47th Carnival of Nuclear Energy Blogs
Welcome to the 47th Carnival of Nuclear Energy Blogs!
The Carnival, per Dan Yurman, is "a weekly round-up of the best blog posts from the leading U.S. nuclear bloggers. If you want to hear the voice of the nuclear renaissance, the Carnival of Nuclear Energy Blogs is where to find it.
Past editions have been hosted at NEI Nuclear Notes, Next Big Future, Atomic Insights, ANS Nuclear Cafe, Canadian Energy Issues, Yes Vermont Yankee, and of course here at Cool Hand Nuke, in addition to several other popular nuclear energy blogs.
If you have a pro-nuclear energy blog, and would like to host an edition of the carnival, please contact Brian Wang at Next Big Future to get on the rotation.
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Cool Hand Nuke gives Three important reasons why the new Nuclear builds in the United States will continue.
"Entergy, Vermont Utilities, and Methane" from Canada describes the refusal of Vermont utilities to buy power from Entergy, and the conflict of interest of one of the major utilities, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of GazMetro of Canada.
The Fukushima Daiichi disaster has temporarily damaged nuclear power's global brand, but should ultimately spur the industry to new heights, argues Massachusetts Institute of Technology nuclear scientist Richard Lester.
Decommissioning Fukushima – at ANS Nuclear Café Dan Yurman posts a survey of issues that will be faced by TEPCO in cleanup and decommissioning of the six reactors at Fukushima. First, Yurman notes, the radioactive water has to be removed from the site. He writes that based on the U.S. experience dealing with TMI that the D&D process at Fukushima could take more than a decade with costs in the $ billions.
NRC threat assessment of Fukushima risks - The New York Times broke a story about a confidential government assessment of the risks facing TEPCO at Fukushima. Idaho Samizdat has a link to the full text of the report.. Curiously, Rep,. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) used the report to make a sensational claim that the reactor pressure vessel for Fukushima Unit 2 was breached based on his reading of a speculative analysis in the 15-page document. The NRC, which prepared the report, told the Wall Street Journal Markey was mistaken saying through a reactor expert, “we don’t believe the core has left the vessel.”
"When the prospect of a single nuclear-related fatality is judged more newsworthy than the plight of half a million homeless survivors of an unprecedented natural disaster, then something has gone egregiously wrong in the editorial rooms of mainstream media vehicles. It is time we admit that we do risk wrong in our public conversations."
It notes TVA's efforts to educate the public on the critical design differences that distinguish Browns Ferry from the Fukushima BWR Mark 1s. Such understanding is important to public acceptance.
"George Monbiot Declares the Era of Confusion Over:" What Mobiot does is to demonstrate that Caldicott systematically evades her responsibility to prove the things she claims to be proven true by scientific evidence. Caldicott has been playing this game for years, but her day of reckoning has arrived, and Monbiot gives her unwillingness or inability to provide evidence the exposure it richly deserves. Caldicott is confused. No doubt a lot of people are, but George Monbiot, who has finally worked through his own confusion, has clearly announced that the Era of Confussion is over.