A prominent Conservative councillor and academic is seeking volunteers to research the possible use of nuclear reactors in Cumbria. Stephen Haraldsen, a county councillor for Yewdale, who is also a research fellow specialising in the history and governance of the nuclear industry, has called for people to get involved in the think-tank. His search for volunteers comes with Government plans in the pipeline to site a new type of miniature nuclear reactor as part of a £500m scheme.
Whitehaven News 18th Sept 2019 read more »
Jim Green: The ‘inquiry into the prerequisites for nuclear energy in Australia’ being run by Federal Parliament’s Environment and Energy Committee has finished receiving submissions and is gradually making them publicly available. The inquiry is particularly interested in ‘small modular reactors’ (SMRs) and thus one point of interest is how enthusiasts spin the economic debate, given that previous history with small reactors has shown them to be expensive; the cost of the handful of SMRs under construction is exorbitant; and both the private sector and governments around the world have been unwilling to invest the billions of dollars required to get high-risk SMR demonstration reactors built. To provide a reality-check before we get to the corporate spin, a submission to the inquiry by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis notes that SMRs have been as successful as cold fusion – i.e., not at all.
Renew Economy 19th Sept 2019 read more »