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Steve Kirsch
Steve Kirsch is a philanthropist and entrepreneur based in San Jose, CA. He has founded six high technology companies. He is currently CTO of OneID, a next-generation digital identity company that eliminates the need for usernames and passwords while at the same time providing security against all know threats. He spends his spare time educating key decision makers on why fast nuclear power such as the IFR can help avert a climate crisis (by making carbon-free electricity cheaper than power from coal plants) so that his 3 daughters can grow up on a planet that is hospitable for human life.

Entries by Steve Kirsch

A New Approach to Making it Harder to Breach Computer Security

(4) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 7:32 AM

We aren't making any progress in securing cyberspace. If anything, break-ins are happening more frequently than ever before.

For example, last year, there were nearly 61,000 cyber attacks and breaches across the entire federal government (and those are just the ones we know about). Clearly, leaving this problem solely to...

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How I Would Get the Republicans to Stop the Shutdown

(8) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 11:51 AM

I think it is terrific that Boehner and Republicans in the House and Senate believe that they are listening to the American people and voting to support policy that is aligned with what most Americans want.

Unfortunately for us, most Republicans cannot interpret simple polling data and are doing the...

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Why We Have No Long Term Plans

(15) Comments | Posted January 30, 2012 | 2:50 AM

I complained in an earlier post that the US is "A country without a plan."

I recently met with a senior adviser to President Obama and I now think I have a better understanding as to why this is the case. There are actually several reasons for this:

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How I Would Solve the Debt Ceiling Crisis

(2) Comments | Posted July 29, 2011 | 11:31 PM

This is what I think we should do to solve the debt crisis:

  1. End the two wars; we can't afford them. If these wars are so important, other countries will pitch in.

  2. Let the Bush tax cuts expire next year; our economy was healthier before these cuts were...

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Is MIT Afraid to Debate Nuclear Report?

(9) Comments | Posted July 28, 2011 | 11:30 AM

Earlier this year, the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) released a study entitled "The Future of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle."

The key recommendations of that study have been called into question by a group of prominent nuclear and climate change experts who challenged MIT to defend their study in...

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Lessons From Fukushima

(423) Comments | Posted July 25, 2011 | 12:20 PM

Here are some of the lessons I learned from the Fukushima nuclear accident:

  1. The world is in serious trouble with carbon emissions. We need to be deploying every form of clean power we can as fast as we can. A few deaths at Fukushima shouldn't alter that goal or strategy...
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Dan Rather's "Power Play"

(19) Comments | Posted February 28, 2011 | 5:05 PM

Dan Rather takes a look at fast nuclear reactors and what we should be doing about it on Tuesday at 8pm on HDNet.

On Tuesday's program, Rather speaks to Eric Loewen, a nuclear scientist at GE-Hitachi in charge of advanced reactor design. Loewen and his team have developed a new...

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A Country Without a Plan

(235) Comments | Posted January 4, 2011 | 2:00 PM

Have you ever noticed that our country hasn't got a single written credible long-term plan for dealing with any of the biggest issues facing our nation today?

Today, there are no written long-term plans for reducing unemployment and growing our economy, stopping global warming, controlling health care costs, or...

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What I Learned at the MoveOn "Potluck for Progress"

(25) Comments | Posted November 15, 2010 | 7:22 PM

MoveOn held about 600 "Potluck for Progress" meetings all around the country yesterday. I attended one in Mountain View, CA. Here's what I learned:

Nobody was happy with the results that Obama has achieved -- e.g., the economy, the wars, global warming, etc.

MoveOn's goal should be to ensure...

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Why Obama Shouldn't Compromise With Republicans

(11) Comments | Posted November 15, 2010 | 12:09 PM

The Washington Post reported yesterday that Obama's top advisers have determined that the mid-term losses were because he failed to live up to the expectations that had been set. Furthermore, they determined that Obama must forge partnerships with Republicans on key issues and make noticeable progress on his oft-repeated...

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Go See Inside Job If You Want to Know What Really Caused the Economic Crisis

(24) Comments | Posted October 23, 2010 | 3:48 PM

Charles Ferguson's latest documentary, Inside Job, does a masterful job in telling the story of how the financial crisis happened. Ferguson details how the financial institutions got greedy and how they convinced our lawmakers to drop regulations that keep your money safe (basically arguing that over-regulation is a...

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Here's How to Get Our Economy Moving Again

(43) Comments | Posted September 2, 2010 | 6:08 PM

For the last 16 straight months, unemployment has been over 9%. Yet, our current long-term strategic plan for job growth can be summarized in one word: hope. We hope that tax breaks will perform miracles.

Let me be clear: I think that's a pretty lousy strategy for long-term economic growth.

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Chu v. Orszag: Why Chu Is Right and Orszag Is Wrong

(7) Comments | Posted January 25, 2010 | 5:09 PM

The White House has proposed barring Energy Department research on fast reactor recycling of nuclear waste and technical support for licensing of small, modular light-water reactors, drawing protests from Energy Secretary Steven Chu that such prohibitions will have broad adverse effects, including hurting the U.S. nuclear industry's renaissance;...

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The Most Important Investment that We Aren't Making to Mitigate the Climate Crisis

(124) Comments | Posted December 26, 2009 | 4:12 PM

Our country is making a huge mistake in the way we are dealing with global warming. Instead of following the old adage, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," we are doing the opposite: committing massive dollars for mitigation strategies while at the same time refusing to...

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New Poll Shows Americans Prefer Fee-and-Dividend

(8) Comments | Posted December 3, 2009 | 12:26 PM

Climate change is the most important issue of our time and what the US does to control carbon emissions may well be the most important decision we will ever make.

The bad news is we are on the verge of blowing it... big time.

Jim Hansen says in his new...

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Cash for Coal Anyone?

(27) Comments | Posted August 26, 2009 | 6:26 PM

Since the "Cash for Clunkers" program was so successful in stimulating demand for new autos, why not use the same concept to stimulate the demand for new clean power plants to replace our dirty coal plants?

How about a "Cash for Coal" program? The government will pay you for the...

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IPCC Chair Says 350ppm Is the Number

(17) Comments | Posted August 26, 2009 | 11:58 AM

Yesterday, on August 25, 2009, the UN's top climate scientist has, for the first time, backed ambitious goals for slashing greenhouse gas emissions that many climate negotiators say are beyond reach.

Rajendra Pachauri, head of the IPCC, said clearly and unequivocally that 350 is the number. This is the...

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Add a Gigawatt a Day to Keep the Climate Crisis at Bay

(268) Comments | Posted August 18, 2009 | 3:46 PM

You'd think that after all the press coverage that global warming has received that the public would be pretty well educated on exactly how fast we need to install clean power to avert an irreversible climate disaster. But the public has no clue.

As far as I know, only...

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How Does Obama Expect to Solve the Climate Crisis Without a Plan?

(356) Comments | Posted July 16, 2009 | 11:48 PM

The climate crisis is the most important issue of all time. But the White House has no plan to solve it. How do we save the planet without a viable plan?

The ship is sinking slowly and we are quickly running out of time to develop and implement any such...

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Climate Bill Ignores Our Biggest Clean Energy Source

(379) Comments | Posted June 27, 2009 | 7:28 PM

Do you think our country's energy policy is in good hands now that the American Clean Energy and Security (ACES) climate bill has passed the House? I'm very worried and I think you should be too. Experts fret about balancing energy, environment, and the economy. But there is a way...

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