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An International Perspective on Making the Nuclear Renaissance a Reality

Recorded on May 7, 2008

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Allison Auditorium

Nuclear power is emerging as a realistic option for nations throughout the world to potentially reconcile their environmental and economic objectives.  However, in the U.S., questions remain about the viability of a broad expansion of nuclear power despite its impeccable safety and environmental record as well as its potential to transform America's energy profile.  While the U.S. waits, other nations are moving beyond the stage of talking about new nuclear power to making expansion a reality.  For example, Finland is constructing a new nuclear power plant, Japan is bringing a spent fuel recycling facility on-line, and the United Kingdom has made a political commitment to support new nuclear power.  How have other countries solved the problems that remain in the U.S.?  What is the legitimate role of government in the emerging nuclear industry? How are nations dealing with spent nuclear fuel?  What lessons can the U.S. learn from others' experience? Please join us for a discussion of these and other issues from the perspectives of three nations that are on their own path to a nuclear renaissance.