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Secretary Chu Op-Ed on Small Modular Reactors in the Wall Street Journal

March 23, 2010

America is on the cusp of reviving its nuclear power industry. Last month President Obama pledged more than $8 billion in conditional loan guarantees for what will be the first U.S. nuclear power plant to break ground in nearly three decades. And with the new authority granted by the president's 2011 budget request, the Department of Energy will be able to support between six and nine new reactors.

What does all of this mean for the country? This investment will provide enough clean energy to power more than six million American homes. It will also create tens of thousands of jobs in the years ahead.

More about small modular nuclear reactors,

 

John Holdren's reply to our letter

 

In February, 2010 John Shanahan wrote an letter to the President of the Office of Science and Technology, Dr. John Holdren, detailing a comprehensive policy on nuclear energy that was co-signed by many scientists, politicians and activists. Read letter to John Holdren here.

Here is John Holdren's reply

 

New Nuclear Plants in Georgia

By MATTHEW L. WALD, February 16, 2010

WASHINGTON — President Obama, speaking to an enthusiastic audience of union officials in Lanham, Md., on Tuesday, underscored his embrace of nuclear power as a clean energy source, announcing that the Energy Department had approved financial help for the construction of two nuclear reactors in Georgia.

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Nuclear debate on the horizon

By Sara Phillips, ABC Environment |

nuclear power station

Expect to see nuclear energy back in the media this year. It's an issue that raises its head periodically, only to be beaten back by the strong public sentiment against nuclear power.

Read more about the resurgence of talk about nuclear power

 

SCGI Synergy at Work

Barry Brook, noted Australian climatologist and SCGI member invited Tom & Nicole Blees to visit Australia for nearly two weeks at the beginning of February. Barry and his staff had arranged a whirlwind tour of four Australian cities that included radio and print interviews, a number of talks to academics, business leaders, and the general public, private talks with leaders of industry, and a debate that was sold out. Noted anti-nuclear campaigner Helen Caldicott was supposed to be one of the debate participants, but a flash flood prevented her from attending at the last minute. Her spot was filled by another antie and the debate went on as scheduled.
Barry had also arranged for a tour of Australia's only nuclear reactor outside Sydney, where Tom gave a talk and was able to meet with prominent nuclear scientists. There was discussion about Australia participating in upcoming SCGI initiatives despite the country's current lack of support for nuclear power, a situation that is rapidly changing as Barry continues to till the soil there and plant seeds of promise for the future.

Read more about Tom Blees in Australia

 
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