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Living in a World That’s Anything But Ideal

The German mathematician and rationalist philosopher Gottfried Leibniz speculated that although this world is clearly not perfect, that it may be the “best of all possible worlds.”  Under this theory, God created the very best world He could; any other

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Westinghouse Bankruptcy Shakes The Nuclear World – Forbes

My old friend from high school, Bruce Wilson, now a practitioner of LEED certified building construction, sent me this piece on the Westinghouse bankruptcy and what it means to the nuclear industry.  I respond: I have to think the author is

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Nuclear Weapons: Back in the Headlines

Of all the reasons to be horrified by the developments in U.S. politics, a critically important one is summed up in the petition put forth below.  This was an issue in the election campaign, but unfortunately, it didn’t win the

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Esteemed Harvard Professor Delivers Critically Important Talk on Nuclear Energy

Here’s another post on Joseph Lassiter (pictured) and his high-level treatment of nuclear power as a necessary ingredient in dealing with greenhouse gas emissions, and thus climate change.  Dr. Lassiter is Senior Fellow, Senator John Heinz Professor of Management Practice

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Can We Combat Climate Change Without Nuclear Power?

A colleague in Oklahoma writes: Thought you might find this Ted Talk on nuclear power interesting.  It’s introduced as follows: Joe Lassiter is a deep thinker and straight talker focused on developing clean, secure and carbon-neutral supplies of reliable, low-cost

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For Some Reason, Pro-Nuke People Often Eschew Renewable Energy

Here’s a fascinating video on nuclear energy as it applies to climate change mitigation, forwarded to me by a member of the “pro-nuke” group of which I’m a part.  I hope you’ll enjoy it. There are a few things that

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The Validity of Nuclear Energy

Here’s an article that will make my pro-nuclear group happy: an interview with Rachel Slaybaugh, giving an interview in preface to her talk at the SXSW Eco conference next week.  There is no doubt in my mind that the majority

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Follow-Up on Nuclear Energy

In a recent post on our prospects for nuclear energy, I happened to mention that the U.S. is in a position to lead the world away from nuclear weaponry.  Frequent commenter MarcoPolo writes:  In this claim, there is the assumption

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The Birth of Nuclear Energy

Physicist Enrico Fermi was born on this day 115 years ago in Rome. Einstein had famously predicted the possibility of nuclear energy with the equivalence of mass and energy.  But, according to the Writer’s Almanac:  “It was Enrico Fermi who was

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Pro-nuke People Look Askance at Energy Storage and Variable Resources

I’ve mentioned that I like to keep tabs on a pro-nuke (anti-renewables) group, and make helpful contributions to their discussions.  Recently, I notice that they’re a bit freaked out that the cost of lithium-ion batteries is soon to fall to

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