The Asian nuclear Revolution, energy “plans,” and questionable media reporting: it’s the 38th Carnival of Nuclear Energy

February 5, 2011

Welcome to the 38th Carnival of Nuclear Energy. For those not familiar, the Carnival is a weekly compilation of blog coverage of the world’s most powerful and important energy source. I’m pleased to host this week’s offerings, which are from Dan Yurman of Idaho Samizdat Nuke Notes, Meredith Angwin of Yes Vermont Yankee, Charles Barton…

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Fragile pro-nuclear consensus emerges in U.S., but wait for the green/gas counterattack

March 18, 2010

Jacques Besnainou, CEO of Areva North America, on Monday applauded the Obama administration’s decision in February to award federal nuclear loan guarantees to The Southern Company. Southern will use the guarantees to borrow US$3.4 billion to build two Westinghouse AP 1000 reactors in Georgia. Yes, the head of a French company is happy to see an…

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Doomsday Clock reset to six minutes before midnight: breathe easy, people of East and South Asia

January 14, 2010

Over the last couple days I have participated in a very interesting discussion on the relevance of proliferation concerns to the renaissance in civilian nuclear energy. This closely preceded the announcement, a few minutes ago, by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists that the hands of its famous “Doomsday Clock” have been reset from 5 to 6…

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McCain’s jab: presidential hopeful touts cap and trade in the fight against climate change

June 20, 2008

U.S. presidential candidate John McCain talked up energy and the environment in a campaign speech in Ottawa this afternoon. Climate climate figured prominently in his speech. McCain called for cap and trade as an effective way to reduce carbon emissions, underscoring the importance of the first punch in the decisive one-two combination that will jolt…

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India’s nuclear expansion: climate change and the Great Game

April 7, 2008

Climate change and nuclear weapons proliferation are the biggest dangers facing humanity. The two issues are inextricably and dramatically linked in the U.S.-India civilian nuclear deal. In its drive to industrialize, India will need enormous amounts of electricity. As in many other major economies in the world, most of India’s new power will come from…

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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:

6,230 metric tons, and the CIPK would have been 383.6 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:

14,330,230 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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Should molybdenum-99, a vitally important medical isotope that is produced most efficiently in nuclear fission reactors, become more expensive?

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