Monday, April 9, 2012

Two Carnivals and an Update Link on the Pilgrim Debate


Howard Shaffer's post on his debate with Gundersen about the Pilgrim plant is posted today at ANS Nuclear Cafe. You can view it here: The Nuclear Debate on the Road.

The 98th Carnival

I was in Arizona last week, and I didn't link to the 98th Carnival of Nuclear Energy, compiled by Dan Yurman at Idaho Samizdat. Do visit the Carnival for links to NEI's review of Arnie Gundersen's claims about radioactivity in Japan (Gundersen won't show anyone the data), the NRC granting licenses to V C Summers reactors, a new nuclear plant coming on-line in China, and Steve Skutnik looking at the EPA rules about coal pollution and carbon caps. Steve asks if this is a step forward in pollution control, or a give-away to the natural gas industry? Will Davis at Atomic Power Review begins a new series on nuclear energy history.

Gail Marcus, of Nuke Power Talk wrote the book on nuclear energy history (Nuclear Firsts). In her blog post, she describes today's nuclear power as two steps forward and one step back. She includes an inspiring excerpt from a recent speech by President Obama on nuclear technology. Oh heck, I'm going to quote some of his speech from her blog:

...let’s never forget the astonishing benefits that nuclear technology has brought to our lives. Nuclear technology helps make our food safe. It prevents disease in the developing world. It’s the high-tech medicine that treats cancer and finds new cures. And, of course, it’s the energy—the clean energy—that helps cut the carbon pollution that contributes to climate change.

And also, a big welcome back to Charles Barton and Nuclear Green, with the history of power development at Oak Ridge.

99th Carnival of Nuclear Energy Bloggers

This week's Carnival went up today at NEI Nuclear notes. Nuclear Green looks at the Clinch River reactor, and Gail Marcus takes a hard look at the latest Mark Cooper claims about nuclear energy economics. (Cooper is a member of the Vermont Law School adjunct faculty who himself claims to be an economist.) Idaho Samizdat looks at the conditions set for restarting San Onofre, and Brian Wang of Next Big Future and Will Davis of Atomic Power Review catch up on recent developments. A Carnival with many controversial posts and thought-provoking ideas!


We had a family celebration in Arizona last week, and I wanted to share some pictures of desert flowers that I took at Hassayampa River Preserve, near Wickenburg, Arizona. Hey, it's my blog, and I'll include some pretty pictures if I want to!

Have a great spring!

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