Archive | October, 2011

ANS Winter Meeting 10/30-11/3

I’ll be in Washington, DC, for the next week working at the American Nuclear Society winter meeting.  I’ll be posting at the ANS Nuclear Cafe during this time and also supporting the ANS Twitter feed with hashtag #ans11  @ans_org I’ve got some interesting people lined up for interviews for the ANS ‘cafe’ blog and will […]

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DoD Energy Use in 2010

DoD spent $15.2 billion on energy in (Fiscal Year) 2010. Seventy four percent of this (or $11.2 billion) can be attributed to operations while the remaining 24% (or $3.7 billion) to the Department’s permanent installations and 2% (or $0.3 billion) to non-tactical vehicles. When we look at the total energy consumption we have a similar […]

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Nuclear Energy Dead? Think Again

Another round of good news about nuclear energy Serious efforts to get reactors built continue to make progress It is fashionable among green groups and others who have utopian visions of a low tech post industrial society to say that nuclear energy is finished as a result of the Fukushima crisis. This is dead wrong. […]

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Energy Resource Wars:

Is a New Round Emerging? I was never ve ry good at history in high school. I much preferred the physical sciences, where I could derive most of the answers to test questions, as opposed to subjects like history, which required a lot of rote memorization of names and dates. I survived only by learning […]

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Entrepreneurship Lessons from Steve Jobs

I have been reading many eulogies of Steve Jobs over the past few days. Even though Apple is the highest-valued technology company in the world, Steve Jobs’ story and style re-emphasized for me many entrepreneurship lessons that I’ve learned…and perhaps forgotten…over the years. Here are my favorites: 1. Customers don’t usually know what they want […]

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Coal versus Gas:

No Clear Cut Winner In the past few years, the “conventional wisdom” has been that switching from coal to natural gas for power production would benefit the environment. Not only does burning gas reduce particulate emissions, it also reduces CO2 emissions. Most sources acknowledge that natural gas is not as clean as nuclear power and […]

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Does Secretay Mabus Do the Right Thing

with Wrong Reasons? The Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has recently become very repetitive in his speeches regarding the Navy’s energy efforts and underlying reasons. Take for example two of his recent remarks at National Clean Energy Summit on 30 August 2011 and at Washington Energy Summit on 28 September 2011. He emphasizes each […]

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