The Real Legacy of Fukushima

January 04, 2022

Washington Post:  "A little more than 10 years ago, the world held its breath as Japanese authorities struggled to contain an accident that occurred at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station following a major earthquake. At the time, many observers wondered whether nuclear power, with its radioactive waste and meltdown risk, was worth continuing to use. In retrospect, it was this very backlash — against a virtually carbon-free energy technology that the world needs to slash greenhouse emissions — that turned out to be among the Fukushima saga’s most substantial negative consequences."


Tackling Extreme Heat

December 31, 2021

High Country News:  "This summer, Phoenix, Arizona, became the first city in the country to publicly fund an office dedicated to tackling the issue of extreme heat. It’s part of a growing awareness among government officials that heat’s dangers need to be dealt with more strategically as the world grows warmer. In Phoenix, the nation’s third-fastest-warming city, the number of heat-related deaths has continued to climb."


California's Failing Climate Strategy

December 29, 2021

Wall Street Journal:  “'Assuming the same three-year average rate of reduction from 2017 to 2019 (-1.3%), California will reach its 2030 and 2050 goals in 2063 and 2111, respectively,' Next 10 writes. 'Slowing renewable energy growth, underwhelming transportation sector gains, and a worrisome cross-sector over-dependence on natural gas pose major challenges for the state.'”

"Last year the state added more natural gas power capacity than solar. The reason: Fossil fuels are needed to back up unreliable renewables, especially as nuclear power plants are forced to shut down and drought limits hydropower. It also has to import power from other states, some of which is generated by coal."


No Government Would Close Nuclear Plants

December 19, 2021

David Frum: "No government that really regarded climate change as its top energy priority would close nuclear plants before the end of their useful lives."

 


Diablo Canyon Plant Extension Economical

December 19, 2021

John E. Parsons: "We have carefully reviewed CEERT’s and PG&E’s cost estimates. This analysis strengthens the case made in our original report, that the cost of power from Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant is economical and extending the plant’s operating life may offer good value to Californians."


Netherlands' Climate Policy Focused on Nuclear

December 19, 2021

World Nuclear News: "The Netherlands' new coalition government has placed nuclear power at the heart of its climate and energy policy. Some EUR 500 million (USD 564 million) has been earmarked to support new nuclear build in the period to 2025."

"'We want to make every effort to keep our country and our planet liveable and habitable,' wrote the VVD, D66, CDA and ChristenUnie parties. Today they released the coalition's plans for the period to 2025 as the result of negotiations that began after the general election in March.

"'Nuclear energy can complement solar, wind and geothermal energy in the energy mix and can be used to produce hydrogen,' the document said. 'It also makes us less dependent on gas imports.'"


Conservative Climate Caucus

December 02, 2021

Nuclear Newswire: "The environmental benefit of nuclear has support across political divides. Recently, a third of all House Republicans launched the Conservative Climate Caucus. Its head, Rep. John Curtis (R., Utah), gave an interview. When he was asked about ideas for solving climate change, he gave only one specific policy: 'We can do nuclear at large scale and without a carbon footprint.'”


Nuclear Energy's Track Record

November 28, 2021

The Breakthrough Institute: "What has been clear, from the beginning of the nuclear era is that when nations decide that they want or need nuclear energy, they can and have repeatedly taken steps to put programs and regulations in effect that allow them to have it, safely and at a reasonable cost. This has been true in France, Korea, Japan, even Germany, and today in China."


Desalination at Diablo Canyon Could Provide Very Significant Drought Relief

November 24, 2021

MIT News:  "The cost of desalinated water produced at Diablo Canyon would be lower than for a stand-alone plant because the cost of electricity would be significantly lower and you could take advantage of the existing infrastructure for the intake of seawater and the outfall of brine. Electricity would be cheaper because the location takes advantage of Diablo Canyon’s unique capability to provide low cost, zero-carbon baseload power."

"Depending on the scale at which the desalination plant is built, you could make a very significant impact on the water shortfalls of state and federal projects in the area. In fact, one of the numbers that came out of this study was that an intermediate-sized desalination plant there would produce more fresh water than the highest estimate of the net yield from the proposed Delta Conveyance Project on the Sacramento River. You could get that amount of water at Diablo Canyon for an investment cost less than half as large, and without the associated impacts that would come with the Delta Conveyance Project."


Climate Incoherence

November 22, 2021

Washington Post: "In 2018, California’s leaders decided to close the state’s last nuclear power plant, at Diablo Canyon, by 2025. Several months later, they approved a bill obligating the state to be carbon-neutral by 2045. These acts of feel-good environmentalism were, in fact, contradictory. If the state is serious about achieving carbon neutrality over the next few decades — and it should be — it cannot start by shutting down a source of emissions-free energy that accounts for nearly 10 percent of its in-state electricity production."

"A new report from experts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University has made that point clearly: Closing down Diablo Canyon would be the definition of climate incoherence. With only a few years left on the plant’s license, California should reverse course. Indeed, political leaders across the country should be trying to keep existing nuclear plants open for as long as possible, not closing them prematurely."