Nuclear Energy

American Nuclear Energy at the Crossroads


Choosing between declining production and a robust future.

A dearth of new reactor construction and the pending retirement of aging reactors suggest that we will have little or no nuclear power before long. Is that a bad thing? Should we simply let prevailing economic forces determine our future energy technology mix?

Do national security concerns justify preferential consideration of nuclear energy? A declining nuclear power industry portends a loss of the nuclear expertise needed for U.S. leadership internationally of both nonproliferation efforts and safety initiatives.

Do climate change concerns strengthen the case? Nuclear power may be needed as a carbonfree energy option.

These are the questions that motivated this study.

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