This post represents the latest link in an unbroken chain of more than four years of the weekly summaries of the best of the pro-nuclear blogs.
With the recent updated assessment by the IPCC of the outlook for climate change, the leveraging the nuclear energy to mitigate future growth of CO2 emissions comes even more prominently into the public eye.
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Jim Conca – Forbes
The only facility in California that does not use any of California’s precious fresh water is the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant which desalinates ocean water for all of its freshwater needs, even running the nuclear reactors. But their desalination plant is only operating at 40% capacity. They can actually produce a million and a half gallons of fresh water a day, and can ramp up quickly to provide the additional 825,000 gallons of freshwater per day to the nearby community. Because the Canyon Diablo nuclear plant produces electricity at only 4¢/kWh, the desalination will cost a fraction of a cent per gallon, cheaper than any other desalination facility.
Les Corrice – Hiroshima Syndrome
A February, 2015, scientific opinion survey in Japan indicates that most Japanese do not oppose nuke restarts. This brings the constant Press reports of most people opposing restarts into question.
Rod Adams – Atomic Insights
The Precourt Institute for Energy is an important funding source for Stanford University’s energy, environment and climate programs. That program has received at least $80 million from its namesake, Jay Precourt.
Precourt has had a lucrative career in the oil and gas business.
He has spent his career in the energy industry, holding executive positions at Hamilton Oil Co., Tejas Gas Corp., Shell Oil Co. (which acquired Tejas in 1997), ScissorTail Energy LLC and, most recently, Hermes Consolidated Inc., a gatherer, transporter and processor of crude oil and refined products. He has served as chair and chief executive officer of Hermes since 1999. He also serves as a director of the Halliburton and Apache corporations.
Mark Z. Jacobson, a prominent climate scientist from Stanford has famously been promoting a 100% renewable energy solution with a state by state modeling approach. He is a Senior Fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy.
Gail Marcus – Nuke Power Talk
At NukePowerTalk, Gail Marcus reports on a meeting that took place on Capitol Hill a few weeks ago on the role of nuclear power in electricity reliability. Two eminent speakers provided a number of insights on such issues as nuclear power in comparison with wind (the discrepancy is even greater than we usually think), the priority the public gives to nuclear power, and the role of the US in working with other nations on nuclear new-build in the future.
Gail Marcus also continued her series highlighting key nuclear power milestones by month. She posted back-to-back blogs in May and June identifying important developments in the history of nuclear power that occurred during these months. The events noted include the first nuclear-generated electricity to be supplied to the grid, and several firsts for different nuclear technologies.
Will Davis – ANS Nuclear Café
In an unprecedented shift away from technology, politics or energy, the first full day of the 2015 American Nuclear Society (ANS) Annual Meeting featured a heavy lineup of sessions that focused on every aspect of communicating about nuclear issues with the public. This topic has long been recognized as a major opportunity for all nuclear fields, but never has been made a focal point at the start of an ANS meeting.
ANS has recognized the need to discuss with the public (as well as policy makers) the real, actual effects of radiation. This year’s President’s Special Session was entitled “Radiation Conversations: Informing Consumers and Policy Makers.” ANS President Michaele Brady Raap hosted the panel this afternoon to a large turnout.
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