Archive | March, 2012

NRC sheepish over Colorado uranium letters

Colorado regulators are red hot about the correspondence It is frequently the case that when a large regulatory agency stumbles, with help from someone with an agenda, that the news media will use a baseball analogy. It is called putting your foot in the bucket. Coaches refer to it as the misalignment of the batter’s […]

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Funding Nuclear Engineering Education:

More on the Issues I recently had several excellent comments on my March 2, 2012 blog on funding for nuclear engineering education. In that blog, I had expressed my dismay that DOE and NRC the 2013 Federal budget request had zeroed out funding for nuclear engineering education programs. I had expressed the hope that funding […]

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95th Carnival of Nuclear Energy Bloggers

Atomic Power Review tag cloud The 95th Carnival of Nuclear Energy Bloggers is up at Atomic Power Review This post is the collective voice of blogs with legendary names which emerge each week to tell the story of nuclear energy. If you want to hear the voice of the nuclear renaissance, the Carnival of Nuclear […]

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Fukushima Anniversary:

Taking Stock and Looking Ahead So much is being published for the first anniversary of the Fukushima disaster that I wonder if I can add much that is new or different. Still, since I’ve been so heavily engaged in the follow-up to the accident over the past year, I can’t help but want to summarize […]

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Toward Government-Renewable Energy Industry Complex

In 1961, President Eisenhower warned of an expanding “military-industrial complex”. Now the danger is government-renewable energy industry complex. Consumers and Taxpayers must be warned! The problem is not only specific to the US military. It is a US wide problem which started with biofuels. The commercialization of first-generation biofuels relied heavily upon government programs such […]

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Obama and Keystone

In his January 2012 State of the Union Address President Obama called for (again) investments in clean energy. He announced that the DoD, the world’s largest consumer of energy, “will make one of the largest commitments to clean energy in history -– with the Navy purchasing enough capacity to power a quarter of a million […]

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That falling feeling: Shale gas estimates continue downward

Estimates for recoverable shale gas just keep falling. Last year, the Potential Gas Committee, an industry consortium that focuses on long-term projections, estimated that recoverable natural gas from shale deposits in the United States would amount to 687 trillion cubic feet (tcf). (This optimistic appraisal laid the groundwork for the oft-repeated notion that the United […]

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