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March 26, 2009

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  • Nuclear Energy: Rebirth or Resuscitation?
    Carnegie Report
  • Nuclear Dealing
    National Review Online
  • MAD Looks Mad as We Face Financial Doomsday
    The Times
  • Watershed Moment on Nuclear Arms
    The New York Times
  • How to Keep the Bomb From Terrorists
  • Lawmakers, Officials See Cuts to U.S. Missile Defense
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Nuclear Energy: Rebirth or Resuscitation?

Sharon Squassoni, Carnegie Report
Nuclear EnergyExpectations for nuclear energy have grown dramatically. Scores of nations are now considering nuclear power to improve their energy security and reduce their carbon emissions. But nuclear energy is a costly detour if the goals are to mitigate climate change or reduce dependence on foreign oil, concludes Sharon Squassoni in a Carnegie report(PDF).

Serious expansion of nuclear capacity will happen too late and cost too much. Tripling or quadrupling power reactors globally—the scale needed to make a dent in carbon dioxide emissions—would also present safety, security, waste, and proliferation challenges. These challenges—often overlooked in the recent enthusiasm for nuclear power—deserve more attention by government and industry leaders if safe and secure nuclear energy is desirable.

Nuclear Dealing

Henry Sokolski, National Review Online
Unless cooler heads prevail, Congress will soon receive the first civilian nuclear cooperation agreement of the Obama administration — an agreement hastily drafted and signed with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the waning days of the Bush administration. Congress and the executive branch need to make sure this deal doesn't end up spreading the very nuclear-weapons capabilities it's supposed to curb.

MAD Looks Mad as We Face Financial Doomsday

Rachel Sylvester, The Times
Politicians are competing to prove how parsimonious they are. David Cameron wants to freeze the BBC licence fee to save £68 million. Alistair Darling is demanding £5 billion of "efficiency measures" across Whitehall.

Watershed Moment on Nuclear Arms

The New York Times
During the 2008 campaign, President Obama promised to deal with one of the world’s great scourges — thousands of nuclear weapons still in the American and Russian arsenals. He said he would resume arms-control negotiations — the sort that former President George W. Bush disdained — and seek deep cuts in pursuit of an eventual nuclear-free world. There is no time to waste.

How to Keep the Bomb From Terrorists

Graham Allison, Newsweek
In 2007, at the very moment Washington was sitting at the negotiating table with Pyong-Yang to hammer out a nuclear deal, North Korean officials were supplying know-how, equipment and nuclear material to Syria to build a weapons-grade reactor only a few miles from Israel's border. When the news came to light, diplomats and nuclear experts were shocked at Kim Jong Il's duplicity. Israel bombed the Syrian site later that year.

Lawmakers, Officials See Cuts to U.S. Missile Defense

Andrea Shalal-Esa, Reuters
U.S. lawmakers and top military officers on Monday predicted cuts in missile defense spending, now running at nearly $10 billion a year, and said the focus would shift increasingly to cooperative efforts with other nations and networking current weapons.


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