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    Dining Out on the Taxpayer

    In economics, one of the first lessons is that there’s no such thing as a free lunch. But what the federal government has been doing to the nuclear energy industry and the nuclear energy ratepayers is just about the closest one can get to a free lunch. Charged with managing … More

    Killing Clean Energy Jobs

    In a month of Congressional efforts to prop-up the stalling US job market, Nevada’s elected officials are fighting to make conditions worse in their state. Steve Tetreault and Keith Rogers report in the Pahrump Valley Times that the Department of Energy has cut 500 of 600 workers from Yucca Mountain … More

    Bringing Nuclear Energy to West Virginia

    The International Nuclear Safety Center has a map of the United States that displays the location of each reactor in the continental United States. The map shows operable, cancelled and permanently shutdown nuclear plants. Notice that none can be found in West Virginia with the reason being that there is … More

    Calls For Obama to Examine Nuclear Waste Alternative is Step in Right Direction

    According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Nuclear Energy Institute is calling on the Obama Administration to create a blue-ribbon commission to look at alternatives to the nation’s current approach to nuclear waste management. While blue-ribbon commissions are often excuses for doing nothing, a commission in this case has substantial … More

    The Stimulus, Energy Loan Guarantees, and Opportunity

    Congressional conferees reportedly stripped the $50 billion energy loan guarantee authorization from the final version of the stimulus package. Although most emissions-free sources would have been eligible for the program, removing it disproportionately affects large capital projects like nuclear energy. While this is viewed as a set-back from many in … More

    More Nuclear Energy, Less Nuclear Waste

    Another reason we need a free market approach to managing nuclear waste in the United States: “Physicists at The University of Texas at Austin have designed a new system that, when fully developed, would use fusion to eliminate most of the transuranic waste produced by nuclear power plants. The physicists’ … More

    No Yucca? Then Stop All Radioactive Shipments to Nevada

    On Wednesday Nevadan officials met to discuss the transportation of used nuclear fuel to the geologic repository Yucca Mountain. Needless to say, officials had concerns over transporting radioactive waste claiming the plan “lacks so much specificity.” If a few politically entrenched officials in Nevada are going to halt a completely … More

    55% Favor New Nuclear Energy

    It should be no surprise that Americans favor new nuclear energy in the United States. Nuclear is clean, safe and affordable and already 20% of our electricity comes from commercial nuclear power plants. A new Rasmussen poll reaffirms American support for nuclear: For three decades, nuclear power plants have generally … More

    New Study on Staggering Cost of Nuclear Energy, Staggeringly Pessimistic

    Jack Spencer, Research Fellow in Nuclear Energy at the Heritage Foundation, authored this post. The Center for American Progress is promoting a  study called “Business Risks and Costs of New Nuclear Power,” which according to a CAP press release uncovers the “staggering” costs new nuclear power. The study prices out new … More

    What Chu Should Do on Nuclear

    So it looks like President-elect Obama is going to name his energy and environment team next week. Among the purported choices is Nobel-winning physicist Steven Chu to lead the Department of Energy. One of the questions on our minds is how will he handle nuclear energy policy. It is impossible … More