Carnival #177: Carnival of Nuclear Bloggers

Atomic Insights
Post from the original nuclear blogger himself Rod Adams
    Rod Adams is making a career change. For the foreseeable future, he is going to write books and articles for a living. This career move has been a long time in the making. During Rod’s first interview for a nuclear-related job, Admiral Rickover asked him, “English major? Why are you an English major?” Rod responded “Because I like to read and write, sir.” He followed up with “Write? Have you ever written any books? I have. Three of them. Have you read any of them?” Rod response was “Not yet, sir.” Rod’s done the promised reading, now it’s time to do the writing.

Deregulate the Atom
Post from Rick Maltese
    What is the future of nuclear energy? A conference with a Canadian perspective which is truly an Ontario perspective. And Canada has reason to be proud and reason to boast about Ontario’s success.

Yes Vermont Yankee
Post from Meredith Angwin
    Entergy announced that it will close Vermont Yankee next year, and opponents began having parties. In response, plant supporters have written letters to the editor: “Count me out of the party.” By publicly expressing their sadness that Vermont Yankee is closing, supporters show that anti-nuclear sentiment is NOT universal.

Canadian Energy Issues
Post from Steve Aplin
    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change announced Monday that it is unequivocal that the planet is warming up and that man-made carbon emissions are responsible. Steve Aplin wonders why the mainstream environmental lobby, which has used the IPCC report to criticize governments for inaction on climate change, continues to oppose nuclear energy, the only proven large-scale zero-carbon electricity generation source.

Nuke Power Talk
Post from Gail Marcus
    At Nuke Power Talk, Gail Marcus reflects on an “offer” made by Sir John Armitt to break the financing impasse for Hinkley Point C in the UK by using an approach similar to that used for the construction of the facilities for the 2012 London Olympics. Since he made that offer, hints are emerging from the UK that some solution has been found, although it is not clear yet what the solution is. Whatever emerges in the case of Hinkley Point C, the financing issue remains a serious challenge for new nuclear plants, so Gail finds it encouraging that people are thinking outside the box.

ANS Nuclear Cafe
Post by Rod Adams
    Some observers assert a long future of low natural gas prices in North America and an enormous ramp-up in electricity generating market share for gas. However, Rod Adams reminds us that gas is a volatile commodity, in more ways than one, and points to some factors indicating an impending end to the current low-price gas glut. In light of these factors, short-term thinking and planning – which is leading to increased natural gas dependence and has contributed to the puzzling shutdown of perfectly operational assets like the Kewaunee and, next fall, the Vermont Yankee nuclear plants – may not be very smart.

Next Big Future
Post by Brian Wang
    Some coal is high in fluorine and also has iron pyrite. The combination is deadly – when burned it make hydrofluoric acid. Coal pollution is getting deep into food and water in China where it cannot be washed away. It is damaging teeth and bones of many people. Excess fluorine consumption can often cause dental fluorinosis, a condition in which excess fluorine is deposited in the teeth, discoloring them. In more severe cases, fluorine deposition in the bones can lead to osteofluorosis, which can cause disfigurement, deformity, and chronic pain.

The Hiroshima Syndrome/Fukushima Commentary
Post by Leslie Corrice
    Many in Japan believe that the Fukushima accident was the third nuclear bombing of their country, albeit self-inflicted. If it were up to the people of Hiroshima, the confusion between reactors and bombs would be a thing of the past. But it isn’t, and the residents of the city to first suffer a nuclear weapon don’t like it one bit.

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