Barry Butterfield is a civil engineer who worked in the public and private sector for over 40 years. He has done energy-related projects in Colorado, Texas, Minnesota, Iowa and Connecticut. He also worked on two of Nebraska’s more controversial projects, including the Central Interstate Compact Low-Level Radioactive Waste facility near Butte, Nebraska, and the Keystone XL pipeline. He has also done extensive environmental analysis on freight rail projects in Wyoming, Illinois, Texas and Kansas. He has published papers for the American Nuclear Society and Energy Research and Social Sciences, and is an emeritus member of the American Nuclear Society.
The need to reduce foreign-sourced mining of essential minerals
By: Barry Butterfield - February 15, 2023
How much longer can the United States rely on troubled countries in South America for two critically important metals — lithium and copper — which are essential for our national security and the transition to a green economy? The answer is we really don’t know. But we need safeguards now because we’re in a precarious position. Chinese companies have bought […]
Now is the time to recognize the contribution of coal and nuclear power to energy security
By: Barry Butterfield - December 10, 2022
As freezing weather sets in, is there any doubt that few things are more important than heat and light? In Nebraska, we’ve enjoyed the benefits from abundant energy production for so long that we’ve taken them for granted. But the need for a secure supply of electricity has reminded us that maintaining power reliability is […]
U.S. must act quickly to increase mining for clean energy needs
By: Barry Butterfield - October 3, 2022
The time has never been riper for a government pro-mining policy in America. A shift away from fossil fuels will require a secure supply of minerals and metals needed in the quest for clean energy. The political climate for mining today is very different than the one that existed in the past when policymakers thought […]
Inflation Reduction Act faces daunting challenges
By: Barry Butterfield - August 24, 2022
The climate war is raging. Will our relentless consumption of energy lead to global catastrophe? How much will the Earth warm? How fast will it happen? How much more can we take before life on Earth perishes? On the other hand, will human resilience blur the process into one of deliberate adaption and change? So […]
Can a once-thriving industry, all but given up for dead, come back to life in Nebraska?
By: Barry Butterfield - May 9, 2022
Reviving uranium mining has long been in the works, but production plans have been held up by funding hurdles and problems with federal regulations. Now, as a result of Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine, that may change. Nearly 50% of the uranium used at U.S. nuclear power plants, in nuclear medicine and for distant space […]