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  • Michael Mariotte: Counterweight to Nuclear Energy (1952 – 2016)

    Let us be clear: without Michael Mariotte’s decision in the mid 1980’s to devote his talents to stopping the nuclear industry, many things would be very different today. Michael could not do what he did without Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS), and the many thousands of people who work with NIRS could not have…

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  • Cover sheet of NRC letter to Exelon raising questions about the company's efforts to reclassify public documents on emergency planning.

    Exelon seems to think the rules are for others

    Cover sheet of NRC letter to Exelon raising questions about the company’s efforts to reclassify public documents on emergency planning. It might seem that we’re guilty of dumping on Exelon in these pages, which is possibly true, especially since there is an apparently endless supply of Exelon-initiated issues worthy of bringing to public attention. After…

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  • Exelon's aging, unprofitable Quad Cities reactors.

    How to take on the nuclear shills: here’s one approach.

    Exelon’s aging, unprofitable Quad Cities reactors. Earlier this month, we reported that climate scientist Dr. James Hansen and the pro-nuclear Breakthrough Institute’s Michael Shellenberger had leaped–apparently on their own–into the battle over the future of some of Exelon’s unprofitable nuclear reactors in Illinois. In a nutshell, Exelon wants a taxpayer and/or ratepayer (it doesn’t really…

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  • Exelon's Clinton reactor nearly bankrupted the small utility and rural co-ops that originally built it. Despite being bought for a few cents on the dollar by Exelon, it still isn't economic and Exelon is

    How low can they go? Hansen, Shellenberger now shilling for Exelon

    Exelon’s Clinton reactor nearly bankrupted the small utility and rural co-ops that originally built it. Despite being bought for a few cents on the dollar by Exelon, it still isn’t economic and Exelon is “threatening” to close it. Photo by cryptome.org. While some potential legal challenges remain, the approval of the Exelon-Pepco merger by the…

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  • Generation IV reactors are not going to save the nuclear power industry.

    Wishful thinking: the basis of new nuclear economics

    Generation IV reactors are not going to save the nuclear power industry. That nuclear power’s miserable economics are pretty much killing the industry, especially in the western world, is a reality acknowledged by virtually everyone at this point. After the first burst of reactor construction from the late 1960s until the early 1980s collapsed under…

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  • This building--an artist's rendition--doesn't actually exist. Yet. But now that Exelon is the nation's largest electric utility, who knows what it could do?

    Exelon: now the nation’s largest electric utility

    This building–an artist’s rendition–doesn’t actually exist. Yet. But now that Exelon is the nation’s largest electric utility, who knows what it could do? Exelon has long been the nation’s largest nuclear power utility. Now it is the nation’s largest electric utility, period. Yesterday, the Washington, D.C. Public Service Commission, which had twice rejected the proposed…

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  • Exelon again threatens to close its aging, uneconomic, Fukushima-clone Quad Cities reactors--a threat that would be better as a promise.

    The nuclear industry’s game plan to take your money and keep reactors operating

    Exelon again threatens to close its aging, uneconomic, Fukushima-clone Quad Cities reactors–a threat that would be better as a promise. With the failure of last decade’s nuclear “renaissance” leading to dismal prospects for expansion, and rising operating costs–including modest and insufficient post-Fukushima improvements–making a large number of existing reactors uneconomic in the deregulated marketplace, the…

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  • From the beginning of the nuclear fuel chain exemplified here by Australia's Ranger uranium mine, to the end of the chain characterized by lethal radioactive waste with no scientifically-defensible storage method, nuclear energy is dirty energy.

    #NuclearIsDirty

    From the beginning of the nuclear fuel chain exemplified here by Australia’s Ranger uranium mine, to the end of the chain characterized by lethal radioactive waste with no scientifically-defensible storage method, nuclear energy is dirty energy. NIRS is launching a new campaign today, called #NuclearIsDirty. Over the next twelve weeks, we will be rolling it…

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  • exelonpavilion

    One More Chance to Defeat Exelon Bid for an Energy Mega-Monopoly

    On Friday, the District of Columbia’s utility regulators dealt what may end up being a fatal blow to Exelon’s bid to buy local utility Pepco and become the largest utility in the country. Or maybe not. In a complex decision that almost literally gave those of us in the room whiplash, the Public Service Commission:…

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  • Renewables are not only the environmental answer to climate change, they are the economic answer too.

    New study: Meeting carbon reduction goals economically means no nuclear power

    Renewables are not only the environmental answer to climate change, they are the economic answer too. This is a short piece about a much longer piece that you will want to take a bit of time to read. Actually, it is unfair to describe it as a “piece.” It’s a study, by Mark Cooper, who…

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