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Fukushima Nuclear Crisis

Energy Institute Directors Called Upon for Expert Commentary

In the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that racked northeastern Japan and set the world on edge, experts at the Enaergy Institute were called upon to offer their insights into unfolding events at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.

Exactly what happened and how? Could it happen here? What does it mean for the future nuclear power?

Dr. Dale Klein, former chair of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and an associate director at the Institute, and Dr. Raymond Orbach, the Institute’s director and former Under Secretary of Science at the Department of Energy, conducted scores of interviews with news outlets – from CNN and ABC News to the New York Times and the Texas Tribune – and made presentations to numerous organizations, including the American Physical Society and Project Sherwood.

Radio Interviews

In a radio interview with KZUM, Dr. Dale Klein, Associate Director of the Energy Institute and former chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, discusses why we need to develop nuclear fuel recycling capacity.


Selected Press Coverage

Science Odyssey: The Future of Nuclear Power in America
Star City Blog, April 02, 2011

After Fukushima
The Humanist, May / June 2011 Issue

Nuclear Power
CQ Researcher, June 10, 2011

Fukushima disaster: some lessons already clear
Nature Magazine, March 22, 2011

Solving energy riddle won't be easy: Experts say we can't afford to ignore any of the major elements
Houston Chronicle, March 21, 2011

Whatever Nuclear Power's Threat, No Easy Alternatives
New York Times, March 20, 2011

Japan disaster offers another way for Texas' Comanche Peak nuclear plant to imagine worst conditions
Dallas Morning News, March 17, 2011

Explaining Japan's Nuclear Crisis
National Journal, March 17, 2011

Japan nuclear threat has locals worries
KXAN Austin Local News, March 14, 2011

Nuclear Problems in Japan may chill the anticipated industry renaissance
New Orleans Times-Pacayune, March 14, 2011

Crisis Deepens At Japanese Nuclear Power Plant
NPR, March 14, 2011

What is a Meltdown? Experts assess the nuclear challenge now faced by Japan as its reactors teeter on the brink
CBS News, March 13, 2011

Japan quake death toll soars amid nuclear fears
The Age, March 13, 2011

What's going on with the Japanese nuclear reactors: a primer
The Barrel, March 13, 2011

Nuclear Renaissance Threatened as Japan's Reactors Struggle
Bloomberg News, March 13, 2011