Today: 16.Dec.2017

James Conca, scientist in the field of earth and environmental sciences. Contributor to Forbes: Stanford University Professor Mark Jacobson is the prophet of a religion that claims the world can be fueled by 100% renewable energy. But other scientists better not question him or he’ll excommunicate you. And by excommunicate, I mean sue in court. Jacobson filed a $10 million libel suit in Washington, D.C. Superior Court against another scientist, Dr. Christopher Clack, who dared to criticize him.

Published in Energy Today

The American Nuclear Society, Bob Coward, ANS President, James Conca: "Why Nuclear? Our security depends on it - national security, energy security, and economic security. Our future relies on it - environment, climate, and standard of living. Together, we will deliver." Nuclear in America is on a cusp between two very different paths. One path leads to continued global leadership. The other leads to a slow fading of our nuclear program to that of a third-rate power, leaving Russia and China to lead the world. Short-term thinking is the opposite of what a Great Nation needs to do, the opposite of what we did for most of the 20th century.

Published in Energy Today

James Conca, Geochemist, Contributor to Forbes, Consultant to industry and government on energy issues: Hurricane Harvey made land fall in Texas this week and the flooding was historic. What is shaping up to be the most costly natural disaster in American history, the storm has left refineries shut down, interrupted wind and solar generation, caused a constant worry about gas explosions, and caused a chain of events that led to explosions and fires at the Arkema chemical plant that is only the beginning. But the Texas nuclear power plants have been running smoothly. Anyone who knows anything about nuclear was not surprised. Nuclear is the only energy source immune to all extreme weather events – by design.

Published in Energy Today

Dr. Alan Waltar, nuclear engineer, Past President of American Nuclear Society hosted the Ingalls Creek Nuclear Futures Meeting in Peshastin, Washington State, USA September 10 & 11, 2017. In attendance were Wanda Munn, nuclear engineer from the Fast Flux Test Facility, Kenneth Kok, nuclear engineer, Editor of Nuclear Engineering Handbook, James Conca, Geochemist consultant to industry and government, contributing author to Forbes on energy, William Stokes, consulting engineer on Light Water Nuclear Power Plants, John Shanahan, civil engineer, President of Environmentalists for Nuclear - USA. Members of the International Board of Advisors for EFN - USA from Canada, Chile, France, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, Uganda, the UK and the USA contributed suggestions of what the United States should do to get its nuclear power program back on the right track. In 2017, the United States still has no plans to replace aging existing nuclear power plants with new ones and no plans of what to do with its used nuclear fuel. Furthermore, Toshiba and Westinghouse have declared bankruptcy over major cost overruns for plants they are building in the U.S. This is a disgrace for government and industry management and creates problems for many other countries.

Published in Energy Tomorrow

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