Analysis & Opinions

The Global Future of Nuclear Power After Fukushima

The crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan is sending shockwaves through nuclear planning agencies around the world.   Policy makers are asking for reviews of safety regulations, publics are expressing concern, and it appears likely that some of the planned construction will be curtailed.   The politics of nuclear power is likely to be more contentious even in places where public support has been strong (or irrelevant).  As a result, in the coming decade, nuclear power may make less of a contribution to the mitigation of carbon emissions than it otherwise might have, (though even before the current crisis its role in overcoming the climate change challenge was a minor one).  Below are thumbnail sketches of how the discussion of nuclear energy is unfolding in key countries where plans for growth are most significant.

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For Academic Citation: Zhou, Yun, Simon Saradzhyan, Sungyeol Choi, Karthika Sasikumar and Mahsa Rouhi.“The Global Future of Nuclear Power After Fukushima.” Edited by Martin B. Malin. , March 16, 2011.

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