Presented at NPEC’s Conference “Germany and Nuclear Nonproliferation” held in Berlin, Germany in February 2005. Ernst Urich von Weizsaecher MP is the Chairman, Bundestag Committee on Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety. Feb 26, 2005 AUTHOR: Ernst Urich von Weizsaecher German Nuclear Policy (PDF) 28.07 […]
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.