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Should the U.S. Invest In Nuclear Power?


How does nuclear fit into the U.S. energy equation?(Jeff Fusco/Getty Images)

How does nuclear fit into the U.S. energy equation and what, if anything, should Washington do to support its deployment?

The Obama administration has long touted nuclear power as a zero-carbon source of power generation and a key component in its "all of the above" energy policy.


Last week, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz gave final approval for a multibillion-dollar loan guarantee that will be used to help fund construction of a pair of nuclear reactors at Southern Company's Vogtle plant in Waynesboro, Ga. The reactors will be the first to be built in the U.S. in more than 30 years.

The steep overhead costs involved in the creation of nuclear power plants have meant that they're often passed over in favor of other forms of power generation such as natural gas. The fuel source has also been subject to heightened scrutiny in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown in Japan.

What role, if any, should nuclear play in the domestic energy mix? What are the advantages of a nuclear-power rollout and what are the risks? Should the Obama administration do more to back nuclear power? Or has it done enough or too much already?


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