What Future Does Nuclear Power Have in an Era of Cheap Energy?

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December 12, 2016
Miles Pomper

This article originally appeared in World Politics Review on December 5, 2016.

Vogtle Nuclear Power Plant, Georgia, USA

Vogtle Nuclear Power Plant, Georgia, USA Source: Flickr

In 2007, The Economist reported that “America’s nuclear industry is about to embark on its biggest expansion in more than a generation. This will influence energy policy in the rest of the world.” Safety, management and regulatory improvements, it predicted, would lead to an “atomic renaissance” for a nuclear energy industry hobbled for decades by the accidents at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl.

The nuclear industry itself anticipated that soaring electricity demand in fast-growing developing countries and rising concerns about climate change would drive countries to take a fresh look at an industry whose safety practices appeared to have improved considerably since the 1980s.

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