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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
Jul 24, 2019 Before Saving the Planet, Could We Please Get the Bill?
Although it wasn't much noticed, last week Secretary of Energy Rick Perry played both sides of the national energy-environmental debate. America, he insisted, is driving down emissions globally by exporting natural gas and developing nuclear and renewables. What he failed to explain, however, is which of these energy options is subsidized, by how much, and who is picking up the tab. Unfortunately, our government does not keep score. As David Montgomery and I explain in our piece (below), "Before Saving the Planet, Could We Please Get the Bill?" in RealClearEnergy, we've fallen into the habit of taking an "all-of-the-above" approach. This strategy ends up pushing subsidies for virtually every energy option including some of the most uneconomical ones. In the case of nuclear energy, if frequently results in subsidies for exports of reactors -- machines that can serve as bomb starter kits. However much political sense an "all-of-the-above" strategy might make, it's rotten economics, encourages bad environmental policies, and can lead to risky nuclear exports. What we need to do instead is compare costs and choose the least expensive, most profitable ways to reduce emissions first. Towards this end, David and I make a number of recommendations. The first is to hold off on any new energy commercialization subsidies, bailouts or mandates and back away from any "national security" imperatives that cannot be quantified. It would also be helpful to have The McKinsel Company and its competitors release their latest environmental economic ranking models to help clarify what steps might reduce undesirable emissions quickest and most cheaply.
Op-Eds & Blogs
Jun 27, 2019 John Batchelor Show Interview on Nuclear Reactor Sales to Saudi Arabia
John Batchelor interviews NPEC's Executive Director on proposed US sales of nuclear reactors to Saudi Arabia.
Interviews
Jun 23, 2019 Only Congress Stands Between Saudi Arabia and Nuclear Weapons
A piece by NPEC Executive Director, Henry Sokolski, and NPEC Advisor, Victor Gilinsky, on selling nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia in The National Interest called "Only Congress Stands Between Saudi Arabia and Nuclear Weapons."
Op-Eds & Blogs
Jun 04, 2019 Why Congress Should Say No to Yet Another Fast Reactor Dream
A piece by NPEC Executive Director, Henry Sokolski, and NPEC Program Advisor, Victor Gilinsky on fast reactors in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists called "Why Congress Should Say No to Yet Another Fast Reactor Dream."
Op-Eds & Blogs
May 09, 2019 No One in the Sun- and Gas-Soaked Middle East Needs Nuclear Power
A piece by NPEC's Executive Director, Henry Sokolski, and Chief Executive of Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, Mark Dubowitz, in the Washington Examiner called "No one in the sun- and gas-soaked Middle East need nuclear power."
Op-Eds & Blogs
Apr 01, 2019 End Secret Nuclear Transfers to Riyadh and Beyond
Op-Eds & Blogs
Mar 25, 2019 America's Nuclear Export Controls are Fundamentally Flawed
A piece by NPEC's Executive Director, Henry Sokolski, and NPEC's Program Advisor, Victor Gilinsky, on America's nuclear exports in The National Interest called "America's Nuclear Export Controls are Fundamentally Flawed."
Op-Eds & Blogs
Feb 27, 2019 Sell Nuclear Plants to the Saudis? Are You Kidding?
A piece published by The Hill, "Sell Nuclear Plants to the Saudis? Are You Kidding?," about selling U.S. nuclear technology to Riyadh written by NPEC's Program Advisor, Victor Gilinsky, and NPEC's Executive Director, Henry Sokolski. 
Op-Eds & Blogs
Feb 12, 2019 Peter Bradford at the Hinckley Institute of Politics: "The Future of Nuclear Power in Utah"
On February 12, 2019, NPEC flew Peter Bradford to the University of Utah to give a number of talks. One lecture at the Hinckley Institute of Politics was recorded; a video of the lecture is below.
Presentations; Audio & Video
Feb 06, 2019 The Rise and Demise of the Clinch River Breeder Reactor
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists publishes a new piece, "The Rise and Demise of the Clinch River Breeder Reactor," written by NPEC Executive Director, Henry Sokolski.
Op-Eds & Blogs
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