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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 08, 2015 NPEC's Executive Director Signs Letter Urging Department of Energy to Defer Plutonium's Commercial Use
14 former senior energy and national security officials sign a letter to Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Moniz to terminate a costly DOE plutonium fuel fabrication project (known as the mixed oxide or MOX program) designed to make plutonium–based fuels for US power reactors. The letter was featured in an article by Steven Mufson in The Washington Post, "Energy secretary is urged to end U.S. nuclear fuel program at Savannah River." Many of the points highlighted in the letter and article were discussed in an earlier proposal by NPEC, A Mutually Beneficial Policy on Plutonium Fuels.  
Official Docs & Letters
Oct 20, 2014 Victor Gilinsky: Rethinking Nuclear Power Risks
Victor Gilinsky conducts a presentation entitled "Rethinking Nuclear Power Risks" at the PIIC Beijing Conference in Hangzhou, China on October 20, 2014.
Feb 10, 2014 National Review Online Posts NPEC Analysis, "'Flexible' Nuclear Trade"
On February 10, 2014,  National Review Online posted an article that recounts a hearing at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in which members of Congress rightly questioned the wisdom of the Obama administration's 'flexible' approach to nuclear trade, which actually may have dangerous proliferation consequences in the future.
Op-Eds & Blogs
May 02, 2013 Kenneth Medlock: Strategic Implications of the Natural Gas Revolution
Presentation given at a May 2, 2013 dinner seminar, co-organized by NPEC and the American Enterprise Institute, by Dr. Kenneth Medlock of Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Apr 26, 2013 The Hill Posts Op-Ed by NPEC and Taxpayers for Common Sense, "Held up by MOX(y)"
An April 26, 2013 op-ed in The Hill by NPEC's executive director and Autumn Hanna, Senior Program Director at Taxpayers for Common Sense, examines objections to President Obama’s cut to a nuclear project sited at Savannah River designed to convert 34 tons of nuclear weapon-grade plutonium into civilian reactor fuel.
Op-Eds & Blogs
Sep 24, 2012 Michael Canes: Economics of Military Energy Use
Presentation given at NPEC's September dinner seminar by Dr. Michael Canes, a Distinguished Fellow at the Logistics Management Institute (LMI).
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?"
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