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We’ve talked quite a bit about subsidies. How Republicans oppose subsidies to help jump-start our clean energy economy on free-market grounds, but don’t seem to care about market forces when it comes to ending massive subsidies for oil, nuclear and coal.
Here’s a pretty thorough debunking of the subsidies question.
How safe are American nuclear power plants?
Today’s DC earthquake was dangerously close to the design limit for a nearby power plant… and one out of four backup generators failed. That’s really not good enough…
Should we be taking a serious second look at Nuclear Energy? With climate change the biggest potential disaster facing humanity, there are even environmentalists who now think nuclear power is actually a lower risk.
Take a look at this talk from TED, in which Stewart Brand and Mark Z. Jacobson go at it.
Is Exelon’s departure from the US Chamber of Commerce a harbinger for the entire utility sector? Or, is there a divide emerging within the industry?
The question of possible repurposing of civil nuclear technology has been a talking point in US policy on Iran, and that question specifically has been a bone of contention in the triangular posturing between the US, Iran and Russia.
Whatever the relative merits and drawbacks of biomass are, they are preferable to continuing to mine and burn coal. Until we start to bring large-scale base loading renewable capacity online, we continue inexorably on the same business as usual curve.
A few weeks ago Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) called for a new energy solution. A solution that came in the form of 100 new nuclear power plants. That vision has not left the republicans’ eyes. And on Tuesday, Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) added his two cents.
The most recent report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration shows continued steady growth in electrical production from renewable energy sources, and a growing decline in fossil energy sources, particularly coal.
Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sheikholeslam wants Iran to build more nuclear power plants to provide electricity needs, rather than using oil and natural gas.
For the country where the Kyoto Protocol was laid out, Japan’s not doing so well. Instead of reducing its emissions to hit the country’s Kyoto target of dropping 6 percent from 1990 levels, Japan’s emission increased by 2.3 percent in the in the fiscal year only up to March, as compared to last year’s levels.
If you listen to the McCain campaign, nuclear power is a key solution to our energy dependence and global warming woes. Remove a few regulations here, provide some tax credits there, and poof! — energy independence, clean power and new jobs flow forth like oil through a pipeline.
The US Congress and Senate have both approved a nuclear deal between the US and India. The deal ends a 30-year ban on sales to India of nuclear technology and fuel.
In Tuesday night’s debate, not only did McCain ignore the potential solutions presented by truly clean and renewable sources of energy, but he even went so far as to discount Senator Obama’s concern about the disposal and storage of nuclear waste, describing Obama’s position as “something like that”.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established final radiation standards for the proposed spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste disposal facility at Yucca Mountain, Nevada.