This is my latest comment on Fund Strategy. The German chancellor’s extraordinary decision to shut all of Germany’s nuclear power plants by 2022 illustrates spectacularly how fear has come to dominate the western elites. From any rational perspective it makes no sense. Angela Merkel’s move can be seen as a panic reaction to the problems [...]
Randy Brich has interviewed me for Nuclear Street; a portal for professionals in the American nuclear industry.
Randy Brich has reviewed Ferraris For All on Nuclear Street. The American site describes itself as: “the leading information provider on companies, plants, jobs, personnel and news in the nuclear power industry”.
What resource curse?, Foreign Policy, by Charles Kenny. A development economist argues against the idea that the discovery of resource wealth is a “curse” for the country involved. New mission for US military: break its dependence on oil, Yale Environment 360, by Louis Peck. The American military is investigating ways to conserve energy and develop [...]
Michio Kaku, a professor of theoretical physics at the City University of New York, argues that nuclear fusion – the form of energy that powers that sun – really could be harnessed within two decades. Although similar predictions have been made in the past, the joke is that fusion is always 20 years away, he [...]
Some useful recent reports – all to be taken critically. From austerity to prosperity: Seven priorities for the long term. McKinsey. New times, new connections: civil society action on climate change, Green Alliance, by Faye Scott. The State of African Cities 2010: Governance, Inequalities and Urban Land Markets, UN-Habitat. World Energy Outlook 2010. International Energy [...]
Ireland still has the power to make itself a country worth living in, the Observer, by Fintan O’Toole. The assistant editor of the Irish Times argues the Ireland should embrace “ethical austerity”. I suspect that will be even more painful than regular austerity. Government ‘planning to measure people’s happiness‘, BBC. For a critique of this [...]
Finally, a chance to respond to Tim Jackson’s piece on our debate last weekend (see 2 November blog post). The most surprising thing about Jackson’s note on our debate was his surprise. Everything I said last Sunday was completely in line with the arguments in Ferraris for All. I would not have expected him to [...]
It was hard to resist laughing at the divisions among greens brought out in What the Green Movement Got Wrong, a Channel 4 documentary broadcast on Thursday. Some greens, such as Mark Lynas and Stewart Brand, wanted a more positive attitude towards such issues as nuclear power and genetically modified food. Others, such as George [...]
Obama could kill fossil fuels overnight with a nuclear dash for thorium, Telegraph, by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard. Evidently Carlo Rubbia, a Nobel laureate, is working on thorium as a clean, cheap and safe alternative to uranium in reactors. Are cattle an endangered species?, Rational Optimist, by Matt Ridley. The author finds that one of the plants designated [...]
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