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Southern Exposure 2015: The Value of Emergency Preparedness Exercises

The following is a guest post by Sue Perkins-Grew, Senior Director, Emergency Preparedness and Risk Assessment at the Nuclear Energy Institute.“Preparedness” is at the core of the nuclear energy industry culture, one reason why reactor operators have a half century of safe operations in the United States. Show More Summary

How a Bias for Action Led to an Innovative Alternative to External Filtered Vents

Maria Korsnick The following is a guest post by Maria Korsnick, NEI’s Chief Operating Officer.During the five years that I was chief nuclear officer at Constellation Energy, my first priority was to ensure that our plants operated safely and reliably in order to protect public health and safety. Show More Summary

On the Papal Encyclical & Nuclear Energy

J.T. Rodriguez The following is a guest post by J.T. Rodriguez, a communications intern at NEI.In his recent encyclical about care for "our common home," the earth, Pope Francis had a lot to say. I was curious to see what he had to say. Show More Summary

DARPA’s Robotic Answer to Fukushima

Of course, our favorite fictional robot is the ED-209 from the original RoboCop (1987). It’s a slightly glitchy death machine that cannot be turned off reliably and has considerable difficulty managing stairs. It’s also one of the last great uses of stop motion animation before the arrival of CGI, but that’s another discussion. Show More Summary

NEA: A Discussion on Climate Change

The Nuclear Energy Assembly wrapped up this morning with a panel on nuclear energy and its worth as a low carbon dioxide emitting energy source. Low in this case means zero. That’s been true from the opening of Shippingport in the 50s and remains true. Show More Summary

Mad Men face a challenge selling Australian coalseam gas

Back in 1979, Australians were wowed by a television advertising campaign in which natural gas was depicted as “The Living Flame.” Produced for eastern Australia-based gas utility AGL, the advertisement showed ballerinas dancing around a giant cooking hob, depicting natural gas in human form. The Living Flame was positive, beautiful and memorable. It was a […]

The Corrections to Joe Romm’s Corrections–Part I

In his article, "The Corrections: Jonathan Franzen’s Deeply Irresponsible Climate Change Article" Joe Romm, climate hawk, uses a nonsensical graphic borrowed from U.S.News & World Report in an attempt to stifle criticism of renewable energy, writes RUss Finley in his review of the issues.

Resilience Inside and Outside the Nuclear Plant

Yesterday, a group of folks got together to talk about sustainability and resilience, especially in energy infrastructure and especially as a means of developing urban centers responsibly. It may seem that nuclear energy has only a tangential role here: it provides emission-free electricity to cities that want to be as emission-free as possible. Show More Summary

Professor Gerry Thomas explains radiation health risks

A friend whose Twitter handle is @ActinideAge just posted a link to Gerry Thomas Highlights Misconceptions over Health Impacts of Nuclear Accidents. (Embedded below.) Even though it was published in November 2014 on the UN University...Show More Summary

The Truth about Infrastructure

Randal O'Toole Everyone from the American Society of Civil Engineers to the AFL-CIO tells us that we face an infrastructure crisis and we must raise federal gas taxes to save our highways, bridges and other infrastructure. However, as...Show More Summary

European Grid Operators 1, Solar Eclipse 0

Months of preparation paid off today for Europe's transmission system operators as their grids rode out a solar eclipse causing multi-gigawatt solar power swings

Ethics of international radiation protection system

The U. S. National Council on Radiation Protection (NCRP) held its annual meeting in Bethesda, MD on March 16 and 17. On the second day of the meeting, Jacques Lochard, Vice Chair of the International Commission on Radiation Protection (ICRP), gave a talk titled The Ethics of Radiation Protection. Show More Summary

Guest post: The gold:oil ratio is speaking

Jodie Gunzberg is the global  head of commodities for S&P Dow Jones Indices, which, like Platts, is part of McGraw Hill Financial. She writes on commodity investing on the Indexology blog. Her post from March 12, explaining the ratio of gold prices to oil prices and what lessons can be gleaned from it regarding the oil […]

You Ought to Have a Look: The Price Is Right, the Letters Are Wrong, and Climate Research Is Booming

Patrick J. Michaels, Paul C. "Chip" Knappenberger You Ought to Have a Look is a feature from the Center for the Study of Science posted by Patrick J. Michaels and Paul C. (“Chip”) Knappenberger.  While this section will feature all of...Show More Summary

Solar Eclipse Will Test European Power Grids

A solar eclipse across Europe next Friday will slash generation from solar power plants. Grid operators are pulling out the stops preparing for both massive power supply swings and abnormal power consumption.

Censors Take On China's Silent Spring Moment

Chinese journalist Chai Jing's viral doc—a damning indictment of toothless environmental enforcement -- was taken down by Chinese government censors

The Taming of the Drones

The French have lately been plagued by drone aircraft flying over nuclear energy facilities – and a plague it is, too, for a country that has suffered a traumatic terrorist attack recently. We’ll let the French deal with the issue with their usual je ne sais quoi, as we’re sure they will. Show More Summary

What We’re Told About Climate Change Versus What We’re Told About Genetic Effects of Radiation

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has started an initiative branded as “What We Know” about climate change. The initiative is sponsored by the following individuals and organizations: Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment Lawrence H. Show More Summary

Transatomic Power – Anatomy of Next

Dr. Leslie Dewan is a co-founder and the CEO of Transatomic Power, a venture capital-funded start-up based on research conducted at MIT. Along with Mark Massie, the other co-founder, Dewan is exploring a design that uses a molten salt...Show More Summary

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