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We need uranium from Russia for nuclear energy.

CFR, Council on Foreign Relations November 2, 2007
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Surplus highly-enriched uranium (HEU), left over at the end of the Cold War, led the United States and
Russia to a 1993 agreement—known as Megatons to Megawatts —to turn their weapons-grade material from
warheads into nuclear fuel for use in commercial reactors through 2013. Under the agreement, five hundred
tons of Russian HEU, equal to about twenty thousand nuclear warheads, was to be “down blended” in Russia
with feedstock uranium or low-enriched uranium into about fifteen thousand tons of nuclear fuel that would
be shipped to U.S. utilities through the United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC), a nongovernment
entity. As of 2006, about 275 tons of HEU, equal to about thirteen thousand warheads, has been turned
into about eight thousand tons of fuel for which the Russian government received more than $5 billion
According to the World Nuclear Association, the military materials supply about 50 percent of U.S. reactor
fuel or 13 percent of the world’s total fuel requirements. “The United States is dependent on Russia for a
significant portion of [its] nuclear energy. I don’t think a lot of Americans know that,” said Robert E.
Ebel a nuclear analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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