Sunday, May 25, 2008

Uranium in the news

It is increasingly rare for uranium not to figure in the headlines. Do a search for “uranium” on Google or the web sites of any of the nation’s major news sources and the results are voluminous. Iraq, Iran, Syria, North Korea, Israel, global warming, all are front page news and all hinge on uranium.

This return to public prominence has triggered another story: the rebirth of the uranium mining industry. Here is just a sampling from the last year and a half.

CNN, “Briefing: Nuclear power”
Fortune, “Nuclear power's white-hot metal”
Newsweek, “Keeping Watch Over Remote Uranium Reserves”
New York Times, “The Post-Bush Climate,” “Uranium Exploration Near Grand Canyon”
Time Magazine, “Forget Chernobyl, Nuclear Energy is Making a Comeback”
Wall Street Journal, “Ivanhoe Mines and Cameco See Sharp Increase in Trading”, “China Syndrome: Bring on the Nukes”, “Canada Eyes the Enrichment Club”
Wired, “Inconvenient Truths: Get Ready to Rethink What It Means to Be Green”

Christian Science Monitor, “Mining Revival: A Uranium Boom for a Wary West”
New York Times, “Uranium Ignites ‘Gold Rush’ in the West”
Wired, “Global Warming, Subsidies Fuel a Nuclear Renaissance”

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