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Biden announces $6B to bail out nuclear plants at risk of closure

By Zack Budryk

The Biden administration will put $6 billion toward saving distressed nuclear power plants from closure, viewing the power source as another carbon-free alternative to fossil fuels.

04/19/22
                                                               

War in Ukraine generates interest in nuclear energy, despite danger

By Steven Mufson and Claire Parker Photo: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

European nations are weighing climate benefits against the perils of putting nuclear power plants in harm’s way.

04/15/22
                                                               

Nuclear energy should not be part of the global solution to climate change

By Amory B. Lovins Photo: David McNew , Getty Images

The following is a contributed article by Amory B. Lovins, adjunct professor of civil and environmental engineering and scholar at the Precourt Institute for Energy, Stanford University.

04/12/22
                                                               

Nuclear fusion hit a milestone thanks to better reactor walls – this engineering advance is building toward reactors of the future

By David Donovan and Livia Casali

Scientists at a laboratory in England have shattered the record for the amount of energy produced during a controlled, sustained fusion reaction. The production of 59 megajoules of energy over five seconds at the Joint European Torus – or JET – experiment in England has been called “a breakthrough” by some news outlets and caused quite a lot of excitement among physicists.

04/04/22
                                                               

Johnson to ‘bet big’ on nuclear energy despite Sunak’s reservations

By Rowena Mason

Boris Johnson wants his promised energy security strategy to “bet big” on nuclear despite Rishi Sunak’s reservations – but he has cooled on more onshore wind turbines in England amid a Conservative backlash.

04/02/22
                                                               

Nuclear and Net Zero

Photo: Jeanne Menjoulet

he Russian invasion of Ukraine has also prompted some European nations to take a fresh look at nuclear power as a more secure and carbon-free source of energy. The Belgian government has just announced it will extend the life of two of its reactors. And French President Emmanuel Macron said “the time has come for a nuclear renaissance” when he recently announced plans to build up to 14 new nuclear reactors.

03/25/22
                                                               

Can Nuclear Energy Help Solve Climate Change?

By Mark Nelson and Ralph Cavanagh

An important function of informed debate is indeed to narrow disagreement, so I begin by noting a conspicuous lack of rebuttal to several of my opening points, including:

03/20/22
                                                               

Opinion: Nuclear power can be part of the energy solution if we can get over our unfounded fears

By Jurica Dujmovic Photo: Christof Stache , AP Photo

The Ukrainian State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate warned that “the loss of the possibility to cool down nuclear fuel will lead to significant radioactive releases into the environment,” which could “exceed all previous accidents at nuclear power plants, including the Chernobyl accident and the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.”

03/19/22
                                                               

Explainer-Could Germany keep its nuclear plants running?

By Christoph Steitz and Markus Wacket

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and economy minister Robert Habeck on Sunday mapped out potentially radical changes to the country’s energy system, going as far as floating the possibility to keep nuclear power plants running for longer.

02/28/22
                                                               

Report slams NuScale SMR: “Too late, too expensive, too risky”

By Alan Neuhauser Photo: Sarah Grillo , Axios

An analysis released Thursday by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) drops the hammer on NuScale’s small modular reactor (SMR), which is arguably the most prominent next-generation nuclear reactor project currently planned in the U.S.

02/17/22