Episode 74 – The Renewable Question and Germany’s Nuclear Reversal (audio podcast)

Download the Audio File Here In this podcast I discuss the question “Is Nuclear Energy Renewable?” that I first posed in a recent blog post. In addition, I added the following discussion of recent news and events: Indian Point License Extension Proceeds Despite Anti-Nuclear Hurdles Despite barriers erected by anti-nuclear groups to block the license renewal for the Indian Point nuclear reactors, the two unit nuclear plant in NY has...

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Is Nuclear Energy Renewable? How about “Inexhaustible”?

For quite some time I’ve been debating the argument that nuclear energy is equally “renewable” as energy derived from hydro, wind, and biomass. My thought process goes like this… Rivers go dry with over use and periods of drought, and winds shift with changing weather patterns such as those that will occur with global climate change.  The availability of biomass is dependent on favorable weather and must be...

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Nuclear Industry News Brief – April 30, 2009

Nuclear Utilities Implement Pandemic Flu Action Plans Several nuclear utilities have implemented pandemic flu action plans in response to the swine flu outbreak.  All utilities were required to develop the action plans a couple of years ago to prepare for “what if” pandemic flu scenarios.  So far actions are limited to precautionary and preparatory elements of the plans such as acquiring materials, communicating with employees...

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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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Rep.s Edward Markey & Henry Waxman Release Draft Climate Change Legislation

It has not received any attention in the media, but on March 31, 2009 House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Rep. Henry Waxman and Rep. Edward Markey, Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Environment released their plan to fight global warming.   As I predicted back in Episode 62 of This Week in Nuclear ,  they are promoting a federal mandate on wind and solar power funded by huge increases in energy costs. Although...

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