Irwin Stelzer is a Senior Fellow and Director of Economic Policy Studies for the Hudson Institute.This white paper is also available on Hudson Institute’s website. Aug 30, 2008 AUTHOR: Irwin Stelzer Energy Policy-Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here (PDF) 1,233.43 KB
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 the poor economics of nuclear energy, more than any other force, which has hampered most states’ adoption of such projects.