New US Backed Wind Energy Project Costs Twice as Much As the Same Amount of Nuclear Energy

The US Department of Energy issued a press release today announcing a new $102 Million loan guarantee for a 50.6 MW wind farm near Roxbury, Maine and an 8 mile transmission line to connect it to the grid.  Before we join hands in carbon-free jubilation let’s do the math: $102 Million for 50.6 MW that will operate (best case) at 30% capacity = $6.72 million per megawatt (MW) of delivered electricity Well now, that’s an...

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Why am I so passionate about nuclear energy? (Fast Fission Podcast 7)

Get the MP3 Here Today is Blog Action Day 2009 and this year’s topic is Climate Change. Is man made climate change real or not?  Heck, I don’t know.  What I DO know is this: whether or not human activity is causing global warming or not, there are certain things that it just makes sense for us to be doing. We need to wean ourselves off of imported fossil fuels as our primary energy source.  Oil and gas won’t last...

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Will the USA follow Europe and become reliant on Russian Natural Gas? (Fast Fission Podcast 4)

Get the MP3 Here News stories are not always as benign as they appear. On October 9, 2009 Forbes.com ran a story about Gazprom, Russia’s state owned natural gas company.  It would seem they’ve set up shop in Houston, TX and have begun a very aggressive program to enter the US natural gas market.  They are targeting 5% of the market within 5 years, and 10% within 10 years. Their strategy?  Import LNG into the US and sell it...

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Lessons from Dr. Evil (Episode 67)

Listen to the podcast here. Have you noticed that the numbers we use in daily conversation keep getting bigger and bigger? When I was young my father pointed out to me that a family who had one million dollars could live off the interest alone, and would have a tough time spending it all. While that was certainly true at the time, the value of a million dollars is not what it used to be. If you listen to the podcast you’ll hear...

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House Releases Draft Climate Change Bill and A Bit of Nuclear Nistory (Podcast Episode 65)

Listen to the Podcast Here Operation Sea Orbit – 1964 (Front to Back: USS Enterprise, USS Long Beach, & USS Bainbridge) The Markey / Waxman Climate Change Bill Momentum is building towards greenhouse gas regulation in the United States. Two weeks ago the house of representatives released draft climate change legislation sponsored by Rep. Henry Waxman and Rep. Edward Markey. On Friday the US Environmental Protection Agency...

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