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Considering our nuclear future

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

If you wonder whether what is happening at Fukushima in Japan is having an impact on the future of nuclear power, it is, at least in terms of how people are talking about nuclear power.

I just found a story that highlights the hurdles nuclear energy was having anyway. Surprisingly, most of its problems are not political. They may be a question of economics.

That’s why some outside experts have long thought the nuclear renaissance was overblown, even before Fukushima. In a 2007 report for the Council on Foreign Relations, Charles Ferguson noted that all of the 104 reactors currently operating in the United States will likely need to be decommissioned by mid-century. Replacing those reactors (so simply preserving the status quo) would mean building a new reactor every four or five months for 50 years—already a “daunting” pace.

The New Republic has the goods on a nuclear future, written by Bradford Plummer.


Hatfield’s biomass bill passes Senate

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

When we had the story about the NASCAR legislation in Olympia, we made mention of biomass legislation state Sen. Brian Hatfield, D-Raymond, put forward this session. The first question from a commenter, Mr. Mikey, was this:

“Huh? Expanding biomass fuels? What does that mean?”

Actually, the bill would expand “what qualifies as biomass fuels.”

Today Senate Democrats dropped a press release to explain the bill and trumpet its success: The explanation follows:

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Inslee Is on the Phone and Talking Energy

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

Hello? Mom, it’s Jay Inslee.

U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee will be holding a telephone town hall sometime today. Phone calls will go out to residents in the First Congressional District. No inbound phone calls.

In the meantime the congressman says Barack Obama’s plan to drill offshore “doesn’t make an energy policy.”

The idea that we are going to solve our energy and economic problems by drilling offshore is not supported by fact.  Evidence should inform our national energy policy and evidence tells us that new drilling won’t satiate our hunger for foreign oil.  The United States has a mere 2 percent of the world’s oil reserve while consuming a quarter of the world’s oil supply. New drilling won’t change this fact.”

Inslee calls for caps or prices on carbons to help alternative energy compete.

The press release follows.

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Oil on the Agenda

Monday, July 21st, 2008

This morning, assuming the county commissioners’ briefing agenda holds true, the commissioners have discussed fuel in two ways. One conversation is in regards to recommendations being made by an energy conservation commission.  The other discussion is the impact of oil prices on the Public Works department. Chris Dunagan is attending.

In a related note, did you know U.S. fuel consumption was down 3 percent during the first half of this year? I’ve been interested in Derek Sheppard’s hypermiling experiment and I suggest after this that you should get interested too.


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