Author Archive | Gail Marcus

Good Nuclear News:

Positive Moves in Several Countries In the last couple of weeks, I’ve seen news items from several countries that appear to be good signs for nuclear power.  Unfortunately, these news items seem to have been drowned out by other news, and, as a result, they have not gotten the visibility and recognition they deserve, either […]

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Comparing Energy Technologies:

The Many Shades of Green I am pleased to report that I recently had an article published in Physics World called “How Green is Nuclear Energy?”  I developed this article in response to their request, and it was published as the lead article in their special issue, “Focus on Nuclear Energy.” The online version of […]

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Westinghouse Bankruptcy:

What Happened? In the wake of the announcement this past week that Westinghouse filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy as a result of the losses incurred in the construction of four AP1000 units in Georgia and South Carolina, everyone is trying to figure out what happened. Westinghouse, after all, certainly has long and extensive experience in […]

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Energy and Jobs:

A Delicate Balance I have long been troubled by the question of how society should deal with the human impact of technology advances.  I have been especially concerned when I see advertisements for an industry arguing that a factory or a power plant or a coal mine needs to be kept open because of the […]

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The Dilemma of Regulation:

Is it Good or Evil? After I reported on the death of Harold Denton last week, I couldn’t shake the feeling that his career and his role in the aftermath of the Three Mile Island (TMI) accident had some larger implications that I should have addressed–namely, the importance of a good regulator. When I lecture […]

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Fusion in 30?:

What the “Breakthrough” Means It was interesting, in more ways than one, to read some of the coverage of the recent news from the fusion research community.  The National Ignition Facility (NIF) at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in California announced in the journal Nature that they had used lasers to compress a pellet […]

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Nuclear Power and Earthquakes:

A Contribution to the Dialogue When I studied nuclear engineering in grad school, I thought that nuclear power was an intersection between different science and engineering disciplines–nuclear, mechanical, chemical, electrical, systems, etc. At the time, that scope seemed plenty broad to me.  Little did I realize that, over the years, I would find my work […]

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Good News from Europe:

Reasoned Approaches to Energy Policy Two optimistic pieces of news regarding energy policy emerged from Europe in the last week or so.  One of them was a European Union decision that scrapped binding renewable energy targets for the future.  The other was a report that the Swiss public recognizes the contribution nuclear power makes to […]

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Acronym Mania:

Of PESTs and STEEPLEs Several yars ago, I did a blogpost on NIMBY and other related acronyms. I was actually surprised I found as many as I did, and I never expected to find enough new terms to do another post on acronyms again. Then, I started discovering that there were whole new worlds of […]

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Knowledge Management:

An Ongoing Problem  A few years ago, I did a lot of work on “nuclear knowledge management,” or NKM.  There are a lot of definitions of what NKM includes, but my first brush with knowledge management came when, as a Department of Energy manager, I was visited by researchers from the national laboratories.  They told […]

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