For a generation, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has been held captive to the interests of the nuclear industry it was supposed to regulate. Rolling Stone’s article on the NRC and America’s aging nuclear power reactors is a good summary of the status of “the nuclear renaissance.”
The New York Times has posted a similar story here: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/27/world/asia/27collusion.html?hp
Continue reading Rolling Stone: America’s Nuclear Nightmare: ‘A Dozen Fukushima’s Waiting to Happen’
The FT has a fascinating story about what happens when technology gets ahead of financing and environmental concerns. The second largest desalination plant in the world – and, according to engineers, a gem of facility – stands useless with neither power nor water to operate.
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New York Times writer Joe Nocera got such a strong negative reaction to his first column supporting natural gas drilling that he wrote another one last weekend defending his position. In this second attempt he uses ProPublica’s Abrahm Lustgarten, a reporter covering these issues, to bolster his position. He said Lustgarten wrote that environmental issues associated with Marcellus Shale gas extraction “can be readily addressed by the employment of best drilling practices, technological investments, and rigorous regulatory oversight.”
Continue reading NYT’s Joe Nocera touts gas drilling, lives in fantasy world
President Obama confers with senior advisors in the Oval Office. Photo: Pete Souza
Washington – At a press conference entitled “The Future of Nuclear Power,” financial expert Kevin Book said that President Barrack Obama is a “resolute advocate” for nuclear power, supporting the industry even after the Fukushima Daiichi power plant disaster. Book, an energy analyst with ClearView Energy Resources, said Obama’s support does more to preserve the future of nuclear power than any other politician in Washington. Book believes that as a result of the Japanese tragedy, the nuclear power industry will have trouble raising money in private markets because of costs, concerns about liability and the slowness of the regulatory process.
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