Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Volume 69 Issue 2

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March
2013
Volume: 69
ISSN: 1938-3282
Page count: 86
Issue external URL: Link

Interview

1 March 2013
Interview
Today, seven members—the European Union, the United States, Japan, China, Russia, South Korea, and India—have formed an organization and invested in what is planned to be the world’s first reactor-scale fusion machine.

Special issue: US nuclear exit?

1 March 2013
Special issue: US nuclear exit?
The United States is on course to all but exit the commercial nuclear power industry even if the country awakens to the dangers of climate change and adopts measures to favor low-carbon energy sources.
1 March 2013
Special issue: US nuclear exit?
A declared exit from commercial nuclear power in the United States is highly improbable.
1 March 2013
Special issue: US nuclear exit?
If the United States were to adopt a policy to phase out nuclear generation, as has happened recently in other developed countries, what would the environmental and energy-mix implications be?
1 March 2013
Special issue: US nuclear exit?
In the United States, which trades three-fifths of its electricity in competitive markets, the prohibitive capital cost of new nuclear power plants ensures that only a handful will be built.
1 March 2013
Special issue: US nuclear exit?

Nuclear notebook

1 March 2013
Nuclear notebook

As of early 2013, the United States has continued to reduce its nuclear stockpile, and retirement alone has accounted for a dip of over 250 warheads since last year. Of the total stockpile of approximately 4,650 warheads, an estimated 2,150 warheads are deployed.