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  • The Economics of Nuclear Energy

    A few weeks back Heritage hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill to discuss the economics of building new nuclear power plants in the United States. The briefing featured Michael Metzner, senior vice president and treasurer for Exelon Corp., and Caren Byrd, executive director of Morgan Stanley’s investment banking division. Metzner … More

    Nuclear Energy Gaining Momentum Worldwide

    While a strong divide remains among countries for support of nuclear power in the European Union, the overall public opinion is shifting in its favor. According to a recent survey by the European Commission, 44% of Europeans favor nuclear energy as opposed to only 37% in 2005. What is more: … More

    Anti-Carbon vs. Anti-Nuclear

    An amusing development on the environmental left is the conflict between anti-nuclear and anti-carbon activists. Nuclear power emits no carbon or greenhouse gasses, so the global warming crowd supports it, but anti-nuclear activists oppose nuclear no matter what. Even Nancy Pelosi says nuclear energy should be “on the table” as … More

    Let the Market Work

    There is no reason to take in the world’s low-level nuclear waste when we have not figured out what to do with our own.” Those were the words of Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tn.) during his announcement that he would soon introduce a bill with Senator Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.) that would … More

    Yes to Solar, but No to Drilling?

    When companies want to drill or even just explore for valuable minerals and resources, the industry is destroying valuable American soil. On the other hand, when solar panels are proposed to cover the earth, it’s simply considered barren, worthless desert. At least that’s the logic coming from Robert F. Kennedy … More

    What's the Story with High Gas Prices?

    With gasoline topping $4 a gallon nationally, there’s a lot of speculation as to what actually causes gas prices to soar. Unknowingly, many folks point fingers at speculators and futures markets, claiming these financial speculators, along with big oil companies, take home all the profits. But George Mason economist Walter Williams does … More

    Pros and Cons of Nuclear Energy

    Yesterday the Wall Street Journal ran a pros and cons piece on nuclear power. The text debate was not an outright endorsement of nuclear energy, but it was another piece of evidence that America must get serious about nuclear energy very soon and start tackling the difficult questions. While the … More

    International Cooperation on Nuclear Energy

    Recognizing the need for a substantial increase in clean energy supply to meet both growing demands and carbon dioxide reduction objectives, the Group of Eight (G8) leaders are expected to reach an agreement on commercial nuclear energy at an upcoming climate change summit next week in Japan. The initiative will … More

    Vote to Expand Energy Supply or Walk Away?

    When required to vote on an energy amendment that would have opened up the supply of resources to lower costs to the American consumer, Democrats on the House Appropriations Committee chose to walk rather than vote. Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.) and Rep. John Peterson (R-Pa.) called for lifting a 27-year ban … More

    Biofuels: The World’s Regressive Tax

    The rise in gas prices is reducing the American consumer’s disposable income, forcing a choice between filling up the tank and going out to dinner or taking a trip to the movie theater. But policy implementations in developed countries are doing much more damage internationally, like pushing 30 million people … More