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Nuclear Power Economics
What is the relationship between the economics of nuclear power and the proliferation of nuclear weapons? When security and arms control analysts list what has helped keep nuclear weapons technologies from spreading further than they already have, energy economics are rarely, if ever, mentioned. Yet, large civilian nuclear energy programs bring states quite a way towards developing nuclear weapons and it has been energy economics, more than any other force, which has hampered most states’ plans to develop such projects. read more
Sep 12, 2012 Henry Sokolski & Autumn Hanna in the NRO: "Yet More Solyndras"
In an article published in the National Review Online, Sokolski and Hanna argue that although the No More Solyndras Act's purported goal is to stop the siphoning of taxpayer dollars from the program that spawned Solyndra, instead it actually locks taxpayers into providing billions more in high-risk loan guarantees. 
Op-Eds & Blogs
Jun 25, 2012 National Security and U.S. Domestic Uranium Enrichment Requirements
At a time when Congress is weighing making drastic cuts in US defense spending, our government is financially propping up domestic commercial uranium enrichment capacity with direct appropriations and possible loan guarantees. One such case in controversy is the United States Enrichment Corporation’s American Centrifuge Project. The key arguments made for such spending turns on purported legal and defense requirements, each of which was examined at a Center for Strategic and International Studies panel held last week on uranium enrichment and US national security. NPEC executive director Henry Sokolski challenges these claims and suggests the practicality of relying on existing defense stockpiles and the enrichment services of Louisiana Energy Services in New Mexico. He also discusses the potential proliferation concerns raised by new commercial enrichment technologies, such as SILEX, and explains why federal loan guarantees are unnecessary and undesirable to support the construction of additional US enrichment capacity either for commercial or military purposes.
Audio & Video
Jun 05, 2012 NPEC's Executive Director Signs United States Uranium Enrichment Corporation (USEC) Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill Amendments Letter
NPEC signed a letter along with the NRDC and other organizations, urging Congress to support Reps Burgess' (R) and Markey's (D) amendment to eliminate the $100 million in the 2013 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act that is intended for the USEC (U.S. Uranium Enrichment Corporation) in order to limit transfers of free uranium to this troubled company.  
Official Docs & Letters
Feb 22, 2012 Edward L. Morse: Expecting the Unexpected: Oil in 2012 - A Year of Tail Risks
Edward L. Morse, Global Head of Commodity Research for Citigroup, gave this slide presetnation on oil price futures and Iran at an NPEC dinner seminar, "Militray Action in Gulf: What Might the Economic Knock-On Effects Be?"
Presentations
Jan 30, 2012 Henry Sokolski: National Security and Crony Nuclear Capitalism
In the Weekly Standard, NPEC Executive Director argues that the United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC) is using false national security-based arguments to try to receive a $2 billion federal bailout.
Articles
Nov 28, 2011 Newsweek Showcases NPEC's Take on Nuclear Power and Proliferation
In Newsweek, NPEC Executive Director describes how the market for nuclear power is changing after the Fukushima nuclear accident.
Articles
Oct 28, 2011 Henry Sokolski & Autumn Hanna: The Next Solyndra: Riskier and Radioactive
NPEC executive director Henry Sokolski and Taxpayers for Common Sense's Autumn Hanna draw comparisons between the failed solar company Solyndra and uranium enrichment company USEC. Solyndra, a federal loan guarantee recipient, has already gone bankrupt, and USEC will certainly follow a similar path of wasting taxpayer resources if the government approves a loan guarantee for them.
Op-Eds & Blogs
Jun 30, 2011 Henry Sokolski in the Weekly Standard: Europe's Anti-Nuclear Power Outburst
NPEC Executive Director argues that Europe’s current nuclear intermission is less a political show than an energy policy experiment to determine what the safest, cleanest, cheapest energy future is.
Op-Eds & Blogs
Jun 22, 2011 NPEC Signs Letter Supporting Efforts Against the Creation of a New Federal Financing Agency for Energy Projects
NPEC signed a letter opposing the creation of the Clean Energy Deployment Administration (CEDA), which would have unlimited authority to issue loan guarantees to high risk projects while providing little oversight and taxpayer protection.
Official Docs & Letters
Jun 14, 2011 Barthélémy Courmont's Presentation at 2011 ASAN Plenum, "Europe's Responses to Fukushima: Nuclear Renaissance Revisited?"
This presentation was a part of the 2011 ASAN Plenum in Seoul, South Korea.
Working Papers & Monographs
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