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Steve Skutnik
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Nuclear physicist, engineer, and educator. Not always in that order.
Nuclear physicist, engineer, and educator. Not always in that order.

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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...

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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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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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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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"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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