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  • President Calls for Nuclear Energy

    Speaking to a group of welders in Euclid, Ohio, yesterday, President Bush called for an expansion of commercial nuclear power to alleviate America’s dependence on foreign oil. In his speech at Lincoln Electric Co., self-described as the welding capital of the world, Bush focused largely on energy prices and offered … More

    Nuclear News in Russia and Japan

    Some developments on nuclear energy from around the globe. Putin’s Nuclear Push: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin stressed the need for nuclear power in his country at a meeting in Elektrostal, outside of Moscow. Part of his plan is to dedicate $42 billion in public spending toward building Russia’s nuclear … More

    Don’t Be Fooled Again by the Anti-Nuclear Crowd

    A few alleged design hiccups and supposed cost increases in Westinghouse’s new AP1000 nuclear reactor have so-called public interest groups calling for the reactor to be taken off the table. Claiming that escalating costs and half-baked design ideas will result in a failure to build the reactors, environmental group Friends … More

    Subsidies Distort the Market

    There’s a lot of finger-pointing going on as to who’s to blame for the extraordinarily high oil prices. The primary targets are big oil and speculators and both are unlikely to be true (see here for speculators and here for big oil). Another target, rising demands from rapidly developing countries … More

    Global Warming: The Debate Continues

    When it comes to global warming in the news, it tends to be a zero-sum game: it’s either Armageddon style scenarios or their lips are sealed. The latest victim is Roy Spencer, a research scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and former senior scientist for climate studies at … More

    World Preps for a Nuclear Renaissance: Huge Boost in Uranium Exploration

    More evidence arises that the world is preparing for a global nuclear renaissance: although the spot price for uranium fell, global exploration for 2007 totaled $718 million according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Nuclear Energy Agency and the International Atomic Energy Agency. To put this number in … More

    Time to Drill? Pelosi Says No Way

    Forget voting to lift a ban on offshore drilling; House Majority Speaker Nancy Pelosi isn’t having any of it. In fact, she won’t even let an offshore drilling debate hit the House floor. When asked why she was so adamantly opposed to offshore drilling she responded, “What the president would … More

    Nonproliferation and the Nuclear Renaissance

    This morning Heritage Research Fellow Jack Spencer testified before the Committee of Foreign Affairs to discuss nonproliferation in the era of a nuclear renaissance. The full written testimony can be found here. Below is a highlighted summary of the oral testimony: While the nonproliferation regime is under stress, it is … More

    Al Gore’s Astronomical Effort

    Last week Nobel Laureate and climate change fanatic Al Gore called for a man-on-the-moon effort to reduce carbon dioxide to curb global warming. He proposed to have 100 % of our nation’s energy coming from renewable, carbon-free energy sources in only a decade. Likening his efforts to that of President … More

    The Push for a Peaceful Nuclear Deal with India

    With the Singh government surviving yesterday’s no-confidence motion in the Indian Parliament, India is one step closer to gaining access to civilian nuclear reactors and fuel that would allow it to embark on its own nuclear renaissance. The civil nuclear cooperation agreement, for which Washington and New Delhi inked a … More