How "One Less Nuclear Plant" is the saddest goal in environmentalism.

South Korea, climate talks, and why nuclear advocates need to be in the room. Last week marked an important victory for nuclear energy in South Korea.  In a stunning reversal, a jury of nearly 500 South Koreans chose to continue the construction of two nuclear reactors.  Our friends at Environmental Progress have been on the case for months and played an important role in providing data that helped frame up exactly what was at stake the country.  Just weeks after leaving Environmental Progress last November, I went to Marrakesh, Morrocco to assist in the COP22 efforts.  Here is my journal entry from back then, with some mild editing for length and clarity. Continue reading

"Never wait for the federal government..." -- DOE Reflections

“Never wait for the federal government…”   To anyone who understands the implied punchline of the old adage I’m from the government, and I’m here to help, there is not a lot of wisdom in those six words. As is custom now to start a meeting at the DOE, I had covered growing up in the rural north woods of Brainerd, Minnesota and my various scars received playing rugby for Dartmouth. Alyse Scurlock’s Florida Gators has been trashed for losing to the Aggies and Caroline Cochran’s Oklahoma roots exhumed to hash over the border rivalry with Texas. That is when US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry asked the assembled Millennials around his private conference table what we would do if we were sitting in his chair. Continue reading

Generation Atomic's comment on the recent NOPR

Generation Atomic submitted an official comment on the US Department Of Energy's recent Notice Of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.  You can read the full transcript of the comment here. Continue reading

Faces of Nuclear - David Schumacher

If scientists announced today the discovery of a brand new technology that could prevent catastrophic climate change, it would be celebrated the world over in the same way as the Apollo 11 moon landing. Yet, we already have discovered a technology with similar virtue: nuclear energy. David Schumacher is the director of The New Fire, a new independent documentary that explores the work of young nuclear engineers and entrepreneurs developing next-generation nuclear reactors. These young innovators are leading the fight to bring advanced nuclear to the forefront of the climate discussion. The film presents the powerful story behind the creative brilliance of these small groups hoping to provide clean and safe solutions to the world’s energy needs, as they try to bring their reactors to market. Continue reading

Notes from the Field, Week 23 - Ohio Expansion

As we wrap up our campaign in Ohio, we leave you with Atomic Report: Week 7, featuring the Davis-Besse car show and safety day. Continue reading

Notes from the Field, Week 22 - Ohio Expansion

It was an unexpectedly hot week as we moved out of summer and into fall in Northeastern Ohio.  The canvassing team continued its march, and the team is closing in on a total of 10,000 postcards sent to local legislators this summer.  Enjoy this version of the Atomic Report. Continue reading

Six years after Fukushima, Japanese policy commission wants more nuclear energy.

Japan has a checkered history with nuclear fission. As the first and only country to be bombed by nuclear weapons, Japan has more reason than most to fear the effects of splitting the atom. In 2011 the Fukushima Tsunami and subsequent meltdown seemed to confirm these deep seeded fears that many had about the dangers of nuclear. After Fukushima Japan shut down its fleet of reactors, though slowly some are being brought back online. Continue reading

Notes from the Field, Week 21 - Ohio Expansion

Another weekly report from Northeast Ohio.  Check out this week's atomic report and be sure to take action to save nuclear in Ohio. Continue reading

Faces of Nuclear - Meredith Angwin

Meredith Angwin is a devoted nuclear advocate and author of the recent award-winning book Campaigning for Clean Air. Her book is designed to help people get started with their own nuclear advocacy. She serves as one of two Vermont representatives to the steering committee of the Consumer Liaison Group of ISO-NE, New England’s grid operator. She also writes at her blog Yes Vermont Yankee, is a guest writer for Energy Northwest and the American Nuclear Society blogs, and writes for Nuclear Engineering International Magazine in Britain.  She received a President’s Citation award from the American Nuclear Society for her outreach work.       Continue reading

Notes from the Field, Week 20 - Ohio Expansion

The newest Atomic Report is up and available for your viewing pleasure.  The team knocked another 2000+ doors this week, and made considerable progress on the grasstops component of our Ohio campaign. Continue reading