Archive | August, 2011

67th Carnival of Nuclear Energy Bloggers is up

The Nuclear renaissance began in the 1990s when reactors began to achieve better than 90-percent up time. The next step is to build new plants on time and within Budget. -Nuclear Energy Institute. The 67th Carnival of Nuclear Energy Blogs is online now at Next Big Future. This post is the collective voice of the […]

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Collaborative Consumption Takes a Bow

There was a time not all that long ago collaboration was not all that radical a concept, in the business world and even in Congress. Lately collaboration has become more of a buzzword, something that businesses and their PR departments are pay lip service to. Maybe they even aspire to collaborate with their partners; maybe […]

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Can taxation speed our energy transition?

Some time ago an economist with whom I had an extensive exchange suggested that the best way to incentivize an energy transition would be to tax what we don’t want and let the market do the rest. It was really such an elegant approach and an impractical one, I thought. The economist’s view was that […]

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Japanese Regulation: The Elements of Independence

The discussions that have been going on in Japan regarding the need for greater independence of the nuclear regulatory organization have, to date, focused mainly on the organizational independence. There are really at least three types of independence that are important – organizational independence, independence from the licensee, and ability of staff to assess the […]

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Fukushima and Coverups: Eraser Society

I am now going to risk compounding the error of working outside my area of expertise. In a recent blogpost, I talked about the revelation that TEPCO engineers were concerned about a GE decision on the placement of the diesel generators at Fukushima, but that nothing was apparently done about their concerns. I attributed this […]

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