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Analysis and Commentary

China’s Children And Climate Change — The Left Is Against Them Both

by Jeremy Carlvia National Review
Monday, November 2, 2015

They came for Feng Jianmei without warning. She was seven months pregnant. They kidnapped her, strapped her down, and killed her unborn child because she and her husband could not pay their fine.

Dian Grueneich & Michael Wara: America's Clean Power Plan for Reducing Carbon Emissions

by Dian Grueneich
Friday, October 30, 2015

Dian Grueneich discusses "America's Clean Power Plan for Reducing Carbon Emissions: Rules, Challenges and How States are Responding" on October 30, 2015.

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North Star Rising

by Admiral Gary Rougheadvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 16, 2015

The Arctic is the world’s new frontier for resources, shipping, and security. We need to stake our claim.


The Case For Government Investment In Small Modular Nuclear Reactors

by William J. Madia via Hoover Daily Report
Friday, October 2, 2015

The justification for US government investment in nuclear small modular reactor (SMR) technology is derived from the environmental, security, and economic policy goals associated with the successful deployment of this disruptive innovation in clean energy. To achieve these goals, the government must develop and execute a set of partnering strategies tailored to the specific conditions and risks faced by each of the key stakeholders: vendors, utilities, and end-use energy customers.

Analysis and Commentary

Sustaining American Leadership In The Nuclear Industry

by John J. Hamrevia Hoover Institution
Friday, October 2, 2015

Inexpensive natural gas makes the commercial case for new construction of nuclear power plants weak, but compelling reasons point to why America must nonetheless maintain its strength in the commercial nuclear power business. America’s historic interests in this area drove it to take the lead in designing a global regime of nuclear security

Analysis and Commentary

Licensing Small Modular Reactors: An Overview Of Regulatory And Policy Issues

by William C. Ostendorff, Amy Cubbagevia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, July 6, 2015

Small modular reactors (SMRs) have recently garnered significant interest in the United States and abroad. The responsibility to review and license SMRs falls to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which has been closely watching small modular reactor developments and is currently conducting detailed pre-application reviews.

Analysis and Commentary

Small Modular Reactors: A Call For Action

by William J. Madia , Regis Matzie , Gary Vinevia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, July 6, 2015

The US Small Modular Reactor (SMR) effort is at a critical juncture. SMRs offer a new approach to a familiar energy technology, one with significant environmental, energy security, and international strategic advantages. Despite industry support and a successful start to government licensing programs, a number of interrelated economic challenges remain.

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"The Future Of Nuclear Power: Small Modular Reactors," With William J. Madia And Regis Matzie

interview with William J. Madia , Regis Matzie via Fellow Talks
Monday, June 29, 2015

The new innovation that could change the course of nuclear power in America. Bill Madia and Regis Matzie with an up-to-date check-in on small modular nuclear reactors.

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"Reinventing Nuclear Power" With James O. Ellis, Jr.

featuring Admiral James O. Ellis Jr.via Fellow Talks
Friday, June 26, 2015

Taking a fresh look at nuclear power in a time of newfound domestic energy abundance.

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"New Nuclear's Potential" With George P. Shultz And James O. Ellis, Jr.

interview with George P. Shultz, Admiral James O. Ellis Jr.via Fellow Talks
Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Hoover Institution fellows George P. Shultz and James O. Ellis, Jr. talk about why they are taking a fresh look at nuclear power and how understanding the issues around new approaches to nuclear power will help to realize their potential.


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Leonard and Shirley Ely Senior Fellow
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Paul H. Bauer Senior Fellow
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Tad and Dianne Taube Director | Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy
Robert and Marion Oster Distinguished Military Fellow
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W. Glenn Campbell Research Fellow
George P. Shultz Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy and National Security Affairs, Emeritus
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George P. Shultz Senior Fellow in Economics
George P. Shultz, the Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution, moderates the Energy Task Force meeting.

Task Force on Energy Policy

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Hoover Institution’s Task Force on Energy Policy met at the Hoover Institution on June 23. Task force members discussed “A Primer on Synthetic Biology: An Emerging Paradigm of Genetic Engineering,” as well as energy efficiency, distributed energy, and the paper “Past Must Not Be Prologue.”



The Hoover Institution's Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy addresses energy policy in the United States and its effects on our domestic and international political priorities, particularly our national security.


As a result of volatile and rising energy prices and increasing global concern about climate change, two related and compelling issues—threats to national security and adverse effects of energy usage on global climate—have emerged as key adjuncts to America’s energy policy; the task force will explore these subjects in detail. The task force’s goals are to gather comprehensive information on current scientific and technological developments, survey the contingent policy actions, and offer a range of prescriptive policies to address our varied energy challenges. The task force will focus on public policy at all levels, from individual to global. It will then recommend policy initiatives, large and small, that can be undertaken to the advantage of both private enterprises and governments acting individually and in concert.