Nuclear power’s benefits for climate change should outweigh our fears

On July 14, Senate Democrats introduced their plan to push $3.5 trillion in federal spending through the reconciliation process, in order to add climate change provisions long-sought by progressives to the highly contested infrastructure bill. These provisions restrict fossil fuels in the economy and commit the United States to dramatically increase clean energy use. Reducing …

Economic groups regard S. Korea’s energy transition roadmap as excessive

SEOUL — A draft road map presented by a special presidential committee contained a broad national goal to achieve net-zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2050 in response to a global agenda for fighting climate change. Economic groups acknowledged the need for specific action plans but opposed any radical steps that could undermine the competitiveness of …

Nigeria partners Russia to include nuclear power in national grid

The Federal Government via the Nigerian Atomic Energy Commission (NAEC) and the Ministry of Power are currently cementing talks with the Russian Federation on plans to accommodate nuclear power in the Nigeria’s national grid. The discussion also extends to the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning on how to accommodate the feasibility study …

IAEA Director General Highlights Achievements, Sees Evolving Safeguards Regime for Members of Brazilian-Argentine Nuclear Verification Agency

The Brazilian-Argentine verification agency ABACC is a great achievement that brought transparency to both countries’ nuclear programmes, which have since grown significantly and would benefit from a commensurate safeguards approach, IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said at an event to mark the 30th anniversary of the institution in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Created in …

Capito, Whitehouse, Barrasso, Booker, Crapo introduce legislation to preserve and expand America’s nuclear energy sector

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, along with Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) reintroduced the American Nuclear Infrastructure Act (ANIA), which would improve the nation’s nuclear infrastructure, secure America’s uranium supply chain, grow the …

Japanese Cabinet Approves Energy White Paper 2021

On June 4, the Japanese Cabinet approved the FY20 Annual Report on Energy—Japan’s “Energy White Paper 2021.” Taking up the circumstances surrounding energy and major measures, it addressed three major issues: ・Progress in Fukushima reconstruction. ・Challenges and activities toward achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. ・Changes in energy security. In recent times, Japan’s energy white papers …

Recalibrating nuclear risk

Life is a risky business. We are exposed to an unending cascade of risks, with some deemed “worse” than others, writes John Lindberg of World Nuclear Association. Since the 1970s, a considerable amount of psychological research dedicated to understanding why we often ignore some of the statistically biggest risks (e.g. driving, smoking), whilst fearing some …

IEA assessment of nuclear ‘impractical’, says World Nuclear Association

The International Energy Agency’s Net Zero Emissions (NZE) scenario puts too much faith in technologies that are “uncertain, untested or unreliable” and fails to reflect both the size and scope of the contribution that nuclear technologies could make, World Nuclear Association said today. “Given that more than 60% of the world’s electricity is currently generated …

Poland plans next stage of HTR development

Poland’s Ministry of Education and Science and the National Centre for Nuclear Research (NCBJ) have signed an agreement for the next round of high temperature gas-cooled reactor (HTGR) design work. The agreement was signed yesterday in Otwock-Spruce, at a ceremony attended by Minister of Climate and Environment Michał Kurtyka, Minister of Education and Science Przemysław …