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The 10-Year Road to Repealing Wisconsin's Ban on Nuclear Energy

The following is a guest post from Mike McGarey, senior advisor for local and state government affairs at NEI. 

Over the weekend, at a governors conference here in Washington, I greeted a friend whom I’d met 10 years earlier when she was a staffer to then-Wisconsin Assemblyman (now Wisconsin Public Service Commission Chairman) Phil Montgomery. My friend’s former boss was among the early advocates for repealing Wisconsin’s longstanding moratorium on new nuclear, and we high-fived last week’s bipartisan state Senate passage of the repeal bill. The bill now awaits Governor Scott Walker’s promised signature. Enactment will ensure that reliable, zero-emissions nuclear will be among a host of technologies Wisconsin’s utilities and policymakers can consider going forward to meet the state’s energy, environmental and economic needs.

Looking back, I recall a number of key players and events that slowly turned a polarizing issue – viewed by some as partisan, and a long shot in a purple state – …

Bloomberg Reporter Takes Tour of Callaway Nuclear Plant

Last week, the University of Missouri School of Journalism held a workshop for journalists on nuclear energy.

Also included as part of the program was a tour of the Callaway Energy Center operated by Ameren Missouri.

One of the reporters on the tour, Bloomberg's Rebecca Kern, took photos of the plant and shared them via Storify. We've embedded her narrative below. Please check it out.

[View the story "Tour of Callaway Nuclear Plant " on Storify]

Thorium Triggers Invasion of Norway (On Netflix)

Here at NEI, we try to keep an eye out for any television program or film that involves nuclear energy. As we've written in the past, the results can be something of a mixed bag. That's part of the reason that Pandora's Promise was such a pleasant surprise. After seeing nuclear energy viewed through a lens darkly most of the time, it was something of a shock to the system to see it described with optimism and hope.

Enter Occupied (or Okkupert for my Norwegian relatives), a political thriller that debuted on European television last Fall and is now available here in the U.S. on Netflix. So what's the plot?

Warning, minor spoilers ahead.

Sometime in the near future, Norway is struck by a climate-related natural disaster, paving the way for the election of a Green Party government. Once in power, the new prime minister (Henrik Mestad) decides his nation needs to lead by example and stop using fossil fuels, and that means immediately shutting down all of Norway's oil an…