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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
Apr 13, 2011 NPEC Signs Letter Urging Congress Not to Authorize Additional Nuclear Loan Guarantees
NPEC signed a letter urging members of Congress not to provide any additional loan guarantee authority to the DOE loan guarantee program. The letter argues that given the DOE's pre-existing $50 billion in loan guarantee authority and the high risk to taxpayers, increasing this figure would be fiscally irresponsible.
Official Docs & Letters
Mar 14, 2011 March 14, 2011 NPEC Book Release: "Nuclear Power's Global Expansion: Weighing Its Costs and Risks"
On Monday, March 14th NPEC hosted a book release at the Rayburn Office Building on Capitol Hill.
Audio & Video
Mar 08, 2011 America's Largest Nuclear Utility's CEO Validates NPEC Latest Nuclear Economic Findings and Recommendations
John Rowe, CEO of Exelon Corporation gives talk at AEI, "Energy Policy: Above All, Do No Harm," March 8, 2011, 
Audio & Video
Dec 08, 2010 NPEC Signs Letter to Congress Opposing Wasteful Loan Guarantee Program
This letter urges Congress not to increase available funding for the Department of Energy Innovation Technology Loan Guarantee program. This program would increase the total nuclear loan program to $27.5 billion to cover four nuclear projects. Loans for nuclear reactors have been found to have a 50% risk of default, a risk that will be borne by the taxpayer. Moreover, providing loan guarantees to financially risky projects that the private sector won’t finance is fiscally reckless and politically unwise.
Official Docs & Letters
Nov 15, 2010 Bipartisan Group to President Obama: Block French Loan Guarantees If Paris Refuses to Support US Global Nonproliferation Standards
NPEC’s executive director and 16 other leading US nuclear control experts from both the Right and the Left today called on President Obama to condition the provision of any US federal energy loan guarantees to foreign nuclear suppliers wishing to expand their nuclear business in the US upon them supporting strong US nonproliferation standards for nuclear exports globally.  In a letter to the President, the bipartisan group specifically urged the President not to grant $9.5 billion in proposed federal nuclear loan guarantees to the French government owned firms of Areva and Edf unless the French government is willing to support the nonproliferation conditions on the spread of easy-to-militarize nuclear fuel making activities and the need for intrusive inspections contained in the US-UAE nuclear cooperative agreement, which was finalized last year.  
Official Docs & Letters
Aug 04, 2010 NPEC Clarifies Connection Between Nuclear Power Economics and Proliferation
The Policy Review publishes "The High and Hidden Costs of Nuclear Power" in which NPEC's executive director draws connections between nuclear power economics and proliferation. For a more detailed analysis of this subject, see Nuclear Power, Energy Markets, and Proliferation."
Articles
Jul 15, 2010 Letter Signed by NPEC Criticizes $25 Billion in New Loan Guarantees for Nuclear Power
NPEC co-signed a letter along with the National Taxpayers Union, Taxpayers for Common Sense and the Marshall Institute which urges the leadership of the House and Senate Subcommittees on Energy and Water Development not to give any additional loan guarantee authority to the Department of Energy (DOE) Loan Guarantee Program in the FY 2011 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill.
Official Docs & Letters
Jun 22, 2010 Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "We may be on the hook for more nuclear plants"
Peter Bradford, a member of NPEC's Board of Advisors, writes in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the new loan guarantees created by Congress to support the construction of new nuclear plants in Georgia and elsewhere are likely to saddle taxpayers with large bills if the programs fail, but no one knows what the true cost will be because the Department of Energy has declined to release the criteria they are using to decide whether to grant the loans.
Op-Eds & Blogs
Jun 02, 2010 Nuclear Power, Energy Markets, and Proliferation
In "Nuclear Power, Energy Markets, and Proliferation," an introduction to the forthcoming book, Nuclear Power’s Global Expansion: Weighing Its Cost and Risks, NPEC's executive director draws connections between nuclear power economics and proliferation. For a more general overview of the relationship between nuclear power economics and the proliferation of nuclear weapons click here.
Working Papers & Monographs
May 26, 2010 National Review Online: "Energy Pork: What Our Troops Are Fighting For?"
As the House prepares to vote on a War Supplemental Bill, NPEC's executive director writes on the National Review Online that a deal between the White House and the Congressional leadership has ensured a $19 billion serving of commercial energy pork is tucked away in its pages.
Op-Eds & Blogs
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