The US is working with allies like Japan to led the way in assuring the efficient licensing and construction of a new generation of inherently safe and economically viable reactors, commerce secretary Wilbur Ross told the Japan Roundtable Washington Conference. Mr Ross said president Trump is committed to revitalising the industry and that nuclear “is and must remain an essential part of our energy mix long into the future”. To achieve sustainable global development on a real scale, and to balance electrical demand when renewables are not available, then nuclear “must be a viable option”, he said. “If the US and Japan don’t lead this renaissance, then somebody else will.” He said Japan would benefit greatly by having a fleet of new, inherently safe reactors. Nuclear dropped from 25% of Japan’s electrical output before the March 2011 Fukushima-Daiichi accident, to 3% in 2017, with growing dependence on coal, LNG, and oil for electrical generation.
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