Vogtle 3 and 4, the first new nuclear reactors built in the United States in 30 years, are now 6 years late and estimated to cost $28 billion. (  That is a cost overrun of $14 billion, 100% over the initial cost of $14 billion.  (Atlanta Journal Constitution, Power). The 2.234 GW plants at Vogtle […]

  Here are my top 10 predictions for 2012. These are less readings of the tea leaves or the entrails of goats and chickens and more simple extrapolations of patterns in progress. Altho that may be the way effective oracles. They just masked their observations with hocus pocus, mumbo-jumbo, and guts. This list runs a […]

Tweet I am presenting “Beyond Fuel: From Consuming Natural Resources to Harnessing Natural Processes,” a discussion of the hidden costs, or “economic externalities,” of nuclear power, coal, and oil, and the non-obvious benefits of wind, solar, marine hydro and efficiency at the Space Coast Green Living Festival, Cocoa Beach, Florida, Sept 17, 2011. The festival  […]

    Tweet  It sounds too good to be true: *   100 gigawatts of offshore wind, $300 Billion, *   100 gw of landbased wind, $200 Billion, *   75 gw of solar, $300 Billion, *   75 gw of geothermal, $200 Billion. *   200 gigawatt equivalents of efficiency – $200 Billion. *   100 & Clean, Renewable, Sustaianble […]

Tweet Earth Day, 2010, I looked to the future on Popular Logistics. In 2009, I wrote about water pollution and agricultural waste in the Chesapeake. Today I am looking at the present and recent past. While a comprehensive look at where we are can be found on the web pages of the World Watch Institute, […]

Second in a series  (1, 2) that began on “Earth Day” (0). “In order to make Policy, you have to be good at Politics.” – Deborah Stone, “Policy Paradox” I like and respect President Obama. I think he’s a well educated lawyer and law school professor, with a good grasp of the Constitution, and the […]

The unfolding disaster at the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico, which promises to be an environmental catastrophe, (click here) the recent disasters at the Upper Big Branch coal mine in West Virginia, and the Kingston, Tennessee fly ash retention pond demonstrate that fossil fuels are dirty and dangerous.  Safety and environmental protection […]

MATTHEW L. WALD, writing on the Green Inc. blog at the Times, reports WASHINGTON — Tritium leaks like the one that threatens the future of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant are undermining confidence in other reactors around the country, three experts nominated by President Obama to join the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Tuesday at their […]

There’s no question that nuclear power will be part of our energy supply mix for the foreseeable future.  The United States has 104 nuclear power plants in operation at present, according to Matthew Wald on the Green Inc. blog of The New York Times, relying on NRC data. Incidents like this – in which a […]

Tom Friedman writes that we may be able to harness nuclear fusion in 10 years. Until then we need to use solar and wind, and stop believing that we can clean up coal.

Preliminary evidence supports these propositions: The NRC is interested in limiting the scope of the public hearings; the NRC doesn’t mind if no one can hear what’s being said Attempts by persons or groups to conceal their actions may be interpreted as circumstantial evidence of consciousness of guilt (Wigmore On Evidence, 2nd edition, 1915, § […]