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    Subsidies and Taxes Complicate the Future of Nuclear Power

    Rising maintenance costs and a sharp decrease in natural gas prices have put the future of some nuclear power plants into question. But other plants face retirement under the burden of specific taxes and anti-competitive green energy subsidies. Mark Cooper, a senior fellow at the Vermont Law School, recently published … More

    Georgia Leader Beats Drum for Nuclear Energy

    Georgia is riding a wave of new nuclear energy that, five years ago, many thought would be more crowded by now. Georgia Public Services Commissioner Tim Echols, a champion of using market forces to help solve our nuclear waste problems, has seen firsthand how important getting nuclear energy policy right matters. … More

    Dealing the Right Cards in Japan's Upper-House Shuffle

    On Sunday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) took majority power in Japan’s upper house, giving his party majority control over both upper and lower houses. This presents an opportunity for the LDP to make the difficult changes necessary to turn its economy around and make it a … More

    Japan: Two Years After 3/11

    Yesterday marked the anniversary of the three-tiered terror that happened to Japan two years ago. On March 11, 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit off the eastern coast of Japan. The quake, along with a tsunami reaching heights upwards of 100 feet, slammed the coast of Japan, killing 19,000. The … More

    Japan: Looking to Shinzo Abe for a Brighter Future

    Following a statement by the World Health Organization on the low predictive rate for cancer in Fukushima, Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was quoted Thursday pledging his goal to restart Japan’s inactive nuclear power plants. This move, together with a renewed push to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), shows Abe’s … More

    Japan: One Year Later

    Yesterday, Japan remembered. On March 11, 2011, an earthquake rocked the coast of Japan. The quake generated the largest recorded tsunami in modern Japanese history, which swept across the northeast coast of Japan. In addition to destruction and loss of life resulting from these natural disasters, facilities at the Fukushima … More

    Scribecast: One Year After Earthquake, Japan's Ambassador Talks Recovery

    Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, a massive jolt to the country that caused widespread damage and had ramifications on the economy and energy sector. Japan is still recovering a year later. This week on Scribecast, we spoke to Japan’s ambassador to the United States, … More