Seventy Years of Nuclear Fission: Short on Confidence; Long on Waste

By: Tuesday January 29, 2013 12:55 pm

On December 2, 1942, a small group of physicists under the direction of Enrico Fermi gathered on an old squash court beneath Alonzo Stagg Stadium on the Campus of the University of Chicago to make and witness history. Uranium pellets and graphite blocks had been stacked around cadmium-coated rods as part of an experiment crucial to the Manhattan Project–the program tasked with building an atom bomb for the allied forces in WWII.


Bill to Cancel Oil Subsidies Will Fail Later Today

By: Tuesday May 17, 2011 2:15 pm

Let me save you the trouble of turning on C-SPAN2 and missing the Blue Plate special at the Olympia Diner. The motion will fail on a party-line vote. Even Senate Republicans who previously expressed a willingness to end oil subsidies will stick with Mitch McConnell and Team R on this one.

NM-Sen: Jeff Bingaman Becomes Latest to Announce Retirement

By: Friday February 18, 2011 11:42 am

Jeff Bingaman, the Chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, will announce his retirement later today, according to sources. He becomes the sixth Senator – three Democrats, two Republicans, and Joe Lieberman – to announce their retirements in the past month.

Reid Sets Tentative Late July Debate for Climate and Energy Bill

By: Wednesday July 14, 2010 8:50 am

Harry Reid has a draft of a climate and energy bill that he plans to bring to the Senate floor within a couple weeks, the Majority Leader said. That would begin the climate debate right around the end of the July work period, so I don’t know what that means for pushing back the deadline on the August recess; it could mean that Reid just wants a vote to highlight GOP obstructionism.

Energy Bill: Main Components Include Renewable Standard, Oil Spill Response

By: Tuesday July 13, 2010 6:06 am

We’re looking at two main parts to the Senate’s energy and climate bill: a response to the BP oil spill and a renewable electricity standard. A cap on carbon emissions, even a utility-only cap, does not make an appearance.

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