May 24, 2018

U.S. and 8 other countries form new coalition to push nuclear power

Ben Geman, author of Generate

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The U.S. is heading a newly formed alliance with several other nations that will "promote nuclear power and encourage investment in new nuclear technologies," Reuters reported Thursday.

Why it matters: The announcement at an energy summit in Denmark comes as nuclear power faces headwinds in the U.S. and elsewhere, despite the need for zero-carbon electricity sources to help meet challenging international climate goals.

  • The most recent forecasts from the federal Energy Information Administration project modest global nuclear generation growth of 1.5% annually through 2040. China and India, in particular, are expected to see significant increases while U.S. output is slated to drop as plants retire.

One level deeper: The other countries are Japan, Canada, Russia, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, Poland, Argentina and Romania, per Reuters.

  • "The group of nations aims to promote areas such as improved power system integration and the development of technologies like hybrid nuclear-renewable systems," they report.
  • Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette said one focus will be development of small modular reactors.

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Scoop: German foreign minister to travel to Israel with warning on annexation

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German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is expected to travel to Israel next week to warn that there will be consequences if Israeli leaders move forward with plans to annex parts of the West Bank, Israeli officials and European diplomats tell me.

Why it matters: Israeli and European officials agree that if Israel goes ahead with unilateral annexation, the EU will respond with sanctions.

Minneapolis will ban police chokeholds following George Floyd's death

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Minneapolis has agreed to ban the use of police chokeholds and will require nearby officers to act to stop them in the wake of George Floyd's death, AP reports.

Why it matters: The agreement between the city and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, which has launched an investigation into Floyd's death while in police custody, will be enforceable in court.