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Too Big to Fail?

(This post is co-authored by Catie Hausman) The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) was closed abruptly in February 2012. During the previous decade, SONGS had produced about 8% of the electricity generated in California, so its closure had a pronounced … Continue reading

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A Small Bet with Big Stakes

Back in November 2011, I made a bet with economist Geoff Rothwell about the future of nuclear power.  By making a bet we weren’t trying to trivialize the issue. To the contrary.  We had different predictions, and we saw this … Continue reading

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Pandora’s Promises – kept and unkept

On Saturday, I saw Pandora’s Promise – the new film promoting nuclear power largely through interviews with environmentalists who have embraced it — and I participated in a post-screening discussion with Michael Shellenberger of The Breakthrough Institute.  Michael is one … Continue reading

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Will “Pandora’s Promise” convince us that nuclear is the answer?

This Saturday night I’ll be seeing the new pro-nuclear movie Pandora’s Promise at Embarcadero Center Cinema in San Francisco.  Afterwards, Climate One (part of the Commonwealth Club) will sponsor a conversation about the movie between me and Michael Shellenberger of … Continue reading

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Nuclear Operations Front and Center in Duke-Progress Merger Spectacle

Nuclear plant operations aren’t usually at the center of boardroom drama, but that’s precisely what’s happening in the latest controversy over the Duke-Progress merger. Duke Energy, after a year-and-a-half convincing regulators that it would be a good idea, merged with … Continue reading

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Nuclear Safety

In Tokyo, where I traveled recently, protestors thronged the sidewalks outside the Prime Minister’s office as he agonized over re-opening two of the country’s 54 nuclear power reactors—they’d been shuttered in the wake of the disaster at Fukushima last March. … Continue reading

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The Death Knell for Nuclear Power in the U.S.

March 11th marked the one year anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan, the world’s worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl in 1986.  Fukushima is a poignant reminder of the dangers associated with nuclear power. Some might wonder whether the … Continue reading

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