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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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Should the people of Canada care if Ontario buys Canadian nuclear reactors?

June 28, 2012
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Canada has put a lot of time, effort, and money into the nuclear sector. This time, effort, and money pays off every day, in the form of electricity, which is the lifeblood of the economy. Without electricity, we could not run our cities. It also pays off in the form of life-saving isotopes like molybdenum-99,…

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High quality job creation in Ontario: here’s how they’re solving the problem in the U.S.

February 10, 2012
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Yesterday the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced it will approve a construction and operating license for two Westinghouse AP1000 reactors at The Southern Company’s Vogtle generating plant. This will be the first new U.S. nuclear project in more than three decades. It will create around 25,000 direct and indirect jobs. A couple years ago, Ontario…

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CANDU back in the game: what now?

July 18, 2011
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After months of excruciating uncertainty, the CANDU situation has been resolved somewhat. As everyone predicted, SNC-Lavalin has agreed to purchase the CANDU reactor part of Atomic Energy Canada Ltd. I won’t go into the ins and outs of the deal. I’ll just focus on what needs to happen now. Assuming the deal is indeed finalized…

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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:

6,186 metric tons, and the CIPK would have been 355.6 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:

14,439,890 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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