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Small nuclear reactors could make Alberta's oilsands cleaner, industry experts suggest

Alberta's oilsands have been labelled as dirty by environmental activists and some politicians, but the sector might be able to clean up that reputation with help from the nuclear power industry.

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A sea change in the conversation on nuclear energy

Tired of regressive conversations about which is better, nuclear or renewables, energy leaders say there is no time to play favourites: every viable clean energy source should be improved and enabled for quick efficient deployment to create the clean and reliable system we need.

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Saskatchewan giving early consideration for small nuclear reactors

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe has found anti-carbon tax allies in Ontario Premier Doug Ford and New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs. Moe said they have been discussing another power option too, small modular reactors.

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Moe touts talks on small 'safe' nuclear reactors

Premier Scott Moe says he's in the early stages of looking at "innovative" nuclear energy for Saskatchewan, in the form of small modular reactors

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Nuclear Power provides the performance we need

We often speak about the incredible energy density of nuclear fuel; a pellet the size of the end of your finger can deliver as much energy as a ton of coal. In addition to producing a large amount of energy from a very small amount of resource, the plants themselves offer another important benefit, their exemplary operating performance. They operate at very high capacity factors (the amount of energy produced / the total energy that would be produced if the unit ran nonstop) meaning they provide us with a reliable 24/7 energy source to support our energy hungry economies.

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David Staples: Fear not, new nuclear reactors can solve Canada's climate change crises

There is no reason to have nightmares about climate change. You will not hear this from the alarmist reports on the evening news, let alone from doom-saying activists, but there is a proven, low-carbon source of safe and abundant energy.

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Cancer therapy points to future in nuclear medicine

Chemotherapy takes a certain buckshot-like approach to treating cancer, attacking tumorous and healthy cells without discrimination.

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First Canadian SMR licence application submitted

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has received the first licence application for a small modular reactor. The application from Global First Power (GFP), with support from Ontario Power Generation and Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation (USNC), supports a proposal to deploy a Micro Modular Reactor plant at Chalk River in Ontario.

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The Climate Needs Nuclear Power

If governors are serious about global warming, they’ll preserve this vital source of clean energy.

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New England governors to work together to support nuclear and clean energy facilities

The six New England governors have expressed their commitment to maintain nuclear and clean energy facilities throughout the region.

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Action needed to keep US nuclear competitive - Korsnick

US nuclear plants are performing better than ever before - but now is the time to act to ensure the benefits that nuclear energy provides are protected, Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) president and CEO Maria Korsnick said in her 2019 State of the Industry address.

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Are these tiny, 'inherently safe' nuclear reactors the path to a carbon-free future?

In the six decades since the Shippingport Atomic Power Station near Pittsburgh began operating as the nation's first commercial nuclear reactor, the industry has built ever larger plants to improve the economies of scale. A typical commercial reactor now produces about 20 times as much electricity as the first Shippingport unit in 1958.

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Calling for a compact fusion pilot plant to generate electricity at the lowest possible cost

Can tokamak fusion facilities, the most widely used devices for harvesting on Earth the fusion reactions that power the sun and stars, be developed more quickly to produce safe, clean, and virtually limitless energy for generating electricity? Read the full article here

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Nuclear power is carbon-free. Should it play a bigger role in every country's green energy plan?

Why use nuclear power?To prevent catastrophic climate change, scientists say, we have to dramatically reduce the use of fossil fuels. The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned that more extreme droughts, floods, wildfires, and storms will occur if world carbon dioxide emissions do not drop by 45 percent from 2010 levels by 2030 and get to zero by 2050. Replacing coal- and oil-burning power plants with renewable sources such as wind, solar, and hydroelectric power is crucial to that goal, but renewables alone won't be enough to meet the world's energy needs, particularly in rapidly developing...

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The nuclear necessity

Many Americans, including me, had our views of nuclear power strongly shaped by the 1979 film The China Syndrome. This polemic's alarming message was amplified when the Three Mile Island nuclear accident occurred just days after its release. Read the full article here

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A nuclear family of a different sort

I work for a great company, and support a team in a great industry. It’s a controversial one in many ways and that has led to a tight communications community. But its challenges have been upstaged in recent weeks by a national political controversy in Ottawa that has dragged my company’s name through the mud. I don’t want to get into the whys and wherefores of it all, but suffice it to be said that it has been a long and stressful few weeks for this company communicator. Read the full article here

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Climate Change Worries Open Minds to Modern Nuclear Technology

On behalf of the Canadian Nuclear Association, Abacus Data developed a different approach to surveying contemporary attitudes towards nuclear energy. Instead of looking principally at nuclear as a source of energy, we created a survey that explored whether people might feel differently about nuclear if the conversation was about how to find energy solutions that reduced carbon emissions. This release details our findings from this study, which was conducted among 2,500 Canadian adults from February 8 to 12, 2019. Read the full article here

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Energy assessment bill conflicts with purchase of pipeline, Alberta premier says

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says it makes no sense for Ottawa to have spent $4.5 billion to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline while it pushes legislation she says will deter investors from future energy projects. Read the full article here

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The new, safer nuclear reactors that might help stop climate change

From sodium-cooled fission to advanced fusion, a fresh generation of projects hopes to rekindle trust in nuclear energy.

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Opponents ignore the many benefits of nuclear power in Pennsylvania

State legislation being prepared by Sen. Ryan Aument and Rep. Tom Mehaffie and co-sponsored by more than 20 other state elected officials will result in cost savings to customers, less carbon emitted into our air and more jobs and economic prosperity throughout the state, particularly in communities like mine that host nuclear power plants. Read the full article here

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We already have the perfect energy storage – nuclear fuel

If decarbonizing global energy systems is a priority; it seems obvious that all low carbon options should be considered as part of the solution.  

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