Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Taking a break for Thanksgiving

ghostlightThe blog will be dark for the Thanksgiving Day holiday. Blogging on nuclear energy news will resume the following week. See my 4th annual publication of Dan’s 2nd Day Idaho Nuclear Chili below.

In the spirit of the holiday, I’d like to thank a lot of people for their full engagement in a continuous dialog about nuclear energy. It would be a very long blog post if I explained everything they did. Of course, none of them are responsible for anything I say here. They are listed in no particular order below. My apologies to anyone I missed.

  • Rod Adams, Atomic Insights
  • John Wheeler, This Week in Nuclear
  • Dave Bradish and the team at NEI Nuclear Notes
  • Kirk Sorenson, Energy from Thorium
  • Charles Barton, Nuclear Green
  • Cam Abernethy, and the team at Nuclear Street
  • Dave Walters, Daily Kos
  • Brian Wang, Next Big Future
  • Robert Hargraves, Rethinking Nuclear Power
  • Rebecca Lutzy, Mark Lazen, and Robin Carey at EnergyCollective
  • Jeff Madison, CoolHandNuke
  • Jarret Adams and the team at Areva Pure Energy
  • Sovietologist, Blogging about the Unthinkable
  • Ruth Marcus, Nuke Power Talk
  • Barry Brook, Brave New Climate
  • Steve Aplin, Canadian Energy Issues
  • Ted Rockwell, Learning About Energy
  • Cheryl Rofer, Phronesisaical
  • Joe Koblich, and the team at American Nuclear Society
  • Jeremy Gordon, World Nuclear News
  • Will Dalrymple, Nuclear Engineering International
  • Nancy Roth, Andrea Jennetta, Fuel Cycle Week
  • Mimi Limbach, Laura Hermann, Potomac Communications
  • John Kotek, Gallatin Group
  • Tim Chambers, Dewey Square Group
  • Ed Kee, NERA
  • Bill Sellers, somewhere in the Persian Gulf
  • Margaret Harding, 4 Factor Consulting
  • Dave Singer, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Tom Fields, Nicole Stricker, Keith Arterburn, Amy Lientz, Idaho National Laboratory
  • Lane Allgood, Partnership for Science & Technology
  • Eliot Brenner, Paul Dickman, Dale Klein, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • Gil Friend, Natural Logic
  • Matt Wald, New York Times
  • Rocky Barker, Idaho Statesman
  • Scott Berg, Corey Taule, Idaho Falls Post Register
  • Steve Lafflin, International Isotopes
  • Stewart Brand
  • Gwyneth Cravens
  • William Tucker
  • Tamar Cerafici
  • Michael Flagg
  • Marc Gunter
  • Karen Street

And to everyone else among the over 100,000 people who have read this blog so far this year. Thank you.

Is there a change by green groups for nuclear energy?

A report from the UK says change is taking place, but some green groups in the US are still hard over against it.

In a news article datelined London, the Washington Post reports some green groups now see nuclear energy “as part of the answer” to the challenge of global warming.  This is good news in the U.K. where the government has committed itself to build 12 GWe of new nuclear power generation capacity at 10 sites. 

The newspaper reports that Stephen Tindale, (right) a former head of Greenpeace in the U.K., has changed his mind about nuclear energy.  After years of telling the public “nuclear power is evil,” he’s left the organization and now tells the Washington Post, “It really is a question about the greater evil – nuclear waste or climate change.”

Tindale’s trajectory from ant-nuclear opposition to pragmatic acceptance mirrors that of former U.S. Greenpeace leader Patrick Moore who since 2006 has stumped for the CASEnergy Coalition, a pro-nuclear group funded in part by the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI).  With all of this retrograde activity, one could think that other hard line anti-nuclear groups in the U.S. are on the verge of doing the same.  Think again.

Full text of this story is online exclusively at CoolHandNuke, a nuclear energy recruiting portal and a whole lot more.

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coolhandnukeSpecial thanks to Jeff Madison, CEO of Cool Hand Nuke, for his support of the nuclear blogger and social media meeting that took place Nov 17 at the winter meeting of the American Nuclear Society. 

Jeff wrote that his reason for supporting the meeting, even though he couldn’t be there in person, is . . .

If we do not actively participate in the new, social media with the ensuing dialogue then we will eventually become victim to it. A decision to avoid engagement cedes the conversation to the under-informed and those pushing their own agenda.  This is our opportunity to inform and shape the conversations needed to secure a peaceful, nuclear future.

hats offHats off to Jeff for his support! 

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