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Nuclear Power: The Beginning of the End?
Nuclear power could be facing demise. Political opposition and cheap natural gas are preventing the U.S. from investing in what many view as the cleanest form of energy. Meanwhile, the nation’s nuclear infrastructure is aging beyond repair, and the U.S. Court of Appeals stripped the Nuclear Regulatory Commission of its power to issue new licenses until the commission evaluates the risks of storing spent fuel. Four reactors were retired in 2013—the first closures in 15 years. At least a dozen more reactors may be at risk of closure, says economist Mark Cooper, from the institute for Energy and the Environment Vermont Law School. Could these developments mark the end for nuclear power?