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According to my Oxford Pocket dictionary, “con” means “confidence trick”, “to swindle; deceive”, and also is short for convict, (as in “ex-con”). It has always been a point of amazement that a utility would call itself Con Ed. It’s not clear if the head of the US DOE, Ernest Moniz, is a con-man or simply mad-man or both? Only a mad-man would state, from Japan, after visiting Fukushima, that nuclear would remain part of the US energy mix.
Moniz 2016 Budget DOE
Video here: http://www.energy.gov/cfo/downloads/fy-2016-budget-justification
As though $1.9 billion of US taxpayer monies, for 2016 only, to dump foreign nuclear waste from mostly friendly countries, such as Sweden and Canada, upon America, under the guise of “non-proliferation” isn’t enough. As though spending $908 million for 2016 on nuclear energy – 30% more than on renewables- isn’t enough. This isn’t including, of course, money spent on “nuclear physics” ($621 million), nuclear waste, WIPP clean-up, MOX project, etc. ad nauseam, and apparently not CASL discussed below, which probably falls under the $625 million for Advanced Scientific Computing Research. No! They have nothing better to do than send four employees to a comic and pop culture convention. The fourth one, in communications, might be able to justify his presence – the others cannot.

Oh, but it gets more absurd!

One is Dr. Marius Stan who “is currently on assignment as a senior advisor on Advanced Modeling and Simulation at the Energy Department. He is also an actor and author — and may be best known for his role as Bogdan, the car wash owner on AMC’s hit show “Breaking Bad.”… His research centers on the computational physics and chemistry of materials, with a focus on materials for energy applications like nuclear fuels and battery electrodes.http://energy.gov/articles/energy-awesome-con-meet-our-panelists
As director of the NEAMS program, Stan coordinates activities with the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors (CASL), a DOE-NE energy innovation hub
….Ph.D. (Chemistry), Romanian Academy, Institute of Physical Chemistry, Bucharest, Romania, 1997….B.S. (Physics), University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania, 1986.
http://www.anl.gov/contributors/marius-stan
Marius Stan DOE image
Marius Stan USDOE-ANL
Nicolae Ceauşescu Fototeca online a comunismului românesc, photo #BA231, via Wikipedia - Cropped
Romanian Dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu, ca 1978. His 1989 death by firing squad (or dead body) was shown on TV.

Marius Stan (born 1961) is a Romanian actor, best known for his role Bogdan Wolynetz in the television series Breaking Bad. He is also a senior scientist at the Nuclear Engineering division at Argonne National Laboratory. He was also a scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory before moving to Argonne in 2010.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marius_Stan_(actor)

Awesome Con PR Campaign – CASL Corporate Welfare

As part of Awesome Con — Washington, D.C.’s leading comic and pop culture convention — our panel of energy and sci-fi experts will discuss the interplay between science and cinema, and how some of these larger-than-life technologies are becoming a reality through Energy Department-supported research.http://energy.gov/articles/energy-awesome-con-meet-our-panelists

CASL is Corporate Welfare for Utilities-Nuclear Industry: US Taxpayer Paying for Nuclear Utilities-Corporation Research, which should be paid for by the companies themselves, and probably shouldn’t be done at all, because its goal and objective is to justify dangerous activities.
CASL Exists to Justify Permitting Dangerous Nuclear Power Uprates on Old Nuclear Reactors
CASL Exists to Increase Fuel Burnup, thus Making Hotter Nuclear Waste, which is even more difficult and dangerous to store. (See: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/05/19/high-burnup-nuclear-fuel-sos/)
CASL is Concerned with Improving Fuel Cycle Economics by Focusing on Corrosion. It is apparently NOT concerned with the dangers which corrosion poses to nuclear reactor safety, nor to the dangers that corrosion poses in the context of nuclear waste storage.

Here are a few excerpts which explain that CASL is not in the interest of the US taxpayer, which it endangers, but rather in the interest of the nuclear energy industry:
is to provide a step change in computational capabilities to the nuclear energy industry…
address industry issues
CASL addresses three critical areas of performance for nuclear power plants (NPPs): (1) reducing capital and operating costs by supporting the analysis justification for permitting power uprates; (2) reducing nuclear waste volume by enabling higher fuel burnup, and (3) assuring nuclear safety by enabling high-fidelity predictive capability for component performance through the onset of failure…. Engage the nuclear community… supporting progress toward key nuclear industry goalschemical and corrosion interactions between materials and coolants often a gating factor for improving fuel cycle economics

Note Toshiba owned Westinghouse. Also, the utility funded EPRI. The EPRI includes foreign utilities and the current head of the nuclear division is a former British Nuclear Navy man.
CASL summary DOE p. 1
CASL summary DOE p. 2
http://www.casl.gov/docs/15-G00108%5b4%5d.pdf
Transient
A change in the reactor coolant system temperature, pressure, or both, attributed to a change in the reactor’s power output. Transients can be caused by (1) adding or removing neutron poisons, (2) increasing or decreasing electrical load on the turbine generator, or (3) accident conditions.
http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/basic-ref/glossary/transient.html
Transients are not good: http://allthingsnuclear.org/accidents-and-transients/

More on the DOE Awesome Con:
Energy @ Awesome Con: Meet Our Panelists
May 27, 2015 – 2:32pm
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This Friday, our panel of energy and sci-fi experts will discuss the interplay between science and cinema at Awesome Con in Washington, DC. |
Paul Lester
Digital Content Specialist, Office of Public Affairs
KEY FACTS

Energy Department panel of sci-fi and energy experts will discuss science and cinema at Awesome Con.

Have a question for our panelists? Post it on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ using #AskEnergy or email it to newmedia@hq.doe.gov.

Energy is awesome. Besides driving everything we do, it also plays a starring role in pop culture — with energy technologies featured in movies, television, comic books and more.

As part of Awesome Con — Washington, D.C.’s leading comic and pop culture convention — our panel of energy and sci-fi experts will discuss the interplay between science and cinema, and how some of these larger-than-life technologies are becoming a reality through Energy Department-supported research. The panel will take place this Friday at the Washington Convention Center in room 103A
 from 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. EDT.

Meet our panelists below!

Dr. Marius Stan is a senior computational energy scientist at Argonne National Laboratory, a senior fellow of the Computation Institute at the University of Chicago, and a fellow of the Institute for Science and Engineering at Northwestern University.

His research centers on the computational physics and chemistry of materials, with a focus on materials for energy applications like nuclear fuels and battery electrodes.

Stan is currently on assignment as a senior advisor on Advanced Modeling and Simulation at the Energy Department. He is also an actor and author — and may be best known for his role as Bogdan, the car wash owner on AMC’s hit show “Breaking Bad.”

Cynthia V. Anderson is a Minorities in Energy Champion with more than 20 years of experience in nuclear energy, environmental restoration and business management.

Anderson works for the National Nuclear Security Administration and serves as a visiting scholar to the Charleston County School District in South Carolina. She collaborates with the school district, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Minority Serving Institutions to accelerate student achievement by incorporating more science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses into the curriculum.

She is also a huge science fiction fan (and has an extensive collection of Star Trek memorabilia).

Dr. Joyce Yang is a microbiologist and director of the Energy Department’s National Laboratory Impact Initiative, which aims to increase and enhance laboratory-private sector relationships.

She served as a technology manager for the Bioenergy Technologies Office, where she managed research on renewable fuels and chemicals from algae and other types of biomass.

She loves manga/comics, science fiction stories and computer-animated movies with technology themes, such as “WALL-E” and “Big Hero 6.”

Andrew Bittner is a writer and editor for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

He previously served as the communications lead for the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization. He was a Presidential Management Intern and web project manager for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

Bittner was also a comic book editor for WildStorm and Chaos! Comics and continues to write science fiction in his spare time.

Have a question for our panelists? Post it on Twitter, Facebook or Google+ using #AskEnergy or email it to newmedia@hq.doe.gov. Our experts will answer some of your questions at Awesome Con, and we’ll highlight some of the best ones on Energy.gov the following week!http://energy.gov/articles/energy-awesome-con-meet-our-panelists

Photo Credit:
English: Romanian communist leader Nicolae Ceauşescu addressing his New Year’s Eve message on tv and radio
Date 1 January 1978
Source Fototeca online a comunismului românesc, photo #BA231, 1/1978 (accessed 23:37, 16 September 2010 (UTC))
Author unknown, image comes from the National Archives
This image is available from the Romanian Communism Online Photo Collection under the digital ID 44670X5163X5732