November 29, 2005


Power to the People: Washington policy makers stand in the way of sensible energy policies. (John Fund, November 28, 2005, Opinion Journal)

New plant designs have laid to rest many fears about the safety of nuclear power plants and Mr. Bush now appears to ready to announce a major initiative to promote nuclear energy and also help discourage developing countries from making plutonium that can also be used to manufacture nuclear weapons.

Blair ready to go nuclear over future energy supplies (Fraser Nelson, 11/29/05, The Scotsman)
TONY Blair will today launch the case for a new generation of nuclear power stations, as he publishes the terms of a review which will lay out in stark terms the energy supply choices facing Britain. [...]

While he will stop short of personally endorsing nuclear power, the terms of his review will be defined in a way that points to no other viable alternative if Britain is to keep its pledge to reduce greenhouse gas. Mr Blair has been personally persuaded that only a new wave of nuclear power stations can fill the gap which will emerge when Britain's fleet of reactors starts to close down from next year.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 29, 2005 7:50 AM

The new designs, I hear, are quite clever, making use of natural laws a lot more than using mechanical interventions. They are slightly less efficient as a result, but the rising costs of controlling greenhouse gasses is tipping the economic balance in favor of the new designs.

Posted by: Ptah at November 29, 2005 8:00 AM

These are political problems, not technological problems.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at November 29, 2005 11:26 AM