Skip to main content

NEI’s VP Alex Flint Debated Beyond Nuclear’s Kevin Kamps on C-SPAN

This morning NEI’s VP Alex Flint debated Kevin Kamps (pdf) from Beyond Nuclear for about 45 minutes.

Besides disagreeing with every issue Mr. Kamps raised, I have to say he was quite smooth with his responses and did an effective job at making his case. But as Mr. Flint pointed out at 42:50, many of Mr. Kamps’ claims were “irresponsible fear mongering.”

Among the topics discussed were CBO’s debunked 50 percent default rate which is not based on past industry experience, Vermont Yankee’s tritium situation, and how loan guarantees reduce the cost of electricity to the consumer (pdf). Enjoy!


Carletes said…
makes me sick to see the same old BS coming out of kamps' mouth. Markajani study? Amory Lovins? Can't believe he keeps reinforcing the 50% default rate. Not even restaurants default that much.
I'm wondering why NEI doesn't emphasize the importance of baseload power. To me, the most important thing is that when I flip the switch, the light in my house (or my computer, which I used to do work) turns on.

To me, that's something important that any energy policy has to preserve.
Anonymous said…
why NEI doesn't emphasize the importance of baseload power

Because "baseload" is a bisyllabic word, which is one more syllable than the average voter can handle.
DocForesight said…
@Anon - Here's a simple solution to that problem:

break the word in two, thus:

base ... load.

See? Single syllables.
Phil Hamm said…
"I feel like I'm arguing with somebody who says that we can't put men on the moon". CLASSIC!!!! HA HA HA HA!! SO TRUE!

"That's irresponsible fear mongering." Good for you!!!!!
T-Squared said…
Alex did a fantastic job! He was cool, calm and measured, providing factual responses to the concerns brought up.

Had I been in Alex's shoes, I would have lost my patience with Kevin Kamps, reached over the desk, grabbed him by the his lapels, looked him straight in the eye and said: "Why can't you get it through your thick skull that the waste problem isn't spent nuclear fuel its the billions of tons of CO2 emissions being spewed out every year through human activity and your pathetic wind farms just aren't going to cut it."

Kevin would do well to read David McKay's book "Sustainable Energy -- Without the Hot Air". I am sure if he did he would stop trying to flog Arjun Makhijani's fluff piece on carbon-free energy. David MacKay incidentally is the UK's Chief Scientific Advisor to the Department of Energy and Climate Change and, as one would expect from someone in his position, he has a pretty good handle on the capabilities of renewables and their drawbacks. He has concluded, if we want to beat climate change, we need a good dollop of nuclear energy.

Popular posts from this blog

A Billion Miles Under Nuclear Energy (Updated)

And the winner is…Cassini-Huygens, in triple overtime.

The spaceship conceived in 1982 and launched fifteen years later, will crash into Saturn on September 15, after a mission of 19 years and 355 days, powered by the audacity and technical prowess of scientists and engineers from 17 different countries, and 72 pounds of plutonium.

The mission was so successful that it was extended three times; it was intended to last only until 2008.

Since April, the ship has been continuing to orbit Saturn, swinging through the 1,500-mile gap between the planet and its rings, an area not previously explored. This is a good maneuver for a spaceship nearing the end of its mission, since colliding with a rock could end things early.

Cassini will dive a little deeper and plunge toward Saturn’s surface, where it will transmit data until it burns up in the planet’s atmosphere. The radio signal will arrive here early Friday morning, Eastern time. A NASA video explains.

In the years since Cassini has launc…

Sneak Peek

There's an invisible force powering and propelling our way of life.
It's all around us. You can't feel it. Smell it. Or taste it.
But it's there all the same. And if you look close enough, you can see all the amazing and wondrous things it does.
It not only powers our cities and towns.
And all the high-tech things we love.
It gives us the power to invent.
To explore.
To discover.
To create advanced technologies.
This invisible force creates jobs out of thin air.
It adds billions to our economy.
It's on even when we're not.
And stays on no matter what Mother Nature throws at it.
This invisible force takes us to the outer reaches of outer space.
And to the very depths of our oceans.
It brings us together. And it makes us better.
And most importantly, it has the power to do all this in our lifetime while barely leaving a trace.
Some people might say it's kind of unbelievable.
They wonder, what is this new power that does all these extraordinary things?

Missing the Point about Pennsylvania’s Nuclear Plants

A group that includes oil and gas companies in Pennsylvania released a study on Monday that argues that twenty years ago, planners underestimated the value of nuclear plants in the electricity market. According to the group, that means the state should now let the plants close.


The question confronting the state now isn’t what the companies that owned the reactors at the time of de-regulation got or didn’t get. It’s not a question of whether they were profitable in the '80s, '90s and '00s. It’s about now. Business works by looking at the present and making projections about the future.

Is losing the nuclear plants what’s best for the state going forward?

Pennsylvania needs clean air. It needs jobs. And it needs protection against over-reliance on a single fuel source.

What the reactors need is recognition of all the value they provide. The electricity market is depressed, and if electricity is treated as a simple commodity, with no regard for its benefit to clean air o…