Sunday, May 13, 2012

104th Carnival of Nuclear Energy Bloggers at Atomic Power Review

The 104th Carnival of Nuclear Energy Bloggers is up at Atomic Power Review.  Once again, Will Davis starts the Carnival with a guess-what-this-picture-is.  Davis has made it harder because he kind-of tells you about the picture, but what he tells you doesn't help. (Or at least, it didn't help me.)  The picture sets the spirit of fun for the Carnival!

In this Carnival:

  • Rod Adams at Atomic Insights gets tired of "low-carbon" natural gas ads, and suggests the nuclear industry use the phrase "ultra low carbon power."
  • Dan Yurman at Idaho Samizdat describes the public war of press releases concerning the date of the San Onofre restart.  Seems this could have been handled better.
  • Speaking of San Onofre, Will Davis posts a San Onofre press release on his blog.
  • Dan Yurman describes the progress and problems of the Watts Bar 2 rebuild.
  • Leslie Corrice of The Hiroshima Syndrome is our view into the Japanese press.  He rebuts apocalyptic headlines and then rebuts estimates of decay heat that are off by a factor of 20.  Will anyone in Japan make these corrections?  We doubt it.  Fear sells.
  • Brian Wang of Next Big Future announces that China plans to have a 5 MW molten salt thorium reactor by 2015.  Many American LFTR fans (me included) celebrate while gnashing our teeth.
  • Wang also describes the U.S. Navy research into fusion.
  • ANS Nuclear Cafe has a terrific post on replacing nuclear with wind power: Can it be done? Dr. Ulli Decher gives the answer: no. 
  • ANS Nuclear Cafe posts about Congress and future 123 agreements on transferring nuclear technology.  Jim Hopf puts this confusing subject into good perspective.  With so many countries enjoying a nuclear renaissance, this is an important subject.
  • Margaret Harding of 4Factor Consulting was pleasantly surprised at an NRC meeting on laser enrichment.  Thank you for the stateside good news, Margaret!  
  • Gail Marcus of Nuke Power Talk starts her post by describing a stay at a nice hotel.  At this hotel, long distance calls were free.  Indeed, telecommunication is often "too cheap to meter." In her post, she compares the evolution of pricing in  the energy and telecommunications industries. 
  • At Yes Vermont Yankee, I write about Vermont energy policy, as seen from the Statehouse. Sigh. However, I include an illustration of a rubber duck, so it's not all bad.

Davis has put together a great Carnival, with topics of interest to everyone.  You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll want to read the posts.  Come to the Carnival!

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