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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
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
Apr 20, 2010 NPEC's Executive Director Testifies against Obama's Proposed Nuclear Loan Guarantees
In testimony before the House Domestic Policy Subcommittee April 20, 2010, NPEC's executive director concludes that  federal loan guarantees for new nuclear power plants are a bad idea based on the findings contained in NPEC's two-year project, "Civilian Nuclear Energy in an Unstable, Carbon-Constrained World", he recommends relying more on the market to promote an optimal mix of energy types.
Testimony & Transcripts
Apr 19, 2010 Testimony of Peter A. Bradford Before the Domestic Policy Subcommittee of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee
Former Nuclear Regulatory Commission member and present NPEC advisory board member Peter Bradford testified before the House Subcommittee for Domestic Policy in a hearing on federal loan guarantees for nuclear power and argued that it represents a risky bet for tax payers that will likely to hurt rather than help efforts to combat climate change.
Testimony & Transcripts
Mar 16, 2010 NPEC Signed Letters to Congress Oppose Loan Guarantees for New 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
Jan 12, 2010 National Journal, "More Nuclear Aid Would Bomb Economics."
NPEC's executive director writes for the National Journal in a blog questioning the merits of federal subsidies for nuclear power.
Op-Eds & Blogs
Dec 14, 2009 New Nuclear - The Economics Say No
CITIGroup’s latest financial analysis of building more nuclear power plants in the UK concludes that without massive, new government financial incentives and guarantees, the economics say no.
Articles
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