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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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Wednesday
Jun092010

"Nuclear Reactionaries"

"It’s a big-government-dependent tool to fight climate change that was championed by Jimmy Carter, is now dominated by the French, and has never managed to compete in the marketplace. So why, exactly, do Republicans love nuclear power so much?" (by T.A. Frank in the May/June 2010 Washington Monthly)

Saturday
May222010

"Nuclear Socialism"

Dr. Bob Allen, a professor of chemistry at Arkansas Tech University, writes in an op-ed published in Arkansas's Courier News that the entire history of nuclear power in the U.S., from federal R&D subsidies to catastrophic accident liability coverage provided by taxpayers, represents "European Style Socialism." He concludes that "Nuclear power may have a future, but only with a massive federal bureaucracy to control it and massive taxpayer subsidization to sustain it. This is definitely not a prescription for limited government and low taxes..."

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.