The Uranium Supply Shortage That Does Not Have To Be

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By Christopher Hopkins, The Saint Consulting Group If you have followed the Saint Consulting blog for any period of time, you would have noticed that we have been talking about this upcoming uranium shortage since at least 2007.  See my October 2009 post to understand that this shortage is not something that has snuck up upon us. With the expiration of … Read More

A pending uranium supply crisis? Yes, there very well could be

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While the United States strives for energy independence, the resources that are needed to achieve that independence lay undisturbed in the ground. Unless there is a renewal of uranium mining in the U.S. in the near future, the country will be faced with another era of relying on unpredictable foreign governments and market forces controlling a vitally needed fuel supply.

Nuclear power fights for share in Obama’s renewable energy, climate change goals

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By Jay Vincent, Senior Vice President for Energy, The Saint Consulting Group Last week, nuclear industry executives and allied interests met in Washington to carve out a role for nuclear power in the U.S. as a stable, base load source of energy generation that is both reliable and “green.” Hosting several key Capitol Hill speakers, including House Majority Leader Steny … Read More

Nuggets of insight into American views on landfills, nuclear power — Saint Index

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By Steve Shepherd, Vice President for Communications, The Saint Consulting Group Most Americans would rather have nuclear power plant built in their community than a landfill, a casino, or even a quarry. A landfill is the most reviled type of proposed development when it comes to a person’s hometown, followed closely by a casino, the 2009 Saint Index survey of … Read More

Thousands of miles of transmission lines pose problems for Obama energy plan

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Earlier this month, Jay Vincent, Saint Consulting’s senior vice president for energy, drew attention in The Saint Report to opposition to transmission lines that might block President Obama’s vision of a new power grid for America. Peter Slevin and Steven Mufson have just published in The Washington Post a broad look at the dueling interest groups, billions of dollars and … Read More

Space-based solar energy: sharp video says now is the time to drill up, not down

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A message for President-elect Barack Obama — look to space-based solar energy platforms to source our planet’s energy needs after oil runs out and nuclear power proves too expensive. That is the message of a sharp video which promotes space-based solar energy as THE alternative energy solution. The video runs less than five minutes and says oil will run out, … Read More

Protest, costly dissent leave US energy options lagging behind Russia, Kazakhstan

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Russia and Kazakhstan plan to significantly increase their uranium output in order to fuel the prevalence of nuclear power. Why are we in the United States so woefully behind and so prohibitive? asks Chris Hopkins, Saint Consulting’s senior vice president for aggregates and mining. Russia and Kazakhstan are among the leaders in anticipated oil production in the coming decades, yet … Read More

Energy planning restrictions, investment costs leave UK twisting in the wind

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The UK government hopes two new sources of power, wind and nuclear, will bolster Britain’s supply and at the same time help to meet ambitious targets to cut greenhouse-gas emissions. Both are in trouble. The planned expansion of wind power is being held up by a myriad of obstacles from planning objections to electricity grid constraints. The cost of investment … Read More