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Fusion And Fission Both: The U.S. Re-enters The Nuclear Energy Universe

August 16, 2020 by

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By Duggan Flanakin ~ Now that the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor [ITER] is under construction, the playing field for the planet’s energy future has shifted. Given even the most promising lead time for fusion viability is decades ahead, nuclear fission will have to compete with both fossil fuels and so-called renewables for market share. So where […]

Will The West Cede Nuclear Energy Dominance To Russia?

February 14, 2020 by

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By Duggan Flanakin ~ When she and Sen. Ed Markey introduced the “Green New Deal” a year ago, newly elected Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez did not mention nuclear energy as part of the future. Later, Ocasio-Cortez admitted she still had “an open mind” on evolving nuclear energy technologies while insisting that older plants be shuttered. But since […]

Nuclear Fusion: Tomorrow’s Clean Energy?

January 20, 2020 by

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By Duggan Flanakin ~ Nuclear energy is a renewable resource that, unlike wind and solar, is not dependent upon the weather. So why is nuclear so little used, and so much maligned? Michael Shellenberger, cofounder of Breakthrough Institute and one of Time’s “heroes of the environment,” notes that the nuclear accidents at Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, […]

Regulatory Reform Could Reinvigorate Nuclear Energy

October 21, 2019 by

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By Duggan Flanakin ~ The science is settled. Nuclear technology provides the cleanest, most reliable, and potentially least expensive form of energy for the planet – far cleaner than wind or solar. South African nuclear scientist Kelvin Kemm calls nuclear power the cleanest, greenest, and safest form of power production. While the 30-year-old Koeberg nuclear provides […]

We Should Embrace Nuclear Energy

August 24, 2019 by

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By Dr. Jay Lehr and Nancy Thorner ~ Nuclear energy is the largest so called clean energy source in the United States. It generates more than 56 percent of America’s emission-free electricity. That is nearly three times more than hydropower, 3.5 times the amount generated by wind, and 18.5 times the amount solar energy provides. It […]

‘Three Mile Island’ Nuclear Accident Wasn’t All It’s Cracked Up To Be

March 29, 2019 by

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By Katie Tubb ~ Early this morning 40 years ago, America experienced its first major accident at a nuclear power plant—Three Mile Island in central Pennsylvania. Many Americans by then had already seen Jane Fonda’s “The China Syndrome,” a nuclear disaster film that debuted three weeks earlier. Time magazine would memorialize the Three Mile Island […]

Green Flop. Coal Still Rules As Greens Play Themselves

June 17, 2018 by

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By Andrew Bolt ~ This move to green energy is costing a bomb without lessening reliance on coal: Wind and solar account for just six percent of total electricity globally, despite decades of subsidies. The growth of fossil fuels were enough to wipe out any emissions reductions from wind and solar, which grew 17 percent […]

Subsidizing Nuclear Is No Strategy For Long-Term Success

June 17, 2017 by

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By Katie Tubb ~ With yet another nuclear power plant joining the ranks of those closing ahead of schedule, it’s clear that something is amiss in the nuclear power industry. That “something” is the accumulation of federal policies that stifle innovation and efficiency in the industry and simultaneously subsidize it to keep it alive on […]

Nuclear Industry, Not Government, Should Handle Nuclear Waste Issue

August 17, 2015 by

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By Katie Tubb ~ By law, the Department of Energy is supposed to collect spent nuclear fuel and deposit it at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain. Nuclear power customers in 33 states have paid billions of dollars into a federal fund to finance this service. Yet the DOE has never collected a single ounce of spent fuel. […]

Global Warming Is Killing The Old Nuclear Scare

February 12, 2015 by

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By Andrew Bolt ~ Global Warming alarmists like Jay Weatherill now finally admit nuclear power isn’t actually a terrifying mass-killing menace. Now they say we need nuclear power to stop their latest terrifying mass-killing menace — global warming. Can you believe these guys? Nuclear power has switched from our greatest threat to greatest saviour. Yet […]

Progress Made On Nuclear Waste Management

January 31, 2015 by

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By Jack Spencer and Katie Tubb ~ The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) yesterday completed the last two of five volumes in its safety evaluation report on a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain. While the NRC has yet to finish the licensing process for Yucca Mountain, this report ultimately allows the nation to move forward […]

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop: Nuclear Power Is “Obvious” If We Want To Slash CO2 Emissions

November 30, 2014 by

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By Andrew Bolt ~ She is absolutely right, of course, always a virtue when opening a controversial debate: Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says nuclear energy remains an option for Australia, describing it as an “obvious direction” as it considers how to cut carbon dioxide emissions after 2020. Ms Bishop called for a an open […]

Physicist: There Was No Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

October 14, 2013 by

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The terrible toll from Japan’s Tsunami came from the wave, not the radiation By Dr. Kelvin Kemm. PhD ~ I have watched a TV programme called ‘Fear Factor.’ In the series there are contestants who have to confront their worst fears to see who bales out and who can fight the fear and get through. […]

Subsidies And Taxes Complicate The Future Of Nuclear Power

August 8, 2013 by

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By Robert Geringer ~ Rising maintenance costs and a sharp decrease in natural gas prices have put the future of some nuclear power plants into question. But other plants face retirement under the burden of specific taxes and anti-competitive green energy subsidies. Mark Cooper, a senior fellow at the Vermont Law School, recently published a report […]

Georgia Leader Beats Drum For Nuclear Energy

July 30, 2013 by

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By Jack Spencer and Katie Tubb ~ Georgia is riding a wave of new nuclear energy that, five years ago, many thought would be more crowded by now. Georgia Public Services Commissioner Tim Echols, a champion of using market forces to help solve our nuclear waste problems, has seen firsthand how important getting nuclear energy policy […]

How a Nuclear Power Plant Works

November 6, 2012 by

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By Jack Spencer and Paul Hultgren ~ The Fukushima nuclear reactor accident in March 2011 challenged the public’s perception of nuclear power. However, much of this disillusionment simply stems from a lack of understanding of how a nuclear power plant functions. Inside a Nuclear Reactor A nuclear power plant is a lot like most coal […]

Nuclear Power Schizophrenia

August 13, 2012 by

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By Alan Caruba ~ It should come as no surprise that environmentalists oppose the use of nuclear energy in the same way they oppose coal or the fracking technology that is unlocking huge new reserves of natural gas. Currently nuclear energy provides about twenty percent of the electricity used in the U.S. Their attack on coal—led […]

Powering America Vignette: Living Near Nuclear Facilities

July 27, 2012 by

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By Jack Spencer and Aurelian Braun ~ What’s it like to live near a nuclear power plant?  To many, such a prospect might seem dangerous or scary.  But like with most things nuclear, perception is often very different from reality. The fact is, research shows that living near a nuclear power plant poses no particular […]

Powering America Vignette: What is a Cooling Tower?

June 23, 2012 by

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By Jack Spencer and Aurelian Braun ~ Nuclear power plants produce almost 80 percent of the emission-free energy in the nation, and cooling towers—though often misunderstood—are an essential part of what makes that possible. Despite their being perfectly safe and far removed from anything radioactive, for many people cooling towers conjure up images of toxic […]

There’s More to the Story on Obama’s Pick for America’s Top Nuclear Regulator

May 29, 2012 by

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By Jack Spencer ~ Last week, President Barack Obama announced that he would nominate Dr. Allison Macfarlane, a nuclear waste expert from George Mason University, as the United States’ top nuclear regulator. Conventional wisdom is that Dr. Macfarlane satisfies all the major political interests involved with the NRC decision.  She is a vocal opponent of […]

More to the Story on Nuclear Power and Cheap Natural Gas

March 17, 2012 by

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By Jack Spencer ~ Two major financial news publications, the Economist and The Wall Street Journal, published major articles in the past week arguing that the American nuclear renaissance has ended before it ever really began. While the articles differ slightly in their presentation, the basic common thread is that new nuclear power cannot compete […]

The Nuclear Option for Powering America

March 13, 2012 by

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By Mike Brownfield ~ When you flip on a light switch, turn on your TV, start up your coffee maker, or charge your cell phone, there’s a good chance that the energy you’re using to get the job done has been generated by nuclear power. Yet this misunderstood power source is vastly underutilized in America. […]

Is a Nuclear Renaissance Approaching?

February 16, 2012 by

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By Jack Spencer ~ When the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) voted last week to approve permits to begin construction on two nuclear reactors, many hailed the decision as the start of a nuclear renaissance. Without a doubt, the NRC’s action is noteworthy, because it marks the first time in over three decades that the NRC […]

America’s Green Enemies

February 12, 2012 by

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By Alan Caruba ~ It was good news that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved the nation’s first nuclear power plants on February 9th, clearing the way for the construction of two reactors by Southern Company at its Plant Vogtle site near Atlanta, Georgia. The bad news is that these are the first new nuclear plants […]