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This section provides links to policy papers and resources from prominent independent think tanks on the importance of nuclear energy.

Policy Papers

by Third Way and Idaho National Lab, June 2012. This white paper recommends the "establishment of an organization dedicated solely to the purpose of civilian used nuclear fuel management" and incentives such as loan guaran­tees.

Hold the Obits on Nuclear Power
by the Heritage Foundation, March 2012. Heritage Senior Research Fellow Jack Spencer examines the future of nuclear energy in a post-Fukushima world.

Centralized Dry Storage of Nuclear Fuel: Lessons for U.S. Policy from Industry Experience and Fukushima
by The Brattle Group, August 2012. This white paper concludes that the “knowledge and technology to produce a safe and successful [used fuel] program at a reasonable cost already exist” and that “the U.S. government should find the political will to act soon.”

No Nukes? Then Say Yes to Global Warming
by the Breakthrough Institute, October 2012. Barry Brook, senior fellow at the Breakthrough Institute, says the “the anti-nuclear movement undermines climate efforts.”

Limiting Transfers of Enrichment and Reprocessing Technology: Issues, Constraints, Options
by Fred McGoldrick, associate, Project on Managing the Atom, Harvard Kennedy School, May 2011. In this study, Fred McGoldrick, an expert on nonproliferation, gives his insight and recommendations for limiting the risks of enrichment and reprocessing of nuclear materials. 

Government-wide Strategy Could Help Increase Commercial Benefits from U.S. Nuclear Cooperation Agreements with Other Countries
by U.S. Government Accountability Office, November 2010. This GAO report urged the U.S. government “to strengthen interagency coordination efforts to promote nuclear trade.”

The Role of Nuclear Energy in a Low-Carbon Energy Future
by Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Nuclear Energy Agency, 2012. This NEA report found that “as an established source of low-carbon energy, nuclear power could potentially play a vital role in achieving large reductions in CO2 emissions while ensuring reliable and affordable energy supplies.

Resources

EIA Data and Analysis of U.S. Nuclear Energy Industry
From the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s website on nuclear energy includes analysis and data on nuclear energy facility capacity factors, uranium production, state nuclear profiles and more.

EIA: What Is the Status of the U.S. Nuclear Industry?
From the EIA, an overview of nuclear energy in the United States, updated June 2012.

IEA Projects Nuclear Energy Growth
From the International Energy Agency, released 2012. A well-regarded annual study of global energy markets, World Energy Outlook 2012, says nuclear energy generation could increase 60 percent from current levels with an increase in global nuclear capacity from 398 gigawatts in 2009 to 580 gigawatts by 2035.

IAEA Sees Steady Growth in Nuclear Energy
From the International Atomic Energy Agency, released 2012. The latest projections for nuclear power “show a steady growth in the number of nuclear power plants in the world in the next 20 years.

OECD, IAEA Say Uranium Supply “More than Adequate”  
By the OECD’s Nuclear Energy Agency, July 2012. The latest study of the global supply of uranium finds the “uranium resource base is more than adequate to meet high-case requirements through 2035 and well into the foreseeable future.”