Thursday, December 15, 2011
ORNL in the News

Tennessee solar study says need to stay aggressive

(Bloomberg Business Week) Tennessee's solar and related industries provide more than 6,400 jobs in a growing green economic sector, but the state needs to stay aggressive in supporting and pursuing the ventures, a report released Thursday shows. The report released by the Tennessee Solar Institute shows the state has more than 200 organizations involved in solar power, including 174 for-profit entities. The institute is part of a Volunteer State Solar Initiative that focuses on job creation, education, renewable power production and technology commercialization as a partnership that includes the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory...12/8


McCarthy Tops Out on R&D Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

(Business Wire) McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., one of the nation's leading science and technology builders, recently topped out on construction of the new Maximum Building Energy Efficiency Research Lab (MAXLAB) at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The $11.8 million, 16,600-square-foot facility will be devoted to the research and development of energy-efficient building products, including HVAC and exterior building envelope materials, components and systems...12/8


Plug-In Vehicles are Key Pillar in U.S. Energy Security Strategy

(PRN Newswire) As the plug-in electric vehicle industry begins to gain a foothold in the U.S. automotive market, it will be critical that the nation's leaders do not let short-term obstacles derail important progress...According to researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. oil dependence is estimated to have cost the nation more than $5 trillion in economic damage since the 1970s...12/11


Secretary Chu Statement on Stockholm Nobel Prize Events, Winners from DOE Laboratories

(DOE Press Release) U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu, who is a co-winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics (1997), was in Stockholm over the past several days representing the United States as two scientists with ties to the Department of Energy were awarded Nobel Prizes...12/12

Government seeks bids on

Y-12/Pantex contracts

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Potential bidders on the government contract to manage the Y-12 and Pantex nuclear weapons plants will probably be working overtime during the holidays...12/15



U.S. Officially Ends Its Mission in Iraq

(NY Times) The United States military officially declared an end to its mission in Iraq on Thursday even as violence continues to plague the country and the Muslim world remains distrustful of American power...12/15

East Tennessee

The Untold Stories of Knoxville's Poverty Statistics

(Metro Pulse) Tennessee has less poverty than some of its neighbors, but that’s not saying much. The state has the sixth-lowest income in the country, and thirty percent of Tennesseans live in high poverty areas...12/14

State & Regional

Full TN job recovery could take 5 years

(AP) University of Tennessee analyst says it could take up to 5 years before the state completely recovers all the jobs lost since the beginning of the recession...12/14

energy & science policy

A Leadership Meltdown Strickens U.S. Nuclear Agency

(NPR) Four of the top commissioners of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission are locked in a feud with the fifth, the chairman, Gregory Jaczko...12/14

U.S. Tar Sands? Canadian Company Seeks to Drill in Utah

(Popular Mechanics) The United States’ largest source of oil imports is not the Middle East, but rather Canada: The Athabasca oil sands underlying a huge swath of northern Alberta, containing perhaps 175 billion barrels of oil, have been a steady—and controversial—source of liquid fuel...12/9

Inside Energy Extra

12/14 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]

- No plans to quit NRC: Jaczko
- ConocoPhillips tops gulf auction
- Report calls for one offshore regulator
- EPA defends GHG 'tailoring' rule

science & technology

The Higgs boson - Fantasy turned reality

(The Economist) WELL, they’ve found it. Possibly. Maybe. Pinning down physicists about whether they have actually discovered the Higgs boson is almost as hard as tracking down the elusive subatomic beast itself...12/14

Sustainable energy: Cutting science's electricity bill

(Nature) ...The European Spallation Source (ESS) — a neutron source to be built in Lund, Sweden, by 2019, aims to be the first sustainable facility...12/14

Other Stories

Iran Says It May Move Uranium Enrichment to ‘Safer Places’

(NY Times) Iran may relocate its uranium enrichment work to more secure locations, a senior Iranian defense official said Wednesday, an acknowledgment of increased concern that Iran’s suspected nuclear program could face a military attack from Israel or the United States...12/15

Is 80 The New Retirement Age? Many Americans Think So

(Forbes) Did you think age 65 was a long time to wait for retirement? Well, how do you feel about age 80 because that’s when more Americans say they expect to stop working...12/14