Reason on energy: nuclear power and light bulbs

Lynne Kiesling Two good articles on misguided government intervention and energy policy at Reason recommend themselves. Ron Bailey’s written a really excellent, clear, analysis of improved, safer reactor technology, and argues that the best response to the Fukushima accident is not a ban, but rather is innovation: One hopeful possibility is that the Japanese crisis … More Reason on energy: nuclear power and light bulbs

How to build a nuclear power plant without captive ratepayers

Michael Giberson Jonathon Fahey, at Forbes.com, explains “How NRG Energy Wants to Revive Nuclear Industry.” In the early part of the decade proponents talked breathlessly of a nuclear renaissance in the U.S. Natural gas prices were high, electricity demand was rising, and it seemed that carbon emissions would soon be either taxed or limited. In … More How to build a nuclear power plant without captive ratepayers

Also in the WSJ: “There is No Such Thing as Nuclear Waste”

Michael Giberson William Tucker, author of “Terrestrial Energy: How Nuclear Power Will Lead the Green Revolution and End America’s Long Energy Odyssey,” has an essay in today’s WSJ pinning the U.S. nuclear waste problem on decisions by Presidents Ford and Carter to abandon reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel. The reasons for abandoning reprocessing – mostly … More Also in the WSJ: “There is No Such Thing as Nuclear Waste”

Any good analyses comparing renewable and nuclear costs?

Lynne Kiesling Today several items have floated across my radar screen contending that renewables are cheaper than nuclear power. Here, for example, is a snippet of a talk from Eric Schmidt of Google on the topic. I can see the possibility, given the innovations in renewables, incorporating the savings in foregone wires construction (although that … More Any good analyses comparing renewable and nuclear costs?