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Just The Facts

"Just The Facts" sets the record straight on the many myths about nuclear energy that appear in the media. Both proactively, and as part of a rapid response campaign, Beyond Nuclear will draw upon the 2014 World Nuclear Industry Status Report (and where necessary on prior editions and other sources) to set the record straight using empirical data. Nuclear propaganda is replete with plans and promises. The reality on the ground paints a very different story. This page presents the reality, not the myths. .................................................................................................................................................................................................................
Thursday
Oct082015

What does "under construction" really mean?

"construction" numbers can be misleading. Five plants have been "under construction" more than 30 years.

Thursday
Oct082015

World Nuclear Association scrambles for a "scenario" to counter WNISR

World Nuclear Association scrambling for "capacity scenario" to counter empirical facts about decline in

Thursday
Oct082015

Tweet: Renewables produce more electricity than nukes in 23 US states

In 23 of 50 states +DC, non-hyrdro renewables produce more than power. 2015

Thursday
Oct012015

Pilgrim tops list of reactors most likely to close soon

Entergy's Pilgrim nuclear power station in Plymouth, MA is looking increasingly like the frontrunner as the next U.S. nuclear domino to fall.  The Fuksuhima-style reactor’s vulnerability to imminent shutdown is due principally to its failing performance; the mounting cost of inspecting and maintaining this inherently dangerous technology; and a steadily rising competitive "head wind" of abundant renewable energy.  The plant’s director of regulatory performance, David Noyes, has admitted that if Entergy “finds that the cost of making the improvements to the plant exceeds the value of the plant, the corporation may decide to shut the plant down.”  Indeed, the 2015 World Nuclear Industry Status report identifies on page 108 that “the cost of maintaining aging nuclear reactors” is the “increasingly prominent challenge” to keeping reactors running.


Thursday
Sep242015

Why Exelon wants your money to kill renewables

Exelon Corp., the country’s largest nuclear power operator, this week opted to keep the money-losing Quad Cities (IL) nuclear plant running after grabbing more than $270 million from grid operator PJM.  Exelon received a similar $270 transfusion in June.  The move will boost Exelon’s profits by an estimated $280 million while costing ratepayers at least another $80-100 annually on electricity bills.  Quad Cities will continue to lose $50 million a year.  Exelon’s money grab effectively blocks development of energy efficiency and renewable energy.  As noted on page 109 of the 2015 edition of the World Nuclear Energy Status Report:  “The Illinois Department of Commerce concluded that “economic losses” of plant closure “can be mitigated,” in particular through “investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy resources.”  Read more

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