Nuclear Energy

ChatGPT & DALL-E generated panoramic image depicting the river race with boats representing natural elements and energy sources. The renewable energy source boats are moving swiftly with the current, while the boat shaped like a nuclear reactor struggles against the natural flow.

Nuclear Continues To Lag Far Behind Renewables In China Deployments

Since 2014 I’ve been tracking the natural experiment in China regarding the ability to scale nuclear generation vs renewables. My hypothesis was that the modularity and manufacturability of wind and solar especially meant that it would be much easier for them to scale up to massive sizes. That hypothesis was … [continued]

ChatGPT & DALL-E generated panoramic image depicting a billionaire inside a lavish, transparent bubble, floating above a city landscape

Pity The Poor Climate-Aware Billionaire Oligarchs

As we celebrate the passing of another year with the rituals of our religions, our families and our cultures, spare a thought for a poor benighted billionaires who are trying and failing miserably to address climate change. They have a place to stand, a lever long enough, yet cannot move … [continued]

Midjourney generated image of wind farm stretching to the horizon, bird's eye view

What Do COP28 Double Down, Triple Up & Nuclear Commitments Mean?

COP28 has some good news stories to go with the bad. Prominent among the good news was the Double Down, Triple Up pledge pushed by the Global Renewable Alliance and signed onto by almost 120 countries. A somewhat similar pledge related to nuclear is receiving a lot of media coverage … [continued]

ChatGPT & DALL-E generated panoramic image depicting an abandoned coal power plant with an illusory overlay of small modular nuclear reactors floating above it

What Drives This Madness On Small Modular Nuclear Reactors?

A few months ago, a STEM and economics literate global decarbonization executive for a $4 billion annual revenue logistics business operating in most of the major trading companies of the world asked me “What drives this madness on hydrogen?” They were being peppered with irrational proposals for the molecule and … [continued]