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State energy policy up for major changes under last-minute bill

A couple of questions someone could ask Gov. John Hickenlooper this week: how much do you love your energy office and do you want...

Nuclear power was fading in U.S. before Japan accident

U.S. nuclear development, already slowed by a lack of private investment, seems likely to be further stalled by the political fallout from the Fukushima disaster in Japan. How fast this slowdown will lead to more renewables is an open question.

State to begin uranium mill review despite lack of enviro feedback

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment late last week deemed complete a uranium mill application by Ontario-based Energy Fuels, starting what will...

GOP Utah guv blasts Obama’s DOE for stimulus-backed uranium shipments

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, a Republican, is accusing the Obama administration of playing politics by rushing three rail shipments of depleted uranium from Cold...

Colorado officials: Yellowcake uranium trucks ‘can go wherever they want’

MONTROSE — Opponents of a proposed uranium mill in southwestern Colorado near the Utah state line may be pleased to hear that state officials in charge of overseeing the transport of incoming ore and outgoing yellowcake don’t actually consider such things “nuclear materials.”

’60 Minutes’ clean-coal story sparks debate on enviro blogs

The CBS news mag “60 Minutes” aired an interesting primer on the debate over so-called "clean-coal technology" Sunday night, interviewing some of the heavy hitters in the industry and scientists calling for a moratorium on all new coal-fired power plants.

Energy stimulus turns into tilting at nuke-powered windmills

From the moment the federal stimulus package was first proposed, crank-celebrity "free market" enthusiasts have been whipping up their fans by crying "socialism" as often as possible -- demonstrating how little cranks understand both free markets and socialism. I'd write it off as merely tilting at windmills, except that tilting at windmills sounds too reality-based given the prominence renewable energy is playing in the country's recovery and reinvestment plan.