wed, Jan 6 2010
The Lives at the Plants
A little while ago, we noted a effort by a West Virginia artist to put force behind the work and lives of coal miners through photography, a very worthy project. Less directly aesthetic in nature but interesting in its own way is the I Am Vermont Yankee project, which aims to show nuclear workers in...
Tue, Jan 5 2010
Someone Else’s Top Ten
We know it’s getting to be top ten time of the year (and decade), but we’ve never really enjoyed these summary wrap-ups. After all, time like the tide is rather fluid and what seemed most important in the short term of a year fades before much more time has passed. Even the top ten movies or albums seem...
Wed, Dec 23 2009
Do ‘The Simpsons’ Distort People’s Perceptions of Nuclear Power?
I’ve watched ‘The Simpsons’ cartoon since their inception and have never been fazed about their misleading depictions of nuclear power. Interestingly enough, others may have. Here’s what a philosophy professor says about the show : Dr. Bill Irwin, a philosophy professor at King's College in Wilkes...
Tue, Dec 22 2009
Studies, Studies and Mo' Studies with Nuclear
Actually, there are only just three recent studies/reports I'd like to bring to your attention. The first comes from Ted Rockwell (pdf) at Learning About Energy . Colleagues: Attached is a list of purported facts about the use of nuclear energy for generating electricity, and purported facts about...
Fri, Dec 18 2009
Linking Electricity To Human Life
Paul Genoa, NEI’s Director of Policy Development, has posted to The National Journal’s Copenhagen Insider blog. This is the entire post, but do pay a visit over to The National Journal for all the latest at COP15. Here is Mr. Genoa’s post: Reducing poverty and human suffering in the least developed countries...
Tue, Dec 15 2009
COP15: A Draft Proposal, A Walk-Out, Detainment
On the fourth day of the COP15 conference, it entered what we might call its melodramatic phase, with various parties wanting to make points as strongly as possible. If you follow anything day-to-day – like, say, the health care bill – you know that up can become down very quickly and then back to up...
Fri, Dec 11 2009
COP15: Leaks, AREVA and Tree People
Our impression reading the daily news wrap-ups about COP15 is that everyone is holding their breaths over the arrival of the world leaders next week and that this first week has more the trappings of a, um, conventional convention – that is, trade show displays, break-out meetings on different topics...
Wed, Dec 9 2009
A Failed Experiment of the Past?
The Los Angeles Times ran an editorial on nuclear energy this past weekend. It’s pretty weak tea. Senate Republicans and many moderate Democrats are seeking to lard up prospective climate and energy bills with billions of dollars in loan guarantees and other subsidies for nuclear power, even though it...
Thu, Dec 3 2009
Mom and Pop Ponder Nuclear Energy
We admit that we’ve read a lot of interesting approaches to supporting (and not supporting) nuclear energy, but this piece by Neil Russo in the Weymouth (Mass.) News is certainly unique. Here’s how he starts out: Here's the vanilla loaf cake from Eb, Mom, he put walnuts in it because he knows how...
Wed, Dec 2 2009
On a crisp morning in 1937, if you asked him, he may have gone with you and his other friends to a fishing spot just over that hill. But to support his disabled father, and his mother and siblings, Virgil Clifton Summer, Jr., graduated from high school and went to work. The Parr Steam Plant had given...
Mon, Nov 23 2009
Blame It on the Volcano
Louise Gray at the Telegraph (U.K.) clears it all up for us : Professor Ian Plimer, a geologist from Adelaide University, argues that a recent rise in temperature around the world is caused by solar cycles and other "extra terrestrial" forces. Extra terrestrial? That sounds like fun. But it...
Fri, Nov 13 2009
Amory Lovins vs. Stewart Brand - Part Three (The “Portfolio Myth”)
The third part of our series that debunks Amory Lovins’ study which criticizes Stewart Brand’s nuclear chapter discusses the need for all emission-free technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The “portfolio myth” On page 82, Brand states that : climate change is so serious a matter, we have...
Thu, Nov 12 2009
Amory Lovins vs. Stewart Brand - Part Two (The "Baseload Myth")
Continuing on Friday’s critique of Amory Lovins’ latest study , our following post delves into discussing if wind and solar are baseload technologies. Funny enough, Lovins’ rebuttal of this myth completely misinterpreted what Stewart Brand said about baseload in his nuclear chapter and apparently ended...
Mon, Nov 9 2009
Amory Lovins vs. Stewart Brand - Part One (The “Land Footprint Myth”)
Three weeks ago Mr. Amory Lovins released a very pointed critique of Stewart Brand’s chapter on nuclear in Brand’s new book, Whole Earth Discipline . After reading both Brand’s and Lovins’ pieces, I understood why Lovins was so critical of Brand. It was because Brand was quite critical of Lovins in his...
Fri, Nov 6 2009
Stewart Brand and Amory Lovins Debate about Nuclear on NPR's OnPoint
Tom Ashbrook from NPR's OnPoint got the two to cordially hash out their opposing views on nuclear . Though the conversation lasted for about 12 minutes, not much was actually debated. I guess a good debate is what the blogosphere is for. So far I haven't seen much praise for Lovins' latest...
Wed, Oct 21 2009
National Journal's Expert Blog Asks: "Does Nuclear Fit the [Climate] Bill?"
The answers to this question from various experts should be fun to watch unfold over the week . Be sure to remember to check in occasionally to see how the discussion is going. It's up to five mixed responses so far... ...read more
Mon, Oct 19 2009
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