When I begin teaching a new class on energy technology, I often start by writing a single word on the white board - scale. We then look at the printed handouts that each student has received. They contain table 1.
By Rolf Westgard
President Barack Obama's administration and the Department of Defense are under the delusion that energy fuel supplies for our armed forces are subject to the whims of potentially hostile governments.
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Government is a negative influence on energy fuel policy
There is perhaps no area of human endeavor more influenced by government policy than the production and use of energy fuel. And the verdict on that influence is negative.
President Ahmadinejad announced Wednesday that Iran is mastering the entire nuclear fuel cycle. That mastery includes mining, processing, enriching, and fabricating fuel from uranium for a nuclear power plant such as the one at Bushehr in Iran.
Just across the German border in the small Czech city of Temelin is one of Europe's most accident prone nuclear power plants. Green Party officials in Germany have repeatedly called for "the entire facility to be shut down immediately." No longer.