March 7, 2012
Iran’s Unacceptable Enrichment – Robert Zubrin – National Review Online.
There has been much public discussion recently about the Iranian nuclear program, particularly the question of when it might be determined that it had crossed a “red line” defining it conclusively as a nuclear-weapons, rather than a power-reactor, program. An analysis of Iran’s actual production suggests that the line has already been crossed.
Some of the discussion has been quite absurd. For example, page 1 of the February 25 New York Times features a story entitled “U.S. Agencies See No Move by Iran to Build a Bomb.” Meanwhile, on page 8 of the very same edition, David Sanger and William Broad report that International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors have determined that Iran is now producing large quantities of 20-percent–enriched uranium-235 in a facility located under 250 feet of granite protection. Since commercial reactors require only 3-percent–enriched uranium-235, a factory producing 20-percent–enriched fissile material is clearly part of a nuclear-weapons program.
August 30, 2011
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
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.