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Nuclear power is back! An industry renaissance is building, despite challenges. Plus: reforms at the NRC also offer hope for new power plants, a smarter policy is needed to deal with the ‘peak oil’ threat, Hurricane Katrina created a more immediate power problem, and as states start to regulate greenhouse gases, some tweaks are needed.
• Nuclear Power Is Coming Back to Life A confluence of positives appears to have reached the tipping point in favor of a renaissance of the nuclear power industry. Despite its capital costs, nuclear power is coming back, and it should play an important part in providing our nation’s future energy. by Stephen L. Teichler and Charles W. Whitney • Speeding Up the Process at the NRC By 2025, the United States will need an estimated 55 percent more electricity, and a serious option is the construction of new nuclear power plants. Fortunately, an efficient Nuclear Regulatory Commission licensing process is feasible. by James R. Curtiss and Martin J. O’Neill • Peak Oil Is Coming, and We Must Prepare It’s important to understand recent energy developments in the context of the larger underlying problem of global peak oil. For our national and economic security, the problem of peak oil requires us to dramatically change America’s energy policies. by Roscoe G. Bartlett • Re-Energizing After Hurricane Katrina With no immediate federal aid in sight and an urgent need to restore service to let the New Orleans’ rebuilding begin after Hurricane Katrina, close cooperation between Entergy New Orleans and its regulator was essential. by Clinton A. Vince and Michael G. Sherman • States Get Together on Greenhouse Gases Although Washington is dragging its heels on this serious issue, a significant group of Northeast and mid-Atlantic states are moving ahead jointly to impose the nation’s first caps on greenhouse-gas emissions. by Mary Anne Sullivan and Joshua P. Fershee

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