A podcast about nuclear, energy, and possibility.
About the show
Emmet Penney talks to experts, workers, journalists, and scholars from all over the world about nuclear energy, energy issues, culture, and society. Subscribe to the substack to get the newsletter and the podcast sent directly to your inbox: https://nuclearbarians.substack.com/
Episode 49: Hot Takes on Cold Fusion ft. Jonah Messinger
June 7th, 2023 | 41 mins
Jonah Messinger wrote a thoughtful piece on cold fusion for the Breakthrough Institute. I brought him on to talk about cold fusion, science as a process vs. science as an institution, and more!
Fusion Runs Hot And Cold by Jonah Messinger
Episode 48: CANDU Supremacy ft. Dr. Chris Keefer
May 31st, 2023 | 41 mins 25 secs
Dr. Chris Keefer of Decouple came on the pod to talk about Canadians for Nuclear Energy’s new report, The Case for CANDU: Why Ontario's Homegrown Nuclear Technology Is Its Best Option In A Time Of Rising Electricity Demand.
The Report: https://www.canfornuclearenergy.org/
Follow Chris on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Dr_Keefer
Check Out Decouple: https://www.decouplemedia.org/
Episode 47: Telling Better Energy Stories Ft. Collin McClellan
May 31st, 2023 | 52 mins 38 secs
Collin McClelland of Digital Wildcatters joined me to talk about oil and gas, telling better energy stories, and tons more. This is some of the most fun I’ve had hosting the show—hope you guys like it!
Episode 46: Nukes in the Rat Park ft. Jesse Freeston
May 16th, 2023 | 1 hr 2 mins
Cinematographer and documentarian Jesse Freeston joined me to talk about how he got nukepilled, his wonderful videos for Decouple Studios, the rat park, and how nuclear fits into his view of global flourishing.
Check out Jesse’s videos:
Inside the World’s BIGGEST Nuclear Plant (the one that got Ontario off coal)
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Nuclear Waste
Episode 45: The Breakthruvian Turn ft. Alex Trembath
May 2nd, 2023 | 1 hr 2 mins
Alex Trembath, the Deputy Director of the Breakthrough Institute, joined me to talk about the deep contradictions in environmentalism, climate anxiety, the Jefferson/Hamilton divide, and much more!
Episode 44: Synthfuels Pt. III ft. Noah Rettberg
April 25th, 2023 | 1 hr 59 secs
Noah Rettberg returns to the pod to talk to me about synthfuels derived from carbon.
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Episode 43: AMLO and Pemex ft. Juan David Rojas
April 18th, 2023 | 41 mins 20 secs
Juan David Rojas joined me to talk about AMLO, Pemex, and Mexican energy.
Episode 42: Texas Nuclear and Hopeful Vibes ft. Grant Dever
April 10th, 2023 | 46 mins 28 secs
Grant Dever, one of the brightest whippersnappers in the whole Lone Star state, joined me to talk about nuclear in Texas, but then the conversation ranged all over the place with a long meditation on hope.
Texas Should Continue to Lead in Nuclear Power by Grant Dever
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Episode 41: What Now? ft. Ortiz-Wines
April 3rd, 2023 | 49 mins 24 secs
My good friend and all around nuclear energy badass Paris Ortiz-Wines of Stand Up for Nuclear swung by to talk about what’s changed in the nuclear narrative and what we can and should do about it. It ended up being on a far-ranging discussion about fear, hope, and how people change their minds.
Episode 40: Come On! Feel the Illinoize!
March 20th, 2023 | 1 hr 14 mins
Alan Medsker, the one man nuclear revolution in Illinois, joined me to talk about convincing politicians in the Prairie state to protects its nuclear plants and repeal its moratorium.
Episode 39: Feedstockland ft. Darius Mortazavi
March 12th, 2023 | 39 mins 28 secs
Darius Mortazavi of the new chemical engineering Substack, Feedstockland, joined me to talk about the industrial chemical processes, the newsletter game, industry comms, energy realities, and more!
Episode 38: Wind and Other Woes ft. Doomberg
March 1st, 2023 | 47 mins 57 secs
Doomberg, one of the best and most popular Substackers in the world, joined me to talk about the problems besetting the so-called energy transition, political decadence, and our quantum-pilled energy future.
Episode 37: Who Lost GE? ft. William Cohan
February 21st, 2023 | 53 mins 23 secs
Author and journalist William D. Cohan joined me to talk about his new book on the rise and fall of General Electric—Power Failure: The Rise and Fall of an American Icon.
Episode 36: There's Climate Science and Then There's "Climate Science"
February 13th, 2023 | 46 mins 20 secs
climate change, climate crisis, climate science, ipcc, philosophy, politics, science
The climate scientist Roger Pielke Jr. joined me to talk about the origins of the 1.5c warming goals, its strange origins, and the troubled relationship between science, expertise, and politics.
Episode 35: T&D for Dummies ft. Bryce Johanneck
February 7th, 2023 | 42 mins 33 secs
Former electric lineman and all around transmission and distribution expert Bryce Johanneck joined me to talk about some grid fundamentals that everyone, including me, overlooks.
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Episode 34: How to Fight ESG ft. Julius Krein
January 31st, 2023 | 41 mins 30 secs
climate, energy, energy security, environment, environmentalism, esg, finance, fossil fuels, nuclear, oil and gas, renewables
Julius Krein, the editor of American Affairs, sat down to talk with me about the origins of ESG and how to fight it.