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Even before the bribery scandal, pro-life Christians opposed Ohio’s anti-environment nuclear bailout

In mid-July, news broke that Ohio General Assembly Speaker Larry Householder had been arrested for alleged bribery related to his efforts to pass a controversial energy bill in 2019. The bill, HB 6, forced Ohio taxpayers to pay surcharges in order to rescue two failing nuclear power plants. It also carved out benefits for the […]

Macron to close more of France’s nuclear reactors (but why NOW?)

President Emmanuel Macron of France depressed nuclear executives globally in late November 2018, announcing the planned retirement of 14 of 58 reactors by 2035. This was still less than was promised in his election campaign, but represents a major internal political battle, as well as a major change of France’s circumstances. By Michael Barnard This […]

December 1st

Nuclear reactors in hurricanes: 5 questions answered

Hurricane Florence may affect the operations of several of the 16 nuclear reactors located in the Carolinas and Virginia, raising concerns about safety and power outages. Ted Kury, director of energy studies at the University of Florida’s Public Utility Research Center, explains why nuclear power stations must take precautions during big storms. By Theodore J. […]

September 16th

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