Join Your Favorite Nuclear Bloggers & Podcasters in Washington DC on Nov 17! (Fast Fission Podcast 6)

Get the MP3 Here Who says blogging and podcasting has to be all work and no play?  Come and join your favorite nuclear bloggers, reporters, writers and podcasters at an “underground meet up” on Tuesday, November 17 , 2009 at 6:00 PM at the Omni Hotel.  Participants will include more than a dozen of today’s most influential pro-nuclear voices on the Internet and in print. My sources tell me the following people have indicated they plan to attend: Rod Adams, Atomic Insights Blog and The Atomic Show podcast Dan Yurman, Idaho Samizdat blog and The Energy Collective Yours truely (John Wheeler, This Week in Nuclear) Nancy Roth, Andrea Jennetta; Fuel Cycle Week Blog Ted Rockwell, Learning about Nuclear Blog William Tucker, author, Terrestrial Energy and blogger at Energy Collective, Edward Kee, moderator of the “Nuclear Power, Next Generation Group,” at Linkedin, Jarret Adams, Areva US blog, Tim Chambers, Dewey Square Group, and Dave Bradish, lead blogger, Nuclear Energy Institute Cam Abernethy, Webmaster, Nuclear Street Alan Rominger, North Carolina State University Lisa Stiles, pro-nuclear activist and occasional contributor to NEI Nuclear Notes and various other blogs and podcasts Jeff Madison of Cool Hand Nuke Ruth Markus, blogger at http://nuclearpowertalk.blogspot.com , and a former ANS president Word is spreading quickly and the celebrity list is growing by the day! I referred to the event as “underground” because while it is being held at the same venue as the ANS Winter Meeting, our gathering is independent of ANS.  And hey, “underground”describes independence and spontaneity which is certainly the case.  Plus having an ‘underground meet up” sounds much cooler than saying we’re having a meeting or a party!  Anyway, it is sure to be a great time.  Who knows, maybe we’ll do a live show! Everyone is invited – just show up!  If we overflow the space we’ll move to a nearby social establishment! Light refreshments are being provided by Areva and Cool Hand Nuke.  Many thanks to Dan Yurman for his leadership in kicking this...

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Is “Pro-Nuclear” Becoming a Badge for Progressive Thinkers?

I’ve been enjoying the recent rash of pro-nuclear editorials in newspapers and other traditional media over the last several months.  I think this is a sign that momentum is building for transition from passive public support to a more active, vocal cry for more nuclear in our energy mix. Here are some examples: 5 Myths on Nuclear Energy On the comparison of nuclear power plants to atomic bombs A nuclear power plant is a radically different machine, designed with great care to convert nuclear fission into steady power over a period of years. You couldn’t turn a nuclear reactor into a bomb any more easily than you could power your house with a hand grenade. House Wrong to Rule Out Nuclear Regarding the recent vote in Minnesota to continue their ban on new nuclear plants… It is disturbing that the Minnesota House of Representatives has voted to sustain a 15-year moratorium on the construction of nuclear power plants in the state. There are many reasons that nuclear power may not be an answer to Minnesota’s carbon pollution problems, but to simply rule it out of the equation does not make very much sense. Now is the Time to Go Nuclear And one of my favorites… Let’s get one thing straight.  Nuclear power plants and nuclear weapons are not the same thing.  It’s understandable that the term “nuclear” instigates fear.  After all, the nuclear arms race was central to the Cold War.   But fear should not excuse ignorance. It’s way too early to tell, but perhaps someday it will be “hip” to be “nuclear.” As a nuclear geek, I won’t get my hopes...

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