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Dissecting the flaws within the EPA's Clean Power Plan
With the public comment period on the EPA's Clean Power Plan closing on December 1 ( have you submitted your comments yet? ), I thought I'd share the public comment I submitted to the EPA on some of the shortcomings in the plan as they pertain to nuclear en...
With the public comment period on the EPA's Clean Power Plan closing on December 1 (have you submitted your comments yet?), I thought I'd share the public comment I submitted to the EPA on some of the shortcomings in the plan...
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Quincy would like to know why he's being woken up for this.
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As a libertarian, I'm just fine with market-based critiques of all energy sources. But too often the "market" part is simply a one-sided pretext. ( 
+Rod Adams provides some inspiration here on an insightful, related point on the anti-trust implications of shared liability.)
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"Natural" does not imply "safer" - yet all-too-commonly (especially among a certain suburban mindset) it's assumed that "natural" sources of risk (both in terms of medicines and radiation) are safer than "human-caused" (like pharmaceuticals and nuclear technology) - much to their peril.
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"Cheap" natural gas is a regional phenomenon - particularly in wintertime. Policies that count on low natural gas prices for electricity production and ignore pipeline capacity do so at their own peril.
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Steve, I disagree with your assessment about natural gas. Here is a link to a draft paper regarding oil production that I had to shelve (model shows a sharp decline in oil production happening about now I think the issue is in how I calculate the marginal utility of money). You are fundamentally missing the time required to reestablish the drilling infrastructure. With the well count as it is, there is little left for these guys. Many are keeping by drilling in oil fields, however, that market was previously self sustaining.  

Here is the link to the paper, I used an adaptation of the point reactor kinetic model in order to use price signals as a measure of driving exploration and production:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/1scafpzk8om8dvp/PK%20Oil%20Production.pdf
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Truth!
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It's a question of energy density in how they're employed. Gasoline doesn't release energy on the nuclear level; it's a chemical bond. Energy isn't extracted from uranium from breaking chemical bonds; it's done by breaking nuclear bonds. If and when controlled hydrogen fusion is employed, it's obviously a nuclear phenomenon and would be on the energy density scale of uranium. 
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My grad students look at the proposed EPA Clean Power plan and find some surprising incentives which actually would work to undermine existing zero-carbon nuclear capacity
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Good job! I am glad to hear UT is turning out a sharp crew of new engineers.
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Find the rent-a-clown in an otherwise decent article on SMRs. Related: Who does UCS's Ed Lyman think does quality control better - an assembly line or a one-off stick build? (Hint: Henry Ford already figured this out a century ago.)
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The DOE's response to the BRC report is uninspiring, to say the least. In particular, their new proposed date for a permanent geologic repository? 2048 - a full fifty years AFTER the deadline in the NWPA. It's almost embarrassing.
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Assistant Professor of Nuclear Engineering
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  • University of Tennesseee
    Assistant Professor, 2012 - present
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    Postdoctoral Research Associate, 2011 - 2012
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Nuclear physicist, engineer, and educator. Not always in that order.
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Well, I have a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering - that's almost like being a rocket scientist, right?
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I booked this place on Priceline and I was a bit leery when I read the reviews. To be honest, this place has most certainly seen better days - I get the feeling that the owners haven't really been putting money into updating / refurbishing, exactly. That being said, it was a decent place for the price with a good location and the staff were reasonably friendly. The internet was a little flaky but generally worked. To be honest, I'm not exactly sure what people complaining are expecting here - this place has definitely seen better days, but it's far from the worst place I've ever stayed.
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