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Me again. I once put up a post on the problems with trusting the safety of energy producing systems. The post was not well received; I see as I re-read the comments that I was particularly irritable about it. But I find the point I was trying to make way back when captured better in…

These offer another set of landscape images (here were some others: one; two), these punctuated by the contrast of nuclear sky, horizon, and military maneuver. I saw them at this site, though that site was reposting images from the book How to Photograph an Atomic Bomb, by Peter Kuran. The Cal Lit Review site says…

In a time of increasing concern for water quality and availability, nuclear power facilities require enormous quantities of water and put back effluent into those nearby water sources. At a time of carbon counting, they also generate considerable carbon emissions through the process of construction and with the life-cycle chain of fuel (uranium) mining, milling,…

Circa 1976, an editorial cartoon from Bill Mauldin. File this under “everything old is new again”?

Safe Nuclear Power?

Another from the vault, this one by Don Wright in the Miami News (1970s).

And, we’d need 10 dumps the size of Yucca Mountain “to store the extra generated waste by the needed nuclear generation boom.” (Full story through Reuters here.) This from a new report commissioned by the non-profit Keystone Center (whose website was giving me link trouble before, but the final report itself should be here, as…

Environmental justice and the local conditions of energy production facilities: some of the most significant reasons to be concerned about the recent enthusiasm for new nuclear power facilities. Oil production and distribution in non-western locales is environmentally destructive. Why do we think nuclear facilities in non-western locales will be any better? “Oil leaves its mark…

(Thanks to Steven Starr, at the Energy Justice Network, from whom I got most of this.) This is all strange to me. The January/February 2007 edition of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists says (on page 71): “Major progress towards a safer world would include engaging in serious and candid discussion about the potential expansion…

We end up examining political, cultural, economic, moral, environmental, and technical factors of nuclear energy in some of my courses here in the Engineering School. In the process of reviewing some older material, I once again came upon this wonderful article by Kristin Shrader-Frechette, a philosopher and environmental ethicist at Notre Dame: “Nuclear Technology and…