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    Concerns Over Nuclear Waste Importation Should Not Lead to Ban

    Yesterday the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment unanimously approved legislation to ban the importation of foreign radioactive waste for disposal in the U.S. Congressman Bart Gordon (D-TN) introduced H.R. 515: Radioactive Import Deterrence Act in January of 2009 and the bill could soon … More

    Today's Calamity: Where's the Nuclear

    Waxman-Markey intends to reduce carbon dioxide emissions – mainly by implementing a cap and trade program but also by imposing new mandates and subsidies for renewable energy as well as creating a host of stricter, costly energy efficiency standards. But interestingly enough, if you perform a search for the word … More

    With Record Unemployment, Is Now the Time to Kill Yucca?

    Relying heavily on the slots and roulette tables to bring in revenue, it’s no surprise this recession hit Nevada’s economy especially hard: The Silver State’s unemployment rose to 12.5 percent in July, while joblessness in especially hard-hit Las Vegas surged to 13.1 percent. It’s the highest jobless rate both statewide … More

    Want More Green Energy? Roll Back the Red Tape on Nuclear

    Despite the growing rhetoric in favor of affordable and clean energy in the United States, the regulatory trend is moving in the opposite direction. A recent article from Platts emphasizes the increasing regulatory costs for the nuclear industry: “Benjamin Fowke, Xcel’s CFO, said in a second-quarter earnings conference call in … More

    Generous Assumptions on Cap and Trade Do Not Mask the Costs

    The Heritage Foundation recently released its economic analysis of the Waxman-Markey cap and trade bill, and unsurprisingly, found devastating results. The goal of cap and trade is to force energy prices to rise so high that people use less of it. And boy do they. Even under the most generous … More

    Guest Blogger: Rep. Jason Altmire (D-PA)on Nuclear Energy's Role in America’s Future

    When skyrocketing energy prices took hold of America last summer, it became clear that developing alternative sources of energy was important to our nation’s economic and national security. Although talk of solar, wind, and biofuels have often dominated alternative energy discussions in the past, today more and more people are … More

    DOE-USEC Loan Guarantee Decision Shows Danger of Government Dependence

    In what chief executive John K. Welch called “shocking and disappointing,” the Department of Energy denied USEC’s request for $2 billion in loan guarantees for a new uranium enrichment plant in Piketon, Ohio. But should anyone really be surprised? The fact is that government policymakers have been dictating the future … More

    Accepting and Embracing Nuclear Power

    Australia’s Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has a problem. His Labor Party government wants to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 60 percent from 2000 levels by 2050, but opposes building nuclear power plants– the one clean, abundant, and affordable energy source known to this planet. Ziggy Switkowski, head of the nation’s main … More

    Let’s Reduce Carbon Dioxide, but Let’s Not Include Nuclear Energy

    We take you to Knoxville, Tennessee: Several environmental groups are banding together in petitioning the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to stop TVA from operating a second reactor at Watts Bar nuclear plant. The Sierra Club, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, the Tennessee Environmental Council, the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League … More

    In the Green Room: NRC Chairman Jaczko

    Yesterday, Dr. Gregory Jaczko, Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), delivered at The Heritage Foundation his first major address since being appointed six weeks ago. Read more on his visit and what needs to be done about clean, renewable energy here.