Sunday, March 6, 2011

42nd Carnival of Nuclear Energy

The 42nd Carnival of Nuclear Energy is up at Next Big Future. Come and visit and have some fun!

This compendium of the best nuclear blogs shows that nuclear does not exist in a vacuum. There are other energy sources, too. (Of course, most of them aren't as good.)

In this Carnival:
  • Gail Marcus of Nuclear Power Talk discusses the (supposed) subsidies for nuclear energy and the actual $4 a month charge proposed for Maryland ratepayers. This fee will support offshore wind farms.
  • At ANS Nuclear Cafe, Ajax Eastman, a long-time environmentalist, sees her beloved Maryland ridges chopped and cut for wind turbines. She re-examines nuclear, and she decides she likes it.
  • Charles Barton of Nuclear Green discusses the lack of due diligence in fossil fuel energy analysis.
  • In a more hopeful look at fossil fuels, Brian Wang of Next Big Future describes improved particulate control for coal plants. This form of pollution control could save millions of lives each year.
  • Dan Yurman of Idaho Samizdat shows that progress is being made on new plants in Texas and Virginia. It is clear that 2011 is shaping up to be a better year for American nuclear than 2010 was.
  • At Yes Vermont Yankee, I count fish in the Connecticut River. There are more of them than you might think, if your source of information is Arnie Gundersen. (Arnie says the river has a total of 16 shad.)
  • Rod Adams of Atomic Insights has some important ideas for improving the licensing process for the new generation of nuclear plants. Wind and solar have intrinsic limitations, but nuclear has man-made obstacles.
Overall, this 42nd Carnival provides great perspective on the world's energy options. All that, and cotton candy too! Come visit!

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