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Hoping for a Rational Climate Change Discussion

The Best Path Forward on Coal? This week the Wall Street Journal is running the latest set of answers from their “Experts Panel.” Four questions were posed to the energy panel, and I chose to answer three of them. (The 4th was about solutions to the drought in the Western US — which I don’t feel qualified to answer). Show More Summary

How does a sociologist become a “senior fellow in economic analysis”?

Mark Cooper’s academic and professional background shows little evidence of formal training or experience in economics or cost analysis. Though his recent report indicating that nuclear power plants in the United States are suffering from competitive cost pressures contains some accurate information, it does a poor job of identifying the cost drivers and makes no [...]Show More Summary

Cooper’s criticism may awaken nuclear competitive spirit

Dr. Mark Cooper is strongly opposed to the use of nuclear energy, but on July 18, 2013, he issued a report sponsored by the Vermont Law School titled Renaissance in Reverse: Competition Pushes Aging U.S. Nuclear Reactors to the Brink of Economic Abandonment that may inadvertently spur action to create a more competitive industry. If [...]Show More Summary

Are Mark Cooper and Peter Bradford climate change deniers?

In a recent paper, Mark Cooper and Peter Bradford advocate expanded use of natural gas, even if that expansion requires using hydraulic fracturing. They believe that fossil fuel plants should continue dumping vast quantities of combustion waste into our shared atmosphere, even after new nuclear energy plants start operating. They dismiss the notion of a [...]Show More Summary

Virtual silence at “Golden Fleece” award news conference for SMRs

Taxpayers for Common Sense (TCS) trace their heritage to William Proxmire, a senator famous for his “Golden Fleece” awards for wasteful government spending. Yesterday, the organization held a press conference to announce that they had decided to award a Golden Fleece to the US Department of Energy SMR (small modular reactor) program. The press release [...]Show More Summary

Replacing Coal With Trees Won’t Scale

A report written by the British arm of Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace titled "Dirtier than Coal" criticizes their government's plan to burn trees to make electricity.

The U.S./South Korea Commerical Nuclear Energy Partnership

At the beginning of June, I recorded a short video with Dan Lipman, Senior Vice President with Westinghouse Electric Company, concerning the need for Congress to renew an agreement for peaceful cooperation on nuclear energy between the U.S. Show More Summary

Drumbeat: December 30, 2011

Tight oil rises to front of mind Just when it seemed the Earth was serving up its last drops of oil, squeezing from tough spots such as the oil sands in northern Alberta and the deepest seas offshore Brazil, a new oil age is emerging. Tight...Show More Summary

Wednesday Update

From NEI’s Japan Earthquake launch page: Pillars Installed To Support Used Fuel Pool Update as of 5 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, June 22 Plant Status Tokyo Electric Power Co. workers have installed 32 steel pillars to support the reactor 4 spent fuel pool at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear energy facility and improve its capability to withstand earthquakes. Show More Summary

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