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Fake environmentalist Mike Shellenberger spreads fake talking points to promote lie-filled book

We first mentioned nuclear power-lover and renewable-hating former environmentalist Michael Shellenberger back in 2015, when he accused the Pope of blasphemy (among other things). By 2018 his anti-renewable schtick was catching on with the paid-by-fossil-fuels denial crowd, for example in his embrace of pollution-publicist Steve Milloy’s argument that a little nuclear radiation is perfectly safe. By Climate Denier Roundup Now […]

Where nuclear energy and renewable energy collide: QIS

Recruiting the next generation of top innovators into energy careers used to be a matter of oil, gas, coal, nuclear, and more nuclear. With renewable energy in the mix and planet-saving on the table, all four of those sectors (five, if you count nuclear twice) are jockeying to wedge themselves into the “clean” category. So, […]

June 11th

Why is nuclear power failing? 6 charts full of data make the case.

Pro-nuclear advocates have a few go-to cliches in their rhetorical kitbag. A big one is that the public has an irrational fear of nuclear energy and it’s led to nuclear shutdowns and excessive regulation. Let’s examine the historical record of nuclear generation to see if it’s possible to identify the footprints of public fear and […]

March 18th

Trump, master dealmaker, screws up nuclear deal with North Korea

Another leisurely train trip for North Korea’s Dear Leader. More incoherent blather from the Best Dealmaker Ever. Nuclear summit cut short. No ceremonial signing of an agreement because no agreement. If you were hoping somehow to wangle one of the pens used to sign that historic document, sorry, you’re out of luck. By Meteor Blades […]

March 1st

Trump wants to sell nuclear reactors to Saudi Arabia. That’s a terrible idea for so many reasons.

mm Saudi Arabia has many possible motives for pursuing nuclear power. TTstudio/ By Chen Kane, Middlebury The Conversation According to a congressional report, a group that includes former senior U.S. government officials is lobbying to sell nuclear power plants to Saudi Arabia. As an expert focusing on the Middle East and the spread of nuclear […]

February 26th

IAEA asks for even more patience at the slow cleanup of the Fukushima nuclear disaster

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) asked for “patience and public transparency” in its review of cleanup activities at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. It’s the agency’s fourth review mission since the earthquake, tsunami and meltdown destroyed the plant in 2011. By Joshua S Hill Cleantechnica It has been nearly eight years since I began covering […]

February 8th

UK spurns nuclear power, but Poland is interested…

Nuclear power is touted by many as a clean energy alternative to coal and natural gas for a world that must dramatically reduce carbon emissions in a short period of time or face the consequences of a warming environment. At first blush, such arguments make perfect sense. By Steve Hanley Cleantechnica Is Nuclear “Emissions-free”? Nuclear […]

February 4th

Battery storage is the fastest-growing industry sector on the planet (which could save the planet)

Billions of dollars are being invested worldwide in the developing battery boom, involving research into storage techniques to use the growing surpluses of cheap renewable energy now becoming available. Recent developments in batteries are set to sweep aside the old arguments about renewables being intermittent, dismissing any need to continue building nuclear power plants and burning […]

January 22nd

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