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The UK faces major challenges in dealing with nuclear waste, which means an abundance of opportunity in the industry. With comments from Dr Paul Dorfman.
The Engineer, 26th April 2017
Nuclear power is often recommended to the general public by reason of two benefits: nuclear power would be a vital component of a secure energy supply for centuries to come, and it would be indispensable for climate change mitigation. The significance of the two benefits in the long run are assessed.
By Jan Willem Storm van Leeuwen
Geographical Locality Studies 2016 Volume 4, Number 1
This book looks at the early history of nuclear power, at what happened next, and at its longer-term prospects. The main question is: can nuclear power overcome the problems that have emerged?
By Prof David Elliott
Experts say construction delays and cost problems at two plants are due to lack of experience and absence of supply chains.
With comments from Dr Paul Dorfman.
The Guardian, 14th April 2017
Cost overruns and delays are pushing the nuclear industry into a financial black hole that threatens any future expansion.
By Paul Brown
Climate News Network, 14th April 2017
Neuf réacteurs sont déjà en déconstruction en France, un chantier démesuré qu’EDF assure maîtriser techniquement et financièrement. Mais les difficultés et les coûts sont considérables.
With comments from Yves Marignac.
Le Monde, 13th April 2017
The nuclear power crisis escalated dramatically on March 29 with the announcement that US nuclear giant Westinghouse, a subsidiary of Japanese conglomerate Toshiba, had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
By Dr Jim Green
REnewEconomy, 13th April 2017
Nuclear power was originally sold on a lie, writes Dave Elliott. While we were being told it would make electricity ‘too cheap to meter’, insiders knew it cost at least 50% more than conventional generation.
By Prof David Elliott
The Ecologist, 12th April 2017
It’s quite something to find myself in a country where nuclear power is even more of a basket case than it is in the UK – and that of course is the United States of America. Not yet dead, but struggling to find a reason to go on living.
By Jonathon Porritt
Jonathan Porritt's blog, 11th April 2017