James Conca, Geochemist: Today’s energy markets are characterized by low natural gas prices, heavily subsidized renewable generation and low growth in electricity demand. American vendors also compete in the international markets for the deployment of Small Modular Reactors, SMRs, and other advanced nuclear reactor designs. Unfortunately, most countries like Russia and China directly subsidize their nation’s nuclear technologies in order to penetrate global markets.
Michael Shellenberger, Founder & President of Environmental Progress, website: www.environmentalprogress.org: The looming insolvency of Toshiba has set off a chain reaction of events that threatens the existence of nuclear power in the West. The Japanese and French governments will be compelled to act for economic reasons — their nuclear industries are too important to their economies to fail. The Japanese government has always played a strong role in shaping the direction of its industries, including nuclear, while the French nuclear industry is entirely government-controlled.
Michael Shellenberger, Founder & President of Environmental Progress, website: www.environmentalprogress.org: "While it is tempting to blame low natural gas prices and misplaced post-Fukushima jitters, nuclear’s troubles are rooted in regulatory capture — a capture that finds its genesis in the origins of the U.S. environmental movement. This capture is now threatening to bring this climate-friendly energy source to the brink" [in the United States. Nuclear power will continue to thrive in Russia, Asia and other parts of the world not in the half century long grip of extreme environmental organizations. A world without nuclear power is a world much less well off for people and the environment. - John Shanahan, Go Nuclear, Inc. & Environmentalists for Nuclear - USA]
Slade Johnson, U.S. Energy Information Administration: This report has very useful graphics showing the world's largest nuclear power stations with number of nuclear power plants, decade when each unit was built, how many units, size of each unit. There is a success story for many parts of the world.