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Plan increases competitiveness in the economy and is overall more efficient and cheaper.
Nicolas Loris and Jack Spencer, Staff Writers, The Heritage Foundation, July 8, 2008, FrontPage Magazine,
Nuclear Energy: What We Can Learn From Other Nations, nna

A global nuclear renaissance will attract construction jobs as well as high-skill engineering jobs to
operate the plants. Thus, two of the greatest benefits of building more nuclear reactors, if done
correctly, will be more jobs and cleaner, cheaper energy. Countries that do not choose to produce
clean energy in a carbon constrained world will inevitably pay more to produce energy, resulting in
higher input costs and higher prices for consumers on the open market. As the economic
consequences of higher fossil-fuel costs spread to countries that do not produce nuclear power, many
countries will likely increase imports of nuclear electricity from foreign suppliers. While less
expensive and more reliable than other non-nuclear, non-emitting sources, this energy will surely cost
more to import than it would have had to produce it domestically. In the end, the countries that have
barred nuclear power from being produced in their respective countries will ultimately rely on
nuclear power, albeit at a more expensive imported price.

As Global Warming Pandemonium Increases, The U.S. Needs To Meet The Growing Demand By Using
Alternative Energy.

Nicolas Loris and Jack Spencer, Staff Writers, The Heritage Foundation, July 8, 2008, FrontPage Magazine,
Nuclear Energy: What We Can Learn From Other Nations, nna
With the U.S. entertaining the idea of building new nuclear plants, the country can learn a great deal from
other nations further along in the process. Electricity demand is skyrocketing in many parts of the world;
purported human-induced climate change has the entire globe in a panic. Nuclear energy has become a
focal point for countries trying to meet these needs, and some believe that it can provide an economic
boost at the same time. It creates opportunities to electrify portions of the economy that today rely
almost entirely on fossil-fuels, like transportation.
Other countries seem to understand the potential
benefits of nuclear power and have either commenced constructing, or have developed projections for, new
nuclear plants. The time has come for the U.S. to stop squabbling, remove regulatory impediments, and
allow nuclear energy to continue helping this country to meet its growing energy demands.

Nuclear Power creates clean energy and boosts the economy.
Bonyun ’08
(30 Jun, Sean C. Bonyun, HT Media Inc., “Rep. Upton – A Greater Commitment to Nuclear Will
Power Millions of Homes, US Economy”, AB, Proquest)

"The Cook and Palisades plants are such invaluable members of our community, providing stable
electricity and hundreds of high paying jobs, all the while pumping hundreds of millions of dollars into
our local economy,"
said Upton. "LMC is a prime example of the nuclear energy industry partnering
with local academic institutions to fill high paying jobs at our local plants,"
said Upton. "I commend
LMC for creating this program which has already generated tremendous interest with 50 students already
enrolled for this autumn." Congress authorized the NRC to provide $15 million in grants for support of
education in nuclear science, technology and engineering to develop a workforce capable of supporting the
design, construction and operation, and regulation of commercial nuclear facilities, and the safe handling of
nuclear materials. According to the Nuclear Energy Institute, about 35 percent of the nuclear energy
workforce will retire within the next five years. Locally, over 600 nuclear job openings are anticipated over
the next 5 years. LMC scholarship recipients will receive funds to cover full tuition, fees and textbooks as a
full-time student enrolled in the fall, winter, spring and summer sessions. Students chosen for these
scholarship awards will be expected to sign a contract to work in the nuclear industry for six months for each
year of scholarship funding.

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Nuclear energy expansion helps the economy – jobs and exports.

Oxford Economics 2007. “Economic Benefits of Nuclear Energy In the USA.” September 2007.
www.oxfordeconomics.com VF
· An investment program to maintain the US nuclear energy industry’s current generation
capacity into the long term would secure these vital manufacturing jobs, and would position
the US economy to regain the lead in nuclear reactor technology globally, and claim the lead
in recycling technology, both of which potentially represent major sources of export earnings
into the long term

Reviving the nuclear industry key to the U.S. economy – it could create a million jobs.
American Council on Global Nuclear Competitiveness. No Date cited. USFG program formed in
2005 http://www.nuclearcompetitiveness.org/ VF accessed July 10, 2008

Nuclear energy is a carbon-free energy resource which can provide energy security for generations to come.
Thus far much of the support for new nuclear build has centered on the substantial environmental
benefits offered by nuclear energy
. This is important, but it’s not the whole story. What has been missing
from the discussion is a recognition of potential economic and national security benefits that can
accrue if the U.S. recaptures a large share of the nuclear manufacturing business.
The United States
greatly benefited from an initial wave of commercial nuclear power plant construction from the 1970s to the
early 1990s. At that time, U.S. firms dominated the global market. The renewed interest in the global use
of nuclear energy represents a perishable opportunity for U.S. industry to reclaim its nuclear energy
. In the ever-expanding global markets, it is essential that a reinvigorated U.S. industry be
able to compete and supply nuclear energy systems at home and abroad from a dominant, preferred
supplier position.
A nuclear energy revival is long overdue . In order for the United States to prosper
we can not become complacent and view the growth of the nuclear industry as “business-as-usual.”
The Unites States invented nuclear energy, and unless the domestic outlook for nuclear energy design,
manufacturing, service and supply improves, our country will have to buy the bulk of its nuclear
technology from overseas and forgo multibillion-dollar opportunities.
Therefore, the Council is working
to promote a revived domestic nuclear design, manufacturing, service and supply industry that will result in:
o the creation or retention of American jobs and factories;
o improved American economic competitiveness and shareholder returns; and
o greater leverage for the U.S. in dealing with global proliferation concerns.

Nuclear energy represents not just business opportunities but employment opportunity — more than
one million jobs could be created in the United States if American firms capture a significant share of
the growing global nuclear energy market
. The Council also encourages policymakers to pay close
attention to the ability of the U.S. educational system to meet the anticipated demand for reactor designers
and operators, as well as the trained construction, manufacturing, and maintenance workers who will be
needed to build, operate, and service new nuclear plants in the U.S. The Council encourages greater
education on these issues along with a restoration of American leadership in nuclear energy--urging
our nation’s political, industry, financial and labor leaders to adapt and support policies and programs
that will help ensure America’s nuclear leadership is restored.

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