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Liam Denning

Gas Makes Nuclear Power Radioactive

Unless you're in China or Russia, good luck getting new plants built.
Nuclear power plant in China.

Nuclear power plant in China.

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This chart pretty much sums up the problem with nuclear power:

The top line -- enjoying a spike of 17 percent today, taking it back into positive territory for the year -- is the stock of Chicago Bridge & Iron. That other one, swan-diving to a drop of about 30 percent for the year so far, is the price of natural gas (both lines have been indexed to 100 for comparison).