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Progressive Policy Institute - Progressive Fix
March 30, 2010
Clean Energy, Guaranteed: Why Nuclear Energy Is Worth the Cost


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Steven Chlapecka
Tel: 202.525.3931

Clean Energy, Guaranteed: Why Nuclear Energy Is Worth the Cost

WASHINGTON, D.C.--In the new memo released by the Progressive Policy Institute, Andrew C. Klein explains why the cost of nuclear energy is high and offers solutions to reduce costs of building new nuclear plants.  

The Obama administration's recent announcement of loan guarantees for two nuclear reactors in Georgia and increasing funding for future nuclear loan guarantees has upset many in the environmental community. But the president's advocacy for nuclear energy shouldn't disappoint progressives, according to Klein, a professor of nuclear engineering at Oregon State University, in "Clean Energy, Guaranteed: Why Nuclear Energy Is Worth the Cost."

"If we really are serious about creating a post-carbon future, solar and wind need to play a prominent role - but so does nuclear," writes Klein. Nuclear energy production has met the test of time and can produce energy 24 hours a day, 365 days a year without being affected by seasonal and weather changes.

Download the full policy report here.

The author argues that nuclear energy costs are no more onerous than the cost of solar and wind energy. Nuclear energy is a vital technology that will aid in reducing carbon emissions, provide reliable clean energy to many Americans and protect the long-term health of the planet.

Download the full policy report here.

The Progressive Policy Institute is an independent research institution founded in 1989 that seeks to define and promote a new progressive politics in the 21st century.  Through research, policy analysis and dialogue, PPI challenges the status quo and advocates for radical policy solutions.

For more information or to speak with the author, contact Steven Chlapecka, schlapecka@ppionline.org, 202.525.3931.

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