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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 24, 2014 National Review Online posts NPEC analysis, "A Plutonium-Rich Asia"
On September 24, 2014, National Review Online posted NPEC Executive Director's article "A Plutonium-Rich Asia"
Op-Eds & Blogs
Feb 27, 2014 Gu Zhongmao: Envision of Nuclear Energy and Fuel Cycle Development in China
Presentation by Gu Zhongmao, Professor at the China Institute of Atomic Energy, at the February 27, 2014 NPEC workshop, "Alternative East Asia Energy Futures"
Presentations
Feb 26, 2014 Tatsujiro Suzuki: Nuclear Energy and Nuclear Fuel Cycle Policy Options after the Fukushima Accident
Presentation by Tatsujiro Suzuki, Vice Chairman of the Japan Atomic Energy Commission, at the February 25-27, 2014 NPEC workshop, "Alternative East Asia Weapons and Energy Futures"
Presentations
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.
Presentations
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).
Presentations
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 suggest 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; Press Releases
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