Friday, July 30, 2010

12th Nuclear Carnival

What’s up with nuclear energy blogs

carnivalThis is the 12th publication of a weekly summary of what’s new on nuclear energy blogs. Each listing includes a title, a URL, and a brief summary. Please visit these blogs and let the publishers know what you think.

Yes Vermont Yankee

Meredith Angwin takes a few days off from swatting annoyances from the anti-nuclear crowd in Vermont to get back into her technical milieu. She attends a high temperature materials conference in Maine and reports on what she finds. Also, she shares a video on the Liquid Fluorine Thorium Reactor (LFTR).

Canadian Energy Issues

Steve Aplin asks if green groups are their own worst enemy when it comes to setting up carbon taxes. He writes that mainstream greens have long called for a price on carbon emissions while opposing nuclear energy. Are they to blame for the lack of progress in developing environmental policies that seek to reduce carbon?

Next Big Future

Brian Wang has two interesting reports. First, he writes that “stealth nuclear fusion company” Tri-alpha Energy has raised another $50 million.

Also, Brian won his bet to predict global uranium production in 2009. Now he offers some new predictions with a longer time frame. Check out his predictions for Kazakhstan uranium production for 2010 to 2015. And the new 2010, 2011 Kazakhstan uranium production bets with Dittmar.

Phronesisaical

Cheryl Rofer tackles the estimates in a report by the New York Times, and its source Robert Alvarez, about the amount of plutonium buried in nuclear wastes at Hanford. As Ricky Ricardo said famously to Lucy Ball, “Someone’s got some explaining to do.”

Atomic Insights

Is solar energy now cheaper than nuclear energy? I don’t think so and neither does Rod Adams who cautions readers not to be gullible over a report in the New York Times that relies on questionable data. Adams says the newspaper should have been more thorough in its fact checking before reporting on the study.

Nuclear Green

Charles Barton writes it is becoming increasingly likely that a small Generation IV nuclear plant will find its way onto the grounds of a coal fired power plant near you soon.

Brave New Climate

Barry Brook argues that the arguments against nuclear are hackneyed and wrong. Ironically, if climate change is the “inconvenient truth” facing our fossil fuel-dependent society, then the inconvenient solution staring right back is advanced nuclear power.

Nuke Power Talk

Gail Marcus repeats the deep truth there is no such thing as a free lunch. She says, “Those of us in the nuclear business figured out a long time ago that there is no such thing as a perfect energy source. While the risks and shortcomings of nuclear power seem to have gotten most of the press over the years, as other energy sources are being promoted more and more, the downsides of those sources are also beginning to emerge.”

NEI Nuclear Notes

The nuclear industry trade group reports Urenco’s uranium enrichment plant in Eunice, NM, is expanding its operations.

“On June 30, the plant received permission from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to start a second cascade, which is a series of centrifuges that separate uranium to be used in nuclear power plants. The company hopes to get permission for a third within the next couple weeks.”

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