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LBJ student researchers recommend phasing out controversial plutonium fuel in first-of-its-kind energy study
Nuclear power plants traditionally use uranium fuel, which is relatively safe and uncontroversial. However, seven countries around the world have also used fuel made of plutonium, which is controversial because it causes cancer, may be used in nuclear weapons, and is very expensive to purify and manufacture into fuel. So why do these countries produce and use such dangerous fuel and what has been their experience?
In an opinion piece for Kyodo News, Alan J. Kuperman, associate professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, discusses the looming deadlines facing Japan regarding its stockpiles of Plutonium and what plans may be best to ease nuclear tension in the region.
It’s not often that a Navy Secretary declines money from Congress, but that’s what Richard Spencer is doing with $30 million that lawmakers want him to spend on developing a new type of nuclear propulsion system. Mr. Spencer should reconsider — for the good of the Navy, nonproliferation efforts, and national security, says LBJ Professor Alan Kuperman.
LBJ Professor Alan Kuperman on how to survive a nuclear attack in Austin.
After an eventful 2017, what's in store for the new year? Professors from the LBJ School offer their best predictions, explaining what to keep an eye on and what may be at stake.
Regrettably, to power its Mars mission, NASA’s Goddard Space Center is trying to develop a nuclear reactor fueled by weapons-grade, highly enriched uranium — the stuff of the Hiroshima bomb — threatening to undermine decades of progress in phasing out such dangerous material from reactors worldwide to reduce risks of nuclear terrorism and proliferation, writes LBJ professor Alan Kuperman.
Japan owns nearly 50 tons of separated plutonium. That is enough for over 5,000 nuclear weapons. Yet Japan has no feasible peaceful use for most of this material, writes LBJ professor Alan Kuperman.
Our African friend, the mass murderer: America's continued affection for reelected Rwandan president Paul Kagame
Prof. Alan Kuperman comments on America's relationship with Rwandan president Paul Kagame.
University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs Professor Alan Kuperman calls President Trump the most “unpredictable” in American history.
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