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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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Basing Environmental Decisions On Fact Vs. Hysteria

My friend Cameron Atwood writes:  Curious to know your perspective on this article: Closure of Diablo Nuclear Plant Signals Dawn of Renewable Energy Era. I have essentially the same take on this that I had on the other piece on nuclear energy,

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How Contaminated are the Oceans from the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster?

A reader asks for my viewpoint on this article, suggesting that one-third of the world’s oceans have been polluted from the radiation that continues to leak from the Fukushima nuclear power plant. My take is that this is the typical

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The Race for Clean Energy Has Several Entrants

The energy scene here on planet Earth can be summarized as follows: we’re trying to solve a problem so profound that the continuity of our civilization hangs in the balance.  We either replace fossil fuels over the next few decades,

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