Facts

U.S. Chamber of Commerce declares May their Nuclear Month

  There's one source of energy that will operate 24/7 - through heat waves or cold snaps - all while producing zero emissions. Seem incredible? That's just the start of what nuclear energy provides the U.S. Nuclear energy is powering the country with emissions-free electricity from 100 reactors located in 31 states across the U.S. Soon, five new reactors will be added to that list with the capacity to p...

15 May 1:25 PM 0 Read More...

An Inside View: US Federal Government Approves Yet Another Nuclear Energy Plant for Construction

[Approx. Read Time: 2 minutes] Reference: http://www.power-eng.com/articles/2012/03/nrc-approve-col-for-vc-summer.html Julie Ezell, NA-YGN Member Six years out of college and I never dreamed I would be here - working on a project to license and construct two new nuclear units. Working at SCE&G has afforded me the opportunity to be involved in many aspects of the project.  I was part of the team t...

30 Mar 3:10 PM 9 Read More...

Young Professionals in Nuclear Power Look Forward

[Approx. Read Time: 2 minutes] One year ago today, the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami struck Japan.  The tragic event resulted in 15,850 deaths, over 6000 injuries, more than 3000 missing and countless billions in property damage.  While this disaster weighed heavily upon the heart of so many, it particularly resonates with those of us in the nuclear industry.  As we know, the tsunami challenged many of Japan's...

12 Mar 9:22 AM 0 Read More...

Be Informed

[Approx. Read Time: 1 minute] The Washington Post issued an online article last week titled, “Quake shifted nuclear storage containers at Virginia’s North Anna plant.” The picture following the headline (below) is a perfect example of the misrepresentation commonly faced by the nuclear industry. Be informed, this photo is not a concrete wall in a nuclear power facility.  By selecting the “View Photo ...

06 Sep 10:02 AM 2 Read More...

Info: The Cost of Energy

[Approx. Read Time: 1 minute] I was filling up my truck with gas this morning and I thought to myself, why does its price fluctuate with such volatility?  Of course it is a convoluted understanding of the supply and demand for petroleum products, but I was reminded of how this instability affects the energy production costs in this country. Provided below is a graph from Nuclear Energy Institute that shows ...

03 Mar 6:14 PM 0 Read More...

Moving Forward to a Safer Future

[Approx. Read Time: 5 min] Last week FIVE PEOPLE were KILLED due to a GAS EXPLOSION in Allentown, Pennsylvania.  In DISGUST of hearing how once again a VIOLENT GAS EXPLOSION has TAKEN NUMEROUS LIVES, I thought it appropriate to provide some detailed information regarding the amount of lives lost in severe accidents with respect to energy source.  It is also important to ask WHY these ACCIDENTS CONTINUE TO OCCUR. ...

16 Feb 11:58 AM 5 Read More...

Resource Guide on Nuclear Energy for the 112th Congress

[Approx. Read Time: <1 minute] The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) has posted a new section to their website dedicated to inform the 112th US Congress about nuclear energy and electricity: http://www.nei.org/112thcongress/ This new section condenses the main talking points about nuclear energy, such as economic benefits, with which members of congress might be concerned.  In addition to providing a basic edu...

11 Jan 4:00 AM 0 Read More...

Popular Mechanics Disappoints the Youth in Nuclear Crowd

[Approx. Read Time: 1 minute] Perusing through the internet a week ago, I came across an interesting article from Popular Mechanics titled "Debunking the Top 10 Energy Myths".  Knowing the misunderstandings that frequently arise from nuclear power, it had to be on the list.  Here's a link to the article: http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/energy/debunking-myths-about-nuclear-fuel-coal-wind-solar T...

29 Sep 10:02 AM 10 Read More...

NA-YGN Straight Talk on Nuclear

The author would like to recognize former NA-YGN Public Information Chair Sarah Leversee as a co-contributor to this effort. For a link to this document, click here. [Approx. Read Time: <1 minute] The North American Young Generation in Nuclear (NA-YGN) unites young professionals who believe in nuclear science and technology and are working together throughout North America to share their passion for a ...

05 Aug 5:38 PM 0 Read More...

New Nuclear Plants Fact Sheet 2010

Clean Energy Insight has created a Nuclear Energy Fact Sheet focused on New Nuclear Plants and their benefits.  I've attached the Fact Sheet for you to use in any way that you would like.  Attach it to a pro-nuclear letter you are sending your Congressman, or just send it to a colleague or friend. Clean Energy Insight - New Nuclear Plant Fact Sheet 2010...

24 Jun 7:00 AM 5 Read More...

Nuclear Fact Series - Nuclear Energy Subsidies

[Approx. Read Time: 3 minutes] Myth: Nuclear Energy Relies on Government Subsidies The myth that the nuclear energy industry receives a massive amount of taxpayer subsidies is alive and well in internet chatrooms, blogging websites, and even certain "think tanks."  One of the goals of Clean Energy Insight is to provide easy access to facts about nuclear energy.  So we are starting a "Wednesday Facts Series" that ...

22 Jun 3:00 PM 4 Read More...

Getting the Facts Straight on VA Uranium Mining

[Approx. Read Time: 4 minutes] Clean Energy Insight has tried to follow the issue of uranium mining in Pittsylvania County, VA for about a year now.  Mike Bloom and I (Co-Creators of this website) both grew up in the area and are hoping that safe uranium mining can offer a much-needed economic boost.  As the debate continues, local newspapers like the Chatham Star-Tribune, the Danville Register and Bee, a...

19 May 6:07 PM 4 Read More...

Nuclear Fact Series: NPPs Don't Cause Cancer

[Approx. Read Time: 9 minutes] Myth:  Nuclear Power Plants Cause Cancer Few words in the English language invoke feelings of unrest and controversy as the word “nuclear”.  Historically, the word has been associated with feelings of uncertainty, fear or danger, and understandably so, as nuclear technology made its debut in the mainstream media by way of its use in weapons of mass destruction.  But as the gene...

12 May 6:11 PM 8 Read More...

What is an "Outage?"

[Approx. Read Time: 4 minutes] Things may be slowing down a bit here at Clean Energy Insight over the next month or two.  Currently, it is outage season for the nuclear power industry.  Many of our contributors will be supporting outage work on-site at nuclear power plants. In the nuclear power industry, an "outage" does not primarily refer to a power outage or blackout.  Every Spring and Fall, when power de...

10 May 11:22 PM 5 Read More...

How Far Will Energy Go? - An Energy Density Comparison

[Approx. Read Time: 4 minutes] I once read an article by William Tucker that included some interesting facts about nuclear energy.  You can read it here.  One statistic from Tucker's letter that I've kept with me is that uranium is 2 million times more energy dense than coal.  Hopefully, by representing this fact visually it will stick with most of you.  Let's get started... Energy density is the amount of ener...

12 Oct 4:35 PM 8 Read More...

Mythbusting Uranium Mining Opponents

[Approx. Read/Watch Time: 5 minutes] You may have read on Clean Energy Insight before about the Coles Hill, Virginia uranium deposit.  Pittsylvania County, Virginia is known for its tobacco farms, but it's also home to the largest untapped uranium deposit in the United States.  Currently, the National Academy of Sciences is conducting an 18 month study to determine the effects that uranium mining will have on th...

21 Sep 8:00 AM 3 Read More...

Wednesday Fact Series: Greenhouse Emissions

[Approx. Read Time: 3 minutes] Myth: Nuclear Power Emits Massive Amounts of Greenhouse Gases I have heard many times before that Nuclear Power emits a lot of greenhouse gases. In all actuality Nuclear Power emits NO greenhouse gases while producing electricity, but if you look at the entire life cycle of nuclear (mining, construction, etc.) you will see that it does emit a minimal amount of CO2 because of the labor...

16 Sep 3:59 PM 3 Read More...

Wednesday Fact Series: Are NPPs Becoming Risky With Age?

[Approx. Read Time: 3 minutes] Myth: As Nuclear Power Plants Age, They Become More “Risky” A generality that the 104 commercial U.S. Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs) commonly fall victim to is that as things age, they are at a greater risk for potential failure.  The more miles on your car, the more time you usually spend at the repair shop.  The longer you live in your house, the more trips you have to make to ...

02 Sep 1:54 PM 2 Read More...

Comparing Costs of Clean Energy

[Approx. Read Time: 4 minutes] I found a pretty interesting video a couple of months ago of Google CEO Eric Schmidt giving his strong opinion on nuclear power.  We were still designing this website at that time, so I have been waiting to post this for a while. Watch the video before you continue: What really strikes me is the pompous attitude Mr. Schmidt carries with him throughout the video clip.  Wh...

25 Aug 9:50 AM 3 Read More...

Wednesday Fact Series - NIMBY

[Approx. Read Time: 2 minutes] Myth: People don’t want Nuclear power plants in their backyards Where do I even start? This is an enormous myth. I was pleased last week to find that Bisconti Research Inc. made public their Nuclear Plant Neighbor Survey results because it makes my job in disproving this myth embarrassingly easy. The Nuclear Plant Neighbor Survey used a sample of 1,100 adults living within 10 mil...

19 Aug 12:57 PM 4 Read More...

Comparing Industry Safety

[Approx. Read Time: <1 minute] The Nuclear industry is one of the safest industries in the United States.  Recently, I looked up some facts about workplace incident comparisons by industry.  These include OSHA recordable accidents.  I decided to go and check out the updated Nuclear industry averages and compare them to some other industries in the available US Bureau of Labor Statistics database.  I made th...

17 Aug 1:17 PM 0 Read More...

Megatons to Megawatts

( By Carrington Dillon ) [Approx. Read Time: 3.5 minutes] With all the attention that yesterday's meeting between President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev received, I thought that it was necessary to raise awareness of the "Megatons to Megawatts" program that turns former Russian nuclear warheads into nuclear energy fuel.  This program wasn't mentioned a single time in yesterday's negotiation announc...

07 Jul 4:06 PM 1 Read More...

The Bull Pen - How Clean Is Natural Gas?

( By Mike Bullard ) With heavy emphasis placed on the use of natural gas for complimentary energy capacity in the recent American Clean Energy and Security Act, it is necessary to question if the use of natural gas delivers as a "green" energy. If the goal of this bill is to reduce CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions, why are we relying on natural gas for base load or mid-load capacity with this bill? N...

30 Jun 1:24 PM 1 Read More...