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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
Jan 30, 2012 Henry Sokolski: National Security and Crony Nuclear Capitalism
In the Weekly Standard, NPEC's 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's 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
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
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