January 5, 2006


Europe warms to nuclear power: Russia's gas cutoff Sunday gave a new push to a trend gathering momentum. (Peter Ford, 1/06/06, The Christian Science Monitor)

For the first time in 15 years, a European country has begun construction of a nuclear reactor, and six more are likely to be built in the next decade. Other countries are revising plans to phase out their nuclear programs. And this week's brief but brutal drop in Europe's supplies of crucial Russian gas has only served to fuel the trend.

"People are saying 'let's take a second look' at nuclear power," says William Ramsay, deputy executive director of the International Energy Agency. "Rising oil prices means nuclear is becoming more economically attractive, and gas prices are a second kick in the pants."

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 5, 2006 8:10 PM

Power sats, dudes. Roll it out after Galileo!

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at January 6, 2006 1:41 PM