U.S. to Bill Gates: Build your scrapped China nuclear reactor in America

A top Trump administration official called on Bill Gates to work with the Energy Department on building an advanced nuclear reactor in America after the billionaire shelved plans to do so in China. Driving the news: Gates said late last year that his nuclear-energy company, TerraPower, won’t be building a pilot project in China due to restrictions the Energy …

Ernest Moniz cautiously optimistic about global response to climate change

Ex-US secretary of energy believes Paris accord was key first step but not enough to address global warming There are grounds for optimism on the global response to climate change, though most countries are “off the pace” required to fulfil their obligations under the Paris agreement, according to former US secretary of energy Dr Ernest …

UK, Canada sign Nuclear Cooperation Agreement

The UK and Canada today signed a bilateral Nuclear Cooperation Agreement (NCA), the third such agreement signed by the UK this year in preparation for its exit from the European Union. It will allow the UK and Canada to continue their “mutually beneficial” civil nuclear cooperation when current European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) arrangements cease …

Japan’s nuclear industry growing, but slower than government hoped

Japan’s resurgent nuclear industry will miss a government target of providing at least a fifth of the country’s electricity by 2030, a Reuters analysis shows. With eight reactors running and one more set to come online in November, nuclear has this year overtaken non-hydro renewables in power output for the first time since the 2011 …

Study quantifies job creation in the nuclear sector

A study on the employment generated by the nuclear energy industry has been published by the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Some 200,000 job-years of employment are created by each gigawatt of nuclear capacity constructed, it suggests. “The nuclear energy sector employs a considerable workforce around the world, …

For national security, impose quota on foreign uranium imports

Today, the Texas uranium mining industry is virtually silent. Indeed, across the U.S., this once-thriving industry now supplies only a small fraction of our domestic nuclear energy and defense requirements, threatening our energy independence and national security. Along with many others, the U.S. Department of Commerce, or DOC, is now asking, why? As the world’s …

IAEA highlights nuclear’s role in combating climate change

Nuclear power can make a “vital contribution to meeting climate change targets while delivering the increasingly large quantities of electricity needed for global economic development,” according to a new report by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The report, Climate Change and Nuclear Power 2018, was published last week and has been updated from the last report …

Are Environmentalist Stunts Obfuscating A Serious Nuclear Debate?

The Greenpeace activists who crashed a Superman-styled drone into an EDF facility near Lyon, France on July 3 pulled off the latest of several stunts designed to highlight the vulnerability of France’s ageing nuclear reactors. In a country whose energy mix is built on nuclear power, the strategy is working: the Superman incident came just before a French parliamentary report called …