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Subsidies

The nuclear industry has been heavily subsidized throughout its 50+-year history in the U.S. It continues to seek the lion's share of federal funding since it cannot otherwise afford to expand.

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Saturday
May222010

"Nuclear Expansion is a Proven Market Failure"

An op-ed with this title was penned by Mark Cooper, senior fellow at the Institute for Energy and the Environment at Vermont Law School, and Nancy Young Wright, an Arizona state representative (D-District 26) and was published in Arizona's American Forum.

Monday
Feb012010

Nonproliferation Policy Education Center warns that nuclear power subsidies risk worldwide proliferation of nuclear weapons 

Henry Sokolski, Executive Director of NPEC, has warned that U.S. Department of Energy taxpayer-backed loan guarantees for new atomic reactors in the U.S. will set a bad international example that could be followed by foreign governments seeking to conceal nuclear weapon programs behind a nuclear power facade. He points out that a large-scale atomic reactor can generate enough plutonium each year for "scores" of nuclear weapons, if it is chemically separated from radioactive waste. In addition, the enrichment of uranium for nuclear fuel fabrication can be readily diverted for the manufacture of bomb-grade high enriched uranium (HEU).

Saturday
Jul112009

Nuclear Subsidies - An Outline 

Read this brief overview of nuclear subsidies prepared by Kevin Kamps for a May 2009 forum hosted by the League of Women Voters in Maryland.

Saturday
Jul112009

Energy Bank could fund nuclear power 

On June 16, 2009 a coalition of 17 national environmental groups, including Beyond Nuclear, wrote a letter to the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee urging that "Clean Energy Deployment Administration" funding be prioritized for energy technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions most quickly and cost effectively, thus barring incredibly slow and astronomically expensive new atomic reactors. See the letter here.

Help stop new nuclear reactors. To learn more about the similarities and differences between the U.S. House and Senate versions of the so-called "Clean Energy Bank" proposals, see the following analysis by Michele Boyd of Physicians for Social Responsibility.

Saturday
Jul112009

May 2009 group letter to Congress opposing amendments to the 2009 Energy Bill that would subsidize nuclear power

The group letter, signed by Beyond Nuclear, urges Members to oppose the Murkowski amendments and all amendments that would further subsidize the nuclear industry or establish reprocessing and "temporary" storage of radioactive waste.