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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