Since the Fukushima accident earlier this year, it has become clear that the nuclear industry has a fundamental problem. As so eloquently said in the introductory session of the WNA Annual Symposium in London last month by WNA Executive Director John Ritch there is a common belief that while nuclear power may be safe; we
“Nuclear is a business, not a religion” John Rowe, Chairman and CEO of Exelon (August 15, 2011) In his speech to the American Nuclear Society Utility Working Conference in Hollywood, Fla. entitled “My Last Nuclear Speech”, Rowe, while accepting that nuclear is an important option to meet climate change and other policy objectives; states very
Although it has been more than two months since I last posted; Fukushima continues to dominate the discussion both within and outside of the industry. So here I am, sitting on the balcony of my beautiful room in Brunei – overlooking the South China Sea – contemplating how this major event in Japan will affect
It has now been about two months since the horrific earthquake and tsunami that caused the damage at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. The people of Japan continue to suffer from this mind boggling natural disaster with the death toll at well over 20,000. And yet when we hear about Japan on the news
With everything going on due to this major natural disaster in Japan, it is absolutely incredible to watch how much of the reporting is about the Fukushima plant that goes well beyond the current status of the plant and efforts to get the situation under control. There is a lot that has already been said.
The UK is unique in its approach to the nuclear renaissance. Once the cradle of the nuclear industry, with some of the world’s oldest plants and research centres, the UK has mostly dismantled its nuclear industry in recent years. From privatizing British Energy to selling off Westinghouse and dismantling BNFL, it is fair to say
On February 22, 2011, my dad, the Big Bear – Bernie Caplan peacefully passed away. It is with great sadness that I write today. I have lost the man who taught me how to be me; how to live with the utmost integrity, to love my family with all my heart and follow my dreams
Looking back at my blog from last January, I can probably start the same way – “Where did the time go?” 2010 has been a very busy year with a huge amount of activity in the nuclear sector around the world. I am certain that we can expect an even more active year in 2011.
For some time we have seen the nuclear industry moving from west to east. The nuclear renaissance is somewhat stalled in the west, while new build nuclear in the east, led by China, continues to accelerate to extraordinary levels. There are numerous reasons for this shift from west to east. New information released late last
This year I have traveled more than usual. Seems as if I have been in the air more than on the ground! And all long flights too. Traveled to Europe, Asia and South America. One of the best things to do on long flights is read - so this year I have read a lot! I have been