Last Spring, after putting out the April 2010 Nuclear Energy Facts Report (which is still available here), I was diverted by a couple of high intensity projects that I will talk about on this site in the days ahead. I've learned a lot during that year, and I will be posting some new ideas for your consideration and comments.
Many nuclear power advocates were surprised and enlightened by the behavior of the Fukushima reactors, and their associated used fuel pools. It will take considerable time, thought and innovation to fully learn all we need to learn from this once-in-centuries disaster.
Another teaching moment came with the publication by the New York Academy of Sciences of the Greenpeace Book, "Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment." timed for use in a media blitz on the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl meltdown in 1986. The Greenpeace announcement said:"based on now available medical data, 985,000 people died as a result of the Chernobyl disaster." The authority for this statement is said to be "the book recently published by the New York Academy of Sciences." Since the book itself states that the generally accepted rules of science do not support the book's exteme conclusions, I and others will be challenging the book's scientific validity and the propriety of a scientific academy sponsoring such a report, disguised as science.
One of the major activities that took me away from this blogsite for so long was preparing to makef a documentary film and DVD for public television entitled "Admiral Rickover: Father of Nuclear Power." The project has finally received major funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and pre-filming activities are under way. I will be telling you more about that, as we get into production. Production of the film is expected to continue through the rest of 2011, with release some time in 2012 (hopefully before the widely predicted end of the world ; - )
So, don't go away. The goodies will start appearing shortly.