Dot Sulock

1: Iceland, UK, Scotland, and Ireland

2: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Germany

3: Netherlands, France, Italy, Spain, and Portugal

4: Australia, Indonesia, South Korea, Japan, and China

5: India, Saudia Arabia, UAE, Israel, and Turkey

6: South Africa, Kenya, Egypt, and Morocco

7: Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Peru, the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Rico, and Aruba

8: Canada, Mexico, and the United States

Nuclear Power, Nuclear Weapons, Nuclear Terrorism is a study guide intended for use in a nuclear weapons nonproliferation short course for laypeople.

These power points can be used to teach such a short course.

1. Nuclear Power

2. Enrichment

3. Radioactivity and Spent Fuel

4. Reprocessing

5. NPT

6. Effects of Nuclear Weapons

7. Arsenals

8. Nuclear Terrorism

9. Securing Fissile Materials

10. Ballistic Missile Defense

Nuclear Power Nuclear Weapons Connection  This powerpoint is a simplified explanation of the connection between nuclear power and nuclear weapons, written for a high school audience.

Renewable Energy is Sufficient and Affordable  This powerpoint answers the question:   What will replace nuclear power (and coal and oil and natural gas)?

Jul 092014

Shorter version (14 minutes).  Compelling video from the Nobel Prize winning  International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) explaining why 1-2 billion people will die from a limited local nuclear war between India and Pakistan.

Jun 182013


Marine renewable energy sources such as wave and tidal power are poised to become an important part of the U.S. future clean energy mix. Recent Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and Georgia Institute of Technology studies have measured the annual technically recoverable energy from U.S. wave and tidal resources at 1,170 terawatt-hours (TWh) and 66 TWh respectively–a significant proportion of the 4,000 TWh of U.S. electricity demand. In practice, the realities of project development likely will result in a much smaller realized resource, but if 10 percent extraction can be reached, this would be equivalent to the output of 37 large fossil fuel plants.

This 28 minute video from the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War shows why nuclear weapons must be eliminated.  Good for any class.

Thorium reactors are usually considered not to be weapons proliferation risks, but this article from the Nuclear Threat Intitiative’s Global Security Newsletter suggests otherwise.  They report on an article appearing in Nature pointing out weapons proliferation risks connected to Thorium.

Aug 242012

From the Belfer Center at Harvard, August 2012, comes a very informative document clarifying the complex terminology used in discussing the nuclear situation in Iran.  This fascinating document also contains a condensed history and a wonderful map.  Read it all at:

Aug 162012


This article, by Michael Richardson, on August 8, 2012, in Japan Times, questions whether the US should approve a new laser enrichment plant.  The argument is that laser enrichment could more easily be done secretly compared to centrifuge enrichment which requires large, industrial, not easily hidden, facilities.  The ability to secretly enrich uranium could enable secret production of highly enriched uranium for weapons.

Read more:

by Nathan Donohue    Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Aug 10, 2012

This week marks the 67th anniversary of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. On August 6, 1945, U.S. President Harry Truman informed the world that an atomic weapon had been detonated on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Nicknamed Little Boy, the bomb with a power of over 20,000 tons of TNT destroyed most of Hiroshima, killing an estimated 130,000 people. Three days later on August 9, a second bomb nicknamed Fat Man was dropped on the Japanese city of Nagasaki destroying most of Nagasaki and killing roughly between 60,000 – 70,000 people. Six days after the bombing of Nagasaki, Japan surrendered, marking the end of World War II.  The destructive power of these nuclear weapons and the subsequent casualties of the Japanese have continued to prompt questions over whether the U.S. should have decided to use these weapons against Japan during World War II. Even 67 years after the event, the decision to drop the first atomic bomb continues to be widely debated.
Read a concise presentation of the arguments for and against:

The boom in natural gas production has undeniable benefits for the United States. But two policy analysts argue that embracing a monolithic energy future dominated by gas will mean the loss of a golden opportunity: Leveraging cheap, abundant gas to create a sustainable future based on renewable power.

by kevin doran and adam reed

13 Aug 2012   yale 360