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Is Nuclear Power Vital To The U.S. Energy Industry?

ArmchairPolitiicianNuclearPower, November 20, 2017, by Brad Peery,

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*Nuclear power has many attractive features, despite the nuclear waste disposal issues. It is a clean energy source. It is a reliable energy source in that it will generally continue operating at the time of a natural disaster. The Trump administration hopes to give credit to both coal and nuclear power because of their self-contained nature and the resilience this gives them. There appears to be increasing political support for reforming the nuclear licensing process, and improving the incentives for nuclear power. For nuclear power to be cost effective, particularly with regard to natural gas, there will likely be a need for financial incentives. However, there are nuclear startups that are building smaller plants that may be cost competitive.

There are two new plants being built, both of them in Georgia. The plants are only partially complete, and financial support from the Trump administration will likely be required to complete them.
*Does Nuclear Power Have a Robust Future in the U.S.?, Wall Street Journal, by Rich Powell and Jason Bordoff, November 13, 2017

ArmchairPolitician.US Opinion
Nuclear waste disposal is the Achilles heal of the nuclear power industry. It will be very expensive to store the waste underground for 10,000 years, and a location and the storage technology has not been fully developed.

Arguments for nuclear power include the fact that they are viewed as a clean energy source, and provide a vital military technology.

A negative for power plants generally in the U.S. is that there is little or no growth in the industry. Thus new power plants are generally replacements of older power plants, and with the low cost of natural gas plants, it is difficult to make a case for nuclear power based upon past plant designs and sizes. There are startups designing smaller nuclear plants that may even be competitive with gas. There is an international market for nuclear power that could be served if a U.S. companies that have designed smaller nuclear plants could penetrate that market. That market has been characterized as being a $10 trillion market over the coming decades. Having U.S. companies provide those plants provides some protection against nuclear proliferation. However, Russia and China are in the worldwide nuclear market, and they have been responsible for nuclear proliferation to countries that include Pakistan, Iran and North Korea.

ArmchairPolitiicianNuclearPower, September 3, 2017, by Brad Peery, WWW. ArmchairPolitician.US,
Storing Nuclear Waste For 10,000 Years Needs To Be Done: It Is Still An Issue

See Also:
ArmchairPolitiicianNuclearPower, September 2, 2017, by Brad Peery, WWW. ArmchairPolitician.US,
Trump Wants To Revive U.S. Nuclear Plants: There Are Substantial Roadblocks

See Also:
ArmchairPolitiicianNuclearPower, September 2, 2017, by Brad Peery, WWW. ArmchairPolitician.US,
Trump Is Trying To Revive Nuclear Power: What Are The Issues?

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