Sep 17 • 1HR 17M

Going Deep on the Energy Crisis and Nuclear Power with Mark Nelson (Part 2 of 2) 🔌⚡️💡

Podcast #14 with Mark Nelson

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This is part 2 of my conversation with Mark Nelson about the energy crisis and nuclear power. If you haven’t heard it already, you should start with part 1:

Mark Nelson holding a reactor fuel bundle.

Part 2 covers a lot of ground, including how decisions are really made (emotions vs rationality), lessons from history and the pyramids of ancient Egypt on civilizational capabilities, the grid as an experiment, can we maintain it, expand it, what changed 20-30 years ago that may have broken it, why Europe’s winter crisis won’t last just one year, why the UK is in the worst position (“you don’t survive in the long run by surviving on average”), what the market system for the grid doesn’t take into account, how the UK YOLO’ed its energy system, pros & cons of small modular reactors (SMRs), innovation vs proven designs, China’s construction techniques, what’s so special about Canada’s CANDU reactors, the company Clean Core Thorium Energy, fusion vs fission, active and passive safety designs for reactors, and more.

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If you want more, Mark did an interview in mid-August about the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine.

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