The Energy Spectator

Nuclear Since Fukushima

One year later, there have be no casualties from radiation. But will the worldwide Nuclear Renaissance revive?

By From the March 2012 issue

Of all the countries with nuclear technology, Russia has been the most dismissive of the Fukushima accident. Speaking at the opening of the Kalininskaya reactor late last year, Premier Vladimir Putin scorned wind and solar energy and said if no one else is prepared to lead the world into a nuclear renaissance, Russia will. The Russians now get 17 percent of their electricity from nuclear and hope to raise it to 25 percent by 2030 with the construction of 38 new reactors.

Russia has sold reactors to India, Vietnam, and Iran and hopes to sell as many as 30 more abroad in the coming decade. Putin has proposed supplying the world with uranium out of a single large mine in Siberia. They are even touting their blunders at Chernobyl as giving them "experience" in the field of nuclear accidents. As one New York Times reporter marveled, "The Russians have a peculiar lack of discomfort with all things nuclear." They have even offered to take any country's spent fuel for reprocessing—a technology that we abandoned in the 1970s.


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