The geopolitical importance of nuclear power is multifaceted and underappreciated. Influence of international reactor sales; maintenance of a strong, innovative industrial and employee base; and low carbon attributes of nuclear power are assets for U.S. global policy making. Nuclear supplier-recipient relationships can last 100 years. Critical U.S. naval force projection vessels are dependent on nuclear power.
U.S. nuclear energy today provides almost 60% of emission-free electricity generation. A significant decline in U.S. nuclear energy and policy leadership will raise concerns impacting global security, clean electric power production, nuclear security and safety, and global economics.
- Kenneth Luongo, President, Partnership for Global Security
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