Molten Salt Nuclear Reactors: Technology Revolution in Nuclear Power could slash costs below coal

Nuclear power basically comes down to two issues: Safety and cost. Nobody denies that mass nuclear has the raw production capacity to provide for our energy needs through the remotely foreseeable future, but some argue that doing so would either bankrupt us, sicken us, or both. While this is certainly a disputed interpretation, it’s one…

Distributive Generation and Nuclear Energy

Amory Lovins popularized the idea of Distributed electrical generation as a foil to the emerging nuclear power industry. Lovins argued that what was needed was not large nuclear generation facilities, but small localized generating facilities that drew their power from nature. Such facilities, Lovins maintained, would be low cost and more reliable than large generating…

San Onofre Earthquake Risk

  Earthquake Risk San Onofre was redesigned for a 7.0 earthquake, but sits near faults capable of 8.0+ earthquakes – 10 times larger, 32 times stronger, and long overdue. See USGS earthquake calculator. Nelson Mar, PhD (former Senior Engineer for the original design of San Onofre Units 2 & 3), said San Onofre is not designed for current earthquake or…

FAA should curb its regulatory authority over commercial drone use

Several state legislatures have already enacted drone-related statutes, but states should be doing much more. For more than half a century, the Federal Aviation Administration has piloted the development of sensible aviation regulation in the United States. Unfortunately, when Congress enacted legislation in 2012 directing the FAA to craft rules for small civilian drones, the…

A Drone for Every Small Business

Last June, the Federal Aviation Administration grounded Amazon Prime Air’s plans for a drone delivery system. But two weeks before the Amazon decision, the FAA granted energy corporation BP permission to fly a drone over Alaska’s North Slope to better survey roads and pipelines. That marked the first condoned use of a commercial unmanned aircraft…