Ray Rothrock

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Aging Nuclear Plants – Overreaction

In Energy on June 26, 2011 at 6:49 pm

Ever since the Fukushima Dia-ichi nuclear power plant crisis resulting from the earthquake and tsunami in March there has been a drumbeat in the press with concern over the age of current nuclear plants. The Dia-ichi plants were within one year of the their design lifetime to being shut down and decommissioned. These 40-year-old plants, designed as state-of-the-art in the 1960s, did a remarkable job surviving events well beyond their design limits after producing pollution free energy for almost 40 years. Read the rest of this entry »


Germany Decides No Nukes – No Sense!

In Energy on June 7, 2011 at 6:20 am

Germany cancels nukes.  It’s amazing to me how politics trumps logic and economics.  I would have hoped that the German leadership would have looked long and hard at the bare facts about energy, their economy, and the world in which they are living.   Turns out they did within the last year.  Their recent decision to exit nuclear power as a source of electricity, coming so quickly after they planned to expand nuclear, was politically motivatedRead the rest of this entry »