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Well attended nuclear conference kicks off interesting, productive year

March 5, 2014
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When you look at packed audience halls at a nuclear industry convention, you know there is activity in the industry. Last week’s Canadian Nuclear Association annual conference and trade show was very well attended, and not just by the Ontario nuclear utilities, Ontario Power Generation and Bruce Power, whose billion dollar annual revenues make them…

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The Wealth of (Asian) Nations: poised to deliver massive carbon reductions in the UK

November 15, 2013
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Asian financial power is firming up behind nuclear power in the United Kingdom. Chinese and Japanese consortia have moved into this big market, and are poised to enter the regulatory process en route to building thousands of megawatts of zero-carbon generating capacity. This is good news. The world needs more nuclear power. It actually needs…

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Heavy water versus light water in Ontario nuclear war: CANDU denouement

July 5, 2013
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A few years ago I told Steve Paikin in a TV interview that when it comes down to a choice of nuclear reactors for Ontario, I tend to cheer the same way I do in international hockey tournaments: for the home team. I feel the same way today. Distill the choice between the two nuclear…

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Energy and carbon: keeping the natural balance

May 7, 2013
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Energy and carbon: keeping the natural balance

Of all the countries on earth, France is the only one with the foresight, confidence, and discipline to have recognized and then immediately implemented the right energy strategy during the existential economic upset that resulted from the 1973 oil crisis. Like every other modern country, France realized instantly, when Saudi Arabia began dramatically raising the…

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Darlington nuclear refurbishment: the hard crossing of the big water

March 25, 2013
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Darlington nuclear refurbishment: the hard crossing of the big water

France’s mass transportation system, based on electric-powered urban and national rail—the Paris metro and the Train Grande Vitesse (TGV) being the most spectacular examples—is the model the whole world should emulate. If you’ve never had the pleasure to ride the TGV, it is an amazing experience. The line running from Lyon to Avignon is next…

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Item 1: if Ontario did not have its nuclear generating fleet, last hour’s CO2 emissions would have been AT LEAST:

6,213 metric tons, and the CIPK would have been 357.2 grams

Item 2: Since prorogation of the Ontario legislature on October 15, 2012, provincial gas-fired generating plants have dumped this much CO2 into our air:

14,437,980 metric tons. This is a running total. Every hour, the total increases by the amount of Gas CO2 given in Table 1.

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