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Are nuclear power projections realistic?

How realistic are the projections for an increase in nuclear power plants in the coming decades and what can the U.S. learn from the experience Europe has had with nuclear power?

Posted by Washington Post Editor on October 26, 2009 3:02 PM
FROM THE PANEL

Nuclear only a partial answer

When nuclear powered plants were first proposed it was predicted that the cost to produce electricity would be so cheap that the electric companies wouldn't have to charge their customers. Alas, reality did not meet those expectations. As we...

Posted by Rick Edmund, on November 1, 2009 8:55 AM

Projections are very realistic

How realistic are the projections for an increase in nuclear power plants in the coming decades and what can the U.S. learn from the experience Europe has had with nuclear power? In sum, very realistic. Our experience in the UK...

Posted by Nigel Sheinwald, on October 29, 2009 10:31 AM

Not for avoiding dangerous climate change

Nuclear power can play some role in America's sustainable energy future in the long run, but don't count on it to slow climate change. Science is increasingly clear that global greenhouse gas emissions must peak within the next two decades...

Posted by Donald F. Boesch, on October 29, 2009 8:36 AM

Avoid subsidies as incentive

The promise of nuclear energy is like the horizon, it recedes as it is approached. Proposals to move rapidly from fossil energy for electric power generation to low and no carbon power are predicated on a resurgence of the nuclear...

Posted by William O'Keefe, on October 28, 2009 7:55 AM

How much change is possible?

Nuclear energy has played a big role in France. But what has been achieved? Starting 40 years ago in the late 1960s, France pursued some very major energy and energy-related policy initiatives. If emissions reduction had been the goal in...

Posted by David Hone, on October 27, 2009 2:58 PM

Real potential, real uncertainty

From a technical perspective, it is clear that nuclear power can play a substantial role in meeting climate objectives. Our studies indicate that, given strong political support, nuclear power could grow globally by up to 70 percent by 2030. In...

Posted by Lars G. Josefsson, on October 27, 2009 10:24 AM

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