Restoring U.S. Leadership in Nuclear Energy: A National Security Imperative

  • Thursday, Jul 11, 2013
  • Speakers:
    Dr. John Hamre
    President, CEO, and Pritzker Chair, CSIS 

    Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft
    Trustee, CSIS

    Richard Meserve
    President, Carnegie Institution of Washington

    Michael Wallace
    Senior Adviser, CSIS

    America’s nuclear energy industry is in decline. Low natural gas prices, financing hurdles, failure to find a permanent repository for high-level nuclear waste, reactions to the Fukushima accident in Japan, and other factors are hastening the day when existing U.S. reactors become uneconomic, while making it increasingly difficult to build new ones. Two generations after the United States took this wholly new and highly sophisticated technology from laboratory experiment to successful commercialization, our nation is in danger of losing an industry of strategic importance and unique promise for addressing the environmental and energy security demands of the future.

    Since March 2011, the Nuclear Energy Program at CSIS has engaged a high-level commission and asked dozens of experts whether or not nuclear energy should be a national priority and whether or not U.S. leadership matters. The program has focused on identifying the challenges facing nuclear energy and recommendations for future action. The result is the report “Restoring U.S. Leadership in Nuclear Energy: A National Security Imperative”, which will be used as a basis for conversations with policymakers, industry representatives, and outside experts.

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