Ray Rothrock

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Fukushima Daiichi – “A successful failure”

In Energy on March 26, 2011 at 8:34 am

As a former nuclear engineer from the 1970s my friends think I’m still an expert on nuclear power.  So I’ve been studying all the news and reading up on the technical elements about the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor problems resulting from the horrific earthquake and tsunami.  Of course, this is a most tragic situation for the people of Japan with over 10,000 people dead and close to 20,000 still missing from the earthquake and tsunami.  And it is complicated with the problems at the Daiichi nuclear plants. Read the rest of this entry »


Noise on the Hill

In Energy on March 9, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Secretary Chu in September 2008 was quoted as saying we need to raise the price of gasoline in America.  Republicans are all over this today as a negative, citing that this proves President Obama is bad for America.  Nothing could be further from the truth, BUT the truth requires a broader context and understanding.  Sound bites are hard to fight off but as Americans, we should think more deeply about it. Read the rest of this entry »

ARPA-E Innovation Summit 2011 – Science Fair for Adults!

In Energy on March 3, 2011 at 3:18 pm

I just came from the second APRA-E Innovation Summit in Washington, D.C.  Let me first say congratulations to Dr. Arun Majumdar and his whole team for a great conference and experience.  Read the rest of this entry »