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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 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
Aug 21, 2009 National Review Online, "Cap and Bribe: Obama Offers Handouts in Return for Republican Votes."
In a new piece for the National Review Online, NPEC's executive director details White House efforts to buy Senate Republican votes for proposed cap and trade legislation with nuclear subsidies. Click here for "Cap and Bribe".
Op-Eds & Blogs
Jul 09, 2009 Nuclear Power as Taxpayer Patronage: A Case Study of Subsidies to Calvert Cliffs Unit 3
NPEC releases "Nuclear Power as Taxpayer Patronage: A Case Study of Subsidies to Calvert Cliffs Unit 3". Doug Koplow is the founder of Earth Track, an organization focused on comprehensive and accurate information on government interventions in energy markets.
Articles
May 13, 2009 Lovins on Whether Nuclear Power Is a Climate Fix or Folly
NPEC releases "Nuclear Power: Climate Fix or Folly?". Amory Lovins, co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute, summarizes why nuclear power cannot, in principle, deliver the climate-protection or energy-security and reliability benefits claimed for it.
Articles
Mar 25, 2009 Nuclear Power: How Much More?
Sharon Squassoni is a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace focusing on nuclear nonproliferation and national security.
Working Papers & Monographs
Mar 24, 2009 NPEC/Heritage Event: "Is Subsidizing Commercial Energy Projects the Best Way for America to Achieve its Energy Goals?"
Video of Is Subsidizing Commercial Energy Projects the Best Way for America to Achieve its Energy Goals?, a panel co-hosted by the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center and the Heritage Foundation.
Audio & Video
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