On Monday night, I spoke at a public briefing on the impact of the Japanese disaster on the nuclear power industry. The event took place at Washington and Lee University in the Northen Auditorium of Leyburn Library.
Listen to my comments on the Diane Rehm Show this morning. Japan’s crisis prompts new questions about the safety of nuclear power. An update on efforts to contain the risks in Japan and how the disaster could affect the nuclear power industry worldwide.
While the disaster continues to unfold in Japan, it is not too early to learn lessons for Japan’s future energy policy. One immediate lesson is that Japan may be taking too great of a risk by having a relatively large portion of electricity generated by nuclear power. As of March 16, four reactors at the [...]
TOKYO, March 15, Kyodo Originally published by Kyodo News I know that it can be difficult receiving advice from an outsider. I write as someone who greatly admires Japanese culture, science and engineering. Japan has made some smart energy decisions. Tokyo responded wisely to the Arab oil embargo in 1973 by shifting electricity generation away [...]
On March 11, Japan experienced its worst earthquake in the 140 years of recorded history of earthquake measurements and may have started to suffer from its worst—to date—nuclear incident. As I write in an analytic and opinion article for foreignpolicy.com, it appeared as of March 11 that the worst-case accident involving a reactor meltdown and [...]
Read the presentation here. Today at the Department of State’s conference on “Atoms for Development,” I gave a presentation on the responsibilities for international cooperation for peaceful nuclear technologies. In this presentation, he recommends that the United States and other countries committed to improving the nuclear nonproliferation system need to use all the levers at [...]
Read the Conference Paper. Listen to the FAS Podcast: A Conversation With An Expert, featuring my trip to South Korea. From December 2nd to 3rd, I participated in the 9th Republic of Korea-United Nations annual Conference on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Issues. This year’s conference took place at Jeju, South Korea, which is an island off the southern coast [...]
One of the benefits of being an FAS member is gaining access to special events, like conference calls, webcasts, and live chats, with FAS experts. I cordially invite FAS Members to a conference call this Thursday, November 4, 2010, at 2:00 PM EDT. The launching off point will be my forthcoming article in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, titled, “Next customer, [...]
Today I testified before the House Committee on Science and Technology on “Charting the Course for American Nuclear Technology and the Department of Energy’s Nuclear Energy Research and Development Roadmap”. You can read my testimony here.