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Nuclear power – After blowing $10 billion, power companies give up on 2 more nuke plants

The U.S. nuclear “renaissance” goes the way critics said it likely would – down the tubes. By Meteor Blades  The South Carolina Electric & Gas and Santee Cooper have abandoned two Westinghouse reactors they spent $10 billion on. The reactors were supposed to make building nuclear power plants quicker and cheaper, enabling the industry to launch a bunch of new […]

August 7th

France will cut back on nuclear power by shutting down up to 17 aging reactors

Environment Minister  Nicolas Hulot says that France may shutter as many as 17 nuclear power reactors by the year 2025. During an interview on RTL radio, Hulot noted that the government of newly-installed Prime Minister Edouard Philippe will continue pursuing a policy of cutting back nuclear’s current 75% share of France’s electricity generation to 50% […]

July 12th

Do we really need an “All of the Above” energy strategy? (Keep it in the ground!)

The world has a problem with overheating. And the problem is going to last at least 10,000 years per a study published in Nature. In the near term, we have to take bold steps to move the needle on climate change – beyond the panacea of an “All of the Above” energy strategy. By Michael […]

June 11th

Fukushima disaster could have been prevented, says new study

By Jeremy Bloom With cleanup barely begun four years after the Fukushima disaster, a new study looking at the run-up to the worst nuclear meltdown in history says it could have easily been prevented. While most studies have focused on the response to the accident, we’ve found that there were design problems that led to the disaster […]

October 2nd

Can Renewable and Nuclear Energy Be Friends?

By BruceMcF There is an ongoing general discussion about variable renewable energy – which is how to balance sustainable energy like solar and wind that don’t carry the risk of total destruction of our society, and riskier forms such as nuclear energy. Renewable energy includes a range of low or no carbon sources of energy – but […]

September 14th

Fukushima update – Nuclear reactor nearly under control?

The next time an American company pushing nuclear power tells you “We have safeguards in place! We know what we’re doing! We can handle emergencies!” … keep this in mind:

It’s four months in to the Fukushima disaster, and some of the best engineers in the world have things “nearly under control” – which means the temperature is down to the boiling point of water, it’s not leaking too much, and it’s not going to explode (probably).

July 14th

More trouble for flooded nuclear reactors in Nebraska

As bad news continues to come in from Japan’s nuclear meltdown at Fukushima, a similar situation may be beginning on our own shores. Two nuclear reactors in Nebraska are threatened by floodwaters… and while officials keep insisting there’s no danger and everything is under control, that’s not exactly reassuring.

Especially since one of their control systems collapsed over the weekend.

June 28th