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    Don’t Invest in Nuclear: Create a Better System

    Despite President Obama’s rhetoric as being a pro-nuclear, all-of-the-above energy President, his Administration has done nothing to move nuclear energy policy forward in the United States. Yet, there is plenty the government can and should be doing. Yes, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz announced that he would soon finish $8.3 … More

    Georgia Leader Beats Drum for Nuclear Energy

    Georgia is riding a wave of new nuclear energy that, five years ago, many thought would be more crowded by now. Georgia Public Services Commissioner Tim Echols, a champion of using market forces to help solve our nuclear waste problems, has seen firsthand how important getting nuclear energy policy right matters. … More

    Dealing the Right Cards in Japan's Upper-House Shuffle

    On Sunday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) took majority power in Japan’s upper house, giving his party majority control over both upper and lower houses. This presents an opportunity for the LDP to make the difficult changes necessary to turn its economy around and make it a … More

    The President’s Pro-Nuclear Rhetoric vs. His Anti-Nuclear Policies

    President Obama released his Climate Action Plan this week, which laid out his vision for reducing climate change. Regardless of what one thinks about climate change policy, producing more unsubsidized, affordable, clean, reliable, emissions-free power is a laudable goal. That is why, of all the recommendations that the President puts … More

    Japan’s Green Initiative Drowns in Oil

    The government picking winners and losers is bad for any economy. But it also often leads to the opposite of the intended result. Take a look at Japan. Last week, an expert committee from Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry announced its plan to reduce the price of solar … More

    Japan: Two Years After 3/11

    Yesterday marked the anniversary of the three-tiered terror that happened to Japan two years ago. On March 11, 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit off the eastern coast of Japan. The quake, along with a tsunami reaching heights upwards of 100 feet, slammed the coast of Japan, killing 19,000. The … More

    Japan: Looking to Shinzo Abe for a Brighter Future

    Following a statement by the World Health Organization on the low predictive rate for cancer in Fukushima, Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was quoted Thursday pledging his goal to restart Japan’s inactive nuclear power plants. This move, together with a renewed push to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), shows Abe’s … More

    Managing Nuclear Waste

    Few think of a calm pool of water when they think of nuclear waste. While nuclear waste must be handled with skill and care, the problems with managing America’s existing and future nuclear waste are political hurdles, not ones of technology or safety. What is popularly termed nuclear waste is … More

    Powering America Vignette: What is Radiation?

    “What is radiation?” That simple, three-word question largely embodies the concerns that many Americans have about nuclear power. The answer can be just as complicated as one wants to make it. According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, radiation is “energy radiated in the form of waves or particles.” Jim Hopson puts it … More

    Powering America Vignette: Living Near Nuclear Facilities

    What’s it like to live near a nuclear power plant?  To many, such a prospect might seem dangerous or scary.  But like with most things nuclear, perception is often very different from reality. The fact is, research shows that living near a nuclear power plant poses no particular safety or … More