Delivering nuclear power: challenges for the Obama administration

Baker, Keith (2009) Delivering nuclear power: challenges for the Obama administration. International Journal of Public Administration, 32, (9), 747-752. (doi:10.1080/01900690903010319).


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This article considers two key problems that the Obama administration may face in respect of delivering a revival of nuclear power in the United States. It is shown that previous attempts to promote nuclear power have created an institutional infrastructure that exposes the U.S. government to considerable financial risk. If the Obama administration continues with its support for nuclear power, it risks billions of dollars of public money. It is also shown that the Obama administration's decisions regarding the management of nuclear waste have actually undermined the viability of nuclear power. It is concluded that the challenges are such that the U.S. federal government may have to assume direct control of any future nuclear program.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1080/01900690903010319
ISSNs: 0190-0692 (print)
1532-4265 (electronic)
Keywords: Obama, nuclear energy, waste, financing
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Politics and International Relations
ePrint ID: 155477
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
January 2009Published
Date Deposited: 28 May 2010 09:05
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:25

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