Third Way: Do we need an airbus for nuclear?

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This article from Third Way was co-authored by Todd Allen, engineering physics professor and thrust leader for the Grainger Institute for Engineering’s Energy and Sustainability research area.

In a February 17 article, our colleague Michael Shellenberger calls for a massive, state-directed consolidation of the nuclear sector in developed economies. A single state-sponsored nuclear behemoth, consolidating the nuclear divisions of Toshiba, Westinghouse, General Electric, Areva, and EDF would deploy a single standardized light-water reactor design in the United States, Japan, Great Britain, and western Europe and compete with Korea, China, and Russia for export markets abroad. To assure demand for the new conglomerate’s product, low-cost public loans would encourage utilities in developed economies to build the new standardized reactor. More…