Lot's happening with nuclear around the world -- mostly associated with continued problems with market-competitive delivery, seeking alms from taxpayers, and attempts by taxpayer groups and trading partners to block the largest of the subsidies.
1) Corporate happy talk 1: Hamming it up with frack water and earthquakes
Markey: If you are shining the light on lending to Solyndra, can you spare a few rays to look at nuke loan guarantees too?
Congressman Ed Markey (D-MA) sent an interesting letter to Fred Upton (R-MI) late last week. The correspondence outlined some of the history of the Title 17 loan guarantee program and the nuclear industry's push to make it their own. It also included examples of the role the Nuclear Energy Institute played to weaken federal recourse in a loan default, and the pressure it brought to bear to expedite loans to its members. These are indeed crass examples of political lobbying that put billions (and potentially tens of bil