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Reactor Reax: Nuclear Industry Report

Examining the risks and ongoing situations that today define nuclear power and energy.

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(WASHINGTON D.C.) - This week in Reactor Reax we hear more about the ongoing problems in Japan based on the recent tsunami and nuclear disaster in Fukushima prefecture. An LA Times report details the short-circuiting of the U.S. nuclear renaissance of new power plant construction. The End of the Nuclear Renaissance, An Op-Ed published by The National Interest, continues the subject, noting that truly significant developments, however, were not driven by politics.

Let's Bury Nuke Power in 2012 by The Daily Kos, carries the same idea and states that with regard to the end of the mythical "Nuclear Renaissance", we've truly hit the end of the road, and was gutted by Fukushima. Of course the ravaged nuclear power is also the subject of the Clean Technica, The Fukushima Effect Continues: French Nuclear Builder AREVA Announces Losses and Redundancies Amid Slew of Cancelled Projects.

Report: U.S. nuclear renaissance unlikely after Fukushima, Los Angeles Times, December 28, 2011. "A new study released Wednesday said that the regulatory fallout from the Fukushima power plant disaster in Japan in March will short-circuit the U.S. nuclear renaissance of new power plant construction. The report, "Nuclear Safety and Nuclear Economics," was written and presented by Mark Cooper, a frequent critic of the nuclear power industry. The report can be found here. Cooper is a senior fellow for economic analysis at the Institute for Energy and the Environment at the Vermont Law School."

The End of the Nuclear Renaissance, (op-ed), The National Interest, January 3, 2012. John Quiggen: "The truly significant developments, however, were not driven by politics, although they will have profound political implications. In 2011, nuclear power ceased to be a serious option for meeting the world's energy needs, and solar photovoltaics (PV) finally became an option worth noting." John Quiggin is the Hinkley visiting professor at Johns Hopkins University and an Australian Research Council Federation fellow at the University of Queensland.

Let's Bury Nuke Power in 2012, The Daily Kos, January 2, 2012. "We are already very close. The mythical "Nuclear Renaissance" has been gutted by Fukushima, low gas prices and the escalating Solartopian revolution in green energy. Solar panels, wind turbines, sustainable bio-fuels, geo-thermal, ocean thermal, increased efficiency and much more have simply priced atomic energy out of the market"

The Fukushima Effect Continues: French Nuclear Builder AREVA Announces Losses and Redundancies Amid Slew of Cancelled Projects, Clean Technica, January 4, 2012. "When the tale is written of humanity's struggle to switch to a low-carbon economy, the partial meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear reactor in Japan last Spring will be remembered in one of two ways: either as a warning sign that steered the world away from a dangerous embrace of nuclear power and spurred the growth of renewables; or as a tragedy which led nations to mistakenly turn their back on a vital source of low-carbon energy."

Agency Smackdown, Round 2: A Critique of 'the Nuclear Party', New York Times, December 28, 2011. "Mr. Bradford, now an adjunct professor at Vermont Law School, was one of three speakers during the conference call. Mark Cooper, also with the law school, and Carol Werner, the executive director of the Environmental and Energy Study Institute, all predicted a fairly bleak new year for new nuclear reactors."

Study Connects U.S. Deaths to Fukushima, Contradicts EPA Reports, Medical Daily, December 19, 2011. "In the 14 weeks after Fukushima fallout arrived in the U.S., deaths reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention rose 4.46 percent from the same period in 2010, or roughly 14,000 deaths. The rise in reported deaths after Fukushima was largest among U.S. infants under age one. The 2010-2011 increase for infant deaths in the spring was 1.8 percent, compared to a decrease of 8.37 percent in the preceding 14 weeks."

French nuclear plants told to prepare for disasters, Reuters, January 3, 2012. "France must invest billions of euros to improve the safety systems of its nuclear facilities so they can withstand the kind of extreme shocks that triggered in Fukushima the worst nuclear accident in 25 years, the nuclear watchdog ASN said on Tuesday."

Solyndra And The Real Risk To American Taxpayers, (op-ed), NJToday.net, January 3, 2012. Pam Solo and Grant Smith: "The bankruptcy of Solyndra, a solar company that received a federal loan guarantee, has made the front page because of charges of cronyism. But among the biggest risks to taxpayers, who underwrite federal loan guarantees, isn't renewable energy. It is nuclear power." Solo is president and founder of the nonprofit and nonpartisan Civil Society Institute and facilitator of the Citizens Lead for Energy Action Now. Smith is a senior energy policy analyst to the Civil Society Institute and former executive director of the Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana.

"Reactor Reax" is featured on www.NuclearBailout.org, a Web site maintained by Physicians for Social Responsibility.

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Jimmy January 9, 2012 12:26 am (Pacific time)

Yup, you hit it on the head, the industry is dead here, Chinese companies have already licensed the next generation... Can't wait to buy imported electricity!

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