Carnival of Nuclear Energy 192

ferris wheel 202x201It’s time for the 192nd Carnival of Nuclear Energy, in which the world’s top pro-nuclear bloggers and authors entertain and inform us with their best posts and stories.

The field is wide this week – so let’s get right to it!

 

Nuke Power Talk / Gail Marcus

Fire and Risk

At Nuke Power Talk, Gail Marcus speculates what might have happened in the past if our Stone Age ancestors had known then what we know now about the potential dangers of any technology, and draws from this a message of how we should deal with the knowledge of such risks.

———-

Atomic Insights – Rod Adams

Russia Using Oil Wealth to Finance Nuclear Exports

Russia’s announcement that it plans to lend Hungary $14 billion to finance the expansion of the Paks nuclear power station is one more piece of evidence showing that Russia continues to diversify its income by exporting nuclear power stations to as large a market as possible. It is winning sales competitions by providing as complete a product as the customer desires.

Radiation:  The Facts

Rod Adams highly recommends a terrific brochure titled “Radiation: The Facts”. The document concentrates accurate information about radiation into a a tri-fold that can be read and understood in just a few minutes. It is a valuable presentation handout, would be a useful addition to the material offered in doctor’s offices, and should be a part of any classroom discussion about radiation.

———-

Yes Vermont Yankee – Meredith Angwin

Take Action:  Comments to the Public Service Board

Vermont Yankee will close at the end of this year when it finishes its fuel cycle. In December, after lengthy negotiations, Vermont agencies and Entergy signed an agreement. This agreement ends lawsuits, obligates Entergy to pay around $40 million dollars into various funds, and says that the state will allow the plant to run until the end of its fuel cycle.  However, the agreement does not take effect unless the Public Service Board rules.  In this post, Meredith Angwin encourages people to comment to the Public Service Board. She provides a link for comments, as well as links to the agreement and other back-up documentation.

Can Entergy Trust the State?  Comments by John McClaughry

In this post, John McClaughry of the Ethan Allen Institute shares his comments to the Public Service Board about the Entergy-State agreement. He urges the Public Service Board to ratify the agreement. He briefly reviews the history of Vermont Yankee. And he asks the important question: “Can Entergy trust the state of Vermont?”

———-

ANS Nuclear Cafe

“An Ethos of Nuclear Reactor Safety” by Sherrell R. Greene

The mantle of nuclear safety guardianship is passing to a new generation. What has history taught us about the way a nuclear safety expert should approach his or her profession?

“A Century of Technology – Remarks by Richard Rhodes”

Richard Rhodes, historian and best-selling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Making of the Atomic Bomb, was the keynote speaker at a special dinner at the 2013 ANS Winter Meeting commemorating the 75th anniversary of the discovery of nuclear fission.

An inspiring review of advances in science and technology that have vastly improved our well-being and transformed the world over the past century – with particular emphasis on the revolutionary role of nuclear science and technology.

———-

The Hiroshima Syndrome – Les Corrice

Fukushima Child Thyroid Issue

A synopsis of reports published in Fukushima Updates and Fukushima Commentary on the Hiroshima Syndrome site between March 2011 and January 2014.

Fukushima and Cesium

The facts concerning the radioactive cesium at the Fukushima Daiichi station.  The synopsis comes from past posts in the Fukushima Updates and Commentary blogs of the Hiroshima Syndrome website, showing that the cesium risks have been exaggerated.

———-

Next Big Future – Brian Wang

China has 1400 MWe version of AP1000, rights to export

Nuclear energy still produces triple the energy of wind and solar

Debating about geoengineering and increased nuclear energy

Al Gore doesn’t think climate change important enough to build new nuclear power or start geoengineering

———-

Forbes – Jim Conca

Wind Energy of No Use in Pacific Northwest

In the Pacific Northwest, hydro-electric power load follows when wind power is available, wiping out any emissions or cost benefit.  Over the last several years, we’ve spent about $5 billion and impacted over 50,000 acres of pristine public land for the privilege of throwing away 9 billion Kw-hrs of carbon-free energy every year.  We can be smarter than this.

———-

That’s it for this week’s Carnival.  Thanks to all of our entrants for their hard work.

One Response to Carnival of Nuclear Energy 192

  1. Chris Phoenix

    I’m all for healthy constructive skepticism about renewables. But this Forbes article is just flat wrong and should not be promoted.

    If you reduce hydro load (at least for dam-style rather than run-of-the-river style), you don’t let the water go down the river unused – you save it for later. The level behind the dam stays a little higher than it would have, and you use it over time to reduce your fuel-generated power load. Hydro plus wind is a great mix, if you have enough hydro – which the Pacific Northwest does – and is not wasteful at all.

    (As to the whining about wear and tear on the turbine gates – it’s the first time I’ve heard this alleged as a problem worth thinking about. He gives no numbers, and no costs.)