Nuclear Power

  • The Economics of Nuclear Power

    This January 2009 article considers whether nuclear power production "is cost competitive with other forms of electricity generations." Discusses external costs, the cost of fuel, comparisons of electricity generation and costs of different fuels and technologies, future cost competitiveness, and reprocessing fuel.  NOTE: Article updated, April 2010

  • The Future of Nuclear Power: an Interdisciplinary Study 2003

    This 2003 report "discusses the interrelated technical, economic, environmental, and political challenges facing a significant increase in global nuclear power utilization." The report finds "prospects for nuclear energy as an option are limited, by four unresolved problems: high relative costs; perceived adverse safety, environmental, and health effects; potential security risks stemming from proliferation; and unresolved challenges in long-term management of nuclear wastes." From the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

  • The Future of Nuclear Power: an Interdisciplinary Study - 2009

  • Union of Concerned Scientists: Nuclear Power

    Collection of material about Union of Concerned Scientists activities relating to "monitoring the performance of nuclear plants and their regulators." Features sections on how nuclear power works, nuclear power technology (including cooling-water needs), nuclear power risks (safety and terrorism), and nuclear power and global warming. Also includes links to material on nuclear weapons.