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In order to secure the economic and security benefits of a true 'all-of-the-above' energy agenda, the United States must be at the forefront of nuclear innovation, writes Dan Brouillette. The following is the US secretary of energy's 21 August blog for the Department of Energy (DOE).

Date: Tuesday, 25 August 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Viewpoint-You-cant-have-true-energy-independence

New policies ‘will increase American competitiveness’ in nuclear industry The Vogtle-3 and -4 nuclear plants are the only reactors under construction in the US. Photo courtesy Georgia Power. The US intends to rewrite foreign policy relationships and increase competitiveness in new markets as it attempts to regain its position as a leader in nuclear technology and regain ground it has lost to China and Russia, energy secretary Dan Brouillette said in an article in Defense One.

Mr Brouilette said many countries of geopolitical importance are pursuing nuclear energy for their domestic electricity needs. Those countries are largely turning to Chinese and Russian state-owned enterprises for the technological support needed to build reactors, while the US sits on the sidelines.

“In effect, China and Russia are gaining geopolitical leverage by exporting nuclear expertise and building 100-year bilateral relationships.

“Our strategy calls for increasing American competitiveness in new markets by making it easier to export civil nuclear technologies, equipment, and fuel.”

Date: Wednesday, 03 June 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/we-must-regain-ground-lost-to-china-and-russia-says-energy-secretary-6-2-2020

The US nuclear industry had its "best year ever" in 2019, as it "led the world" in generating more than 809 terawatt hours of electricity, Rita Baranwal, assistant secretary for nuclear energy at the Department of Energy (DOE), said yesterday. Despite this achievement, the country's ability to produce domestic nuclear fuel is "on the verge of a collapse", she added.

Date: Wednesday, 13 May 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/USA-plans-revival-of-uranium-sector

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