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Nuclear Energy


Yucca Mountain: A Post-Mortem

Fall 2012Adam J. White on how President Obama killed the planned nuclear-waste repository

The Untapped Potential of the NPT

Why We Must Reinterpret the Non-Proliferation Treaty

Fall 2010Henry Sokolski

Get Moving on Yucca

Summer 2009

Romancing the Atom

Uranium Prospecting, Once and Again

Summer 2009Robert R. Johnson

The Fusion Illusion

Summer 2009Max Schulz on false starts, fraud, and the real promise of nuclear fusion

The Lost Prestige of Nuclear Physics

Summer 2009N. J. Slabbert on the American retreat from nuclear technology

Too Speculative?

Getting Serious About Nuclear Terrorism

Fall 2006Henry Sokolski

ĎA Critical Part of the Solutioní

Al Gore and the Nuclear Debate

Spring 2007

Is Nuclear Energy Coming Back?

Spring 2005


Blog Posts

Center for American Progress says NO to nuclear

July 9, 2008

The left-leaning Center for American Progress has published an issue alert outlining ten reasons to oppose the construction of new nuclear power plants in the U.S. The list is a round-up of reasons typically given by those who oppose nuclear (high capital costs, where to store waste, access to foreign uranium stockpiles, safety concerns) and some rather interesting ones: U.S. firms won’t be building any new plants (“Because no new nuclear power plants have been built in the United States in over 30 years, foreign companies have more experience building such plants”). Should Americans not buy Priuses either, because Toyota makes them? Another reason to oppose nuclear subsidies: they “take money away from more effective alternative energy subsidies.”

Tracking the Nuclear Renaissance

June 18, 2008

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has received applications to build fifteen new reactors in eight states. Later this year, existing plants in seven other states plan to seek permits for a dozen more reactors. The first could be built and operating by 2016, according to an AP article.

Meanwhile, at a public meeting for NRC staff (June 19-20 at NRC headquarters in Rockville, Maryland), Energy Department officials are presenting a “walk-through” of the agency's license application for the proposed high-level nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. Details here.

Wired goes nuclear

June 13, 2008

The cover of Wired magazine’s June 2008 issue says it all:

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The article inside even more directly takes on the environmental movement, starting with its title: “Inconvenient Truths: Get Ready to Rethink What It Means to Be Green.” The article outlines a list of ten “inconvenient truths” (a play on the title of Al Gore’s documentary and book, which has also been recently parodied by Iain Murray). The article argues that “winning the war on global warming” -- the paramount goal of today’s environmental movement -- “requires slaughtering some of environmentalism’s sacred cows.” That means greens cannot “afford to ignore...the carbon-free electricity supplied by nuclear energy.”

Although this is Wired’s most blunt statement in favor of the use of civilian nuclear energy, it’s worth noting that a few years ago the magazine also dedicated considerable space to a friendly profile of Patrick Moore, the Greenpeace co-founder who now advocates for nuclear power.

The ten “inconvenient truths” are here:

  1. Live in Cities
  2. A/C Is OK
  3. Organics Are Not The Answer
  4. Farm the Forests
  5. China Is the Solution
  6. Accept Genetic Engineering
  7. Carbon Trading Doesn’t Work
  8. Embrace Nuclear Power
  9. Used Cars — Not Hybrids
  10. Prepare for the Worst