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Nuclear Energy: Trying to Get it Right

“If men can develop weapons that are so terrifying as to make the thought of global war include almost a sentence for suicide, you would think that man's intelligence and his comprehension... would include also his ability to find a peaceful solution.” – President Dwight D. Eisenhower, November 14, 1956

Greetings readers,

60 years after Atoms for Peace, we’re still trying to get it right.

On December 8, 1953, President Eisenhower, went before the General Assembly of the United Nations to discuss Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy.  He laid out his vision for the peaceful use of nuclear energy.  This vision included the International Atomic Energy Agency and the pursuit of “methods whereby this fissionable material would be allocated to serve the peaceful pursuits of mankind.” (Found this as I was confirming numbers on global nuclear energy use - IAEA Feature on Atoms for Peace - so suffice to say, my illusions of originality on that score are shattered and I will leave it to the Feature referenced above to provide further details).

Fast forward 60 years.

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Welcome to Open Energy!

“We can’t have an energy strategy for the last century that traps us in the past. We need an energy strategy for the future – an all-of-the-above strategy for the 21st century that develops every source of American-made energy.” - President Barack Obama, March 15, 2012

Greetings readers,

I’d like to begin by thanking Open Government Television for welcoming me to the team!

This blog will be dedicated to current energy issues, information, policies, and initiatives, and I’m excited to engage in discussions that cover the waterfront on today’s energy topics.

So why energy? Because it’s interesting?  Maybe.  Because it’s important?  Sure.  How about, because it’s rapidly becoming one of the issues that we as Americans, consumers, and humans can’t afford NOT to know about.  Don’t believe me?  Check your winter heating bill.  Or gas prices.  Or real estate purchases.  Automotive sales.  Environmental standards.  The stock market.  GDP.  Sites of global and regional conflict. And I could go on.

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