SMR Tech in Indiana? Dare We Hope?

I recently learned about Indiana Senate Bill 271. This is a bill that would add small modular reactor (SMR) technology to a list of low-emissions sources, including wind, solar, “clean coal,” and certain gas-based generation, which are all eligible to apply for CWIP (construction work in progress) incentives — subsidies, in a word. Here is […]

How Fukushima Made Me a Nukie

The following is a transcript of a speech I delivered to my Toastmasters club on 2 March 2017. It occurred to me a few days ago that all nuclear power facilities in the United States should have their own internal Toastmasters clubs, so that professionals can learn and practice communications and public speaking skills. Nearly […]

Indiana SB 309, the “Kill Net Metering” Bill

On 16 February 2017, the Indiana Senate Utility Committee voted to advance an amended “Distributed Generation bill” (SB 309) to the full Senate for consideration. I do not feel that SB 309 should be passed as currently written and amended. My advocacy is not for solar and wind and other “renewable” sources of generation. I […]

My question to “Ask Al”

Senator Al Franken, a progressive supporter of nuclear power, is soliciting questions at this link. Here’s mine: Dear Senator Franken, I understand that you are a supporter of advanced nuclear power. So am I! As we (well, some of us) work toward carbon reduction and mitigation of climate change, nuclear will become an even more […]

Comment submitted to the EPA regarding the proposed carbon emissions rules

As an engineer (BSEE, University of Kansas, 1988), I generally support the proposed new EPA regulations on carbon pollution for electrical power generation, with the exception of the rules concerning the contribution of nuclear-powered generation. In particular, the accounting of nuclear power in the calculations of CO2 output, as proposed, makes no sense to me, […]

Why we should support nuclear power – Comment – The Ecologist

Technology tribalism – my technology is better than yours, so I will oppose yours – should be abandoned. via Why we should support nuclear power – Comment – The Ecologist. My support for nuclear does not mean I have a problem with your solar panels.

Germany Energy Transition Evaluation | The Energy Collective

Luke Currin does not want us to write off Energiewende as a failure. Okay, I’ll refrain, but I think he would agree that it could use some improvements. The irony is in the solution proposed: “IHS estimates Germany could meet 30 percent of its gas demand if it fracked.” Yup, we’ll make up the shortfall […]

Senator Warren Seeks Input on Climate Change

Today I received an email from Senator Elizabeth Warren, whom I admire deeply, asking for my input on climate change, particularly what I think the planet will look like in 25 years. The message is as follows: There are a lot of people in Washington — a lot of lobbyists and a lot of politicians […]

Yellow Journalism from a “Green” Source

A link to this article turned up in my Facebook newsfeed this morning: 51 Sailors from USS Ronald Reagan Suffering Thyroid Cancer, Leukemia, Brain Tumors After Participating in Fukushima Nuclear Rescue Efforts Something made me leery of the source, so with some help from people far more knowledgeable than myself, I tracked down some more […]

Lib Dems’ nuclear U-turn shows they realise we can’t say ‘no’ to everything | Mark Lynas | Environment |

Excellent move, UK Lib Dems! Now, could you come over and explain your good reasoning to our “liberal” Democrats here in the USA? As my recent ebook Nuclear 2.0 showed, if we try to eliminate nuclear power globally at the same time as rapidly growing energy consumption, we head straight into the territory of catastrophic […]