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    America’s Faltering Nuclear Promise

    There’s been a lot of nuclear waste. Just a few years ago, private sector partnerships promised to galvanize America’s nuclear industry, which hoped for a renaissance in the Southeast. But amid an unexpected drop in electricity demand and falling petroleum prices, new facilities have been delayed and older plants have struggled, even with friendly legislators easing the way. Now, as utilities jack up prices to pay for such projects, angry Americans are growing more pessimistic about nuclear power’s future, and some experts say that could portend cooling global interest in the alternative energy source.

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