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Loan guarantees for nuclear plants

Are Obama's proposed $36 billion loan guarantees for nuclear plants a smart option?

Posted by Washington Post Editor on February 11, 2010 6:00 AM
FROM THE PANEL

Nuclear energy in Obama's budget

Nuclear energy is like a cousin whom you'd like to be around, but they have one nasty habit that turns you off. If only we could figure out a way to get rid of the radioactive waste from power plants!

Posted by Rick Edmund, on February 12, 2010 1:25 PM

Let competition choose energy sources

If private companies are unwilling to risk their capital on new nuclear plants, why should the tax payer take on part of that risk? The answer is we shouldn't.

Posted by William O'Keefe, on February 11, 2010 11:13 AM

A policy-in-waiting for a serious climate-change program

The administration's budget proposal to double current loan guarantees for nuclear plants directly reflects the impact of the climate debate on progressives' views on nuclear power.

Posted by Robert J. Shapiro, on February 11, 2010 10:49 AM

Smart option - or smart gesture?

Nuclear energy produces almost no greenhouse gas emissions and has a good track record of reliability in this country. But it is a very expensive way to boil water.

Posted by Reid Detchon, on February 11, 2010 10:24 AM

A big job to do in just 10 years

Answering this question requires some thinking about the task at hand. What does the USA have to do between now and 2020 to meet the goal it has tabled under the Copenhagen Accord (a 17 percent reduction between 2005 and 2020).

Posted by David Hone, on February 11, 2010 10:06 AM

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