Nuclear power is the most efficient, safest and most environment friendly source of energy.


This blog compiles facts that make nuclear energy the clear choice for powering our future.

I have NO connection with the nuclear power industry and I have never had any connection with the nuclear power industry.

I have created this blog because I believe we are in dire need of drastically reducing our carbon emissions. Coal fired power plants are the single largest producer of CO2. Nuclear power is the most efficient, safest and most environmentally friendly source of energy available.

Coal Is Bad

Alex Gabbard makes it clear in this ORNL article. Coal fired power plants are a bigger danger to your health and the future of our planet than nuclear power plants. Coal fired power plants release more radiation and more CO2 into the atmosphere than a nuclear power plant. Yet 52% of our energy comes form coal fired power plants, while only 15% is created by nuclear energy.

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the Department of Energy’s largest science and energy laboratory.


  • "Power to Save the World; The Truth About Nuclear Energy" by Gwyneth Cravens, 2007 Finally a truthful book about nuclear power. This book is very easy to read and understand.
  • ENVIRONMENTALISTS FOR NUCLEAR ENERGY book: Fossil fuels such as coal oil, and gas, massively pollute the Earth's atmosphere (CO, CO2, SOX, NOX...), provoking acid rains and changeing the global climate by increasing the greenhouse effect, while nuclear energy does not participate in these pollutions and presents well-founded environmental benefits. Renewable energies (solar, wind) not being able to deliver the amount of energy required by populations in developing and developed countries, nuclear energy is in fact the only clean and safe energy available to protect the planet during the XXI st century. This book answers essential questions about nuclear safety, the Chernobyl accident, the public health problems our society has to face, viable solutions for nuclear waste, the benefits of clean nuclear energy for the environment, and important information about the future of our planet. Back cover - Table of contents - Introduction by James Lovelock - Review of this book by the American Health Physics Society   Book Review   Environmentalists for Nuclear Energy, by B. Comby English edition, 2001, 345 pp. (soft cover), 38 Euros TNR Editions, 266 avenue Daumesnil, 75012 Paris, France; ISBN 2-914190-02-6
  • "The Long Summer" by Brian Fagan
  • "Collapse" by Jared Diamond

Mass Extinction

The largest mass extinction of life occurred 251 million years ago when the atmospheric carbon levels rose to near 1000 parts per million, the ocean became anoxic (lacking oxygen). This allowed hydrogen sulfide gas to bubbled up from the bottom of the ocean and 95% of all life on earth died.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Cost of Electricity

The MIT Center For Advanced Nuclear Study released a report on The cost of electricity in May (2009).

The three cost elements used in the study are capital, operation and management, and fuel.

Incorporating all cost elements, the study found that the levelized cost of electricity, denominated in 2007 dollars, are as follows:

nuclear power is 8.4¢/kWh [includes the risk premium (safety tax) which makes capital costs much higher than coal or gas]

coal is 8.3¢/kWh [includes a $25/tCO2 charge (carbon tax)]

Gas-Fired Power 7.4¢/kWh [includes a $25/tCO2 charge (carbon tax)]

There are two very important factors to consider here. The first is that safety regulations are much more severe and costly for nuclear power plants than they are for either coal or gas-fired power plants. This CANES study takes this into account and concludes that if you equalize the safety restrictions, the levelized cost of electricity, denominated in 2007 dollars, from nuclear power is 6.6¢/kWh.

Many people who oppose nuclear power plants consider them more hazardous than coal or gas-fired power plants. Please see my post which clearly explains how safe pebble bed reactors are and see my posts about background radiation and how dangerous coal clearly is.

The full text of the MIT CANES report can be found here.

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