Obama’s new climate plan isn’t nearly enough

June 26, 2013 at 3:53 am
Contributed by: Chris

For SmartPlanet this week, I put President Obama’s new climate plan into context of the data on U.S. carbon dioxide emissions. I concluded that it offers some steps in the right direction, but doesn’t come close to what we really need to do to avoid catastrophic climate change.

Read it here: Obama’s new climate plan isn’t nearly enough

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Behind Closed Doors, Utilities Grapple With New Strategies

June 20, 2013 at 1:32 am
Contributed by: Chris

For Greentech Media this week, I continued my series of articles on the evolution of the utility business by covering a recent closed-door forum, in which various stakeholders in the grid power business discussed ways to adopt green power and new technologies more quickly. It turns out they’re not all just digging in their heels against change.

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Op-ed for Nature: “Communication: Positive energy”

June 19, 2013 at 11:31 am
Contributed by: Chris

I’m very pleased to announce my op-ed for Nature, one of the world’s most respected international scientific journals. You can read the final version in the June 20, 2013 edition in print, or online here:

Communication: Positive energy

Nature 498, 293–295,  
doi:10.1038/498293a
By permission of Nature, an earlier version of the text of the article appears below. 
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Chris Nelder chats with Phil Pearlman on nuclear vs. solar costs

June 19, 2013 at 11:18 am
Contributed by: Chris

Investor and StockTwits Executive Editor Phil Pearlman liked my article for Quartz comparing the costs of nuclear power to solar, and invited me to a Google Hangout to discuss it. You can see the video below; it’s about half an hour long. The video struggled a bit with my weak Internet connection in the UK, but the sound came through clearly. Worth a listen if you just can’t get enough of my views on solar vs. nuclear!
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The real economics of solar vs. nuclear power

June 17, 2013 at 11:22 am
Contributed by: Chris

For Quartz this week, I ran down the data on the cost of nuclear power vs. the cost of renewables, in response to The Breakthrough Institute’s recent claim that the cost of German solar is four times the cost of Finnish nuclear power. If you want to know what nuclear power really costs, here’s the data.

Read it here: The real reason to fight nuclear power has nothing to do with health risks

Note: I would not have said we should “fight” nuclear power; the title wasn’t my choosing, and it was more in reference to a previous Quartz article on the health aspects.  I just don’t think the current generation of nuclear technology makes economic sense, and the next generation has yet to prove itself…despite the claims of a loud chorus of nuclear advocates and a well-promoted film.

Nuclear’s swan SONGS

June 17, 2013 at 11:12 am
Contributed by: Chris

For SmartPlanet last week, I reviewed the recent closure of four nuclear plants in the U.S., including the San Onofre Generation Station in California, and concluded that nuclear power is headed for a long goodbye. Read it here: Nuclear’s swan SONGS

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Watts Up, Vaclav? — My critique of Vaclav Smil

June 6, 2013 at 5:55 am
Contributed by: Chris

For Greentech Media this week, I critiqued the views of noted energy historian Vaclav Smil on peak oil and the transition to renewable energy. It’s a very geeky topic that probably won’t appeal much to laymen, but serious energy analysts and commentators should find it worthwhile.

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