Chapter 25. International Nuclear Power

Although the United States spearheaded research and development of nuclear power, its use in other parts of the world has expanded greatly. There are two reasons: (a) many countries do not have natural energy sources of coal and oil, and (b) some countries such as France and Japan have state-owned or strongly state-supported nuclear power systems. On the other hand, the distribution of the use of nuclear power throughout the world is quite uneven. We will now look at the global power situation and examine trends for large geographic or socioeconomic units—Western Europe, the Far East, the former U.S.S.R., and developing countries.

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