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Some Labor Day Weekend Reading: Blogroll Updates and "Unique Reactors"

It's been awhile since we've updated our blogroll and we have quite a few new blogs to add. In alphabetical order we have Brave New Climate from Australia who's author, Barry Brooks, writes about climate change and nuclear power. The quality and detail of his posts have generated a ridiculous amount of discussion and have been quite enjoyable to read.

From the industry we have the NAYGN Clean Energy Insight crew who we've highlighted before and Clean Energy America who's authors speak around the country at college campuses, civic groups, radio stations and other venues.

Then we have Nuclear Power? Yes Please who's authors span from Japan, Netherlands and Sweden. They caught my attention when they blasted a lame Greenpeace argument.

Sad to say, We Support Lee has been permanently deleted, we're going to miss her posts. But the new nuclear plant she advocated so strongly for is still trucking along in the licensing process.

On a different note and for some weekend reading, check out EIA's stellar new page called "Unique Reactors" which takes the reader through fission's birth on Earth all the way to the future of nuclear power on the moon. Hope everyone has a great Labor Day weekend!

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DocForesight said…
For information junkies, the EIA review is an overdose of great history. Thanks for the link!

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