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  • MIT Scientists: Nuclear Fusion Energy Could Be Closer Than Thought

    10/06/2020 5:15:11 AM PDT · by srmanuel · 81 replies ^ | 10/04/20 |
    Begin Construction of working prototype in 2021, with a supposedly working Nuclear Fusion Reactor producing power in 2025 if all goes well and the technology actually works....
  • Clean Power, No Thanks to Al Gore. Nuclear energy took a leap toward being cost-effective. Yet the green lobby hasn’t noticed.

    09/22/2020 5:53:55 AM PDT · by karpov · 23 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 20, 2020 | Andy Kessler
    Here’s a fun game. Ask an environmentalist about his top plan of action to fight climate change. You’ll likely get a quick answer urging a carbon-neutral or net-zero-emission clean-energy economy, usually by 2050, echoing the Paris climate agreement. OK, now ask if he’s for nuclear power, which has zero carbon emissions, at which point he’ll usually stare at his shoes and mumble something about high costs. “The biggest problem with nuclear power,” activist Bill McKibben of told Techonomy, is that “it’s really expensive.” Al Gore, who sounds more and more like a revivalist preacher, told Reuters last month, “They’ve...
  • Solar Panels Are Starting to Die. What Will We Do With The Megatons Of Toxic Trash?

    09/01/2020 11:52:50 AM PDT · by george76 · 119 replies
    American Experiment. ^ | August 27, 2020 | Isaac Orr
    Most people seem to believe that wind and solar panels produce no waste and have no negative environmental impacts. Unfortunately, these people are wrong. In reality, everything that humans do has an environmental impact, whether it be mining, using a coal-fired power plant, or even tourism. When it comes to energy and environmental policy, the real question to ask is not “will there be an impact?” but rather, “can the impacts be minimized?” ... Because everything has an effect on the environment, it is important that everyone understands the impacts of all energy sources so we can make the best...
  • Iran nuclear official claims Natanz fire the 'result of sabotage'; No further details released but Tehran has warned it would retaliate against any country carrying out such attacks

    08/24/2020 9:25:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Middle East Eye ^ | MEE and Agencies
    Damage after a fire at the Natanz facility, one of Iran's main uranium enrichment plants, on 2 July 2020 (Iran Atomic Organisation/AFP) By MEE and agencies Published date: 23 August 2020 18:48 UTC | Last update: 16 sec ago A fire at Iran's Natanz nuclear facility last month was the result of sabotage, a spokesman for Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation told state TV channel al-Alam on Sunday."The explosion at Natanz nuclear facility was a result of sabotage operations," said Behrouz Kamalvandi. "Security authorities will reveal in due time the reason behind the blast."Iran's top security body in July had...
  • California Blackouts: It's Not Just the Heat, It's Also the Anti-Nuclear Power Stupidity. Activists oppose a huge source of reliable, climate-friendly electricity that could have prevented the rolling blackouts in the Golden State.

    08/19/2020 3:53:10 PM PDT · by karpov · 46 replies
    Reason ^ | August 19, 2020 | Ronald Bailey
    Rolling electric power blackouts afflicted as many as 2 million California residents last week as a heat wave gripped the Golden State. (It's apparently eased up for now.) At the center of the problem is that power demand peaks as overheated people turn up their air conditioning in the late afternoon just as solar power supplies cut off as the sun goes down. In addition, output from California's wind farms was erratic. Currently, about 33 percent of California's electricity comes from renewable sources as mandated by state law. Until this summer, California utilities and grid operators were able to purchase...
  • More Juice!

    08/05/2020 5:01:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | August 5, 2020 | John Stossel
    Was the power on in your house this morning? If so, thank fossil fuels!A few parts of America do get energy from other sources. Washington state has fast-flowing rivers that allow Washingtonians to get most of their electricity from hydroelectric power. Iowa now gets about 40% of its electricity from wind.But most of us get power from the much-hated fossil fuels, primarily natural gas and coal.Burning them does pollute, although government-mandated controls like scrubbers in smokestacks have nearly eliminated the dangerous pollutants, such as sulfur dioxide. (Yes, government has done some useful things.) But fossil fuels still emit greenhouse gasses, and...
  • Clarksville Base: Nukes, Soviets and the KGB (Fort Campbell)

    07/25/2020 6:57:54 AM PDT · by dmam2011 · 5 replies
    Clarksville, TN (CU) - The locals and Marine Corp called it the birdcage. The US Navy referred to the location as Site #3. Before 1965, even the guards at Clarksville Base weren’t aware of what they were guarding. Operated by the US Navy and guarded by the US Marine Corp, Clarksville Base was layered with intense security. The parameter included four spaced fences with at least one being electrical. In addition to the four fences surrounding the perimeter, there were armed marine patrols with orders of “shoot to kill” attempts to breach the base. Three deaths were recorded at the...
  • 75 years ago, the Trinity atomic bomb test changed the world forever

    07/16/2020 5:11:12 AM PDT · by Ezekiel · 15 replies
    New Atlas - New Technology and Science News ^ | July 16, 2020 | By David Szondy
    Today marks the 75th anniversary of the first detonation of an atomic bomb. Now famous as the Trinity Test, the giant explosion was the culmination of the ultra-secret Manhattan project and would within weeks lead to the end of the Second World War and usher in the Atomic Age. On July 16, 1945, at 5:29 AM, the predawn darkness on what was then the United States Army Air Force (USAAF) Alamogordo Bombing and Gunnery Range in the Jornada del Muerto desert about 35 miles southeast of Socorro, New Mexico, was suddenly lit up with the light of a thousand suns....
  • Solomon: FBI Captured Russians Accepting Nuclear Kickbacks During Obama Years

    07/13/2020 7:54:05 PM PDT · by bitt · 12 replies ^ | 7/13/2020 | Tyler Durden
    Solomon: FBI Captured Russians Accepting Nuclear Kickbacks During Obama Years Tyler Durden Mon, 07/13/2020 – 13:45 First excerpts from ‘Fallout: Nuclear Bribes, Russian Spies and the Washington Lies that Enriched the Clinton and Biden Dynasties’ by John Solomon and Seamus Bruner. These excerpts come from Chapter 6, ‘Putin and the Pastor: A Nuclear Bribery Plot Exposed.’ As a crisply dressed Doug Campbell stepped into the elevator on the eleventh floor of the Pentagon City-Ritz Carlton, he could feel his heart pounding. At least the sudden rush of adrenaline helped clear his bleary eyes and the sensation of fatigue he had...
  • Damage to Iran’s Natanz site setting back the country’s nuclear program by months

    07/11/2020 2:03:14 AM PDT · by hassan.mahmoud · 12 replies
    July,11.2020 | Hassan.Mahmoudi
    By: Hassan.Mahmoudi An accident took place on Thursday, July 2, 2020, at a part of Iran’s atomic facilities. The Iranian authorities say it was a fire in an under-construction silo at the campus of the facility. In lack of crystal-clear explanations, various reports point to a potential ‘sabotage’; Reuters mentioning some. Natanz atomic facility is a part of Iran’s ‘underground facilities’ aimed at enriching uranium. It is located near Natanz in Isfahan Province, central Iran. To save the centrifuges from a ‘potential bombardment’ in this facility, 30 feet of armor-plated cement is used. It is for more than two decades...
  • Report: In Devastating Blow, Israel Sets Back Iran's Nuke Program Two Years

    07/07/2020 2:49:45 PM PDT · by rxsid · 48 replies ^ | 07.07.2020 | P. DAVID HORNIK
    Report: In Devastating Blow, Israel Sets Back Iran's Nuke Program Two YearsThe last couple of weeks have seen a string of apparent sabotage incidents in Iran. Questions about them abound. Possible answers are intriguing to say the least. Probably the most significant attack came early Thursday morning at Natanz, when, as the New York Times reported:...A Middle Eastern intelligence official…said the blast was caused by an explosive device planted inside the facility. The explosion, he said, destroyed much of the aboveground parts of the facility where new centrifuges…are balanced before they are put into operation…. ... ... Instead, Iran appears...
  • Mystery Deepens: Third Iran Fire In A Week Damages Centrifuge Facility; Coincidence or Intentional?

    07/02/2020 7:57:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/02/2020 | Ed Morrissey
    My, but Iran must have a lot of defective “industrial gas tanks” lying around. A week after Iranian officials tried to explain away a massive explosion at Parchin as a civilian-area accident, a large fire at Natanz might prove more difficult to dismiss. Natanz, like Parchin, is a site where the US alleges that Iran has performed work on their nuclear-weapons program, and experts believe that uranium-enriching centrifuge work might have been the target this time: Iran says there has been an “incident” at one of its nuclear facilities.Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI) spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi did not...
  • France shuts oldest reactor amid Macron climate pledges

    07/01/2020 5:57:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 07.01.2020, 07:19 | Elena Sánchez Nicolás
    France’s oldest nuclear power plant was finally closed on Tuesday (30 June) — after four decades in operation and a long-standing campaign by anti-nuclear activists. The process to remove the fuel used by the reactors of Fessenheim power plant, which was connected to the grid in 1977, should be completed by 2023 — although the plant is not expected to be fully dismantled before 2040. Following the disaster of Fukushima in 2011, then French president François Hollande pledged to close Fessenheim power plant, after complaints about safety from both the German and Swiss governments. However, his successor Emmanuel Macron only...
  • Iran challenges US, over nuclear restrictions

    06/30/2020 11:10:27 AM PDT · by hassan.mahmoud · 3 replies
    June 30,2020 | Hassan.Mahmoudi
    By Hassan Mahmoudi A resolution presented at the International Atomic Agency (IAA) by Germany, France, and England was eventually passed on June 19, 2020, enjoying a good majority of the votes. (25 countries, aye; 7 abstentions; Russia and China, nay; and Paraguay was absent). The resolution calls on the Iranian regime to give access to two of its atomic sites to IAA’s inspectors. Iran is suspected of having been carrying out nuclear activities at these two sites in the 2000s in order to obtain nuclear weapons. Tehran horrified by the thought of the outcome of such a resolution tried to...
  • Sensors detect rise in nuclear particles on Baltic Sea, global body says

    06/26/2020 8:40:31 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 23 replies
    Radiation sensors in Stockholm have detected higher-than-usual but still harmless levels of isotopes produced by nuclear fission, probably from somewhere on or near the Baltic Sea, a body running a worldwide network of the sensors said on Friday. The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) oversees a network of hundreds of monitoring stations that use seismic, hydroacoustic and other technology to check for a nuclear weapon test anywhere in the world. That technology can, however, be put to other uses as well. One of its stations scanning the air for radionuclides - telltale radioactive particles that can be carried long distances...
  • NASA Wants to Go Nuclear [power] on the Moon and Mars for Astronaut Settlement

    06/01/2020 8:55:23 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 44 replies
    scitechdaily ^ | May 31, 2020 | American Chemical Society
    With NASA planning its next human mission to the moon in 2024, researchers are looking for options to power settlements on the lunar surface. According to a new article in Chemical & Engineering News, the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society, nuclear fission reactors have emerged as top candidates to generate electricity in space. When it comes to powering an astronauts’ settlement, there are many factors to consider, writes correspondent Tien Nguyen in collaboration with ACS Central Science. The power source must be capable of being transported safely from Earth and of withstanding the harsh conditions of other worlds....
  • Indian Point nuclear-reactor shutdown a huge blow to New York’s environment

    04/29/2020 10:28:44 PM PDT · by george76 · 35 replies
    NY Post ^ | April 29, 2020 | Robert Bryce
    it’s appropriate to mourn the passing of one notable longtime New Yorker .. Unit 2 reactor at the Indian Point Energy Center. The workhorse, Westchester-based nuclear-power generator, which could have run for several more decades, is scheduled to be unplugged Thursday. Cause of death: political expediency .... the 1,028-megawatt Westinghouse machine delivered about 8,000 gigawatt-hours of electricity a year from a site on the Hudson River that covers less than a half square mile. Unit 2’s prodigious output left its more politically popular rivals — solar and wind energy — in the shade. Ivanpah, the biggest thermal-solar project in America,...
  • When It Comes To The Demise Of Kim Jong Un, Be Careful What You Wish For

    04/26/2020 2:45:02 AM PDT · by PIF · 29 replies
    The War Zone ^ | April 25, 2020 | By Tyler Rogoway
    Reports that Kim is either dead or is in very poor health are increasing, but what comes after his demise is far from certain and could be horrific. Regardless, there is a lot of sentiment that seems to celebrate his demise. Be careful what you wish for in this regard, here's why. He also presides over a nuclear arsenal and a massive conventional military force that could lay waste to large portions of South Korea and bombard American interests and its allies in the region with ballistic missiles. If Kim goes, it is far from clear what we will get...
  • Meet the Saab 36: Sweden's Secret Nuclear Bomber Program

    04/21/2020 4:42:35 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    National Interest ^ | April 20, 2020 | Caleb Larson
    After the Second World War, Sweden initiated a clandestine nuclear program — and had plans for a supersonic nuclear bomber. After World War II, the Soviet specter lay heavily across Europe. Like other post-war countries, Sweden wanted to protect itself from a Soviet invasion — and decided to manufacture nuclear weapons to ensure its security. Initially, Sweden tried to get nuclear weapons expertise from outside the country. The United States, as the world’s first nuclear power and a guarantor of European security, was a logical partner.
  • Records show Iran lied about making nuclear weapons, scientists say

    04/09/2020 8:36:33 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 74 replies
    UPI ^ | April 9, 2020 | By Clyde Hughes
    A non-profit global science and security group says in a new report that Iran has built a plant to produce nuclear weapons despite its insistence that all its atomic endeavors are wholly peaceful. The Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Science and International Security said the 30-page report is based on documents from the Iran Nuclear Archive that were seized by Israel two years ago. The analysis, posted Wednesday, said Tehran has "clearly" been dishonest with the International Atomic Energy Agency, which relies on government cooperation and onsite inspections. "Iran should declare this site to the International Atomic Energy Agency and allow...