Archive for ‘Nuclear Energy’

September 14, 2011

Peak Oil Investing – Nick Hodge

Peak Oil Investing.

After the debate, I decided to see which candidates had an energy plan. Of the eight on stage that night, only four mention energy policy on their websites: Bachmann, Gingrich, Cain, and Paul.

Bachmann and Gingrich are going after the low-information voters, telling them opening up all drilling and fracking in the United States would be a panacea. Bachmann has even promised a return to $2.00 gas.

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September 6, 2011

Guest Column: Energy policy should focus on becoming energy independent – Opinion – Heritage Newspapers

Guest Column: Energy policy should focus on becoming energy independent – Opinion – Heritage Newspapers.

Today, America is under tremendous financial pressure due to our continued federal policies to spend more money than our government brings in. We hear all about entitlement reform and “belt tightening” plans, but energy is mostly ignored.

But, do you realize that America sends one half a trillion dollars to other countries every year in the form of oil imports which contributes to our crisis?

August 30, 2011

Five realities of nuclear energy to reassure public – South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com – Jerry Paul

Five realities of nuclear energy to reassure public – South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com.

Less than six months ago, one of the largest earthquakes in recorded history, combined with an extraordinary tsunami, wreaked havoc on Japan and triggered a series of dramatic events at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant. While these events were not caused by the operation of the plant, and the facility withstood the earthquake as designed, Americans have understandably asked natural questions about our nuclear plants here in the United States.

Could a similar catastrophe happen here? Are nuclear plants safe? Do we really need nuclear energy? What about the used fuel that becomes nuclear waste? What are industry and government doing to keep us safe?

August 15, 2011

Wind and solar energy are becoming cost competitive | MNN – Mother Nature Network

Wind and solar energy are becoming cost competitive | MNN – Mother Nature Network. Clean sources of energy such as wind and solar will be no more expensive than oil and gas projects by the end of the decade, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said Wednesday.

President Barack Obama’s administration has been encouraging companies to invest in green growth, calling it a new source of jobs and fearing that other nations — led by China — are stealing the march.

August 15, 2011

Guest Column: Energy policy should focus on becoming energy independent – Opinion – Heritage Newspapers – Jerry Mader

Guest Column: Energy policy should focus on becoming energy independent – Opinion – Heritage Newspapers. Today, America is under tremendous financial pressure due to our continued federal policies to spend more money than our government brings in. We hear all about entitlement reform and “belt tightening” plans, but energy is mostly ignored.

But, do you realize that America sends one half a trillion dollars to other countries every year in the form of oil imports which contributes to our crisis?

August 15, 2011

US and Brazil to launch strategic dialogue in energy – MSN News

US and Brazil to launch strategic dialogue in energy –  . Washington, Aug 13 (PTI) As part of their effort to reduce dependence on conventional sources of energy and explore alternative forms, US and Brazil have announced to launch a Strategic Dialogue in Energy.

The Deputy Energy Secretary Daniel Poneman will lead an inter-agency delegation to Brazil on August 17, for launch of the US-Brazil Strategic Energy Dialogue, the White House has said.

The announcement in this regard was made in March by US President Barack Obama and his Brazilian counterpart Dilma Rousseff.

August 3, 2011

Advantages of Nuclear Power | The Daily Energy Report – Perrin Quarshie

Advantages of Nuclear Power | The Daily Energy Report. When considering various sources of power, it is important to note that the analysis of power generation costs is a complex process that is highly dependent upon the location of interest. As confirmed by an OECD/NEA (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development/ Nuclear Energy Agency) Study, Coal, for example, will likely remain economically attractive in countries such as China, the US and Australia in which such a resource is abundant and accessible and in which carbon emissions are cost-free. Natural gas is also competitive for base-load power in many places, particularly using combined-cycle plants, though rising gas prices have removed much of this advantage. As stated in “The Economics of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle”, a joint publication of the OECD/NEA, due to numerous industry advances and cost savings in operation, nuclear energy is, in many places, competitive with fossil fuels for electricity generation. Furthermore, despite its relatively high upfront capital costs, waste disposal and plant decommissioning costs, the uncertainties surrounding fossil fuels still allow for the economics of nuclear power to remain quite favorable for most applications.