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Taking a harder look at clean nuclear energy

Taking a harder look at clean nuclear energy

Three years ago, I heard a presentation by the head of the Nuclear Energy Institute about the history and then-current status of the nuclear energy industry in the United States. I had not previously given much thought to nuclear energy and my attitudes and biases with respect to nuclear energy were largely shaped by media reporting of the Three Mile…

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Congressional Unveiling of Major Energy Savings and Carbon Reduction…

Congressional Unveiling of Major Energy Savings and Carbon Reduction…

Do you want to save 4.48-7.95 million metric tons (MMT) of carbon annually (equivalent to removing approximately between 3-5.4 million automobiles annually)? Do you want to save 25 to 42 Terawatt hours (billion kWh) per year (equivalent to 3 to 6 nuclear power plants or 6 to 10 coal-fired plants)? Do you want to drive innovation and spur technology? If…

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Watch the Pots…They’ll Eventually Boil

Watch the Pots…They’ll Eventually Boil

With every new presidential administration comes a different set of priorities and issues, and Congress' legislative agenda reflects this fact.  However, while much of the media focus has been on the big ticket items–health care reform, climate change, regulation of the financial industry, and the economy, there are several other items that are simmering on the backburner.  At some point,…

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Stimulus, Clean Energy, and Democracy

Stimulus, Clean Energy, and Democracy

In my last blog I mentioned Tom Friedman's suggestion that clean energy policy might benefit from a less than democratic policy-making process.  My own opinion was that we did not need to throw out the Constitution for one issue, but within our constitutional framework the legislature could structure the public debate proceedings — in rulemakings and in the courts — so that…

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Let’s Not Slip on the BANANA Appeal

Let’s Not Slip on the BANANA Appeal

BANANA.  The acronym, not the fruit.  Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything.  I first saw the acronym in Tom Friedman's tome to clean energy development, Hot, Flat, and Crowded (2008).  Friedman's reaction to the BANANAs:   As a democracy, we in America have increasingly become that kind of Banana republic.  We need more nuclear power, no one wants the waste stored…

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Warming and Trade

Warming and Trade

As Congress debates health care, its recent work on legislation to put in place new controls on energy usage and associated emission of "greenhouse gases" (GHG) has receded into the background somewhat, at least as the mainstream media is concerned. One of razor-edged issues at play in the climate change "cap-and-trade" debate is the future competiveness of U.S. manufacturing operations under such a system, especially Read more […]

Cap and Trade Debate Ensures for a Hot Washington Summer

Cap and Trade Debate Ensures for a Hot Washington Summer

Just in case you didn't think Washington was hot enough in the summer, debate over climate change legislation (a.k.a., Waxman-Markey) is starting to increase in volume.  As a taste of things to come, Harvard Prof Greg Mankiw's recent blog post provides a virtual point-counterpoint exchange between two of his Harvard colleagues. In the left corner, wearing blue trunks, is Robert…

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