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NUCLEAR GOES MAINSTREAM: DAN RATHER CLIMBS ON BOARD

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

March 3, 2011
Nuclear Townhall

Dan Rather may no longer look the nation in the eye every night at 6 o’clock, but he still has enormous prestige and he is lending that prestige to nuclear power.
 
“Everyone I talked to agreed that nuclear power is the solution,” said Rather after doing a special feature on his weekly HDNet show, “Dan Rather Reports.”  In a lengthy excerpt posted on Huffington Post, Rather does level-headed interviews with Dr. David Moncton of MIT, Dr. Eric Loewen of GE Hitachi and “Grizz” and Deborah Deal, the brother-and-sister team who head up Hyperion, one of the leading mini-reactor companies.
 
 Instead of the traditional “What-happens-if-the-reactor-blows-up?” type of questions, Rather allows Moncton to establish that Three Mile Island actually validated the integrity of safety systems and that Chernobyl was an anomaly of Soviet science. When it comes to “What-do-you-do-with-the-waste?” he has Loewen explain the Integral Fast Breeder – an interview that verified the conclusions of author Tom Blees in Prescription for the Planet.
 
Dr. Ernest Moritz of MIT weighs in against small modular reactors and other new technology, saying that the well worn grooves of Nuclear Regulatory Commission proceedings more or less doom us to technologies laid out twenty years ago. "I feel like I’m a technology Luddite or something in saying this," Moniz tells Rather. "For the next ten, twenty years, if we’re going to build nuclear power, it’s going to be fundamentally based around what you see and the so-called generation III+ reactors."
 
On the whole, though, the message is upbeat. “Whether the government is on the right path is a point of contention,” Rather concludes, “but on one point, everyone I interviewed agrees. Nuclear power is the solution, they say, and it’s time to get going.”

Read more about it at the Huffington Post

 

CARTER SOLAR PANELS HEADED BACK TO WHITE HOUSE

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Environmentalist Bill McKibben has a flare for the dramatic. The author of Earth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet has organized “360,” a worldwide internet rally to keep the CO2 content of the earth’s atmosphere at 360 parts per million.

Now he has gone one better. McKibben is currently making a pilgrimage down the East Coast from Maine to Washington carrying a big of history – the solar panels that President Jimmy Carter once installed on the roof of the White House. McKibben received a write-up in the Washington Post yesterday and will try to present the panels to President Barack Obama over the weekend.

Whether the President will see solar panels as an opportunity to provide linkage to the need for climate legislation – or just another another reminder of the hapless Carter Administration – will soon be determined.

McKibben opines that failure to follow up on Carter’s initiative has meant forfeiting the solar future to China:  “I sat not long ago with Huang Ming, China’s leading solar entrepreneur, in his space-age Sun Moon Mansion in Shandong Province looking over the stats: his HiMin Solar Energy Group has put up 60 million such systems across China–he estimated that when 250 million Chinese take a shower, the hot water is coming off their roofs…"

In a biting symbol of the passed torch, he keeps one of the Carter panels in his private museum.” In an interview at SolarFest in Tinmouth, Vermont last July. McKibben acknowledged that nuclear power will have to be part of any worldwide effort to reduce carbon emissions. However, he said he didn’t like to bring this up in his public addresses. “It would split this movement in half,” he said, surveying the hordes of solar enthusiasts who camped for three days on a hillside farm. Most of the solar enthusiasts were also campaigning to close down Vermont Yankee, which provides one-third of Vermont’s electricity.

HUFFINGTON POST GOES NUCLEAR

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

From the Editors
You know the Nuclear Renaissance is making progress when the Huffington Post feels compelled to sound the fire alarms.

The HP is featuring an eight-point “questionnaire” by Brendan Smith, co-founder of the Oysterman and Labor Network for Sustainability. (Do labor unions hate construction jobs at nuclear reactors?) The questions are predictable, of course, and Smith answers them with the usual rants. (At one point he has a uranium mine blowing up and creating “another Chernobyl.”)

But this is all good news. Just a few years ago, nuclear wasn’t even a subject for polite conversation. Try to talk to people about it and they’d give you an embarrassed, “Why-are-you-bringing-that-up?” response. Now at least people feel compelled to rummage through those musty attics and dust off some of those old anti-nuclear arguments.

And they are old and musty. Smith brings up “What are you going to do with the waste?” and “How are you going to transport it?” and “What happens if a hijacked airliner crashes into a reactor?” All these arguments can be resolved by bookmarking a single URL. But perhaps all this is new to the anti-nuclear community.

Still, these aren’t the old days. “Nukemann” Michael Mann has done a point-by-point answer to the “eight questions” that are much more highly informed than the original post. And there will be much more to come. The emails are already buzzing on the American Nuclear Society’s “Social Media” network. The pro-nuclear legions are mobilizing.

Here are the eight questions and Nuclear Townhall’s off-the-cuff response. To get a better idea, though, go to Huffington and post your own comment:

1) Are nuclear hazards any different from other hazards we accept every day?

A. What is the likelihood of a nuclear power plant wrecking the entire Gulf Coast?

2) Do we want to switch to nuclear power when there is ZERO room for error?

A. Have you ever heard of the word “redundancy?”

3 ) Can nuclear power production be kept safe from natural disasters?

A. See “Earthquake hits Japanese reactor”; “Eye of Hurricane Andrew passes right over Turkey Point reactor”.
 
4 ) Can nuclear power sites be terrorist-proof?

A. Check out this YouTube clip. The F-4 at 500 mph, by the way, creates a bigger impact than a commercial jet at 200 mph. (E = ∏ mv2)
 
5 ) How are we going to store the waste?

A. Try recycling. France stores 30 years of waste from producing 80 percent of its electricity beneath the floor or one room.
 
6 ) Can extraction be made safe?

A. In situ uranium mining eliminates all the early hazards.
 
7 ) How are we going to transport the waste?
 
A. We’ve been doing it for 50 years. You probably passed one on the highway or railway the other day.
 
8 ) Are nuclear plants worth the cost?
 
A. Was it worth the cost of building the Catskill Aqueduct System so that New York City with the best water in the world for more than a century? Wouldn’t it have been cheaper and easier just to drop buckets into the Hudson River?