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David Fickling

Uranium Risks Becoming the Next Critical Minerals Crisis

It’s time to lock down these resources now, before new political risks emerge.

A Nigerien Soldier walks outside France's state-owned nuclear giant Areva's uranium mine in 2010 in Arlit.

A Nigerien Soldier walks outside France's state-owned nuclear giant Areva's uranium mine in 2010 in Arlit.

Photographer: Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images

Faced with the most serious energy crisis since the 1970s, the world is turning back to one of the biggest beneficiaries of the 1973 oil embargo: nuclear power.

That’s good news, but we should take care. This solution to 2022’s energy security problems risks creating its own energy security headache down the road.