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Argument: The nuclear energy industry depends on government subsidies

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"Nuclear Fatal Flaws: Cost". Public Citizen. Retrieved 1.24.08 - "Despite its promise more than 50 years ago of energy “too cheap to meter,” the nuclear power industry continues to be dependent on taxpayer handouts to survive. Since its inception in 1948, this industry has received tens of billions of dollars in federal subsidies but remains unable to compete economically on its own.[1] On August 8, 2005, President Bush signed an energy bill that included over $13 billion in tax breaks and subsidies, as well as other incentives, for the nuclear industry. Here’s a rundown of some of the giveaways to the mature, wealthy industry included in the bill:" [see this article for a broader case regarding the costs of nuclear power]

"Nuclear power no solution to global warming". Pacific Ecologist. Winter 2008 - The nuclear power industry has already demonstrated it’s unable to compete in a liberalized electricity market. Despite tens of billions of dollars the nuclear industry has received since its inception in 1948, it’s still unable to operate without massive subsidies, tax breaks and incentives. For example, in the U.S., the 2005 Energy Bill allocated over $13 billion in direct and indirect subsidies for the nuclear industry, mostly geared towards research and developing new reactor technologies.5 The U.S. nuclear industry is estimated to have received more than $115 billion in direct subsidies from 1947 through 1999. Government subsidies for wind and solar energy for the same period totaled only $5.49 billion.

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