Showing posts with label nuclear fusion. Show all posts
Showing posts with label nuclear fusion. Show all posts

Friday, January 20, 2023

CommonWealth Magazine: "Region’s aging nuclear power plants drawing interest"

"Rep. Jeffrey Roy of Franklin, a Democrat who chairs the Legislature’s Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy Committee, is a big supporter of offshore wind and solar. But he, too, sees a need for nuclear power plants. 

Roy, who toured the Seabrook and Millstone plants last year, said he intends to file legislation shortly that would allow the Healey administration to pursue the purchase of electricity generated by Millstone. 

He acknowledges the concerns about nuclear waste, but says the plant already exists so it makes sense to take advantage of its emission-free power to help address climate change. “It would be a shame if we didn’t at least take a look at it,” he said."

Continue reading the article ->

And via  it is insightful to "follow the money"
"New Englanders are wearing tank tops and shorts in January and @massfiscal  is hosting a climate change denial summit. See any connection?" 

Read money about who is funding these folks   - > 

Listen to the recent "Making Sense of Climate" episode here ->

Millstone Nuclear Station
Millstone Nuclear Station

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Making Sense of Climate: Ted & I start 2023 with a discussion on the recent news (audio)

FM #916 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 916 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares my conversation with Ted McIntyre, Franklin resident and climate activist via the Zoom conference bridge Tuesday, January 10, 2023.  

In this episode we covered the following topics: 

Happy new year, catch up on happenings since we last talked

  • Healey, inauguration, Climate lead executive order

  • Rep Roy video from Museum of Science (wind turbine blade testing), Rep Roy & Senator Barrett on Codcast (wind troubles)

  • Fusion/ fission/ nuclear generated electrical power

This discussion continues our journey understanding the MA roadmap toward net zero and while it helps me “make sense of climate”, we hope it helps with your understanding as well. 

If you have climate questions or Franklin specific climate questions, send them in and we’ll try to answer them in a future session.  

The conversation runs about 48 minutes. Let’s listen to my conversation with Ted.

Audio file ->



Links to articles referenced:

Climate lead via Executive Order from Governor Healey 

Rep Roy video on wind turbine blade testing visit  

CodCast episode with Rep Roy and Senator Barrett 

ISO New England grid capacity around Christmas 2022

Wind farm in Maine, MA to take advantage of 

Fun article: driving for donuts to test electric vehicle charging stations availability

Fusion announcement 

See the page that collects the “Making Sense of Climate” episodes -> 


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Wind turbines atop Saddleback Mountain in Maine. ROBERT F. BUKATY/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Wind turbines atop Saddleback Mountain in Maine. ROBERT F. BUKATY/ASSOCIATED PRESS

Tuesday, December 27, 2022

The Visual Capitalist: "Explainer: The Science of Nuclear Fusion"

Via The Visual Capitalist, comes this explainer on nuclear fusion. Fusion was a topic of a recent announcement and should be part of a future "Making Sense of Climate" episode.

The Visual Capitalist: "Explainer: The Science of Nuclear Fusion"
The Visual Capitalist: "Explainer: The Science of Nuclear Fusion"

Follow the link to read the full explainer article from the Visual Capitalist ->