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Many nuclear power plants could be impacted by warming water temperatures making cooling of reactor difficult

How Climate Change May Affect Nuclear Power Plants

Guest post by Mathias Maehlum Many nuclear power plants rely heavily on access to nearby sources of cold water to keep the system cool. Many of these power plants were built several decades ago and some of them are not well prepared for the warmer weather we are now experiencing. At a twin-unit nuclear power plant in Illinois, temperatures exceeded…

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After Fukushima is the sun setting on nuclear energy?

Nuclear Power One Year after the Fukushima Disaster

The March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami that led to the explosions at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan sent shock waves that are still being felt around the world. The fallout from this tragic event is driving countries away from nuclear power and increasing GHG intensive coal-fired energy production. This abandonment of nuclear energy could add a billion tonnes…

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Renewable energy development requires strong government incentives

Growth of US Renewable Energy and Government Policy

Renewable sources of power production are growing, but they are very far from being able to meet America’s energy needs. The US spends roughly $1 trillion each year, or 10% of gross domestic product, on the fuel needed to power its economy. An Environment America report, called The High Cost of Fossil Fuels, predicts that by 2030, the US could spend as much as $1.7 trillion a…

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The Weekly Mulch from the Media Consortium: What’s Missing from Obama’s Clean Energy Agenda? (Hint: Wind and Solar)

By Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium Blogger (reposted with Permission) Nuclear power, biofuels, clean coal: These are the Obama administration’s answers to climate change. The 2011 budget, released this week, promised new loans for the construction of nuclear power plants, and on Wednesday the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), White House, and other departments detailed steps to encourage ethanol and clean coal…

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