Archinect - News 2017-09-25T16:51:47-04:00 https://archinect.com/news/article/149982839/former-texas-governor-rick-perry-nominated-as-secretary-of-u-s-department-of-energy Former Texas Governor Rick Perry nominated as Secretary of U.S. Department of Energy Nicholas Korody 2016-12-15T12:29:00-05:00 >2016-12-21T22:08:20-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2h/2h1qx5bavwpg5ell.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2h/2h1qx5bavwpg5ell.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2h/2h1qx5bavwpg5ell.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2h/2h1qx5bavwpg5ell.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>President-elect Donald Trump has added another name to his cabinet: former Texas Governor Rick Perry will head the U.S. Department of Energy. The announcement has drawn mixed responses. The oil and gas industry, on the one hand, welcomed the fossil fuel industry-friendly climate change skeptic, and immediately requested that he support increases in natural gas exports. On the other hand, environmentalists and others concerned with accelerating global warming found the choice worrisome, to say the least. A few years ago, Perry proposed abolishing the department altogether, although he also forgot its name once during a debate in a notorious gaffe.</p><p></p><p>The nomination is the latest addition of an oil industry-friendly climate change skeptic to the cabinet, following the selection of Exxon Mobil Corp&rsquo;s CEO Rex Tillerson as secretary of state and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, a major opponent of climate change mitigation efforts, as head of the EPA.</p><p>Besides managing energy-related re...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149942173/china-plans-to-build-a-fleet-of-floating-nuclear-power-plants China plans to build a fleet of floating nuclear power plants Alexander Walter 2016-04-25T15:15:00-04:00 >2016-04-26T11:49:52-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/vc/vczrt7kzpj14uivm.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/vc/vczrt7kzpj14uivm.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/vc/vczrt7kzpj14uivm.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/vc/vczrt7kzpj14uivm.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>All the radar systems, lighthouses, barracks, ports and airfields that China has set up on its newly built island chain in the South China Sea require tremendous amounts of electricity, which is hard to come by in a place hundreds of miles from the country&rsquo;s power grid. Beijing may have come up with a solution: floating nuclear power plants. A state-owned company, China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation, is planning to build a fleet of the vessels to provide electricity to remote locations [...]</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130872169/new-satellite-images-show-progress-in-china-s-island-building-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New satellite images show progress in China's island-building project</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108502429/china-is-busy-building-islands-in-the-south-china-sea" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China is busy building islands in the South China Sea</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149938932/the-enclosure-to-dismantle-chernobyl-s-nuclear-reactor-is-complete The enclosure to dismantle Chernobyl's nuclear reactor is complete Julia Ingalls 2016-04-07T13:07:00-04:00 >2016-04-10T00:38:09-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/re/re3up7ea51wov3gs.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/re/re3up7ea51wov3gs.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/re/re3up7ea51wov3gs.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/re/re3up7ea51wov3gs.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>This month marks the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. On April 26, 1986, technicians conducting a test inadvertently caused reactor number four to explode... Reuters reports that a huge recently-completed enclosure called the New Safe Confinement&mdash;the world's largest land-based moving structure&mdash;will be &ldquo;pulled slowly over the site later this year to create a steel-clad casement to block radiation and allow the remains of the reactor to be dismantled safely.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Although it sounds like an early aughts indie band name, the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/4247339/nuclear-bunker-looks-like-a-nuclear-bunker-say-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Safe Confinement</a> structure over Chernobyl's reactor number four is finally complete, constructed at an estimated cost of&nbsp;&euro;1.5 billion. Meanwhile, neighboring city and officially uninhabitable Pripyat has become a hauntingly photogenic ghost town, as captured in these photos:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lc/lci6xc6eegtjlt8t.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5t/5t23mu4j40ujs27w.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/on/onnrcgpzt1kekypn.jpg"></p><p>For what else is going on in Chernobyl:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/27152/walking-tours-of-chernobyl" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Walking Tours of Chernobyl</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/53638623/sunny-chernobyl-beauty-in-a-haze-of-pollution" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sunny Chernobyl': Beauty In A Haze Of Pollution</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/27128/agricultural-de-radiation-in-chernobyl" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Agricultural De-Radiation in Chernobyl</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/60387063/u-s-nuclear-plants-brace-for-hurricane-sandy-impact U.S. Nuclear Plants Brace for Hurricane Sandy Impact Alexander Walter 2012-10-30T18:32:00-04:00 >2012-10-30T18:35:07-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5c/5cead587b4a396cab81404953a6da503?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5c/5cead587b4a396cab81404953a6da503?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5c/5cead587b4a396cab81404953a6da503?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5c/5cead587b4a396cab81404953a6da503?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Oyster Creek, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) north of Atlantic City, generates 630 megawatts (MW), or enough electricity to power 600,000 households. Situated about a mile inland from the brackish inlet of the Atlantic Ocean known as Barnegat Bay, it shares the same design as Japan's tsunami-crippled coastal nuclear plant, Fukushima Daiichi.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> https://archinect.com/news/article/47281403/japan-goes-nuclear-free-for-the-first-time-in-four-decades Japan Goes Nuclear-Free For the First Time in Four Decades Archinect 2012-05-04T12:44:00-04:00 >2012-05-04T13:39:34-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/qq/qq1mkes9lvwrdw2y.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/qq/qq1mkes9lvwrdw2y.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/qq/qq1mkes9lvwrdw2y.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/qq/qq1mkes9lvwrdw2y.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>For the First Time in Four Decades Japan will shut down its last working nuclear power station this weekend, culminating &mdash; at least for now &mdash; a national shift away from nuclear energy in the aftermath of last year&rsquo;s Fukushima disaster. The shutdown of the No. 3 Tomari reactor in Hokkaido will leave the country without nuclear power for the first time since 1970.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> https://archinect.com/news/article/34830662/radioactive-fukushima-concrete-found-in-new-japanese-building Radioactive Fukushima Concrete Found In New Japanese Building MikeChino 2012-01-17T12:47:00-05:00 >2012-01-17T13:43:37-05:00 <em><p>Following last year&rsquo;s nuclear disaster in Fukushima, there has been a great deal of public concern over the contamination of local food sources and water and now, newly constructed buildings can be added to the list of radiation fears in Japan. A three-month long survey of students in Nihonmatsu City turned city officials onto the presence of high levels of radiation in one recently built three-story apartment complex.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>