Tag: nuclear

Five graphics from Google show how carbon-intensive its data centers really are

Enlarge / Solar panels sit on the roof of Google headquarters in Mountain View. reader comments 10 Share this story Google has long been a carbon-neutral company in a theoretical sense. That is, even when it’s physically impossible for Google’s data centers and offices to consume renewable energy, the company offsets that “dirty” energy with […]

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Vote results: Construction will continue on Vogtle nuclear power plant

Construction at the Vogtle nuclear power plant. reader comments 5 Share this story The four owners of the new additions to the Vogtle nuclear power plant in Georgia agreed on Thursday that construction on the two additional reactors can go forward. The agreement was made despite growing opposition among some local lawmakers and at least […]

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A good announcement and a bad announcement for two nuclear-energy startups

Enlarge / Mockup of the NuScale energy plant slated for development outside of Idaho Falls, ID. reader comments 3 Share this story The benefits of nuclear energy—dispatchable power with zero emissions (excluding emissions from uranium mining)—are desperately needed in a world facing climate change. The disadvantages of nuclear energy are also great. The old light-water […]

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Trump and Putin Meet for 1-on-1 Discussion on Trade, Military, Missiles, Nuclear, and China

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin briefly spoke to cameras before beginning a one-on-one meeting Monday that Trump said would include discussion of nuclear arms, China, and hopes of building an “extraordinary relationship.” Trump and Putin met at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, to give opening statements before beginning their closed-door private […]

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North Korea continuing construction at plutonium production facility after Singapore summit

Since the end of the Singapore meeting between Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, North Korea has been upgrading the Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center used to manufacture plutonium for nuclear weapons. The analysis from the Stimson Center’s North Korea specialists at 38 North used imaging from commercial satellites to show how construction at the […]

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Trump says his intuition will let him know instantly whether talks with Kim Jong-un will bear fruit

And frankly it does no good when leading Democrats are demanding the sort of pre-conditions on talks with North Korea that would have made negotiating the Iran nuclear agreement with Tehran impossible. Branko Marcetic at Jacobin has written a vigorous essay on that factor here.  The best outcome to be hoped for from the summit (or the post-summit talks […]

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Trump using emergency Cold War powers to make ‘unprecedented intervention’ on behalf of coal

When Perry attempted to launch the coal plant bailout last year, it was shot down by regulators that Trump had appointed. In a unanimous decision, the regulators saw the plan as an attempt to interfere with competitive forces and directly manipulate the energy market. The regulators—four out of five of them appointed by Trump—saw no reason to halt […]

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North Korea Won’t Give Up Nuclear Weapons, but It’s Willing to Build a Fast-Food Joint in Honor of Trump: Report

Photo: Mark Wilson (Getty Images) In what might be arguably the weirdest story to come out of the Trump administration, it turns out that North Korea has no intention of giving up nuclear weapons, but it will consider adding a Western-style burger joint in Pyongyang as a show of good faith. Umm, the fuck? How […]

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