It’s repeated so often, that it’s become conventional wisdom. To sustainably meet our energy needs, the world requires a balanced “energy mix” or an “all-of-the-above” strategy: a little solar power here, a little wind power there, and toss in some hydrothermal, geothermal, and natural gas for good measure. That’s nonsense, argues a new paper in the journal Sustainability. Instead of treating our energy policy like salad toppings at a buffet, let’s just go full steam ahead on the one thing that could meet all of the world’s energy needs right now: Nuclear power. The lead author, Barry Brook, is a nuclear power advocate and makes a compelling case centered around three major arguments.
American Council of Science and Health 26th April 2018 read more »
U.S. investigators have said that problems first identified six years ago at a Washington state plant where deadly nuclear waste would be treated continue to plague the multi-billion dollar facility. The Tri-City Herald reports that the Government Accountability Office said in a report released Tuesday that the site’s contractor, Bechtel National, has not fully completed planned actions. And the corrections that have been made have not prevented continuing quality assurance problems. The report also criticized the Department of Energy for its oversight of the project.
US News 25th April 2018 read more »
The U.S. and Russia have not breached their shared agreement to dispose of weapons-usable plutonium despite the lack of actual disposition and recent disagreements with each other, a new U.S. State Department report states. The pact, the Plutonium Management and Disposition Agreement, was first signed in 2000. The PMDA requires both countries to eliminate 34 metric tons of plutonium – in the name of nonproliferation – from their respective defense programs.
Aiken Standard 25th April 2018 read more »