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Index / Climate Change (Global Warming or Cooling)
Whether we like it or not, climatology has become bogged down in politics, and has been political for the past few years. The power groups backing energy resources all have strong political action programs to impact American opinion to such an extent that the actual technical and environmental merits or de-merits of using the various sources of energy have become foggy with their involvement, whether it involves wind, solar, geothermal, nuclear, natural gas, or other forms of energy.

The Gallup poll monitors opinions on a wide variety of topics. Whether the Gallup polls are valid a... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Economics - Nuclear Power
Whether we like it or not, the selection of energy sources to power the American electrical grid is bogged down in politics, and has been political for a long time. The power groups backing coal, oil and gas, and nuclear all have strong political action programs to impact American opinion to such an extent that the actual technical and environmental merits or de-merits have become foggy with their involvement.

The Gallup poll monitors opinions on a wide variety of topics. Whether the Gallup polls are valid are difficult to confirm but they seem to be the most appropriate of the lot... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Economics - Nuclear Power
James Conca asks the question ... Can we be confident that we can handle our nuclear waste in America. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has just made a small but incredibly important decision about nuclear waste that could finally get nuclear energy moving forward again. In response to a 2012 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals, the NRC approved a generic environmental impact statement that clears the way for storing spent nuclear fuel for a hundred years or more - NRC Ruling. New nuclear power plants can now be built without waiting for a final nuclear waste repository to be built. This is i... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Economics - Nuclear Power
Javier E. David reports that even as the U.S. shale boom has sent oil and gas production skyrocketing, interest in alternative energy has increased, while still under government subsidy. Yet nuclear power is largely shunned by environmentalists - otherwise known as adversaries - who see the fuel source as too costly and inherently dangerous, both of which are either exaggerated or just wrong.

That, however, may be changing. Last week, more than 200 United Nations researchers announced support for nuclear energy, calling for a tripling of output within the coming years as a means to ... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Economics - Nuclear Power
Tom Hartsfield reports that 1996 was the last year that a commercial nuclear reactor came online in the U.S. That project, at the Watts Barr plant in Tennessee, began in 1973. We have not built a new facility in 40 years. A new startup company called UPower is hoping to thaw some of this frozen market. Their plan is to think small. Currently, it is very difficult to open a new plant in the U.S. The reasons for this are well known, but they boil down to overregulation.

A continuous increase in the number and complexity of regulations beginning in the early 1970s caused the material... More →
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Index / Climate Change (Global Warming or Cooling)
David H. Bailey and Jonathan M. Borwein report that with movements such as young-earth creationism, we certainly have seen examples of religion being shanghaied into the service of anti-science. But some recent rhetoric in opposition to environmentalism and climate change science takes the cake. For example, E. Calvin Beisner, leader of the Cornwall Alliance - a consortium of evangelical clergy - has declared that environmental movement is deadly to the gospel of Jesus Christ, and that believing in climate change is an insult to God. On November 30, 2012, in a televised discussion with his col... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Economics - Nuclear Power
Bob Audette reports that the five-member board that oversees the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Tuesday voted to end a two-year moratorium on issuing new power plant licenses. The moratorium was in response to a June 2012 decision issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia that ordered the NRC to consider the possibility that the federal government may never take possession of the nearly 70,000 metric tons of spent nuclear fuel stored at power plant sites scattered around the country. In addition to lifting the moratorium, the five-member board also approved guidance re... More →
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Index / Climate Change (Global Warming or Cooling)
Ben Adler reports that in March 2007, the E.U. adopted climate and energy goals for 2010 to 2020. The 27 member countries set a goal of reducing carbon emissions 20 percent by 2020 and increasing renewables to 20 percent of their energy portfolio. Unfortunately, they underestimated the carbon intensity of burning wood - a.k.a. biomass - for electricity, and they categorized wood as a renewable fuel.

The result is that E.U. countries with smaller renewable sectors turned to wood to replace coal. Governments provided incentives for energy utilities to make that switch. Now, with a bun... More →
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Index / Climate Change (Global Warming or Cooling)
Dr. Conca reports that we have been hearing that the Earth is not really heating since the mean global surface temperatures have been almost flat for the last 17 years. But there is no hiatus, no lull, and no reverse in global warming the Earth is just warming in different ways. Indeed, there is more than one way to heat a planet.

As a geologist, this is no surprise given the complexity of planetary heat transfer and other global processes. Some areas get colder, some hotter, some drier, some even get more snow as the winters get warmer. The average temperature of the lower atmosphe... More →
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Index / Coal / Graphite, Graphene, and Carbon Uses
Dave Smith reports that the extraordinary features and benefits of graphene make it sound like it was taken out of a comic book, e.g., adamantium, vibranium, but while the super material could change our world as we know it, graphene must overcome several obstacles related to viability before it is ready for mass usage.

Using graphene is a complicated technology to deliver. The race to find value is more of a marathon than a sprint.

It may be awhile until graphene is readily available to the public - the material was finally isolated only a decade ago - but scientific... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Economics - Nuclear Power
Poland will reduce dependence on brown and black coal by introducing nuclear power and renewables, according a draft energy policy to 2050 released for consultation. The Polish government put forward two main scenarios for future energy supply. Both see nuclear power introduced in 2020 and expanding to become an important element of the energy sector after 2025, along with renewable sources.

One forecast has nuclear power producing 50 TWh per year from 2035 - in line with the government ambition to build two nuclear power plants with capacity of 3,000 MWe each. At the same time, ren... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Economics - Nuclear Power
Vanessa Mock reports that closure of three nuclear power plants in Belgium leaves government fearing winter energy crunch. Belgian authorities are racing to map out emergency plans in case of a severe energy crunch this winter. The country could face energy shortfalls in the depths of winter after the sudden closure of three major nuclear power plants over the past months.

Two nuclear reactors, Doel 3 and Tihange 2, were closed in May after cracks appeared in the steel reactor casings, and another large plant, Doel 4, closed down on August 5 last year.
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Economics - Nuclear Power
The U.S. Department of Energy - DOE - has announced nearly 67 million dollars in nuclear energy research and infrastructure enhancement awards. 83 projects were selected from across the country based on their potential to create scientific breakthroughs that both help strengthen the energy security and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions. The support for cutting-edge nuclear science and engineering across our universities, national laboratories, and industry reflects the key role of nuclear energy in helping ensure a low-carbon future, said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. These awards not o... More →
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Index / Health & Safety
Howard J. Gordon, CPG-07190 indicated that the first sentence of the American Geological Institute 1992 book,Planning for Field Safety, states that safe fieldwork is no accident. In the world of safety professionals, there are no such things as accidents, just unsafe acts and unsafe conditions or a combination of the two. In the November-December issue of The Professional Geologist - TPG, an article by N. Price, How Safe is Fieldwork discussed the tragic death of Alyssa Heberton-Morimoto at the hands of a now-convicted murderer. He was sentenced to life in prison. The article presented well th... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Economics - Nuclear Power
Betsy Blaney reports that depleted uranium from federal energy facilities can be buried at a nuclear-waste dumping site in West Texas, state regulators decided Wednesday. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality also will triple the Dallas-based Waste Control Specialists facility capacity of storing low-level radioactive waste from the majority of U.S. states going from 2.3 million cubic feet to 9 million cubic feet.

The first of two containers with low-level radioactive waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico were loaded into a reinforced 8-inch-thick concrete ... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Economics - Nuclear Power
David Conti reports that Westinghouse Electric Co. has an inside track on providing two of its new reactors for a proposed nuclear power plant in Utah. The Cranberry company and Orem, Utah-based developer Blue Castle Holdings on Wednesday announced they will exclusively negotiate a deal to partner on the project. Blue Castle wants to use the Westinghouse AP1000 reactors and potentially a modified version for earthquake-prone areas in its applications for permits and licenses to build at the Green River site. The project has won several regulatory battles but is four or five years from receivin... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Economics - Nuclear Power
Kimberlee Kruesi reports that U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz championed the use of nuclear power and urged politicians and leaders in the energy industry to adapt and modernize energy production to help minimize the fallout from global warming.

Moniz indicated that the predictions of a world where we do nothing predict unhealthy outcomes for our forests. Working hard on it means innovating energy technology. And he emphasized that the goal of energy is very simple, keep the costs down. As we have seen, that will make the policy-making easier.

Repeating the Obama philo... More →
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Index / Mining & Minerals / Rare Earth Exploration and Mining
Paul Zink indicates that the Chinese government has started to stockpile rare earths again and that there is a lot of pressure building for higher prices. The big six Chinese firms that have been designated to consolidate the industry there have reported pretty poor financial results and continue to face an escalating cost structure - their environmental costs are going up. Their labor costs are going up. They are mining lower grades. One industry watcher has suggested that that prices need to be 20 percent higher just so the Chinese can handle the new environmental rules alone.

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Index / Health & Safety
In the past, healthcare providers and public health entities interpreted federal law as a requirement that a paper copy of each VIS had to be handed to the recipient prior to vaccination, and that the recipient must take this copy away with him or her following the vaccination. The evolution of electronic media has resulted in broadening of this interpretation.

VISs may be reviewed on a computer monitor or any video display.

VISs may be downloaded by the recipient to a smartphone or other electronic device to read at his or her convenience. VISs have been specially forma... More →
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Index / Geothermal Energy / Economics
Megan Geuss reports that most people think of Iceland when they think of geothermal power. On that island, approximately 90 percent of homes are heated by geothermal energy. But some 12 gigawatts of geothermal power are generated worldwide, and the US is one of the largest producers of it, generating nearly 3.4 gigawatts in 2013.

The Steamboat Complex is within the Reno city limits, and it is made up of seven smaller plants that collectively generate 78 megawatts of power. A typical coal-fired power plant can generate around 660 megawatts of power, so the Ormat system 78 megawatts a... More →
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Index / Coal / Exploration and Production
Frik Els reports that China burns almost as much coal as the rest of the world combined and is reliant on the fossil fuel for two-thirds of total energy consumption and 80 per cent of its electricity generation. 2013 was the 14th consecutive year of rising coal consumption, output and imports for the country albeit at a slower pace but 2014 could become a turning point as the country wages a war on pollution.

The China July coal production rose in July for the first time in three according the latest official data released by the China Coal Transport and Distribution Association on ... More →
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Index / Coal / Related Environmental Issues / Environmental Impact
Travis McPherson reports that more than three-quarters of China electricity is currently generated by coal. In fact, China burns more coal than the rest of the world combined. They burn coal not only for electricity but also for smelting steel. China produces half of the steel globally, and for baking limestone to make cement. China also produces half of the world cement. The International Energy Agency - IEA - estimates that this trend will not slow. He suggests that Bejing plans to double its coal-power plants in just 25 years. However, other reports suggest that China is backing out of coa... More →
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Index / Mining & Minerals / Rare Earth Exploration and Mining
The World Trade Organization (WTO) slapped down Chinese restrictions on rare-earth element exports as a phony environmental ruse that actually gives the domestic industries an unfair price advantage. The issue had been percolating for years amid a spike in demand for rare earths from the makers of high-tech products, including smartphones, aircraft engines and most electric and hybrid cars. Now, the WTO Appellate Body has sided with the U.S., the EU and Japan, which lodged a formal complaint against China in 2012. The WTO final ruling says China must drop its export tariffs and quotas within a... More →
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Index / Climate Change (Global Warming or Cooling)
Dr. Conca reports that long-term changes in global and local temperatures kill animals. Plants, too. We geologists have a good understanding of changes in global temperatures through time and some things are pretty clear. First, major climatic changes have happened over and over again for the last billion years. Whenever it occurs, there follows lots and lots of death. Second, it is not about the absolute temperature or the absolute amount of CO2 in the atmosphere. It is about the rate of change. Temperatures have been much higher many times in the past. Atmospheric CO2 levels have been much h... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration
The Government of the Australian State of Queensland says it is now ready to accept applications for uranium mining projects following its announcement of a new regulatory framework. The state lifted its long-standing ban on uranium mining in 2012. Mine Minister Andrew Cripps indicated that a modern and robust framework is required to ensure that uranium mining in Queensland is carried out according to the best environmental protection and safety standards.

The government said that the framework provides regulatory efficiency and investment certainty for uranium mining in Queensland... More →
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