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Two More Bloggers for Nuclear Energy

Meet Neurovore:
Although I am not pursuing nuclear physics as a formal field of research, I have always been an avid hobbyist of nuclear technology as well as other topics of scientific study. After following the blogs of several prominent nuclear advocates such as Kirk Sorensen and Rod Adams, I have decided to create a blog of my own in order to keep track of the upcoming developments in nuclear energy...
Welcome! I guess I should humbly acknowledge that I was beaten to the punch once again by Rod Adams and Dan Yurman. You guys are getting too good!

Also, another blogger to meet is Chuck Muth at Yucca Facts. He's deep into the debate surrounding Yucca Mountain and definitely writes some hard-hitting posts.
The purpose of this website is to provide factual and scientific information on the proposed nuclear waste repository being built at Yucca Mountain in southern Nevada.

The authors of the site are not advocates for the project; however, we believe that much of the information the public has received in the past is disingenuous and often deals with hypothetical scenarios - such as a rail car being blown up in downtown Reno with a shoulder-launched rocket by an illegal alien from the roof of the Silver Legacy shouting “Allāhu Akbar!”

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We hope that by better understanding the advantages and disadvantages the state might receive by hosting the repository, as well as safety assurances the state must continue to insist upon, combined with the progress being made in the area of reprocessing, that the state’s elected officials will consider changing to a neutral position on Yucca Mountain and allow an unbiased assessment of the project.

Welcome to the both of you!

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Jim Muckerheide said…
See also:

Angela Saini - "Nothing Shocks Me: I'm a Scientist"

How the greens went nuclear.

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