Today: 17.Oct.2017

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

James Conca, scientist in the field of earth and environmental sciences. Contributor to Forbes: China now has more wind and solar energy than the rest of the world - combined. But transmission bottlenecks, coal’s undue influence, and market set-up have prevented large amounts of renewable electricity from reaching the Chinese grid. Renewables are increasing faster than the infrastructure to support them. So it’s not surprising that China would keep building huge hydro plants as well as tripling their nuclear power over the next decade. The largest power plants are nearly all hydro dams and nuclear.

Published in Energy Today

James Conca, science writer for Forbes on energy, Thomas Hafera, consulting engineer: Twenty-one prominent scientists issued a sharp critique to one of their own. Mark Jacobson of Stanford said America could easily become 100% renewable by mid-century, but refused to acknowledge sound scientific principles in his research and address major errors pointed out by the scientific community. Jacobson’s claim is at complete odds with serious analyses and assessments, including those performed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the International Energy Agency, and most of academia.

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