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Canada's Nuclear Crossroads: Steps to a Viable Nuclear Energy Industry


  • Bruce Doern

    (Carleton University and University of Exeter)

  • Robert Morrison

    (Natural Resources Canada (retired))


Canada is at an energy and environmental crossroad. Fossil fuels cause environmental damage and the growth potential of large-scale hydroelectricity is limited. Policymakers are reconsidering the merits of nuclear power as both a low-carbon emitting and low-cost base load electricity source. While nuclear power may look like an attractive option, nuclear power must overcome problems such as the high and uncertain cost of construction, dealing with nuclear waste, reactor licensing and regulation, and the future of Canada’s nuclear reactor builder, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL), a federal Crown corporation.

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  • Bruce Doern & Robert Morrison, 2009. "Canada's Nuclear Crossroads: Steps to a Viable Nuclear Energy Industry," C.D. Howe Institute Commentary, C.D. Howe Institute, issue 290, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:cdh:commen:290

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    economic growth and innovation; energy and environmental policy;

    JEL classification:

    • Q42 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Alternative Energy Sources
    • L94 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Electric Utilities
    • L98 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Government Policy


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