Intro to nuclear power and the Fukushima plant crisis

I’m going to start occasionally recommending other reading.  Much of it will focus on the site I run for the Hoover Institution, Advancing a Free Society.  Today, however, I want to promote two excellent things I found that help understand the ongoing problems at the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

The first is Maggie Koerth-Baker’s simple and clear post, Nuclear energy 101: Inside the “black box” of power plants.  Maggie wrote this respond to a reader who wrote “The extent of my knowledge on nuclear power plants is pretty much limited to what I’ve seen on The Simpsons.”

The second is geologist Evelyn Mervine’s phenomenal set of telephone interviews with her dad, a retired Naval and civilian nuclear engineer.  Through this you can hear near real-time expert analysis of ongoing events.

Thanks to Maggie and to Evelyn and Command Mark Mervine (ret.) for their fantastic posts.  Their work blows away anything I have so far seen in the MSM.

(photo credit: DigitalGlobe)

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